Sunday, May 6, 2012

Surprise, I have not fallen off the face of the Earth! Between keeping the store full/arranged/cleaned and an upswing in Etsy sales, I've been running around like mad, and the blog fell to the wayside a bit.

We’ve brought in a plethora of new pieces recently, which I’ll be getting to next time, but this post is mostly to show off my new store counter:

It’s an awesome piece of Franken-furniture. I’m pretty sure the bottom was added on at some point, and it looks like work may have been done at the top. But I love the hardware and the old robin’s egg blue paint. We plan on filling the drawers with all sorts of interesting things (our loose Scrabble tiles, perhaps…?), so be on the lookout for that soon.

Aside from that, we’ve got tons new on Etsy, including:
As always, check out the Etsy shop for more!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Work in Progess

Welcome to "How much work did you put into that thing?!"

I've been meaning to do a before and after post detailing just how much effort goes in to repainting a piece of furniture. It really isn't all that easy, especially if you do it right! So I took several pictures of a painting job in progess, just to show all the steps we go through before a painted piece ends up in the store. Apologies for some of the pictures; I took them on my phone camera because that was the only one I had on hand at the time.

So remember this distressed white fireplace mantle?

It once looked like this. Yeah. That's paper stuck on to make it look like faux green marble. Yup. Aside from that, it had some other cosmetic issues close up, mostly on the top, and really, the piece needed a bit of help. To see how I did it, follow me after the jump:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spring Has Sprung!

Okay, not quite yet. But it almost feels like it with how warm this winter's been! I'll take this kind of winter least until they spend the summer telling us we've got a drought because there was no snow to melt.

Anyway! With Valentine's passed, now's the time to get out the greens for St Patrick's Day and the pastels for Easter. Our greens aren't quite done yet, but here are some pictures of the other things we've been working on.

The mantlepiece is decked out with an azure shade of blue. We've got all sorts of pretty odds and ends - a cup that reads "Remember Me," a 1930s chrome dish, a 1940s Cambridge double candleholder. In the middle is a vintage blue glass basket designed by Fenton for Princess House (available here on Etsy).

Pastels behind the desk - milk glass and soft pinks and blues and jadeite green (lidded bowl available here and Fire King Jane Ray plates here).

Now for the big thing we've been doing...

Welcome to the bedroom! The room in the back of the store is a little odd - I've found out that it used to be an indoor pool for the motel that was here - and we always thought it'd be neat to set the whole thing up like an actual room. We've finally gotten to it with this bright little bedroom. It's a work in progress, as everything is, but the main bits are all here. Miraculously, no one's tried to jump on the bed yet. Though I've been very tempted to take a little nap, some days.

Lots of new things on Etsy as well, including:

File under "Things to Look Forward to," only a few more weeks until Hebron Maple Fest. So if you're in the area March 10th or 11th, stop in and say hello!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Be my Valentine!

So it's a good thing my New Year's resolution wasn't to blog more often, because that would've been a wash! In my own defense, January's flown by. It seems like we were just putting up the Christmas decorations! Now they're down, and we're all decked out for Valentine's Day. So here we go:

So we've done some shuffling around! Our table now has a pretty pink flowered cross-stitch tablecloth, the white cabinet's now filled out in red and white, and our tree's been repurposed with some glittery red hearts. In the cabinet, we've got a cream and red reproduction coverlet and a set of Royal Staffordshire Safe Harbor pattern china. On the cabinet is a Mason's Trefoil Pink creamer and sugar (here on Etsy), a red painted box, and some off-white pitchers.

Now here we've got a soda crate on its side filled with all sorts of pink and white knickknacks. The vintage lamp has pink and green roses handpainted on a white background, and there's a Hazel Atlas Moderntone pink creamer and sugar (here on Etsy).

The mantle's shiny and red with a silverplate serving dish and cake plate, a cut glass vase and creamer and sugar, a pair of Avon champagne flutes, and jars full of peppermints.

Pink Depression glass in the entryway. Can't tell from the picture, but there's some very pretty details on these pieces. All these are on a backless white bookcase on top of a little retro table. Next to the table we've got an adorable little pink painted bench with roses on the seat cover.

More red and white, with white flowered plates, ruby glass, and a set of charming restaurant-ware cups with pink flowers. Also some vintage Valentine's cards are in there somewhere.

Now for two big new pieces! Gorgeous old dresser; the mirror has some wear, but the detailing on the front of the drawers is beautiful. To the right, a vintage spindle bed, full size. The bed is complete with headboard, footboard, and rails (not pictured). In front of that, we've got this great glossy bench.

And last but not least, primitive kitchen has made its way to the closet. Here we have an old shelf painted in New England red on top of a drop leaf table, also New England red. Then all sorts of old kitchen tools and pans and two shabby spice tin sets (here and here on Etsy).

Well, that's it for the displays, but I do have some other cool news as well. As of last week, I'm volunteering as a leader/moderator for the Vintage Lovers Team on Etsy. Check it out for discussion, help, and all things Etsy-vintage.