Aug 16, 2016

Molly Mo's Antique Faire 2016

It's Tuesday, the week after a vintage market... and usually I am relaxing and taking a breather after all the work, but not this week!
I'm hoping to get the kitchen prepped for cabinet painting.  
Yes, I am that crazy.

Anyway, I had a great time at Molly Mo's Antique Faire!
This was my third year participating as a vendor.

It was so incredibly hot!!
We reached temps in the upper 90's and I was fortunate that my booth got a little bit of shade during the late afternoon hours from a big fir tree.

We still had lots of customers that braved the heat, and I really enjoyed talking to fellow vendors and customers all weekend.

It was the first market I was in since France, so I had all my treasures here and it was so much fun talking to people about the trip, and swapping travel stories.

I was happy with my booth set up- it's the first time this year that I felt like everything looked cohesive and well put together.

My favorite(s) were these industrial cubbies that I brought.  
I got them from a mechanics shop and they are so fun.  I went back and bought a set for me!
 I added some metal casters to mine and it is now in our basement family room area.  

These vintage theatre chairs are from a historic local theatre.  They are so fabulous.  I'm guessing they are around 80 years old.  Wouldn't they look great in an entry way or media room?

I had a few interested customers but they either wanted to split up the pair or offer less on them (they were very reasonably priced, and I had just debuted them here so I wasn't willing to do that on either account).

I absolutely love this art!  It looks like a student piece.  It's a 2 for 1. There's the still life here, and on the backside is a landscape.  Both are so pretty and remind me of fall.  It didn't sell, but that's ok.  I really love this one, and I think the right person will too.
It's at Aunt Bee's House now.

And speaking of artwork, I found this fantastic booklet on how to paint flowers, and just loved the illustrations.  I thought it would have made a great collage of instant art if someone wanted to tear out the pages and hang them on the wall.  It sold.  I'm a teeny bit sad.

I'm still working on a complete look for my booth- I definitely have an end goal in mind- one that is easy to store, easy set up and take down (lightweight), and has a certain look that I'm after.
More on that later.
Part one of that look is a new sandwich board style sign that I made for this market.  I'll be doing a tutorial on that soon.

Thanks for letting me share my weekend with you!  
And thank you everyone who came and shopped Molly Mo's!
I really appreciate it!
A huge thank you to Diane for putting together this market and making it fabulous.  
You can see more photos on the FB page by clicking here.

See you soon!

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Aug 10, 2016

DIY - painted chandelier makeover

Today I'm showing you a quick post on a chandelier I transformed using chalk paint and Fusion Mineral Paint Antiquing glaze.

I bought this primitive looking chandelier from a family friend, and decided to do a 180 change from it's current look:

It was in great working order, but not my look at all.

I first spray painted all the thin arms in Heirloom White by Krylon.
I didn't want the paint to be globby from a couple coats of chalk paint so it worked as a base.

Using a brush, I worked a couple coats of white chalk paint all over the body and the candle bases.  
Thin coats help it to go on smoothly.

Once it was painted and dry for 24 hours, I used a new to me product!  I've never used a liquid glaze before (I know! shocking- with all the paint projects I do!).  
Fusion Mineral Paint Antiquing Glaze.
I've just always used dark wax if I am aging a piece, but for a lamp where there's a heat source, I didn't think wax was the best choice.

I painted it on in sections and wiped it off with a cotton cloth.  The chandelier had a few divots in the finish, which allowed the glaze to settle in and give it a great rustic / aged look.

Very subtle, which is exactly what I wanted.  
Not a pure white painted look- and not a too dark / brown / aged appearance. 

It worked so great, I'm looking forward to using it again on future projects!  

I want to thank Jennylyn for sending me some of the Fusion Mineral Paint products for me to try out, and although she didn't ask me to blog about using it, I'm happy to share products the I like and have worked well for me.
I'm excited to show you an even bigger project over the next few months using the Mineral Paint! 

The chandelier is now available at Aunt Bee's House.
Any other questions on this DIY?  You can ask me in the comments section below!

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Aug 8, 2016

industrial gray kitchen island makeover and the joy of finding fruit

Thank you so much to everyone who read, commented, and reached out to me after my last post. It really was hard putting it out there, and I am grateful for all the encouragement that I received from writing so honestly. 
My goal is to be more of myself on my blog, and I hope it didn't sound like I was asking for sympathy!

I've been working on a piece that has been really fun.
We all have those favorite spots that seem to regularly turn up gems.
I found this gray shop cabinet at one of my favorite places about a month ago, and they were so tired of moving it around to get it to sell, that I got it for next to nothing.

A lot of clean up, a little paint refresh, a new wood top, and some industrial casters- I am so happy with the end result!

This looked pretty cruddy when I brought it home, but I saw lots of potential in it.

Dirt, a badly chipped veneer top, and some refinishing were all in order.

It has tons of room inside for storage, and I love the original bead board front to the island and interior base.  I also really liked the chipping paint, but I sanded it back a bit and added a fresh coat of gray milk paint in Miss Mustard Seed's Schloss.  Just a slightly warmer gray.
A coat of poly on the exterior to seal everything.

Originally, I started to take off the veneer top, and realized that was pointless and very time consuming (and underneath wasn't that great of wood anyway....) so I replaced the top with planked fir.  I just love the wood grain.

I've done this before on a few other makeovers, and I feel like my construction skills are getting better!
A little bit of stain, and it now has a more finished farmhouse look instead of dirty, shop cabinet top.

I am planning on bringing this island to Molly Mo's Antique Faire this weekend, and I really wanted to stage this with some bar stools.  

I was so lucky to find a matching pair at an estate sale over the weekend!  
What are the chances??
I haven't had been able to clean them up since I brought them home, but I'll do a bit of sanding to freshen them up before the market.

This worktable is so heavy, and I've been working on it in the garage, so the photo shoot happened in the driveway.  Not my favorite spot to shoot, but I'm just happy to get some shots of it before the sale.
It was fun to work on the styling and put into play what I've learned since France with Heather Bullard.

I'll be bringing a few bread boards and cutting blocks like this one to Molly Mo's.  
This is a vintage Munising butcher block.  I'm kind of becoming obsessed with Munising.  They have gorgeous wood bowls also, and I have two which will also be a part of the inventory for the show.  
Really great quality vintage!

I was able to go around the yard and pick some fruit from our little orchard.
Our grapes are just starting to ripen, and I thought the colors were so pretty.

I also discovered that we have a pear tree!! I had no idea until yesterday.  
There are only three fruit on it (actually only two now that I picked one for the photo shoot....)
but when it was flowering this spring, I assumed it was another cherry or apple tree.
So fun!!

Over the weekend, I also picked up a few copper kitchen accessories.  
I might be one of the few people that doesn't love copper.
I can definitely appreciate the quality, but it's not my thing.

I usually only buy vintage pieces that I am in love with and would use myself, but I know that copper is becoming a trend again in kitchens, so I added this to the mix of inventory.

One thing I learned from our photo shoots in France and again here, is that copper is hard to shoot well! 

I'm also bringing several French linen pieces to the market.  
This cute towel is not vintage, but I bought one for me and one to sell, and it is great quality, thick linen.  
And of course, I'm always a sucker for lettering / numbers / graphic images on items so this was a must have.

Lots of stuff to wrap up this week, but I'm hoping to get one more post in before we load up Wednesday night!

If you are interested in coming to Molly Mo's Antique Faire,  you can click here for more details.
It starts Friday evening and goes all day Saturday.  
Food trucks will be on site so you can feel free to shop and spend the day.
See you soon!

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Aug 3, 2016

dining room decor and trying to make it all work

One thing I told myself when I rebranded, was that this was a fresh start and I wasn't going to be afraid any more.  

It's hard to see so many beautiful homes all over social media, blogs, Pinterest, and feel like you are measuring up, doesn't it?

Last night I went to bed feeling completely overwhelmed.
Mostly, by all the things you are supposed to have 'nailed down' in this industry.
A perfectly decorated home days after you've moved in; impeccable photography after a few short months with a DSLR camera and fancy editing program; 
a perfectly styled and curated shop space every single day of the week; social media accounts growing by the thousands on a daily basis.
You know what all that adds up to?

Feelings of not good enough.

I struggle a lot with this. 
It's hard to see so much hero worship over decorating.

I've been doing some hard thinking and talking with my husband about goals I have and the direction I want to go.
I've been trying to focus on my own plan, and where I want to be realistically.

I think there's added pressure for me right now with college on the horizon and really needing to make sure everything is sailing through with finances heading into that chapter of life.

So what in the world does this have to do with our dining room?
It's me sharing where I'm at now.
The process of how I do what I enjoy.

I really let go of blogging and sharing ideas because of not feeling good enough.  
Not having a "perfect" room to show you with loads of creative new ideas to share that are Pin Worthy and will create a viral social media post.

For me, I just want to learn how to love my home more, and what I really enjoy is decorating and finding vintage pieces to sell for my business, and sharing it here on the blog.
 Contentment in the process, in real life time.  
(...which might mean months instead of days.)

It's hard for me to juggle a great photo shoot when I have a hole in my shop space that needs to be filled, or an upcoming show that has projects that need to be finished.

Rebranding has truly been like starting over.

And that's great in a lot of ways, but also very expensive!  
Add in to that factor, my trip to France- so the momentum that I had is really gone, and I'm back at square one in many ways!

I really love home and all the parts that fill it.
So that's my goal.  
Just to share how our house is transforming into a functional space we enjoy; and the pieces that I find that reflect my brand.

And I'm going to enjoy the process of learning to be a better photographer.
I know that it won't be perfect, but it's part of growth.

I'm amazed by the talent and the creativity by other women out there, so I don't want this to sound like sour grapes- I truly am inspired by all the great ideas out there, but there are times where it all comes crashing down around me and I feel overwhelmed to be so much more than I am.  

What really inspires me are the women who grow into who they are meant to be, doing what they do best in God's timing.  A perfect example is Joanna Gaines.  I love how her little blog about home and family has grown into what it is today- all at the right time.  I'm so glad I got to see the beginnings of her blog and career before the new amazing website went up.
I don't ever strive to follow in her footsteps, but I know that God's timing and His plans for me will be at the right time, whatever that is.

 We all have our own goals, our own pace to life, different income levels to do what we do.
If you like the stuff I do, great!
I just need to not be so focused on all the shortcomings and be ok with where I'm at while I'm there.
 I'm trying to just breathe.
And just be me!

Thanks for letting me be honest today.
Have a great week.

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