Friday, March 30, 2012

Tug of War

Do you ever find that life is a daily tug of war; pulled in different directions by all of the responsibility? For me I'm pulled to things that need to be done at the store, taking care of my kids, taking care of my house, making sure I get enough time just for myself, spending time with friends, spending time at church...oh yeah, and spending time with my husband. This week was no exception. Rather than being pulled to the store, I focused on spending time playing and relaxing.

My cousin came down to spend a few days of her spring break with us and we had a great day playing at Disneyland!

In fact, if you ever want to know how to ride Space Mountain, Star Tours or any of the other "big" rides 3+ times in a row without waiting in line, I can share the secret. The key is to have at least three people in your group and kids!

On top of Disneyland fun, I had two free admissions to Glen Ivy Hot Springs that expired this week. Nothing like waiting til' the last minute! My mom and I begrudgingly had a wonderful day lounging! I say begrudgingly, because as we headed down the freeway, I looked at her and said, "I don't have time to do this today!"

But, we had so much fun getting muddy, enjoying the hot tubs and just relaxing in the sun.

Despite the fun of the week, we managed to sneak in a small bit of work.

I put my cousin and daughter to work and together, they painted a small chest of drawers.

Emperors Silk, Pure White and striking black flower knobs! It looks so cool!

The identical dresser on the left is Old Violet with Old White accents.

This super cute desk has a great story, which I will share in another blog post. In the meantime, it's on the floor painted in Old White and Louis Blue.

Check the for sale page for all of the other items that are new this week!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Chairs & Bows

Since I opened back in July, Brandy of Sew Savvy by Brandy has been selling little things here and there. She makes the vintage bottle cap magnets, she's made some custom lampshades, pillows and vintage sewing spools.

Most notably, though Brandy is known for her hair bows. She has sold them all over downtown, at local craft fairs, on etsy and on her online store.

I'm excited because she has a new line of hair bows that we are going to carry. They are hand made and have vintage flair.

Her feather hair bows are adorned with vintage buttons, brooches and rhinestones. And, the crocheted ones (my personal favorite) are hand crocheted and adorned with vintage buttons.

In addition to hair bows, Brandy will be making throw pillows to sell. One of a kind throw pillows! Perfect to personalize your outdoor furniture, couch or bed. And, they will be available for custom order. Her line of fabrics will be available to view at the shop and you can place a custom order for a number of throw pillows in a variety of sizes and styles!

It's so much fun to partner with other talented people in the community! Check out Brandy's website to see her other stuff.

On a side note...

It's been awhile since I've taken pics of the chairs I have in stock. This is all of them. A few are finished but most need some TLC!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yummy Colors!

To paint anything other than teal blue and shades of soft greens is a real struggle. It's nothing more than staying within my personal preferences. But, I stretched the limits of my imagination and broke open a can of Greek Blue. It is BLUE! I wanted a bold color for the new paint display I was putting together.

Hmmm...not seeming to be able to get this pic right side up.

The outside is painted in Greek Blue with a dark wax which really helps to mute the color a tad. The inside shelves are painted Paris Grey and I love, love this color combination!

This double wide French style hutch has glass all around it, glass shelves and a light. The outside is painted in Country Grey and the detailing and inside is painted in Coco.

And, this morning I pulled out all of my old sheets, dusted off the paint sprayer and lined up my front yard with a bunch of outdoor furniture including this 3-piece patio set. I was trying to use up some last bits of latex in the garage and mixed a cream color with forest green and added baby blue. This is the color that I got which is very much like Duck Egg Blue before it gets a coat of dark wax.

A classic 3-piece wicker set is painted in Black.

And, my personal Adirondack chair. I have a thing for Adirondack chairs. This one is a sagey green color with distressing all along the wood grain. It is lovely.

I'm just feeling spring all around and junkifying my outdoor arrangements with vintage randomness and spring flowers!

I have a feeling a few of these outdoor flower arrangements might make their way home with me...time will tell!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I Found it at a Barn

I am super excited to hvae my first guest blogger! Dr. Sally was my favorite picker partner! But, she up and moved to the east coast on me and now I only get to see her a handful of times throughout the year. We still share our awesome finds, though. And, when she found the MOST AWESOME coffee table last weekend, I told her she HAD to blog about it. In her words...

I found it in a barn…

As you likely have learned about Michele, she can see the potential in what looks like trash on the side of the road, at a flea market, a garage sale, or even in a parking lot full of old construction items. For many years we enjoyed visiting the Rose Bowl Swap Meet together, and it was no surprise to me when she opened Knot Too Shabby—turning what seemed like Sunday afternoon fun into a business.

After moving cross-country and abandoning my swap meet partner, I still see furniture on the side of the road and have to resist the urge to pick it up and send it Michele’s way. I don’t want the furniture on the side of the road—I tend to find my furniture on floor model sales at Pottery Barn. But, after a visit to Northern Virginia in February, Michele inspired me to seek out something new for our coffee table situation.

Now, these side tables, put together, with one refinished and one in original found form have been good to us. I got them at the Rose Bowl Swap meet for $25 for the pair years ago. But, they just weren’t working as a coffee table combo.

So, last Saturday, my husband and I set out to find something new. I had discovered the Chartreuse and Co  monthly barn sale. We trekked out to rural Maryland with some ideas of using a trunk for a coffee table or building something from an old door. They had these all in the first barn.

The second barn was frankly a bunch of minimally interesting items (aka junk) that was relatively overpriced.

But, barn 3 was the jackpot. As I usually do when I am not planning to spend money, I started taking mental notes and photos on my phone for Michele. Nothing like some East Coast shabby chic inspiration, right? And in the midst of that, I walked right past this:

It was right at the entrance to the barn, and only caught our attention on the second round through the barn after considering a trunk, an old cart, and some other items. I sent a photo to Michele, but as items were disappearing right from under our noses (I lost two items I had my eye on because I didn’t carry them around with me!), on an impulse I went up to the counter to ask to buy it. While standing in line to pay, Michele’s texts of her dripping drool over the item came through. I can honestly say it was the wheels and the detailing on the side that sold me.

The sales woman told us it was an early 1900’s furniture factory/warehouse cart. It has certainly taking a beating in it’s lifetime.

We loaded it up and hauled it home (this thing is HEAVY!) and planned to spend the next day getting it set up inside. However, it wasn’t quite ready for our home—it came from a barn after all. Several spider nests and other creatures needed to be dislodged, and a fair amount of dirt and grime needed to be removed. We also sanded the top a bit to make the surface smooth enough to make  t bearable as a foot rest and not a hazard for guests.

It made it in the house, and I think it looks pretty good with the addition of some homemade accessories and a few things I had around the house.

Thanks Sally! For the record, I've been looking for a coffee table like this for a very long time and am not settling for one of those mas-manufactured, authentic looking knock-offs. I'm so jealous! But, congrats on the great find! :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Quack, Quack

I know...what a cheesy blog title. When I was in graduate school, one of my professors focused on the importance of the titles and first sentences of a paper. He said, "you gotta have a good hook!" I've always loved coming up with good hooks! Unfortunately, today all I could come up with was Quack. Duck Egg Blue. "Quack"

Fortunately, duck egg blue is far prettier than it sounds.

This desk was on my pick it before I paint it page, and a customer with some vision picked it with the perfect color combination in mind.

Duck Egg Blue and Old White.

Isn't the hardware hideous?! They look like knockers from an old medieval castle. So not right for this piece.

So much better!

One coat of duck egg for the frame of the desk and several coats of old white on the drawers with a coat of clear and dark waxes!

A very light distressing makes some of the details pop!

On a side note, we've had a killer week for furniture sales. I'm nearly wiped out and am kicking it into high gear to get some dramatic pieces ready for this week's Furniture Friday! Waiting to be completed is this French Farm style hutch. The outside is painted and it just needs the finishing details and then the arduous task of painting the inside.

Stay tuned for the finished reveal!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Features

Happy Friday!

This week flew by for me and I feel like I didn't get anything done. No major furniture pieces to speak of, but still, a lot of new stuff.

I leave you with pictures!

Cane back chair painted with a combination of French Linen and Versailles and covered with a simple grey print. I think that chair would look awesome with burlap on it!

Mom painted this cute utility cabinet. She said, "it needs to be in a boys room" and picked Napoleonic Blue for the color. It's the perfect size for a game system. TV on top, game console in the cubbie and games and accessories in the drawers.

Chippy, chippy side table in Heirloom White and distressed to the max. The fantabulous blue shutters are a Grandma Laurie (from Blue Chair) creation and a traditional, white plant stand.

This Eden green stool screams "yard" to me. It just seems like it would be the perfect accessory in a garden surrounded by vibrant flowers.

A lot of new frames, a window and a new chalkboard. I like how the mix-matching of everything looks and am re-doing the entire north wall of the store to replicate this concept and showcase the Annie Sloan paint colors.

It's a new pick it before I paint it piece, but I put it on the floor this week. I love, love this table. It's so unique and vintagey looking. I hope someone picks it up for custom work before I put a brush to it.

This White Clad trash cabinet is in pristine condition. It pains me to paint it when it looks so nice...even if it is oak. I have it out on the chance that it might sell. If not, I'll be tackling this with a two-tone color scheme and some decopauge.

This is an interesting piece. It's a recliner table. Built in cubby for things and can fit over your lap while you're lounging.

Finally, the window displayed with this dynamic red dresser and all of the  books I have. I had no idea there were so many books in here!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It Is Well With My Soul

Picture this:

It's a brisk Saturday morning. Rather than navigating our typical garage sale route through the Glendora foothills, we worked our way east into the charming parts of Old Town La Verne. I've had great success in La Verne by the University. The older Victorian and craftsman style homes are ripe with older pieces of furniture.

We're at a cute house and an old White Clad cabinet caught my attention. Dad works his way toward the back of the driveway. "Hey Michele," he says. "An old church pew?"

Everything from that moment on was in slooooow moooootion! My eyes got big and my heart rate started to explode out of my chest. I know I maintained a moderate level of composure, but in my head I was running, tripping over the boxes of books and other odds and ends, near ready to take out anyone who as much as dared look at my pew.

I'm frantic. Who's stuff is this? What if someone else already bought it! What if they're negotiating the price and I'm too late? I don't think I'd be able to live with myself, knowing we were mere minutes...seconds too late.

I see the owner with another "customer" and patiently frantically wait my turn. It's not sold.



I was done for the day. It was only 8:30 in the morning but I had to ride the high of negotiating the most fabulous, exciting yard sale find of my entire life.

I was so excited to get home with my new found treasure. I cleared out a space and set it up in my living room.

It's the first thing you see when you walk through my front door.

The beautiful and elegant curvature of the design and the intricate wood detailing on the side is so reminiscent of an old, steepled sanctuary!

It even still had the gorgeous brass pencil holder on the back with awesome details!

It's different than any pew I've ever seen with the slightly angled and curved back. It's even pretty comfortable, considering it's solid wood.

One of my favorite things about it, is that it provides and new space to store and display some of my favorite things without it feeling cluttered or out of place.

I love thinking about the significance this simple piece of furniture had in someone's life. Perhaps they were sitting on this same pew when they made a life altering decision for Christ. Perhaps it was a place of peace and refuge. Perhaps hundreds of individuals deepened their relationship with Jesus while sitting in a beautiful sanctuary on this very pew. It makes me smile just thinking about it and incredibly pleased that I can share in its rich history, though I know nothing of it. One can imagine!

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