Friday, July 29, 2011

A Furniture Friday Feature

It's desk month! I figure about six to eight new desks this month will make its way in the store. To start, I've posted some pictures of this great Frenchy style desk I was offering up for a custom refurbishment.

I got this beauty last Sunday from one of my great picker tipsters (Dad)! He saw this on the curb as a yard sale leftover piece so I was able to negotiate a great price with the owner. We spent the better part of today repairing, sanding, painting and decopauging (We, meaning my awesome store girls Macy, Patti and my girl Sammi).

Some eight+ hours later...

High gloss black spray paint...

A jar of modge podge and scrapbook paper...

TA DA! For sale: $245

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Furniture Friday Celebrates School

It's hard to believe, but school will be starting again in less than a month! That means last minute vacations, final getaways to the beach and back to school shopping! For all your back to school shopping, I bet you can get a fair amount of supplies right in downtown! Start preschool in serious style by stocking up on new clothes at Lola Baby. If you are starting a stringed instrument this year, Strings Music has a great selection of instruments and music. Ellsworth Stationers carries any and all school supplies needed to stock your desks and back packs. And you can find any book needed (or special order them) at Village Book Shop or Blue Chair Children's Bookstore. And, we at knot too shabby think that you should start school by outfitting your at-home work space with style!

If you have stopped by the store at all over the past three weeks, you know by now that I am all about re-purposing furniture pieces. For example, using an abnormally long coffee table as bench, turning a plant stand into a side table, or in this case, turning this narrow drop leaf table into a desk and work space. 

Some of the new pieces this week include that great wooden desk chair on caster wheels. It swivels and rocks! The vintage Remington typewriter is a new addition. I've had it for four weeks and have been itching to put it out. It needed the right set-up, though. The start of what I'm hoping turns into a large collection of globes. And, the vintage Tonka trucks over 40 years old and made of heavy metal. They show their age with chipping paint and lots of rust! I love them!

Every Friday between now and the start of school will feature a new desk. So, don't forget to stop on by the store or visit my blog to see how they all turn out. I have some fun pieces that I'm super excited to turn around!

Other additions this Furniture Friday:

The wall of chairs has grown by 14 chairs. They look pretty gnarly now, but with some fresh paint and hand picked upholstery, you could have a great conversation piece in your home. 

New Frenchy side tables. A set of two in soft white and shabby chic'd. $100 each. 

Desks-unfinished and ready to be customized. On display in the "work room."

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Garage Sale Guru

I admit it. I'm addicted to yard sales. It doesn't matter where I am, what I am doing...come Saturday morning I want nothing more than to go yard saling. I've hit up yard sales all over California from Carlsbad (on my anniversary weekend getaway) to Oxnard, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. And, of course the greater Glendora area. It's no surprise to find out that much of what I sell are treasures discovered at local yard sales. I'm completely okay with admitting that! In fact, if I bought my furniture pieces direct from individiuals (much like antique dealers do), I would have to charge double my list price. I LOOOOOVE that people walk into the store and tell me that things are "under priced," or "very reasonable," or even "you could charge much more than this." For me, it has little to do with selling things for "what they are worth," but simply, selling things quickly and at a price that is fitting in our economic climate.

This past weekend, I left the store in the very capable hands of others to play on the beach in Oxnard at my annual family girls weekend trip. Armed with small bills and a large truck, my dear aunties and mother loaded up for a morning of yard saling in Oxnard on Saturday. Though I didn't come back with any great furniture finds, some of my fabulous pickers out there came across some amazing pieces that are available for custom work!

This Frenchy style desk! Would be super cute in a traditional white, shabby chic. Painted to your liking. $245 finished.


Chairs: antique chairs, contemporary chairs, rocking chairs. You pick the chair, the paint color and bring your favorite upholstery, we do all the work. Prices start at $35 per chair.

Antique solid wood desk with beautiful hardware and curved features. $275 refurbished.

Call or email us if you are interested in one of our unfinished pieces!

Friday, July 22, 2011

The New Stuff on Furniture Friday

A sweet before and after!

Four hours and three people later this awesome dresser is ready to be painted!

Simple white for a traditional shabby chic look.

Peacock Blue! Inside and out.

The process: Scrubbed the outside clean and bleached the drawers so they are sterile, primed, painted with two coats, painted the inside and outside of the drawers, spray painted the hardware, protective coat of furniture wax to protect the surface and waxed the insides of the drawers to give them a smooth feel.

Other fun pieces...

Set of four elegant cane back chairs. $65 each.

French Provincial love seat and arm chairs. $475 for the complete set. Matching cofffee table (which has the same finish as the Frenchy China Cabinet I featred last week), $75.

Antique French print in an antique frame. $35

 Green table (console or kitchen) $105

 White glass top coffee table. $145

Black vanity with pink crystal knobs and...

...lined drawers! Super trendy. $205

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Red, Red, Red!

I love tags that is! Because red tags on any items in the store means SOLD!

Like these two custom chairs to go with four additional custom chairs that I finished this week! Check out the handles on those chairs. How cool is that? I have another awesome set of tall cane back chairs that will be ready for this coming Furniture Friday!

And, this one of a kind dresser sold this week with antique music decopauged on the knobs and lined in the drawers.

My other favorite furniture re-do (this music dresser was a favorite) sold this week.

Seaside vanity. I'm re-doing this piece just a bit for the buyer in a custom job. I'll be changing out the hardware and adding some decorations to it to spruce it up a bit so that it matches their decor better. Pictures of the finished piece to come later.

Jewelry has been a hot seller and we just got re-stocked from my favorite jewelry vendor. You will never see the same thing twice!

The 2nd Furniture Friday is just around the corner and here is a taste of the new pieces that will be out and ready for display!

A new shade of green!

Peacock Blue...actually called lagoon but I see peacocks!

Black and completely girlie! Just wait until you see the finished product.

Friday's is the day to check out the new stuff, available only in the store. Plus, you have to get the story on some of the new pieces. One of them was retrieved from the dumpster...I'll admit it and I'm not ashamed. Bet you won't be able to guess which one! 

Come Saturday, everything gets posted for sale on craigslist!

Friday hours: 10:00-8:00 pm

Friday, July 15, 2011

Furniture Friday!

Hooray for a spectacular first week and an fabulous Furniture Friday! In what has been the busiest day to date, I have had a store full of customers checking out all of the new furniture that came out today...and best of all, buying!  But, today I feature my favorite piece to date.

Super Frenchy, super chic and totally shabby (I try not to drool over this furniture find)!

If you've been blogging with me for awhile, you know that I've been working on this find for sometime now. Do I paint it, do I stain it? Well, I finished it two weeks ago and couldn't wait to get it in the store! So, for my first Furniture Friday, my feature piece in all her glory!

I can't get enough of the details of this piece. Curvy buffet top, gorgeous french legs and delicate hardware. Painted a soft beige in some of my new favorite paint and stained and antiqued with Dark Walnut.

Yolo Paint, available at Lowes. "The environmentally responsible paint company." It's mold resistant, low odor and zero VOC (volatile organic compounds).

She has a sister hutch and coordinating 7-piece formal dining room table and chairs that are in process. I'm willing to sell the china cabinet separately, but will be keeping the table and hutch together as a set (unless I get an offer I can't refuse).

Come see her in person! Pictures just don't do her justice.
For Sale $465

Check out the Furniture Friday page to see the other new additions.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Loving All Things Vintage!

I've had a lot of store visitors this week! It's been great fun talking about the furniture, the accessories, housewares and more. When I talk to customers about what we do, I find myself saying the same thing. "We refurbish great furniture finds with a history and love all things with vintage flair!" In fact, some of the surprisingly best selling items this week have not been my refurbished furniture pieces.

Who knew antique cookbooks would be so popular? I've sold twenty of these charming cookbooks since we opened last Friday.

Empty picture frames! I've had custom orders for jewelry frames, chalkboards or corkboards using the empty picture frames hanging on the walls or scattered throughout the store. I love custom work! It is so much more rewarding knowing that a specific person is going to enjoy something they helped to design.

Custom chairs! Chairs are some of my favorite projects because they can have so much personality. This week I completed two custom chair projects.

And, this truly unique World War II Navy Uniform. It hasn't sold and this isn't something you will likely see displayed in the store, but it is up for auction on ebay. What a great find!

Furniture Friday is just around the corner and here is a sneak peek at some of the projects that will come out this Friday.

Hmmm...what could this be?

Does this look familiar?

Lovingly weathered!

See you in town!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Open for Business

I've been saving this post for two weeks! Pictures, pictures and more pictures. I'm not going to write about much, other than the Grand Opening Event was great fun and very encouraging! I even sold six pieces of furniture this weekend.

Take note of some of my favorite things:
The Ceiling: I wall papered the ceiling tiles with a textured white wall paper to give it more character and make it look less like a hospital ceiling. It was a bear of a job but I love how it turned out!

The Floor: I hired a muralist (Teresa Jansen...I have her number if you are interested) to paint a brick walkway through the middle of the store. She added the patches of exposed brick on the walls and in exchange I'm painting her a desk! Good deal!

The Wall of Doors: My original plan was to build a wall so that I could have a back work and store room. But, the city required permits, and let's face it...I'm exhausted from working with the city. So, my alternative was a fabulous find of vintage doors that I hinged together to make a portable wall. Much more my style anyway and allows for the store to grow with the inventory.

The Hanging Chairs: On the back wall of the store. Love it!!! Enough said.

Real Burlap sacks as a make-shift rug

Ignore the ugly fan. I need a working vintage fan...keep your eyes out!
The hubs helping out behind the counter! What a nice guy ;)
 New furniture comes out every Friday for "Furniture Friday's!" That's the time to stop by to check out the new stuff. Plus, I'm open late on Friday's! Gasp...I know, the ONLY shop downtown open past 6:00 pm. But, I'm taking the plunge and hoping that I can start a new trend in the downtown area. Plus, being next to the three hippest downtown restaurants should help drive in the traffic.

Check out the "for sale" section this week because I will be adding all of my items and prices during the week.

See you in town!
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