On Saturday my sister and I headed out to a city wide sale that was new to us, Columbia Heights. It didn’t exactly meet my normal requirements, it wasn’t a neighborhood filled with gorgeous vintage homes and although technically it was a Saturday-only sale, the ad I saw said that many of them would be open starting on Thursday. Quite a lot of the signs we saw said ‘Thurs – Sat’ as well.
But beggars can’t be choosers, as they say, so we gave it a shot.
Things started out real slow. After about an hour of struggling to get our bearings on the map (only the major streets had names on the map), I’d made only one purchase so far, a blue Oxford Stoneware pitcher.
You may remember that I had a couple of these blue Oxford Stoneware pitchers last year.
After deciding ‘blue’ wasn’t my thing (I go through these phases), I ended up taking them into the shop and they all sold.
Then last week I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw a lovely floral arrangment in one of these pitchers and immediately regretted not keeping one of them to use as a vase. So how serendipitous that I just happened to come across one?
And it’s perfect for the last of peonies. The heat wave we had last week was the very worst timing for the peonies. They opened, wilted and dried up all within the space of a week. My pink roses aren’t looking so great either. I should have watered them, many of the buds just dried up and turned brown. I had to supplement my arrangement with some verbena and scabiosa. I do still have my peony buds in the fridge, I’ll probably take them out in the next week or two to see how that experiment fared.
Anyway, it was a beautiful morning and we didn’t have anywhere else that we needed to be, so we hung in there in Columbia Heights and we ended up filling the vehicle (mainly because I purchased a large dresser, but still, it was full). Here’s my complete haul.
The planter (on left) is a real concrete urn and super heavy. Those are a rare find so I grabbed it. At some point in its life someone painted it white and the paint is now peeling. I’m going to have to see what I can do with that one. Can I use a paint stripper on concrete? Do any of you know?
I couldn’t pass up the dresser.
I love chest over chest style dressers, they look great painted. This one even came apart so that we could easily load it into our still mostly empty SUV. It’s going to need a little repair work from Ken before I get to painting it though.
I’m going to call the wooden toy truck my find of the day.
Mainly because my sister gave me the great idea of saving it for the holiday season and then putting a Christmas stencil on the side. That truck bed is open on the top, so one could add an arrangment of greens, or fill it with small wrapped presents. It’s totally going to be adorable! So it’s being added to my growing pile of stuff I’m saving to paint up for the Christmas season.
I passed on another pile of old metal toolboxes that were too rich for my blood. They weren’t quite as expensive as the ones I saw the week before, but still too high for me at $15 and $20 …
And that leaves the little desk.
Isn’t that sweet? It looked as though someone had thought about re-painting it themselves because the top was already sanded down. It felt quite sturdy despite its beat-up appearance, so I grabbed it.
And I’ve already given it a new look.
I continued the sanding job that someone had already started, gave it a good clean, and then painted it in one of my old favorites, Homestead House milk paint in Laurentien. If you’re familiar with the Fusion paint color with the same name, yes, this milk paint is made by the same company and is the same color. I thought this piece would look amazing in some chippy milk paint, and luck was on my side because it chipped just perfectly. I even got a little crackle to the finish in some spots, like on the drawer front.
I used Dixie Belle’s Flat Clear Coat to seal this. It’s a bit more durable than my usual wax, plus the clear coat does a better job of containing any further chipping down the road.
I added one of the Classic Vintage Labels transfers to the back …
And I added a section from the IOD Label Ephemera transfer to the drawer front.
I also switched out the wooden knob for a pretty little glass knob.
I don’t always line the drawers of my pieces, but when the drawer is 12″ or less square I like to add a piece of scrapbook paper as liner (the scrapbook paper is 12″ x 12″, so as long as I stay under that measurement it works).
This paper from October Afternoon was perfect with the Laurentien.
This is such an adorable little desk, and it is quite petite at only 21.25″ tall. As sweet as it is, I don’t have a spot for it. If any of you locals do, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale page‘ for more details.