Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Grey continues on a sunny week

The big last piece for the show (not the last one for me to show you but the last one I completed). I like to have one large china cabinet for display and because I like a challenge.
This piece was just a solid beaut waiting for an update. It already had the brass campaign hardware that Trevor so patiently pried off so I could do my magic.
He really is my patient right arm.

This piece is very large so it goes right to the top of my metal photo wall. I cropped it to the minimal amount I could. I stripped the doors and then applied white wax by Miss Mustard Seed to give them the aged appearance. The inside of the cabinet took 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of my white Annie Sloan/ BM Aura mix. 

This was the challenging part of this one. There are these fantastic side lights in this cabinet that allow you to see your displays from 3 sides and after removing all of the glass pieces the entire inside needed painting including the back side of the front (doors/ dividers etc) that on any normal china cabinet you could leave. Sucker for punishment and early white in my hair. Literally, white in my hair because it is big and I kept climbing inside the cabinet to see better.

The rest of the outside was done in the same Perfect Grey from Monday's dresser.
The effect is kind of glam farmhouse. The cupboard feels grown up but the brass allows it a little edginess. I used this as a jumping off for the styling incorporating some salvage and industrial pieces like the old colander, scale and trophy.

I think there was probably a duplicate shot in that bunch but my brain is getting tired and I just don't have the energy to figure out which one. lol. I know you have all been there and will forgive my extra pictures.Plus I am trying to pay attention to the OKC game and watch them finally smush the Spurs. Yup I'm a basketball=ite.


Have a great day all,

Monday, May 26, 2014

Perfect Grey Tallboy

Happy Monday morning or grumpy Monday morning depending on what side of the bed you got up on. What a weekend. We are semi-, almost setup in our garage for the show. There is a lot of behind the scenes logistical work that goes on turning our garage with outdoor toys into vintage showplace but, we're almost there.

Today I have a sweet wood tallboy dresser in the perfect shade of grey.
It is a custom blend I have spent time perfecting that takes the blue tone out of the grey and just leaves you with a subtle light storm colour. It comes across a bit lighter in the photos because of the natural light but is a soft warm grey.

I like to call it Perfect Grey (I'll probably change the name but hey what the heck right...)
Perfect to me because I don't love the blue undertones with a straight paris grey. They look gorgeous but need a certain space to blend in. In my home specifically the grey ends up looking more like sky blue because of the natural tones in our home.

this dressers size and features make it perfect for just about anywhere. the light tone allows it to fit into any bedroom and the painted original hardware doesn't let it be caught in the hardware battle with brass or chrome in a room.

it is also on wheels so it saves backs when moving

my simple vignette. i didn't want to overpower the light colour with stuff so some ironstone, a brass trophy and a scale with brass to tie it together. that seed sack window was a neat thrift find and will look great in someone's farmhouse decor.

I was also a bad girl with this one and got so excited that I forgot the before photo. Forgiveness?

Have a great day,

Saturday, May 24, 2014

An Artissimo chair, a sale and where does all the stuff live

Saturday morning exactly 1 week before the day we have been prepping for.
The last piece got finished up yesterday and is in position for its photo op today as Trevor and my wonderful brother finish up the garage ceiling that they have been working diligently on. It wasn't really part of the show process but, we have been trying to insulate our garage since we moved in and of course added the mountain to our mole hill deciding to do it prior to this show.

I finished up this lovely press back chair a few weeks ago and am just getting around to sharing it with you. The finish on this chair was extremely weathered and not in great shape and all the intricacies would have made it a b*^%ch to strip and refinish.
It was however a solid chair and was asking for a milk paint finish that would bring out the antique qualities of this chair. 
I decided to go with #missmustardseedmilkpaint in Artissimo and used hemp oil to deepen the colour.

 i styled the chair with an antique hemp linen indigo pillow that could fit into a traditional decor or a more modern decor

i also hung some of the peshtemals i was talking about yesterday, on one of the antique ladders i have and styled up a basket with a very small selection of pillows.

speaking of pillows
The etsy shop is having a sale this weekend. From now until Tuesday night you will receive 20% off your order of 40.00 or more at checkout. I am planning on shutting down the shop for about a week after the show to take a recharge break so am clearing out a bit of stock to make room for new goodies.
Pillows or fun finds anyone?

and in case you were curious where all the stuff and furniture i take photos of lives when not getting it's pretty on for the show. here is half the heap in our garage. we also have a stockroom in our basement full of the smalls.

Have a great weekend everyone,


Friday, May 23, 2014

What are......PESHTEMAL?

Hey Hey it's Friday everyone.
We have survived the week to get into the weekend. The weather looks like it is going to hold out and allow us to start doing our setting up. Yippee the fun styling part is here!

Today we are going to introduce you to....


These are traditional turkish towels made from cotton, bamboo, and/or linen. They are lightweight fast drying towels that are made primarily in Turkey on looms. The bamboo and linen types are more recent styles, but the cotton types have been used in Turkish steam baths for hundreds of years.

They have gotten an increasing status among home decorites because of the texture they bring into a space and natural to vibrant colour tones. They vary greatly in pricing depending on the size, thickness/weight etc.

They make wonderful travel companions for the spa, gym, beach because they do not take up the same amount of space as a traditional towel. They can be washed regularly with normal loads and dry much quicker making them more eco-friendly .
They get softer with washing and don't change shape.

 a selection of towels for the show; beige, blue, green, grey and black


 we have had a peshtemal hanging in our upstairs bathroom for about 3 years and i love changing them out and the ease of washing. i had hoped to show the towels in our main floor bath but alas the taps are finally here and just being installed last night and tonight.

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look at those mirrors, apothecary jars of sponges, and a turkish towel!  Swoon. 

I hope this little bit of information helps introduce you to another new item or if you had already seen these, then adding to your obsession.

Have a great day,


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Grainsack Hall Table

On the heels of our Luckett's trip and meeting the Miss Mustard Seed, how about a furniture redo I finished up a week ago with her paint line

This piece was a frustrating sell for me and I will explain why.

I bought this piece and many others last year from a lady and her daughter in our area. The daughter now grown had this piece in her room and had carved the top with artwork. Deep ingrained carving that took a lot of work from my sander and wood filler to get the top smooth again. The finish had also gotten the wonderful patina only age brings but it is also the kind that sucks up milk paint like water.

this piece was finished in #missmustardseedmilkpaint in grain sack. there was an undercoat in curio to get a two toned appearance. there was a combination of furniture, white and antiquing wax used to get the finish right.

so for the tricky part. after i had put 3 coats of paint on this piece and came back to it, it still looked like the piece only had one. it wasn't bleeding through per say as there were no pink/red spots but the yellow oak tone was very prominent and i wanted the light grey/white look of the paint. i had it all back together and hated how it looked. i did the heavy distressed thing and wash look and just got more pissed off at it. i DON'T like how washes look and heavy distressing never looks natural to me unless it came from chipping (at this point this piece was not chipping) or nature!
as i sat there staring at it and drinking wine to calm the grouchy paint gnome in my head i thought maybe doing a wax topcoat and then painting over it would do the trick. off to work.
i gave a very very light wax coat and then painted 2 more coats of grainsack over top of it but left the top drawer as i had finished it prior.
i finally got some chipping and the yellow was staying down. 
i got the farmhouse look i was going for and  think this piece now shines with age and flavour perfect for a hallway, bedroom or towel cupboard in the bathroom.

the door had a frosted glass insert that would not have done what I wanted look wise so garbaugey it went. i added a grey and white ticking stripe screen into the door and left the original keyhole and brass hardware

to my note prior about natural age. that old piano stool missing its head to the left is all natural chipping. it is perfect as an ironstone chamber pot plant stand.

you can see the colour difference between the drawer and the rest of the piece. it almost mimics my grain sack table in my upstairs. the age around the keyhole stands out now with the help of white wax and looks gorgeous.

to make the window screen i used a piece of heavier gauge metal mesh (any hardware store near chicken wire) and cut out the size i need 1 inch larger than the opening. my original intent was to use chicken wire but with the stripes was looking too busy.
i then cut my fabric to be an inch larger than the mesh.
i ran the edges through my serger so they were neat and tidy.

i then glued all the way around with my glue glue making sure the edges were as neat as possible.

trevor stapled the mesh into the door for me and voila. farmhouse chic.


Have a great day everyone. I have one last behemoth of a cabinet to finish today for the show. I always leave the biggest piece until last. Like climbing the mountain I suppose.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Road trip to Luckett's 2014

It is always a treat to go to any of the vintage shows in the USA whenever we have the opportunity as it is not something that we have here in Canada. We have antique shows sure but mostly the vendors just throw stuff on tables and the ground and you pick through it and pay a lot of money. I love the idea of going to put together shows with food vendors and vintage/craft vendors that love their work and it comes out in their products and displays. These people put their life blood into the work they do and when they find items, clean them, paint them, price them, haul them, set them up and negotiate with us the buyer, the price that they command for their work is usually nothing compared with their time (something many folks seem to forget, negotiating has for some, become a way to attack a vendor as everyone thinks they are a world class picker. a fact we have witnessed too many times.)

When discussing our road trips for this year we threw Luckett's spring market into the mix, first because it was relatively close, it would give me an opportunity to meet some of the people I have been connecting with online and bonus it was our long weekend.

It took us almost 10 hours to get to our first nights stop in Gettysburg, PA not because it takes that long to drive there but, because we kept stopping at some amazing antique co-ops along the way and getting lost in the sheer amount of vintage and collectibles throughout the state of Pennsylvania. If there is something you are looking for, it is probably in that state. The nice part was that because there is so much, the prices aren't ridiculous like we found in Georgia and Massachusetts.

We went to the spring market on Saturday in Luckett's Virginia and thinking that by going late afternoon the main crowds would be gone. Boy were we wrong. There has been major rain and flooding throughout this area of the states and the main field where cars are parked at the show was closed. There were people parked on the road for miles and then stuck in the ditches. We got the slow scenic tour of the countryside waiting to get in but it was a beautiful day so no complaints.

The market was packed still when we arrived and after scarfing some food truck food and getting a freshly squeezed lemonade (my favourite part of any vintage market) we began to wander and I took some photos to share with you. There was a ton of vintage painted furniture. some good some not so good (my opinion of course) but this area seems to be ripe with painting.

a lot of parts of the market were on this pea gravel. so provincial looking for all of the displays.

looking at this photo i realized i forgot to get this vendors card and forgot to go back and snoop out one of these fluted pots. they were gorgeous!

ah the mustard seed green velvet chairs. i exercised so much control and didn't bring one of these home. i mean come on green velvet and me. we're like peanut butter and jam.
and since i said mustard seed, yes i met marian. finally. i stood there waiting in line to meet her as she is like the kim kardashian of this event (not in the bad way, but in the most famous person at the party everyone wants a photo with way)
we have a bit of a business relationship going on and i wanted to put faces together. she was just as nice and down to earth as her blog represents and i feel honoured that i got to meet someone doing business her way and inspiring so many others.
i totally bought one of her t-shirts and will probably get paint all over that baby. as it should be!

the next few photos are inside the luckett's design house. they change this house to coincide with special weekends and it was just beautiful to walk through and see the displays. they also had the best smelling candle burning.

sneaking into the photos :). trevor was trying to see over me. not too hard as you can see how much taller than me he is, and i'm not short.

totally took this photo and didn't even see that table/ottoman until i was editing this photo. what the what! a wicker coffee table with legs. that is amazing and would have made a great addition to my living room.

Well I hope you enjoyed your Luckett's tour! Now onto our loot from this trip.
This is the last load to make it into the show as I am just spent from pricing and shopping at this point. It is the best part of my new career that I get to indulge my vintage shopping happiness but, when you are looking so hard for great pieces that just can't be found at homesense and the like, it does get a bit tiring.
These items were found all over PA and at the Luckett's market. Most of the Luckett's stuff was for us as we can't buy things at retail and then try to mark them up.

the potato shovel in the back i found at a flea market and i got a lot of flack from a certain husband for buying a shovel on this trip and carrying it around like the holy grail. these shovels are around 75-95 bucks here ALL THE TIME! and this lovely was 20. it is going into the outdoor patio space.
we came out of this trip with some amazing ironstone pieces and the had to find sugar bowls. some in perfect condition some with battle scars but all lovely and beautiful for display.
not pictured are 2 old ladders i also carted home.

we found this miss america trophy from the 60's in an antique mall and i just love the look. what a perfect piece for a girls vintage room or an industrial vintage space. rare and divine.

the wood ironing board i found at a garage sale we drove by. the squirrel nutcracker goes into our growing squirrel collection and was found in the sweet clover barn space at luckett's where i met cassie from primitive and proper.
yup i was totally hamming it up meeting cool awesome people.

car trophies from the 50's

Well that was a lot of photos. If you made it to the end, congrats!
We had a blast and look forward to heading out to this area again soon. So many beautiful towns , restaurants and of course shopping!!

Have a great hump day,