Thursday, February 7, 2013

Romantic Notions and Scandinavian Pink

Don't you love it when odds and ends that have sat in your garage for literally years finally find their purpose?  Let's face it, when you frequent garage sales and thrift stores as often as I do, you are bound to come home with things now and then that sit around until you can't remember what drew you to them in the first place.  I try to periodically sift through my "stash" in the garage and donate the things that have been sitting untouched the longest.  And by donate, I mean sending them back to the thrift store that they originally came from!  It doesn't make sense, I know...but if you're a treasure hunter/repurposer/creative type, I am sure you understand.  Here are a couple of things that have been sitting in our garage for a very very long time that I am glad I didn't send back to the thrift store.

A metal candle holder and the base of an old broken lamp recently received a couple coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and then were waxed.  I added the pretty white plates with epoxy and topped them off with glass domes.  In search for something pretty to display in them, I recently found a couple of special teacup sets that were just perfect.  The paint color I used was a combination of Old White and Scandinavian Pink. 

I used the same paint color combo here on this desktop organizer turned notions display.

I added scrapbook paper to the little drawers just for fun.
I rarely pass up these wooden desktop organizers.  They can be a little tedious to paint and wax by hand but there are so many uses for them that I think the effort is worth it.  I had fun finding things to display in this one.
As much as I love Annie Sloan's Antoinette, I think I am equally smitten with this Scandinavian Pink/Old White mix.  To give you an idea of how little Scandinavian Pink you need to add to Old White to create this soft, pretty ballet slipper tone, here is a look back at a couple of other pieces I have painted with just one small sample pot of Scandinavian Pink.  And I still have a good amount of paint left in that sample pot!
Before I sign off today, I want to show you my new lamp!  I am always on the hunt for cute lamps, but for some reason or another I rarely ever find ones that float my boat and fit into my budget.  So, I was thrilled when I came across this one last week!
It's just perfect on my desk in my little studio space!  Can you guess what sold me?  The bow, of course!  It's just the kind of romantic detail that I can't resist!
Speaking of romance, are you ready for Valentine's Day?  I am looking forward to some craft time with my little boys this weekend.  We have big plans for some special Valentine projects for the fun school parties next week!
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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chateau chic said...

Amanda, your desk organizer is so adorable after your makeover. Love the soft color on the vanity.
Mary Alice

Sassy Southern Lady said...

I just found your blog and I love your style. Look forward to seeing more post.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Amanda,
Love the cloches you made, so very pretty and what a neat idea!
also loved your lil organizer, came out really pretty.
Yea, that bow on that lamp is perfect! Really makes the lamp I think,
Blessings for a Wonderful Valentines Day,

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love that color you mixed--so soft and sweet! Everything looks lovely :)

Mom E. said...

Love your Post Amanda....You almost make me like pink.....almost! For some reason I have never
been a pink girl, but that is okay, I like it when it is mixed in as an accent...but your pink furniture, that has me smiling at pink! I even bought a children's tabel and charis that are pink! Vintage, of course...and so sturdy...thanks for your "pink" influence!
I hope to get over to your side of the State and visit the shop you sell at....some day soon!
Heart hugs,

Cranberry Morning said...

That desk organizer is just charming!

Anonymous said...

Everything is just such a perfect shade of pink....just lovely!

michele said...

how i love a hushed pink!

stopping by via commonground and hope you'll find a moment to come hang out, dream, reflect, share and notice lovely.

smiles to you, lovely blogger.


Julie said...

I LOVE that pink vanity. I pretty much love anything in pink, but that's particularly beautiful.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

A great transformation! I am always amazed by the talent I find on blogland. Where did you find the glass domes?

The notions caddy and lamp are adorable too! Love that soft baby/ballet pink.

Bella Rosa Antiques

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Simply stunning pictures!!


Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...


OH MY! That sweet vanity is just perfect and the soft pink is just the color I have been looking for...PERFECT.