This chandelier was once a typical… shiny….. brass piece that’s been seen in every hotel, house and restaurant across the Country! Yes…. it’s true.
Many up-cyclers have been spray painting these for years….. re-inventing there look and of course…. improving it. I myself have used every possible spray paint color on them!
But this….. this is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s my new obsession this week! I feel like I’ve finally mastered this galvanized look! Yaaa me! And mixed with the French crystals…….. it’s a perfect fit for that French Industrial look.
I promise to take a better photo once this one is installed. The room it’s going in is flooded with natural light and I’m sure will make a much prettier setting. Then you should be able to see the different layers and textures.
I truly fell in love with this piece when I saw it! I thought it was beautiful the way it was and I left it in the studio for a few weeks hoping someone would take it home. Throughout that short period of time I imagined it painted and knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Almost instantly after the work began people started taking notice. It could also be that it was right in front of the studio and everyone could now see it with the bay door open. (planned of course!) Anyway, I decided to put French chartreuse on the inside and built a couple of removable shelves. It sold before it made it into the shoppe to someone that loved it as much as me. It’s great when that happens! That;s actually the whole premise of the studio.
Make sure you check out the ‘Before and After” album on our facebook page and see the before and the inside!
I should be sleeping and here I am blogging about the crazy wonderful week I’ve had. I’m yawning so hard that my eyes are watering…. and still… here I am blogging! LOL
Anyway… the week started off like any other and by Tuesday afternoon my store went from decently stocked to 1/3 gone! I was so excited and felt so blessed and then I panicked! I immediately called in backup and planned a Wednesday of shopping in between Gabby’s softball tournament and some much needed family time. I was feeling pretty good about the truck full of accessories and a little nervous about the 1 piece of furniture I had found. (I posted a photo of the days lute on fb btw) I was even more nervous when I called to check in with my girls to find out the entire white room had been emptied along with many other pieces! YES! How awesome! OMGosh…. what am I going to do?
Thursday…. Important meetings all day. I had a small window of 2 hours and knew I needed to find some furniture. I quickly remembered some old “go to” spots and hit the jackpot filling the truck with several occasional tables and an amazing French chair… along with some frames! Yaaaaa Got back to the meeting just in time…. finished up around 4:30ish… called the shoppe to check in….. ANOTHER GREAT BUSY DAY! OMGosh!
Friday…. back at it super early and then back to spend some time in the studio with my girls in order to get some custom orders finished! ANOTHER SUPER BUSY DAY! THANK YOU GOD! OH… AND GOD, I NEED SOME MORE FURNITURE PLEASE. AMEN!
Saturday….. started at 7:30 am and ended 12 hours later! Super fun with one of my sidekick besties who’s nickname is now “Scout” because she knows how crazy busy I am and she’s been using her amazing eye to scout out great things for me in her spare time between her 4 kids, wonderful hubby and volunteering all over the place! (By the way…. if you’re the kinda chick who likes to keep it moving and thinks a “done” to-do-list is boring and lame…. and you are constantly adding things to the list as you check others off… make sure to keep the same kind of company and friends)
Saturdays list of amazing finds that I can not wait to photograph and post!!!!!!…………… The amazing antique barn cupola pictured above, ornate Thomasville scrolly table, large antique split reed basket, small painted server (which I have a waiting list for these), several lamps, large oval gold mirror, tons of really old blue canning jars with zinc lids, a mahogany chest of drawers, Asian sofa table, oak frames and mirrors, mahogany oriental hall table, 2 Gothic dining arm chairs, Oak marble topped wash stand, carved walnut footed chest that is huge, antique toy schooner, Chippendale childs chair, a sick disco ball… YES.. I SAID DISCO BALL! One of the very first ever made with an ornate covered motor… that still works!, 2 upholstered chairs, another super long Asian hall table, a Victorian settee, A FRENCH DESK THAT IS CASTLE WORTHY, hand carved French bed bench that is signed and newly reupholstered, a huge banquet table that will be my new desk in my office and some more smalls that Iv’e forgotten…. OMGOSH…. AND 2 AMAZING RELIGIOUS DIORAMAS!!!!!!! sigh…… good night and see ya soon! xo
ps…. Thank you troops present and past. Have a safe and happy Memorial Weekend!
It’s been a very busy Spring… and we’ve moved a lot of inventory as usual! BUT… for those of you who know me or keep up with Chartreuse on fb….. you know I can’t have things sitting around for long…
SO WE’RE HAVING A HUGE SALE!!!!!!!!! I have furniture that is in storage and in several different places down the coast that I have to make room for…. Tune in to our facebook page and see the savings later this evening. I’m re-arranging and marking stuff down! I will title the album “May Sale”. BTW…. this dining set will be part of the sale!
Today started out early as usual. One of my dearest friends had suggested this nice neighborhood community yard sale…. We meet…. we go…. we get disappointed….. It’s amazing how someone can live in a million dollar house and have crap! LOL! I’m serious….. If you can’t afford to have nice things in the house of your dreams (or the house that will impress people)…. and you’re filling it with particle board furniture and ugly silk flower arrangements…. I mean really. Really?
So…. we get off the beaten path and decide to take a spontaneous road trip. No food, no map, no worries. Full tank of gas…..beautiful day….. empty truck and 2 eager women with cash in their pockets! Perfect ingredients for an early Mother’s Day present to ourselves.
Look at the loot we found when we broke away from the herd and went off on an adventure…….. I love days like this! We met some amazing people, we laughed, we hunted and we conquered!
Don’t be afraid of scavenging through what appears to be “junk”! I found an amazing Civil War surgical case in this pile! It’s beautifully detailed and a rare find. I’m always intrigued by what I discover in the most unexpected places. Remember… it’s the “thrill of the hunt”! Enjoy and don’t be scared of a little dirt!
You can see a few more photos in the “April Trip” album on our facebook page!