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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, August 16, 2011

From Gaudy to Glam!

Hello Ladies,
You all know how addicted to much I love spray paint!  Heirloom White, in particular!
Well, last week while out hunting for treasures, I nearly jumped up and down with excitement when I spotted a huge vintage syroco candle sconce. And I mean huge!  It measures 35" long, and holds 5 taper candles.  Of course it was the gaudiest of gaudy golds when I discovered it.  So, as soon as I got home, I began her transformation!   I don't want to scare you by showing the "before" first, so I will give you just a glimpse of what she looks like now!
 Ok, ladies!  Get your sunglasses out!  This baby was blindingly bright gold!  Wowzer!  At least this time I remembered to take her photo before I got started with her makeover!
 Ahhhhhhh!  What a difference paint makes, don't you think?

 A bit of distressing reveals all of her wonderful details.  Simply shabbylicious!
 I am loving all of her curves!

And the beautiful floral details as well!

 I have put this beauty in my Etsy shop, but if she doesn't sell, I've got just the right place for her!

I am linking todays post with Faded Charm, for White Wednesday.
I'm also linking up with Debra over at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday. Be sure not to miss it!!


Trisha said...

I think 2 of my aunt's and my grandma have this in their homes-but they love the gawdy gold! I am in complete agreement with you-paint it white! I came across 5 Syroco pieces at a garage sale last week and picked them up for $1-I was channeling my inner-Donna and knew a good thing when I saw it!!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a difference and how grand will that look in just the right place!

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I can just see you doing the happy dance on that great piece. Looks wonderful and it won't last long.


Tete said...

Yeah and not a speck of glitter. Looks so much better. How much of this stuff is just thrown out? I think you need to head for the local landfill.
Hugs- Tete

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love those vintage pieces. They are so Frenchy chic. I have seen lots but never one as big as yours. What a score! HWW

Kim K. said...

You have gotten really good at finding thrifty things in your new state. I'm always impressed. Gorgeous, Donna.

Love of the Sea said...

Shabbylicious - what a perfect word to describe this piece. You out did yourself with this transformation. I love all of your Heirloom white pieces.

Veronica said...

Looks amazing and you just remindedme that I have something simolar tucked away that i need to haul out and overhaul!


ImSoVintage said...

It's definitely a beauty now.
Happy to be a new follower from White Wednesday.

Bente said...

Amazing what some paint can do. Beautiful.


Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I think Syroco actually looks for YOU instead of the other way around! What an improvement!!!

esss said...

That looks great! I really like the colors you used.Thanks for taking the time to share your view with us.
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Silver Pennies said...

Just lovely! It will soon find a new home, I'm sure - after all, who could resist such charm and beauty?

Miss Gracie's House said...

With those great lines...they are a breeze to shabby-up...so pretty!

Ido said...

Where do you find all that fabulousity? I will be taking a trip to WA on memorial day to look at houses, we may be moving there pretty soon and then, you can pass me tips on where to find all those beautiful sconces :) please :)