Soldier Blue Striped Endtable | Memorial Day Weekend

Don’t faint, but here we are again! :) We’ve been on a furniture buying spree lately, so that means more pieces to paint. We found this lovely little piece at a thrift store. It was a teensy bit overpriced, but we decided to go for it again. Speaking of, have you noticed how much thrift stores are going up on their prices?! It’s getting ridiculous… Anyway, here she is before.Image

We knew she had great potential from the start. So like I said, we’ve been on a furniture buying spree so hubby and I have been dividing and conquering on the pieces. I’m sad to say, I can’t take credit for anything about this charming little piece, but I LOVE it! Sometimes I have a hard time trusting someone else’s vision (haha), but I always love what he comes up with.

He chose Soldier Blue and Oyster White in Old Fashioned Milk Paint. We both agree we LOVE Soldier Blue so expect to see more of that color very soon! Here’s what she looks like now…

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I adore the way the milk paint chipped in some areas! Not too much, but just enough. I’m tempted to keep this one, but… we do have to make a living. ;)

We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Francis A Walker said, “We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” Indeed! We are so thankful for every life that has been given for our wonderful freedom. Glad to be an American!

One of Those Days

It was a beautiful Saturday morning (a lot like today), and I had grand plans! I was going to head out to a local flea market that we’ve had decent success with. I got dressed and headed to the atm. While at the atm, I decided to text my mom and see how my sweet girl was. (She had stayed the night with her Nanna and Pappa.) My mom replied that they would be heading our way in 30 minutes or so. My plans of roaming the flea market were crushed…

I decided to swing by the nearest thrift store on my way to our meeting place. Maybe, just maybe, I could find something here and not have to worry about my broken flea market dreams. I was drawn to this pair of nightstands. They had a few problems, but nothing that wasn’t fixable.

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I texted Shawn a pic of them and got his opinion. He liked them, so the deal was done. We chose Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s Buttermilk for these, and I really like the way they turned out. (Excuse my iPhone photos, my battery was down on my Nikon, but I promise better photos next time!)

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I love it when we can use the original hardware for pieces, and these were very unique. Anyway, we already have someone coming to pick them up in a couple days, so yippee.

Until next time, happy thrifting!

Just Enough Money for a Chair… and Groceries

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Do you love grocery shopping alone? If you’re a mom, I can see you emphatically saying “YES”. It was one of those wonderful, beautiful days where I just happened to be alone and able to do my weekly shopping. (Well, it was actually a mid-week trip so I didn’t have to get groceries for ALL week.) Anyway, somewhere along the road, I realized I had forgotten my debit card at home. Luckily, I had a little cash so I figured I could make it work.

Unfortunately, and fortunately, there is a thrift store in the same parking lot as the nearest grocery store. I decided to pop in for a quick look just to see what they had before I shopped for groceries. I saw this lovely little wooden chair, and just could NOT pass it up. Image

The price was too good, and it was great condition! I’m a sucker for redoing chairs! Anyway, I ended up having just enough money to buy the chair and the groceries with one dollar leftover! Now if that’s not meant to be, I don’t know what is.

We went through the fabric that we had laying around, and matched the fabric to CeCe’s color chart and here’s what it looks like now.

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We used one sample of CeCe Caldwell’s Mesa Sunset (which we both fell back in love with) and recovered with a cute floral fabric. It may just be one of my favorite chair re-dos we’ve done so far.

Well, that’s all for now! See you soon!

Custom Reviving – Alaskan Tundra Green Buffet

Check out this old red and white buffet that we just finished…

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It was love at first sight with this piece. It just had such potential! The customer chose CeCe Caldwell’s Alaskan Tundra Green for the color. We haven’t used ATG a lot, but I absolutely love how it turned out on this piece.

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It doesn’t have hardware because the customer is going to be replacing them. I love how it looked after a little distressing. The original color looks awesome with the ATG.

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We were a little unsure what to do about the red designs on the glass. At first we thought maybe we’d just paint the same design over the top of it in ATG. However, hubby said we should try scraping it with a razor blade first… and it WORKED. The glass looks as good as new! :)

Until next time…

Shelaine

 

 

 

Custom Reviving – Johnston Daffodil Chest of Drawers

Yes, I know. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve blogged. We won’t go into why because I don’t have a good reason for you. Sometimes life gets in the way. :) Anyway… Here’s a piece I painted today. Customer chose the color – which I love!! It’s CeCe Caldwell’s chalk and clay paint – Johnston Daffodil.

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Here’s the piece before.

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Thrifting Adventures: Battered & Torn Chair

A few months ago, my cousin and I went thrifting together. We had lots of fun and laughs. She found a lamp and some picture frames. (maybe more.) I found this chair. Image

We found it outside, looking exactly like this. First of all, we loved the green fabric that was peeking out from underneath. We also knew that the wood would look fabulous painted. You won’t believe what the price tag said… $3.50! It was too good to pass up. Especially since the only problem with it was the torn fabric.

I don’t have pics of the entire process…but it was the LONGEST project I’ve ever done. I painted it first. When I went to take the fabric off the bottom, the green fabric wasn’t underneath. I was sad. However, I pulled it together and found some bright fabric that I adored. After lots of pulling, stapling and tacking, here’s the finished product.

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ImageI’m pleased with how it turned out. Well… until next time, happy thrifting!

- Shelaine

Back to the Blog

Well, here I am. Five days after I said… Sometimes life takes the wheel. You feel exhausted every night when you hop in bed. You can’t even muster up the strength to write a blog. That’s how I’ve felt the last few weeks. My hubby and I have been working on a big project and several big pieces that have been sucking the life right out of us. However, I’m in the blogging world to stay… I could NOT let a whole month go by without blogging.

So last weekend, we nearly sold all of our big pieces and lots of stuff on the walls at our shop. It was our best weekend yet! We were so excited that we could barely contain ourselves. However, it nearly tore the shop up. When you have a small shop like ours and you sell a few big pieces at once, you, then, have to deal with lots of knick-knacks sitting on the floor.

On Monday, we headed over to our booth we have at a nearby antique mall and took lots of stuff from it. Here’s a few things we brought over…

ImageOur initial plan was to finish the pieces we were working on, but we realized we just didn’t have the time to get it together to open up shop on Tuesday. Sometimes you just have to give in and take the easy road… especially when you have a toddler in tow. :-) Wish I had gotten some pics of her sitting on the cart of furniture.

Here’s another pic of a few things we rearranged…

ImageWell, we’re hoping for another good weekend! I hope you have a nice one too.

- Shelaine

PS – It won’t be that long before the next blog.

Time to Myself & Exciting News

This afternoon, my sweet hubby called and told me that he felt like I needed some time to myself tonight. He offered to keep the baby and let me do whatever my heart desired. This was JUST what I needed. Everyone needs rest. We’ve been working so hard and even when we aren’t working we are thinking about working. Add a toddler in the mix and that equals utter exhaustion.

So here I am. Spending my alone time at Barnes and Noble. Sipping a decaf caramel macchiato and flipping through a giant stack of magazines. Thanks, Shawn! I’m having the most wonderful, peaceful time.
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On to the good news… yesterday, at the best time ever, we received an email. A lady from our local Fox News had seen our article in the Spring Observer. She asked us to do a DIY segment on her show, Sally’s Shabby Chic.ImageWe were shocked and SO excited! I believe it will air this coming Saturday. They are taping it at our shop on Thursday morning. Hopefully, we will be able to get pictures and be able to post them here on the blog. I will have more details in the morning when they call us…

I can only say… this is a blessing from God. He hears our prayers and knows our hearts. I am just thankful that I know Him, and He calls me His child.

- Shelaine

A Sweet, Little Bed

So… we’ve been up to our ears in projects and new adventures. We are opening up a booth at another antique mall this week. (More details on that are coming in the next blog…) It seems like when one thing goes right another 10 things go wrong. I do believe that “all things work together for good…” so I’m not too worried.

Here’s a little project we finished today. My in-laws found this bed for us. I loved it immediately. Below is the before pic…

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After polling a few facebook friends on the color choice, we decided to go with a pale pink. The pink doesn’t show up as much as I’d like in the pics, but the bed did turn out quite adorable.

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It would look lovely in a little girl’s room…

- Shelaine

Thrifting Adventures: Vintage Birdcages

Yesterday, I got to do one of my favorite things – thrifting. We are always on the lookout for new furniture and trinkets. So Ainsley and I headed out to one of my favorite places to shop. Immediately upon entering, I noticed a fabulous birdcage behind the counter. My heart sank. I was devastated that I had missed such a great find. If I had been there just a little while earlier, I might could have gotten it! The entire time we shopped, I was kicking myself about it.

I wish I had a picture of Ainsley, my 21 month old, peeling off the price tags on each item we passed. Haha. She loves to do that. I try to keep her from doing it, but, HEY, it keeps her occupied while I’m inspecting the things I find. (Don’t judge me!) We did find several old frames, a corkboard and a few other interesting pieces.

After we had loaded up the buggy, we headed to the outside portion of the store and there they were… 2 gorgeous birdcages like the one I had seen behind the counter. I was so excited I almost did a victory dance. So, of course, I loaded them up in the buggy and bought them as quick as possible.

Here they are in all their glory…

ImageThey had these awful flowers that were wrapped on them, and wind chimes hanging in them. Ainsley LOVED the chimes. In fact, she may or may not have had a meltdown while we were checking out in the store because she wanted to touch them. I was so excited that I didn’t care.

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ImageSo I cleaned them up a bit and brought them in the shop. I’m just so in love with them. We had already decided to bring out some fall decor yesterday, but I had to work them in somehow.

ImageImageWe will probably put something inside them, but for now I’m happy with the way they look. The fall decor and scent of a pumpkin spice candle made the shop super cozy today.

- Shelaine

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