Whale of a Chair, Plus More From Bello Market

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ever see a project in Blogland you absolutely adore, one you'd like to try your hand at, 
so you store the image on the back burner of your mind?

Not that my mind is very good for storing any information anymore! ha!

Anyhow, this super cute chair of Amy's, from Atta Girl, was just that sort of project!
I've been on the hunt for the perfect chair to recreate her Tricycle one since she posted it back in August.

Click <here> to see Amy's original post.

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Tricycle Red Chair by AttaGirlSays.com

I recently accumulated several pieces to be upcycled, from flea markets, yard sales, and auctions.

Rough looking bunch, huh?

Fortunately, all were structurally sound, and the chair, although not the same style,
 just screamed for an Atta Girl makeover!
...or at least one similar!

After a slight sanding, the chair was painted with Valspar Tranquility in Satin,
from Valspar's new Spring Line.

The seat was stenciled with white whales!

Looks a little "Vineyard Vine'ish", huh?

The search continues for a boxy, school house chair, 
'cause I'm still loving that little tricycle.

But the "Whale of a Chair," inspired by Amy's turned out pretty well!

The Brandlt Harp Table makeover is also complete!


The table was painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Linen.
To achieve a chippy look, no bonding agent was added to the paint mixture, or pre-sanding done.
The top was lightly brushed with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, and the entire table was sealed with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

This piece was hard to part with it, but having no where to use it, it went to my booth in Castle Hayne, Trash to Treasures.  

As for my Booth, Bello Market, at it's new, second location, Trash To Treasures,
...seems to be off to a good start and March sales are looking good.

Below, are a few pictures taken when setting up.
The set of Conch pictures and Ornate Mirror (AS Provence) sold within a few days!

The Yellow Roses in Blue Urns Oils sold quickly, too!
...that's encouraging! :)

The following are pictures taken about a week and a half ago...

The upcycled Chalk Tray, below, is the same seen with the furniture grouping at the beginning of the post.

Vintage Toys...

Recognize the gray chair from my Blog header/banner?  Poor thing wasn't selling in my other booth, so I recovered it in a more upbeat, current fabric.  It's fresher and prettier, and hopefully will find a new home soon!

A few NC vintage pieces...

I hate to end my post with an ugly picture, but this is my current project, below.
As the old southern saying goes... "I may have met my daddy drunk" on this one!  ha!
Tough one, but ...I have a vision, and I will not be whipped, so stay tuned!
I may just pulled this one off!   ;)


Linking Post To;
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Tuesday at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Scoop @ Cedarhill Ranch


  1. Rhonda, you have a lovely booth, wish it was closer to me. I can't wait to see what you do with the new project that you are working on.

    Happy Easter!

  2. I wish I could wiggle my nose and get that cup shelf holder....I have been watching for one for my bedroom!

  3. Love your transformations...great job!

  4. Your little chair and table turned out so cute!
    Mary Alice

  5. You are so sweet to showcase me as your inspiration. I truly appreciate it. That tricycle chair is an all-time favorite of mine, too.

    And I have to say I'm in love with all your transformations.

    That whale chair is so very cute and preppy. (I think I may have a purse to match it!) I bet it sells in a heartbeat. I may just copy that one! :)

    I love the milk-painted harp table. Beautiful chipping and distressing on that one.

    I love your fabric choices, too. Do you happen to know what the pattern is on that Florence (aqua)? I've been looking for a Chinese-type fabric for my office, and that one is definitely speaking to me.

    You and I must chat some day about this furniture painting and booth business. I'd love to trade war stories and pointers.

    Thank you again, my friend, for showcasing me on your wonderful blog.

  6. I love how your chair turned out. I think the color is beautiful. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Swing into Spring party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  7. Oh that last piece is just exactly like the one I have in my sewing room. It's part of a suite of furniture from around 1900 with a great tall backed bed and a couple of dressers. It's from a whole 'nuther time and place. I don't imagine the older-older stuff is in such high favor just now...gone the way of round oak tables and such. Sigh. I like it! And I really like the chairs a lot. In fact, I wish that I could shop there.

  8. I would love to come shop your booth, Rhonda! I see alot of things I would like!

    The chair & table turned out great! I really love the whales...too cute!

  9. The booth space looks wonderful! That whale chair is a new favorite ;-)

  10. Love your whale chair!! Pinned:) New follow. Follow me too at http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/03/vintage-popcorn-chenille.html

  11. Rhonda...I love your booth...I can see a Pillsbury Dough boy doll that my son had as a baby...he loved that commercial so much that I got him that dough boy!...Love the whale chair!...Have a most wonderful and joyous Easter!!...Will have to visit your booth one day soon!

  12. Rhonda,
    I see the twin to my nightstand....I have that same harp table (it was the first antique piece that we purchased about 26 years ago). Your booth looks wonderful.


  13. I adore that little chair with the whales! How CUTE, and so is that turquoise one. I love the things you are selling. I wish you were in FLORIDA!

    Sending Happy Easter wishes across the miles to you.




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