Omigoodness! It’s been such a long time between posts….

Since last we chatted we had our Holiday Open House (before Thanksgiving so we title it a Holiday Open House), we’ve sold lots of vintage Christmas but add more almost daily, started getting a decent amount of rain (we had a drought the last few years but we’re not home free yet!), refurbished a bunch of furniture (lots of which has new homes – thank you!) and are getting ready for Christmas and a New Year shortly after that – everything most everyone else is doing I know.  (And yes, Mrs. B, I know that was a run on sentence/paragraph- lol!)

I think my News Year’s resolve should be to write more often this coming year to keep you abreast of what we are doing – if you are interested, that is.  I kind of view it as an online journal to look back and be able to see how we’ve grown and changed as a shop.

New things in lately:

Miss Sophia's gorgeous dresser in Freedom Road

Miss Sophia’s gorgeous dresser in Freedom Road

Another beautiful grey piece by Miss Sophia

Another beautiful grey piece by Miss Sophia

Fun vintage sleigh filled with a beautiful tree

Fun vintage sleigh filled with a beautiful tree

Pretty vintage dresser in a lovely blue by Miss Sadie

Pretty vintage dresser in a lovely blue by Miss Sadie

Terrific antique cupboard updated by Miss Madelle

Terrific antique cupboard updated by Miss Madelle

Neat antique dresser in a fun color by Miss Sadie

Neat antique dresser in a fun color by Miss Sadie

You also got to see some of our Christmas decor – I love how it makes everything pop!

Until next time – take care and hug your loved ones closely whenever you can!!

A Quick Nightstand Makeover

Purchased recently at a local estate sale, I love the lines of this piece but that original finish was a bit boring!

Before:

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Enter some Homeplate chalk paint, a little distressing and a little waxing:

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So much prettier now and you can actually appreciate the lovely lines!

~SOLD!~

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Made by R. Veal & Sons here in Albany Oregon – a few miles south of Salem.  They closed their doors in the 1980’s after generations of furniture production.Terrific construction and solid maple, I adore their furniture whenever I am lucky enough to find it.  Maple seems to need a little pizzazz to perk it up.  Add some paint and you are good to go!

Sharing with:  Creative Inspirations Linky Party, Vintage Inspiration Party #211, Vintage Charm #3 and Tweak It Tuesday #164  – Thank you, ladies, for hosting my favorite parties!!

I Painted the Cushion on a Bench!

II tried a few years back to paint the fabric of a chair but the instructions were so vague at the time that it didn’t work out.  This time, thanks to tutorials online, it worked like a charm!  Took a bit more paint than I thought it would and several more coats but I was using a lighter color paint over a darker fabric so that may be why.

Before:

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It took about 4 coats to cover every last bit of the deeper colored stripes.  The paint -American Paint Company’s Smoke Signal-was mixed half and half with water.  I spritzed water on the fabric before I painted the first coat.

Waxing:

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And done!  Dried and slightly buffed – LOVE the fact that the stripes are still on there (the texture part I mean):

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The fabric is much more firm than it was before the paint and wax.  It almost feels like heavy taffeta.  Supple and not crackly.

Will I try it again?  Definitely!!!

Sharing with Knick of Time and Vintage Inspiration Party #208 and

Embracing Change and Creative Inspirations Linky Party and

Elizabeth & Co and Be Inspired Party #181 and

The Cozy Little House and Tweak it Tuesday #162

New Things in the Shop!

Miss Sophia has completed another farm table set.  This one is done in a barnwood reminiscent color palette and has four large chairs to accompany the rectangular table!  All done with American Paint Company’s colors.

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closeup of the top

closeup of the top

And I brought in a matching, desk, bookcase and chair painted in my new favorite General Finishes grey.

~SOLD~

Desk and chair

Desk and chair

LOVE the fabric!

LOVE the fabric!

~SOLD!~

The bookcase

The bookcase

A hot week is forecast so painting will be put on hold I think!

Linking up with Knick of Time’s Vintage Inspiration Party

Originally a sewing machine cabinet, it is now…

a terrific little coffee table!  Out junking a couple of weeks ago I came across this piece and immediately fell in love!  The hubby NOT so much – it was filthy, missing chunks here and there and generally a mess, but I knew what it had been and I loved the idea of what it could be!  (After hours of scrubbing, filling, sanding and scrubbing again, she was ready to paint and I envisioned her in dark grey – APC’s Freedom Road.)

Anxious to get started I again forgot to take before pictures but just picture a mess!  Someone managed to take several inches off each leg and there isn’t a wobble to be found – amazing to me!

~SOLD~

Sewing machine cabinet to coffee table in APC's Freedom Road

Sewing machine cabinet to coffee table in APC’s Freedom Road

A couple of coats of Freedom Road, some distressing and a coat of clear wax and she is now in the shop looking for a new home!

Sharing with Villabarnes and The Vintage Inspiration Party

From Disaster to Success! The tale of an antique table….

You all know that we take some pretty sad pieces of furniture and refurb them to fabulous (or at least so much better than it was in certain cases).  So started this tale, antique table, needs love, turns out wonderfully well, WTH (what-the-heck!) happened, OMiGoodness that is so bad, to even-better-than-before lovely!

~SOLD!~

Isn't she lovely? White painted legs, stained top and leaves

Isn’t she lovely? White painted legs, stained top and leaves

People have admired her for a few weeks but so far no new home.  About a week and a half ago I walked by her and WTH?  There was a split all the way across the table and not where the leaves are inserted either!  We are just stymied since this has only happened once before in all these years.  That piece was from the coast and after a trip to live in the much warmer valley, it, too, developed a split so we knew how to fix it.  Bye-bye gorgeous stained table top, though.

The split is repaired but oh, so ugly!

The split is repaired but oh, so ugly!

New plan, Miss Sophia’s signature driftwood, barn board, fabulous faux finish! And I helped! (Remember that commercial on tv?  If you do, you just pegged yourself as a baby boomer.)  My contribution is the APC Beach Glass in the multiple layers of color on the newly redone table top.  Miss Sophia thought a lighter blue but I convinced her this would be good and it is.

See what I mean?  It looks lovely if I do say so myself

See what I mean? It looks lovely if I do say so myself

So long story short, the table is even lovelier, the setback became a leap forward and I now have a good idea of how she does this technique!  Hurray!

Leaves inserted

Leaves inserted

Leaves removed

Leaves removed

Job well done, Miss Sophia – not once, but twice!

(Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them)

Sharing With Villabarnes and the VIP Party

A new buffet, a new dresser, a new dining set

New things in the shop and we’d love to share them with you!

First up is a lovely long dresser – maker unknown unfortunately.  Miss Evie painted her in APC’s Homeplate and then added new hardware to dress her up (I heard the original was UGLY!)

~SOLD~

Fresh coat of APC's Homeplate and new hardware!

Fresh coat of APC’s Homeplate and new hardware!

Originally made by White Furniture Company, this lovely buffet is painted in APC’s Freedom Road.  The white knobs are new, the rest original.  Sorry for the porch angle!

~SOLD!~

APC's Freedom Road

APC’s Freedom Road

This set was a marriage made in Heaven!  A newer table with four vintage chairs (could the match be any better-I think not) and new upholstery – didn’t last 24 hours!

~SOLD!~

Lovely - didn't even get the chance to decorate it!

Lovely – didn’t even get the chance to decorate it!

More new things headed in – we will share I promise!

Upstairs Views

Just a few but some pretty ones:

Lovely, Frenchy look!

Lovely, Frenchy look!

A wall of lovely frames and mirrors!

A wall of lovely frames and mirrors!

More lovely things!

More lovely things!

A “manly” corner

Sweet vintage dress form

Gorgeous wall shelf!

Gorgeous wall shelf!

Little telephone bench and accessories in APC's Coral Reef

Little telephone bench and accessories in APC’s Coral Reef

I might get around to more next week!

Random Scenes in the Shop

As promised here are more scenes from the shop:

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Downstairs bedroom  - taller white dresser

Downstairs bedroom – taller white dresser

Telephone bench – ~SOLD!~

Another corner -  APC's Waistcoat telephone bench and low white chest

Another corner – APC’s Waistcoat telephone bench and low white chest

Sweet dress form and dress!

Sweet dress form and dress!

APC's Beachglass dresser and stool, little white cabinet

APC’s Beachglass dresser and stool, little white cabinet

Stay tuned for more – I intend to make up for all those blogging breaks – lol!

Views in the shop

We haven’t posted scenes from the shop lately so here are some new ones for you!

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The entry

Black Dresser and Beach Glass table – ~SOLD!~

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Front room to the right

White square table – ~SOLD!~

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Front Room to the left

Sackcloth Table & Chairs ~SOLD!~

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Dining Room to the right

Table & Chairs – ~SOLD!~

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Dining Room to the left

We’ll share more later in the week!