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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Where we find inspiration

What do you do when its cold and nasty outside? Clean your basement? Do the laundry? These are things that I should have done, instead I went junking and lookie lookie what I found! Inspiration! 

Its a piece of junk I know...but I collect old clocks and its from Japan so its kinda old. I really bought it for its cool shape and jadeite green colour with pink accents.  LOVE at first sight (isn't it always...).  For $1.99 I couldn't resist.  

This clock got me thinking BAD BAD thoughts...thoughts of painting, and all that ASCP I have sitting in my basement (that should be cleaned). 

I've wanted to paint my tea trolley since I bought it. It wasn't in bad shape, but it wasn't anything beyond ordinary.
Elvis doesn't live here anymore

Back in August, I created a list of about 12 items which I HAD to paint. I still have about 10 outstanding projects from my August list of 'furniture to paint', but sometimes lists are just suggestions, guidelines.  Sometimes we must step away from the confines of rules, and 'LISTS'! LIST is just a dirty four letter word, after all! So I broke my inner chains and stepped away from my 'L**T'! I painted my tea trolley!! 

First I painted it in Annie Sloan Antibes paint, and while I love green, it was darker than I wanted. So I mixed it with Pure White. I don't know the ratio, because I kept adding white until it was light enough.  Its like, the green just kept sucking up the white!  Anyway, I eventually achieved the colour I wanted and gave the trolley a second coat of paint with the lighter green colour.

Don't judge the messy magazines in the background!

I lightly sanded it in spots.  In some places I only sanded back enough to reveal the darker green and in others, right back to the wood.  I only used clear wax.  I liked it light and airy.

My Pewter tea set from deep in the bowels of my basement

Vintage Candy Tin from England

A set of F. Winkle for Eatonia china platters

Now I love my tea trolley, with its fresh fun colour.  I pulled up a bunch of treasures from my basement, and I think I'm getting ready for spring!  Its only - 15* Celsius here with the wind chill, so I need a little spring!  Keep warm friends! 

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  1. Your tea cart is wonderful. ASCP Antibes Green is my new favorite color. I am looking at my bench/coffe table in green right now and I just love the color.

    Great vignette on the cart too.

  2. You know, I never would have thought green... but you're right, it is so fresh and airy... Looks great! It makes me want spring, too! -18C here this morning!

  3. I love your cute little clock AND the teacart makeover it inspired! The platters are lovely, too. I think spring fever is in the air!

  4. This is such a beautiful color. I have a little drop leaf table painted in a similar color that I'm trying to figure out how to turn into a tea trolley. So fun & whimsical. Thanks for sharing, Patti@OldThingsNew

  5. Everything is so pretty. I love the green. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  6. You caught my eye with the Antibes green! I'm in love with your cart. I know what you mean that the green sucks up the white- that green is bright! I love it though.

  7. The color you chose just screams SPRING! It's 70 degrees here in New Mexico and I'm lovin' it! Hugs, Penny

  8. Oh so pretty! I love your platters on it. You ARE ready for spring!

  9. Lovely old clock and great job with the tea trolley! I love that green.
    The platters are fantastic.
    I'm on summer vacation, very hot days here.
    Besos! Silvina

  10. LOVE your cart and the cute clock find!

  11. Your little cart turned out so pretty and fresh looking! I have a tea cart that's been waiting since last spring to be redone. It's too bad I have to finish 2 tables and a chair for a customer, or I would be inspired to work on a tea cart.;)

  12. Love it, I started to paint a tea wagon last Sumer with Annie Sloan paint ( that I made and then bought) did the first coat took the wheels off and they were plastic and one cracked. So after all my work have no wheels, so upset.
    What a great addition for your home. Thanks for sharing

  13. I LOVE your trolley in spring green!! It's such a fun piece now! I hope your spring decorating brings on the real deal! Good on ya for tackling a job. My list is quite lengthy too.... :)

  14. What a bright and fun color!

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  15. Oh, I LOVE that green color, and your tea set is gorgeous! I also love that you said 'list is a 4 letter word'! I have to remember that one :)

  16. Your tea cart turned out so pretty. You're inspiring me to paint, love the color green! Thanks so much for sharing this project at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a wonderful week!



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