Building a beautiful life

Building a beautiful life
In a collected home

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Piece I've Waited 2 3/4 Years For

Oooooo, how patient I have been.   
I have very quietly bided my time.  I have spent countless hours on Craigslist with a single word in the search box:


Ok, so I told you that to tell you this.  About a month ago I was out at my Mama's house spending the weekend with my Dad.  We were all settled in on Friday night, both of us in our feety pajamas watching a Braves game when I ran across this on Craigslist:

Well at least somebody did a lot of the hard work for me!

And I just about fell off the couch.
A 1920 Buffet that I might actually be able to afford!

During the back and forth texting between myself and the seller, the exchange between me and my Dad was priceless!  The first few times my cellphone trilled he would just look my way then back to that Braves game.  Finally he asked,
' What's that? 
What are we doing?'
'Negotiating' I answered
A few more trills later my Dad muted the game on the TV and asked,
 'Do we have it?'
'Right where we want it.'  
I replied :)
My dad was so proud. My entire life I will never forget this moment :)
Two days later he went with me to pick up that buffet, just incase the seller was an axe murderer.  Alas, he was not.  He was a very nice guy who helped me load the HUGE thing in to my Jeep while my Dad supervised of course.
The very first thing I did was sand the rest of the finish off the top and address those two white patch jobs.  I actually took my orbital to them and they looked much better

The top had just enough flaws to make it interesting and refinished perfectly.

Well, perfectly for me anyway:)

I used two coats of Annie Sloan dark wax on the top and it settled in to all of those imperfections.
I love it when that happens!

The color was a no brainier.  
I love a good Aqua buffet.

This one had a more substantial back piece than any other one that  I've ever refinished.  It had a pretty prominent profile so I made the decision to just go with it and not try to make it blend with the natural top

From the back piece alone one might think I went with a milk paint but this is actually Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Duck Egg.  I just make good use of my sandpaper.

Lord, I agonized over the hardware on this one.  The piece came with all of the original pulls but I felt like they were truly undersized for the scale of this buffet.

I finally decided on these wrought iron ones from Hobby Lobby.  It seems as though their knob and pulls are perpetually 50% off so these were $2.50

Not bad at all.
Plus I LOVE that backplate!

Honest to God, I could not be happier with how pretty this top came out.  

The white pumpkin tureen was a birthday gift from my sweet husband a couple of years ago. A thrifted cake stand is underneath it.  The dried hydrangea I collected all Summer from my Mama's

I'm really do love this buffet.
This one is gonna hurt.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Pumpkins, Transferware And A Little Farm Table, OH My!

Well , I am here to report that the annual Pumpkin Buying Insanity
has begun.

I walked in to my neighborhood grocery on Friday and there they were.  I could not help myself.  

Last week I picked up this smaller farm style dining table off Craigslist.  I really try to grab them when I can.  They sell really well down at my shop plus they are great for displaying all of my dishware.  
This is what it looked like when I picked it up on my lunch hour:

Except for the finish on the top it was clean and in really good shape.  All I did was sand and refinish that top 

and paint the apron and legs with General Finishes Milk Paint in
Lamp Black.

Let me just say right now that Lamp Black is the bomb!  It is a soft, velvety black.  Not at all inky or cheap looking.  

It's quite impressive:)

It did take me three coats of paint to get to this finish though.  This is the second color I've tried in General Finishes Milk Paint line  and I will say that it did not cover as well as the first color, Queenstown Gray.

So when I got the little farm table all nice and made over I started digging around in my cabinet to find some stuff to play with.

I picked up this blue striped table runner on the Clearance rack at Marshall's for $8.  Quite the deal for a 90 inch long runner!

Minus the Blue Williow plates that belonged to my Mama, everything else is headed down to my shop tomorrow, 

Farm table in Lamp Black included!


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Chalkboard For The Season

Fall is my very favorite time of the year.  I love the cool, crisp air and the blaze of color when the leaves change.  I love the food we cook in our kitchen this time of year.  Warm, cozy comfort food like lasagna,  stews and pies.  But most of all,
I.  Love.  Pumpkins.
I don't usually spend money on  Fall decor because I don't want to store it.  
But I do spend a small fortune on pumpkins :)
Every single year.
Today I'm sharing  an easy, very inexpensive craft project that can be easily changed to compliment any Season or occasion.
That's my kinda project!

I picked up this great wooden frame with the glass still in it for $4 at Goodwill several months ago and left it to die in a pile of similar crap out in my garage.  So when I got home from work early on Thursday itching to do something, it was my next victim.  

Here is y'all's supply list:

Picture frame with glass
$1 craft bottle  of chalkboard paint
White paint

I applied three coats of the chalkboard paint directly to the glass , allowing it to dry thoroughly between  each coat.  This is imperative or you will have a BIG mess on your hands and you just threw your $4 out the car window.  Once the paint is dry let the frame cure over night.  

For the frame I simply dry brushed the white paint on to the frame and then wiped it off a little with a damp paper towel.

Easy peasy!

Easy, lovely and cheap.

I want a T-shirt that says that.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

My Habitat And A Contest!

'Habitat For Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  Our mission is to put God's love in to action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and HOPE.'

Building Hope.
Because without Hope, you have nothing.  This should be all of our visions, in my opinion.

'Habitat was founded in 1976 and since has helped 6.8 million people improve their living conditions.'

6.8 million.  
And in the world today I'm sure there are many, many more who need help.  

Today, my point is this.  
Speaking as a Maker, an artist of sorts, but definitely a Furniture Flipper, Repurposer and Upcycler, I think we as a community can make a contribution to this need.    
We pick up junk ALL the time.  
A good bit of it we actually pay money for.  I'm proposing that we give a thought toward this organization.  More than a thought, really.    Let's contribute to this goal of a decent home for all by shopping for our junk, furniture, smalls for our styling or booths, paint brushes and hardware . . . . 

At our local Habitat Restores!

Are we going to walk out of there with an oak dresser for $50 every time?  

 I am being realistic.  
We all have a budget when we go out to find our next flip.  I like to call it my 'Max Buy In' and currently it's $50.  I do not give myself much room at all.  Most of the time our Buy In is directly proportional to your local economy in terms of the big question:
What does painted furniture go for I your neck of the woods?  That's going to vary according to region of the country.

Here's what I do:

The Asheville Restore Is about six minutes from my office.  Meaning it's very  conveniently located for me to pop in when I can.   Actually it is more than convenient.  It is exactly half way between my office and my shop at Sweeten Creek Antiques. Just understand that I do not get The Cream Of The Crop down there but I have found some cool stuff:)
This brings me to my next point:

The Habitat Restore Restyle Contest!

That's me in the bottom right corner:). I won the furniture catagory last year with a bench Big Daddy and I made out of an d bed and I'm competing again this year.  Here's a link to this year's voting site and I'd really appreciate your vote!

Here's my entry, I'm #23!
You can vote once per day:)

Thank you so much for your support and I encourage everyone to drop in at your local restore !