Friday, June 23, 2017

Four Small Vintage Window Wall Hangings

During our town city-wide garage sales weekend I picked up four little windows.
They measures approx 14" square, perfect size for adding adhesive wall stickers.

 I love doing this on small vintage windows. 
I have done it before ... click here, here or here to view others.

 I bought the adhesives from Dollar Tree.
Some I had to work on a bit to get them to look right 
in a square frame.

 As always, I used leftover wallpaper for the backing.
(Apply just like wallpaper).

The textured wallpaper shows a little subtle pattern when displayed on a wall,
but really pops when put in a window.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Vintage Microwave Cart

This gas stove has been our microwave / kitchen TV stand for the last 20 years.  It had a cool look and extra storage for cookbooks, etc.  But with the "new" white baseboards (check out post here about the baseboards), the ivory didn't look so great.  Time to make a change.

Which led us on a whirlwind shopping trip to our vintage mall.  We spied a gray utility cart that fit the dimensions we needed, and snapped it up.  Unfortunately, it had some fluorescent orange stenciling on it (sorry, no photo of this).  
A little paint (and distressing) gave us the perfect microwave cart.  And so much more mobile!  It also looks great with our new flooring and baseboards.

Linking Up With:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart

Monday, June 19, 2017

Selling Off My Vintage Hershey Collection

In about every other post I mention we hope to relocate in a year.  We will have lived in this same wonderful house for 30 years.  I am not a huge "collector" (I am much more of a "seller") but you still manage to retain stuff in 30 years.  Bit by bit, I am having to re-evaluate my "stuff".  Do I love it?
Do I use it?  Is it an important part of our history?

Keeping the kitchen items we use all the time AND look good.  It is going to take some doing to thin things down.  This is just step one...selling off my vintage Hershey collection.

 I LOVE chocolate and I liked how the browns looked in my kitchen, so it served it's use.  I've enjoyed a good portion of the collection for decades.  But, at this point I am ready to let some lucky ebay buyer enjoy the candy bar boxes and cocoa tins.

Getting rid of these lovelies will help de-clutter the high shelf in the kitchen.  And we all know that to sell houses, they need to look de-cluttered.  Spacious.

Presently it looks a little sad where the Hershey stuff was sitting, time to take down the Hershey sign and rearrange what is left.  Sometimes de-cluttering hurts a little.

Linking Up With:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Three Vintage Find "Projects"

I am being super selective in what I purchase for resale.  One of the things on my "do-not-buy list" is project pieces.  You know the ones, they take more time than they are worth. But sometimes I am sorely tempted, and I give in...

 Like this cute little vintage wooden wheelbarrow.
Great colors, just missing...a whole side!

I decided the best option was to make it looked "patched"
rather than "matched".
 100 year old hooks...but on ugly boards.

I had some extra baseboard leftover from my
kitchen floor makeover (see post here) .
I like the vintage look of the hooks and baseboard together.
 We recently bought a single old drawer for the two great pulls
that were on it, which we sold on ebay.
That left the drawer itself...

 The drawer has this great wainscoting on the bottom.
Well, you just can't put that out on the curb...

 I trimmed off the drawer "lip" that made it sit ascew.
I added the shelf.
Then a little painting and distressing.

 Old drawer upcycled into small shelf.

Linking Up With:
Vintage Charm Parrty with Adirondack Girl At Heart
Funky Junk Interiors 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Vintage Baseboard In My Kitchen

Incorporating vintage details into my 120 year old house feels like the right thing to do.  So when we decided to tear up the old flooring in the kitchen, including the rubbery plastic baseboard that edged it -- I was ready to look toward a more original look.

 I believe all of the floors in our house were originally wide pine when it was built in 1895.  We can argue taking things back to the "original" until we are blue in the face.  I believe between 1915-1920 most of the floors were covered over with narrow maple -- so some of the non-original floors have been around for 100 years.  Shouldn't we honor their age as well?  It all comes down to what looks right with the house, best serves our purposes (and budget), and would be good for resale of the house.  So we choose a light colored wood plank laminate for the kitchen floor -- waterproof and has a lifetime guarantee.

But, I knew from the get-go that I wanted the same type of Victorian baseboard in my kitchen that I had in the rest of the house.  Mr Handyman actually was trying to clean out a barn last fall, and gave me quite a bit of the baseboard.  It had a lovely chippy white look.  I knew the amount would be tight, and that definitely there would not be enough to trim out around the island.  So I started looking....

And ended up buying a huge pile of painted white interior house trim.  It turned out most of it was door molding/trim (argh) but enough was matching baseboard that we ended up having to use to finish out the kitchen.  (There were also some interesting pieces in the pile that I was able to sell, and they paid for the whole pile.)  Mr Handyman was able to use some of the door trim to do the baseboard around the island.I did put a matte coat of polycrylic on the baseboard in case it contained lead, or would try to continue to chip off.  Love the look, especially with the wainscoting (which is original).

Linking Up with:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Local Vintage Tractor Show

 Our local museum sponsored a Tractor Show in their
parking lot last Saturday.

 To compliment the outdoor show, they had a display of
pedal tractors inside. The blue Ford is ours (belonged 
to our now 28 year old children).

 There was a great tractor display,
and you could cool off with apple juice freshly made from this antique mill.

 This is a daddy of a friend of mine,
standing by his favorite tractor.

 There were many things to see and do,
and plenty of chewing-the-fat.

 This was the only tractor that wasn't actually
driven to the museum.  The owners keep most of them
in running condition for shows and tractor cruises.

 This little farmer's shirt says "Will trade one of
my sisters for a tractor".  Who can blame him,
he has three sisters.

This little guy is enjoying the leftovers of the
"mini super-farmer contest".

Linking Up With:
Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart 

Friday, June 9, 2017

City-Wide Garage Sales Weekend

So last weekend was my little town's city-wide garage sales -- over 200 garage sales. About 20% start Thursday, another 40% start Friday, and on the official city-wide day of Saturday the other 40% start.  Normally, I am on top of my game those three days, but we were out-of-town until mid-afternoon Thursday, and I needed to leave town again by 9:30 am Saturday.

 So, it was a little hard to figure out which
sales had already been open the day before and therefore were a waste of my time.

 Nevertheless, we did our best and picked up a few nice items.
This little adirondack stool is going on ebay.

 Love this antique plant holder,
also heading to ebay.

 Antique carved soapstone Chinese vase.

 Hubley doorstop.

 My SECOND incubator table, identical to one I bought in April.
Already sold the first one.

 These vintage ceramic angels are not the type of item I normally purchase,
but they were so cute in this vintage upcycled box.

 Red and blue, just in time for July.
Notice the cute cart basket behind the coooler.

Sweet little stoneware bowl,
I would SO keep it if it weren't blue.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two Different Signs From One Old Bed Frame

I paid $5 for parts of an old victorian walnut bed frane.
They seemed very surprised to have anyone actually buy it.
But I knew I could get at least one good project from it,
maybe more....

This sign was my first project.
All it took was drybrushing with white paint, stenciling and a little wood glue.

This was project #2.
Even easier, using the whole headboard.
Dry brushing with white paint and a little stenciling.

Project #3 will be a hanging indoor wall decoration 
made from both pieces in the above photo.
Check back at a later time for that.
Three easy upcycles from one old bed frame!

Linking Up With :
Funky Junk Interiors

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monthly Tiny Town Auction Finds 5.26.2017

The last Friday evening of every month this tiny town has an auction.  Not to be confused with their weekly Saturday morning auctions (usually the last wrung of the junk ladder).  The monthly auction is junk a wrung or two above that.

So we went to the once-a-month auction last Friday night.  It was hot, so I gave my husband the list for the outdoor stuff (they ran two lines) and sat in the air conditioning being entertained by people paying way too much in the air conditioning.  So here is what we came home with:

Cream Separator & Wash Tub

Blue Mason Jars

White Dishes.
Some ironstone.  Some old.  Some new.
Some to keep.  Some to sell.

Eastlake Drawer Pulls

1940s Oil Can

Linking Up With:
 Vintage Charm Party with Adirondack Girl At Heart

Saturday, May 27, 2017

How Facebook Has Changed Garage Sales

When a friend asked me if I wanted to bring stuff to her barn sale last weekend, I had already decided I needed to have several "micro" sales over the next year. I am trying to wrap my brain around moving a year from now, and it is a little overwhelming.  So, if I try to "purge" a little at a time it will be easier (maybe).

Starting with my garden shed.  Every year I have assembled planters and fairy gardens to sell in my outdoor vintage booth.  So I've accumulated a ton of vintage "planters" and junk to put in them.  As this planting season comes to a close, I want to get rid of everything that is leftover.

I found stacks of cute little fruit baskets in the shed, so I am using those to corral the chachis.  $1 for the box and it's contents.  Most things I brought to the sale are priced at $1.  And now I have room to  store my exterior paint in the shed while I am painting the house. 

So, she only advertised on facebook.  (First of all you would need more than the 20 "friends" I have on facebook for this to be useful.)  This was surprisingly effective.  And -- you sell a good portion of your items before you ever open the door (to people you know will actually come and will actually pay -- unlike Craigslist).

When you are the seller, this is a great thing.  When you are a buyer, it is frustrating.  I experienced this end of it earlier this spring.  We arrived at a sale as they opened their doors, and half of the items were already "sold".  As always with social media -- Facebook advertising has it's ups and downs.