Wednesday, 7 July 2010

A Coat Of Paint And A New lease Of Life

You may remember this pretty table as one of my car boot finds a few weeks back. It is quite Arts and Crafts in style and has a little heart detail. It was heavily varnished dark wood but I decided to give it a coat of Farrow and Balls 'Off White'. It took a bit of work in the garden over the weekend needing a couple of coats of primer first to cover the varnish. I like the result and the off white stands out and gives a bit of contrast against the other Farrow and Ball white in the background.

I found the pink and green doilies at a boot sale on sunday and immediately put them to use.

You may also remember the fire screen that I bought at an auction a few weeks ago. It also was a dark wood so I gave it the same treatment as the table and I think it looks a lot fresher and shows the faded colours of the tapestry off better.

Sunday morning was pretty fruitful at the boot sale and I came home with quite a collection of goodies. You will be able to spot coloured knitting needles, pieces of Carlton Ware,a few tins, the usual bits and bobs of crockery and glass ware, another jelly mould and another glass sugar pourer decorated with flowers similar to one I showed in a previous post. I will be listing some of these bits in my Etsy shop later.

This vintage paper parasol was a real find as were the fabric covered coat hangers and the quilt.

This little quilt I think was made for a child's bed. The man I bought it from found it when he was clearing the outbuildings and attic at a large old hall near Uppingham. He dated it to around 1920 or a little earlier. It is really pretty cotton fabric with a thin wadding in the middle and then silk hand stitched on the back. Although I love vintage textiles I know very little about them and would love any advice or information you could give me about this little quilt.

The coat hangers came from the same place and I think the fabrics are possibly 1930s.

After the early start of the boot sale we headed to the Fish Market for the first Vintage and Collectables Fair organised by the Northampton Antiques Centre. It was lovely to browse and enjoy a coffee and catch up with a few friends and fellow sellers. Hopefully these Sunday fairs will become a regular monthly event.
Enjoy the rest of your week, hopefully the sunshine will return in time for the weekend.


LissyLou said...

great bootsale finds...and i love the side table..great makeover xx

bellaboo said...

You really do well at the car boot.I only manage to discover the odd vintage find when I go!
Love your table makeover too.

Bellaboo ;0)

Rebecca White said...

Love the makeover - and the flowers! Good shopping! :-)

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Love the table. Yet again you've got some fantastic finds. How do you do it? Can I come shopping with you? lol.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Loving that table it is so pretty with the heart detail. A job well done!

Looks like you had some great finds, really loving the parasol. So beautiful.

Hope you have a great rest of the week.


A Blessed Life said...

What a great job you have done and the little table looks so fresh and nice.I just drool when I look at your finds you did very well.Glad that you had a nice day.

Elizabeths Attic said...

Love all of them - You are lucky with your finds and I love the little table. Once my sale (tomorrow) is out of the way I will be out and about searching for lovely things like yours.

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...


Nellie Dean said...

I love the table makeover - you can't go go wrong with the old F&B paint. What lovely car boot finds, I only ever seem to find plastic toys and general tat!

sharie said...

What a great selection of find s you made at the boot sale. I've noticed that the house clearance men often have interesting things on sale, its just a case of digging deep amongst tons of rusty junk!

Well done with the table - its got what I call 'good bone structure'. I'm sure the white paint has brought that out even more now.
I'm on the look out for a nice firescreen (don't tell the dh ;0 ), one like yours would go well in my house. You have great taste!!!

ted and bunny said...

Love love LOVE the table- I don't suppose you've a spare couple of hours next weekend...a very similar table, and I already have the paint...I'd bake a cake specially??!!;)))))))))))
It really has inspired me to venture to the back of my shed and start working on the "projects" lingering there, which seem to multiply of their own accord.

The bootsale goodies are great- love the little crochet basket sachet on the padded hangers.

Have fun

LissyLou said...

Thanks for your comment...the fabric on my skirt is so gorgeous!! i'm only 5"1...the skirt just touches the floor wearing flats!!

The Vintage Knitter said...

I love reading about everyone's finds and yours are no exception! The knitting needles are great, as is the Carlton Ware and tins, but the parasol, quilt and coat hangers IMO are the best. Great booting skills!

The Little Vintage Company said...

I think I want to come and visit your car boot sales! You always find such amazing treasures!! The F&B makeovers looks great too, very inspiring idea!!
Tamzin X

Pennyblossoms said...

Gosh, the table has come up lovely. That space was just waiting for it, wasn't it?
What an amazing stash of booty goodies! Like others have written...can I come too?
Missed the Fishmarket sale, but it would be good if it became a regular thing.
Hopefully see you (and Debs) soon.
Z xx

Tabbyroo said...

Gorgeous finds, especially the parasol,looks like it's kept its beautiful colours really well x

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

A job well done with the table, I also would like to hire you out as a painter, no cake but could I bribe you with some vodka....