Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Antique Fence

Good Afternoon blog world and Happy Birthday to me (if you don't mind me tooting my own horn). That is right, I became one year older (maybe wiser, hopefully) today. My husband and I and our 2 crazy kiddos went of to the local thrift stores 25% off day. Guess what we found!? Hmmmm, it's big and useful, but I am not going to tell you what it is, I think I will just keep you in suspense.

Remember this photo?
Did you figure out what it was?

Was an antique fence anywhere near one of your guesses? Because if is was, take you hand, reach over your shoulder and pat your self on the back. You won the very fabulous prize of being a amazing guesser. Just what everyone wants.

My husband and I went antiquing on our anniversary. Something that we enjoy doing. In MN there is a quaint little town called Hopkins that has a strip of antique stores. It is where we have gone for outings, even the place that we bought my antique wedding ring from 4 years ago. So after dropping off the crazys at my mother-in-laws we made the long trip to Hopkins.

It is fun to walk around antique stores. Some of the stuff, I would have to say, is just weird but you can find some beautiful pieces. Now we are no where near the time in our lives where we could afford a 400.00 antique dresser but it is fun to dream. Anyways, I found this fabulous fence tucked in the corner of one of the stores.
It was 20.00. I looked at it, I stared at it, I scratched my head. Could it be useful in a project that I had in mind? We actually left it, went out to lunch when we were about to leave I decided to take the plunge and buy it.

I took it home and sanded it, there was some dirt and previous plant life on it.

I did a light dusting of spray paint, I didn't want to cover up all of the red.

Sanded the edges so the red came through

Overall, I am thrilled with the way it turned out, AND it works really well with the other side of this project (stay tuned).

Also, if you are wondering, this wasn't the only gift I got on our anniversary. I also begged my husband to buy me....... a shop vac. Now I can suck up all the lingering hair on the wood floors that our lovely dog leaves. Hooray!

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