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I got this sweet little table through an online auction right before Valentine’s Day. It would have been perfect to put in my booth for Valentine’s Day, but there I didn’t have time. So I pretty much decided to hang onto it and have it ready for that day next year.
In the meantime, my sister had come over to visit me, and wanted to go through my “hoarders stash” and found three things she wanted and asked me to paint in the colors of her choice. This was one of them so here ya go. She remembered me mentioning that I was saving it but asked if she could have it. Hey, a customer is a customer and if she requested it, she gets it, after all she “is” my sister and she can have first dibs.
She wanted this painted with Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue but requested no distressing or anything to shabby chic it much. Although distressed that I couldn’t distress this piece, I got over it. She did say stenciling was ok and said to surprise her on what kind of stenciling. She did ask that it be done in a lightened version of the paint color so I did. That’s easy enough.
I chose my “cherry blossom” stencil and applied it several times on the top and once on the bottom shelf. A clear wax was applied overall, and then a glazed version of the dark wax was applied to gently age it. After buffing it out, there is a soft and satiny sheen. I think she will be happy with it.
I have to mention how sweet my sister is. Her reason for the visit was to belatedly celebrate my May birthday, since she had been on vacation in Mexico. She brought back some awesome Mexican chocolate as well as a beautiful purple handbag. If you’ve been reading my articles for any length of time, you realize I have an obsession with purple. Oh and she took me out for breakfast and I thanked her by dragging her all over Grant County to see my favorite places: Mullins Log Cabin Getaway south of Williamstown, Country Hearts Crafts and Supplies in downtown Williamstown, and the newest place, Sweet Buy and Buy just west of Dry Ridge KY a bit on Taft Hwy 22, full of awesome antiques!
While we were driving around, I saw a beautiful hydrangea and mentioned that “someday” I was going to get one. Can you believe that after she had drove home to Walton, she came back later with a gorgeous blooming hydrangea for me? I was blown away that she would go out and purchase that after already blessing me with gifts and breakfast! So of course, I had to picture her newly painted and stenciled table next to the hydrangea she gave me.
Norma Oliver, owner of Norma’s Kentiques, is a happily married empty nester who has raised six children. She loves to hunt down ugly and rejected furniture that is still valuable and sturdy. Each piece is given a distinctive look, often through a professionally applied chalk paint and wax finish process. These bargain accent pieces are then sold at her booth within the Georgetown Peddler’s Mall (inside-far left). See more of Norma’s Kentiques on her Facebook page and visit her blog at www.normaskentiques.com.