I am a lover of all things retro, vintage, and antique. I love to breathe new life into discarded and unwanted items. I brake for yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, estates sales, and shops of all kinds.
Well, the deck is finished (for the most part) now we are on to the next project!
The drain on my fiberglass kitchen sink has been cracked since we moved in. Well, it finally got so bad it started leaking so we had to bite the bullet and purchase a new sink. Of course, we could have just purchased a new drain but this was my chance to finally get the farmhouse sink I had been dreaming of.
Issue #1: my kitchen is super small and the previous owner installed a small dishwasher which thew off the entire symmetry of the cabinets. We would have to completely remove the existing countertop, add tile, and reformat the cabinets under the sink.
If you have been keeping up with my site, you know the hubby and I are rebuilding our deck. With this redo comes the much needed task of updating the old patio set my mother-in-love gave us several years ago. It is quite old and has already been recovered once but it is showing signs of wear and some of the fabric was tearing.
So I picked a fun fabric online and took the chairs apart so I could make a pattern.
I am loving the new look!
How is the deck rebuild going, you ask!!! Well, it is coming along but not near fast enough for my taste. I will post some progress photos later on today.
I decided to share some updated photos of the deck renovation. Although we still have a bit to do, we are on the downhill slide.
So far we have removed all of the original deck flooring, shored up the frame (which was a job) adding joist hangers at each intersection, added new flooring, added new handrails, and have started priming and painting.
We still need to finish the handrails, skirting, and stain the floor but we are waiting to make sure the flooring is completely dry. We will also need to sand the flooring a bit to remove the factory ink from the decking (and my paint splatter).
I will be sure to post more of the finished product; hopefully sooner rather than later.
I scored this cute little table at an auction. At first glance it looked perfect so I was excited to get it for such a steal.
However, once we got it home we discovered it had a small nail-hole in the top. My husband removed the nails and noticed the piece was engineered in such a way that the legs would just slip into slots and become extremely sturdy without the need of fasteners of any kind.
After he put the table back together, I had the (more) difficult task of choosing a paint color. I opted for a blue-green chalk paint (I added Plaster of Paris and water to make my own). Although, I was happy with the color, something was missing… AND there was still a hole in the top. So I dug through my stash of linens and found an old tattered lace table cloth.
I placed the tablecloth on the table, centering the design as much as possible and spray painted it with white paint. Using a smaller cloth I repeated the process on the lower level of the table. After the paint was dry, I sanded, lightly distressed, and waxed the entire piece. This technique helps to hide the small hole as it just blends in with the rest of the distressed look.
When we moved into Nana’s Yellow House two years ago, I really wanted to keep the the house as original as possible. Several modifications had been made by previous owner; sheet rock added to the living room and dining room, carpet and laminate flooring installed over the original pine floors. This makes the task of reviving the 1930 feel more difficult as removing walls and flooring takes a lot of time and even more hard work.
Since I really cannot afford to replace all of my furniture with vintage furniture, I have to resort to buying small items to give each room a touch of days gong by.
The Pink Room is a prime example of this effort. We did remove the carpet from this room (and the master) so you can see the beautiful floors we were left with.
My mother-in-law gifted the bed to us. The other items were picked up at garage sales, flea markets, estate sales, and the occasional online/social media shop.
We rarely use the room; grand-babies do come to visit and sleep here from time to time but other than that it is my own little pink showcase.
Of course, the walls are actually painted a pale yellow but most of the accents are pink; thus, The Pink Room. (note, I am fairly certain there is shiplap behind the paneling…. only time will tell)
The Pink Room
The Pink Room
Shadow box of my grandparents
The valance is not yet finished. I have purchased different vintage pillowcases for two years, washed them, pressed them, are rearranged them…. hopefully, I will get to a place soon where I am happy enough to sew a rod pocket and make them more permanent.
The Shadow Box is something I created to remember my grandparents. You can visit the link for more information on that.
No, it’s not Christmas in July; just a very HOT project we decided to start during the hottest part of the year.
Our deck has really taken a downward turn since we purchased the house 2 years ago. It was so beautiful when we purchased it but didn’t recognize all of the telltale signs of decay under the paint.
Soooo this past weekend we decided to do something about our rotten handrails, warped deck boards, and pealing paint.
This will be an ongoing post as I am not sure when we will actually finish the project. Here are a few photos of the deck BEFORE and during the demo:
Front – Before
Front – Before
Side – Before
Back – Before
During – Back
Our Deck has an odd layout: a small 10 foot landing coming off the dining room; then a larger 20 ft area; then narrow again with an elevated area around a sunken hot-tub. We plan to keep most of the footprint the same but will lower the area around the tub. We are hoping this will allow for easier entrance into and out of the hot tub (we aren’t getting any younger).
I have to admit, I had no idea what a scuttle was… that is, until I ran across the cutest one EVER on Etsy. I was looking for a vintage shaving mug for my husband’s bathroom and saw several items listed as “scuttle”. There were several available for purchase but only one in my price range so I immediately scarfed it up. I was unsure of the purchase at first but am glad to report I am totally thrilled with what I received.
Of course this is NOT going in my husband’s bathroom. It will go in mine. (I settled on a vintage Old Spice mug for him.)
Of course, I am not sure exactly who used the scuttle before as it seems that most were geared toward men’s shaving needs. However, I cannot imagine MY petite, feminine scuttle being used by a big, strong, hairy man… but hey, I could be wrong.
A shaving scuttle is a small pitcher-like cup that hold hot water on the bottom, has a spout/brush holder, and a place on top for a round bar of shaving soap (with holes for drainage).
Here is the photo from the Etsy shop. I will post a one later in my bathroom (see below)
My little friend on display in the bathroom. Yes, the bathroom is tiny… you have to remember, it is over 80 years old.
On a side note: I HATE my bathroom floor! It is the same as the kitchen. I am not sure what it is made of but it was installed just before we purchased the home. I just can’t seem to get it clean. It is almost like it is porous; it grabs dirt and grime and will not let go. haha
After much searching and nearly two years of work (and procrastination), we finally have a finished vanity.
If you missed the BEFORE, you can check it out below, or visit the “Vanity Update” link for the full transformation journey.
It took some time to find the perfect mirror as the original dresser did not have one. I was actually torn between two different ones but ended up with the one below and I am quite happy with the finished product.