Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Late Summer Picnic–Vintage Style


Hey there….can you believe August is over and we are about to celebrate the last weekend of summer?

I wanted to share this really cool yard sale find from last weekend with you.

The woman at the sale told me this was a picnic set from her parent’s Model T. It attached to the back of the car.

It came with the dishes and utensils.

It also came with this incredible blanket.

I couldn’t resist it.

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I’m not sure if I will keep it or sell it….

I know this—it makes me smile.

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I hope you can fit in a picnic or two before we say goodbye to summer…

See you soon-

Cori

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Bee Happy Desk & Chair




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Here’s the Bee Happy Desk and chair.

Something tells me it truly is happier now than it was when it looked like this…

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It was very structurally sound. I liked the idea that it wasn’t real “heavy” with the right side being open. Seems like it would make a perfect laptop desk.

Since the top was some sort of laminate, I decided to cover it with some vintage book pages and a few fun images of bees and a crown.

The existing hardware was pretty bad….SO…I got four wood knobs, painted them and added the bee detail.

I painted the main body of the desk with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White,

Then I painted the drawer with her Provence paint. I finished with a couple coats of clear and then dark wax on the drawers.

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The small chair was also painted in Provence and I used some of the floral fabric in neutrals.

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Thanks for stopping in to take a look at this desk makeover. I am in the mood to transform more “lost” pieces…hoping that the yard sales are lucrative this weekend.

See you soon …

Cori

Sunday, August 21, 2011

From Rough to Rich


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Hello there!

Just a quick post to show you a before and after.

Remember this dresser?

It was in pretty sad shape.. It had stickers all over it and drawers that didn’t function very well.

I scraped off the stickers with Goof Off and sanded it down a bit. My husband replaced the drawer bottoms and placed new drawer stops so they wouldn’t slide in too far.

I painted it with Old White Chalk Paint. I finished with a coat of clear wax and then used some dark wax (heavier on the drawer fronts). I like the subtle two-tone look that resulted.

A diamond in the rough is now a pretty piece…

Now on to the next project.

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Hope you are enjoying these last weeks of summer.

Cori

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back On The Treasure Hunt


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After taking a break from the yard sales, auctions and thrift stores for awhile, I’m back on the hunt.

Here’s a few pieces I picked up this last weekend.

The dresser above is definitely in need of some love and a few minor reapirs. But I do see the potential. Nice size. Good shape, All the original hardware.

Now….get a load of all this stuff…..Hard to believe we have replaced all this with an IPod that is smaller than a book of matches…right?

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All of this stuff came out of this old radio cabinet. It was a bit of work to un-bolt everything and get it out of there.

But check out the cabinet……MAJOR potential…right?

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Don’t you just love this original hardware? It will make it’s way back onto the cabinet.

I can’t wait to show you the “after” of this piece. I’m not sure exactly which way I am going to go with it…but it WILL come to me : )

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A fun little ladder will get up-cycled for a great room accent…

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I’ve got some fun plans for this great desk….

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It feels good to be back on the hunt again…Kids go back to school next week and I’ll be busy recreating some great old pieces into useful home d├ęcor for today.

Fun.

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Thanks for coming by today…

Cori