Shabby cottage chic desk and dresser

Found this little desk and three drawer chest at a recent estate sale.

Of course, it was the color that first caught my eye when I saw this little desk from across the room.  Alas, the top was a real MESS!  Cheap plywood that had cracked, stained and peeling paint, but not the kind that you can leave ‘as is’.  Still, the price was right so I bought it.  (and the drawer innards were nice and CLEAN!)

SCORE!!  Another piece in ‘my color’!?!  woo-hoo!  Ah, but wait!  Once I put my reading glasses on I could see that it had been very POORLY painted aqua over a medium green pain; which still showed in several places.  Still, it was nice and sturdy.  The backing was in good shape and the drawers were clean!

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The chest was pretty ‘grimey’ and  required a good scrubbing; and those drawer pulls HAD to go.  The pulls were screwed on, which usually means an easy removal; but these had been painted over more than once, so simply removing the screws did not do the job.  I had to WHACK them really hard with a hammer to get them off.

Not all of the stain and grime came off when I washed it, so it was time for the orbital sander.  I was HOPING that I could ‘just sand it’ and leave it this color.  Nope.  This, and the desk were going to HAVE to be painted.  I opted to paint them both white.

The top to the desk turned out just perfect!  Just the right amount of each color, white, aqua and wood showing after I distressed it.

As I am in the habit of doing, I painted the backside also.  It really only takes a few more seconds to do this when you are repainting items; and it gives the purchaser a lot more flexibility on placement of the item, as they won’t HAVE to place it with the back to a wall.

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Distressing brought out just the right amount of the original aqua paint along the edges and ‘here and there’.  I recycled some old metal drawer pulls that I had on hand.  The insides of the drawers were completely painted the same aqua as the desk, but the bottoms were a bit scratched up.  I glued some pretty wrapping paper to the bottom of the drawers.

Distressing the chest was a bit more difficult.  Usually I can just ‘sand away’ and not have to pay very close attention and it will turn out fine.  However, the aqua color was a very LIGHT coat of paint, and if I sanded too hard of too much, I went clear through to the green coat of paint.  A little bit of the green showing through wasn’t too bad, but I wanted more of the aqua to show.  At one point, I almost decided to just repaint the whole thing turquoise!  But then I decided to ‘give it a shot’ at selling with the bits of green showing, before I went to all the extra work of painting it a second time.  I used the same vintage metal drawer pulls for the dresser and I did for the desk.

You can really see the green around the edges of the top of the chest.  That little ‘reddish’ mark near the center of the top of the chest had been a ‘blob of paint’ that had to be sanded down.  Apparently the top had been RED at one time, and sanding went down to that coat on this one little spot.  SO, I may well have to paint this chest a second time.

But for now, it’s in my booth at Stars Antique Mall priced at $59.00.  The smaller size of this chest make it perfect for a child’s dresser and/or a bed-side chest for an adult’s room.

As is the desk; which is $49.00.  That aqua cute bow back chair is also $49.00.

While I had the white paint out, I painted up a couple of wood slat picnic baskets that I’ve had for a while.

The smaller square basket with the BEE on top is $24.00.

The bigger, dark brown one with EAT on the top is $29.00.

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P1320951White metal birdcage (decorative use only; it does NOT open!) is $ 25.00.

Upcycled candle chandelier is $29.00.  Made using old white metal garden edge fencing; with five frosted glass hanging jars for tea light candles or battery tea lights.

I’ve recently added a LOT more vintage milk glass dishes!  Look at that adorable little espresso cup and saucer!!  I’ve got LOTS of regular coffee’tea cups and saucers and creamers and sugar bowls.  Perfect for an elegant bridal shower.  Lots of vases too!

I also just took in a nice collection of vintage Taylor, Smith and Taylor ‘Boutonnier’ dishes.  I had been collecting these for myself for quite some time; and finally decided that I just didn’t have room for them.  It’s not a complete set.  But there are a lot of cups and saucers and dessert size plates.

P1320947Stop by soon and see what’s new!!  Don’t let the construction on the side street scare you away.  (they tore down the boys and girls club and are putting is a high rise condo building!)  There is still plenty of parking; actually MORE than what was available before on some days!!

ANNOUNCING!! ‘Make and Take’ SIGN MAKING Classes

I am now offering

‘Make & Take’

sign making classes

on how to make your own sign.

I’ll provide EVERYTHING you need to make your sign.  You can choose which sign you want to make from my library of over 200 designs.

To avoid spending half of our class time watching paint dry, I’ll do the sign prep for you in advance; so when you arrive for the class, you’ll just have to stencil on your chosen design.  Your sign will be done in about an hour.

Once you know the ropes and don’t need my direct guidance anymore; you can rent studio time for $10.00 per hour.   For studio time you will need to prep and paint your own boards at home and bring them with you ‘ready to letter’.   I will explain how I prep the sign boards, so you can easily do it at home.  If you don’t have an electric sander to distress your sign boards, I can help you with sanding when you get here; as part of your studio time.

For the MAKE & TAKE classes, prices are per sign; and vary with each student, depending upon which design you choose.   Prices (and approximate sign sizes) are listed with each design.  Since you’ll be using a stencil to letter your sign, the size of the lettering cannot be altered; BUT you can make a slightly bigger sign by using a larger piece of wood.  (you’ll see this option in some of the pictures of signs.)

I will provide you with varnish to use as your final top coat, and a nail-less sawtooth hanger for hanging your sign.  These signs are NOT weather proof, and intended for indoor use only.

*** Hover mouse over individual sign picture to see price and measurements.***

  (Yes, I know this doesn’t work if you are viewing on a device other than a computer with a mouse; but for now, it’s the only way I am able to do it.  Sorry!!)

I only offer light colored backgrounds for signs and black lettering.

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COLOR OPTIONS:

Left column, top to bottom:

Sage, Grey, Lt Blue, Aqua, Turquoise

Right column, top to bottom:

Pink, Cream, Ivory, Tan, Yellow

(Not shown, Lavender, Pumpkin, Mustard.)

Select your sign –  your color – a class date – make your payment via PayPal.

The wood for your sign will be cut to size, sanded, base coated in Black, top coated the color of your choice, edged and sanded to distress BEFORE you come to class.  I have room for up to four people per class; and it takes less than an hour to complete one sign.

LAUNDRY SIGNS:

BATHROOM SIGNS:

GARDEN SIGNS:

HOME / WELCOME SIGNS:

ROOM SIGNS:

*** SOME room signs are in other categories; IE LAUNDRY ROOM OR POWDER ROOM ***

BEACH SIGNS:

ENCOURAGEMENT / INSPIRATION / HUMOR SIGNS:

SEASONAL / HOLIDAY SIGNS:

IMAGINE – DREAM – BELIEVE  SIGNS:

LOVE – MARRIAGE – WEDDING SIGNS

PARIS / FRENCH SIGNS:

BIG ‘SUBWAY STYLE’ & SPECIALTY SIGNS:

The above ‘fancy cut’ board will work for several of my stencils; and is available in two different sizes:  13″ x 28″ and 13″ x 20″.  Cost to ‘upgrade’ to this style of sign board for any other stencil is an additional $15 / 25.00 on top of the regular sign price.

OTHER MISC. SIGNS:

CROWN, PRINCE & PRINCESS AND QUEEN SIGNS:

CHANDELIERS AND GRAPHICS SIGNS:

EMAIL me with your class date and time request.  Once your class date is set and you’ve selected your project, I will send you an invoice via PayPal to make your payment.

 *IF, for any reason you cannot make it to your scheduled class, you can reschedule for a different time, or request a 50% refund.  Only a partial refund is available as I will have already done the prep work for your sign in advance.

It’s time for the STARS SUMMER SALE!

FOUR DAYS OF GREAT SAVING ON AWESOME OLD STUFF!!

Sale runs Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, July 16th; 11am – 6pm

***Look for the % off sale signs in each individual booth; and as ALWAYS, everything in MY booth is 50% off during the sale.

Just added these awesome upcycled Mannequins / dress forms to my booth.  The female form includes the wrought iron base, but it’s not ‘attached’ for easier transport.

Just added this nice BIG metal shelf to my booth, so now I can display more of my vintage Ironstone dishware all in one place; instead of spread out all over the booth.

But ‘some’ of the Ironstone is still ‘elsewhere’ in my booth.

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All kinds of cloches!!  Pillar candle pedestals and cupcake stands make great bases for cloches.

Everything just looks better under a cloche!

Come on by and see what’s new. . . er OLD!

QUICK POST – PICTURES OF MY G-SALE STUFF

All set up and ready to go!  Sale starts in 45 minutes, at 10am.  Here are some pictures of the goods all set up.  FREE lemonade and ice water;  Cherry-pineapple popsicles $1.00, so you can stay cool while you shop!

My hand painted signs at up to 80% off retail price.

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Published in: on June 24, 2017 at 9:23 am  Comments (1)  
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Now what?!?!? How about a Garage Sale!

My etsy shop is officially closed.  So, now what?!?!  I’ve been researching other sites, and it seems that each one has as many bad reviews as good reviews; so I’m still on the fence.

In the meantime I’ve decided to have a garage sale.  This upcoming weekend is when the Rock Creek Neighborhood Association has their annual Garage Sale, so I decided to ‘piggy back’ on that.  (Where I live isn’t a part of the Assoc.)   But I can only handle sitting out in the heat for one day, so my g-sale will be Saturday only.

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 24th ~ 10am – 3pm

20660 NW Lapine Way  Portland, Oregon  97229  Rock Creek, right by the soccer fields.

What am I selling?  Signs.  LOTS of signs leftover from my etsy shop; and priced to SELL FAST at up to 80% off the retail price.

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These pictures are NOT a representation of the EXACT signs I will have available in the sale. But the only pictures I have to use just now.

I also have some over-stock from my booth at Stars:

Prices SLASHED from what they were in my booth!

I have  a few grubby candles left that will be for sale  (and YES, they still smell good!)  Some craft supplies.  Some general household stuff.  (like old plastic hangers – the only ones are MUCH stronger than they new flimsy ones you buy these days!)  And some home decor items that I just don’t have room for anymore!

I’m also selling ALL THESE primitive doll making supplies ‘as a lot’ (the pictures above and below!) for $50.00.  I am not putting these out as part of my garage sale, but you can buy them during the sale.  I also have the lot listed on criagslist, but also only for purchase during the g-sale hours on Saturday.

Included in this lot is:

Lots of different kinds and colors of doll hair.
Muslin doll body blanks (one already painted)
Muslin doll body ‘parts’, head/torsos, arms and legs. Some are already tea stained.
Homespun and country fabric for doll dresses.
Pre-cut and partially sewn doll dressed (to fit the above bodies.
Rusty tin and stuffed fabric angel wings
A dozen grubby tea stained baby socks, stained string and cheesecloth. (I was going to make these intl little grubby stocking ornaments.)

Come by and say hi and get some goods stuff at great prices!

P.S.  For some reason I cannot access my Facebook page or post on FB?!?! (THIS post is only showing up because it came from my blog)  My son says it’s because I don’t have enough internet speed, but I ONLY have this issue with FB; and I refuse to pay more for internet JUST to be able to use Facebook!!  SOOOO000ooooo . . .  if you need to reach me, you can send me a message via FB (that I can still access!) OR leave a comment here on my blog, or email me directly.  

Published in: on June 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The sale has been extended!

The Stars Sale has been extended and will continue through Monday, June 5th!!  

So if your weekend was too busy to get out there, you now have until tomorrow and 6pm.

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In other news, my etsy shop is now officially CLOSED for business.  I’ve been researching other on-line options for selling on and there are SO many of them!  Each has as many good reviews as they do bad reviews, so I am completely stymied!

And I’m just not convinced that I should pay for my own website right now.  The numerous sites that have ‘free shops’ only allow you to list a very limited number of items.

I have considered just adding a selling feature to my blog.  I even looked up ‘how to sell on my free WordPress blog’; but for the life of me I canNOT find the ‘widget’ to add for a shopping cart?!?!  sigh.

Maybe I’ll just list some items here in my blog and have buyers leave a comment to purchase; then send them a PayPal invoice to pay??  Does that sound too ‘rinky dink’?  Would YOU buy like that from a blog?

This is a pretty busy month for me with my CASA volunteer work, but I’m HOPING to get some things on my blog before too long.

Stars Antique Malls BIG Birthday SALE!!

The sale starts TODAY, and runs through Sunday.  Each vendor sets their own sale discount %.  As always, I’m offering 50% off EVERYTHING in my booth.  If you’ve had your eye on something, NOW is the time to go buy it!

And, also as always, my booth is JAM-PACKED with goods!

Vintage sheet music, vintage lace and glittered crowns; in small decorative size, adult size and a few (the narrower lace ones) are baby size.

Altered and upcycled mini mannequins.

Lots of little altered journals.  The ones with the vintage atlas covers are perfect for a summer travel journal!  Great little gifts for teachers too.

Vintage, altered and upcycled jewelry and trinket boxes.  The smallest ones are perfect for tucking a gift card into; and prices stat at $5.00!

Chalk boards, big and small, upcycled memo boards, cork boards,  big blank frames, decorative wall and ceiling medallions.

Vintage and repainted wood bowls and trays.

LOTS of vintage and upcycled glass cloches!  (How cute is that ‘pear shaped’ one!?!?)  Candle pedestals and cupcake stands (sold separately) make adorable bases for the cloches.

Lots of picture frames, with and without backs and glass.  Gold, white and aqua.

LOTS of vintage white Ironstone dishes!  Every pieces and unique collectibles.

Vintage treasures.

And LOTS of furniture; always at very reasonable prices . . . .  CRAZY good prices during the sale at 50% off!

COME & GET YOUR SHOPPING THERAPY!

10% off coupon for Stars Antique Mall

Mom would LOVE to go shopping at Stars Antique Malls with you after Mother’s Day Brunch.  He’re’s a 10% off coupon to ‘sweeten the deal’.

Use this coupon to take 10%* OFF your next purchase at Stars.
It is our way of saying, THANKS!

*This coupon can only be used for a discount on regularly priced items of $20 or more & not on a sale tag. Cannot be used on items already purchased, with another discount special, or to purchase gift certificates. Offer Expires: at 6PM on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Happy Mother’s Day & Happy shopping!

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE IN MY ETSY SHOP – 50% OFF SIGNS!

I’ll explain more about ‘why?’ I’ve decided to close down my etsy shop later.  For now I need to spend time putting the sale information in all 100+ of my listings, one by one.  I got about half way through them last night.

CLICH HERE TO VISIT MY ETSY SHOP

Even though I don’t yet have the sale information in each listing, the 50% discount IS valid on ALL of the signs in my etsy shop.  You will just have to look at one of the listings on the first page to get the sale ‘coupon code’, to enter when you check out.  It will automatically deduct the 50% from the price of the sign.

Shipping remains the same.  

Local shoppers whom are able to pick up their signs directly from me, and don’t need them mailed; will get their shipping costs refunded.  There is no way to automatically deduct the shipping costs; so refunding them after the fact is all I can do.  Be sure to mention that you want to pick up your purchase, and not have it mailed, in the notes to seller when you purchase.

Pictures of Spring Show

It’s “EVERY HUSBAND’S NIGHTMARE” show time!!

Washington County Fairgrounds.

April 18 -22, 2017  ~ Weekdays 10am – 8pm; Saturday 10am-5pm

(take advantage of the evening shopping hours if you want to avoid the crowds!)

I stopped back by the show to take photos after I had stocked my booth at Stars.  I wasn’t able to take as many photos at the show as I’d hoped to because I ran out of memory!

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I brought plenty of signs!

And my ‘new favorite’ thing to make . . . . .

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CROWNS!

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Lots of different sizes and styles.

~ Vintage sheet music ~ Glitter ~ tea stained lace ~ with all kinds of adornments!

Something for everyone!

Look for my mermaid style crowns in the beach display.

Grubby candles!  I found a stash of grubby candles leftover from when we had our store!  They STILL smell amazing!  In fact, you will probably smell them before you see them.  This is the last of them, so grab them up while you can.  I won’t be producing them anymore.

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I brought lots of ‘bits & bobs’ for the crafters and scrap bookers.  Vintage Bingo cards.  Vintage paper doilies.  Little notebooks and journals.

All kinds of fun little stuff in these jars too!

 On to the rest of the show!

Americana and vintage; quilts, Pyrex and silver.

So much more than I was able to take pictures of!!!

Cream and black and white goes with everything!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

FREE parking & FREE admission.

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