Scuttle?

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

Vanity Update – update

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.

 

Project Update

Over the past few months, I have worked on a few projects for my booth.  Here are a few before and after photos.  Thankfully most have already sold but the blue table is still available.

Flea Market Finds and Garage Sale Goodies

Greetings all!  Please accept my apology for not updating in such a long, long time.  I am hoping to stay on top of this from now on.  Not that I have a lot of followers but I really feel like I need a place to store all of the projects I complete and goodies I find.

First, I want to showcase a few items I recently found for Nana’s Yellow House.  I am always looking for vintage items from the 30’s and 40’s to add character to our home.  Being on a budget only allows for smaller items but I think they really add that special touch.

Here are a just a few of the cool items I found lately…..

 

 

 

 

A Couch to Swoon For!

via Daily Prompt: Paint

A few months ago I found this swan fainting couch for a mere $20.  I loved the fact that it was a fainting sofa and that it was so inexpensive so I jumped at the chance to make it something more.

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It had some damage; an angry cat and a wobbly let but, all-in-all, it was sturdy and fixable.

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We started by taking the entire piece apart.  We always work carefully and take a lot of pictures so we will know how it goes back together.

My initial hope was to strip the finish and bring out the natural wood and reupholster with a light colored fabric.  However, when we tried to strip the finish it was nearly impenetrable.

We tried several techniques and products but eventually gave up.  The wood under the finished was very usual and would not take stain well so we stopped working in the couch and started some other projects.

Finally, after a few months of research, I decided to go ahead and paint the couch.  I am not a fan of painting furniture but this had to be an exception as the wood was nothing that would take a stain or could even be treated to preserve the natural look.  (I am thinking it is made of Poplar).

I started by cleaning out all of the little nooks and crannies and wiping down to remove any dust and grime.  Next, I primed each piece with Kilz.

Once I added a couple of coats of paint, it was time I took the piece inside so I could add the finishing touches.  Even though it may seem less practical, I like to do the detail work in my house.  My shop tends to be dusty and I hated to risk messing up the white finish.

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I decided to go with an antiquing glaze instead of distressing by sanding (not a fan as it tends to damage the wood).

This was my first large project with the glaze and I was very pleased.  Just look at the detail!

Next, it was time to add the seating.  Since the original board under the foam was broken, we chose to cut a new piece of plywood for a nice sturdy seat.

We were able to reuse most of the original foam.  I used the original fabric for a pattern and began the task of rebuilding.

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It took some time and much “discussion” over the correct way to add the seating but we finally agreed to disagree and did the best we could.

I have a few more staples to add and the trim but it looks like it will be a beautiful piece.

TA DA!!!!  Finally Finished!  (now to get it sold)

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High Tea

Recently, I was asked to decorate a table for a local museum fundraising event, High Tea a The Schepis.  I was thrilled as I love decorating and it would give me the opportunity to show off my ‘bargain” china.

My bargain china was a great find of about 100 pieces of Gibson for $40 on a local swap and sell site.  I have had if for quite some time but have never really used it.

I chose to accent the china with pink accents; I LOVE pink!

I was able to find a lovely pink tablecloth and pink napkins on Ebay; they matched beautifully.  However, when the napkins came in, they reeked of cigarette smoke.  I soaked them in hot water, vinegar and baking soda until my water cooled down, rinsed and repeated the process.  After 2 vinegar baths, I ran them through the washer on delicate.  Viola, the smell was gone!

Several years ago, my mother gave me 4 silver napkins rings.  Since I volunteered to set a table of 8, this would put me 4 rings short.  I decided to go a more “Bonnie” route.  I used vintage brooches and white ribbon to create a one-of-a-kind napkin ring for each guest.  I encouraged each guest to choose their seat by picking their favorite brooch and allowed each guest to take home the brooch as a special gift from me.

I chose to use my vintage pink Limoges tea pot as my centerpiece.  My local Flower Shop (yes, that is the name) did a wonder job creating the perfect balance of pink roses and white accent flowers.  I centered the teapot on a Limoges vegetable bowl, and doilies, and used vintage gloves and pearls to pull the theme together.

I hope you enjoy the picture of my table below:

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