Monday, September 1, 2014

An "easy and green" way to strip paint from hardware

I am sharing with you a very easy way to strip paint from hardware without the use of chemicals.  You will not believe just how easy it really is.  This will work with any hardware that has water based paint on it.
 Simply fill a bucket with 2 parts water to one part apple cider vinegar and let it sit for at least 24 hours.  You can see how shriveled up the paint is and how it is ready to just peel off!
 I found these neat little wire brushes at the Dollar Tree and they are perfect for this project.
  It's ruff on the manicure and your hands but well woth it if you want to use the same hardware.
This set of hardware had been painted two different times.  Once in white and then in a brown shade of paint. To see the transformation of a craigslist dresser in a distressed application CLICK HERE.
After I scraped what needed scraped I rinsed all of them and layed them on the patio to dry before I decided what I was going to do to them.
I was shocked at how easy the paint came off!!
 I decided to use an application other than spray paint ...

 I wanted to get a Pewter or nickel finish for my hardware that will be going on my dresser that I have repainted in a beautiful finish that I can't wait to share!!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

an antique stool

Is this little antique stool just the cutest!   Yes you got it right ... this is another of my special finds at Spade and Broom.  Just look at all the character in each and every worn inch of this wonderful aged antique stool.

I have not quite decided in which part of the bathroom it will end up as the bathroom is separated.  The tub is in a room all by itself ... which is really cool but that part of the bathroom is kind of small.


When I saw it on Kristens fb page ... I just knew that it would be gone by the time I could get to the shop.  Kristen posts things on Wednesday night because the shop is only open three days a week.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

          I have a couple of different ideas for this little antique and will probably show both of them?

It's absolutely perfect!

                           I had been hoping to find a stool and could not be happier that I did. 
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sneak Peek!!

Hi everybody!  Sharing a peek at one of the treasures I found at SPADE and BROOM for Alicia's bedroom.  It is so pretty.  It is a French Provincial Dresser.  Take a look at the unique knobs and design that are on it!    This is the original finish.

Now ... I will probably take one of the drawers to Home Depot and have some paint mixed to match to recycle some old pieces and accessories to add to her room.

It is so pretty and I can't wait to share more of the unique finds that I bought at Spade and Broom.

This is how I found it at the shop ... at the front door as you enter the front door.  It took my breath right away ... See you soon with more little tidbits and updates on my progress getting things put together.  Have a wonderful weekend dear readers!
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Creative Ideas ...

Oh my goodness!  can I tell you how tired I am and have been?  Working full time and being in charge of everything involving a move ...  and then orchestrating all that is required with straightening each room!  SIGH!!  I'm breathless just talking about it!
I will have so many beautiful posts to share with you soon.  Looking forward to being back in the groove of things. 
Thank you dear readers and will you see real soon!!   Keeping my fingers crossed that it is this week :)                                          

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