I love being back at South End! The time that I used to devote to Serendipity I can now split between several things-including my grandbabies! (They are not so little anymore so I am happy to spend more time with them!) I don’t regret the time I spent at the shop but I am glad it is more my own now. Saying that, I really miss our customers and our vendors!!
It is fun to work in a mall or a shop and I have been doing that regularly lately-yesterday we spent a big chunk of it changing the entry from summer to farm on our way to fall I believe. Here are some iPhone pictures to show you what Connie and I were up to between customers and vendors.
LOVE this old hoosier type cabinet!
Too late I realized I left without a picture of the fabulous graphics on the other side! Rescued from a burn pile!!
That wheelbarrow……. (the cord is tucked away now too)
Another wonderful old kitchen center!
Great farm table and chicken stuff!
Now I have the best of both worlds – the chance to “play” at the shop and spend more of my time elsewhere!
Here are the proper pictures to show you the bookcase project from beginning to end. (Borrowed this idea from Miss Sophia!)
He removed the original backing and primed and painted the bookcase and shelves. Next came cleaning, sorting and cutting the old boards. Attached them and voila!
and with a little staging ~
I have been lazy lately and taking quick pictures with my iPhone. Should get back to the better camera…
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Found a few of these little carts the other day (they found me, rather) and I immediately fell in love! Rusty red painted metal, red wheel and in pretty nice condition!
little vintage berry cart
I am keeping one or two and the hubs is building some boxes from cedar boards so that these cuties can be used as flower boxes perhaps.
so dang cute!
I love them!
Found the sewing stand (or end table) the other day at a sort of estate sale (in a storage place). Great price, cute lines, not too bad shape.
Here is the Before:
cute but a bit blah…
I caught the hubs sanding it and yelled (politely) “STOP!!! I’m using milk paint on this.” Hopefully it will still chip…
Here is the After:
Funny thing is, it didn’t really chip until AFTER I applied the finish coat (new product-jury out still on reviews). It chipped ENORMOUSLY after that and I re-finished it with MMS’s Hemp Oil. Now I will have to make sure it is DONE chipping.
P. S. The new product I mentioned before was developed by another company for their own paint line which is an acrylic. I will use it the recommended way before I determine if I like it or not.
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Not only is there no Before picture (it was a plain jane little maple bookcase), the only After picture I have is one with a few other projects and since it sold quickly I have no way to share the project until we make use the bigger bookcase in the garage! Please stay tuned…
We are looking at the little bookcase on the right with the reclaimed wood back. Miss Sophia first did this at Serendipity and I have been wanting to do one for the longest time.
I painted the bookcase my classic white and the hubs added the backing. Cute and easy-peasy! Next one is larger and has adjustable shelves so it should actually be easier.
Since I have had this welding tank cart for perhaps 3 (three) years, it has been on my mind how to be able to use it the way I wanted to. Yesterday the solution presented itself!
Sorry for no before pictures but you can picture them I believe. We purchased two rusty baskets at an estate sale on Friday and as I was watching (read supervising!) Hub work on a project, an idea came to mind!
Check out the detail on the cart-now you know why I had to buy it!
I threaded the chain that used to hold the tanks to the cart through the basket and it was almost done. The bright yellow zip tie helps hold it steady. Now to “help” the hubs to build me a planter box to fit and then it is in the garden bed for real!
I’ll add the complete picture soon (I hope).
We took these in today and I wanted to share because the hubs reworked three of these items for me. He was the recipient of a bunch of reclaimed wood last year and has made me numerous things. This is the first time he has replaced the back on a bookcase but this is probably numbers six and seven of these little tables so far. There is a secret to them-can you guess?*
There were two of the rusty old baskets and I will show you tomorrow why only one made it into the shop today.
* The table bases are piano benches with the tops removed. Such a clever man I married!
This doggone thing had me throwing up my hands and asking the hubs to finish for me. Started it and I realized how much painted surface there was to get through-I seem to think all surfaces need to be painted I guess.
With the sides raised
Somewhere in there I contracted a horrible stomach virus that laid me low several days, then it rained for a few more and I painted more and more and it NEVER seemed to make a difference. (I used a paint I swore I would never use again and I am once more swearing to never use it again.) Mind you, all this painting was over a coat of bonding primer that was supposed to be awesome!
In the shop
I adore vintage maple furniture and I usually paint it red. I will continue to paint it red but white not so much should I buy another piece any time soon.
(It finally turned out well, didn’t it?)
Not the shade of red I usually use but I still like it!
All painted! (And blurry-sorry!)
The inside drawers – a total of 6
But that color was not cohesive with the pieces in the entry! No problem – it’s in my space now where it looks just fine-lol!
Still a work in progress but looking spectacular! The entryway at South End.