Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Flea Market Flip full of Flea market finds...

It was a beautiful day today! The wind was blowing a tad but it had to of been in the mid 60's and for Wyoming....that's a day you take advantage of because tomorrow it could be below 0 and snowing. We call her the bipolar state. ; ) Anyway I was inspired to paint my curio cabinet I scored at a flea market for $100. I have had it for a few months now and have debated on whether to paint it or not but finally after looking at the rest of my open floor plan the dark, shiny wood was kinda sticking out like a sore thumb. I did not want to sand because I was not about to drag that outside so I searched on Pinterest for furniture that was painted without sanding and could not believe all the tutorials out there. I bought myself some Zinsser Cover Stain Primer that is used as a stain blocker and bond coat. I was skeptical at first but after putting the first coat of white paint on when the primer was dry it went on so nice, I can't believe how much easier it was to just slap some of this primer on before painting. The cabinet even had a medium gloss to it and it still covered nicely. The curio cabinet itself though was hard to paint, especially the inside because of all the nooks and crannies. I'm so glad I did paint it because it flows with the  rest of the house and really makes my glass collections POP!

Sneak Peak...

 Before... It wasn't so ugly that it needed to be painted but if my living room was done in darker accent colors it may have looked pretty however, most of my accents are white so this was clashing.

I can't believe at how much better it looks and how much the white really makes the colors of the glass pop.

The plant does really well in that area of the home so I decided to leave it and store her on top. I'm so proud of this plant by the way. I have never had a green thumb and every plant I've ever had dies. This one however was tiny when I first got it a few years back and now it has so much length and fullness and she's only getting bigger. *proud momma*

 My dining room is so small but it's coming along. I'm still looking for a small scale farm house table as it would fit much better in this area than our round one.


In honor of flea market flips and such I thought I'd share the flea market goodies inside of my curio cabinet. Every single one is from a flea market, thrift store, and a few items my mom ordered me from Ebay.

The swan is a flea market find. If you are a follower of mine than you know I love birds. I started collecting these swan dishes. They come in so many colors. I have 5, 3 are displayed in my cabinet. The blue pitcher is an auction find.

This vintage green opalescent "cherry and cable" pattern pitcher was one of my first flea market purchases back when I was about 19. This beauty has traveled around the world with me, literally. I had her displayed in Italy and was sure to bring her back. My mom found the matching cups on Ebay and gave them to me this year as a birthday gift. I just love them so much and can't wait to add to the collection!

           Jadeite vase and plates along with a beautiful green swan dish I found at the flea market.

My first swan dish! I've had this one for a few years now I got it from our local flea market. The vintage flower vase my mom bought me from a flea market as well.

I found all my jadeite pieces at a flea market in Fort Collins Colorado. I got a 6 piece set for under $30 which if you know the cost of jadeite you know that's a good deal! The bird was a random find at the thrift store.

Found this cool vintage flower piece at the Goodwill for $3, the pictures at the flea market for $2 and the little white dish with the bird at a random thrift store.

Well I hope I inspired you to take a chance on painting something without sanding! I was thrilled with the results. I wouldn't suggest it on really glossy pieces but everything else I think it would work great on if you can't sand or do not want to sand.  I did shabby this piece up just a tad so that's the reasoning for the aged look you see. I'm so in love with my cabinet and glad I was able to find it at such a great price and to fill it with all of my flea market and thrifted treasures.

Peace In Love...


  1. your cabinet is fabulous and so are your finds and mom gifts xx

    1. Thank You. I love finding beautiful glass.

  2. I really like your cabinet make-over, I was surprised to see you collect the swan dishes.. I collect them too! i love the blue one

    1. Thank you! The blue one is my favorite. I'm always on the look out for them. I just think they are beautiful and timeless, plus I love birds. LOL.