Sunday, July 28, 2013
So, it was basic old brown on the bottom and some kind of murky tan blah color on the top; and coated in old polyurithane that had turned yellow. I knew immediately what I was going to do with it.
We kind of go for a strong "Classic American" vibe in the shop. It fits with our circa 1830s building. Of course we have smaller spots of modern, Shabby Cottage, French/European themes in other areas. This seems to work well with our customers - there is something for everyone's tastes in interior decorating, and something for every budget.
I'm also trying to get away from the traditional "Grandma's cluttered, dusty antiques + junk + thrift shop" look. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE THOSE SHOPS! That's where you can dig around and find awesome treasure.
But, in our shop, I am trying to get a cleaner, more organized, "curated" look with a strong emphasis on interior decorating and not just collecting old stuff in a location and hoping someone buys it.
This idea seems to be working, as I have sold off almost everything I started with and am scrambling to find new inventory.
Come see us if you're ever in our neck of the woods - we're in historic downtown Milton, NC across the street from the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern museum. There are many other things to do in town as well; various little shops and an Art Gallery - stop on by, we LOVE visitors, and I love to talk about the town's history! :)
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I got this trunk at the last auction I went to because it was stuffed together with some other items in a "lot" I wanted for another piece that was in it. But, I had an idea of something I wanted to do with it, so I stopped Kevin from putting it in the load of stuff that went to the "green box". (The dumpster.)
A few coats of DIY chalk paint, some book pages (another auction item that I really didn't buy on purpose) and a little glue and I now have a nice storage chest for craft stuff.
I still have to coat the inside with some mod podge or something. And touch up around the handle and the hardware....
But pretty cool, huh? I make no claims to the original I idea, however; I saw painted trunks on Pinterest and probably the book page idea came from there, too. Ha.
Don't throw things away just because they're ugly!! :)
Yall have a good one; stay cool. And come back and visit me soon.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I bought this chair at an auction for beans, and it sat around in my office/den/studio/sitting room for weeks while I
thought about procrastinated about re doing it.
I went shopping for upholstery fabric and discovered that the best, and my favorite - fabrics - are all like $40/yard, and I freaked. Kind of like when I found out how much Annie Sloan chalk paint cost, per quart. Why do all the cool things have to be so dang expensive?!
Then I lucked out and found about a yard and a half of this super fantastic blue material for $3.00 at a thrift shop. I knew immediately what I was going to do with the chair. A dab of DIY chalk paint and wax, and I went to town on learning upholstery by the seat of my pants and several You Tube videos.
I discovered it helps to have four hands when doing this; my husband was conveniently on hand for that (ha!)
It turned out pretty nice; and now I feel a little more prepared to tackle my next project: a Victorian Eastlake side chair. :)