Friday, October 24, 2014

Vintage Vanity in "Old Ochre"

I just finished working on a vintage vanity. The mirror was not with this piece when I got it but she is full of character and charm all the same. It could easily work as a little desk or a pretty mirror could be hung with it to maintain the use of a vanity.

I painted this piece using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I went with the color "Old Ochre". I really like this warm neutral color. The hardware got a coat of "Pure White" ASCP.

 Since I forgot to snap a before picture...
We can jump right to the after.

This desk will be going to the  Lucky Star Market with me. (Click on that link if you want more info about that.) I've mentioned before that "Old Ochre" looks great paired with a crisp, clean white. I also think that it mixes well with blues and greys. I added a few pops of blue in the accents and loved it.

Lots of potential for this pretty one...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

antique table & market news

I found this great little antique table at a flea market. She was weathered and worn but beautifully built. I snatched her right up. 

I went to work with some new paint colors. I chose Annie Sloan's " Old Ochre" and "Pure White".

"Old Ochre" is a really warm neutral color and it looks great with a crisp clean white. It was perfect for this side table. (If you live in central Iowa and want to look into buying some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint you can find it here ... just tell Janet that Mimi sent you.)  

Here's how the table looks now...

These vintage glass knobs were just right for this piece as well.

I got some good news this week as well. I get the opportunity to be a vendor at the Lucky Star Market again. So, mark your calendar for Saturday, December 6th... it will be a great place to do some holiday shopping. Check out the Lucky Star Market FB page here and keep up to date with who all will be there. This little table will be going to market with me as well as the dresser I painted in the previous post... (you can find that here ). From now until then, I'll be busy painting and gathering vintage housewares like these for market. Hope you can make it!

Friday, September 5, 2014

MMS Milk Paint Dresser

I was so happy to find this dresser at an antique store... definitely my favorite style! I love the size and shape of this piece. The little turned legs at the bottom are my favorite detail.

My husband loved this one as well. As I was prepping her for paint he was trying to negotiate buying her from me. He just wanted to refinish her but I was already set on paint. Either way she is a beauty!

I've been wanting to try Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint for awhile now. She has a great color selection to choose from. (Take a look here if you want to see her colors.) I stuck with what I love. I chose "Grain Sack" which I would describe as an off-white that hints towards a very soft gray. I loved the subtleness of this color. It was just what I needed for this piece.

You have to mix MMS Milk Paint as it comes in a powder form, so I watched several tutorials that she has posted on her paint. They're really helpful because I wasn't sure what to expect from milk paint. If you're interested in those tutorials you can find them here. I did use the mixer and bonding agent for my mixture. The mixer helps you achieve a smoother finish because there is a grittiness to it... just part of the look and the paint.

I decided to prime the dresser first. You can start right in with the painting, but since the wood tones were so dark and I was going with such a light color... I primed. I did not want to see any of the wood except along the edges where I would sand and distress. Here's the order of events: I primed, painted 3 coats of "Grain Sack" and then for a protective finish, I used soft wax. Here's how she turned out...

The old hardware was replaced with these pretty knobs I found at World Market... love the look of these.

I finished by adding some pink and white striped wallpaper to the drawers.

I love how this dresser turned out. The milk paint was perfect for this piece. It offered an authentic look... as though it had been painted years ago. There are even a few crackles here and there to add to the charm. I particularly love how this milk paint sands and the variation in color. The mixing is not something I enjoyed... that's just a personal preference. When I have my little bit of free time... I just want to pop open my paint and go. I will definitely try some more of MMS's Milk Paint. The color "Shutter Gray" has caught my eye and will probably be my next pick. For now, I'm just enjoying "Grain Sack".

Did you notice my new sign... isn't it great? Sarah Losee at Soulshine Living did this custom sign for me and I just love it. I plan to use it at future markets. Check out her Etsy page here to see more of her fabulous pallet signs.

Thanks for stopping by.

Linking To:
Rooted in Thyme  ~ French Country Cottage ~ The Inspiration Gallery
Miss Mustard Seed  ~ The Shabby Nest ~ The Cottage Market
Redoux Interiors  ~ Milkpaint Masterpiece Monday ~ Mod Vintage Life
The Scoop  ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ Knick of Time
A Stroll Thru Life  ~ DIY by Design ~

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cottage Bedroom Furniture Projects

I've been working on our master bedroom, gathering vintage pieces here and there to pull it all together. Our room is quaint and cozy. I had to find just the right pieces to fit the small space.

My first project... the bedside tables. This is me smiling like a fool, thinking this was going to be a quick an easy one...

I felt like tossing them in the burn pile so many times. They ended up being a huge ordeal. My husband thought I should strip the paint and assured me that this would be easy. Long story short, I will NEVER strip again... lesson learned :) Here's a photo showing some progress. It was a mess.

After persevering through that disaster, I was able to paint them as originally planned. I used French Linen ASCP and added some white hardware for the finishing touch.

The other piece that took a lot of work was a shelf that I purchased at JB Knacker (Gilbert, IA). It was salvaged, part of a built in I believe.

In contrast, this was the piece my husband wanted to burn but I wouldn't let him. It was the perfect size and shape for our room so he did all the work that it demanded. He tore the whole thing apart... sanded the wood, rebuilt the inside with new bead-board paneling, made new shelves, fixed the base and the outside panel of the broken-down side. This made up for the whole stripping mess he got me into... thanks babe, love ya! 

For the outside shell... we did one coat of Pickled White Stain from Sherwin Williams. I wanted a "white wash" look. For the inside, I used French Linen ASCP. Here's how she turned out...

Next came the dilemma with closet doors. Have you seen all those fabulous pins on Pinterest where people use old doors for their closets? I  knew this would work great in our room and we already had a pair of old  french doors on hand. So I went to work with some paint (French Linen ASCP) and hung white curtain panels on the inside of the doors to complete the look. I love how they turned out.

I came across this vintage chandelier at Tangerine Zebra (Ames, IA). I was so happy that the husband let me have this in our room in place of a ceiling fan. It's a lovely detail.

The other side of the room is very simple as well. I'm definitely a "less is more" type of girl.

A bed with white linens, the bedside tables and a pretty little bench came together to finish the room.

It's so nice to have it all put together now. 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Junkin in June at JB Knacker

Junkin in June is going on this wknd... June 27th - 29th. I spent Friday morning at JB Knacker's helping out for a little bit. There are so many great things going on there so I have to share a few photos. Grab some friends and hit the road... it's well worth it!

The shop is in fine form...

This pretty grey buffet definitely caught my eye...

In the side and backyard of JB Knacker's, you will find several other vendors set up. I was able to snap a few photos out there. They are braving this crazy weather!

Be sure to stop and see Clare and Elisabeth in the little shed out back...

Rescued Junk is another vendor set up in the yard...


I LOVE this cabinet by them...

Junk Parlor is there too...

After all the shopping, you may want to stop for a snack. The Bistro is set up with some very yummy treats... don't miss those!

Right next door to JB Knacker's is a cute little shop called PIXI .
Stop by and say hello to Tina.

Hope this gives you a little taste of what's out there this wknd!
If you want more info or a map for Junkin in June then click on this link
Thanks for stopping by.