Sunday, January 22, 2012

From Drab to Fab

Several years ago, my sister bought a beautiful mantle at one of my favorite places, The Old Lucketts Store, near Washington, D.C.  It was turquoise and GORGEOUS!  She has the most incredible row house in Washington, D.C., and she decided to put it on her back patio with plants, candles, and lights galore.  (Laura - when you get a chance, send me a picture!)  

Because I'm the younger sister, and I HAVE to do everything that my sister does, I wanted my own turquoise mantle!  However, mine started out not so turquoise and not so gorgeous - 


This project was simple and fabulous.  Mr. Dump had paint leftover in his sprayer after completing the hutch featured here, so I lugged the mantle out of the garage and gave him my best pouty-face...  Of course, he couldn't resist!


When he was finished, I went to town with the sander.  I didn't really have a method to my madness, but the more I sanded, the better it looked!


Here is the final product...  



This was so easy that I decided to take it into the Sleepy Poet and create another masterpiece in the near future.  For now, I guess I'll have to visit my sister and stare at her beautiful mantle.  

Here's another shot of the mantle in our booth...


I know what you're thinking... Two posts in one week?!?!  Dumped and Discovered is going CRAZY!  I have had so much fun reading your fabulous comments and seeing new followers hit our page that it has inspired me to keep going, and keep posting.  (Plus, tomorrow is a teacher workday so I don't have to do lesson plans tonight!)

Happy Junkin'!

Sarah


 



 

58 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Come link this up too! Thanks for swinging by and linking up your fabulous end tables, I'm jealous of all your lovely finds! I'm following you back! ~Jen

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I have found many wonderful things - Mainly thanks to my fabulous sister/buyer!

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  3. Always lovely, Sarah! I'm jealous that sister lives in the area to go to Lucket's....I think if I ever saw Marian from Miss Mustard Seed there, where she has a booth, I'd faint dead away!

    Love the mantel!

    Visiting from DIY Home Sweet Home linky party and thanks for sharing :D
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

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    1. Me too, Suzanne! I LOVE her blog, booth, and everything about her! I would die! Thanks, as always, for your wonderful comments!

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  4. Great work on the mantel! Yes - comments and visitors can inspire you to create and post more!! Good for you - glad you're getting lots of visitors for your great work!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I always LOVE visiting your linky parties!

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  5. Fabulous! I've got to learn the pouty-face!
    Cyndi
    http://bluestarantiques.blogspot.com

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    1. I can never say no to the pouty-face...I hate it...

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  6. Great mantle. I need one, too.

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  7. I LOVE this! It's got so much more personality now! Just beautiful!

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    1. Wow! That turned out really nice! I'd love if you'd mention where you find your pieces (so I get ideas of where to look) and roughly how much they cost. Thanks!

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    2. Jennifer, we find our pieces at yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, and sometimes even on the side of the road! We'll be sure to include more specifics in future blogs! Thanks for following!

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  9. I can't believe that I didn't find out about you (and the Sleepy Poet) until AFTER I moved away from Charlotte! boo :( You do beautiful work!

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  10. That looks great!
    You should join me for Handmade 52! http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/2012/01/handmade-52-3.html

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Sarah just linked up!

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  11. Teacher workday here, too! I think I asked this before: Sleepy Poet in Charlotte? I have booth space in Winston-Salem. And my cousin teaches in Mecklenberg County--she lives in Matthews.

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    1. Hi, Kirby! You are absolutely correct!!! Our booth is at the Sleepy Poet in Charlotte. Where is your booth in Winston? Teachers are over-worked and underpaid! Thanks for following!

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  12. Great job love the colour,Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays :)

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  13. Oh it is LOVELY the Color is Beautiful... Thank you so much for linking up with me at http://shoprubyjean.com/2012/01/sew-crafty-tuesday-7-and-winner/

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  14. I passed on the Versatile Blogger Award to you! You can read about it here: http://sewingourlifetogether.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  15. Lola (Laura in disguise)January 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Oh, man! Now your mantle is prettier than mine! No fair! The older sister HATES it when the younger sister has something better - now you need to paint mine all over again! It's gorgeous - I hate to admit it.

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  16. it looks beautiful! it will make a nice center of attention in someone's home!

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  17. Beautiful. Too bad you couldn't keep it but someone is going to love it.

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  18. So jealous!! Love it! How much would a paint sprayer like that cost? I am going to start re-doing furniture and am looking into ways to make it easier.

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  19. The transformation looks fantastic! I like the color. I am on the hunt for an old mantle to use as an entry table.

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  20. this is so cool I hope you'll link this up at my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

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  21. Love your stuff! I've been browsing your blog. :) Just wanted to say THANKS for adding my party button. Following you now! XO, Clydia {threemangoseeds.blogspot.com}

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  22. That looks beautiful! I would love to have a turquoise mantle! Actually, looking at my fireplace now, I could probably add an antique mantle to it, then take it with us when we move... ;-)

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  23. I love it!!! Now I want a turquoise mantle!!!

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  24. I love it! It's beautiful in that color! So fun! Would you do me a favor and link this up to my party tonight?
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com
    http://chattychics.com/2012/01/24/need-inspiration-wild-wednesday/

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  25. How pretty and I love the window atop it!

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  26. Terrific color and mantel! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at Potpourri Friday!

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  27. Beautiful! That won't last long in your booth space! Mantles are hard to come by and this one is special! Thank you for sharing! I look forward to following you and seeing more fabulous projects!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  28. Fantastic!! This just goes to show that just because you don't have a fireplace doesn't mean you can't have a beautiful mantle to dress up! I'm your newest follower! Can't wait to see more projects! One man's junk is my treasure too... can't wait to get some ideas!

    (shameless plug...) check out my junk turned treasures and projects on the cheap at leahkoenig.blogspot.com

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  29. LOVE it! I would die to have one of this in my home. Great Job :)

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  30. Wow! I love how it turned out! I so wish I could do that kind of stuff:) Thanks for stopping by my blog and linking up! Have a great weekend!

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  31. This is so impressive- looks great! Thanks for linking your awesome projects to Things I've Done Thursday & for following along. Following back!

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  32. LOVE it!! Thanks for stopping by 'Creative Itch'! I'm your newest follower!

    Have a great weekend!

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  33. Wow!!! I love the finish! Great job... I always love making trash in treasure. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  34. Visiting from Pocketful of Pink...
    LOOOOOVE this project! I am trying to come up with ideas for redoing our mantle! Thanks for the inspiration! Following your blog now!

    Jill @ http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com

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  35. I love this- so gorgeous~ and what a beautiful color!! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. So cute! Just love your blog and your projects!

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  37. Love the mantel! What a great idea. I love the stained glass windown on the mantel too. These days I'm loving turquoise! Painted my front door a beautiful shade of turquoise this fall. Hmmm... a faux fireplace might look good on my back patio (if I can find room).

    ~Sandy

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  38. I LOVE your mantle! Please add a link back to the Knick of Time Tuesday party so I can feature you tonight (and make sure you are a follower). Please email me at jasmasix@msn.com when you have it done so I can add you to those being featured.

    Thanks!
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  39. This came out so nice! Thanks for sharing at my party!!

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  40. Very beautiful! Inspiration to paint SOMETHING turquoise!

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  41. Great job on the mantle! I shared it on my FB page tonight! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. I'm popping over from Vintage Revivals where you were listed as someone's favorite blog. I can see why. So many great posts. I adore this beautiful blue mantle! Great to "meet" you.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  43. I love the Old Lucketts Store! It's amazing!!

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  44. Another great makeover! I love the desk with the curves in a newer post too.

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