The Dog Days of Summer! (NOT)

From July 3 until August 11 is the official time frame for The Dog Days of Summer I see from Googling it.  I think they need to extend it this year until mid September maybe.  Ugh!  I am DONE with summer and yet there are days more of it sometimes even into October around here.  It makes me want to move back to Alaska….never thought I’d say that but the forecast there was for 40′s and rain today - and boy howdy - do we need it!

If I haven’t melted into a complete puddle, I’l l be back on Friday.   I know there are lots of places out there with higher temperatures but this is supposed to be the cool Pacific Northwest!dog_days_summer

Two Very Different Media Cabinets

Miss Sadie ( and her hubby) painted this cabinet black, removed the doors for open storage below and love the traditionally styled buffet “upcycled”.  Use it as a buffet or sideboard in your dining room or as a media cabinet  for that flat screen television!

Black Buffet/Media Center

Black Buffet/Media Center

Miss Sophia’s take on an upcycled French Provincial style stereo cabinet is below.  She painted it in APC’s Fireworks Red, added two fabulous clock face knobs, and painted out the cupboards in both Fireworks and Graphite.  Remotes have access through the wire mesh in the doors!


APC's Fireworks Red Media Cabinet

APC’s Fireworks Red Media Cabinet

And there you have two very different interpretations!

Our Newest Projects

Miss Evie and I have done a little painting (alright – to keep it honest – hubby painted the media center) in the last week.  Miss Sophia is also working on projects to be in soon.

Miss Evie’s twin bed:

Beach Glass French Provincial twin bed

Beach Glass French Provincial twin bed  ~SOLD!~


Closeup of the details

And I had a black trend going:

Love all this black!

Love all this black!  –  3 tier stand and table ~SOLD!~

and the media center/buffet:

Black Buffet/Media Center

Black Buffet/Media Center

(He did a terrific job!)

Upcoming 7th Anniversary Celebration


This Saturday, August 16, we will be celebrating seven years since we opened our doors!

We always offer refreshments that day and 20% off prices here in the shop on almost everything – we do have to exclude items already on sale and the chalk paint products.

Thank you to all our customers – old and new for making us successful!  We couldn’t – and wouldn’t want to – do it without YOU!!

Where Did July go? Happy August All!

I remember it being being VERY hot – especially for the pacific NW – and sticking close to the air conditioning in both the shop and at home for pretty much the last 2/3 of the month!  The 4th of July was fairly pleasant but this Alaska transplant suffered (as did her poor hubby) the rest of the month.  You would think after 30 years (this month!) in Oregon I would have acclimated – apparently not going to happen….

All I have to say is I owe a huge thank you to whomever invented air conditioning!

“The first modern air conditioner was invented in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier, a skilled engineer who began experimenting with the laws of humidity control to solve an application problem at a printing plant in Brooklyn, NY.”

Thank you, Mr. Carrier!

Since it has been a bit cooler the last few days, I have been inspired to get back outdoors and do some painting!  Seems my color theme this week was  BLACK:

Black is classic!

Black is classic!

I have other, larger pieces to work on but getting several done in a short period of time is satisfying.

Have a great week, everyone!

New things in the shop

Today we have a new full size bed, a lovely three drawer dresser and a fun laundry bag!

Heirloom White Full size bed set

Heirloom White Full size bed set

Dresser painted in GF's Patina Green with a dark painted top

Dresser painted in GF’s Patina Green with a dark painted top  ~SOLD~

Wash Away Your Sins Landry Bag

Wash Away Your Sins Landry Bag

Have a terrific weekend – the last one in July!!!

Vintage Brother Charger 11 Typewriter and Case

I was out garage sale-ing this morning and came across this cutie!  It’s a vintage Brother Charger 11 Typewriter and it is truly portable!  Pretty dirty when I found it but it cleaned up nicely with a dampened microfiber cloth – love those things!!

The white plastic case is really a lid that fits into the back in two slots and securely  fastens to the front.  The ribbon in this one is still pretty good so I had fun trying to type with it.  I finally have broken myself of pounding the computer keyboard so I had to concentrate to actually type again!


Typewriter and cse

Typewriter and case


Tucked away inside it's case

Tucked away inside it’s case

Boy!  I had lighting issues with this thing-it’s a really pretty cream color!

Miss Sophia’s Barn Wood Technique

This is a terrific farm table set that Miss Sophia gave the barn wood treatment to on the top of the table and the bench.  The chairs were sprayed in a nice coordinating color.  And it sold in less than 24 hours.


Closeup of the paint technique on the table top


Overall view of the Farm set in the Barn Wood technique


Coordinating chair

And this buffet in Smoke Signal is a great go-with piece!


Buffet in APC's Smoke Signal

Buffet in APC’s Smoke Signal