Oct 10, 2016

Farmhouse White desk and Junk Bonanza

It's crunch week here at Noble Vintage cottage.

Piles and messes abound.
It's how life looks around here when it's the week before a show.
I had time last week to set up a little photo shoot of an antique secretary that I painted and will be bringing with me to my next market, Junk Bonanza.

This is a huge show- the creator of this market is Ki Nassauer.  If that name rings a bell, it might be because you recognize her from being the editor of Flea Market Style magazine.

Last year I got to go to the Portland venue - I had considered doing it, but I always tell myself to check out a show first before participating- so I just scoped things out to get a feel for it.

I'm so nervous!
There's so many people at this show that I've admired for years- vendors with amazing, over the top displays, so I'm hoping I don't look like Sad Sally with my set up.

I'm super happy that I will be next to one of my friends and fellow Aunt Bee's vendor, Jenny of Dotted Swiss.
It will be fun!

So I spied this cute antique secretary at one of my favorite stops.

It has all kinds of character!
 I love this place- it's not really a thrift store, not really a retail space or antique mall; but I have had really good luck buying some great pieces here in the past.
I usually stop in when I'm having a dry spell with furniture at estate sales.

My heart did a little swoon when I saw the bubbled up finish.
I like to call it the crocodile finish.
It just creates such an interesting texture and look once it's painted.

Usually it happens on older pieces that have been in storage where the temperature fluctuates a lot and the varnish goes bad.
But to me, it's beautiful.

I used Miss Mustard Seed's Farmhouse White.  
It distressed just beautifully.
The aged brass hardware is gorgeous.

I didn't paint the inside, because it is difficult to get a good looking paint job on the cubbies and honestly, I love the contrast of the white and dark wood.

I staged it with items I will be taking with me (or items similar to what I will be bringing) to give you an idea of what will be there.
French baskets, French keys, pheasant feathers, and vintage books.

I'm not sure if the Union Jack will be coming with me.  I had planned on it, but after a mock set up yesterday, it's not looking like I'll have a spot for it.
I was hesitant about bringing it anyway, because I really love it and have been wanting one for a long time and can't believe I got it.

In addition to some industrial furniture, I will have an eclectic mix of chippy and farmhouse pieces.  
I'm super excited.
I will also have a few of these French market bags available.

As always, I hope to share more preview pics, but it may be more on my Instagram account because of time constraints and having a lot to wrap up this week.
(yes! in a few days I will be seeing you at Junk Bonanza!)

Hope to see you there.
I'll be in space 53 near the front entrance!

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Sep 28, 2016

our cottage fall porch

It's been fun to look forward to decorating a new home, especially as the holidays approach.  
One thing that we have been looking forward to with this house is the holidays.  
It is so charming- and with the barn, and Christmas, we are getting excited for new memories here.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves....
Fall has just arrived, and I finally took some time to decorate. 

I don't ever do a ton of indoor fall decor.  
I really like to focus on my porch because it is low maintenance and easy for me to do when this time of year gets busy.

 Over the years I've figured out what I like for outdoor fall decor, and even though mums are really pretty initially, they never seem to hold up well once it gets rainy.  

Instead, I focus on lots of pumpkins, the natural beauty of the oak and maple leaves that we have in abundance on our property, and garden urns or planters that are classic, filled with fall color or greenery.

When we were buying our home, I was so curious as to what the purpose of the little niche was next to the front door.
The homeowner told us that the bottom section is for umbrellas, and the top shelf was for delivery packages.
Imagine me with the heart eyes hearing this. 
Another charming feature on older homes that you just don't see anymore!
A cute little pumpkin is the package for now.

Kale holds up really well through fall and I plopped it into a galvanized pail for charm.

It's easier to add more to your fall decor by using these cute little princess pumpkins as filler.
I got all of our pumpkins at Trader Joes, and it was pretty affordable.  
I may pick up some more the next time I'm there!

Bella was very curious about all the new stuff on the steps, so of course she needed her own spotlight.

We have several oak trees on our property, so leaf raking is a full time job.  
It's so peaceful and pretty though, it's hard to complain.  I love to rake leaves!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!
We are busy doing lots of other projects I hope to share soon.
I have two upcoming vintage markets- Junk Bonanza and The Farmhouse Show, so my focus is mostly there right now, and I'm trying to round up some projects to share what will be there.
You can see more details on my FB page or Instagram.

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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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