August 29, 2012

Painting Pint-Sized Thrift Finds

If you live in the Cincinnati area, or are ever near for a visit, I’d highly recommend checking out the Burlington Antique Show. It’s located just across the river near Florence, KY and has some of the best antique dealers around! They have shows on the third Sunday of every month, and with our crazy schedule it’s taken us until August to squeeze in a long-awaited visit. We try to take a day a few times per year to make the trip, but it looks like our last visit may just be it for this year. Luckily, we found some pretty cool finds, all of which are mini-sized.

First up, an adorable red rocking chair we scored for just $12! We’ve been on the lookout for a chair for Zoey of some sort to keep in the living room. She loves having her own space when we settle down for a movie-night or some weekend morning cartoons. And just as expected, this chair is all hers. She calls it the “swing”, rocking crazily back and forth, baby doll in tow.

Although the red really isn’t anything to complain about, we opted to change the color up a bit to better mesh with the rest of our home. We went with a bright yellow, and I cannot tell you how excited I was to try out this new brand of spray paint (at least to me). I stumbled upon it while browsing Michaels a few days prior, and went into a desperate panic to find something to paint. It’s called Liquitex Professional Spray Paint, and it is amazeballs. No, this is not a sponsored post, I am just completely in love with a product and you people must try it! There is one small downfall, the price, at nearly $12 a can. However, and that is a BIG however, it is odorless, covers like a no other spray paint I’ve ever used (in just one coat below!), and it comes in an awesome array of colors. And because it covers so well, you could really say that it doesn’t cost more than the average $6-7 can that needs 2-3 coats for full coverage. So far, I’ve only come across it at Michaels, so let me know if it’s sold other places too!

As for refinishing the rocking chair, I went through our normal painting steps. Clean, sand, prime, paint, and I went a protective lacquer this time around. That combo in box #3 below is my new go-to spray painting routine. Best primer, best spray paint, best finish. These products don’t mess around.

The next purchase we made, also pint-sized, a $3 baby doll high chair. Zoey is into her babies more than ever lately and spends nearly her entire day playing “mommy”, feeding, changing, and rocking babies to sleep. Wonder where she sees that? 😉

We obviously could not pass up an adorable wooden highchair that would bring endless hours of entertainment. Again, the spray paint made it’s way into my brain and demanded that I keep painting. So, I did. This time, a pinky-coral. That’s an official color. We used the same painting process as detailed above on the rocking chair.

Zoey says “pink, pink!” every time she walks past it 🙂

As for the third, and final purchase we made at the antique show, we’ll have to save it for another day. Another kiddo-related find, but not furniture and no paint involved!

How about you guys? Any great antique-ing lately? Thrift finds? Any Cincinnati locals know of other great places to get our antique-ing on? I’d love to hear about them! 




6 thoughts on “Painting Pint-Sized Thrift Finds

  1. Kelly

    Both look great! I am in Columbus, but think the Scott’s antique market in Springfield is totally worth the drive. Although, to be honest, I have not found time yet this summer to make it to one!


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