Sunday, August 17, 2014

This Little Gentlemen's Wardrobe of Mine....

I've just made it shine!  I came across this sweet, unique small wardrobe and immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. 
 
 
Not extremely impressive at first, but it had great bones and adorable cottage details.  Just look at what a couple of coats of paint made!
 
 
Distressed to show off the curves...
 
 
...and a great bird pull make it anything but masculine now.
 
 
The inside also receive a bit of a makeover.
 
 
The back was given a new burlap covered bulletin board to cover a hole that we believe allowed it  to house a TV at one time, and the bottom got a little floral.  I left the inside of the door unpainted to show off part of it's past.  Look at this....
 
 
How cute!  I always love to leave just a tad bit of the original (the eyes to the soul).
 
It's now in our booth at Through the Garden Gate Antiques!  This would be so great in a little girl's room or even in an entryway, kitchen or mudroom!  It has the rods to hang clothing on and room for so much storage!  I almost kept it as a broom closet in our kitchen.  If it doesn't sell soon, that may be where it ends up. :)
 
Come see us and so many other new finds in our booths!  We've been working hard this summer and so much more to come!
 
 
'til next time!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Less is More....Simplifying My Life

Wow...it's been a while since I posted.  However, this summer has been full of activity for us.  First and foremost, we've been able to spend a lot of time with our grandsons while school is out - and I treasure every moment of that.  The summer has flown by and school starts back up next week!

We spent some really great quality time together. :)


 
Don't worry...they got paid!!  They were asking to earn money for their vacation. :)  We've had a lot of fun just hanging out.

Dean and I did escape for a quick vacation to Virginia Beach in July, but a vacation it was not!  So much went wrong during those few days, and to top it off, we were in the middle of a tornado that hit the beach.  Luckily, we were refunded our last night's charge when we decided that it was seriously time to go home, even though we were still there after check out time.  Thanks to Expedia and the hotel staff!! 

The view from our room after the storm. 

 
I've also kept really busy with the shops, making changes and working on tons of things.  We've scaled back to only two locations (Through the Garden Gate Antiques and Unique Antiques).  However, we've expanded our space at TTGG - for now.  I'll explain more on that in a bit.


We are fully stocked and things have been selling well lately...keeping us busy backfilling.  The bad thing about this is that arthritis is really wreaking havoc in my hands, wrists and shoulders.  Painting has become a painful chore that I am beginning to dread.  The good thing about Unique Antiques is that we mainly deal in unpainted furniture there, which I actually love and am seeing a big push towards the warmth of wood again!
 
 
So, what have I really been doing this summer?!  My main goal was to clean out our garage...and this past weekend...we finished!!! YAY!  Our "good" vehicle can finally be kept out of the weather!  I'm telling you, I have had nightmares about that space.  When we closed our antique/retail gift shop, it turned our garage into a storage area - along with my "hoarding" of lots of project pieces (I just couldn't pass up a "good" deal...which there was usually a good reason for that...).  For almost two long years, we have not been able to move in there and I felt sick every time I opened the doors. 
 
This is the after....there is no way I would take a picture of the inside before.  Picture three large store showcases, plastic tubs and countless amount of furniture all over.... Sickening.  Yes, I have one project in the works in the picture, but it's done and out.  :)  We're hoping to get the garage insulated and finished before the winter.  I also hope to turn the upstairs into a studio...but that's down the road.
 

 
 
I can almost feel the relief in the air!
 
 
I started by not buying anymore "project" pieces this summer, finished the projects I had (or took to the dump or donated to Goodwill) and went through boxes, upon boxes, of stuff we had packed up from the store (it was like Christmas again!).  This is why we rented an extra space at TTGG for a little while....
 
This was just the start.  I am taking steady steps in making positive changes in our lives and am learning that less is so much more and so uplifting!! 
 
 
I couldn't have said it any better.....
 
As we make our way through a total makeover - to include money management and healthy eating - I plan to post about our journey.  It's a learning experience and I've been taking in so much information.  With God's help and guidance, I have no doubt we will succeed!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Stars and Stripes Dresser

I totally love how this dresser turned out!  Based on a vision that my darling hubby had, we worked together to create this one-of-a-kind beauty.


 Going with a patriotic theme, we chose this graphic of an old postcard for the center medallion. Wanting it to be a very subtle piece with a big statement, we chose to paint it in Lamp Black from General Finishes to not overpower the graphic. 


I printed and decoupaged it on - then distressed, distressed and distressed some more.


The dresser was already painted white, which gave it a wonderful layered look.


I added some really cute star knobs on the top drawers.


Several coats of General Finishes Flat Top Coat, and it is all done!


We took this to our booth at Through the Garden Gate Antiques yesterday and it sold today!

Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July.

'til next time!