Odds and ends, mostly for my booth (yay!) other than a sweeeeeeet knitted animal for the littlest grand. (How cute is this little pupper-dog?!)
A lunch break well spent, indeed.
Odds and ends, mostly for my booth (yay!) other than a sweeeeeeet knitted animal for the littlest grand. (How cute is this little pupper-dog?!)
A lunch break well spent, indeed.
Now that football season is over, (for Seahawks fans, at least...) I am ready for yard sale season to begin.
And, I for one, am gonna be appropriately dressed for it.
I got the shirt here, but they seem to not be there now, so I am not sure what that means. (Sorry 'bout that.)
A few weeks before Christmas, my Rock n' Roll Buddy and I were coming back from errands, a half a block from home, when I spied with my little eye, a girl bringing a wooden chair out to the curb. Already on the curb I spotted an up-cycled looking bookcase sort of thing.
Now, I only saw all of this out of the corner of my eye for half a second, but I was quite sure that if she was discarding this bookcase thing, I needed it.(I have a highly trained Junker's eye.)
We pulled in the driveway at my cottage and I jumped from Ralph's car to mine and headed right back around the block to find the girl just getting ready to head inside. Sure enough, she put these items on the curb for whoever wanted them. The chair wasn't my style, so I just loaded the wobbly little bookcase, thanked her, and headed back home.
I unloaded my new treasure and put it in the corner of the garage with all of my other needs-a-little-tlc items, and there it sat. Christmas came and went, and then New Years. This past Wednesday night I decided to dust it off and bring it inside to see what I could do to make it stable and sturdy.
With an added small board for support, and my trusty nail gun, I had the sweet little shelf ready to go into my booth. (I love the yardstick detail!)
Are you compelled to stop and investigate potential treasures sitting on a curb, or peeking out of someone's garbage day pick up pile? Do you salivate at the sign of a yard sale? For me, it's the thrill of the hunt, and finding a diamond in the rough for free is about as good as it gets.
Be still my ever lovin' Junker's heart.
Wednesday night was dealer night at Camas Antiques, and I was busy adding a couple sweet finds from a convent that was being demolished. Mmm hmm, see that charming little arched medicine cabinet? My daughter scored two of them this past week the night before the building was to be demolished, and if I had found a place in my cottage for one of them to
fit, they wouldn't have made it to my booth.
A few more treasures made their way to my booth space as well.....
...and I am working on a few painted items that will be added to the space next week.
This is all too fun!
See that adorable vintage twin bed in my photo? It's just one piece from this weekend's big junking haul. I think it's incredibly charming. (And, it will be in my booth at Camas Antiques on Tuesday morning!)
That's not exactly what I wanted to share today, but..well, you know... I like to start my posts with a picture.
I am so happy to be living in this age of amazing technology. I mean, cars with seat heaters, DVR on our hi-def televisions, and an app in your iPhone that looks up garage sales within a 5 mile range of anywhere you might be. Could it possibly get any better?
And it has.
This past weekend, I found this incredible site that not only will show me garage and estate sales in my area, (like that cool iPhone app) but, it will also let me map them out in any order I desire and give me step by step (corner by corner?) directions to each one, along with the entire ad for the sale. (If you already knew about this site, from eons ago, and I am apparently the last Junker in America to discover it, please don't burst my bubble by telling me.)
I was so thrilled with this site that I felt compelled to share it with all of you, my fellow Junkers. (the ones in the US anyway..I am guessing there are sites for those of you outside of the US...just google yard sales or boot sales and your town or city)
Now, I ask you...How cool is that?! Okay, maybe I am especially partial to this site because I am directionally challenged and being a bit of a new-bee here, I am still trying to find my way from one bridge and/or freeway to another here in the Pacific Northwest, but I was pretty wow'd by this website.
*sigh* All this technology. You've gotta love it.
I love the detail of the harp design on the stems, don't you? I can just picture them filled with berries, or sorbet, or ice cream.
I'm pulling a late nighter (an early morning?) tonight, painting a couple of new large pieces for my booth, polishing some vintage silver and pricing my latest goodies. It may sound like I'm a crazy woman to some of you, but this is a fun way for me to spend an evening. I go to sleep feeling happy and content and oh-so-grateful that I have been given the gift of opportunity to follow my bliss.
I'm heading out for a morning of thrifting and I will be sharing my finds later today. (That is assuming I find some treasures!) Anyway, for now, I thought I'd share a couple of pictures of some of the details in my booth this week.
Each time I pop in and check on my booth space I feel surprised to see what has sold, and what is still in the booth...
The thrill of the hunt. The satisfaction of turning trash into a treasure. Yes, those are good reasons to junk, but for me, the ultimate moment of pure and complete nirvana is when I find something exactly (or very nearly exactly) like some piece I have created, for sale at some insane price somewhere.
That's what happened with my fabulous free-coz-I-traded-my-old-set-and-reinvented-this-set dining room table. Mmmm hmmm. I got a Horchow catalog in the mail last week, and there it was....page 23 to be exact...my table...or very nearly my table. (I am going to be weathering mine a bit more with sandpaper this coming week! I love that look!) For the price of $2400 delivered, you too may have one of these lil' beauties from Horchow.
Now, that's what I'm talkin' about.
I've always and forever had a thing for table settings. It began with a love affair with dishes, and has branched off to vintage linens...(anything from tablecloths to napkins to cutwork doilies....) and then finally, on to serving pieces and flatware.
Oh, me oh my.
Over the past several months I've come across some charming old flatware pieces, and I have decided to group them into mismatched place settings to use for entertaining, or just for dining by myself. (Six of one style fork, six of another style spoon, etc...)
My latest find was just this past Sunday evening at a local thrift shop. I couldn't believe my eyes when I discovered them. There they were, six perfectly matched Rogers Silver soup spoons. The old, wonderful, big, perfectly round soup spoons that make eating a bowl of soup or chowder extra special. Oh, I had planned to put them in my booth space, but then, as I washed them and polished them, I realized that I had fallen in love with them, and decided, that, at least for now, they need to stay in my home.
*sigh* They are the perfect comfort accompaniment to comfort food, if that makes any sense.
Here is the finished vintage linen chest...at least I'm calling it finished for now. I am still debating on whether to add words on the front of each drawer, in a faded black print...maybe French words for tablecloths, napkins, bed linens? Or numbers, either written out in English or French, or simple numbers themselves...?
The reason I am not sure if it needs more detail work is that I am not sure I want to keep it in my booth space at Camas Antiques, let alone sell it. I am working on my fabulous workroom currently, and it could be an amazing addition to the room. It could hold papers, or fabrics, or who knows what all else, and looking spectacular all the while.
This is one of the challenges of being a professional junker. It's always the same...do I love it too much to sell it, or do I put it in the booth so my space looks fabulous, and I earn some good money? I am always torn.
I adore this piece. So versatile and functional and charming, even if it is missing one drawer and the cupboard doors. Perfect, in a tattered kind of beautiful way.
Thanks for all of the ideas and input from yesterday's post on my color dilemma! I'm still debating about my Robin's egg blue letters in my booth, although, I must admit I am leaning towards adding dark brown edges to them, or making them more of a weathered chocolate brown, and I will share any updates. In the meantime...
A copy of weekends ago I snagged two matching night tables at an estate sale. I like the simple straight lines of these miniature dressers; plenty of storage and still small enough for the tiniest of bedrooms. I knew what I wanted to do with at least one of them.(I've shared my technique before, but it's worth sharing again...)
...First, I removed the drawers, and the knobs, and I primed everything with KILZ. (Sold at most hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe's in quarts and gallons)
Then, I painted everything with my signature Robin's egg blue paint.(It's a pale blue with just a subtle hint of green...although it's hard to tell in this photo...)
....and, here's the recipe for my Robin's egg blue paint in a gallon size with a medium base. (I used an eggshell finish enamel this go around.) The pale blue doesn't photograph nearly as well as it looks in person, and I am not sure why...maybe it's the lighting?
Finally, I antiqued the entire piece, as well as the lil' knobs with my tobacco colored glaze. I use one part dark brown paint mixed into three parts Behr Brand glaze. Paint it on, rub off lightly, and you're done painting.
Lastly, I finished this little baby off by decoupaging old book pages inside the drawers and on the back of the night table for a finished look. To do this, all you do is tear old book pages from several different sized books, and dip them in liquid starch. Wipe the excess starch from the page and apply the page to the drawer bottom or back of the dresser, smoothing out all bubbles and left over liquid starch. Let it dry and you are good to go.
This little treasure will be making it's way to Camas Antiques today. If you've got an old plain piece just sitting around your home looking like it wants a makeover, try my method, with any color you like, or a shade of white or cream. (I still have some copies of my Furniture Painting kit available here, if you feel like you need a more in depth tutorial.) I think you'll be happy with the results!
I spent the bulk of yesterday out thrifting with my daughter all around Portland. We found lots of great treasures, and I wasted no time at all getting things polished up, and tagged and taking them down to my booth space. I think this unique old typewriter was my daughter's personal favorite find. See how the metal rod things stick way up? It reminds me of butterfly wings there. A very unique design, and it has just the right amount of rusty patina.
Oh! How about these shiny lil' silvery buckets? Kind of perfect for an elegant Easter table, don'tcha think? I love the idea of an elegant tablescape..picture these on one of the Sewing Queen's burlap runners. The burlap with the bling, so to speak. Yummy.
This white glassware basket was one of my favorite finds...perfect for holding rolled up napkins on an Easter buffet set up.It's a bit hard to tell in this photo, but it is a very large basket- longer than a butter knife, which is why I think it would work so well for a buffet table.
We had so much fun out thrifting! So many sweet accessories....my booth space is really filled to the brim, and that makes me happy. My five days off from the bank were put to really good use!
I was very lucky to score a vintage jelly cupboard last week. It is now proudly holding lots of wonderful vintage items in my booth space at Camas Antiques and I wanted to share it with you. It really makes my booth space, I think.
I love the chicken wore on all of the windows! I also love the various colors of paint on the wood.
I've also brought in my stash of faux Robin's eggs and nests (some bags are eggs, some are eggs and nests)...perfect for Easter and spring time! By next week I hope to have a Robin's eggs blue tall boy chest to complete the new look.
Please, do stop by and check things out if you're in the area!
I have a thing for vintage flatware. I love the patina and the feel of old silver ware, not to mention all of the wonderful detail work on the handles. Oh, and all of the different types of utensils. Ice tea and sugar spoons, butter knives...I love 'em all.
My latest favorite thing to do with these little gems is to bundle them up with scraps of lace and old seam binding and nestle them in with treasures on my dining room hutch. (Of course, I have so many pieces that many of them are in my booth at Camas Antiques)
I'm off for a morning of thrifting with Carter's Mama now, and I am hoping to find more vintage flatware to add to my collection...and my booth space. I'll share my finds of the day a bit later!
A very short while after I shared the pictures of my master bedroom I found a wonderful old wicker chair (for an absolute steal of a deal!) to cozy up the fireplace in my bedroom, as so many of you had suggested. It has the perfect combination of old paint, slightly weathered but not too tattered, and quaint charm. I re-covered the seat cushion and added a white cutwork feather bed pillow to add some softness to the back of the chair.
Now the area isn't so bare, and I have a spot to sit...and it looks inviting and charming and warm and welcoming. Oh, and I also added an old (and VERY heavy) mirror to the mantle area for some added personality, although I am still not sure I will keep it up there.
I am very happy with my new-to-me old chair and I am so glad you recommended adding one to this corner of my bedroom!
I think it adds some vintage charm to the otherwise modern room, with some of my favorite old photos and sweet old silver pieces. My two foot tall vintage tiered silver tray rounds out the tub area, filled with hand towels, bath sponges and soaps.
Now, every night I take my candle light bubble bath, enjoying the romantic vintage look of the re-purposed hutch-top of days gone by.
Once again, it's all about thinking outside the box.
I'm sorry to say that I once again forgot to take a "Before" photo of this thrifted lil' treasure I found last summer at the Goodwill last stop store. It was painted a kind of dull shade of purple when I found it, and it was missing the actual sink and cupboard doors.
Yesterday, while back in Reno for Miss Isabell's birthday party, I finally had the chance to get it painted up and the Sewing Queen of northern Nevada whipped out a darling Minnie Mouse curtain and a couple of dish towels to coordinate. (It's all about Minnie Mouse in Isabelle's world these days!) She's still a bit small to reach the sink, (it stands aprox. 24 inches tall.) but she's growing like a little weed, so it won't be long before she will be having fun with this little gem!
I think she's gonna love it. What do you think?
You know, when I first found out my new home was going to be this newer townhome, I kind of freaked a little bit. It is fabulous after all, and everything looks so new and perfect, and wonderful, but....how was I going to make my vintage style work with the look of new?
I shouldn't have freaked. I am loving it!
It's still a work in progress, but here is a corner of the living room. (er...great room? Whichever you prefer...) I am going with a white-to-cream-to-mocha-to-brown-to-black kind of color scheme and I am on a completely non existent budget, so I've been stretching myself to really think outside of the box. I began with my window coverings. My daughter already had draperies hung, so all I did was switch them out....using my current favorite textile...painter's drop cloths. (from Home Depot, of course) They are affordable, ready to hang after washing them to get rid of the fold lines and stiffness, (I already had the ring clip on thing-a-ma-jigs on the rods) and the sizes were perfect. Oh, and so was the price. One cloth (9 feet by 6 feet) cut in half (to become 9 feet by 3 feet) made these fabulous draperies cost me only $20 a pair.
And they look like a million bucks. No lie.
The back (er...side? Oh, it depends on how you look at the room- it's the wall opposite of the fireplace and bookcases) has my antique armoir and a collection of thrifted mirrors and vintage frames. (a' la 41 Taylor style!)
I still need to paint my little bench and my sofa table, but it's coming together and I am feeling right at home.
I am thrilled to share with you that I found my way to my first-ever-as-a-Washingtonian Estate Sale yesterday and I scored some wonderful items for my booth space at Camas Antiques, as well as a couple of things for my own home. That wasn't really the exciting part for me though. No, not by a long shot. The exciting part for me was finding the location all by myself.
I am sure I have shared this before, but I literally have no sense of direction. Nada. I've been this way since birth, and my entire family, as well as every one of my friends are painfully aware of it. Trust me, it was challenging enough living in little old Reno, Nevada, with only two freeways going through town, but now that I am up here in the pacific northwest, well, it's nothing short of a miracle that I found the place, and an even bigger miracle that I found my way back home.
I have a Garmin on loan from my daughter, but I haven't quite mastered that little tool yet. (Don't ask. Please.) Anyway, the important part of my story is that I found the location, I shopped, and I drove home, without incident. (Well, that is not entirely true. When I went back to the location in my son in law's truck to pick up a large chair that wouldn't fit in my car, I had a slight mishap. A huge rock bounced up off the freeway and clobbered the windshield, leaving a chip out of the glass the size of a nickel, and me in a cold sweat.)
The point I am trying to make with this post is that I am, all be it ever so slowly, learning my way around the area, little by little, and that makes this place feel like home.
*****Just a little reminder here for those of you that are participating in this year's Holiday Home Tour tomorrow....send me your pictures TODAY if you haven't already!!!!*****
Well, it's that time again. The annual Hidden Valley yard sale was today. Aah yes, the mother-lode of neighborhood yard sales. Let me say that I barely slept last night, contemplating the sheer magnitude of this grand event. (Dear God, I need to get some sort of a social life. Really.) Also, let me say that this year was no exception..it was magnificent, as always, with an even larger crowd in attendance, if that is possible..
I meant to do a post before leaving this morning, but, I wanted to share my finds, so I decided to wait until after thrifting. Then, once I got home from 41 Taylor later in the day, I was not able to get a decent picture of my finds because I was too lazy to move them all over to the garage door area for the photo...Now, what does any of this mean to you?
Well, it means that you only get to have a peek at parts of some of the fabulous treasures the Sewing Queen of northern Nevada and I found today. I'll share before and afters as they unfold....possibly even one later tonight!
The best laid plans...(An updated post at 9:39 pm Saturday evening...)
(and, there it is.) along with an amazingly charming "After", but the bookcase decided to not cooperate. Mmm hmm, the stain continued to bleed through the Kilz Primer (water based) after two coats. It appears that I am going to have to switch to oil based primer and paint for this project I think, and I am not about to run to buy it this late at night, (yes, I considered doing that, but came to my senses and decided to take a bubble bath instead) so the project is on hold until tomorrow.
Why, oh why is it that when a project looks like it will be a cinch, it nearly always turns out to be the project that nearly sends me to the loony bin?
Here is the fourth re-vamped chair, along with the sweetest little overnight case you have ever seen, all set for Junkee. When in doubt, add some flowers, I like to say. Okay, I don't recall ever actually saying this, but it works in this particular instance.
I mean, come on. How cute is that little vintage folding chair all done up like that? Pretty danged cute, that's what. All vintage-y and weathered, and so dear at the very same time. I can see myself sitting on it at a Shakespeare at the lake concert, or using it in my home office for when a friend is sitting at the computer along side me. It folds up nice and flat for storage and it's full of charm.
And that little suitcase! Oh, be still my heart.Can't you see it as a smart little airline carry-on? (It's the perfect accessory to a cotton sundress and a denim jacket with a pair of little flip flops, don'tca think?) I can see me actually using as it was intended- as my cosmetic or overnight case for a trip to PTown. Be-bopping onto the plane, looking all sassy and confident in an Anthropologie sort of way, rockin' that little suitcase the entire way to my seat. Mmm hmm, oh ya.
Uh-oh. I think I just may have decided I need to buy it. (I am, after all, headed to Portland in a week and a half.)
Thanks for all of your great feedback on thrift store price gouging, as alarming as it is. I had no idea that I would spark such a lively vent-fest about Thrift Store prices with yesterday's post!(And you had me laughing out loud with phrases like "the ladies in the back on crack" and "BadWill"!) I am truly shocked (and more than a little saddened) to realize it's a nationwide epidemic, and I think I can feel the rumblings of a major revolution here.
As for me, I plan to boycott of the high priced Thrift Shops for as long as I possibly can,(starting yesterday!) and that should be quite a good little while since it's summertime. They need a reality check, not so much for folks like me that are re-purposing items to earn a living, but, more importantly, for people that need essentials at a price they can pay so they can get by in these tough times. I must admit I will miss chatting with Warren, our favorite Sally employee, but, so it must be. I can hit garage sales each and every weekend until the end of September. Maybe I can stockpile enough goodies to carry me through winter!
Speaking of stockpiling, remember my collection of chairs? Well, two more completed, thank-you-very-much. (Please excuse the garage door backdrop- I couldn't get the chair through the tight doorway from my laundryroom to the kitchen. Oh! Special thanks to the Sewing Queen of northern Nevada for making the most incredible cushions!) That should have left me with seven to go, but...I discovered yet another chair ( a really, really cute Frenchie looking folding chair!) in the basement at 41 Taylor yesterday that I had forgotten all about.
Oh my. I really may need to find some kind of 12 step program for this. It's nearly as out of control as my "thing" for shoes.
And the Good back in GoodWill.
I want to know...What is up with my local GoodWill Industries and Salvation Army's increased pricing?! People, read the sign. It says GoodWill, not Nordstoms. (Actually, my daughter and son-in-law up in PTown now refer to it as "Greedy Will" and I fear they're right.)
Umm...have they heard not the news? We're in a recession here, people. Yes, indeedy. And yet, there appears to be no rhyme or reason for the pricing system at the biggest little city's thrift shops. (Ehem... and not in Portland Oregon's thrift stores either, according to my sources.)
I swear, it's like they let a seven year old loose with the price gun (which was set on $14.95) to tag each and every item (a minimum of 12 times with stickers that don't want to come off, ever.) in the small "home accessories" department.
See a small kind-of-cute pitcher?
A large silver tray missing a handle?
Um..you got it. $14.95.
My personal favorite was finding two nearly identical similar trays, one with a huge dent in it (not even usable) and one in perfect condition. Both of them marked...$14.95. When I asked why this was, the cashier said with a shrug, "That's just because they are both trays."
Okie dokie. Gotcha.
Our local Salvation Army now runs "half off days" for those of us with "Sally Cards"and even then items are too high, and "Purple tags are not included" which covers about a third of the furniture. Sheesh.
Oh, and the furniture! Don't get me started on those prices. I wish I had taken my camera with me last week, because they have a settee in there now for...$899. Now, I am not saying that in a boutique or special order furniture store the settee would not be $899 (or $1899 for that matter), but as I said before, we are talking GoodWill Industries here, folks. (Reminder-the purpose of thrift shops: For donated items to be sold with the proceeds to benefit charity.)
Or...how about the beauty pictured above? (First off- it looks so much better in the photo than in real life. The little legs are about 15 inches apart)...Why yes, that would be a photograph of what happens when you mate a dainty child's table with a 48" oak outlet kitchen table top.(I am guessing quite a lot of beer was involved in the creative thought process to blend these two items) Mmm hmmm. And, I don't even want to know what happened to the pedestal base for the oak table.
The price for this one-of-a-kind (we can only hope) table? Just guess. (And, don't let the $14.95 designer floral arrangement placed on top of it fool you.)
No, really. Guess.
Oh, you won't believe it.
Sixty nine American dollars. (I told you you wouldn't believe it)
Any takers? I didn't think so.
And the clothes. All of the clothes in thrift stores should be one dollar each. Anyway, that's my thought. My gosh, they have enough denim and polyester in those shops to clothe the entire state of Rhode Island, with more on the way each and every day. I say, price it right and move it out. Let's help the charity that the thrift store was set up to support. (and give the shoppers a deal at the same time- what a concept!)
I don't know about you, but I feel much better after getting all of this off my chest. You know, for the most part I try to keep this blog on an up note, but, sometimes, I just need to vent about the little stuff that just gets to me.
So....I am curious to know if I am alone in my thinking or if any of you have had similar experiences in price increases in thrift stores in your area in the past year? Do tell!
...ya think, maybe? Hmmm. I never knew.
I've been trying to tackle and reel in my out-of-control garage for the last week. You see, for the past eight months or so, my garage has been a storage space for the other Tracey and I, as we gather and work on thrifted furniture.
41 Taylor has a nice huge basement that we are now able to use as our warehouse, so that means that I can have my garage back as...well, a garage. I started cleaning and clearing and moving things over to the new place last weekend. (Silly me, I thought I would be done in one day, but things were...um... a bit more out-of-control that I thought)
That's when I discovered the "festival of chairs" that I had going on right here on Norman Drive. Yup, a virtual chairsapalooza. Check it out. Ten chairs and counting.
My personal goal for this weekend is to get them all painted and outta my garage.
I'll keep you posted on my progress. Wish me luck.
Meet Elmer Huss. He's three years old in this portrait. (His name and age were on the back of his picture when we bought it from a fellow vendor at Junkee) Isn't he just about the dearest little guy?! Well, I mean next to these two doll babies. That's my own Dad, Harlan, on the left and my uncle Roger on the right. Couldn't you just eat them up?
They are all residing in my most favorite room of the new place-yes, many of you guessed it! The bathroom. The restroom, the loo, the water closet, the library..whatever you call it, it's a room full of charm in the little cottage on East Taylor. I could hang out in there all day. (*note* It is very hard to get good pictures in a tiny place like a bathroom, so bear with me.)Oh, but wait. Let's go back to the beginning, about a month ago. (Wow! Is that all it is? We do work fast!) Here was the fabulous little room a few weeks ago....
Ummm...hmmm....I guess someone wanted to recess their toilet into the wall..? (Who does that?!)
We had the challenge of how to make this little bathroom work for us, on a shoestring budget. We decided we loved the floor, which is all original and in perfect condition. And we loved the original-to-the-house medicine cabinet.
Everything else? Notsomuch. The patchwork-y tile was bad enough, but that hole in the wall. Augh! We were just not sure what we could do about that. Luckily, Juan, our incredibly-inexpensive-and-reliable-painter guy looked at it and said he knew how to do tile repair, and..get this..he could "bondo" the cut out wood area to look like new. We said "go for it, Juan." And he did. Our first plan was to cover the tile over with bead board. Too pricey for us, and it would be quite a challenge. then, we decided to paint the tile. I researched it, and yes, it can be done, with a lot of sanding and oil based primer and paint. Then, we hit upon another idea. Our signature look! Book pages! we have done it on bookcases and dressers, why not the walls? The added benefit is that it can easily be removed if someone else were to take over the home and need to actually shower in here. Three bottles of liquid starch later, and a whole lot of books and here is the finished product... The sewing Queen set up her machine in the bedroom and bless her heart, sewed so much burlap her machine may never be the same. (I had no idea burlap was so fiber-y and lint-y. What a mess!) She made us a skirt and a matching shower curtain (and the table skirt in the parlor in a lighter shade of burlap!)
There is still a little bit of tweaking to be done (replacing the shower head for a smaller one and seeing if the Sewing Queen is up for monogramming the towels with our name...thanks for the idea, Betsy!!!!)
*sigh* so there you have it- a tour of my favorite room in the new place. A bathroom with enough reading material (and charm) for anyone.
Whew! We're very nearly done renovating the new place on East Taylor Street, and we'll be hosting our first event there this Friday! Let's begin today with a tour of the now completed parlor, shall we?
Oh! Before I begin, I want to share a little story. Last Saturday, the other Tracey and I were yard saling, hoping to score more wooden dining chairs for the new place. We arrived at this one sale and found some of the most unusual things. (Okay, we didn't buy these things, but we both saw them as some sort of oddball confirmation from God that we are on the right track with our business venture. Are you like that??)
Our first amazing find- We spotted this crest. (or is it called a shield?) Now, we aren't really into crests, but the fireplace at our new place has a kind of knight's helmet thing-y in the center of it, as well as a shield ( or is it called a crest?) on either side of the mantle. And just take a peek at what is on this crest.(...shield?) Mmm hmmm. A "T". A coincidence? I think not.
Like I said, we didn't buy those things, but, I ended up finding and buying an incredible silver tea and coffee service (I am a nut for vintage tea services, especially if they have ornate foofy silver footed trays.) And then...we found not one, but two of the most darling, charming vintage newly upholstered fan back chairs. Well, we assumed they'd be too pricey, but when I asked the price,we were stunned to find they were in our price range! I then offered the woman even less and she said yes, so we grabbed them right up and hauled them to the new place. See the charming chairs? Pretty fabulous, don'tcha think? We just love them. And did you notice the wood floors? (Remember this room before?)
We stained over the old light oak with a deep dark mahogany colored finish, and we used a water based stain. No stinky smell, and it went on (we brushed a fairly thick coat and then sealed it a day later) like a dream.I highly recommend it.
Here is one last before and after picture of the parlor. It's the front window area.......the warm chestnut colored walls, coffee dyed lace curtains and bright white trim with those new dark floors look so rich, and it cost us next to nothing, if you don't count elbow grease.Tomorrow I'll show you my very most favorite room in the sweet little cottage on East Taylor Street, complete with before and after pictures!
I betcha can't guess what room it will be.
I arrived home from PTown with an extra suitcase (what else is new?) full of thrifted treasures for my booth at Junkee and the new shop, courtesy of the Obsessive Auntie. Not only is this girl an incredible cardiac recovery unit nurse....Um....Did I mention she was nominated for AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses) Greater Portland Chapter Association's Nurse of the year?!) but she is also an amazing thrifter, with a keen eye for finding fabulous treasures!
Oh yes, the Goodwill folks know her, (and my son-law!) and she can wheel and deal with the best of us. I was so excited when I opened the suitcase and out spilled all of the gems from her treasure hunts! It's hard for me to not want to keep all of it, but, alas, there is no room left in my cottage, (trust me on this one, people.) and so I will be pricing things and they'll be making thier way to Junkee this weekend, looking for new homes.
I had to share.
Oh yes. When I'm up in Stars Hollow Camas, Washington, I make sure we always squeeze in a trip to my favorite spot, Camas Antiques, and this trip was no exception. While browsing through all the nooks and crannies, I found these fabulous knobs.(Pulls? Whatever you call them, I call them cute.) I haven't decided what I am using them on just yet, but trust me, whatever it is, they will make a statement.
Aren't they just spectacular?!
Here's a lil' somethin' I reinvented out a couple of days ago. (I set the kitchen scale in the picture so you could get a better perspective of the size.) It began life as a calendar frame. You know, one of those things you would hang your calendar from so it looked more substantial and decorative? It was whitewashed and had a stenciled floral pattern on it, a la' 1992. The lines and shape of the holder are fabulous, but it just looked so outdated.
It might be a bit hard to tell the color in the photo, but I brought it up to 2009 with my favorite Robins egg blue and chalkboard paint. I added the little basket of flowers to hang from the calendar hook, and it's ready for a new home in someone's kitchen or laundry room.
What do you have already in your home that's just screaming for a lil' update?