Nov 26, 2010

Pair of Pastoral Paintings Part 1: My newest project...

I have started a new project and this will be a fun one for me! I am painting a pair of wooden plaques with pastoral scenes that will compliment each other. I have just started and as you can see in the picture below I have done the sky, clouds and the base of the landscape.

I will be taking pictures intermittently as I go through this project so I can show the process from start to finish.

Please don't hesitate to leave comments about what you think, or if you have any suggestions! I would love to hear from you.

        I love vintage paintings of pastoral scenes with sheep, cows, barns, castles, etc. I painted pastoral scenes on an antique chest that I have listed in my shop on Etsy ( I am drawn to the vintage feel and the French Country look of these types of paintings.
Below are pictures of some items I found recently in the mountains that I didn't put on a former blog post so I thought I would add them here. These are future projects for me and I will be sure to post them when they are in progress as well.

This bench is painted a creme white, and the top is outlined in a moss green. The paint is chipping and aged which I love! I may just sell this as is, I haven't decided. What do you think?

I am always drawn to antique buckets and watering cans. I found these at a good price so I bought them. I will paint these. 

Keep coming back to see the "Pair of Pastoral Scene Paintings Project - Part 2".

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out my shop on Etsy ~ Lula Belle!  

Nov 15, 2010

Fabulous New Finds!!!

My husband and I went to the North Carolina mountains this past weekend. The mountains are by far my favorite place to be.

We always take time to check out some of the many great old antique stores and the general stores that are all over - everyhwere from Linville to Foscoe to Valle Crucis to Banner Elk. I love the trees, the old barns, the Christmas tree farms, I could go on...

I just wanted to share some of the great things we found while we were there. I am always searching for something unique that is in the kind of condition that is structurally good, but needs some work and it also has to have a good price!

My favorite find is my next project that I will be sharing with you on my blog as i do it! I found this trunk at a general store in Linville, near TyneCastle. I can't wait to get started on it.

Thanks for visiting and come back. I will be posting the "Trunk Project" for you.

Nov 8, 2010

Reinventing an Old Tea Cart: Part 5 - The Finished Piece!

The Tea Cart is done!

Since my last post I took all of the hardware out of the baggie I was keeping it in. First I took some pictures of the hardware before I cleaned it up so you could see the condition it was in.

Here is a picture of the dropleaf mechanism, one of the back wheels, and one of the drop leaf hinges. As you can see they were extremely rusty and needed some work.

I used naval jelly, steel wool, soap and a toothbrush to get the pieces in shape. I didn't want to take all of the patina off so I just cleaned the rust off of them and made sure they were in good working condition.

Now for the cart! I put an antique glaze over the entire cart to give it a great antiqued look. I made sure to put just enough on and in the right places (I am very particular about this part - you can easily overdo it).

After it dried for a day I put it all back together and it looks beautiful! I have added the photos from before I started so you can see the before and after photos.

Here is the finished Tea Cart...

Now that the piece is done, I will be adding it to my items in my shop - Lula Belle -

This week I will be posting about some old barn wood that I bought and what projects I have in store for it!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and come back for more!