Sunday, May 18, 2014

New Behind The Wall Photos

I did some re-arranging, added some items and took some new photos.  I'm headed to an auction today.  Hopefully I will have new inventory to add next week!

Don't forget to head on over to Behind The Wall on Etsy  for a great selection of antiques, collectibles and vintage items for sale.  See ya after the auction!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Before and After Gossip Bench Project

This is a gossip bench I picked up at an auction a few weeks ago.  It was filthy and missing a screw or two and some needed to be tightened.  Other than that, it was in pretty good shape.  No one seemed to be interested in it, so I got lucky and got it real cheap.  After agonizing for a few weeks over what to do with it, I finally came up with an idea and this is how it turned out.  

I used a regular satin latex brown paint called Riding Boots for the base color and Natural Aspen for the accents and table.  When the base color was still slightly damp, I rubbed it with a damp cloth to achieve the worn or distressed look.  Well, I didn't really like the way it looked, so I applied what you might call a wash with the second color (Natural Aspen).  I just used a wet brush dipped in the paint and then wiped the excess off on newspaper before applying to the bench.  

Well, I still thought it needed something, so I just happened to have a fern leaf stencil.  I agonized over using that for about 30 minutes and finally said, "Give it a shot. You can always sand it off and start over."  So, I did, and I really liked the extra little something it gave to the whole thing. 

The final step was applying a light coat of a combination walnut stain and polyurethane. And, to me, that made it look just a little bit better.  So there you have it.  I am satisfied with it and it is now for sale in my booth  down town.  I just hope at least one other person likes it.  

I have not been to furniture painting classes and I am certainly not an expert when it comes to doing this type of thing, but I enjoy it a lot and I am learning along the way.  In my opinion, I think anyone could do this if they wanted to, and develop their own style.  

There is an auction coming up next week and hopefully I will be lucky enough to come up with another project.

If anyone has any comments or ideas, please feel free to share them.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Starting The New Year With New Items On eBay

Well, here we are beginning another year.  I keep telling myself it's going to be a good one, and so far I can't complain.  December and the first half of this month have been pretty good as far as selling goes, but if I don't start finding replacements for the things I sell, it will go down hill fast....and the pickins are slim around here right now.  We need to take a road trip to some place warm.

There was an estate sale this weekend, but it didn't look worth the drive, so we skipped it.  I ended up finding a few things just around town.  I found a box full of wooden letters in 3 different sizes for a real good price. The largest are 14" high.  Letters seem to be a hot item these days, so I should be able to move them and get my money back pretty quickly.  Some of the other items I found are now listed on eBay.  You can check them out below.

Oh, and I almost forgot...... GO BRONCOS!!

                                                              Brass Boot Match Holder    
                                                                Rogers Ice Tea Spoons
                                                        Permanent Micro Core Saucepan
                                                   Permanent Micro Core Fry Pan Saucepan
                                              Vintage Wool Cashmere Western Style Jacket
                                             Remington Two Tone Green Portable Typewriter
                                                    Antique Remington Portable Typewriter