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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Mar 23, 2015

French Provincial dresser in Schloss and a crystal lamp

I've had some great shopping weekends recently!
I've put a few miles on our vehicles, but it's been worth it with each trip.
It's so much fun to find great vintage pieces- big and small- and then do the research if I'm not sure on the history behind it.
You can see a few of the items I've found on my Facebook page and Instagram.

It has been a super long time since I've posted any furniture makeovers!!
Most of the items I've been buying recently only require a hose and a rag.

Tis the season for garden, rust, and crust.
;)

But recently I bought a bunch of pieces from my parents.
They are moving to a new home and the former owner left several fabulous pieces behind.
They picked out what they wanted to keep, and then I got to choose what I would like!
There was a gorgeous French Provincial set in the guest room, and we brought it home a couple weekends ago for me to get to work on.


A few months ago I stocked up on several of Miss Mustard Seed's new European paint colors.
This one is called Schloss, and I love it.
It is a gorgeous warm gray, and I know I will be using a lot more of this color.

This bedroom set is in excellent condition, and so well made.
Everything is solid wood, and in pristine working order.
That may not sound very extraordinary, but finding vintage pieces that don't need fixing or having major flaws to cover is a rarity!


I considered leaving it as is and not painting, but the freckled wood just made it look dated.


The paint chipped in just the right amount, and I love the results.  I
 added just a bit of cream detail to highlight the feet and the detail in the center.


So pretty.


The pulls are heavy duty, and a bit dated as well with the dark brass finish.
I used Gold Leaf Rub n Buff wax to give a more elegant look to them.


One of the sales I went to a couple weekends ago was to one of my favorite areas- wine country!
Dundee, Oregon.  Oh my.  If you love wine tasting, and beautiful panoramic views,  you have to put this on the top of your list.
The sale here was in a barn and it was packed full of great vintage pieces- old tins, gorgeous vintage frames, collectibles, lamps, chandeliers....

This lamp was part of that sale.
The base is absolutely gorgeous, and only missing a few crystals.
I have some spare that I can hopefully add to this.  I got it for a great price because the switch is missing the knob and they weren't sure if it's a working lamp.
I haven't had time to look for a new knob at the hardware store, so I'm not even sure if it's working yet!



It pains me that there was a second lamp just like it that I uncovered after I had a pretty good size pile.
As it turns out, I had just enough cash to cover what I had.
gah.  Oh well.

The dresser also has a wall mirror
That I painted as well.

It's big and very heavy.
I didn't dare prop it on top or try and set it up for the photo.
When it makes it's way down to Aunt Bee's, I'll get it set up properly- but for now, you get the idea.


I have two matching end tables that have one coat of paint on them.
I was hoping to finish them up and take the whole set down later today, but with spring break, it's gonna have to wait until the end of the week.
I'll post it on my Facebook page when they're available.

How about you?  Have you tried any of the new Euro colors from the MMS line?
Which is your favorite?

xo Denise

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Mar 11, 2015

Thank you Cottage Style magazine!

When I was in my newlywed years, I started buying home decor magazines.  
I would look through the pages and admire the amazing spaces and try to use some of the inspiration in my new home.

We were dirt poor, and mostly living with hand me down furniture.  
I would look at the homes and think what an amazing compliment it would be to have your house featured in a magazine.

Fast forward 23 years.
I got a call last summer from a photography team saying that they'd like to schedule a time to come shoot our house for a spring issue magazine spread.
I about fell over.


I didn't want to jinx it and say too much about it, but it seemed like it might actually happen when they did indeed come to my house early one morning and set up all the gear and brought in buckets of  flowers to use for the shoot.

And I got to keep all those lovely flowers!


I had a couple weeks to prep our house from the time we scheduled the date to when they arrived, and it was very much like getting your home ready to sell.  

Lots of last minute prep work and cleaning to make everything look great before the big day.

And wouldn't you know it, I had a big palm that had just bit the dust, and one of our bamboo blinds broke and I had to scramble to see if it could be replaced.  
Fortunately, we didn't have to replace it-  I just fixed the broken cord.
But you get the idea. 
Lots of stuff going on fast and furious!

It was fun to see how the whole process worked, and all the tricks they use in styling.
They took some photos of our front porch, but none of those were used.  
Donna, the stylist, made some "iced tea" in a pitcher for a little vignette.  
It's too bad it didn't get used, because it was a cute set up.  

The funny thing was that the iced tea was actually Worcestershire sauce and water!
I got a kick out of that.  
It was a full day- from about 9am to 5:30pm- and I had a blast seeing the preview pics.


One of my most embarrassing moments was when they were shooting our family room, and they wanted the ceiling fan turned off.
I switched it off (it's on 24/7) and discovered that a nice thick layer of dust was still on the blades.
Ack.  Lovely.

 They took a photo of me dusting it, and now I can't find it, but it's probably just as well.
;)

About a month and a half ago I did a phone interview for the article, and I was nervous about that, but it was really fun too.
I got to see a preview of the layout, and we chatted about what decor used in each photo, where I found  certain pieces, and how I came up with our style.

It was much more fun and laid back than I worried about!
And, I have to say that I love the write up!


The publisher sent me three copies.  
It was another crazy moment pulling it out of the envelope and leafing through - seeing our home on the pages.
It's been fun to see and read about the other homes featured in this issue as well.
All cottage style, with each person's own flair.

This has been a rare and amazing opportunity, and I don't take it for granted.

Thank you so much to my sweet friend, Amanda who suggested our home to the photographer.
Thank you Donna and Philip of Blackstone Edge for your incredible work.
Thank you to Jan for a fun and easy interview.
And thank you Cottage Style magazine for making a dream come true.

I'm still pinching myself!

xo Denise

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Mar 10, 2015

our new industrial farmhouse table

One of the best things about my job is that I get to shop.  
A lot.
Most of it I buy to re-sell, but there are some pieces that I fall head over heels in love with, and get to keep.  
It's fun to be able to trade up items I've had for new pieces.  
It's a great way to decorate!

I love seeing the beauty of a vintage piece that is buried underneath boxes, dirt, and ordinary items.

While I was out over the weekend at a few sales, I drove out to one of my favorite farmland areas.
I knew the sale was already pretty picked over by the time I got there, but I still wanted to take a look.
One of the items that was featured in the ad was a hand forged steel farmhouse table.


There it was sitting in the shop, still available.  
I couldn't believe it!!

I didn't waste too much time thinking about it, because I knew if I did, it would be gone.

It wasn't that dirty, and it wasn't buried under too much stuff, but I could tell this wasn't something I would come across again.
It was in really great shape but the top had some paint drips and splatters, and a few water rings.


We picked it up and brought it home the next day, and I spent about an hour giving the top a light sanding and then a coat of Miss Mustard Seed's clear wax.

One thing that was pointed out to me was that on the under side of the table, there is a maker's mark.


It's stamped NNY 10 - 41.
I'm guessing that means the initials of the maker and the month and year.
I always get a big grin when I see something I've purchased is from the 1940's.  
My favorite era.
I don't consciously look for stuff from that time, I'm just always drawn to it.

I love the worn wood, the metal straps on the corners, the oversized screws, and of course the legs and design on the base of the table.





No, those aren't pimento olive slices on the table!
It's funny how after I shot these photos that the bolts look that way!
Actually, they look more like aged brass in real life.

This table is about half the width of our last one, and it will be nice to have a bit more room to scoot our chairs out next to our big hutch.


I listed our previous dining set on Craigslist and sold it in 24 hours.  
I admit I was kinda sad to see it go- from a sentimental standpoint- but I'm excited for the new memories that will be around our new one.


I had already done some research on new chairs for the table, and I found these French bistro chairs at World Market.
I put the money from the dining set we sold towards the new chairs, and with a coupon, it all came together perfectly!


I still am waiting on two more to come in to our nearest location, but I got the four that they had in stock.
(I only shot three of the four...)
So we will eventually have 6 chairs on the sides, and possibly two end chairs. 
I'm looking at a couple options from Ikea for those.

The wood tone on these is very similar, and I love the lighter look both in bulk and color with the table.
I hadn't planned on reusing our linen chair pads from our former set, but after putting them on, I think they look great! 
Plus, it ties in our hutch a little more with the whole look.

It's pretty fun.
One other part I love about our new table is that with it being so narrow, it feels cozy like a pub table.
:)
I'm looking forward to our first get together with it!
Maybe I need to plan a St. Patrick's Day party!
****
The best piece of wisdom that I took from the weekend was from the guy running the estate sale who helped us load the table.

"If you've never seen it before, buy it."

xo Denise
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Mar 9, 2015

New curtains for our living room

I've had a nice break since Junk Salvation - working on projects that were left to the back burner, and just catching up on rest and visiting with friends.  
I haven't done any furniture painting projects in almost a month and a half!

One project that I have been wanting to finish up for a long time, was some new curtain panels for our living room.


I spent quite a bit of time last Fall looking for fabric that had the look and feel of Cabbages and Roses fabric.  
Why didn't I just get Cabbages and Roses?
The yardage here in the U.S. is pretty limited, mostly to just a couple yards and in certain colors.  

I looked in to buying it from the UK, but they don't ship here, and the yardage is insanely expensive anyway.  
I found a company online that had English fabrics that was willing to ship here, that had a similar feel and style of fabric.


This one is called Country Escape Mia Pink, by Tilda Fabrics, and I'd been staring at it on my living room Pinterest board for quite a while before I pulled the trigger.  

I wanted a style that wasn't just a straight panel, but also pretty.  
Not too ruffly, but had something to it.


The other issue with the curtains is that this window is 8 feet across and very long.
It was hard to find a curtain rod that was also in the look I wanted.
The one I was using before was metal, and definitely long enough, but with the size of this room, it just started looking wimpy.  
It needed some bulk to stand up to the size of the space.

I found the perfect size and scale in an extra long closet rod.
I washed it (50/50 ratio of paint and water) in white chalk paint, and then waxed it with clear wax and then a heavy coat of dark wax.


These curtain rings were exactly the look I wanted, and so my distressing job mimicked the look of these.  
By the way, these came from one of my favorite vendors at Aunt Bee's House!  The same lady who I bought our salvage window frame from in our living room, among several other things around our house!
I used heavy duty thread to sew the metal loops to the back edge of the panels.  
The fabric is also lined with white cotton so it gives them a nicer, finished  look.


 I bought some round finial ends from Lowe's (also distressed like the rod), drilled pilot holes in the ends of the closet rod, and now it has the look I was going for!


The pop of color makes the room feel much more cozy.
I've always loved the look of English cottages and farmhouses, and the soft rose pattern gives it just that.


I've also been having fun over the last month tweaking things around the house and decorating.
Little touches of spring.


We've had a few new furniture pieces come through over the last couple weeks, so we are working on those and trying them out.
These beautiful vintage barrel back chairs are one of the new additions.
They are incredibly comfy, and we have been trying them out in a couple spots.

The fabric is in really good condition, but I'm looking into having them slipcovered or reupholstered down the road.


It's also been great over the last month for me to reevaluate my business and where I'm going.  
I've enjoyed journaling and refocusing on my goals.
I'm excited and nervous about some of the changes, but just praying that God will really direct what is supposed to happen.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I look forward to seeing you again soon!

xo Denise

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Feb 9, 2015

Junk Salvation 2015

Whew!  
It's been a bit of a break since I last posted, because of the nature of pre-show organization!  
This was my third year participating in Junk Salvation, and it is always so fun, and a ton of work.
I'm writing this on Sunday, and it feels good to do only what I want to do, and rest.

Mostly what I want to do is eat comfort food, take a nap, and clean my house.
Not necessarily in that order.

I was able to get a few photos this weekend, mostly on my DSLR camera, so some turned out great, and others, in my hurry- not so much.



We got there a bit later than I hoped we would for set up, so I felt a bit anxious about getting it done in time.  Even with an extra pair of hands to help (Hannah came with us this year) I'm just not a fast setter upper when it comes to shows.

We really cut it to the wire.
I always try and allow enough time to get checked in at the hotel, get myself presentable and changed out of my sweats for opening night.  
You know how you will hear someone say something but it doesn't really connect until you're in the moment?
Yeah, that was how it was for me...


Set up was supposed to be done by 4:00, and I guess I did hear that you could get in a half hour earlier if you bought tickets online, (heck, I think I even said that in my ticket giveaway on Facebook!) but it just didn't click until I was walking in the entrance - the same one that all the customers were at - and found myself in the throng of women crushed up against the doors like Black Friday shoppers.

You need to know that I avoid Black Friday.  It's not my thing.
I dislike that claustrophobic, wild eyed shopping frenzy that goes along with it.

So there I am trying to get in so I can get back to my booth before customers come rushing in, and suddenly realizing I was going to be in the middle of all these die hard, let-me-in-NOW shoppers!!

It was a futile attempt, but I tried holding up my wrist to show my Vendor bracelet just so I could get through, but do you think anyone cared?  Do you think anyone noticed??
Not a bunch of women knocking the door down to get in!
It was every woman for herself!! 
ha ha!
I ran back to my booth and was just glad I was in the back of the building so I had a minute to unlock my cash box!
Craziness I tell ya.

This was the only photo I got of my booth front.

It's one of the not so great (blurry) photos, so no, your glasses won't help on this one.
Sorry.


Lots more questions on "are the doors with the awnings" for sale?
We talked to several customers about them, and Jon and I are thinking that maybe for my next show, we will make a couple extras to sell since we keep getting asked about them!



It was my best Junk Salvation show yet,  I was really happy with my sales, and there were times that my booth was so full I was shocked.

At one point, I didn't even realize how many people were behind me and Jon did a quick hand signal for me to turn around and look.
I asked him to take a quick shot for the blog!






This was my first time using my new sales table, and I loved it.  It was a dresser I bought from my friend and fellow vendor, Sharon.
It was a better height for me to use, and stored all of my necessities.
I removed all the drawers and added in shelves.
I wanted a Union Jack in my Pink Postcard colors, and I was really nervous about getting it to look right when I first started taping out the flag, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.
One of the nicest compliments I overheard was that I got the stripes right.
;)





Once again, I was so fortunate to have such wonderful neighbors!
There was a really sweet lady next to me (Serendipity Designs) who had a vintage trailer as part of her display.  It was fun having that next door!
Jon wondered if they would he could rent it to him for half an hour so he could take a nap!
ha ha!
Poor guy.  He was such a great help after a long work week full of travel.

We were also neighbors with Dan and Katie of The Rustic Pitchfork.
They are so nice, and make some incredible farmhouse furniture.
We really enjoyed getting to know them better and visiting between customers.


The table here didn't sell, and I'm so glad.
I love it so much and am trying to find a way to keep it!
Another one of my not so great photos, but I loved this vignette, and it was the only photo I got.



This rusty green table and stools were my other favorite item, and they did sell.
Such a cool set.
I drove through an ice storm to get it!
The roads were improving by the time I drove out to the barn sale, but there was still a sheet of ice on the top of the table when I brought it home to unload.

Oh, the things we will do for a good piece of rusty metal.



I'm looking forward to a break between this weekend and my next sale.
It will feel good to focus on some home projects and my space at Aunt Bee's House.

You can always follow my Facebook page for upcoming markets and pre-sale photos of what I'm bringing.
My next one is April 29 - May 2, The Farmhouse Show.
It's a great vintage garden themed sale and we are expanding this year!!

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who drove out to the show and shopped.  It was so great to see you, and I loved getting to see new and familiar faces.

And now, I think my couch is calling me for that nap....

xo Denise

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