Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Treasure Trove Tuesday

Finds from the weekend :o)

I apologize right away to my friends who are creeped out by doll heads ;o)

I have heard stories about these old ice trays and how hard it was to actually get the ice out of the tray! I have never used one, they were before my time! They are fun for craft supplies though!

I think the name is pretty cute!

This old clipboard is much smaller than even the 8 1/2" x 11" letter sized clipboards. I don't find these too often in this size but you may remember that clipboards are one of my best sellers, I can hardly keep them in stock! I took a bunch of them down to my space at the antique mall to see if they do as good there.

Rulers are another best seller. I usually group them together in groups of 8 to 10 rulers and sell them that way.

I'm anxious to see if these vintage doll heads will sell because there were a LOT more where these came from! They are plastic and the one in the middle has eyes that close.

A boho chic latch hook wall hanging. It's pretty cool... I thought about keeping it... I'm undecided still.

Shelf brackets... I know... not too exciting on their own. I bought them to use for making an old door stand on it's own. I'll put them down on the bottom of the door so it will stand up by itself.

This thing is a collator... anyone have any experience using one? They used to use them in offices to sort out papers that were being copied to make into books or reports... so you would use this to put the pages in the correct order and copies together for a complete book.

I have sold a couple in my shop already. They are fun to use like this!

That's it for this week!

You can see these and other Treasure Trove Tuesday goodies at my Etsy shops:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Main Bathroom Redo - New Floor and Lighting

I figured it was high time I got my butt in gear and finished up my main bathroom redo... I started way back in February for goodness sake! (hangs head in shame).

But I have excuses! The biggest one being that I work a 4 10's schedule now which actually turns out to be almost 12 hours with travel time and unpaid lunch time. My other excuse is my new antique booth space that I am continually trying to make things for!

Anyway, this weekend I kicked myself in the rear and did some more work on the bathroom.

Remember this old light from the bathroom before shots?

There had been some updates done in the bathroom over time but I think this light was still from the original 1960's bathroom! It was kind of cute but not the look I was going for. So down it came!

I tried three different lights in this room...

The first was this zinc light which I loved. But this bathroom doesn't have a window so no natural light. This one just shined the light straight down, the rest of the room seemed dark.

This one was similar but it was like a bronze color and white inside so I thought maybe the white would reflect the light around the room a little better... uhhhh NOPE!

In the end this one was the winner. It was a bit more than I had planned to spend but it'll be here for a long time and I wanted it to be nice so I spent a little more on it.

It was $79 at Home Depot. As you can see from the box, you can install them pointing up... or pointing down which I chose.

I also hung up my grandma's antique mirror.

I love how it looks and I'm glad I decided to splurge a little bit. The finish is called antique nickel which matches the door knob and toilet paper dispenser that I spray painted really nicely!

Next on my list was this floor...

Ok... not horrible and I probably could have lived with it.

But when I saw these self-adhesive vinyl tiles at Lowes for only .88 cents each I knew I wanted to try them!

These are Armstrong Crescendo floor tiles.

They were relatively easy to install. You can lay them right over your old vinyl which is what I did. The hardest part was going around the toilet and one little tile by the door that was giving me fits! But you can cut them with scissors so that makes it nice!

They are groutable but I chose not to do that.

It's not perfect but I love how it looks! And for just over $30.00 for my tiny 35 square foot bathroom it was perfect!

Now, see that gaping hole in the floor next to the vanity?

The one on the left was the one I took out... blech! The new one cost about $6.00!

That floor tile next to the wall doesn't look very good in this photo but it isn't that bad in person... what is it about photographs... they bring out every little flaw! lol!

Next up... finishing the magazine rack.

Remember this old heater?

I turned it into a magazine rack {here}.

But I didn't finish it... until now!


And finally... last but not least...

After all the {wainscoting} was installed I was left with this around the sink...

It bugged me...

See that jagged edge? I showed it to my genius friend and he suggested just a little piece of trim. Sometimes I get so caught up in things I overlook the simple solutions!

I bought a tiny little piece of trim at Home Depot, painted it and used Liquid Nails to install it, then caulked it.

I can't believe how good it looks! It's all professional looking! :o)

So, really all that's left for my bathroom redo is the shower curtain and decorating... and maybe a new faucet... we'll see! Stay tuned!

Here's the before as a little reminder of where I started.

What do you think?

See the rest of the room redo below in case you missed any of it!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Antique Mall Booth Update

Today my mom and I did some rearranging in my booth at the Uptown Antique Mall. I wanted to add my table and chairs I finally finished up.

I tried my first "dipped legs" paint technique on the chairs to try and make them blend in a little better with the table I found to go with them.
  • Bonus... the table was already painted the pretty shade of grey which matched the dark grey in the fabric I used on the chairs. 
  • Double bonus... the person I bought the table from still had some of the paint he used on the table and he threw that in with my purchase so I had the right color to use on the chair legs!
Here are {the chairs} before in case you don't remember what they looked like.

Anyway... back to the booth update!

We turned the crates we had in my booth around so the things displayed in them are accessible and visible from the aisle as you come around the corner to my space.

We squeezed the table and chairs in next to the crates.

The chairs look like they've got little socks on to me! lmao! :o)

We gathered up a bunch of spring themed items and created a little display on the table.

This little metal typing stand went along the wall and my {radio turned night light} sits on top.

We even managed to squeeze the {writing desk} back into my space! The only thing we couldn't fit back in were the two bar stools I had. I just brought them home for awhile until there's room again.

We made another little half "wall" with some more vintage crates on the right side and we also faced them toward the aisle.

You can check out the mall on Facebook {here} and my Facebook page {here}!