Thursday, 26 June 2014

shop pics

Things have been clunking along around here. Lots of changes and life happening, which hasn't left much time or energy for furniture jobs or blogging. But I couldn't resist popping in with some pics that I recently took of my little shop space (#65, Old Strathcona Antique Mall). After a couple of months of emptiness I am working on making my space presentable, once more. Please excuse the crappy iphone pics! So without further adieu ...
  •  The hutch and swiss bench that I blogged about HERE and HERE.

  • A polka dot cabinet I wrote about HERE

  • some garden goodies 
  • some baskets and blankies
  •  and finally some vintage-inspired handmade, hand embroidered linen/cotton pillows

Thanks for touring along, hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, 9 June 2014

I couldn't do better, so I did the same...

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then whoa, is Meg from Oliver and Rust ever gonna be flattered by this one...

you'll have to excuse the lack of styling and my frumpy reflection here...

You see, it took me a long time to decide on what to do with this piece (and before you ask, no, leaving it or re-staining it was not an option, it just wasn't) Should I go with a classic white, a smart looking taupe, my usual grey... they were all good options, but none of them wowed me. So I left well enough alone and continued to ponder, and ponder, and ponder.

Then I came across this:

link to post

And I knew what I had to do. There was no improving on Meg's hutch. It was perfect. So sheepishly I copied it. Yes, I pretty much duplicated the piece, but how could I resist. It was just too good and I could not get it out of my head and I knew that I would not be satisfied with doing this one any other way. Oh and there is one small difference in the way I have finished my hutch, I wonder if you can you spot it??? So there you go, a defense for my own lack of creativity...

Here's what I love about this hutch and why I had to do the same thing:
  • the mix of oiled wood and mat black is magic (yes magic)
  • the distressing gives it character and authenticity; and
  • it is so masculine yet it is SO, SO pretty

I have to confess I didn't read Meg's post completely so I am not sure what the finish is on her cabinet, but I can tell you how I finished mine. First off, I stripped the old varnish off of the pieces to be left raw and then simply oiled them to bring out the wood's original beauty and depth; then I used pitch black milk paint by the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. to complete all the painted parts. Next came a light distressing and waxing and then I called this one done.

This piece has moved over to my shop space so head on over, if you're local and would like to see this beauty in person. I will be posting it's arrival date as well as pricing on facebook.

Oh and before I leave you completely, how about a before pic, we all like those don't we...

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

sassy little sewing stool

 We've almost made it, we're almost at week's end. You're probably feeling like I am, like you could use a rest. Somewhere to put your feet up and just relax... Well friend's I've got just the thing you've been looking for...

When I found this beaut it was honey oak and cloaked in teddy bear fabric. I think we can all agree that it needed a rescue.

A new paint finish and some vintage-inspired fabric perked it right up.

I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure sewing stools are a thing of the past, but not to worry cause this little beauty will make someone the prefect foot rest, and it comes complete with a spot to store your junk. Does it get any better than that???

Wait, let me answer that for you: no, no it doesn't...

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Monday, 26 May 2014

swedish inspired bench

Okay, you might need to sit down for this one, I'm about to make a shocking confession. Are you ready??? Here goes...

my love affair with everything Swedish... continues...

Are you shocked? dumbfounded? bored??? If you're bored I understand. I seem to reaffirm my love of all things Swedish every month. But, in my own defense, the Swedes and their sense of style is pretty awesome. So then is it any wonder that when I saw my latest piece I couldn't help but turn it into an ode to the Swedes. I mean look at those legs. They cried out for a layered grey and white paint finish.

And that upholstery, well of course it needed to reference something you would find in the countryside in Sweden.

Have I ever been to the countryside in Sweden, have I ever been to Sweden period??? Well no... But I've watched Wallander  (which is SO good and if you have never seen it - make it a priority - today), and I dream of going there someday, so does that count for anything??? I think it should.

Here are the details:
  • primed with DIY grey chalkpaint
  • antique white GF Milk Paint layered over top and then wiped away
  • minimal distressing
  • wax finish
  • new buffalo check upholstery in a light taupe and white 
So there you have it a new bench and another ode to Sweden. Just keeping it fresh, oh wait, make that consistent...

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

what's up and some furniture

I've taken a lot of blog breaks lately both in writing and reading. Lots is happening over here, as I am sure it is over there, and it has left me with very little time to create and well, participate in this wonderful life online. Anyone who has been to my shop space in the last couple of months would have also noticed a pretty lack luster environment. I keep promising a turn around and, of course, that is what I am aiming for. 

So why the absenteeism??? Well, the reasons are several. First of all, something few in this bloggy world know, is that I am pregnant with our 3rd babe. This one has been a roller coaster of sickness, scares and just general exhaustion. But as my good friend once said pregnancy is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get - oh wait was that pregnancy? whatever, it seems true enough. Anyhow, things are improving greatly now that I am well into the 2nd trimester and I am starting to feel like my old self again. Except, we have continued to battle asthma. My son is 3 and has it quite bad. He ended up in hospital again and we were fortunate enough to be triaged into seeing a specialist quite quickly (from our referral date not from the symptom onset). We discovered that a lot about our lives has to change as our little guy is allergic to the whole world and the whole world is one big asthma trigger (no not really, but that's what it seems like). So far we have had to say a hard good-bye to one of our beloved pups and have made all kinds of changes in the house. Many of my treasured vintage items will find their way into the shop as well - as they have been deemed triggers. So many more things have to change but with a top to bottom overhaul it has not been easy to move quickly. Lastly, and on a more uplifting note, we were in Austin, TX. My brother celebrated his union to the best girl that Texas has to offer. It was a blast and we were crazy about that city. One day I would like to get back there for SxSW or Austin City Limits or even just to check out all the things we missed.

Now that all that blathering is done lets get onto some furniture. This is a piece I finished a long time ago and has been in THE SHOP for a few weeks now. It's the 1st piece I've completed using General Finishes Milk Paint. It was a bit of an adjustment at the start but by the end I was loving it. It gives such a smooth and even finish it's hard not to love it.

I also added some gold touches to give it a little pizzazz and applied a couple of coats of furniture wax before I called it a day. It's a pretty simple and understated little table but that's the charm of it, and isn't it great that it would work almost anywhere. Oh and yes, I hit it with some sand paper - I think I am addicted to distressing vintage pieces - I wonder if there is a group for that???

I have a lot of catching up to do this week. A lot of blog friends to visit and a lot of projects to tackle. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that life cooperates and just lets me get into it! Can't wait to catch up with y'all (a little Texas came home with me after all).

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Monday, 28 April 2014

french grey side table


I knew what this piece needed as soon as I saw it. I knew it needed a layered grey finish, the lines just called out for it, so that's what I did.

I don't think this piece needs much in the way of an explanation. I mixed up a couple custom greys and layered them on, then I finished it with wax. Done.

 This piece is currently available at my space (#65, Old Strathcona Antique Mall).

After the week that we've had, culminating in a day in hospital for our little man (allergy season + asthma + still perfecting his medications = hospitalization), it felt pretty good to get back to painting... Hope your week was less eventful than ours and here's to all the better days ahead!

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

stretchers and stuff

As I've said many, many times here on the blog, I am a bit of a collector. I wouldn't say I'm hard core; hanging out at an antique mall has certainly taught me that; but once I find something I like I am driven to find more and more. However, as soon as any of my collections start growing too large I begin the cull. I 100% believe that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

That said, I thought I'd show you my latest and greatest collection... these vintage goodies have made an appearance in several pics in the last few months... can you spot the stretchers???

antique hat stretcher

Who knows what drew me to vintage and antique hat and shoe stretchers. It's a pretty random collection, but one that I've thoroughly enjoyed. These guys have been great for filling holes in our bookcases and on table tops. The hat stretchers in particular really throw people off and no one can resist playing with them.

I am however, getting to the point where I am ready to cull. I feel like I need one stretcher, but a whole army of them, well maybe that's a bit much... Besides, our house is too full, again, so it's time to trim the fat. If you are local then very soon you will be able to find some of my beloved stretcher collection in my little shop. Be warned though, these items may be stained with tears (no, not really).

So what is motivating this latest round of less-ness (yes, that's a word... as of now)? These folks: project 333 the gardener's cottage and assortment. If you have not read these blogs, then you must.  I have read the first 2 for some time and have long admired these ladies for living well with less. Though they are unaware if it, they have lead me through some pretty big purges in recent years. The last blog is one that I've only read for a few months, but it's amazing. Truly.

So Purging is in the air, yet again. It is long over due around here and I can't wait to get into it. Will I be able to report that all my clothes take up a mere 12" of closet space, or that I only have 33 items of clothing and accessories, or that our home's surfaces are blissfully unadorned? Probably not. But a girl can dream.Will I see a great improvement, will I be able to unburden myself by letting go of unneeded, unused and unappreciated stuff that's been weighing us down?  Undoubtedly.

So friends, here we are. I'm about to face my terrifying basement of crap. I'm about to stare down my stuff and donate without mercy. I'm about to fill my shop with great vintage finds that I've been clinging to for way too long. And, of course, I'm about to continue ignoring our garage (a very, very scary place) - because one woman can only do so much...

If you never hear from me again it's because our stuff has revolted and taken me prisoner - fingers crossed that that doesn't happen...

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