Lest you think the Animal Print business has kept Gadora from scouring the streets of Austin for goodies, think again folks! While I’m happily, superbly, unbelievably busy with the Animal Prints (DAILYCANDY you ARE totally my new BFF), I have one eye on the workshop with its growing reminder of things wanting attention…
Found two killer lamps (not even needing restringing) at an estate sale. Unfortunately, the family of 27 children who hit the sale moments prior to my arrival liked this lamp too, and tore into the shade. No worries people, Gadora and her muse have some CLEAR plans for this one!
Still not 100% sure what era the Kindel vanity hails from, Gadora is eager to learn… this Swedish drafting desk (circa 1790s – 1800s) at Vintage Modern comes pretty close: similar in style, shape and color.
But at $5,100, it makes Gadora’s red vanity a steal… (and her legs are waaaay better!!!!)
Originally, Gadora believed this Kindel vanity table desired a decoupage of maps on its top, and I found some doozies: maps of the Holy Land, Europe, the world as it was—all from several National Geographic magazines, circa 1964.
As Gadora envisioned the finished project the maps just wouldn’t be flashy enough, it wasn’t until I came across a can of red paint that the vanity made sense.It hoped to be peppered with pizazz. Careful to leave the original teal blue details (the inspiration for the maps in the first place), it is starting to take shape.
Gadora “stuck” (thanks Mod Podge) with part of the orginal plan and incorporated a map on the inside… a lil sweet surprise.
Gadora is transforming a drop-leaf table and 6 chairs in the style of Rachel Ashwell. Armed with inspiration images and paint chips, The Client and I agree on this finish. The Paiger and I roll down Cypress Creek with everything stuffed in her backside, and spilling into the front seat. I’m still so mesmerized at how she hauls.
Six chairs (with seats removed) have gone, in two days, from this:
And thanks to my new Bosch industrial sander, to this:
And now this:
Today gets the top coat. We’re going with a nice, bright white.
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Heading out to apply the top coat, they’ll need a day of setting before Gadora begins making them shabby (…totally the fun part)! Austin’s weather has been most cooperative. While it’s hot outside, there’s a cool breeze swelling all around and sometimes it whips a smile right on my face. Gadora is getting after it.