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.


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

I know this—it makes me smile.


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

See you soon-


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Bee Happy Desk & Chair


Here’s the Bee Happy Desk and chair.

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


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.


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


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 …


Sunday, August 21, 2011

From Rough to Rich


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.



Hope you are enjoying these last weeks of summer.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back On The Treasure Hunt


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?



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?



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 : )


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


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


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.



Thanks for coming by today…