Vintage Market Design

Vintage Market Design

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God does have a sense of humor, after years of infertility, we adopted 2 beautiful babies, I later had the "surprise baby"! In the very spare time I have, I love to decorate, paint, and make all kinds of things. I do repurpose old furniture and custom paint furniture for clients. I work with all types of vintage items. I love to make our house a home. I like to see how others do it and share what I do also. Contact me at if you are interested in any products I have posted or if you are local to Atlanta and want a furniture face lift! Love your old junk again!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Put Some Pizazz In Your Credenza.....

Here are a few new make-overs I recently finished for some clients. This is what I call a credenza???I don't know if it really is, but this was in a foyer. My client is moving from dark and moody to light and breezy....Right up my alley.....Did a little french face-lift on it, along with some of her accessories. Enjoy the before and afters!

This is where we started......

We need light, and we need it now.....

Gonna give these a lil make-over too.....not bad, just not her style....
notice the thrilled child behind the jars....

Hello Lovely!!

Francais!! Khakis, grays and creams

I made this to go on her front door, found basket
at Scott's but I added the fabric and the monogram, and the flowers.....

Lightened up the lamp too....

Love some scrolly!!

I knocked the panel out of the door and added burlap....The chair is a makeover for another
client...a table is almost done to go with the chairs, I will post about that next!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Life for Old Junk

The mainstay of my business is recycling old junk into new. I cannot stress enough, that some of the best pieces I have done, were to be tossed out! If you don't have vision, then some yard sale table, is nothing more than an eyesore to you, but can be a source of sheer joy to someone else...Here are a couple examples of recent recycles....Explore your possibilities....Beautiful decor, doesn't have to break your bank...You probably have some great things to work with already, and just don't know it! If not, go look through your local Goodwill, or an estate sale, or yard sale!

This table was done for a client, but just wanted you to see
what can be found if you look.....

I'm terrible about before pics, cause I usually just jump on my projects quickly,
This is a black sofa table from an estate sale...wrong color, but beautiful lines

You can see the black...

ASCP Old White...just looks good on most anything...
Clean and Fresh!

light distressing....

plain glass panels, I attached burlap under the glass, much more interesting....

thrift store lamp.... cheapy, with a new Target shade..
I love this lamp, it is creamy, and pretty, just needed cleaning and some TLC

one more frames $7.00  each, make a mat out of your favorite scrapbook paper!
I had these old botanical prints already, and I have 2 new pics!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Real, Recycled Cottage

Hidden on the back of some quiet, country property in Georgia is a charming cottage, lovingly called
"The Barn". Built  years ago, by the patriarch of a large southern family. It would be a gathering place for birthdays, holidays, and graduations. He and his wife of 55 years, have 6 kids, all grown and married with a total of 14 grand kids and 2 great grand kids. The Barn, became the place to hold the enormous family functions they would have at Christmas, Easter, and birthdays. The barn is made of all recycled materials. He saved pieces of old cedar fence, and brick, until he eventually could do this entire structure. He and his wife created this adorable cottage that the whole family has been able to enjoy. It's charm comes from the way the  materials were used and where. As his family has grown, some kids have moved away, grand kids have gone off to college, there is less need for an extra building for family functions. His youngest daughter  desired to make it her home. She transformed the cottage into a quaint, yet beautiful living space. Small square footage, but huge impact.  She gave me a little tour and allowed me to photograph her transformation of a gathering space to a living space.

old foto of the original structure before it was renovated
It was a rough barn

"The Barn" today

Love the weepy brick and the pop of Shamrock Green

This porch says "Come chill with me"

just plain cute!

  mustard yellow cabinets for the kitchen
great choice for a farm-house feel


fireplace in the kitchen area

this is just cute and clever, it is hiding an electrical box

breakfast area

 chocolate and khaki linens

Living area, the curtains through out the barn are
drop cloths! Very cool! Great grandmother's
buffet turned tv cabinet

comfy and cozy

This is loft style, the bedroom and living area are all combined

Cottage living!

One of a kind bedding....

Great eclectic style...the figurines were
made by a grandmother

more weepy brick! Love!

ceiling throughout The Barn

This cabinet houses some very cool things...

Grandmother's old typewriter...excellent!

gorgeous stoneware

back view of The Barn

A little patio off the bedroom. She is about to
do something beautiful out here too, more pics later!

Hope you enjoyed the tour of The Barn!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Just Sweat Equity

So, I wanted to give my bedroom, a make-over. Like I said in the last post, I haven't painted in 13 years....I painted walls and started rearranging stuff, and painting furniture. No $$$$, just my sweat and recycle ability.... I am on a roll now. I still have an armoire and a big dresser I want to paint, but I'm still obsessing on what colors. I did give my old headboard a face lift. I was going to put fabric in the center, but there wasn't much room for fabric and foam. It was going to stick out past the moulding, in an awkward way..... so I decided to paint it to look like grain-sack fabric. I then distressed it. Then, my hubby hung it on the wall with a cleat, to make it look tall. (lil trick learned from my sisters.) My older sis found this headboard for me at a furniture liquidation place for 50 bucks. It is Drexel Heritage but it had seen better days, and had to get painted. You can see how I painted it at first, but then I went over it with the grainsack, distressed look. I used Old White and Old Ochre ASCP. I really like how the room is coming together, I have to finish some client projects now, but maybe, I will get our dresser and armoire painted when the kids go back to school...whatever....maybe not....I feel pretty arrogant that I got this much done, ha! Enjoy Peeps!

Old color, blue, very dirty, many hand prints. maybe some crayons too... Notice headboard
sat low, and has pickled trim....pinkish....gotta go....

whole thing got painted in ASCP Old White
stripes are old ochre

Me Happy!

looks pink again, that is just my crapola camera....

Vera Bradley bedding, No! Marshall's...I got it last summer
35.00!! Boo Yah!

Pretty Sweet! Gotta love a paisley....

If you keep things pretty neutral, you can change out your duvet cover, or blanket, or pillows
for a different look when you feel like it...for cheap...

grainsack pillow...12.00 also Marshall's

other side of the room, that is done

Found this at Scott's, outside, where the good, cheapy
stuff was brown, I sprayed it white then tacked some linen
up, to hide my junk...lampshade is Wal-Mart, lamp was brass and old, spray-painted
that too!

nick-nacks or knick knacks???

3.00 Yard Sale Painting

Here is why I like this painting...It has some sassy lil french girls, wearing berets
and swing coats, as they walk down the street. Kinda reminds me of Marlo Thomas,
from That Girl.....remember that show???

I need a nap!

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