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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Heirloom White

I thought I'd take a break from spray painting to do a bit of blogging.  I have been busy painting my heart out, working a little magic on all the garage sale stuff I got last weekend!  I am afraid that I've fallen a bit behind on may gardening, so as soon as I'm done here, I've got to get outside & get busy!  It's no secret that I love Heirloom White spray paint!  And Ralph Lauren's antiquing glaze in "Smoke", too!  I wanted to share with you today some of the pieces that I picked up at yard sales over the past weeks.  Isn't it amazing what a bit of paint can do?

I am so excited with the way this wall sconce and plaques turned out!  They are made of Syroco (a type of resin), and were gold, as you can see in the before shot below.  I really love how the antiquing glaze brings out all of the detail!
Ok, I showed you the "before" of this cast iron door stop a few weeks ago.  It actually was a lot uglier in person than in the photo!  Look what a little H.W. can do!  It's perfect in for our kitchen!

This vintage corner curio shelf looks oh, so much better with her face lift, don't you think?!
I'm afraid that I don't have a before picture of this vintage wooden bowl.   As soon as I brought it home from garage saling, I got busy spray painting it! While it wasn't ugly by any means, I just knew that a bit of H.W. & Ralph would kick it up a notch!

I sure don't know what I'll do if Rustoleum ever decides to discontinue Heirloom White, ditto with Ralph!

Enjoy the rest of your day!  Now I'm off to do some serious yard work!
I am linking up with Faded Charm for White Wednesday, and Reinvented for Trash to Treasure Tuesday, and Pajama Party, at My Life In PJs. Be sure to stop in & see all of the great ideas!
Also joining Jan over at BobbyPins Boardwalk, for her fun Bragfest, and  Beyond the Picket Fence Under $100 linky party!


NanaKaren said...

Everything looks wonderful...especially the now white cast iron piece. Such a HUGE improvement!

mizdarlin said...

I admit it, Yer Honour, I am normally not a fan of white almost anything..but I have to admit, I like the pedestal bowl-it still retains its inherent funkiness..

Anita said...

You have been a busy little bee! I really like the little shelf in white. The scrolliness (thats a word right?) just shows up so much better now.

Victoria said...

Everything turned out gorgeous! I love the corner shelf, so cute:)

sissie said...

I agree Donna! Wherever would we be without HW? Gastly thought! LOL

Everything transformed so beautifully. Especially the cast iron doorstop.

It's all lovely.


Sherry said...

Wonderful! It all looks better with a coat of spray paint.

BailiwickStudio said...

What ever would we do without spray paint??? The revamped pieces look wonderful. ::Jill

Christine said...

Okay, that bowl is my favorite! I totally LOVE it!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Just leave to white and everything will be better!

Cabin and Cottage said...

What a dramatic change! You ended up with some fantastic beauties! You deserve a break! HWW! Jacqueline

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Lovely whites! The change to white is so simple but gives everything a completely different look! Beautiful! The sconces are my favorite!

Jude said...

And here I am, spraying everything black. This is a good reminder of how lovely white can look, too!
A big friendly "wave" to you from Old Cape Cod,
Jude at
dolcecapecod dot blogspot.com

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Gotta love white spray paint! It always amazes me after a coat of it how much better something looks! I like dove white too and like to mix and match them. Thanks for stopping by, I always love it when I meet a fellow Michigander! Theresa

32˙North said...

Amazing how the sconces were transformed - major improvements!


Prior said...

The paint really transformed these pieces! Great eye! Lezlee

Kathy said...

I do like the changes! You're inspiring me to get out there and finish some of my projects; instead of the much needed laundry!

God Bless,

~~Carol~~ said...

I was telling my husband the other day that I want to buy stock in Rustoleum, because of all the Heirloom White that I buy, along with a ton of other bloggers!
I absolutely love those diamond-shaped pieces of Syroco! They look fabulous painted white!
Happy White Wednesday!

Glenda... said...

I love that you are antiquing some things to bring out the ooomph in them...my mom did that for all her life...thrifted something, painted and antiqued it...It's in my blood.
I enjoy your blog very much...
I think I am a new follower...

Wendy said...

Great transformations! I am going to have to look for the glaze you used! I bought the exact same shelf for Maddie's room and wanted to paint it white, but she liked it the way it was! I love how it turned out white! I'll have to show her your picture.
I remember when you posted about the doorstop...looks fantastic white!

Holly said...

You just have to love heirloom white spray paint! It is an essential item! I will have to check out that smoke glaze. I love a good glaze too. Great finds!

Amy Kinser said...

Love your whites.

Partying with you tonight.

Debbie said...

Wow! what great stuff! and I love how you transformed everything to a creamy white.
Your blog is wonderful! LOVE anything cottagey and French. I was in France for a month with my late husband visiting with his family...lovely memories.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.
I'm a new follower of yours too!

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

it covers a multitude of sins!

Ela@lifeinmypjs.com said...


Thanks so much for linking up to Pajama Party at Life In My Pjs!!


Musings from Kim K. said...

Gosh you are productive. Does Katie keep you company while you paint? I agree white does make a HUGE difference on your transformations. Fabulous!

Musings from Kim K. said...

You certainly do find all sorts of wonderful objects to transform. Garage sales are good to you!

PS. Hasn't it felt like fall in MI lately? Such cool temps.