Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #94: Nautical Blue and Latest Finds, Too!

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!

I hope your summer is going well... I don't know what it is these days, maybe it is summer and I tend to think of being by the water... But I have been inspired by deep blue hues.
After I had seen a friend's navy blue painted dresser, I just had to look for a pretty blue chalk-paint.

I painted these two Pennsylvania House night stands (marked 1978) in a what is named "nautical blue." I didn't buy anything expensive, just the paint that they sell at our local craft store chain, AC Moore.

I love how the blue looks in contrast to the original finish of the three drawers. I did have to touch up the brass hardware on the sides to be well, less brassy, to match the drawer knobs.  What do you think, could they be end tables as well? Like in a lake or beach house?

If they take awhile to sell, I may be tempted to bring them up to our place.

This past weekend we had some fun finds:

A coffee table and two tiered stand. 

A beautiful oval mirror, a Danish modern nightstand,
a coca cola soda crate/tray, a silver plate vase with raised flower detailing, Florentine style metal/gold wall sconce,

ironstone platter with a blue transfer

  painting of lilacs, crystal goblets (they have the most beautiful ring and only), large silver plate tray with handles.
Lampshades too - I'm always searching for a nice lamp shade for the vintage lamps we are selling.

I think we did pretty well! We finally had to get something for Bebe because she was SO upset about being out yard sale-ing, so she picked out a game she liked.

Now let's get to this week's features:
Amy of Brocante Treasures went back to Paris for a visit and my-oh-my she takes some wonderful pictures! I couldn't
decide which one I liked the most so
I am including two! Thank you
for sharing them with us!
had a potting bench made out of
wooden pallets... and she decorated
it with all of her Goodwill finds.

and Gypsy Girl Revivals shared her
baby bed spring repurpose project.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #93: The Great Furniture Dash

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!

This is where you will find a little slice of vintage goodness, beginning each Tuesday at 9 am, out here on the East Coast.

We all gather together to ooh and ahhh over each other's projects, collections, photos, junkin' hauls and more!

Today I am sharing photos of the furniture the hubby and I flooded the shop with, as my shop-mate moved out. It was sad to see her go, she and I complimented each other well. But, I don't want to dwell on what isn't going to be so I am focusing on how to improve the store and trying to make connections with my customers.

So we had to make a big dash for furniture ...which coming off of a vacation made it all the more difficult, but we realized there were quite a few holes where my friend had her things and hit the ground running.

My talented hubby painted the black secretary in the two photos above.

We received this vanity from my step-daughter... she was going to paint it but now that she is a Mama-to-be, her focus is on a baby's room.

I painted it with white chalk-paint and did the two drawers with a pretty sea foam green, with a white wash over it which really made it look beachy.

Here are some other things we worked on and brought in:

This piece only lasted one day... it was purchased
to use as a changing table. I am finding out this is
a new trend... saves the young parents money
by using it as the child's dresser after it is not needed.
We used more of our Annie Sloan chalk paint
in "Antoinette", to highlight the drawer "handles."

A little bit of aqua in the shop is a nice pop of color so I
worked on this small half-moon side table.
It goes well with my beach themed items.

This is a very petite corner cupboard.
Great for small space living!

My white and gray stenciled "Café Paris"
pie crust table finally sold so I added this
one to the shop as an alternative to the
darker colors in the shop. I decided not to
stencil, still deciding if stenciled or
non-stenciled pieces sell better.

I had just created a post on Facebook about this neat
wall shelf that I thought gardeners would love....
and it sold the first day!
Not everything can be furniture so I have been
adding a lot of smalls, too. An old fishing
creel and gardener's hat. I love how they
look against this old chippy door.

While we were trying to figure out which pieces to bring in to the shop we had a chance to visit a home where the owner was moving out and wanted to get rid of several pieces. Just in time! I'll share them with you in the next LTV post next week.

Now, let's see who is featured this week:

Dianne of Deanies Stash, shared her chalk-painted, thrift store makeovers. I'm
interested in learning more about her
wax paper transfers!

and Shoppe No.5 showed us how
to make a rattan table "ravishing" with paint. I'd say she brushed up a winner!

and Jane of Curtains in my Tree
showed us her buffet that she painted
 in baby blue. What an amazing piece with
those awesome curves.

Remember, if you were featured, feel free to grab
this LTV blog feature  graphic for your blog side
bar or next LTV post. Thanks so much for all of
your great ideas and projects that inspire us!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #92: Highlights from an Old Fashioned 4th

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
This is where you can link up about anything of olde. Even things you sell.
This week I'm sharing some of the highlights from our July 4th events at the lake we visit.

Between the last minute shop additions, the trip, and everything in-between (which included 2 lost kittens) I am out of energy and time. But, I didn't want to let y'all down so I am doing a quick post.

We had a blast!!! I love the old fashioned parade they put on every year. The years may be ticking by but old time, small town Americana is still a fun way to celebrate! From watermelon to bag pipes, corn on the cob to sunsets, we partied hearty!

How was your 4th? I'd love to hear about it!

Now let's see who is featured this week...
I am featuring as many of the patriotic posts as I can!

Debby of Debby Goes Shabby
did a nice tribute on her blog.
I especially loved this photo she
 Sarah of Hyacinths for the Soul shared her
unique Uncle Sam Collection.
There were so many cool figures
(and postcards, too) I couldn't decide
which one to feature... finally
went with this bobble head style!

and Rita of Panopoly shared her
Americana Cowgirl tablescape that
was inspired by a swap gift.
Well ....Yeeehaaaa! I loved it!

Penny of Penny's Vintage Home
shared her tablescape as well.
I loved the detail in her George and
Martha Washington stemware.
The blue is stunning.

And Bernideen of Bernideen's Tea Time
 Cottage and Home, shared her beautiful
collection of patriotic transferware.

Sharon of Blue Willow House, styles
her new vintage finds in such creative
ways. I really enjoyed her patriotic
theme throughout!

and over at A Day of Small Things,
we were taken along for their
Patriotic celebrations but my
favorite part was the ice cream
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #91: Red, White, Blue, and a Craft, Too!

Hello and Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!

Happy Fourth of July!
I trust you are having a safe and happy
holiday here in the USA!

Today I'm going to share some of my favorite patriotic photos from years past...

The year we won first prize in a
boat parade was pretty cool.
My Step-Daughter made the
perfect Lady Liberty.


That same year I kinda got a Martha Stewart vibe and used wild flowers from the side yard to decorate the deck!

Bebe was much smaller a few years ago.

I always love seeing this clown and "monkey"
perform at the July 4th parade each year.

In fact, I love seeing all kinds of patriotic things!
Especially if they are vintage!

I even got crafty this past week...
Bebe had a friend over who loves to
make stuff so I planned a "Patriotic Pennant
and "Firecracker Favor" afternoon.
The patriotic pennants I actually came up
with by myself.
I have been saving and collecting patriotic
fabric because I was going to make
pillows for our lake house but so far I've
only made one! The thin wooden dowels I actually
found in the craft section of Wal-Mart.
The "star circle medallions"
were free printables found on Pinterest
and we embellished them with glitter.
Then, the firecracker favors I had seen
in Country Living magazine and on Pinterest
and just had to try them out.
Not the best photo but hey,
at least I remembered to
take one this time!
The favor was made out of a
mailing tube (the kind with
the plastic caps on the ends),
scrapbook paper, trim,
and pipe cleaners.
I think the girls had fun!
A lot of candy was eaten
while filling them...
I would probably try these
two projects again, this time
perfecting them a little bit. 

Now let's see who is featured this week:
to celebrate America's freedom.
Perfectly timed for
this week's LTV!
shared her shabby and chic
flag for the 4th.
Sadie Seaongoods blog shared
her "bi-partisan" craftiness and
made a political button wreath...
This is just the bow!
So unique!
Thank you to all who stop
by, linked up and comment
each week. I just love
seeing what you bring each
week... keeps me inspired!
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Now it is your turn: