Aug 21, 2014

Double makeover: a trumeau mirror and French style chair

Whenever it gets to be crunch time before a show, I usually run out of time to take photos of projects.
Even though I sold most of what I took with me to Molly Mo's, these two pieces were ones I really wanted to highlight here on the blog and never got to.

These two came home with me after the market, so I had a bit of time yesterday to do a little photo shoot.
Several of you asked me after the show if the trumeau mirror sold, and were surprised to hear it did not.
I'm not worried about it, I promise!
:)
It's a beautiful and unique piece, and I know the right buyer is out there.

Here's the story behind these two beauties.


I bought these totally separate from each other over the last few months.  
The chair has actually been waiting in the wings since maybe January?

I knew the look I wanted for it, but was waiting for the right upholstery to give me the green light.
The shape was gorgeous, and I loved all the detail, but it was in pretty sad shape when I bought it.  Badly stained upholstery and stripped wood.



As you can see, it's not vintage- in fact I'm pretty certain it's very new, but I knew it would look gorgeous in an old world finish.

I gave it two coats of Annie Sloan's Old White, and then put on a coat of clear wax.  
Before I buffed it in, I put on a heavy layer (in sections) of dark wax.


You can see where it just has paint, and where the waxing has been done.
After the dark wax was applied, I would give it a buffing, but then apply another thin layer of clear wax to blend in the dark and then buff it so it wouldn't look so heavy and streaky.
It's kind of like erasing.
Lots of buffing, and you can see how the dark wax just begins to give it a patina finish.


And yes, that's the original upholstery.

Once the paint and wax were done, I added the upholstery.
I had ordered a burlap walnut bag from France, and was very excited to use the L France as a feature on the seat back.


It was pretty musty, so I decided to launder it before I cut it up for the chair.
Mistake.  
I had a sneaking suspicion that the ink might wash off, and it did.
I was so sad.  It was still kind of faint, so I tried touching it up with acrylic paint, but it didn't last either.


You can still see a hint of some numbers on the bottom of the seat back, so I guess it's ok, but not what I was hoping for.  
I'm glad the red stripes were still there!


I trimmed out the edges with white gimp and hot glue, and it looks beautiful!
The seat back is upholstered in the same fabric and trimmed out the same way.

For the seat, I used natural drop cloth.  
I don't know about you, but no matter how soft you can make burlap with washing, it's still scratchy, and I don't want to sit on it, so I don't want you to either! 


It's one of my favorite upholstery and paint jobs. 
 I think this would be so pretty at a vintage writing desk.

Part two is the trumeau mirror.


In my limited years of treasure hunting, I've never come across a trumeau mirror.  
I paid quite a bit more than I normally would, but it was so special, I thought it was worth it.
The features were pretty, but it had paper calligraphy under glass on the top portion, and it looked out of place for a mirror like this.

I also liked the shabby chic white look, but the paint job wasn't great, and I decided to give it a complete new look.

I removed the cardboard calligraphy art, and added in a thin piece of plywood in the upper portion.  I cut it to size using a table saw, and then glued it into place.
Once that was dry, I added some rubber appliqués to the face of it.


The appliqués came from two sources, Do It Yourself Chic and The Purple Pear in Portland, Oregon.
These are highly detailed and super easy to apply.  
Just position it where you want it, add some wood glue to the back, and allow to dry, just like a wood appliqué.  You can always sand the back of it a bit if you need better adhesion.

A word of caution: do not let these sit on glossy or veneer finishes.  
I set a strip of moulding on our dining room table while I was waiting to use it on a previous project, and it left a shadow mark on the table.  If you take it out of the package, set it on a non porous surface  before using.

Overall, this is the third time I've used these on a project, and they work great.
They really add a rich element to whatever you use them on.


The mirror got taped off and I painted two coats of Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue over the frame and appliqués.


Once the paint was dry, I applied a coat of clear wax.
Next, I got out my tube of Antique Gold Rub n Buff, and using a clean rag, I applied the gold wax on the appliqués and select trim of the mirror.
I also used a small artist's brush to touch up the very delicate and detailed portions.



It was so much fun watching this develop!
I was working on it during the evening next to the family room, and was pretty giddy about how yummy it was turning out.
If it sounds funny, it was.  

Jon and Hannah kept looking at me like I needed to take a chill pill.
But they also thought it looked nice too.
;)


Two French makeovers that went from blah to oh la la, with a little paint and rich updates.

If you have any questions on something I missed here, feel free to ask in the comments or on my Facebook page!

xo Denise

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Aug 15, 2014

Molly Mo's Antique Faire 2014

Whew! I didn't think it would take me a whole week to get a post up from Molly Mo's, 
but here we are- better late than never!

I had such a great time last weekend!
We had gorgeous weather, and a gorgeous setting.  
Other than the gusts of wind creating havoc for me, it was pretty awesome.


We had sunny weather for set up and show day, and as you can see in the background, we were in the middle of rolling farm fields.  

I had lots of plans to stage my booth a certain way, but set up day proved very challenging with the wind.


That bookcase to the left of this photo was going to go on top of a table at the back of my booth, but I knew it wouldn't last.
Lots of stuff falling over just during set up day, so I had to improvise my space and just keep things steady and sturdy.
I did a lot of the set up an hour before we opened, because I was so worried about stuff falling over and breaking over night.
And that was after a 9 hour day Friday.

My tent was secured down pretty well, so I wasn't too worried about that, but my market umbrella was another story!
It was a last minute addition to what I'd originally planned to bring, so I didn't have everything I needed to secure it, and that was kinda crazy at times!


I had my friend Janna come help me for the morning, and she was kind enough to snap a few photos of my space while I helped customers.


I had a couple people recognize the desk that had just been featured as one of Miss Mustard Seed's features at her Furniture Feature party a couple nights before.

That was seriously one of my best moments ever- I've secretly hoped for several years now that one day I would have one of my pieces featured at her party.
When I checked it out last Thursday night and saw my desk pop up, I burst into tears.
I know it sounds so corny, but it was seriously a moment for me.
Marian, you made my week!
And thank you to those of you who stopped by to congratulate me!
So sweet!!


I had a few hand painted signs like this one:


I never got a post up on this little project below, but I made a farmhouse style table out of an old gate.  I added legs and a skirt to finish it off.  I was pretty proud of myself for building it until a couple of the legs went a little wonky at loading time.
Back to the drawing board I guess...


This was my only casualty from the wind gusts- I had a garden obelisk (the wire frame here) that I thought I had staked into the ground pretty well, but during set up, it fell over and broke a few of the crystals on that little chandy.  :(

My sweet neighbor, Pam of Mama Roost, had a few extras on hand that I was able to add to it.
Those little pointe shoes that are hanging were from the 1950's and were very cute.
They went home with someone at the sale.


And the industrial nail bin went really fast!  
Honestly, I was pretty surprised how fast it sold and was very happy about that!

The rusty table console that I featured here prior to the sale went home with a regular customer of mine, who is a really sweet lady.
They ended up getting it a couple days after the show, but I'm so glad it has a new home.  
It was a favorite of mine!


This bookcase was pretty empty by the end of the day!
I still have a few items, but not much.


It was a fantastic sale, and I enjoyed having my family there to help that weekend.
Thank you so much to every one who stopped by, said hello, and supported those of us who love good junk as much as you do!
:)

I'm restocking my space at Aunt Bee's this week, and then headed to a little weekend getaway.
I'll be back next week with some more projects and fun stuff!

xo Denise

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Aug 5, 2014

What you need to know before doing a vintage market

Hi everyone~
It's crunch week for me!
I have just a few days before we load up and take all kinds of vintage goodies to the Molly Mo's Antique Faire.
I will be setting up all day Friday, and then up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning, excited to meet many of you!
:)

Today I thought I'd share a few things I've learned about participating in vintage markets.
I haven't been doing them for a super long time, but I feel like since I have a few under my belt, I've learned some things I can pass along to you.

There are a ton of details that go into a vintage market, and the better organized you are, the less frazzled you will be.

First off, decide which markets are best for you
Hopefully you've been to a few shows and you've had that itch to give it a try yourself.
Maybe you have one in mind that you would just love to be a part of.


Look at the venue and what is selling.  
Is it a good match for your product?
Is it a well known and well advertised venue?

You want to stand out and be unique, but if you sell mid century modern, and are wanting to do a farmhouse themed show, it probably won't be successful for you.
Find a spot where you can find the kind of customers who want what you have.

Farmhouse Show Spring 2014
Cost can be a huge factor when you are starting out, but you also have to remember that a lot of times you get what you pay for.

Don't do a crafty bazaar that costs $10 for the day.  
As a vintage dealer, it's not the right venue even if you are just starting out.

If you are tight on budget, consider having a friend who does similar product share a booth with you. You can split your costs and not worry too much about filling up a lot of space when you're just beginning.

Setting up shop
If you are doing an outdoor market, you will probably need or want a tent.
Some shows will have them available to rent, some will require you to bring your own.

Before you go out and buy one, or dig through your camping gear to find a pop up shade, you may want to check with the show host to see if there are any color requirements.


The majority of the shows I participate in require white or neutral colored tents.
Personally, I really prefer shows that take the time to make that a priority, because I know that it will look more high end.

If you're going to start doing vintage markets on a regular basis, I would recommend purchasing one. If you do a few shows a year, you will quickly recover your cost rather than shelling out money each time to rent.  Usually in 2-3 shows, you will have recovered your tent cost vs. your rental fee.

Be aware of the time of year you will be doing your market.  
Will you be outside?  Is it good weather typically that time of year?
Is it an indoor venue, but you will have to be outside quite a bit while you unload?

When I know I have an outdoor venue coming up, I will often start looking ahead at possible weather factors by looking up the Farmer's Almanac Long Range weather forecast.
That way I can prepare ahead of time whether or not I want to do it, and what items I need to bring to be prepared if the weather is questionable.

Make sure you have walls or tarps to cover your space if the weather does turn.
Having weights to hold down the legs of your tent is an absolute must.
  You would be amazed how just a little gust of wind can lift and knock over your tent.
(and sometimes your neighbor's stuff as well)

Maybe you aren't required to have a tent for your market.
I've seen some super creative ideas where a tent wasn't even used!

Photo credit Chippy Shabby, via Pinterest
Large outdoor umbrellas, ladders, or branch structures are all creative ways to make an impact on your space.  
Do a mock set up before the show to make sure it all comes together easily and you aren't spending your day doing
construction!
;)

Traffic Flow
I really do my best to make sure customers can come in and easily move around my space.  
Don't crowd the entrance / exit with too many pieces or fragile items that keep people from feeling comfortable coming in.
At Junk Salvation 2013, I created a center focal point but also easy access for people to enter or exit from either side.
That goes for you too!
There are times where I need to step out of my booth so that I'm not in the way of customers looking at my items, or making them feel weirded out like I am burning holes in the back of their head.  
Nobody likes that.
If you have non kid friendly items, don't put them at kid level.  
Parents are often distracted while they shop, and it's up to you to keep breakable or items you need out of harms way.

Bring in some flowers or greenery to your space.


It really helps your space look fresh and alive.
Tuck it into mason jars or items already priced to sell.

Tool kit
Always have a tool kit on hand!


I have my box that I bring with me to my booth whenever I go, but it gets stocked a little differently when I do a market.
And for set up, we always have a regular tool bucket as well.

Red sold tags
scissors
twine
hammer
small nails
extra sales tags
pen and pencil
eraser
Black Sharpie
chalk
breath mints
protein bar
sunscreen
safety pins
work gloves
notepad
tape
clothespins or heavy duty binder clips
staple gun
water
drill
extra power cords
sandpaper
phone charger
extra twine or ribbon for your sales tags (if you use them)


Packaging
One of the best things I ever did was to purchase some cute stickers with my logo and website printed on them.  
My graphic designer, Red Pearl Designs, made these for me and they were very reasonable.
I also use these for my Etsy packaging.


The first year I had my stickers, I put them on all my market bags.  
I buy the large bags from a local packaging / box store, and my smaller bags I buy at the Dollar Tree.  
yep. The Dollar Tree.

The smaller ones are actually less expensive to buy through Dollar Tree than my packaging store.
Two for $1.

I attach a sticker to the side of each one, and it is great advertising for me.
At that first show where I used them, I had several customers come to my booth because they saw other people walking around with my bags!
"We had to come check out your booth because we kept seeing all these bags walking around that said Pink Postcard"!
:)

Yes, you can use recycled grocery bags, and that's great, but I don't want Safeway or Walmart to be advertised, I want me to be advertised!
It also sends an image to your customers that you have a quality product, and what they are buying is valued.  

Anybody can buy produce, but can they buy from YOU?
Pop in a business card or postcard and your customers have a way to stay in contact with you.

Have some tissue or paper to wrap fragile items in and you are good to go.

Money Money Money
You want to make some, right?
If you are a manning your own booth, make sure you are prepared.
(some vintage markets have a main check out area, so you are free to set up and then leave)

Have a variety of change on hand.  
Get your cash box squared away at least the day before, maybe the week of.
Don't plan on it the day of the show.


Will you take checks?  
Make sure people know who to make the check to- if it's in your name or your business name.  
I always have a little sign out so people don't have to ask or how to spell my name.

The majority of your sales will be cash or card.
It is SO worth it to have a Square or credit swiper.
It can make the difference between someone thinking about an item or buying it.
Bigger items like furniture tend to be bought with cards, and sometimes people have gone through all their cash by the time they reach you.

Make sure your phone or iPad is fully charged the day of the market so you aren't scrambling to find an electrical outlet.
I always power off my phone and then turn it back on before customers arrive.
It seems to help with refreshing the system and not having glitches with the Square.

With all that we do with our phones these days, you would be surprised how quickly your battery can go during a market.  
Sharing your booth photos on Instagram, text messages, even your handy Square will zap it pretty fast!
Be prepared with a phone charger!

Smile and Have Fun!
One of the best things about doing a vintage market is that I get to meet the people who love my product, the people who read my blog, and meet new customers!
Even though I've been doing vintage markets and writing my blog for awhile now, it's still a nice surprise when someone comes by and says, "I love your blog".
Wow! Really?
Thanks!
:)
It makes my day.

Just being friendly and enthusiastic about what you love will draw people in.
I'm not talking about chatting it up too much, but just smiling, greeting, and if you see that someone is particularly interested in something, give them a story behind the piece or a bit of history that you know about it.  How you made it with unique pieces.
Something that offers more than just an item with a price tag on it.

Markets are a fantastic way to network with other vendors.
I've made some great friends and met some really wonderful people doing shows.
When I get a vendor list and see some of my buddies will also be there, it makes it that much more fun.
Sometimes if you know well enough in advance, you can even ask the show host if you can be placed near your friends!
Extra fun!

I've learned so much from others - particularly as the day goes on and things inevitably slow down, or during set up and take down.
People who own brick and mortar shops, friends who travel overseas to find and sell treasures, veterans who know their stuff.
Roost Reimagined, Deepwood Vintage Market 2013

Be helpful and kind to your fellow vendors.
We're all in this together!

You can click here or on my link in my sidebar for Molly Mo's Antique Faire details.
I hope to see you there!

 I'm off to finish up some last minute projects before it gets too hot!

xo Denise

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Aug 1, 2014

A vintage desk in Miss Mustard Seed's Typewriter

I had hopes of getting up much earlier to write this post and have it up sooner, but we had a thunderstorm in the middle of the night that kept me awake for awhile.
I really really really hate thunder.

I was cowering in bed trying to drown out the sound while Bella snoozed peacefully next to me.
It's kinda backwards.
Also?  Don't tell me how much you love thunder.
I will burn an icy glaze right through your eyeballs.

Just kidding.  But not really.

A couple weekends ago, I bribed my family into a Saturday morning adventure.
There was a very big neighborhood-wide garage and estate sale happening about an hour away, so we got up early, and with our coffee in hand, drove down to check it out.
It was awesome.  
Such a cute little town and it was buzzing with people.


I found this desk at one of the last stops of the day.  
It was blazing hot, and this very sweet boy was standing outside manning just a handful of items.
The desk had a funky paint job, but it was really solid and I loved the little cubbies.
We hauled it home with all the other loot, and I couldn't wait to get started on it.


I painted two coats of Miss Mustard Seed's Typewriter, and then did a light distressing job with my metal scraper and sander.  Clear wax to finish.
The two tone effect with the original color turned out great!


Normally I don't point out my mistakes, but I'm going to here.


A lot of times when I have tight little spaces like these cubbies, I will use a spray paint.  
It's much easier than trying to get a brush in all those tight corners.  
I had initially thought about a light gray, and then decided the pop of coral in those cubbies from the original paint would be much cuter.


Somehow, between the time I had that thought and when I started working on it, I forgot to leave the original color.
And of course, I didn't even think about it until two coats of spray paint later.
psh.

When all was said and done, I tried to distress a bit in the cubbies to bring back some of the coral...it's ok, but not what would have been ideal.
Moving on.

This is such a nice desk because it is finished on the back side too.  I didn't have room to show it here in the photos, but I like it when a piece like this has an option to float in a room and have all four sides pretty, and visible.


I accessorized the desk with a few of my own pieces, and a few that I will be bringing with me to Molly Mo's Antique Faire.


Lots of gorgeous vintage books will be coming.
I found this cute galvanized vintage caddy a couple weekends ago at an estate sale.  
It was full of fishing lures, but I see tons of potential.  

You could lay a pretty white napkin inside and use it as a silverware caddy; plant some succulents or flowers inside; use it to corral makeup brushes or supplies; eye glasses or keys by the door;
mount it to the wall for an odds and ends catch all; recipe card holder....seriously.  
So many possibilities!


The cute rolling chair I showed earlier is going.  
It is so comfy and rolls like a dream.  
I was thinking about keeping it for my studio....I think I better let go of it, but it's tempting.


The vintage typewriter will be coming along.

But not the wire trash bin.


Since high school (I'm not joking) I have wanted an authentic vintage wire trash bin.
I saw one for sale on a Facebook page that I am a part of, and snapped it up so fast!
I am so excited to finally have one!!

It's in our office, where it replaced a very new mesh trash can that was standing in until the real thing came along.

Also, the vintage map partially shown here will be going with me to Molly Mo's.


It is very old, and from the 1920's or 1930's.  
There are 3 pages, double sided, and it was a promotional piece from Farm and Fireside magazine.  
It was a farming magazine that eventually went on to become Country Home!

More projects being worked on, and I promise I will have some pretty and less gritty pieces to show soon.
Have a great thunder less weekend!

xo Denise

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Jul 30, 2014

industrial farmhouse table

This is such an exciting time for me right now!

I'm starting to really figure out my business style, and be purposeful with my goals and dreams.

The best way to describe my style is Donnie and Marie.
If you're like me, and you were a child of the 1970's / 1980's, then you know what I mean:
I'm a little bit country, and a little bit rock and roll.

Today is more of the rock and roll, but I hope to show you how I mesh it with the country
(or romance as it tends to be...)


I drove out to an estate sale a few weeks ago in a small nearby town. 
I was bummed that I had scheduled a hair appointment on a Friday morning
(prime shopping day for me)
and this sale had looked particularly good.
It was pretty picked over- however, I was able to find some awesome stuff despite being late to the party.

This rusty table was hiding in the garage, which technically wasn't part of the sale.
But, I asked the lady taking cash if it was for sale?
She asked someone else and he said,
you mean that old thing in there?
Are you sure?
It's pretty rusty...

I said with a smile, I like rust.

Sold!
woo hoo! it never hurts to ask!

I hauled it home along with a few other goodies, and was really excited about the possibilities for this piece.


I could just picture it as an entry way table or a bar!
So I set it up as both for my little photo shoot.

I don't remember where I found the oil drip pan, but it was in relatively newish shape, and I thought it would be cute as a serving tray.
I hand painted the lettering on the side, added in some mason jars and stripy straws, and there you go.
I still hope to find a wicker round placemat or something like that to go inside the tray for a nice finished look.
It got a coat of poly to seal the lettering and any possibility of rust.

My hydrangeas are all starting to turn from bright blue to beautiful pastels.
I picked a big bunch for the jar.

The photo doesn't accurately show how large this jar is!
It's a gallon size, and has a rusty wire handle.
It is huge.
It's also stamped on the bottom of what looks like the Ohio Glass Company logo.
They are very old and really nice!


I know you just saw the red and gray cloth on the table from Monday, but I really love it!
It was something I found this last weekend.
The colors are fantastic, and
this afternoon I am hoping to start making the cushion for the bench project I hinted at the other day.


Most of what you see here will be going with me to Molly Mo's Antique Faire in just a week and a half.
Including this basket and German glass glitter number.
I have two others numbers as well.


Anyway, back to the table.  
With all the chippy paint and rust, I gave it a good scrape and then coated it with polyurethane to keep it in good shape.
I also added some barn wood to the top.  
The boards got a good cleaning and then I cut them to size so it has a nice rustic, but finished look.



I love the overall look.  
I even think a stack of pretty blankets or old suitcases would be great on the bottom.


Jon really liked this piece, and I do too.  I know that when we are both in love with something like this it's hard to say goodbye to it, but I also know I'm on the right path of what my style is.

I hope that if you are in the area you can stop by Molly Mo's.  
Most of what you saw here will be available at the show and I have lots more coming!

Have a great day~
xo Denise

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