Happy New Year!
So, OK, maybe it is well into the first week, but hey, didn't it come fast?
Taking a peek back, I'm pretty happy with 2011. Not only did I have a booth at my first flea market, I did it again! It may not sound earth-shattering, but it's something I had contemplated before, had a conflict for a specific prior date, and is a little leap of faith in yourself. And it was a blast! Plans are in the making for a March Wildhare Flea Market, and I've already got a few 'attraction' items set aside : ) !
I also started my blog in 2011, and have had fellow junkers, vintage lovers, and curious peeps actually take a look! Not to mention selling a few things. Thank you to all who have perused and continue to visit.
A favorite of 2011 is this stationary cabinet.
Who knew underneath all that paint was such a cutie? Well, I had high hopes as I loaded it into the trunk of my car - just fit. Good thing my Dad visited the same sale, we stopped mid-road for him to check out my find in the trunk! What an opportunity for me- he had a truck and picked up a vintage wooden box, that no matter how I hoped, would not fit in my car!
I used a more 'green' paint stripper, Citristrip, to remove the paint. It worked well, without harsh fumes. Still, stripping paint is a messy involved project.
The inside needed a little de-cobwebbing. Then I stained both the top and inside. I was so pleased with the color and time-loved look of the top! Of course, then I pained and the sides and door, purposefully 'missing' areas and then distressing in areas after the paint dried.
This cabinet lives in the entry to my home. Now, yes, I moved it into the kitchen during the Christmas cookie making project (yeah - I admitted the New Year snuck up) to get better light to share pictures with you. This cabinet, and a look back at 2011 give me a little boost! Both took a little searching (I didn't notice this cabinet on the first go-thru at the sale), some hard work, patience, and risk taking; here's to more in 2012!