Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cottage Bedroom Furniture Projects

I've been working on our master bedroom, gathering vintage pieces here and there to pull it all together. Our room is quaint and cozy. I had to find just the right pieces to fit the small space.

My first project... the bedside tables. This is me smiling like a fool, thinking this was going to be a quick an easy one...

I felt like tossing them in the burn pile so many times. They ended up being a huge ordeal. My husband thought I should strip the paint and assured me that this would be easy. Long story short, I will NEVER strip again... lesson learned :) Here's a photo showing some progress. It was a mess.

After persevering through that disaster, I was able to paint them as originally planned. I used French Linen ASCP and added some white hardware for the finishing touch.

The other piece that took a lot of work was a shelf that I purchased at JB Knacker (Gilbert, IA). It was salvaged, part of a built in I believe.

In contrast, this was the piece my husband wanted to burn but I wouldn't let him. It was the perfect size and shape for our room so he did all the work that it demanded. He tore the whole thing apart... sanded the wood, rebuilt the inside with new bead-board paneling, made new shelves, fixed the base and the outside panel of the broken-down side. This made up for the whole stripping mess he got me into... thanks babe, love ya! 

For the outside shell... we did one coat of Pickled White Stain from Sherwin Williams. I wanted a "white wash" look. For the inside, I used French Linen ASCP. Here's how she turned out...

Next came the dilemma with closet doors. Have you seen all those fabulous pins on Pinterest where people use old doors for their closets? I  knew this would work great in our room and we already had a pair of old  french doors on hand. So I went to work with some paint (French Linen ASCP) and hung white curtain panels on the inside of the doors to complete the look. I love how they turned out.

I came across this vintage chandelier at Tangerine Zebra (Ames, IA). I was so happy that the husband let me have this in our room in place of a ceiling fan. It's a lovely detail.

The other side of the room is very simple as well. I'm definitely a "less is more" type of girl.

A bed with white linens, the bedside tables and a pretty little bench came together to finish the room.

It's so nice to have it all put together now. 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Junkin in June at JB Knacker

Junkin in June is going on this wknd... June 27th - 29th. I spent Friday morning at JB Knacker's helping out for a little bit. There are so many great things going on there so I have to share a few photos. Grab some friends and hit the road... it's well worth it!

The shop is in fine form...

This pretty grey buffet definitely caught my eye...

In the side and backyard of JB Knacker's, you will find several other vendors set up. I was able to snap a few photos out there. They are braving this crazy weather!

Be sure to stop and see Clare and Elisabeth in the little shed out back...

Rescued Junk is another vendor set up in the yard...


I LOVE this cabinet by them...

Junk Parlor is there too...

After all the shopping, you may want to stop for a snack. The Bistro is set up with some very yummy treats... don't miss those!

Right next door to JB Knacker's is a cute little shop called PIXI .
Stop by and say hello to Tina.

Hope this gives you a little taste of what's out there this wknd!
If you want more info or a map for Junkin in June then click on this link
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Antoinette Dining Room Chairs

I've been working on some house projects. The latest has been my dining room chairs. I bought these four from REDO. (click on that name for the link to their FB page) They have a shop in Boone, IA that is open on the weekends. It's a great place to look for project pieces.

 Someone had started to paint them but never finished. They were all scratched up and in need of some love but I thought they would be great. They have a charming cottage feel to them. Here's another "before" picture so you can see the details...

My farmhouse table is painted in French Linen ASCP. I have found that French Linen looks great with pink. So, I bought a new color.... "Antoinette" is her name and she is lovely! Pink just makes everything a little better in my book.

Here's how the chairs look now...

and now with the table...

Sweet Antoinette was the perfect touch... love these two colors together!

Thanks for stopping by!
I'm working on finishing up a few projects in my bedroom so that should be coming soon.

Linking To:
Pink SaturdayMod Vintage Life ~ Make it Pretty Monday 
The Scoop  ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ DIY by Design
Miss Mustard Seed  ~ The Shabby Nest ~ French Country Cottage
The Inspiration GalleryRooted in Thyme ~

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Antique Two Drawer Dresser

I recently worked on this antique two drawer dresser. Since I forgot to snap the "before" picture, we'll jump right into the "after" photos. I love this piece for lots of reasons.

She's solid oak and has those wonderful paneled sides.
I'm always drawn to that detail...

She was weathered and worn when I got her and that just added to her character and charm. I went with "Old White" ASCP and distressed her as it seemed fitting. I found some vintage hardware and painted it with a mixture of "French Linen" and "Old White". The grey and white go well together.

Because of her size... she's very versatile. I picture her in any room with a big basket for linens or towels...

The drawers are lined with pink and white striped wallpaper...

She's also at just the right height for a little girl's dollhouse which would be so sweet in a bedroom or playroom.

Sometimes there is nothing better than a simple white dresser.

Stop by my Facebook page for Mimi's Vintage Charm if you want more details on this piece. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 28, 2014

My First Market

I survived my first market and was able to snap a few photos of the booth. It was a great day and something that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot and hope to get better each time.

  I kept telling myself that unexpected things would come up and that I would just have to roll with it. I'm the type that likes to be prepared and know what the plan is... exactly. Therefore I'm not the best "roller" if ya know what I mean. Well, the first curve ball came the day before market when I learned that the ladies in the booth next to me were moving outside. I was told that I could stretch out my booth to fill the space. For most vendors... that is probably a dream come true. For me, who had my booth all planned out and just enough stuff to fill it... this was a tough curve ball. So, I didn't say much. I unloaded my stuff and set up as I had originally planned... knowing I would be back very early in the morning to change it all and finish my pricing. I had the night to figure out what to do with all that space. I came home tired, anxious, and hungry... that's a very bad combination for me. When I told my husband we would need to be there early the next morning to price and make changes to fill the space, he mistakenly asked me what I had done all afternoon. I informed him. I talked to my mom for a bit and she said I could bring an antique iron bed frame to the market that she had painted and wanted to sell. That was very helpful. So, I prayed and finally went to bed around 2 AM with my alarm set for 4:45. Surprisingly I woke up refreshed, got ready and put my brave face on. I was able to enjoy the beautiful sunrise that morning...

Off to the market we went... later then planned (of course). It worked out fine... a little sparse but not too bad and we got the pricing finished up just in time. The great thing about the whole situation was that we were able to set up a check-out area (off to the side) with a table for writing receipts and the cash box. I am sooooo thankful for that and for my husband who got assigned the position of "money man" for the day. (Thanks babe... wouldn't have made it without you!) It was wonderful. People could shop the space and not feel crowded while Brett and I (both introverts) sat in the safety of our little corner. I loved spending the day with him. Thank you Lord for the little blessings that we don't see right away... but yet you work out perfectly for us.

So here's how the booth came together...

I sold some furniture and lots of housewares that day. It was great to visit with the customers and get feedback. I loved having friends and family stop by and say hello... funny how comforting that is.

For my first market, I am so glad it was with the Lucky Star Market. The community gets involved and the attention to detail really impressed me. Jody, who directs it, is amazing and so helpful. As a vendor, they fed me a cinnamon roll from Valentino's (of Ames) for breakfast and then at lunch they surprised me with this...

a boxed lunch from The Bistro (of Story City). How sweet is that?!!

Meeting and seeing what the other vendors do was great as well. I collected some cards from the ones around me. I'm inspired by all their work... still have lots of websites and Facebook pages to visit.

So that's my market story. It was good to get home to all my sick kids (thanks so much family for watching and caring for them) and rest.

Thanks for stopping by!