Vintage gray desk and an industrial chair

I'm finally back into a regular routine, post-Christmas and my first vintage market of the year.

I worked on several furniture projects leading up to Rebel Junk, and this was one of them.
I found this cute little table a few years ago and had been using it in my studio.  Since moving and figuring out what goes where and what is needed, this one made the cut.


It's really solid, and in pretty good shape, but the original finish was a dark, badly done faux bois.
I had planned to sand it back to the raw wood and maybe bleach it, but the finish was very stubborn, and I knew the amount of work I would have to put into it would not be worth it in the end.

I used Miss Mustard Seed's Schloss, and left the original brass pull on it.


Because the original paint was pretty old, it left a wonderful crackly finish once the new color dried.


So fabulous.


I staged it with a lot of similar or actual items I planned on bringing with me to the market.


One of my favorite finds that went with the desk was this industrial office chair.


The style was so cool, and I paired it with a tribal pillow I had found at another recent sale.
It's a super comfy chair and went home with a friend of mine who plans to stage it for an upcoming show at Monticello's Antiques in Portland.

The desk is still available, and you can message me if you'd like more info on it.

I'll be back soon with another furniture makeover and a recap of Rebel Junk vintage market!

Rustic farmhouse desk

Karma has worked in my favor recently.
Late fall, I had a string of very disappointing outings for sales- mostly a bunch of wild goose chases that yielded zero.

Because some of these sales are several miles away, it really stinks when I waste the time and don't get anything in return.

So when I finally got to a sale that had a TON of great stuff, great prices, it's like one of those awesome dreams where you're shopping and you just keep getting tons of cool stuff and you can't believe it!!
And the best part?  
I didn't wake up from the dream because it was real!

This was a mother lode sale.
The truck was absolutely full, and my family had decided to go with me so it was just the best day ever.  
It's in one of my favorite rural areas too, so it was a beautiful drive to a fun little farmhouse.

This cute little desk was from that sale.


It originally had laminate on it.  
I peeled it off and sanded off all the paint and glue, revealing a beautiful rustic, wood top.


The drawer has a nice compartmentalized section.  
There were some pretty fun / interesting things in here!
The best item was a pair of vintage sunglasses.  
We kept them- Hannah tried them out and they are pretty cute on.
Almost like vintage Ray Ban's but they're not.
She declined modeling them for you.
;)


The original paint on the base just got a good cleaning, but that's it.
I love the color, and bonus- there were 2 matching chairs at this sale.
They have such beautiful, worn patina.


This will be coming with me to Rebel Junk Vintage Market in Portland in just a couple weeks.
 I also have several botanical prints that will be available at the sale- some floral, and some agricultural.


 You can also find the vintage ledger and small crock pictured in this post at the market!

If you'd like more info on tickets, dates, and times, you can click here for more details.

rustic industrial coffee table

About a year ago, I had a rare opportunity.

I went to an estate sale at a funeral home.

It might sound kinda creepy, but there were a LOT of great antiques at this sale, and how many times can you say you got to shop a funeral home??


One piece I picked up was a coffin cart.  
There were several at the sale- all different types- from very rustic, to more modern (1960's era?) types.  


I was lucky to get one of the more rustic coffin carts, but it was missing the original wheels.
I figured I could probably replace those easy enough, so I bought it.


If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the one item I really wanted from the sale was a sign that was attached to the exterior of the building.
I had always admired it, and with a bit of shameless begging, I actually got it!
You can see the photo here

It looks great on our barn!


Anyway, the table I brought home was a great piece, and I sold it last year as a rustic industrial coffee table.  
I attached a note to the sales tag explaining the history of the piece and what it was.

The funeral home has been a part of my city since the late 1800's.
The lady who bought the table was so excited!



I really loved that piece, and decided to make a replica to sell, and just see how it goes.
We're trying to make more of my income a part of our livelihood, and Jon and I thought it might be fun to collaborate on a few ideas I've had recently.

In fact, in staging it for photos, we'll be making another one for us and our living room, very soon!  
This one will be going with me to Rebel Junk in February, and we'll see how it does there.  
I'd also like to try one at Aunt Bee's House and see if it does well there too.

It was super fun working on a project with Jon.  
We're hoping to do a few more handmade furniture pieces this year, so we'll see how things go!

Bella always loves to be in on the fun too.
;)



Shabby white curio cabinet and my best source for faux roses

Do you ever have those projects that in your mind, you can't wait to tackle, but your procrastination takes over?

That's what this cabinet was for me.
I got a great deal on it- actually I got a great deal on two of these- and got the first one done several months ago.  


It didn't take long for me to sell it, although I had hoped to keep it for a bit as a locked case for smaller items at Aunt Bee's House.

There's so much detail, it really does take some time to paint.


With the unusual amount of snow we've gotten this year, it was time to finally tackle it.

One way that I save some money on the Annie Sloan chalk paint ($38.95 / quart) is to do my first coat in Kilz primer.  
I know... Annie Sloan is known as the paint that you don't have to do any prep work to (including primer) but it saves me some paint cost to start out with primer.
This cabinet was done in Pure White.

This turned out just beautifully, and I sanded back some of the edges to highlight all the ornate carving.


It has a mirrored back, and should have come with some glass shelving, but it was missing, so I will be going to my local glass company to add one or two shelves for this.

Also, it came with a dark green velvet base at the bottom of the cabinet. 
To give it a more shabby look, I added in some fabric from Rachel Ashwell that I had in my stash.  
It definitely gives it a more feminine, cohesive look.


For the styling, I used some of my favorite faux roses.  
They look pretty real, don't they?


I'm a 50/50 girl- I love using real flowers and plants when I can, but sometimes cost and feasibility of location prevents that.
So I try and get the best looking ones that I can.
These ones came from Michael's 
Craft Stores, and they are my favorite.

  
When people have to feel them to decide if they are real or not, you know it's a pretty good replica!
They don't fray on the edges of the petals like some faux flowers, and the gradation of color makes it pretty foolproof too.

When we have some decent weather, I will be delivering this to my booth space.
Lots of projects going on before my next show in Portland!
February 3 & 4- Rebel Junk Market!

**I was not compensated in any way for product by any retailers.  All opinions are my own.