Lace Tabletop

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.

I hope you like the outcome as much as I do.

 

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The Pink Room

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 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.

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…..

 

 

 

 

Happy Fall Y’all!

The calendar says it is fall but we, in Louisiana, are still waiting for the weather to catch up.  On the bright side, we are expected to have some much cooler weather this Saturday, just in time for our local Art and Folk Festival.

When I was a girl, my grandfather grew sugar cane and would use it to make syrup at the festival.  There were so many things to do and see.  There were ladies dressed in antebellum dresses quilting and cooking on wood-burning stoves, men grinding corn into meal and making fishing nets.  Those days are long since over and now the younger generation is trying to bring the festival to what it once was.  We have a long way to go but I believe within the next couple of years we can make it happen.

I, myself, am trying to ready my booth to satisfy happy shoppers wanting to spend their money.  I have rearranged and am in the process of sewing up a few pumpkins and pillows just for the occasion.

If you are local, I hope you will make the time to stop by the 61st annual Louisiana Art and Folk Festival held in downtown Columbia.

New Treasures

I wanted to share photos of my latest finds.

I have had my eye out for the perfect vintage sewing box for my sewing room (aka The Pink Room) for quite some time.  I found several online but the price was never right for the ones I wanted (I guess I have expensive taste).

I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this beautiful piece at Southern Lady Antiques located on Antique Alley in West Monroe, Louisiana.  I immediately send my husband a picture to tell him I had found my (early) birthday present; he surprised me with it the next week.

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Last week, during our trip to Austin, my best friend and I spotted an Estate Sale in one of the small towns along the way.  I found a couple of old linens, a picture, and THIS:

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I have never heard of Barley Twist and do not know anything about this amazing desk and matching chair.  All I know is that I HAD to have it.

If you know anything about this piece, please feel free to comment below.

Oh, and by the way, these items will stay in at Nana’s Yellow House for awhile.  I do not see them going to the flea market any time soon.  On a happier note, I will have to part with some other items to make room for these.

See you soon!