Monday, May 30, 2011

Grapevine Antique Mall - Grapevine, Texas

I did a post on the Grapevine Antique Mall when I first started my blog.  Mom has had a couple of booths in the mall for quite some time now.  In March, she had the opportunity to take a third booth  within the mall.  Since my requests for her to take my items to the mall and try to sell them seem to be ever-increasing, I decided to split the new booth with her.  I'd really like to do more in the way of displays and maybe bring in some larger architectural items.  I also love lots of texture and I'd like to find ways to incorporate more in the space.  So, it's a major work in progress but here are a few pictures:

This hangs from the ceiling and mom sells bunches of dried hydrangeas.


We have an area that is cottage/beach themed.

We have a section that is French-inspired.

We have these awesome trunks that belong to my brother.

We have no shortage of wall decor.

And we have too many lots of chairs.
There are many wonderful vendors in the mall - come see us!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Goodwill Treasures!

I had a string of visits to Goodwill that didn't produce much, but last week made up for all of it!  I'm only sharing one find tonight but I'll show you the rest as I work on it.  I braved going in on 1/2 Price Day and found this great chair:

I removed the plastic cover from the seat, painted and sanded.  Isn't she cute?
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mark your calendars - June events!

Hi friends!  If you can stand the heat, there are some great shopping opportunities in June!

JUNE 2nd - 5th
First Monday Trade Days
Canton, Texas

JUNE 11th
Hackberry Hill Farm Spring Show (J. Hill Designs)

JUNE 17th & 18th
Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market
McKinney, Texas
The Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market
JUNE 18th
2nd Annual Junke & Disorderly Sale
Winnie & Tulula's
Athens, Texas

JUNE 17th - 19th
Third Monday Trade Days
McKinney, Texas

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A few of my favorite things

I always love reading these posts from other bloggers.  I thought I'd do one just for fun.

Sonic Diet Vanilla Coke
I especially love Happy Hour from 2:00-4:00 each day when drinks are half-price!

Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black
I've used this mascara for almost 20 years.  Every once in awhile I'll try something new - usually in an effort to save money - it never works out.  Definicils is the BEST!

Fried Okra
Of course my favorite is my mom's, but I've found a couple of fast food restaurants that have pretty good fried okra - yum!

Bobbi Brown lipstick in Brownie.

I used to carry lots of lipstick colors in my purse - I had one for when I wore orange, pink, red, brown, etc. I went in search of ONE lipstick that I could wear with everything. I found it! This is now the ONLY lipstick I carry in my purse.

Our dog - Riley - she's a Vizsla

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Painted, Sealed & Delivered!

I just completed a job for my client.  I'm sorry to say I don't have a "before" picture!  This little table and the mirror that attaches were stained dark.  The table top had a large hole in each corner - no longer needed so I filled the holes.  The table was cute but had no detail, no drawer, etc.

I love how she turned out - take a look:

I painted it a light blue with hints of gray.  I saw an opportunity to show off the only real detail the table had and painted the rectangular section light gray with a dark gray outline.  I then added the beautiful glass knobs to make it look like a drawer and well...just for some bling!

I love the size of this piece and did you notice the two areas for decorating - love that lower shelf!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Goodwill Finds

There are about 4 thrift stores that are close to my office and I try to hit a couple a week on lunch hours if I can.  I haven't been finding much on my stops at Goodwill lately.  Last week I finally found a couple of things.

I found this oval framed picture.  I failed to take a "before" photo but it was just a standard gold frame.  I thought the roses were perfect for a more shabby look so I painted the frame.  You can tell from the nails on the back and the wire hanger that the frame is old.

I also found this cute white-washed basket.  I added a little stamped embellishment to dress it up.
Maybe I'll find more treasures this week!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chair Update

I picked up this chair at a thrift store.  I think I'm correct in calling it a barrel-back chair.  Designers out there - feel free to correct me!
I loved the stitched detailing on the seat-back.

I wanted to update the look so I first painted it a light gray with just a hint of blue.  I felt it needed something more so I used my antique pewter kit.
Here is a close-up that shows how the imperfections in the wood picked up the antique pewter treatment. 

I also cleaned and treated the leather.  I think this chair that once looked made for an office now looks made for a chic room!

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Getaway

Mom and I left Saturday morning for a Mother's Day getaway to Granbury.  We stayed at the Inn on Lake Granbury and shopped the square and beyond.  Here are two photos from the Bed & Breakfast:

I was so thankful for the beautiful weather!

I had planned to take photos of many of the historical homes around downtown Granbury, but somehow I only managed to get this one:

We shopped a roadside sale, a huge garage sale benefitting an animal shelter, the Square in Granbury and a couple of places just off the square.  Our favorite shopping spot was Witherspoon's Antique Mall which is a couple of blocks off the square.  I got some awesome treasures - take a look:

These fabulous old corbels that had old peeling paint the perfect color for our kitchen.

I found this great pitcher at a roadside sale and got it for just $5!  It's large - just shy of 13" tall.

I got the large basket/tray shown in this photo from a garage sale for only $2!  It's up really high so it's hard to tell just how large it really is.  If you've been reading my blog for long you already know I have a thing for baskets.
This was by far my favorite find of the trip - heck of the year!

This awesome sign is 60" wide.  I hung it in our living room - here is a shot from a distance:
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

St. Francis

I've been wanting a St. Francis statue for a while now.  I hoped to find one that was conrete so I could find a great place for it outside.  I found one at Home Goods a couple of weeks ago - it was concrete and was a great price, but it was much larger than I had envisioned.  I decided against it and then went back frantically the next day to buy it - it was gone.  I had severe walk-away remorse!

I ran into Home Goods this evening to purchase a gift card.  And guess what...

I'm now so glad I passed on the concrete one.  This one is cast iron - so HEAVY!  I love the brown and turquoise colors.

Here is a close up of the bunny he is holding:
And the fawn by his feet:

The little card that came with him says St. Francis of Assisi - the Patron Saint of Animals.  I'll find the perfect outside home for him this weekend!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Three-Quarter Bed

I've had this bed to paint for a client for quite awhile now.  Lack of time has kept me from working on it.  Besides that I wasn't sure how I wanted to complete it - I wasn't "feeling" any of my ideas, but then it came to me...

Here is how the bed looked upon delivery:
It must have been stored somehwere hot - like an attic or barn - because the top coat was peeling badly.

Here is a picture after lots of sanding and primer:
And here she is after a couple coats of paint and wipe-on poly:
The color is a bit deceiving in this photo - the inside design is painted a very light gray (double-click photo to enlarge).

I love how it turned out and think this bed could be the start to an absolutely gorgeous guest bedroom! I looked online and found a source for 3/4 mattresses.  And I think this wonderful bedding offered by Full Bloom Cottage would complete the look:


If you are anywhere near the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex visit my client's shop and you could take this beauty home with you!

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