I obsessed about a bunny nest that I saw On Sutton Place and Shelterness, I pinned it. I pined for it. I made it happen.
I had most everything I needed. An old wreath, some bits of fake grasses, and some silk violets on wire that I have been hoarding for a special occasion. I picked up some moss, a few sprays of pastel eggs and a very perfect quirky bunny from Marshall's. Don't you love Marshall's and TJ Maxx? They have the best stuff.
I plopped it all on an old silver tray and it lives on the dining room table now. After I add a few more bits of twiggy or leafy things, I think it will be perfect!
So today, while JR was doing some impromptu cleaning up of the gardens,
I did some impromptu painting.
While I don't have the finished project yet to show, I will tell you that I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint... The coveted of chalk paint...the queen of furniture makeovers. The twinkle in home decorator's eyes. You see her paint used by Miss Mustard Seed and a slew of other DIYer's.
We were scouting around for a local vendor, and the closest one is a 90 minute drive. Which we were willing to do, but we found that both of the only TWO retailers in Michigan ( R Scott Lucas and Flat River Cottage were right on route from our drive back from Chicago, via Grand Rapids! We called and talked to the shop owner and let her know to expect us. And we got to spend some time with her, sampling paint, talking finishes and techniques. AND we didn't have to pay shipping or spend the extra day and money for gas to drive to our closest stockist in New York. It was a win/win.
So far, the paint is mixing beautifully, and goes on just as we were told...a little goes a long way.
This is a really exciting purchase for JR and I since we will be doing a retail antiques/ re-do show in July. This is right on target with the look we want to create for our booth, so there should be fun days ahead thrifting and making over our finds.
The first piece we finished for the show is an incredible buffet. Very well made, and now has a new bright and shiny, soft and worn finish.
It's huge, and I love it. But it doesn't go with the current decor of our house, so it will be sold.
So that's what we've been up to. My painted side table is drying in the workshop right now and my red jacket awaits finishing. I plan an evening visit with Kate and baby Oscar and will come home to watch the season premier of Mad Men.
All things fresh and new is a good place to be.