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January 12, 2012

A Thrifter's Paradise.....~The Depot at Gibson Mill

I have to devote a post to my favorite antique Mall, The Depot.  I live in Concord, NC just 2 miles from my home is a thrifter's paradise.  The Depot at Gibson Mill you have to experience it in all it's glory, no really seeing is believing.  The Depot, once a mill is an 85,000 square foot antique designer mall with 470 booths.  They are the largest antique designer mall in the south and it is just around the corner from my home (happy dance)

Some history, once a part of Cannon Mills, the charm of the 20 ft ceilings, wide wooden floors and exposed brick remains.  From antiques and reproductions to imports, collectables and new furniture, there's quite and eclectic of quality merchandise under one roof.

The Design Center within The Depot allows shoppers “a one-stop experience for all your building, remodeling and decorating needs indoors and out.” The Design Center houses vendors in contracting, cabinetry, flooring, landscaping, fine art and photography.

 I am not a shopper by any means however when it comes to unique finds and a thrifty purchase, I love the hunt. Here are a few of my recent Depot finds.
A Lantern

A red crate I love that I use as a planter for my pretties

So if you are ever in NC you do not want to miss a visit to The Depot. Be prepared if you do this  it is an all day event if you want to see all the booths,  remember 85,000 sq's big Oh,  wear comfortable shoes!

Till next time,

January 1, 2012

A Chip off the Ol' Block!

So I finally got around to panting the outdated ugly knife block over the Christmas holidays. Of course like most all my do over projects I FORGOT to take the before picture, ug! The blocks are all pretty standard so you can just use your imagination, right!

I started by cleaning then lightly sanding and jumped in with a bold color which happens to be my fav.... RED! That took about 3 coats.  I simply used my handy dandy craft pant. I took some sandpaper and did a little distressing on the edges. Then I stenciled my last initial with a pop of aqua and I really like the out come.  I am starting to love these two colors together.....

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What do ya think?   Get out your ol' block and color your world and share the fun!

A quick tutorial
1. The obvious is to remove the knives from the ol' block :)
2. Wash it thoroughly and let dry.
3. If it has a shine  whatsoever on the finish you will want to lightly give it a sanding. Or you could slap a coat of primer on it. I happen to skip the primer step.
4. The fun part..PAINT it with a few coats of your favorite color until you get the coverage you like.
5. (optional) distress with some sandpaper or steel-wool.
6. (optional) Stencil something fun on the front or you could call it good at this point.
7. Add a finish to seal it off if you want to keep it from chipping and that's it you're done.

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