First off, I know that you are sick of hearing me whine about how much I want Caroline’s shelf. Caroline is a friend of mine, and her home was featured here.
But look at it. Isn’t it beautiful? I just wanted the shelf and wasn’t even looking at the white ironstone. She had mentioned that she wanted to get rid of it, but when I said I wanted to buy it, she decided that maybe she should keep it. Hmmm… The more I thought about her shelf, the more I thought that I liked the ironstone too. I bought a piece at Leftovers (click here) and fell in love with white ironstone. I loved the look so much, that I bought some more on eBay, click here.
So now I had some wonderful English ironstone, but still didn’t have Caroline’s shelf. I used what I had.
I looked OKAY, I guess, but still I couldn’t get “THE SHELF” out of my mind. Then when shopping at a resale shop, I saw this. Well, actually Peggy pointed it out to me.
It is smaller than Caroline’s shelf, but fits in my space better, and it is pine which is what I wanted. I called Caroline to let her know that I found a shelf. I mentioned that I might paint it with the Annie Sloan paint and she yelled, “WHAT?!!??” Perhaps she was a little annoyed since she talked about painting her shelf and I strictly forbid her from doing so. (Yes, I have that kind of power over people… well not usually.) You can read about it here.
I relented. She was right. I just kept thinking of how wonderful it would look with the Annie Sloan paint and wax. But here is the deal; I knew that if after waxing, I didn’t like the look, I could EASILY paint over it with the Annie Sloan paint without priming or removing the wax. So I got out my Annie Sloan’s dark and clear wax, and mixed them together. Below you can see the new shelf with the Annie Sloan wax and my new ironstone.
|Pine Shelf with English Ironstone|
|Close up of shelf|
|Side of shelf|
It’s a little darker than Caroline’s since I used the darker wax, but it buffed up nicely, I thought. The details on the shelf stand out better now. What do you think? I put the red shelf on the back porch and I think it will be great back there, just as soon as we get it hung. I’ll show pictures later.
Caroline, you can keep your shelf. But if you are just wanting to get rid of it, I suppose I would be willing to take it off your hands, just to help YOU out, of course. 🙂
Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says
How wonderful that you found a shelf!
I have a link up on my blog in the near future (info is on my blog today) where you can link up about a treasure you’ve found. I hope you will join in – this would be perfect!
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says
I love it. My sister has a shelf very much like your friends that I covet, too. She won’t let me have it!!
Screaming Meme says
You did great girl! I love it!
ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says
LOVE IT Anita,it’s just as pretty as your friends shelf! Love how the wax transformed it, it looks so pretty with all your white Ironstone. You did good girl! Martina
I think it looks amazing! I just heard about Anne Sloan paint last weekend. Sounds like you’re a believer. As soon as school is out (next week!!), I’m all over it!
The shelf you found is gorgeous! I probably would have painted it too….I’m glad she talked you out of it. It really looks wonderful after the waxing. 🙂
Amanda Dale says
LOve it, Anita! I think the wax looks great! Keep it like this for a while and then you can always paint it in the future. Great find!
Simply Taunya says
Beautiful shelf! I love it!
I really like the change the darker wax made on this shelf, Anita. It looks so nice and rich! You should be extremely pleased with the end result. 🙂
The shelf looks great, Anita. The wax really livened it up. And I love love all of the ironstone pitchers you “collected” so quickly. I’m anxious to see them in person. Ironstone just sort of grows on you.
I think your shelf is perfect. I like how you have waxed it to bring out the details. Your ironstone looks so nice on the shelves!
beautiful ,lovely thinks