I want to talk for a moment about this plate wall in my dining room. I did this by myself one Thursday night back in the Summer (right after I got home from work) when big Daddy was in a late meeting and I instantly loved it! And I am not the least bit tired of it. I’m thinking about doing another plate wall in our bedroom with black Transferware.
The two words that have inspired more knockoffs than any other Home decor franchise . Their style is amazing, timeless, always fresh and I can identify it from a mile away. I could make a fairly imposing list of items I’ve drooled over in a Pottery Barn catalog over the years, and up pretty high on the list
would be these:
I’ve had them in my virtual cart lots of times. Even with a 15% off coupon, I could never pull the trigger.
On Thursday on my way home from my day job I made a few stops for some fun stuff that would insure a productive weekend for me. The weathermen (ALL of them) were forecasting a major snow for the Southeast and I was preparing for a weekend of being snowed in with Big Daddy.
Boy, did I ever get my wish.
We got over 13 inches of beautiful snow , the kind of snow that sticks to everything. My very favorite kind of snow!
So here’s what I picked up:
I whirled in to Goodwill and found a pair of old brass lamp bases for $2 each. Then I stopped by my local Annie Sloan stockist and picked up a couple of sample size paints in Graphite and French Linen and I was ready for the weekend.
I chose the French Linen for the two lamp bases and let me just tell you that I LOVE this color!
It took two coats for comlete coverage and I let both bases cure over night before I dug out my waxes and a shop towel and went to town on them.
I want to preface the rest of this post by tell y’all right now: A LOT of wax went on these lamps . . . . And A LOT came off. Yes it was time consuming but I had nothing to do but sit at my kitchen table in front of our big bay window, watch it snow and play with the finish on these lamps.
It was time well spent, in my humble opinion.
Where have you been all my life?
Believe me when I tell y’all that I’m kicking my own butt for never using this color before. It is a warm, rich Greige. And the addition of dark wax takes it to a whole new level.
In all the right places.
I began with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax and immediately applied the dark before the clear had time to dry. I did both lamps back to back and then got a clean , fresh shop towel and wiped all the excess wax off. Lastly , I went back with the dark and filled in the cracks in the turned part of the bases. Don’t forget, clear wax is a solvent. If you think you’ve applied too much dark wax, clear will remove it.
These linen drum shades where a great find over the Summer at Goodwill. They are brand new, still in the plastic Target shades for $7 each. I don’t know about y’all but if I can find a new lampshade for under $10, I do the Snoopy dance.
I don’t care where I am.
I have another pair of lamps that I also painted this weekend and I hope to be sharing them later this week .
Have a great week!
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