Friday, April 18, 2014

Statement Piece: Hutch in French Linen

I finished my statement piece for Lucky Star Market .
Here's what she looked like before...

This vintage hutch is from Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. (circa 1950's/60's). A great piece of furniture but in need of an update. I went to work with some French Linen ASCP for the hutch and then used Old White ASCP for the hardware.

Here's how she turned out...

It's a really charming piece. The hardware and hinges are slightly distressed and chippy. I love how they pop against the grey. The additional charm of this piece comes from simply lining the drawer and cabinet with pink and white striped wallpaper. LOVE the soft pink with this grey... it was the perfect finishing touch!

While hutches traditionally find themselves in the dining room... I love seeing them used in all different rooms now. Bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens craft rooms etc... they add character and the storage is fabulous.

This one is going to market... 

and she will need to find a good place to call home, so come and take a look in person. Thanks for stopping by!

Lucky Star Market- Saturday April 26th, 2014
@ Prairie Moon Winery in Ames, IA.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sneak peek for market with Spring on my mind

Despite the snow we had yesterday (gotta love Iowa weather), I'm busy getting ready for the Lucky Star Market. As I'm washing, organizing, pricing and painting... I've got Spring on my mind. The sunshine and pretty pastel colors that surround me today are helping. I thought this was the perfect time to share a few photos of what is coming to market with me. 

So, here's a little Spring cheer... enjoy!

Planters and floral decorative tins...

Mismatched china and some ironstone...

I love collecting pretty plates and layering them with other sets for a unique table setting. If you enjoy that as well... be sure to come and take a look!

Another fun idea with mismatched china is to make a DIY Cake Plate. I did this one awhile back and gave a tutorial on how you can do it too. You can find that here .

Pretty glassware...

Table Linens...

I finished fixing-up this beautiful vintage lamp...

And finally, here's a little peek at the statement piece for my booth. She's coming along beautifully. Lots of work and attention to detail to pull this piece together but it's worth it. She will anchor my booth and hopefully give people an idea of what I love to do. When this piece is done, I will do a complete blog post with the "before and after". Hope to get to that later this week.

 Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday April 26th and come on out to the Lucky Star Market in Ames, IA.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring 2014: Lucky Star Market

I set a goal for myself this year in regards to Mimi's Vintage Charm. I wanted to look for a place where I could set up a booth and sell some of my hand painted furniture and vintage housewares. I heard about a great venue that will give me this opportunity and I just had to pass along the news to you as well.

Mark your calendar and save the date: Saturday April 26th for the Lucky Star Market in Ames, IA. It's a seasonal "pop-up" market featured at the Prairie Moon Winery. If you're wondering what you'll find there, this market showcases handmade art, along with vintage and repurposed goods "from Central Iowa's best creators and collectors". I believe they have over 50 vendors for this spring market and I'm really excited to be a part of it.

I'm a complete rookie at this sort of thing. I will have an 8x8 booth, so my first challenge has been to figure out what type of furniture to bring. Hand painted, vintage furniture is my first love so I have to  find a way to showcase that by selecting just a few of the right pieces. It's a challenge and I'm up for it! So, come out that day, say hello and enjoy some great shopping.

Let the hunting and gathering commence...

I plan to do plenty of "sneak peeks" because I love that sort of thing.
Stay tuned for more photos and info!
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Chalkboard

1 Corinthians 13:7
"Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Happy Valentine's Day! I love this day for lots of reasons... the sweet treats, flowers, cards and of course all the PINK.  I had fun with some chalkboard art and a festive little "LOVE" banner for the occasion.

 We're celebrating with some cupcakes and strawberry milk over here so I just thought I would share a few photos...

and when you don't like the pretty pink paper straw that your mom gave you... just guzzle it.

I'll leave you with a funny dinner conversation we had the other night.
It went like this...

Me: Who loves steak? (as I carry the steak to the dinner table)
 Kids: Me!
 The kids took over from there...
Averi: Who loves mommy and daddy?
Kids: Meeeeeeeee!
Bentley: Who loves grandma?
 Kids: Meeeeeeee!
Bentley: Who loves Little Women? (the book we are currently reading)
Kids: Meeeeeee!
Averi: Who loves Valentine's Day?
Kids: Meeeeeeee!
Bentley innocently following that lead: Who loves Valentine's Night?
Kids AND Brett: Meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

So, from our house to yours... we hope you enjoy your Valentine's Day as well as your night :)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vintage First Aid Box

 I found this vintage wood box and knew I had to find a way to put it to use. It's a sturdy little thing with lovely dovetailed joints. I decided this would be perfect as a First Aid Kit.

because who wants this ugly thing...

when you can have this...

Pretty and practical... I love it! I painted the box with a mixture of French Linen and Old White Chalk Paint. For the cross, I used flat white paint.

Projects have not been easy for me to get to so far this year. When I do find the time and energy, I have plenty of options awaiting me. I did have a tea party this past week and that allowed me the opportunity to set a pretty table and enjoy some time with  friends from church.

Other than that, it's me trying to keep up with these three and some serious cabin fever! Spring come quickly please... we need you.

Thanks for stopping by.

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The Scoop  ~ Knick of Time ~ Give Me the Goods
Make it Pretty Monday  ~ Mod Vintage Life ~ Inspire Me Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style  ~ DIY by Design ~ Fridays Unfolded
The Inspiration Exchange  ~ Rooted in Thyme ~ French Country Cottage
The Inspiration Gallery ~ The Shabby Nest ~

Monday, December 30, 2013

Homemade Christmas Gifts

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
We always enjoy this special time of year with friends and family. On Christmas eve, I rounded up my little ones and we watched The Nativity Story. I love that movie and was so happy to be able to do that with them. Great way to begin all the festivities.

Today, I just thought that I would share a few of our "homemade" gifts that we did this year. We had fun coming up with ideas and putting them together. Brett had to do most of the work and he did amazing as always. Love that man!

So, here's the gift he made for his mom...

I got this idea from KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm. She has made some fabulous letters out of pallets. We decided to do a rustic letter A (for Arganbright of course) out of some salvaged barn boards we had on hand. We made it on a very large scale because his parents live in a timber-framed home and we pictured it up high on one of those beams.

For my sister Alana, I decided to make a vintage hostess set. I've made one before... they're just a really fun and festive gift that you can be creative with. Here's how it came together...

The items I included were: vintage soda crate (for a tray),  mason jars (for drinking glasses), carafe, paper straws, vintage mason jar with candy canes, notebook and some tree trunk slabs for a rustic centerpiece. (things that I added that are not pictured are a bar of hand-soap, some ribbon and a recipe for hot coco). My sister is such a great hostess, so it was fun to put this together for her. I loved the festive pop of red with this gift! It was perfect for Christmas. (if you want to see the other hostess set i put together you can do that here.)

The last gift that was homemade was a new stable/horse stalls for Little Miss. She's in that American Girl Doll phase and absolutely loves her horses that go with the doll.

Brett made it to fit in a little closet/storage space in her room. It turned out perfect! The doors open and close and the kids spend a great deal of time playing in it themselves.

It was a great Christmas.
Thanks for stopping by! 

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" Luke 2:11

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The ScoopMod Vintage Life ~ Knick of Time ~ 
The Chicken Chick ~ The Dedicated House ~
 Savvy Southern Style ~ Give Me the Goods ~
French Country Cottage  ~ Rooted in Thyme ~
Frugal Friday  ~ The Cottage Market 
The Vintage Farmhouse

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Farmhouse Table

I was so excited when I saw this table listed for sale at Furniture Zone  in Boone, IA. You just never know what treasures you might find there.

It's a fabulous reproduction farmhouse table. I love these!
The husband agreed, so I bought her and sold my other table.

Here's the table that I bought via Craiglist and painted before this one...

She was great but my painting has improved and I was ready to move on. Especially when I found the style I love and the farmhouse table fits our dining room space so much better.

Since my husband was home for 4 glorious days over Thanksgiving, we went to work on some house projects. I decided to try a little something new for the table top. I didn't want to have to buy anything so we worked with the materials we had on hand...

I started by mixing some of my French Linen Chalk Paint with water to create a wash. I didn't measure or anything... just mixed till I thought the consistency was right. Then I applied it with a brush... (warning: the lighting is not great in the work pictures because i work at night when all the babes are sleeping)

Here's the completed French Linen "wash" on the tabletop...

Then my husband applied a coat of Sherwin Williams Pickled White Oil Stain over the French Linen wash...

When that was dry, I did some sanding...

This is where all the work photos stop. I forgot to keep that up. After I sanded to get the look I liked, Brett finished the top by applying two coats of the Minwax (water based) Helmsman Spar Urethane. For the rest of the table, I painted her using the French Linen Chalk Paint.

Here's how she turned out...

The chair dilemma remains. I love the wood tones brought into this room but I'm not crazy about these chairs. I have a few ideas of what I like but we'll have to see what I can find.

and truth be told... i will never be cured of my love for Darcy :)
This chair is by Rachel Ashwell and can be found here.
It's my "someday" dream chair... after I work really hard and sell some big projects.
Always good to dream!

Thanks for stopping by.