Before and After

I worked on a few of my thrift store finds yesterday after
{in case I didn’t mention it yesterday}

Here are a couple before and afters

Remember the vintage botanicals in the old frames?

The botanicals really show up better with a lighter frame
don’t they?

Remember the vintage ladies?



These received an undercoat of dark gray, a gesso wash and then 
some Annie Sloan dark wax for antiquing.

And finally, my beautiful plaster bust of the little girl



Isn’t she lovely?

Do you have a hard time selling the wonderful things you find?
I do.
I want to keep all of these!
I may just have to….they’re not THAT large…
I can find somewhere to put them….
Can’t I??

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  1. Oh I love what you have done with them all. I have a similar project with a garden bench I have just bought. Put a before picture on my blog and will only be putting an after photo on if my titivating looks half as good as yours!
    I dont know what I am doing really?! Oh well fingers crossed.
    How did you strip down the wooden frames – they look fabulous?
    I’d love a mooch around your shop – just the small matter of the atlantic stopping me!
    Best wishes

  2. That bust looks amazing with the gray finish! It looks just like stone.

  3. Love those changes.

    Well done!

  4. You did such an incredible job on those pieces! They look freshened up without losing any of their original charm and character. 🙂 Well done!

  5. Your changes bring out the best in each item!
    Mary Alice

  6. Oh the wonders of paint and some very skilled hands! Love all your beautiful makeovers!

  7. Your re-do’s are beautiful! My favorite is the little girl bust!

  8. They do look much fresher and the prints pop now. Hugs, Sherry

  9. SO glad I stumbled into your blog! I Love it….and your re-do’s are great. I’m adding myself as a new follower. Hope you pop in and see me sometime. 🙂 Happy Spring Ya’ll from Houston,TX

  10. Thanks to all for the nice comments! that little girl is staying at my house!

  11. What a nice look on the frames. That little girl just has to be my favorite. Glad she gets to stay with you for at least awhile. I popped over from Treasure Hunt Thursday to visit. Stella

  12. Those turned out great Lorraine! I love the bust form! Thanx for sharing at THT!! It was fun seeing another comment from Houston!:)

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