Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shabby Tables for Your Porch or Sunroom

Shabby Coffee Table 
Back when I was cleaning out the container from the estate we first opened our store with I came across a set of tables, 2 ends and a coffee. They were typical mid century cherry finished veneer tables....quite plain and unappealing. They moved from the trailer to the barn and stayed there for over a year while I ignored them.

One chilly day in April I started moving things out of the barn to prepare for either my booth at the Emporium or for the spring sale here at the Ranch....and on a whim, I hauled out the tables and heaved them up the stairs to the studio. In a couple of afternoons I had transformed them into something I could live with.

As usual, I really want to live with them! I have that problem...I have a relationship with my stuff. I stole this phrase from my good friend that has an equally hard time parting with his good stuff.

Shabby white end table

Just for the blog, just for the day, I wanted to take them all out of the shop and put them on my front porch with the wicker....but, I was afraid.

The other shabby white end table....I really love how a lot of the inside cherry finish shows on this one
 So here they are, still in the shop...for I intended in the first place...back on that chilly day in April.

Another view of the coffee table
If you want 'em. Come and get 'em! They are here for the pickin!

Have a great weekend ya'll. The shop will be open 12- 6 today and Friday, and 10-4 Saturday. Check our FB page for changes should something come up! 

Just my two cents,

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Love of Aqua

Aqua Mirror 

I am probably the last one to start painting my furniture with aqua blue but once I started I couldn't stop. Everything looked so good I wanted to keep going....First the old mirror in the photo above. It was already oxidized so I went with it and am thrilled with the effect. You will have to see it in person to really appreciate all the texture. I think I had been hesitant to use aqua for things in my shop because of the green walls which looks good with almost everything but aqua! Once I put the quilt up behind it there was NO problem with the pieces disappearing into the wall.

I wanted to unify the chest of drawers, the mirror and bed although they are three different styles. By painting them all the same color they can be used together if someone so chooses and it works wonderfully!

4 Drawer Aqua Chest of Drawers 
I decided on small glass knobs so as to not go too prissy or too masculine. I had envisioned something a little more ornate initially but this look is simple and perfect for the piece.

Jenny Lind Single Bed 
I left the original casters on the bed to retain the charm of the period...this is an oldie from the depression era.

All three together

The clean lines of the chest work for a boy or girl and although the pieces are different styles they compliment one another and lend themselves to lots of possibilities for putting together a kid's or even a guest room.  I think I always secretly hope things won't sell because I never do anything I wouldn't keep for myself! When the day comes for Erin to call for her childhood bedroom furniture for her children I could definitely use this in her room.

Assorted Aqua Frames
When it came time to paint some of the frames I had lying under my work table I intended to use a variety of colors...white, black, aqua and a pretty rose...but, somehow they all ended up aqua. The four smaller ones were sold on Saturday but I still have some of the 5 x 7's and 8 x 10's.

I have several more painted pieces in the shop I will show later on this week. I would use them on my porch but they can go anywhere really...can't wait to show you!

Just my two cents,


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you first of all to all that supported our first vendor marketplace this past weekend, whether you were a seller or buyer. Considering the fact that I am no show producer it went off without a hitch!

This was the view off the shop porch and just after the rush around noon Saturday. It was one of the only times I had to snap a picture.

I learned quite a few things about putting on a sale like this for the future...yes, another one is in the works already and I can't wait until October! If you would like information as a shopper or vendor please send your contact info to my email...see the address in the sidebar.

If you want to see some photos from the sale and a few things that are currently for sale you can join my facebook page. 

Just my two cents,