Flea Market Find

flea3I was charmed by these antique advertisements, found at my favorite Paris flea.  The detail is amazing and the expressions on the children’s faces are absolutely irresistible.  I brought them home about 4 years ago and they’ve been on my desk ever since.  Shuffling from pile to pile; and every time they worked to the surface, they gave me a huge smile.

The laundry room in our house was in need of an update. So much time is spent in this room and mine was really feeling dull.

The walls were painted a soft blue green and it occurred to me that these darling little adverts would be super cute and cheerful in that room.flea8-3143161592-1522977415231.jpgI headed out to the craft store for supplies!  I would need frames, background paper and spray mount.flea6.jpgFinding gold frames in the correct size with a matching finish proved to be a challenge.  Guilding wax would fix that!  The frame that was too bright got a little darker wax and the frame that was too dull got a brightening color.  Just rub the wax on with your fingertip!flea7-736611177-1522977612374.jpg

flea14-2443805321-1522977773769.jpgAfter playing around with the backings, it seemed that each advert needed its own paper.  I opted for a dot print under the skaters and a floral motif under the fruit piece, both in exactly the same shade. Spray adhesive made mounting the artwork easy. Next the pieces were popped under glass and into the frames.  They were hanging in my fresh laundry room in no time!flea13.jpgWhen taking groups to France, I always work in a flea market; you never know what kind of treasure you will come home with!

Some of my most favorite things are items that were bought not knowing how I would end up using them.  Do you have a favorite find?  If so, I would love to hear from you!

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