For someone who loves vintage, antiques and wishes she had lived in the 40s and 50s, I have um...eclectic musical tastes :) My holy trinity consists of Nick Lowe, Warren Zevon and Neil Young. A close 4th is Dave Edmunds (it's a bit difficult to be a Nick Lowe acolyte and not love Mr Edmunds as well). My post title comes from this Edmunds tune:
Anywho - here's my first real attempt at transforming something icky to something kinda Frenchy. It's not as successful as I would have liked, but it's a start (my lack of photography skills aren't any help, either).
I had a 4-piece set of really ugly copper canisters circa 1985. They weren't the real stuff - if they were, I would have been guarding them with my life instead of spray painting them antique white. They were from S&H Green Stamps (all you bloggers under about 40 - run go Wikipedia that phrase...I'll wait) and they were just really ugly. I don't have a "before" picture of them, but they kinda look liked this - only really hideous:
My first step was to spray paint them antique white (apologies again - I didn't take step by step photos).
I then used some label graphics from the goddess who is the Graphics Fairy. I simply photocopied them in reverse image and used Modge Podge to transfer them using that method.
After letting them dry overnight, I dampened the paper and rolled off the excess. I scuffed the labels up a bit with some finer grit sandpaper.
Finally, I painted on/wiped off MinWax stain in #2716 Dark Walnut.
I know these photos are execrable, but after I finished the work, I took the set to my friends' house. It was Easter Sunday and she had a houseful of women. I prevaricated (coff) and told them I bought them at a flea market and what did they think? I had 2 of them offer to buy the set from me on the spot ($45) and the others thought they were really great. When I explained the origins, they couldn't believe it. Until you pick it up and feel how light it is, you'd swear it was very old stoneware.
Anyway - there it is. I wish I could devote more time to spiffing up my blog and doing more of these crafty things but I have a 100-mile a day commute to a soul-sucking job I was fortunate to find after being laid off for 11 months. Some days I come home, walk the dog, pour a glass of wine, run a bubble bath and collapse. Dave Edmunds - take me away!