Thursday, June 30, 2011

Space A at Traditions Antique Mall

I know, I know I promised to show you the little nightstand that I was painting with my Annie Sloan chalk paint, but I have not yet finished with the final touches so I will give you a peek as soon as it is complete. Until then....
I brought my camera to the antique mall on Wednesday and snapped some photos of my three spaces that I have there.  I will show one space at a time...I start today with Space A.  Let me know if you have any questions about anything in my photos.

The is the space where I display the majority of the Botanica line of shea butter soaps, lotions, and powders that I carry.  They are one of my best sellers. I have many repeat customers since the scents are wonderful and they are beautifully packaged.

I refer to this space as "Space A" since it is the first of my spaces you happen by in the mall, although it is the last one that I acquired.  It is my "shabby chic" space.  I painted the wall a chocolate color.  It's a great contrast color for my white furniture.

These stools are a recent find. I love the carved out backs.

I am able to display my vintage lighting in this space since I have a low ceiling.

 I love vintage tole chandeliers.

 I love this little garden bench.  I just didn't have the heart to paint it.  I love the patina. I sanded some of the chippy paint off to expose the original gray-colored aluminum.  Cast aluminum won't will last forever.

 This is a wonderful Italian venetian mirror.  I have a similar one in my guest bath and I just love it.  It adds a bit of glam to any room!
 I love, love, love this chest of drawers!  I have had it for awhile...and have found a set of pulls to replace the ones on top so I can move the top ones to the bottom...I just need to do it. The chest is soooo well made...and the drawers slide with such ease...the details on the escutcheons are beautiful  and is painted in an oil paint and then is hand-painted with a swag on the top drawer. I know the right person will come along soon and will love it as I do!

Have you ever seen a curvy wicker dress form?  She's available.  The rusty screen...sorry, not available...some things are just for display.
And, everyone looks at the tag on this one....unfortunately, it's not for sale...yet.  There is a mirrored back...three pieces in all, but one is broken and needs to be ordered.  The sides were wood, but we're going to replace them with glass...and glass shelves.  I'll let you know when it's complete.  Even though it wasn't quite ready I was glad to get it out of my house.
I hope you have been able to get a feel for my first space.  If you head to the mall, please look for my tags: The Rusty Gate, Antiques and Vintage Chic, dealer 124.
 Traditions Antique Mall is located on SR 44 in Wildwood, just 3 miles east of I-75. 
OPEN 7 days!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Here are the pictures for my post below:

My FIRST official POST!'s never gonna happen if I don't give it a try.  Sue, my first follower! from Suebees-KarenSue has been trying to get me to make my first post, but I was wanting my front page to look "perfect". So, it is not, yet, as I want it to look, but we can keep working on it, right? I am not sure how to add photos to the top (fender?)or whether this is even going to post correctly, but here goes... 
I went to Tampa to Robyn Story Designs on Saturday to buy my first two cans of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint and a can of clear and a can of dark wax.  I was anxious to try them out so here are the pictures of my very first project.  I LOVE the paint but, I need to practice a bit with the dark wax...only need a little bit...but easy to clean up the over-wax by clear waxing and also a little more sanding.
I used the "Old White" on the sconces and layered the dark then clear wax. I am getting ready to start a new project...a night stand with "Old White" on the body of the piece and "Louis Blue" on the drawers.  I'll post the pictures when I'm finished. 
Check out the sconces I just finished. (I hope the pictures show up!) If the pictures don't show up, Sue, help!!!
Here goes....