Jun 8, 2015

rustic entry way -a summer update

 I've been adding more rustic pieces into our home's decor over the last few months.
As my style in my business and my home develop, I am adding in pieces from my finds, and selling others.

I've had this little table for quite a while, and have been working on finishing up our entry way.
I finally found a mirror that felt right with the table!

A lot of the pieces I find are from pretty humble beginnings.  
My favorites are often the ones that have been relegated to the barn or shop.

I found this one the same day as our industrial farmhouse table.
Yeah, it was a good day!
;)

This was pretty ordinary when I found it, but I saw the potential in bringing it back to life.  


After several years of a very traditional entry way rug, I finally found one that I liked, that worked with our evolving cottage look.
Our last rug was too dark and formal for the rest of the light and bright in our house.
Thank you Target.
You always come through.



Our hydrangea bushes are all going crazy with blooms right now, and I love being able to go out and cut lots of stems for bright blue bouquets.



When I bought this table, it had yellow laminate glued to the top!
Ugh.  I'm sure it was practical for a shop space, but definitely not cute!


When I go to estate and farm sales, I always look for old, weathered wood boards.
Ironically, most of what I've found hasn't come from farms!
If it's gray and weathered and has lots of character, I don't really care if it came out of a garage or in a field.

If you don't remember, our entry way used to look like this:


It's fun to change it up.

Happy Monday Friends!

xo Denise

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May 26, 2015

an antique pie cabinet and why you shouldn't junk distracted...

 Every once in awhile I will have an epic weekend of great sales and come home with a truck load of treasures.  Those are the most fun weekends, and I have to admit- it's a little bit like being a junky- I am on such a roll, I can't stop, and want to find more stops for my addiction!

A couple weekends ago, I had that kind of bonanza.  
I zig zagged my way across one area of town, and even went a little further since I'd been having such good luck.  
At my second stop, I went to a heavily advertised sale and found this:


I know.
Isn't it amazing?  
I cried just a little when I couldn't find a spot to keep it.  

It was in the basement of a gorgeous old house in one of my favorite neighborhoods.  
It was a bit of a claustrophobic sale- at times I was shoulder to shoulder with other buyers.  
I don't usually like sales like this because it is so crazy, but there was so much amazing stuff advertised with this sale, I couldn't resist. 

I found lots of other treasures here, and had several armloads to take to the truck.  
If you've been around old neighborhoods, then you probably also know that the streets can be quite narrow.  
I'd parked a couple blocks away, and needed to pull up closer to load the pie cabinet and all the other loot.  


That was quite the feat in itself. 
Ugh.  

I managed to get close enough to the driveway to pull up for loading and spotted an acquaintance and stopped to chat with her for a second.
I had to take out the trunk extender for loading, and set it on the ground while I was talking to her.


I finished loading, and went on to two other sales.  
I was doing so well, I decided to drive out of town to another farm sale about 30 minutes away.  
That was also an amazing haul, and as I was loading up everything there, my stomach dropped to the floor.

Where was the trunk extender????

I ran back to my original parking spot thinking maybe I'd taken it off a few minutes ago.
Nope. 

 Did someone see me take it off and walk off with it??
gah.

I was absolutely sick.
I realized that I didn't have it when I got to the out of town sale, so I tried retracing my steps and went back to every sale I'd been at previously.

I was praying for a miracle, and at each stop along the way I was Googling the price of a replacement extender.
Ouch.  


I ended up back at the claustrophobic sale, and as I pulled up, there it was.  
Right where I'd left it when I stopped to chat.

  I mean, seriously.  
What are the chances?

I was so happy. 
Huge sigh of relief.

I brought all the treasures home and started cleaning everything up.  
The pie cabinet didn't have anything in the door- it was just open space.
I added in the chicken wire and cleaned all the dust and cobwebs off.
It was in really good condition and wasn't even terribly dirty.

This is such a well made piece. 


Tongue and groove top.

Bead board interior.


And guess what?  
Bead board on the back as well.  
Nobody does that any more.   

I took it down to Aunt Bee's House today, and I hope it goes home with someone who appreciates the quality as much as I do.


Goodbye pie cabinet.  You were a special treasure with a story.
Always an adventure.
;)

xo Denise

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May 13, 2015

vintage farmhouse island

One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to use one of my best skills.  
Shopping.
ha ha!

Seriously, when I was a senior in high school, all the parents in my class contributed photos and a little bio about their kid for a special senior book.
My parents wrote that my favorite activities were volleyball, shopping, drama (theatre), shopping, friends, shopping, and boys and shopping.
Actually, I'm not sure they put the part about boys (I hope not) but you get the idea. 

So I love that I now have a job where I am a buyer!  
Use the skills God gave ya!
;)

A couple months ago, I had a Friday where I was on a roll for finding good stuff, and it was addictive.  I was in an area I don't normally go to, and happened on a ReStore.  
I veered off to the nearest parking spot and went in.

This was one of those cute little stores in a smaller area, and they had some great stuff.  
I wandered into the back outdoor area, and stumbled on this amazing table.


I was in love.  
Chippy paint and everything.
It was too good to pass up, but unfortunately I only had my car and would need to drive back out to pick it up. (30 minutes away)
It was worth it though.


The top was cool with the chipped paint, but in my excitement, I overlooked the true makeup of the table top. 
When I picked it up, I realized the top was actually an old door, and it was hollow core.  

There were also cut outs in the apron of the table, and when I was paying for it, the checkout person told me that the table was from a local artist who made tiles.
I'm not sure if the cut outs were part of that process, but I knew I'd have to get creative with covering them up to make it into a cute farmhouse island.

I decided to take the door off and bought some fir to re-do the top.  
I stained it in General Finishes Antique Cherry, and then nailed on the top.  

As for the apron fix, I added some thin pieces of MDF to the sides, and screwed on some vintage handles.  
They look like drawer fronts, but are just decorative.
For the smaller holes on the corners, I bought some balsa wood and wooden craft stars, and attached them over the cut outs.

Even though I liked the chippy rustic look, the white paint was a bit more tired than I wanted, so I refreshed it with Miss Mustard Seed's Ironstone milk paint.  
I sanded it back just slightly, but the brighter, fresher look helped and still retained the rustic quality.
Just one coat, and then a coat of clear Polycrylic.


So cute, right?
It's a big 7 foot long table.  I so wish I had a big kitchen that needed an island!
I brought this in to Aunt Bee's on Saturday.  
I attached a little note to it about the local history behind it.  
I always think it's fun to know the back story.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

xo Denise

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May 11, 2015

The Farmhouse Show Spring 2015

Oh my goodness.  
It's been a nice break in a lot of ways, but it sure has been a bit strange being so absent here!
So good to be back!

I've learned that inevitably, whenever I have a vintage market coming up, it's nearly impossible for me to keep up on the website for about a week and a half before.  I just can't make the time for all the last minute prep and get photos and posts ready.
Heck, it's hard enough to plan dinner during that time.
So I've learned that's just my thing, but- add to that - I came down with the flu on take down day, and it's been a pretty long hiatus.

I'm better now, and so is the rest of the family (Hannah came down with something about the time I was getting better) so I am so ready to get back to business!

I had such a great time at The Farmhouse Show- it was so great to see so many treasures go home and talk to so many friends!
Here's a little visual recap of my space:


 I had a 10 x 20 booth, and I really like having that size.
It's amazing how quickly it shrinks though when I start bringing everything in.
It always sounds huge, but I have a small panic attack when I realize how fast it fills up.

I think I annoyed everyone around me with the amount of sighing and groaning I was doing at set up.
I just didn't know how I was going to make it all work and come together the way I wanted.

I didn't even realize how bad I sounded until a friend of mine from around the corner came over and with out saying "shut up", instead sympathetically said, I think you should go get some rest and come back tomorrow when you have a fresh eye.
Yeah.  I was annoying.
LOL



I've had a few things packed up for almost a month, so it was a little bit like Christmas opening tubs, and remembering some of the great stuff I bought awhile back!

I usually work opening night- I like to see the die hard shoppers, and see what sells out of my booth so I know what to bring in for the next morning.
The big concrete deer was one of my favorites and was sold in the first few minutes.

I had a fun vignette in the center of my booth- a bit hard to see because of all the smalls, but I had a cool galvanized metal shelf and two rustic barn doors.
They both sold.



I made a few vintage inspired signs for the show, and sold most of them.  I still have the 'Suttle Lake Cabins' and I will be taking it in to the shop this week.
Suttle Lake is one of my favorite spots here in Oregon!

I also was super excited to use these vintage columns in my booth!
I have had them on my wish list for the last three years.  It seems like every time I came across some, I was always a day late and a dollar short.
 I found them at a recent sale, and I can't tell you the lengths I went to to get them.
I am one happy girl to finally have been able to purchase some!


This little corner had lots of fun wedding items.
The salvage table (the top was a former gate) and bistro chairs all sold.



I've always loved horses, and you will frequently find little treasures at my shows and booth spaces.
I had a set of these very heavy bookends.  They almost look like little trophies.

It was so nice to be able to cut lots of fresh snowball blooms from my yard to tuck into my containers too.

 
This pretty bistro set was something I bought from my parents.
They recently bought a new house, and the former owner had left an amazing lot of furniture.  My parents kept what they wanted, and then I bought several pieces from them- including this set.  It was a metal bamboo style, with glass top.  It sold too.


This cute little garden deer was another of my favorites.  Both of the deer statuary that I brought I really wanted to keep, but just decided I needed to sell.
I'll probably regret that, but hopefully I will come across some again another time.


I didn't intentionally plan to have a red and white theme in my booth, but as I was packing up, I realized I had quite a bit of merchandise that ended up being that way!

The table in this picture was my absolute favorite item.
I'm hoping to give it some proper credit this week and show you the before and after.  It's a beautiful farm island with a fun bit of local history.
It was very big and heavy, so I never got any pretty shots of it at home.


I remade the top of the table, and you can see a bit of it here:


All of my bread boards got scooped up opening night.  
I think I had 6!


Everyone did an amazing job with their spaces, and I bought a few great items for myself- including a French basket and a set of adirondack chairs for $50!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you got a little preview already.  ;)

The front area of the building was filled with all kinds of rusty garden treasures, and it looked incredible.  I love that this space was opened up for more shopping- it was a great welcome into the big old church.


Again, thank you so much to everyone that came to The Farmhouse Show- it gets bigger and better every time!
Before you know it, the fall edition will be here!
If you want to plan ahead, you can mark your calendar for October 28.
  The show always runs Wednesday night through Saturday.
We're located at the Turner Tabernacle, just South of Salem in Turner, Oregon.

Have a  great week!
See you soon~

xo Denise

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Apr 17, 2015

making the most of memories....Canvas Pop giveaway


Last summer, I decided to take Hannah out for a little photo session.

She is in her last year of middle school and I know this is such a precious time. 
The next few years are going to fly by!
So we headed out and shot some pictures at some nearby locations.

There were several that I really liked- I had her bring her cello for a few of the photos, and we also went out to a field to get that dreamy, late summer day glow.
I'm still very much a novice photographer, but I was happy with what we got.  
And of course, like many of you, we had the best of intentions of getting several printed out and sent out as Christmas gifts for family, but with busy schedules, the photos just sat on the computer.

A couple weeks ago, I got an email from Canvas Pop, asking if I'd like to try them out for a canvas print.  
Yes!! Perfect timing!  
Because I had just been thinking, I better get going on getting some of these developed, or we'll never see them besides on the computer screen!


Our beautiful canvas arrived yesterday, and I was so happy with how it turned out.
My beautiful girl, just being her.  
It was packaged really well, and the print was great quality.  
Like I said, since I am still learning so much about my camera, I was worried that seeing it blown up on a large scale might show a lot of blurriness or pixelation.


The quality was fantastic.  I was truly so impressed.
Canvas Pop advertises on their website that they can take photos directly imported from Facebook or Instagram and make them into beautiful canvas prints.  
That's amazing!    
Any size, any resolution!  
So if you're the type who has lots of great photos- only on your mobile phone, you can still send it in and get a great looking canvas!

I'm already talking to my mother in law about getting some old family photos (black and white) to add to our gallery wall.
:)


Our canvas is beautifully wrapped and has a black edge.  
It came with a wire hanger mounted on the back, and with an extra hanger hardware for installation.

The turnaround time was pretty quick- I think from the time I sent in my photo to the time it arrived on our doorstep was just about two weeks.  

The other part I liked about the Canvas Pop service is that the canvas print looks exactly like what I sent them.  I have friends who have done prints elsewhere, and when they've gotten them back they were darker or more saturated in color than the original.  
Not the case here!


I'm pretty choosy about the companies that I work with on giveaways and reviews, and if you've followed me for any length of time, you know I don't do a lot of them for that reason!
Another reason I said yes to this review and giveaway is that they have a 100% guarantee you'll love it!
So there's no worries.

With Mother's Day approaching, I'm sure lots of you can think of a mom who would love a canvas print!  
(Maybe you?)
;)

So here's your chance~
You can either sign up for the giveaway by commenting below, or just go for it and use a nice 35% off discount code that they have created for my readers!
What do you think?

*The giveaway is for one lucky winner- a 16 x 20" canvas stretched on a .75" frame depth and includes the cost of shipping. You have up to an entire year from now to order. 
The expiration date is April 30, 2016.
 Just leave me a comment, and you're entered. 
That's it.

The giveaway starts today and ends April 30, 2015, 9:00pm PST.

I will select a winner via Random.org. and announce the winner on the blog and by email.
If you have a no-reply blog account, make sure you leave an email for me to contact you with!

If you want to go ahead and order through Canvas Pop right now, you can use the discount code

POSTCARD35

it's good through April 30, 2015.  
35% off your order at Canvas Pop!

I hope you enjoy your canvas print as much as we are!
Thanks so much Canvas Pop for such great service!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

xo Denise

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Apr 1, 2015

French Provincial side tables in Schloss

Remember the French Provincial dresser I showed you the other day?  
Well, there were a couple small side tables that went with it!

After not doing much painting for awhile, I've been on go mode since last week.
The dresser went down to Aunt Bee's on Sunday, and I was hoping to bring these two tables with it, but there just wasn't the time to finish them.
I had a hole in my space that needed to be filled, and so I just put a note with the dresser that there were two matching side tables that would be coming in soon.

Whenever I bring furniture down to the shop, I always post it on Craigslist as well.  It's worked out pretty well, and sometimes people who haven't been in to Aunt Bee's will find out about it because of the ad.

I got busy finishing up the side tables with a final coat of paint, distressing, and wax; and of course, before I could completely finish them, I had an interested buyer.


Monday was a fairly busy day for me, so I worked as quickly as I could to get them finished up, photographed, and down to the shop before I picked up Hannah from school.

The entire set- with the exception of the mirror- was gone by the end of the day!


This was such a nice set, and I'm glad that the person who bought it was so excited about it.


This was painted just like the dresser, in Miss Mustard Seed's Schloss.  
It chipped great, and I highlighted just the little leaf flourish on the bottom.  
I made a design decision to not highlight the feet on the tables - only on the dresser.  
I kinda liked the idea of giving the bigger piece a little 'more' than the smaller tables.


These tables were staged pretty quickly since I needed to get out the door and be back in time before the end of the school day.

I got the last bunch of daffodils from our neighbor's farm, and put them in a glass battery jar.


This jar was from the hoarder's sale a couple weekends ago.  
There were three, but someone else grabbed the other two.  Hannah helped me and got this one off of the garage shelf, and we put it into our pile.
Later when we were ready to pay, I was going to pick up the jar to take to the truck, and we saw a HUGE black spider in the bottom!  Gah!!

I was so glad it didn't decide to crawl out onto Hannah when she carried it out for me!!!
One of my brave friends who was at the sale carefully picked up the jar and dumped him out on the grass far, far away from us.
Bless her.


So now it's all clean and spider free.  
I just love these for use as giant vases or terrariums. 

I've had a couple and they are just so pretty even though they were used to house batteries!
Girls always make things prettier, don't we? 
;)

I'm hoping to show a few more of my recent vintage finds before it gets all packed away for The Farmhouse Show!
Mark your calendars for April 29- May 2.  I'll post more details on my sidebar soon.
I'll have this and lots of other awesome items there.
Are you coming?

P.S.  I forgot to mention the little Hello sign.
Yes, I will be bringing lots of fun signs like this little guy to Farmhouse.
You guys really seem to like them.
*thanks*
:)

xo Denise

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Mar 30, 2015

Ironstone milk paint side table- just for me!

I just love milk paint.  
I tell people who haven't used it before that it is part art, and part science experiment.  
Even though I've been using it for awhile now, I love that I learn something new everytime I use it!
As much as I love it, I've not kept the pieces I've painted in it.  Friends will ask, 
oh, so what do you have here that is painted in the milk paint?
Uh...
nothing? 

 It all goes out the door and sells!  
So it was time for me to enjoy my own piece in a finish I love.

I bought this cute little side table a couple weekends ago, from Diane of Molly Mo's.
She and a couple other friends had a vintage market, and I just had to take it home.


I had a little table here before, but I wasn't loving it.  
It just worked in size, but was kinda... there.  Blah.
I was ready for a change.  
I called Jon and got measurements for the space, and this little beauty fit the bill!

 The gold tone wasn't my style, but I knew I would paint it to fit what I wanted.

Before:

I had a small amount of Miss Mustard Seed's Ironstone left from other projects, and decided that would be the best color for this room.  
I figured a couple coats would do the job.

After one coat, I came back to check on drying, and was in love with the stone washed look.
I couldn't believe how the paint changed over the gold.

It's an amazing gray tone, and with the original cream color going to a lighter shade after the coat of Ironstone, I didn't even bother to do a second coat.



Who would've ever guessed?  
It's so fun to paint over pieces in milk paint that already have a painted finish, because the results always look more authentic.
It would be interesting to layer a metallic paint under the milk paint, and see if it would react the same way...
:)


I've also enjoyed lightening up this room for spring, and keeping a more sparse, clean mantel.


My mom and I went to Ikea a few weeks ago, and I bought the little topiaries and buckets there.
And I'm enjoying having my dad's painting up again.


Some green boxwood wreaths are now on the shutters, but my snowball bush and hydrangeas are going bonkers right now, so I'm sure some fresh flowers will be nice in here soon!
Can't wait!!

I hope you are enjoying spring and all that goes with it!
Except allergies.  Nobody enjoys that.
ha!

xo Denise

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