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.

Sandwich board sign out of an old window frame DIY

This was a fun project that I've been wanting to do for awhile!
I hope to do a post on developing your "look" for shows, so this will be the appetizer version for now.

This all started with a truckload of old window frames I got a couple summers ago from a friend who was doing some construction on an old house.  He texted me and asked if I wanted any?
Of course!

The majority sold a long time ago, but of course, I have a few single pane pieces leftover that never sold, or that I specifically put aside for projects that never got started.

I want my show space to be reminiscent of a small English boutique, and whenever I see photos of them, there's always a cute little sandwich board-style sign out front.

So I decided to make my own with a repurposed and vintage spin on it.

First off, I started with two same size, single pane window frames.
These are the kind that have "feet" on them- I'm not exactly sure how they worked mechanically in the window, but who cares?  
It's cute for me now!

I laid the window over my garbage can and had fun whacking all the glass out with a hammer.
*with safety glasses and gloves on*

I made sure all the sharp bits were out of the framing.
Some needle nose pliers help pull out any stuck bits of glass.

I did a quick scrub with soap and water to remove all the algae and dirt.
Once it was dry, I added a light coat of chalk paint over the original paint.  This helped to clean up the look just a bit.  I wanted a true white frame to go with my logo.  
It still looks old and chippy, but not sad and falling apart.

I used a 1/4" sheet of plywood and cut it to overlap what would be the inside of the frame.
(Just enough to add glue to the edge. )  
Before glueing it to the frame, I applied two coats of black paint.
Once it was dry, I stenciled my logo on to the center of the plywood.

I use a white graphite paper to transfer the logo to the surface.
You can usually find it at art supply stores.
I took in a printed copy my logo to the copy shop told them how big I needed it for my sign, and they printed it out for me in a size that would fill up the center.
(don't forget to allow margins for your frame!)

Using white acrylic paint, I painted the logo.
After it was completely dry, a light sanding to the lettering for an aged look.

I used a thin coat of glue around the edge, and applied the plywood to my window frame.  
To help weigh it down and adhere to the window frame, I put some heavy anchors (gallon water jugs) to help the glue set securely.
Once it had dried overnight, I added two hinges to the top of the window frame.

I bought a length of thin chain from my local Ace Hardware (about 10" x2 ) and screwed it in to the sides of the frames, and voila...

my new vintage window sandwich board sign.

I think it adds a unique look for my markets and it's easy to store and take with me.

What do you think?
 Does this sound like an easy project to try?

A look back at 2016

It's that time of year again.  
We all start reflecting on the year that is coming to a close, and wondering why it went by so fast and remembering how we filled it.

2016 was jam packed with so many huge things for me- sometimes I forget everything that happened just one year!
  It feels much longer than just the past 12 months!

Let's start with the two biggest things that kicked off 2016:

I rebranded my business, and we bought a house!

Pretty major!

I am absolutely loving my new image and direction with my business.
I took a lot of time to consider all the ramifications of changing everything, but once I knew what I wanted, it was hard to look back or wait.
It feels so much more like 'me' and so does our new house.

We shed a lot of tears the night we left our house on Conner street.
I really thought I would have feelings about it long after we'd moved, but surprisingly, we haven't!
We still see neighbors in our old neighborhood, but I don't feel the sadness of all the memories left there like I thought I would.
We just love our new home.

As you can see from the first photo of our house, and the one taken in July, we did some editing with overgrown shrubs.
We plan on tackling more of that this year and some other curb appeal items.

The next big thing that happened in 2016 was the trip that changed my life.

In May, I went on a trip to France with Heather Bullard for a week long course on photography and styling.

There is so much I took away from that trip.

Trying to put it into words will never do it justice.
It was truly the trip of a lifetime, and a time of self reflection and learning.

Not just learning about photography and styling- although I learned more in 10 minutes with Heather than I did in the last few years of stumbling along on my own... but also finding out a bit more about myself and what I am capable of.
I am forever grateful for the opportunity to go.

(P.S. Heather is doing another trip in June 2017- check out her website for details and sign up availability!)

Bedsides the life altering events of 2016, I also did a lot of what I usually do- projects on furniture and a few vintage markets.
Everything was so crazy jam packed, I barely had the time to shoot even a fraction of what I worked on this year, so I don't even have some of my favorites to share, but here's a few:

bleached farmhouse table

chippy white secretary
industrial island
I participated in more vintage markets than I have in any previous year.
I plan on scaling back just a bit for 2017, but it was - as always- a good learning experience on what works for me and what doesn't!

clockwise from top left:
Rebel Junk, Blackberry Junction, Farmhouse Show spring, Farmhouse Show Spring
Not pictured, but still participated in: Junk Bonanza, and Farmhouse Show Fall edition

I had hoped I would be able to post lots on our new house, but as you can see, there was so much crammed in to this year, that it was just not feasible.
I say it every year, and every year I hope I'll be better, but I guess it's better to do what I can and not be disappointed that it wasn't more than I hoped for.

Thank you for your support this year, and always.
At times, I feel overwhelmed by all I want to do and all there is to do.
I hope my determination will pay off in little and big ways.
Thanks for joining me on my journey, and the joy you bring to what I do.

I wish you blessings and peace in 2017!

vintage rustic Christmas house tour - part 2

So here we are back for part 2 of our home this Christmas!
Can I be perfectly honest here before we get started?
This was a really hard area to photograph.  It's our basement, and you may or may not be able to tell, but it was a cloudy wintery day and so the lighting is not ideal.  It was about as good as I could hope for, so there's excuse #1.
#2 is I am not overly thrilled with how this came together.  It is our first year in our new home, and so figuring out the decor and what I want this to look like will take time.  The Old Me would have started editing this, and then been so disappointed with the end result that I would have scrapped it and said maybe next year.
The New Me is saying, let's see how things evolve over the years, and these will make for some great "before" pics down the road! 
Christmas is expensive, and while I add a few new things every year to our decor, I'd rather spend our money on gifts instead of what I think is pretty.

I just love our fireplace in this room.  
It's very dramatic, and I hope to add more greenery to it next year.    
One goal is to add some curtains in here that can be used in the evenings.

I searched for some affordable fern prints, but couldn't find exactly what I wanted, so I made these specimen foliage artwork with some oversize color copies and wood trim.  They were about $10 a piece, and works for now to add a little coziness in here.  
I'm still deciding on what to do on the other wall.
The cute farm truck pillow was made by Jill of Sew a Fine Seam.  
It's so adorable!

Our kitchenette area has our big dining room table that we had in our last house.  
I'm so glad it works in our new house.
We've used it for parties here, and it works as a great work table for me and projects I have for work.
In other words, it doesn't usually look this neat and tidy!
I love the sliding barn doors in here.

Our little snow village is also in here.
I'm looking forward to doing more styling in our industrial cubbies and making or finding a great sign for the blank wall on the right.

I love that we have a little kitchenette in here too.  
I'm not a huge fan of the knotty pine, and I am hoping to add some paint to these in 2017.
The sink has been a great spot to clean my art brushes for smaller projects.

Remember the vintage desk I posted about in October? 
The one that went to Junk Bonanza?
I was secretly hoping it wouldn't sell because I was falling in love with it.  
I swapped it out with a smaller desk that we had here and it is just perfect.

Thanks for visiting me in our new home for our first Christmas.
I'm looking forward to seeing how it all evolves in the future!