Sunday, February 28, 2010

Vintage Dresser

This sweet little dresser needed nothing other than a fresh coat of paint. (Sorry I forgot to take a before but it was your basic wood dresser)
Since I sold the un, deux, trois dresser I really wanted to do that again, but I restrained myself and attached these tags to each drawer.

Did you notice the Jardin box on top? It started out as a shot holder for Dr McGillicuddy's. With a little sanding and some paint it is now a very chic flower box. the glass jars are from my recycling bin with some twine wrapped around.
The roses were from Valentine's Day, actually the day after bought for half price, now dried.
Hope your having a great weekend!

I am linking up to Make Your Monday

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Yesterday I talked about getting a bunch of furniture from a friend. Lots of stuff to paint, I am going to be busy! Two sewing cabinets.
Just love the scallop edge.
A small table and some old drawers

A table and four chairs.
I tried to get a good picture of the table, it has an amazing base.
An really old sewing table.
I am so excited to start working on all these great pieces!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Do you like my new mirror? I LOVE IT and guess what I paid $5.00 for it. Can you believe it? The Parson's Wife at The Shops at 25 West ALWAYS has the best things for a steal!
Look at the detail.
A few shots of my booth.

Think Spring! (as we are going to be getting out FIRST big storm of the winter tomorrow)
I painted this metal container black and added this great label from here.
I picked up a bunch of furniture today from a sweet friend cleaning house. I will share pictures tomorrow as it was too dark when I got home.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Curb Shopping 101

Some of you have asked what my secrets are to curb shopping, as I call it. I don't really have secrets just a lot of luck and patience. Here are a few of my suggestions to help you reclaim others trash for up cycling.
1. If your not ashamed tell everyone you know to call/text/email you when they see ANY piece of furniture. What they may thing is junk might be just what you were looking for. You can't be everywhere all the time so having multiple eyes is good.
2. Make it clear to family, friends and neighbors that you will take anything they no longer want. Even if it is not something you can use thank them and take it anyway, if you tell them it is not something you want they may never bring you anything again. You can always get rid of the items without them even knowing.
3. If you have the time, take a drive around town on garbage night. Putting in a little time looking is well worth it. We actually enjoy driving around looking, Chris and I get to spend quality time together, no TV, computer. Makayla even joins us sometimes, she is my future junker.
Found all four of these pieces of furniture driving around on garbage night.

Found this twin bed frame when taking Makayla to school.

A friend called and asked if I wanted this dresser, I said yes without even seeing it. All I had to do was paint it.

My aunt spotted this dresser along the side of the road and called me. If you remember it was missing some drawers, we just cut it down and made it work.

My other aunt called Chris about this hutch, he went and picked it up while I was at work. Great surprise when I got home. I hope to paint this within the next few weeks.

See, the more options you have the better your chances of finding really great pieces for FREE!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Lazy Sunday

I spent all day yesterday in my pajamas. I cleaned, did laundry and played house. I haven't done that in a really long time. It was nice to spend the whole day in. I reorganized some of my things.

Hung this amazing window I found curb shopping. I had to brake out all 24 panes of glass because it was too heavy to hang on the wall, very therapeutic.

I even made a paper wreath that you see all over now.
Remember the stand I picked up curb shopping last week? Well it has started to get its makeover. It was missing 1 drawer so Chris is building me a duplicate, very excited about that. Here is it so far. I need to get some dark stain and stain the top. Love how it looks.
How was your weekend?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Parisian Reproduction

While surfing through my favorite blogs the other day, Brocantess was showing photos of her beautiful home. She has this silk banner she brought home from France, I fell in love with it. I decided to recreate this using some of my favorite materials, an old frame, wood and paint.
I had this old chippy gold paint that worked perfectly. Similar yet different.
Just love this frame.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Don't Judge Me!

Wanna know where I have been shopping lately? The Curb. Don't judge I had no other choice as thrift stores and even Craigslist has been disappointing lately. But hey I don't care because look at these amazing pieces of furniture- ALL FREE, plus another bed frame for another bench. I will be working away to bring these pieces of furniture back to life. Do you curb shop?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Millers Mills Ice Harvest

We managed to squeeze in a quick trip to an annual ice Harvest.They cut out ice chunks from the frozen pond

and move them by horse to an ice house.

Over the summer they will use the ice to host an ice cream social. Very cold but also very fun.