Nesting tables

Bought this set of wood nesting tables at an estate sale a while back.

At first I didn’t think they all actually went together, because of the different shapes; but they are indeed a ‘set’.  When the smaller tables are ‘nested’ they slide on runners that actually lift the legs slightly off the floor.  A unique feature.

I sanded off all the ‘sheen’; painted them aqua and sanded again to distress.  (I was able to do most of the distressing with an orbital sander.  Then added some stenciled designs.  Since I never actually sell a set of tables ‘as a set’

A set of ANYthing that a customer MIGHT want to buy ‘just one of’; it’s always best to price individually.  For several reasons:  a) Someone WILL ask “How much for just one of them?” whether they are actually interested in buying just one of not.  b) They can STILL buy the set for the combined price; but the store doesn’t have to waste time calling you to ask.  c) If the set gets ‘separated’ by shoppers in your booth you have items that don’t have tags and they end up in another booth!  It’s just easier to price them individually and be done with it!

I didn’t want to completely cover the tables with a design, and I didn’t have any stencils that ‘worked’ with both shapes.  Settled on these simple edge designs.

Nesting tables are GREAT to work with in your displays!  You can ‘nest’ them id space is tight.  Stack and use them like a shelf, or spread them around.

I actually only had room for the large oval one when I took then in last week.  Stacked it atop a little night stand at the front of my booth.

In the meantime, I got this other oval table put together and painted, and took it in along with the two smaller nesting tables on my next trip.

This third oval table has been in my booth for a while.  I was HOPING the newer oval pedestal table was a slightly lower height than the one already in my booth; and I knew the oval from the nesting set was shorter.  I putting them at the front of my booth, cascading from taller to shortest; with the matching upholstered chair and overstuffed foot stool sitting on top of them; along with some stacks of my grubby books.

Yippee Skippee!!!  The heights are just right!

Alas, the chair legs were a tad too wide to fit on the biggest table.  (well, the just perfectly fit . . . but could have easily been knocked off with the slightest touch.  A gamble I was not willing to take.  So the three tables ended up like this.

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You can still see part of them from the front of my booth; tucked behind a couple of night stands.  As soon as something sells and I have a little more room to work with; I’ll bring the three tabled forward.

Did you notice the two smaller nesting tables on top of the tallest oval?  Once I have more room, I’ll spread those out or stack them for better visibility.

I wanted to be sure it was really well stocked going into this weekend because  . . .

I am occupied taking care of this little ball of energy this weekend while her mommy  and daddy (My son and his wife) are out of town for a friend’s wedding.

Yep!  She follows my every move.  Sleeps at my feet when I am sitting down (she’s ON my feet, under the computer desk right now!) And keeps me very entertained.

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And before you ask . . .  she is a ‘Bernedoodle’.

Head count

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My mannequin head collection started with these three vintage ones.  The one on the left, I covered with torn vintage dictionary pages, and mounted on the round wood base from a cheese board.

You can see how I made the tallest one in the center HERE.

The one on the right I actually left ‘as found’; just added a bit of spray varnish to prevent further ‘shedding’.

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I made this one last year from a NEW styro head that I bought at the craft store.  Not really caring for the look and feel of styrofoam, I covered with paper mache then sanded to smooth it out.  I glued a glass bowl to the bottom of this one and spray painted the whole thing a flat white.

The reason I ‘add things’ to the bases of these heads is to give them some ‘weight’  and a broader base,

so they don’t tip over too easily when used at a show or in my booth.

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Here is my latest addition to the collection.  Found this vintage head at an estate sale and it was a very WEIRD shaped face!?!  Very flat nose bridge and very BIG eye sockets . . .and NO mouth!  Looked like an alien head to me!!

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I covered this one with vintage sewing pattern pieces.  Just tore up an old pattern into small pieces and applied them with white glue.

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For the base on this one, I glued on a vintage wood bowl that I had painted black.

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Just a little bigger than the base of the head is a perfect fit.

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Modeling one of my newest crowns.

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And the gangs all here!  Displayed on the shelf above my bed until they are called to duty.

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And the all white one is now ‘on duty’ in my booth at Stars in this just added crown display.

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I’m ‘test marketing’ assorted sizes.  I’ve made small and full size ones before, just not displayed and sold them at the same time.

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Will be interesting to see which size sells better.

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The small ones, for just decorative use.

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Or the bigger ones that are actually wearable.

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Candle stands make cute displays for the smaller ones.

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Some are ‘bear’ size.

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‘Almost’ vintage cherub size.

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I wish I could find more of this vintage, WIDE, eyelet lace.  I tea stained it and stiffened it before adding the embellishments.

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Yes, this is what I use a lot of those crepe paper rosettes for.

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These crowns are now available for purchase in my booth at Stars.

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My favorite little model, PRICELESS!

Post Valentine / Pre Easter booth at Stars

Ahhhhhhh . . . . . so nice and not cluttered looking with the Valentine stuff cleared out.

(well, ‘not cluttered’ by MY design standards at least!)

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I’m seriously considering NOT doing ‘holiday’ stuff anymore in my booth at the antique mall.  The seasonal and holiday stuff was such a ‘necessary staple’ when we had our own shop, that I just kind of got into the routine of ‘planning for it’ and working on it a season ahead of time.

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The holiday specific stuff doesn’t really sell that well at the antique mall (except for Christmas); and hardly any of the other vendors do any.  (again, except for Christmas!)

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And I’m beginning to feel like the holiday stuff distracts from my regular stock.

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NOW I just need to figure out what to do with my time . . .now that I won’t have all those seasonal crafts to work on!  (adding them to my etsy shop is NOT an option either!  Been there.  Tried that and it’s just too much stuff to store away until it sells.)

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Hopefully, without the ‘extra clutter’ in the way, the regular stuff will sell even better; and I’ll stay busy prepping and restocking that instead of the holiday stuff.

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I’m also going to put some real effort into not piling quite so much regular inventory into my space.  It might sell better if it’s more easily accessible.  (Not that sales aren’t GOOD . . .they are!  I’m hoping to make them better!)

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I really do LOVE simple little displays like this stack of old book and nest in a jar.

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Alas, I tend to display more like this: the shelf nearly disappears with all the stuff on it.

P1250526Easter stuff will be arriving next week; along with more ‘general spring’ stuff; birds, nests etc.

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OUTDATED ~ UPDATED :: A ‘different’ kind of Country Heart Shelf!

I’ve lost count of how many country heart shelves I have made over since starting my blog!  I really thought I had ‘seen them all’.  Alas, a wood crafter, somewhere, some time ago, had a different vision of the country heart shelf.

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And therein lies a NEW country heart shelf make-over challenge for me!  None of the carved wood appliques I had on hand were big enough to completely cover the heart.  For a split second I considered cutting the heart off and sanding down the the curves along the top a bit to blend in.  But that would leave me with a EVEN number of designs on the top and that thought gave me the shivers!!  Especially since the cubbies are so ‘random’.

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So, I decoded to just ‘cover it up’ with an angular cut ‘cornice’ type thing; then look for an applique that would fit that space.

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This one does the trick!

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I had painted the added piece BEFORE gluing on (tacky glue) the applique because it saved on painting time.  Always easier to paint a flat surface.  I also painted the ENTIRE shelf before adding on the pre-painted backing.  Another HUGE time saver!  Any time you can avoid having to paint a lot of interior corners . . . DO so.

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All painted up with my ‘New Blue’ paint, and distressed just a tad along the edges.  The added piece and wood applique ARE also distressed, but since the wood is a lighter color than the shelf, it just doesn’t ‘show’ as much.

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Sometimes I paint the backing a different color than the shelf; or stencil a patter on it to make it look like wall paper.  I kept it plain on this shelf because it’s already a bit ‘busy’ with the various shapes and sizes of the cubbies.

For attaching the backing (AFTER it’s been painted; which takes about ONE minute using a paint roller!) I run a bit of tacky glue along the back lines of the shelf and press the backing into place.  Apply a little pressure for a few minutes to let the glue ‘set’ a little.  Then I use little finishing nails along the outer edges.

After the backing is attached, I paint the BACK of the backing.

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This is why I paint the backs of items.  It literally takes ONE minute; and looks so much nicer when the back is visible in your displays.  It actually CREATES new display options and makes the most of every inch of display space.

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All filled up!  When attaching price tags to larger or hard to reach items, I try to make the tag visible ‘at a glance’.  I, personally HATE having to HUNT for a price tag.  The easier you make it on your shoppers to SEE the price tag, the easier you make it for them to BUY the item.  AND this lessens the likelihood of them completely dismantling your display ‘just to see the price’.

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No such thing as too many cubby shelves!

Aqua painting binge

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My first ‘binge painting’ in my new place is done, and everything is now stocked in my booth at Stars.

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The three shelf spice rack.  I debated painting a design on the back, but nothing really ‘clicked’, so I painted it the same aqua as the shelf.  Lightly hand sanded along the edges to distress.

P1210781A reminder of how it looked originally.

P1210809In progress.  This is what it looked like after the first coat of paint.  You really don’t need ‘perfect’ coverage on the first coat.  As you can see, I removed the backing; originally because I was going to paint a design on it.  But even if I had initially planned to just paint it to match the rest of the shelf, I’d have removed it to make painting easier.

P1210810With the back removed you have far LESS little corners to paint and you can reach the shelved from the front and back.  And the backing takes about 15 seconds to paint with a roller.  SO, even accounting for the time involved in removing and replacing the backing; you have saved time overall.

P1210818The frame.

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First I spray painted it flat black, then two coats of aqua brushed on.

P1210819I intentionally avoided getting the aqua paint down into all the carved details for some contrast.  Once dry, I hand sanded along the raised edges.

P1210817The little 3 drawer jewelry chest.  I gave it different knobs . . . thought about painting the knobs to match, but decided not to.  If it doesn’t sell like this I can always bring it home and paint them.  I used a turquoise spray paint on this one.

P1210764The before.

P1210815The ‘to paint or not to paint’ conundrum strikes again!  It was just TOO plain with nothing on the front.  These resin medallions were all I could find that would fit with the non-removable knobs.  Added them as an after thought . . .paint them?

P1210839After walking away from it and coming back later, I decided it was too much contrast o leave them ‘as is’.  Opted to dry brush paint them to allow some of the black show through.

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The inside is fully painted too . . . .

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Because it HAD to be!  If the inside had been white or any other complimentary color, I could have left it.  I actually PREFER the inside a different color . . . just not when it means MORE work for me.  (especially on such a small piece!)

P1210845This one ‘needs something’  . . . . but I failed to find that something.  We’ll see if it sells ‘as is’ and if not I’ll re-address the embellishment conundrum.

P1210911The top had a few flaws that were still visible after painting, so I stenciled a fleur design in a darker turquoise . . . and hated how it looked!  The contrast was TOO much.  Grabbed my paint roller and started painting over it and  . . . . . OH WAIT!!  It looks better partially painted over . . . kind of a faded look.  Old

P1210912Old dictionary pages glued to the bottom of the muddy brown drawers.

P1210828The before.  The designs on the front were ‘papered on’, but sanded of pretty easily.  The KNOBS were not removable unfortunately.  Had they been, I would have filled the holes and added new ones, centered on the drawers.

P1210844The doll clothes wardrobe;  just painted it, no embellishments.

P1210824Even though it was unfinished wood, it still required some ‘prep work’ before painting.  Raw wood will really absorb dirt and oils from usage, so if it looks dirty or grimey; give it a good sanding before you paint.  As with the spice rack, I painted the backing separately BEFORE attaching it.

P1210847The Cafe do Paris tray was a half-finished project from another time.  It had been base coated black, so all I had to do was paint it and stencil the design on.  The black ‘edging’ was done with the paint leftover on my stenciling sponge.

P1210836Not entirely sold on the color I used for the upcycled candle holder finial.  It’s one of those little free samples that Lowes has coupons for every so often.  It’s almost a periwinkle . . . we’ll see if it sells, if not I can always repaint it!

P1210790A quick rummaging through my stash of decorative curtain rod ends produced this piece which worked perfectly as a ‘topper’.

P1210791I just glued it on with tacky glue.  The candle well was deep enough that I didn’t need to remove the screw.

P1210989I typically try to put the ‘new stock’ at the front on my booth when I restock.  Reason being, most shoppers just ‘glance as they walk by’ as they walk up and down the aisles in the antique mall . . . until something ‘catches their eye’ and draws them in for a closer look.   And for those who come in on a regular basis, you want them to see NEW things every time they visit.

P1210991I’ve still got some white and cream color furniture pieces.  Some of those are grouped together down the back side of my booth.

P1210990I tired to ‘gradually’ phase into the new aqua pieces as you move around to the front of the booth.

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P1210958The little 3 drawer piece fit nicely tucked under a small table; the top piece in a stack of three.

P1210957I LOVE this little white shelf with a drawer!  I have not idea what it is.  My best guess is that it was used in the kitchen for cook books and the drawer for recipe cards.  It’s been in my booth for quite a while.  Might be time to bring it home and paint it aqua.

P1210962Layers!  I always display in layers!  So if the Cafe de Paris sign and little  cupboard with doors sells; there is more product behind it so it I don;t have too much bare space.

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QUICKIE!

Quickie make-over that is!

P1180996Thrifted textured metal and wood wall shelf.

P1180995The original color wasn’t baaaaaad, but it just didn’t grab me, ya know?

P1190001My first instinct was to spray paint it white, but I just happened to have my aqua paint out at the time.  So I decided, why not do a ‘quickie aqua dry brush’ that LITERALLY takes 60 seconds per shelf.  Then if I don’t like them like that, go ahead with the white spray paint.

P1190068This is how I frequently ‘display’ wall mounted shelves.  I have so little wall space to hang shelves on, plus people don’t always like taking shelves off the wall to buy them at Stars.  Sales staff IS always willing and able to help with stuff like that, but for some reason people just don’t always ask.

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You can see the color better in this picture.  The white ones in front of the aqua are shelves that I left ‘as found’.

Vintage salt shaker collection

P1160997All of a sudden I have an abundance of little old salt shakers!

P1160996Many of them had been stored in my ‘box of spare knobs’  because I like to use the short squatty one upside down as knobs on top of the cloches I make.

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And BECAUSE I had set them aside to use as knobs; I had removed all the lids.

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And now it’s time to play, “Let’s see if I can figure out which lid fits which salt shaker?!”

P1180816WHY, all of a sudden did I need them all paired back up with their lids you ask?   Blame it on Pinterest!  I had seen a cool display idea for them on Pinterest.  So, I decided to put them all back together and see if I had enough for the Pinterest project.

P1180817Quite a few, as you can see, and ALL different (except 2!)

P1180821Some of them are SO pretty, you almost think they could be vintage perfume bottles!

P1180823The tiniest ones are my personal favorites though!

P1180829I kinda wish ALL the lids were worn and tarnished like the one on the left.

P1180832Look!  It has FEET!!

P1180820And now,what to DO with them all???  First I had to figure out a way to attach price tags to them.  NOT easy, given how small they are.

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Here’s my inspiration picture from Pinterest.

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 And here is my version.  I didn’t have a cloche BIG enough to fit them ALL under, so I  had to improvise.

P1190936The biggest cloche is resting atop a rusty tin and gold pedestal.

P1190938The largest shaker had to be put in it’s very own display; upcycled cloche and upcycled clear glass base.  I really wanted to put it with varying heights of other shakers but it’s base is SO wide, it just wouldn’t fit!

P1190939This is one of my very favorite cloches!  I actually had two of them, the other slightly bigger.  Can’t believe that only the bigger one sold???  They were so cute as a set!  I have no idea what the porcelain busts were originally used for; and they actually sat in my ‘junk box’ for quite a while before I figured out what to do with them.  I’d love to find more of them someday.   (anybody know what they are for?)

P1190940And the last little solo shaker!

P1190926These are all in my booth at Stars.  

Don’t forget the big EASTER EGG HUNT for grown-ups at all three Stars Malls tomorrow!

See the Stars Facebook page for details.

Little old step ladder

P1150090Remember this little guy from a week or so ago?  LOVE these little step ladders.  GREAT display pieces and always good sellers.  This one just wasn’t very grubby!

P1150112A little dry brushed aqua paint and some black and white splatters and blobs and it looks like it’s been used for years!

P1150113It literally takes FIVE minutes to dry brush paint a piece like this.  The splatters and blobs actually took longer!

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P1150164On display in my booth at Stars and available to purchase for $22.00.

Last weekends painting marathon

Had me a little painting marathon this last sunny weekend.

6.25.14 projects Stars 037I actually did almost ALL the painting on Saturday.  Then detailed, distressed and varnished on Sunday.  Rain was predicted for Monday night, so I loaded it all up in my PT Cruiser on  Monday afternoon.  (it ALL fit too; with room to spare!)  Took it all to Stars today.

P1140266This table from the Forest Heights neighborhood garage sale . . .

6.25.14 projects Stars 015Now looks like this.

6.25.14 projects Stars 016The pedestal base was in perfect condition, so no need to fuss with it.  The top just needed a little TLC.


This base would have been a real PAIN to sand and repaint.  I probably would not have even bought it if the base had needed refinishing.  Good profitability comes from knowing what projects to NOT take on too!

6.25.14 projects Stars 017Love the detail on the apron.

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$75.00 in my booth at Stars,

6.25.14 projects Stars 008JUST picked up this solid maple coffee table on Saturday morning.  VERY damaged top, and good legs.

6.25.14 projects Stars 013Sanded away the damage and painted it turquoise.  I did half of this batch of stuff aqua and half turquoise.  I usually do it ALL the same color, but I really like how the various shades work together.

6.25.14 projects Stars 014Left the legs as is.

6.25.14 projects Stars 084$89.00 in my booth at Stars.

6.14.14 projects etsy 076I could have almost left this vintage child size wicker chair ‘as is’; but decided to apply a coat of aqua paint.

6.25.14 projects Stars 012Not a HUGE difference when you look at it by itself.

6.25.14 projects Stars 070But definitely ‘coordinates’ better with the other stuff.  This chair sold MINUTES after I took the picture!

6.14.14 projects etsy 077That partially prepped solid oak two tier stand.  Just had to sand the legs before I painted it.

6.25.14 projects Stars 010Went with aqua on this one.

6.25.14 projects Stars 024And after ‘sleeping on it’, decided it needed something more.

6.25.14 projects Stars 025LOVE those curvy legs!

6.25.14 projects Stars 113Really had to ‘cram things in’ to get it all to fit!  My booth was already plenty full; and I was entirely prepared to pull out and take home some of the old inventory to make room for all this new stuff.  But I got it ALL to fit!! $45.00.

P1140264Little black table from the Forest heights sale went from this:

6.25.14 projects Stars 018To this!  Turquoise with some Paris chic fleurs in the corners.

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When adding designs like this, I distress before and after painting on the design.

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This one is ‘pretty well hidden’ under the round maple coffee table; only way I could get it to fit!  $45.00

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But, the advantage to stacking furniture like this is that I don’t end up with a huge bare spot as soon as one or two things sell.  Which is extremely helpful for me, considering that it’s a 2+ hour round trip for me.

P1130676One of those little ‘kit’ tables.

6.25.14 projects Stars 031Not so ordinary now!

6.25.14 projects Stars 030Minimal distressing on this piece; just along the very edges.

6.25.14 projects Stars 077More strategic stacking!  $29.00 for this little table.

P1140087HOW long had it been since this kind of white and gold paint has been in style?

6.25.14 projects Stars 026It went from that, to this!

P1140088It is just me, or is that knob much too small for the space?

6.25.14 projects Stars 027I traded out that small knob for this bigger pull that I had in my stash.  I’m sure I’ll need that small knob for another project someday!

6.25.14 projects Stars 028Turquoise paint and minimal distressing; and a fun new drawer pull.

6.25.14 projects Stars 029“You’re painting the BACK???” Michael said as he walked by.  Why not?  It literally took 30 seconds to roll paint on the back; and it looks SO much better when the backside shows in my booth display.

6.25.14 projects Stars 086$65.00 in my booth at Stars.

P1130153Hot pink carrier; a nice extra looooooong one!

6.25.14 projects Stars 035Initially I just painted it turquoise.

6.25.14 projects Stars 041Then I decided it needed a ‘little something’, so I stenciled this PARIS design on ONE side.

*** HELPFUL HINT:  When painting decorative designs on items like this, that have TWO sides; I always only add the design to ONE side.  WHY?  The design might not suit everyone’s design preferences.  So this way, it can also be used with the PLAIN side showing.  Thereby appealing to a larger shopping audience.

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I also added a little felt chandelier ornament; tied onto the handle, but easily removable.  $29.00.

6.25.14 projects Stars 036Forgot to take these to Stars this trip.  Just a couple of shadow box shelves.  Had been very POORLY painted a medium brown.  I painted them aqua and distressed the edges a bit.  These are very handy to have on hand to use as ‘risers’ in your displays.  AND they usually sell well!

6.25.14 projects Stars 037SO, that was MY weekend.  Glad I got a lot of painting done when I had the chance because ti’s RAINING again now!!  Ahhhhh . . . .summer in Oregon; people don’t tan, they RUST!

6.25.14 projects Stars 070So, since it’s raining, you might as well go shopping!

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Shabby white spring make over in my booth at Stars.

Got most of the recently completed white items displayed in my booth at Stars this week.

P1120498The white table (former desk top) with rusty base, corner shelf, the plain little square table, and all the candelabras set up at the front, left side.  This is the view standing in front of the booth.

P1120439This is how it looks once you walk into the booth a few steps and turn left.  Here you can see the vintage vanity chair and  newspaper/magazine table partially under the upcycled desk table.   The metal bamboo candle lantern, and a Pottery Barn cubby shelf that I’ve had for a while.   Turquoise and aqua glitter Easter eggs in a glass jar and wood tray.  It’s hard to see, but the big rusty white hanging candle chandelier in on the table right in front.  (note to self: MOVE that chandelier and put it on something DARK so it will show up batter!!!)

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Closer view of the chair.

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Closer look at the newspaper stand.

P1120443Outward facing left side of the booth.  The shabby white night stand with the Lion’s head drawer pull and the tall black lamp table with vintage book pages on top, both sitting on top of an upcycled crib bench.   A couple of shabby white bird cages  too.

P1120447Better look at the two bird cages.

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P1120452Yet ANOTHER white bird cage; this one filled with dried hydrangeas.  I LOVE the LOOK of dried hydrangeas.  HATE how easily the fall apart and shed!  Displaying them in a cage is a prefect solution!

P1120454Here’s that hanging candle chandelier again; still hard to see against the white table.  A little white cupboard with chicken wire door with a white and aqua candelabra on top; and behind that a white jewelry armoir.  A few new white bird finials too.

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P1120456The white and aqua candelabra.

P1120455The candelabra that was black that I repainted sits atop the white corner shelf.

P1120459Vintage white ceramic bunnies and jars of speckled eggs on the corner shelf.

P1120461Two-gallon mercantile jars; on left filled with vintage crochet thread for sale WITH the thread included.  Hand stitched felt hearts with vintage buttons in the jar on the right; hearts sold individually and separately from the jar.

P1120462Another jarful of vintage wool yarn.  This is a 1-gallon jar; sold WITH the yarn.

P1120478Child size bowback chair with vintage wood bowls.

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P1120440More wood bowls; these painted aqua on the outside.

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Moved the ginormous cubby shelf to the back corner of my booth.

P1120453HUGE vintage bentwood cheese box.

P1120471Big wicker picnic basket with starfish, smaller slat wood basket.  Little turquoise drawer is filled with packets of note cards.

P1120499This batch of aqua shelves pretty much remain here permanently; but I DO change out what it displayed on them seasonally.

P1120444Just moved all of the white dinner plates and large serving bowls to this shelf on the outward facing left wall.

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Upcycled round black table; lamp shade cloche sold separately.

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P1120470Stack of three aqua benches.

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P1120472Little aqua metal stand, and a new batch of small white fleur de lis finials.

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P1120235Kind of hard to tell WHAT these are at first glance?!?!

P1120234They are “mini cast iron shoe form hooks”!!  Really cute.  I’ve had them for EONS; intending to use them to make coat racks.  After ten years it’s time to ‘let them go’!

P1120244Very Paris chic cloches with cherub bust handles.

P1120494LOVE creating these ‘mini vignettes’ inside old crate wall shelves.

P1120473Just added some new vintage white cream pitchers too.