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bonflourish is moving to a new site… July 23, 2009

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I’ve moved…Please visit


More Antiques, Primitives and Painted Fun July 3, 2009

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Restocking the store copyI’m adding more items to the Mercantile as fast as I can gather them, clean them and paint them…  Sometimes the difficulty is parting with them.  I tend to purchase things to refurbish, paint and sell and somehow they fit perfectly into my home and never make it out!

This week was the perfect example, I purchased this great coffee table to paint and put in the store…


oh, but look at how nicely it fits into the shape of my sofa… all it needs is a bit of paint, a cool thick and chunky tufted cushion on top making it an ottoman/table (and raising the height, it’s a little low)… see, I can’t part with it.  I will post when I have finished it… which brings me to my next problem, once I decide to keep it, it never gets finished!


What is Old is New, What is New is Old July 1, 2009

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faux old copy


Open For Business June 23, 2009

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Open for BusinessWell, I have the window looking presentable… some of the furniture filled in and space left for more.  I will be loading and painting all week, I’m sure.  It’s really amazing how much furniture and stuff a small space will hold!  Off to do more…


No Water Needed June 18, 2009

Filed under: Creative Projects — bonflourish @ 7:38 am

Make a TopiaryLast summer I searched high and low to find a live topiary.  I finally found one at Home Depot no less!  The tag on the beautiful little tree/shrub/plant said it derived from Australia.  I over watered it.  Then I under watered it.  Until finally, all the leaves shriveled up and fell off.  I had finally killed the poor thing.

My next quest was to find a really good fake.  They are around in stores… a nice one can be pricey… and I would have most likely purchased one or two if I hadn’t read a great tutorial on how to make your own, by 320 Sycamore.  She’s very creative, you will definately love her blog!  Filled with design projects turning junk into treasures.  So above is my version.  I purchased foam balls, green moss and glue sticks at the dollar store.  The green leaf bunch was purchased from Michales for maybe a couple dollars.  All together the project took an afternoon and the cost was under $5 using a pot I already had.  Cut the “trunk” from a tree branch in the yard, you can even add a little grape vine to wrap around it adding texture! Isn’t it cute?

So easy to do.  Start with a round green foam ball (I started with a square and rounded the edges with a knife).  First you need to remove the leaves from the stem that forms the bunch.  Then, tear your leaf sections in half so that each measures roughly an inch or so long?  I used the stem to poke holes in my ball and then dipped each leaf section into hot glue and inserted.  As you are close to covering the entire ball, poke a hole in the open space of the ball with your branch (trunk).  Put hot glue on the tip of the branch and insert it into the hole.  I then hot glued the square foam into my vase. Repeated the process with the branch inserting it into the vase foam with hot glue.  To finish, add green moss to the top (no glue necessary, it should just stay in place).


Setting Up Shop June 16, 2009

Filed under: At the Mercantile... — bonflourish @ 8:37 pm

Setting up shop

The preparations have begun. I am gathering up my collection of finds, painted furniture and primative treasures to sell in the Mercantile Mall.  I will be “setting up shop” all week in preparation for my June 22nd move in date.  I am excited to be involved in storefront sales again.

I’m feeling a Birds Egg Blue theme here… I think I should rotate my stock based on color.  I am also really excited to have a window space in the store… 104 Main Street, Milford, Ohio.  If you’re strolling by, take a peek in the window and see the treasures.


It can be painted… June 7, 2009

It can be painted…

With everyone talking “Green” and the current state of our economy, we need to rethink the way we decorate. When redecorating or updating a room, we don’t need to use our entire budget buying all new items.

Instead of buying new, RE-New.  It can be painted!

Here are a few great re-new make overs:

Once upon a time there was a client that didn’t like her fireplace mantle.
Can you blame her? Her earthy import style decor DID NOT go with this Victorian inspired fireplace mantle.  She was having the mantle inset tiled with Slate.
I removed the excess decoration, added a little texture, painted, glazed and… voila,  new mantle!
This was not only a more affordable solution, but time saving and stress saving as well.  They would have had to have the mantle removed and undergone lengthy construction otherwise.  My clients were very happy, I was glad I could help, and they lived happily ever after.

Another great project was this dark stained armoire from the 1960’s.   It was my clients when she was a young girl.
After priming and painting,  I then glazed it to give it an aged patina. A final layer of decorative painting gives the finished touch.
The left side shows the “before” side with out the decorative painting.  What a difference a little paint can make!
And a dresser painted to match…
This  light Oak cabinet was too contemporary to fit into to the “new” vintage bathroom design and color scheme.
White paint, gray glaze, a touch of distress for age, new hardware… and  it’s whole “new” cabinet.

Next on the list… removing an old (too new looking) cabinet and replacing it with a new (old looking) cabinet.  Here’s the “before”

I’ll be removing the small cabinet in the center (Knowing I was removing it, I had tested out the black paint on it to see how I’d like it in the room.  The upper cabinets will be painted black when the carpentry is finished).  I’ll post the “after”  soon.