Cubbies & Chairs

A few weeks ago I shared this photo on my Facebook page of this great cubby shelf I found at the Canton First Monday market last month (when it was 104 degrees!).


After getting it back home from Canton, it had to spend a few weeks hanging out on my back porch until a spot in my space at Antique Company Mall opened up.  Today was the day though! With my hubby’s extra set of hands and my neighbor’s truck, the shelf made finally it up to the mall.


It really is HUGE! I honestly can’t believe I managed to fit it into my van when I first brought it home.  It has tons of character with layers of great, chippy paint; and of course, all those cubbies!



My kids were having alot of fun sticking their toys in it while it sat on our porch. So much fun, that my husband suggested we keep it.  I was tempted, but really, it is too big for any space I have.  I can’t wait though to see where it finds its new home and what all its new owner will store or display in all those little spots.

Also, I was able to finish up the two cane side chairs I mentioned in my last post.


They got a couple coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone, then a wash of dark wax to tone down the bright white.  The paint chipped well in spots, doing that special milk-paint thing I love so much.


Here is the before picture of them again, just for a reminder


And one more after . . . they pair up so well with the triangle green side table I have in my space right now.


So it was a productive day at our household today.  How about at yours?

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Trade Days

This past weekend was the local flea market in my area, McKinney Trade Days.  The pickin’s have been a little slim there the past few months, and it’s been HOT! But, this weekend the weather was really quite pleasant, and I found lots of wonderful things.

I was smitten with this floor lamp I found buried in the back of a dealer’s space.  It is fully functional and has lots of patina.



My favorite part is its ornate finial.


From the large to the small . . . I spotted this great etched brass vase complete with a matching, removal frog.



It is so petite . . . perfect for a fall tablescape.

I like to stock my booth also with unique vintage art, and this Sailboat oil painting was an incredible find.  It has no signature on it, but is the REAL deal, not just a print.


The colors were rich, and look at the close up of those white capped waves:


Someone else must have liked it as much as I did because it sold the day I brought it in.  I love when that happens!

One of my last finds of the morning was this cute primitive green side table.


It’s hard to see in the picture, but it has a little railing on the back of the top, and the triangular base and bottom shelf is one-of-a-kind.

I also bought this great weathered green screen to replace the old windows that displayed my vintage postcard banners.  They sold quickly, and I thought this screen would make  a great display in their place.


And lastly, I’m super excited about a pair of cane chairs I bought from one of my favorite dealers.  They have simple lines, but I think they will look perfect once updated with some paint and new fabric.  I think I am going to try on them some milk paint I have leftover from another project; they would look great with a chippy finish.


I purchased another large piece over the weekend that will be my next major project, I’ll share more about that another time.

For now, I’m going to enjoy a few minutes of quiet on this Sunday afternoon.  Hope you all enjoyed some quiet this weekend as well.

New Season and New Find

Even though its still averaging in the high 90’s every day here, it was time to move my fall merchandise into my space at the mall.  I try to keep it fresh and do a complete re-do of my space every 3-4 months.  I love the fall and the warm colors that come with it.  I usually gravitate towards blues and greens, but adding in those golds, oranges, and reds in the fall is refreshing in its own way.

I was able to move my French Provincial Dining Table into the space and use it as a great display area.  The golds and reds in the seat cushion fabric and the warm undertones of the stained top went perfectly with the fall theme.   Unfortunately for my display needs, it sold in a matter of days.  Don’t get me wrong–I love having the sale!  But I’ve got to find something to go into its space now!


Some glittered pumpkins made a reappearance.  I had a few left from last year and made a few new ones also.


See the old wooden ruler? I found it an estate sale recently along with a package of vintage child and baby pictures.  The two together reminded me of back-to-school, which definitely speaks of fall.  The picture of the little boy in the bottom right corner is my favorite of the stack.  Here is a close-up:


Isn’t he adorable?  Looks like just about the right age to head off to his first year of preschool.

I also made a fall corner display, anchored by a great old door I found at a local flea market.



The aged white  scale hanging on the right in the top picture is another great recent find.  It would be really fun hanging in a kitchen, holding fresh fruit.

And of course what is the fall without Halloween?  I am not a very crafty person, but my sister is.  Last year she made lots of really fun Halloween decorative items and I still have a few left to display this year.  I really like the “Boo” and “Spooky” wall plaques.



My one crafty contribution was the vintage postcard banners. I make those for every holiday and they always sell very well.


That’s been the action at the booth, at home I’ve had another big project going on.  A client wanted to paint a piano that was handed down to her.  I know, to some of you painting a piano sounds almost sacrilegious!  She wanted to incorporate it into her home though but needed the light honey stain to correspond more with her dark wood decor theme.  So, I am painting it with CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint in Virginia Chestnut.  It’s the first time I’ve used the CeCe paint, and so far I’m happy with it.  I had to use it rather than the Annie Sloan because there is no dark brown in in Annie’s color line.  The client wants a stained look, so I’m going to experiment with some topcoats to add some additional depth.


And lastly, I’ve got this incredible, HUGE cubby shelf waiting to make it up to my space.   It has chippy, white paint all over it and some spots of light turquoise also.  I’m really excited about setting it up to display in my space.  Think of all the fun, cute, little things you could set in these cubbies!


Well, hopefully the weather will begin to cooperate with my fall decor.  I’m anxious for those cool nights and falling leaves!