I love fall. The crisp air, the changing colors, and outdoor markets filled with freshly harvested apples all create a festive atmosphere.
The fresh-air markets this time of year are not only brimming with fruit, but they are chock-full of treasures. At any one of these events you can find several vendors selling their art, antiques, refurbished furniture, and handmade textiles.
I piled into a car with 6 other eager women and we visited just such a lovely outdoor market a few weeks ago. It was held at Horton's of Tipton in none other than Tipton, Indiana. On the surface The Horton Emporium is a typical hardware store. But look a little further and you will find a fabulous "lifestyle boutique" overflowing with candles, home decorating supplies, flea market finds, hand made soaps, and unusual gift items. A few times a year Horton's hosts outdoor and holiday markets. They invite vendors to decorate the store's property with their wares.
I enjoyed browsing Horton's Outdoor market. I came away with a few purchases and a plethora of ideas.
One of my finds was someone's art project from the early '70s.
It was a little odd looking but I was drawn to it because it reminded me of something my grandmother might have made. Years ago, we would drop her off occasionally at a pottery class where she would create all kinds of fun objects.
I carried my strange treasure home in hopes that I could give this blast-from-the-past new life.
I started working on it right away. It proved to be a wonderful testament to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This project illustrated the fabulous power ASCP has to cover an object with very little work and very little paint.
This is my treasure with 2 coats of ASCP. The paint was watered down in a 6:1 ratio, 6 parts water to 1 part paint. I didn't want it to be too thick. I needed the paint to flow easily into the creases without ruining the relief of the piece.
Isn't that fabulous coverage? It took me about 15 minutes to paint this.
Then, I waited about one hour.
Next, I waxed it little by little.
I waxed it in small sections. First, I used Clear Wax.
I was finished in less than 45 minutes.
It's a little darker than I think I like. So, I may pull off some of the Dark Wax by using the Clear Wax as an eraser.