industrial car carrier top coffee table

Remember a few posts back when I talked about the funeral home estate sale?
Well, here's another treasure from that sale!

I know a lot of people would be totally weirded out by that, and I guess it is a little morbidly strange, but I knew that this place had been around for many years, it was in one of my favorite buildings in town, and who knows what interesting bits might be found?

This was a one day sale, and I was sure by the nature of the sale that the dealers would be there early.
Uh, really early.

I think I was number 15 on the sign up sheet and that was getting there 2 hours beforehand!

I had a nice time reacquainting myself with a former high school class mate who was also there.
We only went to school together for a year?, and I always thought he was a funny and cool guy.
In talking to him, he has lived all over the world and led a pretty fascinating life, so the time passed quickly talking to him, which was great!

They only let a few people in at a time (ugh, I hate that)
so by the time I got in at #15, a lot of the stuff I had been hoping to nab was already spoken for. 

I saw this cool metal thing in a dark corner and was intrigued by it, so I thought 
why not?
It had rubber suction cups on the legs, and I realized it was one of those car carrier tops from probably the 1960's.
Coming from a mortuary, all I could think of was the movie, "Vacation"
where they strap the deceased grandma to the top of the car, and hoped that was not the case with this piece!! 

ha ha!

I brought it home with good intentions and then it sat in the barn for a year.
This past fall, I decided to finally try and do something with a few orphaned projects, and this was one of them.

I got some pine boards, cut them 2 inches longer than the car carrier, and then added two 
1 x 2's on the underside.
I cut these to fit snugly inside the car carrier so that it wouldn't shift around, and be able to nail / plank the boards together.
The top is meant to be removable so that if you wanted to use the interior for storage, you can.
Once that was done, I stained the top in a rich medium tone stain.

This was such a fun industrial piece that I decided to add some wheels to the legs as well.

I was so happy with how this turned out!
It sold recently and I am hoping the new owner will enjoy this unique piece.

As for the mortuary....
unfortunately, the building has since been demolished
to make way for....

wait for it....

a Starbucks.

modern farmhouse buffet

It's so crazy that I've had several furniture pieces that I've worked on over the last few months, but haven't posted here!

I found this great buffet a few weeks ago and loved the lines on it and the vintage hardware.

I love painting staple furniture pieces in neutral colors, but this one just seemed to need color.  I knew I was going to keep the top wood because even with some pretty good size scratches, it was beautiful.
I love the combination of navy and wood.

One of my all time favorite products is Old English scratch remover.  
It worked like a charm once again!
 If you want to see a previous post I did on the magic of this product, you can click here.

This was painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Artissimo.  It chipped just the way I wanted it to.
It still looks elegant, modern, and rustic.

I've been using wax less and less to finish furniture.  I've trying out a few products that are liquid, but so far I'm having trouble finding one that works well.

I'll keep you posted on what I find!

I already dropped this off at Aunt Bee's House, so you can find it there if you are local.

This was my first time staging furniture in front of the barn doors in the basement.  
Hopefully I can figure out the best way to adjust the lighting in here and use it for future photo shoots.  It sure was handy!

cottage rustic family room- some updates

My heart is so happy these days!
We are finally settling into our new home, and getting a lot of fun projects done.

2016 was a very full year for our family and it never quite felt like we got to do all the fun things that come with moving into a new home.

We took care of several (not fun), expensive fixes on our new house just to get things the way they needed to be.  
My trip to France was a huge highlight, but also took a lot of extra money and focus to do that in the same year.
So it really feels exciting to finally do some fun things!

One area that I have been itching to get started on is our family room.  
It was one of the first rooms I saw when we first looked at the house, and the area I first fell in love with.

A couple weeks ago, I found some fern botanical prints that were exactly what I was envisioning here.  
They were free printables from The Painted Hive, and only cost me a couple dollars to print.  As I was planning out the art, I also started to realize that a shiplap wall would look great behind the fern prints!  Jon was away on an overnight business trip, and I was able to install it and paint it before he got home.
I'll offer some more details on how I did it soon.

Here you can see the before photos of the family room that I took during our inspection:

The room was pretty dark with beige paint and wood trim.  
This past summer I gave everything a coat of white paint to help it feel lighter and airier.
The room has unfinished concrete floors, and it is funny to me how many people say they love it.  
I am dying to get some real flooring in here, but I'm glad it maybe doesn't look as bad to others as it does to me!

The industrial sconces were something I added in last year - they are from World Market, and we really like them.  I added in some wood strips behind the sconces just for an added effect / layer and I'm really happy with that.

The fern prints are framed in glass frameless frames that I picked up from JoAnn's.
They were 50% off, so that was a nice bonus!  
All in, the artwork cost me only around $22.  

I feel like I've gotten the bones of the room fleshed out, and I will keep tweaking and fluffing the rest of the space as I can.  The pillows are something I'm working on- they're a bit blah for me at the moment, but I'll keep my eyes open for some options.

Finding the right side table has been tricky too.  I really love the vintage locker bench that I found last year from another dealer, but I'm not 100% sold that this is the best option here.  
I think adding a lamp would help.  

For the opposite wall over the couch, I didn't want something too heavy or competing too much with the botanical prints, so I kept it pretty neutral but with lots of texture and interest to balance everything.  I'm sure it will get tweaked in the future as well.

One of my best finds this year was this coffee table!  
It was $7.99 at a local thrift shop, and I had planned to sell it, but realized it fit perfectly in here, so gave it a little makeover and love it!
I sanded the top and oiled with hemp oil- it turned the pine a bit orange, so I think I will try and adjust that, but it's an easy fix.

I love that this room has sliding barn doors. The previous owner made these from the garage doors of our house.  A smart feature that he did with all of the doors in the basement was to keep windows in  doors anywhere a room has natural light coming in.  
It keeps the basement from being too dark.

I love the leather chairs in here.  
The one on the left we bought from a dealer friend, and the one on the right I bought at a sale for $20!
It's perfectly imperfect, and has the right amount of patina.

One of my goals this year is to add some curtains in here for some privacy in the evenings.

And the fireplace....
My absolute favorite thing about this house.
I love all the wonky bricks, the little niche....

I finally found a cute vintage fireplace screen from yes, you guessed it, another dealer friend.
He always has a lot of great salvage pieces, and I thought it was a great deal for $25.
Super heavy wrought iron.  It was pretty rusty, but after a good cleaning, I sprayed it with a high heat black spray paint and it looks brand new.

I also added in some shelves this past fall.  
Shelf styling does not come easy for me, but it's good practice, and I think as I find some fun accessories, this will look more finished and the way I want.
With all the light and bright, the TV console with get hit with some color soon.
Maybe a pretty spring green to tie in to everything.

We have SO much happening right now, and I'm excited to post some more updates on the house soon!
Thanks for your visit!

Rebel Junk 2017

It's so crazy that another year of Rebel Junk has come and gone!
We as a family just love this show.  It's become one that we look forward to every year.
We make it a little getaway working weekend!

The last couple years, the show has had a 2 day setup (vs. 1 day) and it is sooooo nice.  
It makes everything feel more relaxed.

Jon and I had done a mock set up in the driveway a couple weeks before, so we were able to unload, get all the big stuff placed right away, and by the end of the day, I was almost all set.

Day 2 was that much easier to get done.
It was good that we were so ahead of schedule for set up, because Friday we woke up to lots of freezing rain.
We were able to delay the one hour drive while the weather thawed out.

The weather definitely affected a few out of state vendors, which is sad- but it also meant that I got a slightly larger booth because the booth next to us was a no show.
We had some great people near by that we loved visiting with between customers!

So with out rambling on, here's some photos of our space from this year's
Rebel Junk Vintage Market!

I snapped these photos before we opened Friday night.

We sold lots, but there are still a few items left- some which went straight to Aunt Bee's House, and some that are slowly making their way into my Etsy shop.  If you are interested in something that you see in the photos, drop me a message and ask!

I had some cute deer statuary in my booth, and lots of kiddos enjoyed "petting" or visiting the deer.
This little cutie stopped to feed them, and mom was kind enough to share these photos with me for the blog and social media!
Cutest thing ever.

Thank you so much to all of our friends and customers who came and shopped this fun weekend!

If you want to see photos from my previous Rebel Junk markets (previously called Junk Salvation)  you can click on the links below

Junk Salvation 2014
Junk Salvation 2015
Rebel Junk 2016

Thanks for your visit!