Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My New Armoire ... A Love Story ~


Can you LOVE a piece of furniture
An inanimate object?

I'm talking about 
TRUE LOVE... 

As in 
"I love it so much I want to marry it..."

Is it possible to love an armoire??

I think so and 
I'm in love.... 

But it didn't come easy for me...
there was some rejection involved, 
some heartache
along with some very painful waiting....

Let me share my love story....

Back in September, I was perusing Craigslist and came across a pair of wicker trunks that were from Pottery Barn. Big trunks... Trunks I really didn't have a place for. Trunks I didn't need. But they were Pottery Barn and I decided to check them out. I emailed the seller and somehow I ended up on her porch looking at trunks.... 

It was fate.

Feeling quite proud of myself for recognizing that I didn't need the trunks, I decided to pass... to leave empty handed... And that's when it happened....Out of the corner of my eye...

I saw IT!!!

The most beautiful armoire I have ever seen... 
Grand
Charming
Good looking...


It was love at first sight.... 

A sexy voice inside my head said to the armoire
"Hello Lover"

Trying to keep my cool, and taking a gulp, my heart racing, my voice shaking, I asked "Are you selling the armoire?"

"I'm not sure, I think so" the seller stated... She wasn't sure?  Wasn't sure she was selling it??!!!?? 

I inspected it carefully. It was in pretty good condition for being OUTDOORS on her front porch, exposed to the elements... I was talking to myself at this point... "She has this on her porch, she wants to sell it"... "It has sports equipment in it, she's not serious about the armoire".... "I would be a better owner!!"

We talked some more about where she purchased it and it's history... She hemmed and hawed and while she didn't commit to selling me the armoire, somehow we were taking measurements and I was writing them down.... 86" tall x 46" wide x 22 deep...

I snapped a few photos of the armoire on her porch ...


The details....


Her current use...sport storage on the porch??



I drove home... 
dreaming about the armoire...

In love... 
I'm in love!!

In my mind, I thought for sure we would strike a deal and this armoire would come home with me. Home with me very soon.... 

Somehow, I would need to convince my husband that I needed this giant 7 foot armoire. I was in deep... In my head,  my husband was I was already moving my entire living room around...

I measured the living room and found that I had a spot. I showed the photos of the armoire to my hubby and to my surprise he liked the armoire. We talked about renting a truck and maybe picking it up on the weekend....
But all my dreaming was premature,
very premature....

I called the seller to discuss a price....

That phone call was like nails on a chalkboard... Between the time I was at her house and the time it took me to drive home, the owner wasn't sure she wanted to sell the armoire. She told me she loved it too. She knew she needed to let it go, but wasn't ready yet. She told me that when she decided to sell it, she would let me know....

September and October passed.... 
I thought about the Armoire everyday. 

I AM NOT KIDDING.

I emailed the seller and asked "are you thinking of selling"... I got an email response "not yet, but I'll let you know".... Meanwhile, it started to rain and the thought of the armoire on her porch, possibly getting wet, made me sad...

I sent another email and was told "Maybe  I'll be ready to sell it in early December"...

Towards the end of  November, 
I phoned the seller and left a message...
no reply.

Admitting that my love affair was one sided and I wasn't going to get the armoire was painful... but I told myself that I would find something else. It was just a piece of furniture. Maybe something better would come along. 

I told myself all these things, 
but I'm not sure I really believed them.

Thanksgiving came and went and I was still hung up on the armoire. My birthday was approaching and it was almost December. My dear husband asked for the armoire lady's phone number.  He was going to call her and see if she was ready to sell it.  Mr. AntiqueChase is sweet like that.

He phoned, she answered, they talked. 

I wasn't getting the armoire.  

She said "Maybe after Christmas I will be ready to sell it, but not now."

There was some crying, and I may have even thrown a temper tantrum or two... But it was so sweet of Mr. AntiqueChase to try and that's what really mattered. A birthday gift in itself.

That afternoon, we decided to hang our outdoor Christmas lights. Mr. AC high up on the ladder and his cell phone was ringing. He took the call and it was our neighbor asking for some sprinkler advice... Then the phone rang again, and again... Mr. AC let it go to voice mail. We were busy with lights. Later that night, he listened to his phone messages and it was the Armoire lady. 

She decided she was ready to sell.

OMG let's get a truck NOW, I pleaded to Mr. AntiqueChase. My husband didn't recognize the urgency of the situation...  It took a few days but we got it... all 7 feet of it... in our living room.... and be still my heart...

I'm in LOVE...


The creamy paint color and patina of the finish...


French design...


I adore the love birds in the nest...


The large brass knobs with "outdoor" patina...


Large brass hinges and pediment carvings....


I stuck my big $3.00 trough 
from the Wednesday flea market up on top... 
If you missed that post, click here


However, I would really like to get an old rocking horse to place on top....


Love the rocking horse Deserae has on her large armoire (photo above). You can see more of Deserae's beautiful home on her blog Peeking thru the Sunflowers. Until I find a rocking horse, I'm happy to have my big wood trough... Still deciding if I should place fake greenery in there... It's too high and dark to water up there... This room faces North. 


As for the sofa table and mirrors that were previously on this wall, they have swapped places to the other side of the living room..... Such an overcast day today, my photos are dark, sorry! I promise to share more photos on a sunny day.

Thank you Mr. AntiqueChase for the wonderful birthday gift. I love my new armoire!

Back in November, I got news that 
I won a FANTASTIC giveaway at



Not one but TWO ruffled linen stockings!!!


Dreamy!!!


I felt so blessed to win this giveaway!!

Have you been to Rachel's blog 

Her decorating and photography are inspiring
and her blog is one of my favorites!!

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I am busy with my holiday decor and hope to share some photos soon.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Flea Market Wednesday HAUL ~


A trip to Flea Market Wednesday was long overdue... 

It seems like I haven't been to the mid-week flea market in weeks! Between my daughter starting school an hour late on Wednesdays (teacher planning meetings) combined with some bad Wednesday weather, I wasn't getting my weekly fix to shop. I'm sure my husband was conspiring with Mother Nature and sincerely appreciated her wind and rain on Wednesdays!


My friend Bethany and I did some serious shopping this week....


My car was really loaded up....
Packed to the brim!!



Once we unloaded the car, I made my pile...

Do you ever unload your purchases from the car 
and notice that they have a theme?



Once again, it looks like a container sort of day...

Wood, galvanized, and wicker containers!!


First up, I purchased this tiny little wooden sign 
because the sentiment was so charming... 

"The place where were treated best 
and grumbled most ~
HOME SWEET HOME"


Collected some more old green books... 
If the price is right, I always buy green vintage books!


Old seed crates  or something... What I will do with them?? Maybe corral all the remotes on the coffee table in the family room? I'm not sure but they are super cool and have fabulous paint and very old {tiny} gauge chicken wire in them...


An old tool box carrier with the best blue paint and fabulous patina. This one is going on my kitchen table with some fresh herbs in each compartment!


Weathered wood bottle crate picked up for $5.00... 
I have an old glass bottle that will fit perfectly inside the crate.... 

Oh, and another old wicker basket... 
I just can't pass those by!


This crock was my favorite purchase of the day. The seller had it on her car... when I inquired about purchasing it, I was told 

"Not for sale"

The seller had bought it early that morning from another vendor... grrr!!!  We took another spin around the flea market and could not stop thinking about the crock!

So I went back and begged asked the seller "are you sure you don't want to sell me your crock"... she told me to make her an offer, which I did, and now I own the crock!! 

I have some smaller crocks (with number markings 2, 3 & 4) but love this one because it's huge!! I'm talking a potted tree could fit inside.... 

So what am I gonna do with it? Not sure, but I do love it!!

Okay,

I lied....



Clearly
my favorite purchase of the day... 

A GINORMOUS wood container...


Maybe an old wood trough?
It hard to see just how big this baby is... 
[about 4 feet long]

I'm telling you it's HUGE!!
and it was only $3.00... 
yes, 
three dollars...
as in 12 quarters!


It's gonna grace my dining room table with flowers inside!! 


I just need to clean it out and maybe wax it up... Not sure if I will add some colored Bri-Wax to it or just apply some clear wax... 


What say you??


Hydrangeas also from the flea market. They are large potted plants are only $5.00 each. I can usually keep these plants blooming in the house for a month or two... When the blooms fade, I will plant the live plants in our garden. I haven't had much luck getting the plants to grow in the ground but I haven't given up and continue to try....

At Christmas, I think the trough will look nice on my dining table with greenery and poinsettia's inside!

A very successful Flea Market Wednesday... perfect weather, great finds and a wonderful time with my dear friend!!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bare Naked Books ~

You've seen them in magazines and catalogs, read all about them on blogs... and you probably gasped at the prices Restoration Hardware was charging for them...

Bare Naked Books...



Found at every garage sale and thrift store... 
Usually with a 50 cent or $1.00 price tag attached... 

Don't like the cover? 

Rip it off... 
stack three... 
or wrap them with twine...

Call it a
BOOK BUNDLE..
(Photo credit: Picture 1 & 2 Ballard Catalog)

You know the drill...
Right?

But are your book bundles looking a bit tired? 

Remember the stencil I used to embellish my vintage bread board? If you missed that post

I was walking the house looking for more quick and easy stencil projects and spotted some bare naked books...


I wondered
 could I stencil them??

Sure... why not!!

Pulled out my Grain Sack Stencils, a paint brush and craft paint...


After a couple of taps, I got this...


Super fast and easy...


To avoid the stencil moving or sliding while I was painting, I decided to use my kitchen drawer as a vice. 

This worked well until the phone rang and I jumped...


My 'No 2' stencil moved a bit 
and resulted in a double shadow.

This imperfection is perfectly acceptable to me..


The bare book before...


...and after.

This project took less than 5 minutes 
for all three books.


I'm loving everything numbered 
and this project is no exception..


It was cheap and so easy!


I used "Very Black" paint and I think it's a bit dark... If I stencil more books, I might try a softer black paint. Or maybe I could sand the paint a bit to soften the color...


I decided to move my numbered books 
into a cubby in our hallway...


Gives just a bit more interest 
with the stencil on the spine...



So, if you are getting bored of your plain naked books... give them a little stencil love... I got mine on Etsy from EuroStencilDesigns.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Embellishing Old Bread Boards ~

I have an addiction to antique bread boards. The old wood, knife marks, heat rings and patina always speak to me. I have a small collection as they are very hard to find. 


When I do come across them, they are so expensive. I usually see the large ones priced in the $75- $200 range. How about you?? 

Previously, I showed you my vintage bread board collection and how I was storing them in my kitchen. I had found a French Artillery Basket that displayed them perfectly...


To read my previous post on Bread Boards 


If you look closely, you can see a small bread board in the front of the group... Since the basket is deep, I have stuffed newspapers under the board to prop it up.



I purchased this small bread board from Ebay. 
It was nothing really special in size or shape 
but the price was too good to pass up. 

So, I bid and won.

If I remember correctly, 
I didn't closely read the seller's description... 

I thought the bread board 
was going to be much larger... 
my bad.



It's cute but certainly not my favorite.

Not sure how old it is... 
It does have cut marks and a deep patina. 
Very simple indeed...

I have used it as a trivet 
for a hot dish
or my coffee pot 
on the kitchen table. 

Recently, I was on Etsy and came across some unique stencils. The seller is EuroStencilDesigns.

While I do consider myself somewhat crafty, 
I have never really stenciled before... 
at least I don't remember doing so... 

EuroStencilDesigns has a line of stencils 
called "Grain Sack" which are my new favorites. 
I believe there are 15 to choose from... 

Warning: You will want them all!!

I ordered the stencil called Lucas Moller.


I was so excited I wasn't sure what I wanted to stencil first.. I walked around looking for victims projects...

Nothing in my house was safe...

Everything became a possible target... 
Cloth napkins, pillows, boxes, old wood, burlap... 

BREAD BOARDS!!!

So... my first stencil project was that old, simple, rather dull, bread board... 


I used regular craft paint I had laying around the house 
and I stole a junky paint brush 
from my daughter's craft supplies... 



I used a small amount of paint on the brush and went for it!

Just two minutes later.... 

I was sooooo excited 
when I lifted my stencil and found this...


Do you love the German Grain Sack writing??

I think it's dreamy...

Took my plain, 
nothing special bread board 
and embellished it!

I think the German font looks so expensive...


For Fall, I decided  to move my bread boards behind my stove...


I love the rich Fall colors they bring to the space...




My disclaimer is that I used regular craft paint and I haven't sealed the board... I'm okay with this since I am only using it for decoration.. I'm sure there is probably paint made for food prep or a sealer use that you can use if you want to serve with your old bread board...



I loved this using this stencil. I had no bleed through. The plastic used to make the stencil is flexible enough to bend around projects.  
 I was so pleased with my project that I ordered 2 more stencils from EuroStencilDesigns. There is also a website you can visit for more stencils at Maison De Stencils.

In my next post, I will show you a few more stencil projects I completed.

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