You know what?
Sometimes I just love my
tag sale lovin',
junque store huntin',
(YES I'm PAINTING IT WHITE)
I NEVAH know when to stop
:) :) :)
So...yesterday morning I had some early errands to do and since my Mr. AGPMan was out of town I decided to get an early start. Grocery shopping and a trip to the local Dry Cleaners was on my to-do-list. Nothing fun I can assure you. My Miss Mollie (Yorkie) was dropped off at the Groomers and since she ALWAYS
freaks out behaves so beautifully while getting a "new-do" I decided to hang out close to the pet salon instead of driving back home (you know...just in case she needed her pet-parent!!!).
On a whim (seriously, I mean I didn't PLAN it at all!!!) I decided to stop in for a visit at two of our neighborhood thrift stores while Mo was getting her cut and shampoo.
Now...I shop thrift stores like I shop for groceries. I immediately veer to the right and go all the way around the store in a circle before going up and down the aisles. I don't always find good junque, but most of the time I do!
Towards the back and sitting by a bunch of other mis-fits I found this amazing 100 year old vintage telephone cabinet (found the exact one on Etsy and you can see it here!) you know, the kind that was once built into the wall of a house! I just stared at it for a second because even though it was dusty and a bit on the dirty side it was in great condition!
(Wish I knew her story!)
Now...not sure if any of YOU do this...but generally I search for the price tag verwy, verwy carefully! I guess I'm hoping by being less than eager to find the price it MIGHT end up being less than I'm expecting it to be! Doesn't usually happen, but sometimes I SCORE big time!
Anyway~I tilted the cabinet forward (kind of looks Pennsylvania Dutch to me!) to find the price and
screamed smiled big while lifting the hefty little thing into my shopping cart.
Home it came.
By the time my Mr. AGPMan returned from his short business trip I had the thing completely dry-brush painted with my favorite antique white paint (not as yellowy as Behr Cottage White) and waxed with Annie Sloan's Wax.
I cleaned it up and lightly sanded off the original finish by hand! Then I blew it off with my air gun and finished the prep work by using Tack Cloth to remove any remaining dust and dirt!
Dry Brushing is easy! I use those cheap Chip Brushes from Lowe's or Home Depot (about $1 each) and remove some of the paint onto a paper towel before brushing. This technique is GREAT when used on old pieces where the original varnish or shellac has crystallized or worn off. Gentle sanding usually removes any that is left. The paint adheres directly onto the wood this way making the hand sanding of the edges (distressing) look more appealing!
I also snagged a Ralph Lauren
Pink Rose Shift Dress! It is brand new and still had the tags attached! I'll be showing you later this week, tomorrow or Friday, just WHAT I'm going to do with it! And nope...not going to wear it (too big!).
Today I'm linking up with:
Faded Charm for WHITE WEDNESDAY
Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY
Handy Man Crafty Woman for WICKED AWESOME WEDNESDAY
I love these amazing blogs and hope you'll check each of them out when you find time! Sure to be inspiring!
Happy Hump Day!
Love to you...