A Warm and Toasty Sweater… Bench

I’m a weekend worrier of Vintage Finds, working nights to give new life and love to forlorn furniture. This little baby came to me with out fan fair and sat in the metal shed until just this last Dec. Our first snowstorm of the season drove me in to the garage to create, so the size of the piece needed to match the space. Baby fit the part.

bench beforeSM

Taking the old fabric off was an inside job…

….with a little help from my friend.

bench cover destruction

It wasn’t until I found an old wool sweater that I knew what I wanted to do. I had some 4″ foam that made the seat way more comfortable than it had been. And It gave the sweater a nice chunky, warm and bulky feeling. Just like an old boyfriend sweater.

Paint… Sand… Wax… Cut… Staple… Done.

She gets lots of compliments.

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I showed her off at the shop. Here she is waiting for Christmas.

Finished In Shop

I’m on the look out for a sweater in brown and green for my next Sweater Bench.

            Cheers,

Miss Ellie

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Saying Good Bye…

Saying Good Bye…

RDRSign2… and Hello!

With snow fall last weekend I had to say good-bye to summer for good. Summer is a hardworking season and many things happen that can keep one from their writing. And then there is Fall. I love fall. But alas I had to say good-bye to fall too! Fall is a productive season that can keep one from their writing too. But one can accomplish many things during the fall. I accomplished many things this past fall. Just at the very end, before this last snow storm I got an opportunity to start a vintage mercantile. Say Hello Opportunity! It’s a little space in an old building, housing this fabulous fabric and craft store. There are six of us plus Roxy who runs the fabric and craft space. I’m having the best time filling my little corner. Everything is found, vintage, upcycled and re-purposed. Here’s a little peek…

Vintage MercantileA corner of 48 square feet just for me! With a window no less.

Music ChestWhere I can show off the furniture I upcycle.

rag LampshadeAnd the lamps I re-design.

Blue sweater benchAnd lots of trinkets and home decor.

Silver sugar bowl pincushions and

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Bling Bottles

bling bottlesAll tucked in with a little holiday decor.

More fun to come.

Cheers,

Miss Ellie

Milk Paint from Miss Mustard Seed

It’s taken a good many months to pick up my milk paint from our local distributor and then a few more months to actually use it.  And to be honest, when I first brushed it on I was a bit confused. But I’ve learned a thing or two about paint and patience.

I had found this little, sad, cottage table with water marks on the top and thought Miss Mustard Seed was just the one to give it new life. So it became my first victim.

I had been chintzy and mixed it watery so it went on thin. I then put my doubts to bed and let it dry over night. In the morning, with help from a rag, it became some kind of chippy wonderful I’ll tell you! Just like Miss Mustard Seed said it would be.

But I wanted a little more coverage so I add a second coat before I went to work. It was looking quite appealing when I got home that night. I waxed it with a clear wax and buffed it to a dull finish.  I think I like it. What do you think?

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                                     Cheers,

                                     Miss Ellie

I’m sharing this post with Courtney’s Feather Nest Friday at French Country Cottage. 

I’m sharing this post with Marian’s Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed.

I’m sharing this post with Donna’s Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors.

I’m sharing this post with Debra’s Be Inspired at Common Ground. 

Chalkboard Menu

Been crazy busy around here. Did my first show in October and have another one next week. With a full-time job and a home and family to care for, DIYing happens after dark. Not the best time to take pictures; and I love picture heavy post. In the new year I will find a happy medium. In the mean time, lets talk chalk boards.
I love the idea of chalkboards. You can see them all over the web. I find them so versatile, and communicating my thoughts is really easy. With the use of Chalkboard paint, anything I love can be come a chalkboard. And the concept of colored chalk makes me kinda giddy. Have you seen what a ‘chalk artist’ can do? So it was time I made one of my own. A few months ago I came upon a small coffee table that had no legs. It was dirty and shabby and unloved. So I took it home and washed and sanded it. Sanding is very important. Spray on Chalkboard paint did not smooth out the surface of my piece. I had to do that myself. And if you don’t, you’ll end up with shaky, lumpy lines when you draw on the board with chalk. I brushed on a quick primer coat and then sprayed on the chalk paint. I’d recommend a thick coat or three, of primer. I only used one thin coat and now wish I’d done two or three. The rim of the table was painted white, sanded and then glazed with dark walnut stain. I added a vintage typography from the graphic fairy to finish the board. Karen has a wonderful tutorial on how to transfer typography to furniture. It’s simple and easy. After hand painting the letters I sanded them down a bit to give them some aging. Good Morning! I really like the way it turned out. It makes my family happy to get up in the morning and see a message from me. And I’ve left a menu for the daughter and she had dinner ready when I got home from work! And it’s a great finish at the end of our long gallery kitchen. You remember the Small Kitchen Tour.

I’ve tried the spray chalk paint on a silver plated tray that’s waiting for a hanger. I’ll give you a look-see when I have her on display. Check back soon, or sign up for emails and I’ll just drop into your inbox when I’ve got her done. Have you done a chalkboard paint project yet? Did you use the spray on or the paint on? Would love to hear how it worked for you. Cheers, Miss Ellie

I’m linking this post to Linda’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday over at Coastal Charm.

I’m linking this post to Cassie’s POWW over at Primitive and Proper.

I’m linking this post to Courtney’s Feather Nest Friday over at French Country Cottage.

I’m linking this post to Marion’s Furniture Feature Friday over at Miss Mustard Seed.

I’m linking this post to Donna’s Saturday Nite Special over at Funky Junk Interiors.

Sweet Pickin’s Outdoor Vintage Market

SweetPickins Poster

One of my first loves is treasure hunting. Another is fixing up what I’ve found . And before long I’ve amassed a house full of treasures with no place for more. If this keeps up I’ll have to divorce my love of treasure hunting.

Aaa… Not going to happen!

So where to put all these treasures and have room for more.  Well the most obvious solution is to find like minded individuals who love these treasures as much as I do.  So I started looking around.  And while I was looking around my town and in neighboring towns, Sweet Pickin’s was created.

Sweet Pickin’s Outdoor Vintage Market, the first vintage market in my town. Isn’t that a great name for a vintage market? When my application was accepted I was so darn excited  I nearly danced to the moon. I had so much I wanted to do and only 30 days to do it in. And with two birthday milestones and a full-time job I would have to be very efficient with my time.  My Dad helped a lot and I got moral support  from my family and great advice from my Mom. Thanks Mom and Dad. The daughter was great at the 6 a.m. set up (not a great hour for young people) and her boyfriend took pictures.

Bonnie (the organizer) over at ‘Junk in the Truck‘ and the GV Downtown association did a fabulous job of pulling it all together. All the vendors were friendly and nice and had amazing stuff to sell. I only wish I’d done more shopping. And the weather! You could not have asked for better weather; cool during the hustle of set up and almost balmy for the market. And Bonnie got the most fabulous food vendor, Back Porch Market  who kept us all fed. A glorious day. Just glorious!

I did learn a few things that I’ll do differently next time. But what I know right now is I loved it. Every bloomin’ minute of it. It felt good to be with like-minded folks and talk a little bit about our love. Can’t wait to do it again.

Here’s a photo college of  my space that my daughter’s boyfriend took for me. Thanks Cody.

Cheers,

Miss Ellie

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New TV Stand from Old

This winter was the year for new electronics. I say that because being a resourceful gal I take second-hand goods, TVs, Computers, VCRs, and appliances, and make them work for my family. This year my house earned me an energy rebate so I decided it was time for a flat screen TV. I needed the TV to take up less room and be compatible with the electronics my family was tiring to plug into it. But it also meant the current TV arrangement was not going to work.

I spent a couple of months looking for just the right TV stand. And then I found the best one ever at the Restore. But it needed a lot of love.

It’s mahogany veneer on most of it. But I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it so I just started sanding. You’ll remember the post about getting a paint brush back in my hand. Well, I decided to paint it orange. Yup! Orange. It’s a beautiful soft shade of pumpkin.

I glazed the lower half with chocolate and finished the top with a dark oak stain and hand rubbed poly. And gave the hardware a good cleaning too.

The TV fits perfectly. And with the addition of wall decor above the TV it almost doesn’t look like a big black box.

Dinner and a movie has taken on a whole new meaning in our house.

Next up? The coffee table.

While photo shooting this piece I sat on the table and one leg gave way and I went crashing to the floor. So, furniture Repair and Re-finishing are my next adventure. Stay tune for the details.

Cheers!

Miss Ellie

I’m linking this post to Courtney’s Feathered Nest Friday over at French Country Cottage.

I’m linking this post to Donna’s Saturday Nite Special over at Funky Junk Interiors.

I’m liking this post to Marian’s Furniture Feature Friday over at Miss Mustard Seed.  

I’m linking this post to Casie’s POWW107 over at Primitive & Proper.

4th of July and Door Decor

It just a little collection of things, pull together last night in celebration of the 4th of July.

I wanted something festive on the porch; the door to be precise. But it’s metal and I was challenged to over come that short coming. I had found an old shovel at the Restore and a folding ruler in red and white which caused inspiration.

With a cleaning and a coat of poly the shovel made a great magnetic chalk board. The addition of a drapery rod hook in the shaft of the handle behind the shovel head made hanging it easy.

The pinwheel takes me back to Independence Day celebrations from my childhood so I couldn’t pass it up when I saw it at the cash register a few days ago.  The blue bandana was found to hold it all together since all the ribbon stores were closed by this time and upholstery webbing was too stiff.

And it hangs next to the metal door.

I went out to get the paper this morning and saw it on my way back into the house. It made me smile.

Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day.

                                    Cheers!

                                   Miss Ellie

I’ve linked to Mary’s Share the Love Wednesday link party at Very Merry Vintage Style.

I’ve linked to Debra’s Vintage Inspiration #95 Porches and Outdoors link party at Common Ground.