There’s no doubt in my mind that I have “shopping angels.”  These are not your run-of-the-mill-help-you-in-a-life-threatening-situation-angels.  I definitely believe in those; I feel their work everyday.  But I’m talking here about a specific group of angels that are tasked with the sole purpose of helping me to find exactly what I’m looking for when I’m out shopping.  (If you think, I’m kidding, let me assure you that I’m totally NOT!)

Sometimes my angels lead me to the right store at the right time.  Other times they lead me to find something that I never even knew I needed but come find I couldn’t have lived without.

This week they came through for me again when they led me to the exact thing I was looking for: burlap fabric (I know, random!) and for next to nothing.

You see, I’ve been wanting to cover the back wall of my antiques booth in burlap fabric for several months now.  I want to cover up that God-awful white pegboard.  I just love the neutral color and texture that burlap provides, and I think it looks great next to all that chippy paint of the furniture I redo.  I especially like the contrast of burlap and gold and brass, oh my!

So off I went on Monday to Joann Fabric to buy some burlap.  Ever since I won Joann’s nursery decorating contest last year, I’ve been hitting them up first before my other craft-store-love, Hobby Lobby.  That $500 gift card has seen me through many projects, but now I’m down to just $40. (Insert frowny face!)

Joann CouponDid you know that all of the big craft stores offer 40% off one item if you download their app and scan the code at the register?  The problem is that you, uh, have to not forget your phone at home to use it, which is what I did on Monday.  There wasn’t one coupon to be had in that store, so I left.  I’m not a pay-full-price kinda girl, if you hadn’t guessed.  There was no way I was paying the full price of $40 for the ten yards of burlap, even if it was “free” with my gift card.  I planned to go the next day.

But the following day was a long one.  My baby was sorta cranky, so I wasn’t willing to chance a meltdown in Joann Fabric.  Instead I decided to take him to the local mall to play in one of those germ-infested play areas.  (Don’t judge – I was desperate!)

Down the road we went when a thought popped into my head.  “Why don’t you go to Hope Thrift instead of the mall?”  Hmmm.  That’s a great idea.  It’s right next to the hardware store that sells the new brand of paint I want to try so I could kill two birds with one stone.

As I turned the car around and headed in the direction of the thrift shop, I tried to ignore that little bit of mommy guilt that started to creep in for not letting my son go play.   I swear my son’s first words are going to be, “Ma, seriously…Goodwill again?!”

Instead I just focused on the feeling that I had that there was going to be something special at the shop for me.

I browsed for awhile and then headed toward the linens.  On the first table I came to,  I saw what looked like a queen size blanket.  At least, that’s what the original package from Kohl’s said.  The material was tan in color and the loose weave resembled burlap.  Ohhh, but softer.  This could work!  I started to get excited (think rapid heart beat and shallow breaths).

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Before I could even calculate how many yards a queen size blanket was, I unzipped the plastic bag and began to pull it out.  Slowly I unfolded it to find that it was not a queen size blanket as indicated on the package, but…wait for it….approximately 9 yards of the most beautiful, soft, burlap-esque fabric you could imagine.  I did a little happy dance in the aisle.

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But before I could get too excited, there was the little problem of the price tag.  Even though I would have spent $24 on the burlap at Joann, $20 was WAY too much to spend at the thrift shop.   Now, ordinarily I would not ask for a price reduction at a thrift shop, especially one that is a charity organization for a church, which this one was.  But, I felt that this poor fabric was misrepresented as a queen size blanket.  So off to the register I went.  The sweet lady at the register was very accommodating to my request, and when she threw out $3 as the price, I knew it was not only meant to be, but heaven-sent.

How can you NOT believe in “shopping angels” when you are led to the exact thing, (No, better!) than what you were looking for at the exact moment you needed it?!

Booth picThe beautiful fabric is now hanging in my booth at Odd Balls Antiques and I just can’t believe what a difference it makes.  It just warms up the space so much.  And every time I see it, I will think about how my angels led me to it.

Do you believe in “shopping angels?”  Have you ever experience them?  Tell me about it!

Well, it’s official.  I’m in love.

I wondered if it would ever happen to me – if I would ever meet the perfect….paint…that I’d want to spend the rest of my life with.   I’ve dated so many paints over the past years: Annie Sloan, CeCe Caldwell, Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint.  All turned my head and kept my attention for a while.  They were well-bred, good looking, but also high maintenance and sometimes unpredictable.  Oh, and expensive.  These were short term love affairs.  Don’t get wrong, I still like to have a one-night stand with them every once in a while, but it just wasn’t the true love I was looking for.

I’ve been going steady with my current DIY “chalk paint” for a long time now.   Although there are a ton of recipes out there, 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout plus a tablespoon of water added to about a cup of paint has served me well through hundreds of pieces.  It’s been good, but not great.  It can be temperamental and dare I say, lumpy.  Let’s face it.  Lumpy is almost never a good thing.  Oh, and it smelled.

You know how when you’re in a long-term relationship and it’s fine; it’s working. But then you meet a new guy and you’re like, “Wow, I didn’t know how bad it was!”  That’s what my relationship with homemade chalk paint has been like.  So I went searching for something better.  A chalk paint that would give me the flexibility of color but inexpensive and easy to use.

Well, I finally found it.  The perfect paint.  Allow me to introduce you to the new love of my life: Websters Chalk Paint Powder.

So what is it?  It is an all-natural powder that you mix into any latex paint of your choice, and voila: chalk paint!  Any brand!  Any color!  Can you say options, option, options?!  One of the things I couldn’t tolerate about my past paint-loves is that they wanted me to be monogamous with their paint pallet.  That just won’t do for a fickle, color-loving girl like me.

Websters allows you to skip the sanding and priming steps and go straight to the painting. The finish dries smooth and hard (I’m blushing!), not lumpy or chalky, and it distresses so easily.  Now here’s the biggest turn-on: its 100% nat-u-ral!  I never felt good about the grout in my DIY-boyfriend-paint, not knowing what sort of toxic things he exposed me to!  With Websters, I don’t have to worry.  And since I can mix it in no-VOC paint, it’s better for me and my environment.

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I love Websters so much and want to share it with my friends, that I recently become an Authorized Retailer of the Chalk Paint Powder.  (Does that make me a polygamist or a pimp?!?)

Odd Balls Booth Display

I’m thrilled to announce that Websters Chalk Paint Powder and the accompanying wax and brushes are now available in my booths at Odd Balls Antiques in Richmond and Through the Garden Gate Antiques in Mechanicsville.  If you’re not in the area and want to try it out, contact me here and I will be happy to ship some out to you.  There’s plenty of love to go around and I don’t mind sharing!

I admit it.  I am obsessed with color.  I’ll get into these kicks where I paint everything the same color.  Not the exact shade, just the same color family.  About a year ago, it was blue.   I did my son’s nursery in navy and my guest room in turquoise.  My kitchen and my guest bathroom: You guessed it! Both blue.

IMG_0232When I first started painting furniture for Worthwhile ReStyle, I became obsessed with a color called Blue Arrow by Valspar.  It is the perfect light grey-blue.  I bought a whole gallon from Lowes, and I wish I could tell you just how many things I painted with it.  It was ridiculous!

 

It started with my oldest son’s room. Then I liked it so much I painted the back of the bookcases in our family room and the kitchen stool which I originally planned to do in a nondescript black. I think my favorite thing I painted with Blue Arrow is this little groovy slate-top side table.

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After about six months, even my ten year old started to complain about all the blue I was doing.  I admit, I was getting my fill…until..I discovered  peacock blue.  Peacock Tail to be exact.

The first thing I painted was a couple of lamps.  Did you know you can easily paint metal and all kinds of different surfaces with chalk paint?  Talk about an easy ReStyle for outdated brass lamps!  My friend, Catherine, fell in love with these and claimed them as her own shortly after I finished them.

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So when I found this sweet little dresser at an online auction, she was just calling out for some Peacock Tail!

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Once covered in Peacock Tail, Catherine took one look at the dresser and just HAD to have it.  It is now happily living in the bedroom of her new home next to the matching lamps.

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She loves the color so much that I have to offer her the “right of first refusal” for anything painted this paint.

I thought I loved this shade.  But recent events have lead me to believe that Catherine has me beat.  She loves it so much that she bought a new Keurig coffee maker just to match her dresser.  Now THAT is obsessed with color!  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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 Do you ever have color-obsessions?  What shades of blue do you love best?