Gadora’s TO-DO list…

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…

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Remember that “tie-one-on” post? Let me refresh you… and as luck would have it, some nice folks placed this chair on their sidewalk just for Gadora!!! I’m gathering my ties, all in a similar color scheme, and plan to pick my seat (teehee), then make it happen.

Seatless Chair
Seatless Chair

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!

Retro Lamp
Retro Lamp

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24″ round table

At the risk of aging myself, today’s project conjured up a long-ago song that was Gadora’s favorite. (It shared top billing with Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” but I prefer YOU NOT ask!) I’d spin my Lionel Richie album, paying particular attention to “Round and Round.Yeah, yeah, yeah! Oooooh baby!

Side table - BEFORE
Side table - BEFORE

It’s hotter than a witch’s teet here in Texas, AJ’s feeling it too. But he wouldn’t dare NOT accompany me in the workshop. It’s just too fun.

At almost the halfway point, I’ve applied wood-glue to the inside joints, sanded the entire surface, and painted the undercoat with a great red.

Table - part deaux
Table - part 2

Next? Top coat of Behr’s butterscotch-colored latex, a light sanding, perhaps some deeper brown detailing, then a top coat. Then… you’ll see the big reveal.


Not so age-appropriate…

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.

Swedish writing desk
Swedish writing desk

But at $5,100, it makes Gadora’s red vanity a steal… (and her legs are waaaay better!!!!)

Kindel vanity
Kindel vanity - BEFORE

She’s my cherry pie…

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.

Kindel vanity ~ maraschino style
Kindel vanity ~ maraschino style

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.

An inside look...
An inside look...

Gadora “stuck” (thanks Mod Podge) with part of the orginal plan and incorporated a map on the inside… a lil sweet surprise.

Shabby Chic off Cypress Creek

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.

Cottage Chic console table
Cottage Chic console table

Six chairs (with seats removed) have gone, in two days, from this:

1 of 6 chairs...
1 of 6 chairs...

And thanks to my new Bosch industrial sander, to this:

A thorough sanding...
A thorough sanding...

StripeAnd now this:

Base coat on chairs.
Base coat on chairs.

Today gets the top coat. We’re going with a nice, bright white.

Table - BEFORE
Table - BEFORE

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Table in transition...
Table in transition...

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.