Thursday, November 15, 2012

Friday's Favs......."Faux French Garden Trug"

Last week I met my blog friend, Adrienne, for a day of catching up with each other,
antiquing, lunching and thrifting!
We drove down to Salem and visited Aunt Bee's House for the first time.
One of my favorite bloggers, Denise of Pink Postcard, has a great space there.
Then we lunched at the French Press, sharing a Croque Monsieur and a savory crepe filled with chicken, spinach, roasted peppers, feta, avocado, sun dried tomato and pesto. 
It was delicious!
Next stop was another large antique mall, but neither of us found anything that made our heart go pitter pat enough to part with our money.
On our way back home, we stopped at the Goodwill.
There I spied this wooden tote that is a bit reminiscent of a french garden trug.

It was bare wood, unstained, unpainted.
On the handle was written "Gladys Johnson" in ball point pen.
My heart went pitter pat.
For $4.99, Gladys Johnson's trash was about to become my treasure.
I brought it home and gave it a good cleaning with a rag and bleach water.
Once dry, I sanded off Gladys' name, a bit sadly I admit.
I most often paint and distress similar items as seen herehere and here.
But Gladys' tote spoke something different to me.
A quick coat of Old English dark rubbed into the wood, followed by some MinWax,
 and that was all it took to give my Goodwill tote the look of a vintage French trug.

 So in my "faux French trug" I thought I'd put together a little mid-morning cafe au lait.

The cost of my lunch, around $10,  my one purchase of the day, $4.99, 
a day spent with a friend, priceless.

Friday's coming friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!


  1. well, it looks like the real thing to me. You did a wonderful job of bringing it new life. now I have to check out the shops you mentioned!

  2. Sounds like such a wonderful day!! :) I always love to find some little trinket (preferably an antique) to remind me of an outing. Now when you see your french garden trug ;) you will remember your day out with your friend. :)

  3. It was an awesome day we spent together. I love what you did with your tote. Now, I have to do something with the chair I bought. Can we run away for another day out together again?

  4. That little faux french garden trug is just fabulous. You did a wonderful job. I wouldn't have know it was "faux". Lovely ;-)

  5. Sounds like such an enjoyable day with a good friend! Your garden trug is a wonderful find and love how you have it styled.
    Mary Alice

  6. I think it looks fabulous and is exactly the type of thing I was looking for for a table/centerpiece. I finally gave up and went all cornucopia instead.

  7. Sounds like a bunch of fun. don't forget I am not too far away...too :o)

  8. And it's another beautiful blog post, Elizabeth!

  9. LOVE! What an adorable piece to add to your already FAB home! Good for you!

  10. I love the outcome! Reminds me a lot of the hand-me-down furniture I have in our office. Most of it is from my aunt... true treasures.

  11. This was my first visit to your beautiful Blog, I have to admit it was the name that got me. I'm your newest follower! Wonderful day and find you had with your friend, Thanks for sharing it.
    Many Blessings,


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