The Lion Paw: The Best Desk Accessory Ever

I spotted this Lion Paw at a garage sale. There he was sitting among tools  and cheap bric a brac. I knew I had to have him.

The Paw and the frame from the garage sale

The Paw and the frame from the garage sale

I was a little worried because the guy running the sale wanted close to retail prices. I nonchalantly grouped the paw with some other items and asked how much. I was pleasantly surprised by his answer. I also scored a beautiful metal frame but my luck didn’t hold out. I left of stack of picture frames behind when we couldn’t agree on a price, he wanted more than they would be new, they were obviously sentimental. I was very lucky he wasn’t too attached to the paw. That Paw was mine now. He was separated for his original furniture, he was stripped of his original finish but he was still gorgeous. I knew exactly  what I would do with him. With all of his hand carved detail  He would look amazing with a Metal Tarnish Verdigris finish. Time to break out the paint.

Last year Modern Masters sent me one of their metal effects paint kits to  review, check out my original review. Their is primer, metallic paint and ageing patina spray. I am still using it and loving it. Give them a look.

But before I did that I wondered about this paw. What kind of foot was he, hound, wolf, lion. I settled on the Lion. What kind of furniture did he come from. He looked like he would be a base of a bed or the table but his top is so flat and it doesn’t look sawed through when he was removed. Hmmmm it’s a mystery what do you think? I’m still wondering. But now on to the paint. One of my favorite parts of this painting process is the primer, it is the color of milk chocolate. Now who wouldn’t want a big milk chocolate paw. Then the bronze paint, then the copper paint. You only need to do one color of metallic paint, not both but what can I say I love how both color’s interact.

Step by Step from raw woof to aged metal

Step by Step from raw wood to aged metal

Then the ageing spray. I always freak out during this step because the spray takes a while  work and oxidize to create the patina. I made myself walk away and let the spray do it’s job. I was a little worried if it would still work, the paint has been stored in my hot un-climate controlled storage. But after 5 minutes they was my beautiful patina. Just what I though gorgeous! I love the randomness of the finish and that you can’t predict you exact results.  Check his handsome perfection out in my shop.

I like Shiny things

Results of my spray Painting Party with Krylon Looking Glass and white

Results of my spray Painting Party with Krylon Looking Glass and white

From Trash to Shiny: I like Shiny things and I have been busy. I am sort of supposed to be on vacation, well my son is on his spring break and we are at his and my friend’s in the Tampa arearound-vase-sm, lakeside, its pretty nice. I’m still working but I’m relaxed. I am  supposed to be finishing two tables which I will still get to but meanwhile I spotted Krylon’s Looking Glass at my local Walmart. I have been dying to try making my own Mercury Glass which requires this hard to find Krylon paint.  I had these vases, picture frames  and my favorite little bird. I knew I wanted to  spray paint some with the looking glass and some white. I figured I might as well  have spray paint party and do everything at once.

Well sometimes I don’t listen, or don’t read or don’t pay attention. I kidda missed the part of the DIY Mercury glass that it’s glass. They say ignorance is bliss well I grabbed my big picture frame, not glass and my little bird, not glass. I start to use vases-smthe technique spray a 50% water and vinegar spray a light coat of the Looking glass spray, wait one minute mist again with  the water vinegar solution, wait two minutes and blot with a paper towel. For a tutorial with groovy pictures check out my tutorial (I just added how it do it in any color). As I am going along I wasn’t getting as strong a result as red-flower-smI had expected and I realized oh, these pieces aren’t glass. Duh, Melissa. Well I really liked the effect of the frame but not on little bird so I just made little bird all shiny and a little, glam. silver-bird-smThe picture frame ended up looking like an old mirror, with the spots, which I loved. Now for the glass. I came across this wonderful blue vase I have been saving for this treatment and I had three little mason jars. They came out so awesome that I wanted to do more. I grabbed another round vase at the dollar sore and squeezed the last squirts  out of the spray paint to finish it. I think they came out awesome, not bad for a days work. Till next vase-smtime.024

The Yellow Mirror

Yellow Stenciled Mirror

Yellow Stenciled Mirror

Ok, I was bad, yet again I forgot to take before pictures of the piece I was working on. My friend gave me this beautiful mirror, it started off life being white. In this case I didn’t rescue some ugly thing , the mirror was beautiful to begin with I just made it amazing. I knew I wanted to the mirror in a bright yellow and I came across the perfect color in the unwanted paint section at home Depot for $2, Behr’s Preium Plus Ultra in a

Stenciling

Stenciling

delicious yellow-orange. Home Depot makes great paint I have tried three different brands and they were all  Stellar. That’s why I drive  a mile out of my way to get my paint. A mile isn’t that far right? They also have $2 quarts and $.50 samples in the paint reject pile, the best deal in town.  I wrote a whole post about my favorite paints read it here.

I diligently sanded and primed and painted the mirror. I love the color. Now for the stenciling. I decided to just do a floral motif to go with the curving lines of the mirror. I discovered that even my thinnest stencil was too wide of the thin curved lines of the mirror. I stenciled anyway. I love the abstract nature of the partial stenciling. Almost done, just some touching up to do as usual. I think I’ll add some white to the base. I am going to use it in a photo shoot for an advertisement I have coming up. Love It! Till next time.

Detail of Yellow Mirror

I love the abstract patterns created when just some of the stencil is showing

Melissa

What to do with this table? make that tables

Two Tables for $22. the Table in the upper right is refinished by Kathy at Life of Lake Shore Drive.

Two Tables for $22. the Table in the upper right is refinished by Kathy at Life of Lake Shore Drive.

So I went to a garage sale and I saw this beautiful round table. Beautiful yes,  it looked expensive and I a cheap girl, you know what I mean. And I had no idea what to do with it. So I didn’t buy it. Well as I am snuggled in my bed doing my new favorite thing, looking around and getting ideas on Pintrest. I see a similar table, beautifully redone by Kathy at Life on Lake Shore Drive. Wow I think I should have bought that table. It’s the last thing  I think of before I fall asleep. In the morning when I go back the computer there is Kathy’s table on the screen I fell asleep in the middle of pinning it. Maybe the table is still at the sale. So  I grab

The $10 table. How awesome

The $10 table. How awesome. Know it will come out as Beautiful as Kathy’s

my coffee throw the dog in the car and the high tail it over there.

I’m lucky, very lucky the table is the still there and I am every luckier.  When I was there the day before there was an older man there who was spinning tales of grandeur about every piece, he wanted big bucks,  you know like $20, and he had the stories to prove it. When I went back there was a younger man with no stories. I had a feeling this  guy would be much easier to deal with.  How much for the table? $15 he says. I only have $10 I say which is true. Ok. he says. Yeah  nice and easy. I see another table a very rustic table. That’s nice I thought

look at that foot beautiful detail

look at that foot beautiful detail

but what would I do with that? Here we go again.  I left it. As I am running around to Walmart and Home Depot I keep thinking about the new table.  I am not going to buy it unless I have a plan to re-finish it my space is limited. I figured it out, a little chalk paint, a little sanding, I could make this work.  I go zipping back. Maybe I

This table is Beautiful. it is the perfect farm house table

This table is Beautiful. it is the perfect farm house table

can get it for $5 its pretty rough.

I wait here for about 15 mins for the guy running the sale to return. There are 3 of us waiting. Apparently he’s off returning a rental car, I don’t ask.

As a car pulls up my dreams of a $5 table disappear. It’s the older man with the BS, I mean stories. I knew there was no way I was getting that table for $5. When I ask him for his best price he says, “I know you know what that is.” he says. Here we go. “No.” I say. “It’s antique primitive.” he say.  hmm good bluff . I don’t know what an antique primitive is.  I see an old table.

“I need $15.” he says.

$15 is not a bad starting point

“How about $10.” I say.  “No, no.” he says can do that. He stands firm. Crap I never like to pay more than $1o. I keep talking,  not happy to leave with out it. I offer $12 he accepts. Yeah! He got another $2 out of me.

Before  I bought the table it was covered with garage sale  goodies so I couldn’t see the top. As  I look at it I can see that the table is made from reclaimed wood. It has a ton character. $22 for two awesome tables is a great start. Till next time. Melissa