In the hopper . . .

Here in Texas, we don’t have basements, or real attics for that matter.  All we have is the garage, and mine isn’t a particularly large one.  The garage is where just about all of my furniture finds and projects end up.  I work real hard to get it cleared out and then enjoy one to two weeks of being able to park our van in there, only to load it back up again after the next great find.  Sigh.  I probably should accept that as long as we live here and I’m in this business, my garage is going to be more of a rotating furniture factory than a place to house our car.

Here is a peek at the projects hanging out in my garage right now.

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I found this awesome, hand-built shelf/hutch in someone else’s garage . . . at an estate sale a few weeks back.  It was super cheap and I grabbed it thinking it would make a great display for my shop.  But I’ve developed a liking for it, and so I’m thinking we might keep it here.  We have lots of big wall space in our house, so I  may chop off the bottom pieces that make it a hutch (you can’t really see it in the pictures) and hang it on a wall space as display shelf.  I’ve already thought of lots of neat things I could put on it . . . but for now, it’s just hanging out and serving as a drop spot for paint and tools.

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I also have this great sideboard I found just a few days ago.  I wrote in my last post about my excellent estate sale timing a few days ago . . . how I dropped in right when 90% off was announced! Well, this was one of my awesome finds.  And it gets even better:

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Here’s the top! A solid marble slab with hand-painted tiles, mirror, and trim work.  It’s gorgeous and in excellent condition.  And for you purists out there, don’t worry, I am not going to paint it.

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It was part of a whole set that included a huge armoire and vanity . . . unfortunately, this was the only piece I could fit in my already stuffed van.  It is truly ridiculous what I payed for it–maybe one of my best finds ever.  It does need a tiny repair–one of the casters came off and needs to be fixed back in place.  So, it also sits in my garage for now.

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I found this really old oak chest of drawers on CL last week, and it’s already got a quick coat of milk paint on it.  I’m super excited about the knobs I found for it, they are really sleek.

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Two of the drawer bottoms need repair though, which is a job my hubby has to help with.  So it’s also hanging out in my garage.

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Besides business projects I have a few personal projects going on as well.  I have been working on re-doing my little office area (more on that later . . .) and this great cane arm chair is part of my new scheme.

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It’s waiting for  a coat of MMS Artissimo and some new fabric on the seat.

Lastly, I’ve been doing some furniture switching in my boys’ rooms.  The two big boys got bunk beds to replace their two twin beds, and the baby had one of the twin beds moved into his room.  It won’t be too much longer before he is out of the crib and into a big kid bed, yikes.

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I have a box spring left over from the big boys’ room (they can’t use their boxes on the bunks), but not another twin mattress yet.  I don’t dare put the box spring down onto the bed without a mattress . . . it is low enough that my little one could climb onto it and I know I would find him jumping away, boring holes down into the box! So, it’s just kinda hanging out until I can find a good deal on a twin mattress to go on top.

Rarely are things settled for a long around here.   I wish you all a productive week for all of your projects!

Memphis and a Makeover

Summertime is  here! About 10 days ago my oldest had his last day of Kindergarten and then the long, hot days of Texas summer officially arrived.  We spent one weekend at home and then hopped into our van to head on our first family trip of the summer to Tennessee.  I grew up in Memphis and my family is all still there.  So off to the home of Elvis, Blues, and BBQ we went.

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We did lots of fun things while there, including a visit to the Memphis Zoo.  Despite it being REALLY hot, we enjoyed our time, especially getting to see a few animals that they don’t have at our Dallas Zoo.

My oldest, had an amazing encounter with a sea lion.  He was standing at the underwater glass viewing area, holding his blue silly straw water cup, and the sea lion became fixated on him! Wherever he went, the sea lion went, and we finally figured out it was the blue cup! If you look closely in the picture below, you can see the sea lion intently focused on that cup.

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My son started moving the cup around and the sea lion would twist and jump up in the air . . . it was quite an exciting sight for a 6 year old little boy! It was so exciting in fact that he decided to forego his dream of growing up to be a ninja and become an animal trainer instead.

Probably the highlight of the trip for me though was the good southern pickin’ I was able to do. I had scouted out a few estate sales and was hopeful to find some great deals.  Sometimes the area around me here in Texas can get a little stale, I was excited to see what kind of treasures old East Memphis had to offer.

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Well, I wasn’t disappointed, that’s for sure! The first sale we went to was advertised as a real digging junk sale, so dig we did.  They had  a shed out back, a storage POD in the driveway, and a house crammed full of boxes and shelves. I started making a big pile outside the shed and added to it about 30 different things, ranging from large mirrors to small oil cans.  I was getting a little concerned about the size of my pile and how much I may be spending, so I stopped and asked the gentleman who was on duty outside.  With all the stuff I had I was thinking around the $60-75 range, and he said “How about $12” I was floored.  “Sold!” I told him in response.

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We had a similar experience at our second sale, and found some more great treasures and great prices.  I had to make myself stop, because I knew we still had to fit my 3 kids and all our stuff in our van for our trip back to TX! I think I may make a buying trip by myself sometime.  Something about the old south, there are just some great treasures there.

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While we were gone, things kept moving along here at my space.  I sold both of my Duck Egg Dressers, which was great, but meant I had a big whole to fill back up at my booth.  So once we got back into town and I was able to clean up and price everything, I headed up to ACM to do a complete makeover of my space.

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I’m featuring a great black iron bed I found recently and  a patriotic red,white, and blue theme for the upcoming holiday.

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I also redesigned my large shelves with a gold, yellow, and green theme.  Several of the vintage mirrors I found in Memphis are displayed there now.

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Lastly, I had to find a great spot for this beautiful ironstone soup tureen I found at one of the Memphis sales.

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It was hard work, but I’m happy with the finished look of my space and I think my customers will enjoy a fresh shopping experience.

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My last thing to share . . . after redesigning my booth I started working on my next furniture piece.  Right now, the stripper and I aren’t getting along–furniture stripper, that is! Here is a teaser, more on its transformation to come.

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