Traveling France – Flea/Marche Finds!

Traveling France – Flea/Marche Finds!

We began our day with the first destination of Carpentras Sunday Marche with no clue that there was a very similar marche just around the corner from us!  We both stopped dead in our tracks and said, “Oh, my.  Here we go!”  There is just about anything here that you may be collecting.

Cours Mirabeau, Aix en Provence

Cours Mirabeau, Aix en Provence

I’ve been on the hunt for some older lace and linen, but the prices are incredibly high.  For a 36×36 lace tablecloth it was $70 Euro!  For a small motif piece of lace, $20 Euro!  Yikes!

Aix en Provence Flea Market

Aix en Provence Flea Market

I would love to figure out a way to make this chair (or any of them) adhere to me and board a plane!  There have been way too many I am leaving behind I would love to have!

Mirrors from here would be awesome refinished with some of the Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint!  Check out the instruments and the piles of fun treasure to look through!  So many items that I could use for furniture painting and utilize into my Mixed Media Art!

Antique Mirror

Antique Mirror

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Old Violin

Carpentras Antique Flea Market

Carpentras Antique Flea Market

I spy a copper pot – do you?  Not only did we grab this pot and, of course, it weighs two tons, that didn’t deter Neadeen from lugging it to the car.  In the photo below, shows another find that will one day end up in a painting for sure!  Don’t you just love the warm colors of copper – this look for sure will be attempted onto a piece of furniture!

Both of us will be overpacked and have some weight to our luggage.  Do you think this piece will fit in Neadeen’s largest piece of luggage along with the other seven pieces of copper she purchased?  Stay tuned for that as we promise to video us trying to get everything into suitcases and carry-ons!

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Large copper pitcher

Check out this display from a vendor that had some of the most beautiful pieces of silver.

Check out the silver this vendor has!

Check out the silver this vendor has!

Me thinks this could possibly have to carry all our luggage to the airplane in 5 days!  Hehehe……….

Neadeen and Barbara's luggage?

Neadeen and Barbara’s luggage?

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Barbara!

 

Traveling France – Case of the traveling luggage

Traveling France – Case of the traveling luggage

Landing and meeting Neadeen at the Paris airport was a breeze.  Going through customs, claim luggage and she was standing right outside my exit – perfect.  Well maybe too perfect of a start.

Relaxing before the train ride

Relaxing before the train ride

We begin to wander looking for a restroom because we had more than enough time to kill before catching the TGV train to Aix.  Taking our time there, we meander to the train station area.  Okay, looking at all those machines, how do we know which one we need to use that will give us our tickets that have been reserved and paid for.  We stand contemplating the machine for a lengthy time and finally an American man walks over and gets us started.  Okay, on a roll now.  Little did we know, but he had stood back behind us to see if we were able to obtain our tickets.  He came back and once again helped us and finally the tickets are in our hand!  His suggestion was to validate our tickets before the 15 minute boarding time.  WooHoo, that means time to relax and have a cup of coffee.

TGV Machine

TGV Machine

Half an hour before we are to depart, we head out to find where to validate the tickets.  Down another level, but the escalator is broken.  Yikes!  The elevator is found with a long line waiting.  Patiently we wait our turn and make it to the lower level.  Validate the tickets and decide to wait to see the platform number listed.  Nothing posted, so I run up the stairs and wait for it to be posted.  Oh NO!  It’s on the other side of the tracks!  We have to go back up a level (no escalator in sight) and the line is way to long for a 15 minute window.  Only option is to pull the luggage up via the stairs – never mind that we each have a 50 lb piece and another one weighing close to that!  Figuring I would try to handle the two large pieces, I try to drag them up – nope, stopped dead in my tracks.  Grabbing the two smaller ones I tug them up to the half way point and walk back down.  Neadeen is laughing hystarically.  So hard she cannot get up the stairs.  I’m thinking, “Oh, no we will miss the train!”  Come to find out, two men on another train were watching us and laughing like crazy making her crack up.  We giggle over that and are still as we make our way to the platform.  What?  Now we need to go all the way to the far end to get on the car needed!  Neadeen was wishing we could be like Harry Potter and walk right on through the posts! Trucking down farther, we are still laughing as we board the train.  Just make it into the doors before they shut and see there is absolutely no place for the luggage.  All the space is taken up!

Harry Potter?

Harry Potter?

Still laughing everyone in the car is watching (two French men included) as we manage to get all four pieces up onto seats!  Whew, down we sit.  This isn’t the best picture and one piece still isn’t up there yet.

Piled luggage

We get off in Aix En Provence trying to figure out the signs to point us to get the bus into town.  We meet up with four others doing the same thing.  Of course we have to go up the elevator, down on the other side.  Then back up again but wait down again!  Oops, wrong side of the terminal.  So back up and down,  Walk and bit and go back up and down again!  Not a prob but forgot to mention, the elevator on this last part was not working.  Another episode of this time sliding the luggage down a long flight of stairs.  The bus arrives within minutes so all is good!  Dumping us out at a point of Aix of who knows where is the next hurdle!  We finally ask a young gal to help us and she walks with us a bit to make sure we find our way.

I promise to take a photo tomorrow of the place that Google maps had been taking us to.  You guessed it, the wrong place.  I’ll talk more on that tomorrow because you have got to see a photo to understand the humor in this move!

Finally arrive at the right address, insert key and whoopee – in we are!  But in the dark!  Drat, where is that flashlight when you need it – ah, no worries there is a light switch.  With light, we see an added bonus of, yep, you guessed it an “elevator” to the third floor!  As the door opens up, we almost double over with laughter again!  It’s big enough for one person or the two largest pieces of luggage.  Brilliant plan but the elevator won’t move!  Hey, we know what to do,  struggle up the stairs with the other two pieces and push the elevator button from the third floor!  Walla – worked like a charm.  After much more ado, we finally get all the locks open and in we are!

Chest to chest we can both fit in here!

Chest to chest we can both fit in here!

From laughing so hard, we do a frantic search for the bathroom.  Oh, no, we cannot locate it and we continue laughing!  Worried we were going to have to do the unthinkable, Neadeen discovers it – the last door to be opened!  Was bringing the heavy luggage worth it – oh, yeah, baby.  We are here for three weeks and it’s awesome.

Someone must have had karma and knew beers were going to be needed!  Don’t know why they were in the fridge, but blessed be the one that put them there!  We will gladly replace them and add extras!  We eat some yummy pizza from across the street and must call it a day – a splendid day at that.  Anytime you can laugh you way through 10 hours is glorious!

Blessed be the beer  providers!

Blessed be the beer
providers!

Don’t forget to “like” my fb artist to laugh with us through our journey from France!

Quite a switch from my normal blogs about furniture painting and mixed media art?  lol

Until tomorrow – Goodnight from Aix En Provence, France.

 

Maison Blanche Furniture Paint to the Rescue!

Maison Blanche Furniture Paint to the rescue!

This mirror was glorious in its day a decade ago.  I have a few of them myself, but this one was a find on a local garage sale site.  It’s heavy and has a wonderful quality mirror in it.  Definitely not ready for the junkyard!  Look what a few layers of furniture paint can do to home decor besides updating furniture!

Furniture paint revives a dated mirror

Furniture paint revives a dated mirror

Those clunky old gold frames are so ready to be renewed.  What better way than to use Maison Blanche furniture paint?  This mirror really is fabulous but not in gold!  The first step was to give it a good cleaning with TSP.  It was also a beautiful day to photograph outside and capture the wonderful blue sky in Texas.

 

 

Frame first layer is Silver Mink

Frame first layer is Silver Mink

This frame begged for layering to enhance the very ornate detail it has.  The color family that was aimed for was in the grays so the first layer down was Silver Mink.  When you have a surface this ornate that has so many crevices, don’t use a pristine brush!  This multi-purpose round work great and is very reasonably priced.

 

 

A layer of Confederate Gray was added and wiped back.

A layer of Confederate Gray was added and wiped back.

After the Silver Mink was dry a layer of Confederate Gray was applied.  While it was still wet, it was wiped back to reveal some of the Silver Mink.  This accents the high points of the mirrors detail and deepens the crevice area.

 

 

 

 

Glaze using Translucide and Wrought Iron.

Glaze using Translucide and Wrought Iron.

Last a glaze of Wrought Iron + Translucide was applied.  Don’t you love how the detail in this frame now stands out?

 

 

 

 

 

New Look - New Home

New Look – New Home

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Furniture Paint Giveaway!

How about a Furniture Paint Giveaway!  Possibility of receiving 2 sample 4 oz jars of Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint plus an additional surprise in the shipment!

Two 4 oz jars of Sample paint will be given away Sept. 3

Two 4 oz jars of Sample paint will be given away Sept. 3

Go to my facebook artist page to have your name entered.  This will give many of you a possibility of giving Maison Blanche furniture paint a try.  There are so many possibilities for painting furniture with this paint.  Each sample jar will complete a small furniture sample.  How awesome no priming and no stripping sound?  Yep, that’s right, to begin to repurpose your furniture the only prep is to be certain it is clean.  My artist page is also full of tips and ideas for you.  Check out the YouTube videos I have available.

 

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! Two 4 oz. samples jars of Maison Blanche Paint + a surprise will be given away. To enter –
like and share my artist page then leave a comment to have your name included. I will draw the name on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:00. So please LIKE, SHARE and LEAVE A COMMENT!  You must LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT or your name will not be included.

Check out my website for all the fabulous colors and mediums available for updating and painting furniture!

Barbara

 

Painted Kitchen Cabinets!

The painted kitchen cabinets get the most comments in my home.  Everyone oh’s and ah’s when they see them and were easy and fun to do.  Two years later, I still love them and so do others when they see them.

metallic painted kitchen cabinets

metallic painted kitchen cabinets

first cabinet doors were primed

first cabinet doors were primed

Because I was not using one of the many paints that have a chalk base in them, the cabinets had to be primed.  There are several companies out there that provide a great primer for this.  Two from the top of my head are Faux Effects and Modern Masters.  All the doors were removed along with the hardware.  I find it easy and faster to not work around them!  The white primer was placed on both sides of the doors and the cabinet framework.  Allow this to dry for at least 24 hours to allow for proper curing.

 

1st layer of metallic paint was green

1st layer of metallic paint was green

The first layer of a metallic green paint (I used a green that leaned to the gray hue) was placed on both the framework, drawer fronts and cabinet doors.  I chose to do the back of the doors but was not too concerned about the process I used – meaning I wanted them darker since they will be closed most of the time.  Using a large chip brush is the easiest way to “get” the paint on.  Neatness isn’t part of this process!  You just want to make sure you have good (opaque) coverage at this point.

 

add additional color layers on cabinets

add additional color layers on cabinets

The next step was to apply a “dry brush” to almost streak on some of a metallic bronze tone to the cabinet framework and back of the cabinet doors.  The look was easily achieved using a 3″ chip brush.  Believe me, the neatness approach is not what you want to do!  You will loose the look and depth.

Again, “dry brush” or streak look metallic dark brown as applied using another 3″ chip brush.  Again, neatness doesn’t work.

Once these layers were dry, a somewhat heavy streak/dry brush was applied with the green again.  Care was not taken to be certain that too much was applied because it very easily is broken up by applying one of the previous colors to break up any areas if necessary.  My choice was to keep these cabinets more into the green value but these colors could easily be applied to have any of the other colors dominant.

Because a metallic paint was used, it’s important to be certain you use a varnish that is made to be applied over metallics.  My entire goal was to add some reflective quality to my kitchen and I didn’t want to loose that at this stage!  I sent my husband to pick up a gallon for me and got quite a humorous comment from him.  When he was told the price, he asked where the rest of the case was!  But, seriously, like in most situations, products are made to work with each other for a reason and using proper vanish is worth it’s value.  Two coats were applied for extra hardness because I am one that continuously wipes down my cabinets.

Hardware was applied and cabinet pulls were put on which also gave these cabinets a finished look.  One word of caution – the bronze in these cabinets did limit the choice of hardware.

The length of time for all my doors, drawers and frame (42 in all and many of them quite tall) only took me 3 days from start to finish.  That includes the 24 hour drying time for the primer, rehanging the doors and putting on the new handles.

You, too, can easily have your kitchen cabinets painted.  It’s a fast, easy with not much physical labor and your kitchen is updated and looking refreshed.

I love the finished look and next my walls were textured and repainted.  I’d love some feedback on what you think of the before and after results.  These pictures show only a corner of my kitchen that have cabinets.

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Barbara

Before Kitchen Cabinets

BEFORE Kitchen Cabinets

metallic painted kitchen cabinets

AFTER painted kitchen cabinets