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

Sometimes….

I wonder where the piece of furniture I have been lucky enough to find originated.  This gorgeous black dresser is one of those pieces.  There is no furniture manufacturer’s signature I can find anywhere.  It was only when painting the back hubby noticed the US Navy mark.

Having been raised in the Air Force it immediately made me think about the furniture we used at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska in the late 1960’s.  Similar in wood (mahogany), the furniture issued us from Base Housing wasn’t quite this quality. (Don’t get me wrong – I would LOVE to have every piece we had then NOW!)

Perhaps it belonged in an officer’s quarters somewhere?  At one time there was a mirror – I can see where it attached.  The drawers are lovely, the casters are original, the drawers are huge and slide easily still.  Love the lines!

We painted it in classic black (General Finishes’ Lampblack) because the finish needed help.  It would make a lovely sideboard in your dining room or serve as an awesome dresser as it was designed to do.  Put a flat screen television on top, hinge the drawer fronts and you have access with your remotes!

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Closeup - see those legs and casters?

Closeup – see those legs and casters?

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Wonderful hardware!

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One of the smaller drawers – lovely condition!

If anyone has further information, please share!  Happy October!!

Sharing with Embracing Change and Knick of Time

A busy month!

And it is almost over and I have only shared with you once-sorry!!

We rushed to get the shop ready for fall and Halloween because there was a magazine shoot in here recently.  Now it’s like” hmmm, what to do until Christmas???”  So we keep bringing in and selling lots of furniture as usual.  Here are some recent pieces:

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Cute writing desk and chair in our favorite RED!

Matching RED bookcase

Matching RED bookcase

~SOLD~

RED cabinet with baskets

RED cabinet with baskets

Piano bench updated in RED with recycled fence plank top

Piano bench updated in RED with recycled fence plank top

And lest you think we only paint in red:

A funky black shelf unit

A funky black shelf unit

~SOLD~

A beautiful blue dresser

A beautiful blue dresser

~SOLD~

A tall grey shelf unit (and it really doesn't lean like that!)

A tall grey shelf unit (and it really doesn’t lean like that!)

Just a few of the new things here and I promise to try to post more often!!