Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Welcome Spring ~

So bright and sunny today in Southern California~

I have been moving things around and freshening the house up.... 



I found this old metal urn a few months ago... It was the end of the day at a flea market and the gentleman I bought it from was dumping his inventory before back surgery... I got a killer price...

I was lucky Mr. AntiqueChase was with me, because this urn weighs a TON and I could have never lifted it myself!


It was pretty rusty.. 
and while some people like a great patina... 
this was just too rusty for me!



I debated about whether or not to paint it... 

Usually, I try to live with an original finish 
for at least week or two 
before doing anything drastic,
like painting years worth of patina....  

The urn just wasn't working in my house with all the rust! So, I decided to pull out the chalk paint. I love chalk paint because I don't need to use a primer, there is no smell, and I can paint quickly right on my kitchen island... shhh, don't tell the Mr.

On hand, I hand Annie Sloan French Linen and Old White...
(I would really like to find a use for French Linen but I just don't care for it).

 I ended up painting the urn with old white..


It took 2 coats for complete coverage...


I tried to leave a bit of rust where I could...


Then, I waxed it up with clear wax...

I also added a tiny bit of dark wax ... 
just for some dimension...


I filled the urn with dried hydrangeas... they were a gift from my mom. She has the BEST luck drying them!  When I try, they just wilt. Her tip is to cut the hydrangeas off the bush and remove all the green leaves. Place in a vase with a small amount of water and let the water evaporate... It works for her... It has NEVER worked for me... 

She is VERY generous with her dried hydrangeas... 

So much so, 
that I also filled the top of my hutch in the family room!




I really would like to add a bit more blue to the room, but so far, 
not many dried blue hydrangeas to choose from...

Hope your Spring is off to a wonderful start!
Thanks for stopping by!
Marcy ~

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36 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful urn, Marcy! I would have painted it, too. While I like the look of the rust, it wouldn't work in my home either. Love the hydrangeas. I planted a few last year and I'm hoping to dry some blooms this year.

Kelly said...

No use for french linen? What??? I love that color!!! I wish I had it right now because I'm all out. Too bad you don't live near me or I'd come by and take it off your little hands. LOL! I love what you did with the urn. I like the rusty look, but completely understand how sometimes it doesn't fit the space you're using it in. It may have seemed dirty looking. The white is a good color. Love all your pretty dried hydrangeas in it too. Just perfect!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Spring is looking lovely in your home Marcy!
I love that mirror and your urn looks so pretty filled with the dried hydrangeas! Our fam.rm and kitchen are set up very similar, I even have that half wall separating the two.,

Michele Smith said...

I have no luck drying hydrageas either, they wilt or I'll only get one of them to dry out of the whole bunch. I have a can of French Linen I've only used once on a stool for the kids bathroom, I don't particularly care for it either...in fact I'm planning on repainting their stool soon!
Love your urn, I would have painted it also!

Auntie Bliss said...

Love your urn both ways!
I wish I wish I could GROW hydrangeas...year after year I invest, plant, water and still no blooms.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Welcome back, Marcy!
Love that fabulous urn, it turned out just perfect for your home.
Your Mom must have the best luck ever drying flowers! Everything looks great!
Hugs,
Patti

chateau chic said...

I love iron urns and yours is a beauty, especially with the pretty dried hydrangeas.
Mary Alice

Judy K said...

I love your dried hydrangeas. I have never really had any luck either. Once it actually worked for me and unfortunately somebody in my house threw them out thinking they were dead. I love the urn. It looks great.

Marigene said...

Beautiful urn...hydrangeas are my favorite flower.

Deserae said...

OMG it's soooooo beautiful....love those dried hydrangeas too!
Happy Spring!
~Des

Tricia said...

That urn was a great find! I love the makeover you gave it too. Whenever I dry hydrangeas, I put a few in a bunch, tie some twine around the stems and hang them from the rod in the closet. The thing is you can't cut them too early...it seems like that's when they get wilted :)

Kathy Moreland said...

Beautiful urn! Love dried hydrangeas. The ones on the hutch look so pretty like you have them!

Donna said...

So glad and surprised to see your post! Beautiful urn and hydrangeas are always gorgeous. Happy Easter and hope to hear more from you soon. Have a great day.

Karen Bates said...

I love how you rescued the urn! Love the hydrangeas in it too...they are a favorite of mine and I just got a plant, so thanks for the tip on how to dry them.

Karen at Home Sweet Hollywood said...

You ladies and your chalk paint...such mad skills. I admire that and your lovely home :)

Have a great day...yes, so sunny and nice in LA today...woohoo!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your new/old urn is a great find and you made it look even better! That arch mirror behind the urn is 2.die.4!!!! I love the dry hydrangeas! They are so beautiful!!

Lee said...

You did a wonderful job. The urn is amazing in white! Good eye! Love the post. Very informative and you make it easy.
Thanks
Lisa
Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

Debra Oliver said...

what a great find, it's just gorgeous!!

Jody and Stan said...

I love urns and hydrangeas, so pretty! New Follower!

Jody

Audra said...

The urn was a serendipitous find! I have two smaller urns that could be the baby sisters to your urn. I love the rust, but even more so I love the paint job, it really brings out the true character of the urn. I love AS French Linen...I need to get some more, it seems I am addicted to that color these days.

Thank you for sharing, so glad you are back to blogging, I love your home and great finds.

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

I love the urn and especially love the tip on drying hydrangeas. My parents have loads of beautiful hydrangeas at their house - I'm going to try your mom's technique this summer!

Sarah said...

Marcy, that is one good looking urn. What a terrific find. I like the coat of paint. Looks terrific.
Happy Easter Weekend.......Sarah

Kadee Willow said...

Yes, those urns are extremely heavy! Unless you buy the faux ones. But with the mister around why bother with that... get the real mccoy! Charming addition to any home and with yours it just sings! Glad you took the plunge and painted it white!

On Crooked Creek said...

Marcy,
Lovely urn transformation!
The hydrangea just seem to be perfect!!!
I adore the way you've displayed the hydrangea on your hutch, too!
Thanks for sharing!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Lucky you to find such a great piece! I'm with you, I don't mind some rust, but that would have been too much for me too, unless I was going to use it outside. It turned out great.

I'd love it if you would share this at "What We Accomplished Wednesday," at Green Willow Pond. It goes live on Tuesday nights at about 6 PM EST. Have a great week!

Hugs,
Deborah

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Whoops! I was doing two things at once. You already linked this to my party last week. Thank you!

Jamie -Better With Age said...

This is gorgeous! I'm your newest follower ;) I would love for you to link this up to our new linky party, Give Me The Goods Monday! I am hosting with 4 other bloggers, 1 party but your links will show up on all 5 blogs!
http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-party-2.html
Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

Renae Moore said...

Hey Marcy...great place you have here! I need to come back often! I'm a Cali girl too, live in Atlanta though now! I left you an answer to your question on my blog! See you soon!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Love the urn and hydrangeas, Marcy! Thanks for linking to the Open House Party.
xx,
Sherry

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Marcy! I love what you did with your beautiful urn! I once messed up my shoulder for a good long time lifting a cement urn. Working on your kitchen island makes sense to me! Haha! Gotta get some chalk paint! (I spy a gorgeous demijohn in your shot too!)

Carol Cook said...

Love how you painted the urn. I am glad I read this tonight because I am going to buy some ASCP tomorrow and was thinking about French Linen. Now I think I will just use my old standby - Old White.

Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly said...

I love your mirror in the background! Gorgeous!

Thank you for joining us for Give Me the Goods Monday! Hope to have you party with us again next week!

~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

Renae Moore said...

Hey Marcy,
I'm a hydrangea freak too!
Do you mind helping me? I'm a geeg when it comes to 'techy' stuff. I want to know how to get all the badges lined up like you have them! renaescottmoore@gmail.com
xx

~ Liz ~ said...

What a great find that urn was and how sweet of your mom to share so much beauty with you! Love the look of the urn with the flowers. Pretty!
Liz

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Came to see you via Ivy and Elephants ~ love you urn, what a great find and it looks great with the mirror. I am in Southern California too, it is always nice to meet another California blogger.
We are so lucky because everything is already blooming here!

Ashley Rane Sparks said...

I love this! All of them are so great! I grow mostly plants and flowers that I can cut so that I can bring them into the house.
So many inspiring ideas for ways to display them!
Thanks so much!
Ashley Rane Sparks
www.makeitrane.com