Friday, February 27, 2015

New Antique Mall Space!

WooHoo! I got all moved into my new space at the antique mall today! Want to see? :o)

Here are a couple of before shots before I painted...

The sage green color wasn't bad really but my little corner looked rather dark and dreary...

And the unfinished door on the end was just not working for me (it belongs to the mall and is a permanent fixture, attached to the wall to help separate my space from the neighbor).

My mom showed up to help me right as I was finishing up the painting and we started unloading a few items right away and I almost forgot to take an after picture once I got it painted! It really made a big difference and felt so much brighter!

You can see our clever ladder shelving unit we made! I only had one small bookcase so I needed some other way to display things. My mom had the old red ladder and my dad had a bunch of pickets that he rescued from the neighbor's burn pile so we put together this cute little shelving unit!

Then I hung up my sign in the corner. I have had this weird little scalloped piece of wood for years. I knew one day I could make something cute with it... I have no idea what it used to be but I painted it white and painted the inset portion with chalkboard paint so I could write my business name on it.

It's kind of hard to see but I found some adorable burlap fabric with silver polka dots on it at JoAnn's and I thought it would be a cute little pennant banner for my space! And see behind my sign, in the corner? That's a an old player piano roll that I hung in the corner to disguise the extension cords that hang down the corner of the booth (the actual electrical outlets are on TOP of the booth walls here... very strange... so we have to hang extension cords down the wall).

I also hung up my funnel light for some additional lighting.

We brought my lone little bookcase in. It was something I found in the basement of a rental I lived in once. I used it in my craft studio for awhile and was planning to use it in my garage until this new venture happened. It was very plain and very ugly and dirty so I painted it white, added the little wooden scallop along the top edge and found some cute grey fabric with silver hearts during the same trip when I found the burlap and created a back for the bookcase with it and a piece of cardboard. I also added little wheels!

Isn't it cute? I love that the shelves are adjustable too! And do you see my cool door there on the right? I made it after I saw a photo prop wall on Pinterest with a similar peeling wallpaper treatment. I'll show you how I made it in another post soon.

Then we started bringing in the smalls!

We used some old apple crates for more display space.

I brought in a rug to help cozy up my space a little bit too.

About the only big piece of furniture I have in there right now is a desk.

My mom brought a bunch of tablecloths and tea towels to sell so we folded them up and put them in the vintage dish drainers on the bottom shelf of the ladder and on the floor below the ladder.

Here's another look at my cool door!

I made this "vase" from old book covers that I laced together. It will fit around a flower vase... or 3 as  you see here! :o)

And here's a closer look at that player piano roll in the corner. I have several more rolls that are still in the boxes that I'm going to take down there tomorrow to offer for sale in case someone wants to do something like this in their house.

I made three of these arrows from old fence boards, I think they turned out pretty cool!


What do you think?? :o)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Main Bathroom Redo - Wainscoting

Even though I am running around trying to get ready to move into my new booth space I managed to get the wainscoting up in the main bathroom. :o)

So do you remember this?

It actually worked just fine but the house has had central heat and air installed so I really don't need it... plus it was all rusty and ugly. So I removed it... to find this lovely spidery webby (technical term) rusty metal box. I managed to unhook it without shutting off the breaker and then when I pulled out the heater portion the bare wires touched the metal box and sparked and tripped the breaker! Oy... I wonder sometimes if I should take on some of the projects that I do!

A quick phone call to dad though to learn how to use my ohmmeter and I found the breaker that controlled this heater (unmarked of course) and shut it off. I pulled out this box after that and capped and taped the wires and built this...

It's my new magazine rack. I just used some scraps of mdf board, dowel, and beadboard to create this little box the same measurements as the hole in the wall. The slid it into the hole and screwed it from the sides into the 2 x 4's in the wall! Easy peasy!

It looks pretty crooked in this picture but it is level so it must be an optical illusion or something! lol! I obviously still need to trim it out too and then it will look much better, but I think it's such an improvement already!

So on to installing the beadboard wainscoting!

I screwed up in a couple spots and I didn't have enough left over to fix my screw-ups nor did I want to buy a whole other package of beadboard and have a whole bunch left over.

A couple of my miters were pretty bad too :o( Just keepin' it real here.

But!!! Caulking to the rescue!!!

This is after caulking.

And here it is after painting! I painted the door and molding too! Aahhh, it feels like a breath of fresh air now!

How about those before shots huh??

The towel bar is gone but I don't have anything in its place yet. The wall heater is gone...

The door and molding have been painted.

And those layers of old wallpaper have been removed!

I probably won't get anything else done until after I get moved into my new booth space but next up is the vanity. My plan is to remove the doors and paint it. I'd like to add a shelf inside and use pretty baskets for storage.

You can see the previous Main bathroom Redo pictures here:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Treasure Trove Tuesday

If you didn't already hear my big news I have been approved for a space at one of my local antique malls and I move in THIS Saturday, February 28th!! So, I've been scrambling around trying to get some things made as well as round up some display shelves! I'm getting there! I have one little bookcase and I'm going to use an old ladder and some pickets to create another bookcase until I find something else.

So, for this week's Treasure Trove Tuesday I thought I'd just show a few before and after pictures of some things I've upcycled for my new booth :o)

First is this vintage oil painting. I thought it was really a beautifully done painting but the ugly, gouged up frame was really bringing it down.


I sanded the nicks out of the frame and gave it a coat of white paint. Doesn't it look pretty now!? I think it would look beautiful in a beach cottage!


I also picked up this vintage crewel embroidery picture at the same time. Again... the frame... it's bringing me down man! lol!


But look at it now! I chose an avocado green for the frame to bring out the green in the picture. Oh, you should see this thing in person... someone did a beautiful job... so much intricate work and layers... I would have pulled my hair out after about the 2nd stitch!!


These little shelves look like they were handmade. This was after I sanded them down.


I just gave them a coat of light grey paint.


This is a vintage stadium chair. It would be good for picnics too... but it just didn't look too appealing with the old yellow and black vinyl. I had already taken the vinyl off the back rest. Oops!


I used some oil cloth I had and some pom-pom trims. Isn't it cute now?


I didn't get before pictures of the next two items... but this one was just an old spool for wire or cable or something. I used a few yard sticks and cut them to fit the center portion.


And what once was just an old bicycle wheel is now a cute spring wreath!


What do you think?

I'm so excited for Saturday and I can't wait to share my new space once I get all moved in.