Shabby chic end tables at Curiosities (outdated – updated)

Temporarily being a ‘one computer household’ isn’t leaving me much time to blog lately!  Mostly been busy working on little Christmas projects for my booths.  Lots of half-finished projects from last year.  Nothing really new and exciting  . . or even ‘blog worthy’!

FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIInally got this pair of end tables finished up:

Got them a while back; the time I found several tables for $1.00 each at the GW outlet store.  (which reminds me!  I need to stop by there again soon!)

10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 007I had already base coated them with white paint, so I decided to stay white.  For some, lately, I seem to be getting asked why I don’t ever do other colors besides ‘my blue’.  Um, well . . . .mostly because the blue stuff SELLS!!

10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 001But then of course I start questioning this method of madness and wonder if I SHOULD do more whites once in a while.  Can’t hurt to try, eh?  So, these got painted a creamy white and distressed.

10.31.13 both malls 080And are now in my booth at Curiosities; $59.00 each.

Last week at both malls I spent most of my time packing up left over Halloween stuff and PREarranging in preparation of taking my Christmas stuff in this week.

10.31.13 both malls 071This big vintage rusty enamel top table with chrome legs is $95.00 at Curiosities.

10.31.13 both malls 070I just took in this HUGE black upcycled  tray too; surrounded it with all my primitive kitchen wares.

10.31.13 both malls 088And I FINALLY found some old frames to paint!!  I cannot believe how long that ‘frame dry spell’ lasted!?!?!  Frames are ALWAYS on my “look for” list; but I’ve not found any for ages!  Found a few more AFTER these too!  Sure hope this plentiful frames trend continues; as they too always sell well for me.

10.31.13 both malls 096Christmas decor coming next!!

Reusing old display pieces

Remember when I brainstormed this idea for display pieces in my booth at Stars?  I had Michael cut three tables in half for me; a dining table, a coffee table and an end table.  Painted them all a neutral grey and mounted them and stacked them into some permanent displays.

I LOVED it ‘at the time’, but after about a year I began to feel a tad stifled due to the lack of flexibility with so much of the space not rearrangeable.  (I’m sure that’s not a real word, but you know what I mean!)

Soooooooooooooooooooooo . . .  when the time came for my recent move to a slightly larger space; the FIRST thing I told Michael was that ‘those tables have got to GO!’.  (as in NOT to the new space, that is!)  But of course I couldn’t just throw them away.  And due to lack of time to try to sell them ‘as is’, they were taken to storage to await my next brainstorm.

7.4.13 CUR + projects dresser 052 Since the table were cut in half, the each only had 2 legs; and we had stabilized them with brackets mounted to the wall.  Now I needed four legs again to make use of them.  Michael cut and attached some simple 2×2’s for the back legs.

7.4.13 CUR + projects dresser 053

And while the front and back legs do not match each other; it is not uncommon in vintage furniture to have ornate front legs and very plain back legs.

7.4.13 CUR + projects dresser 054And once painted I thought they looked perfectly fine.  This particular side of the end table had a drawer pull on it, which I left in place.  I had just removed it to repaint it.

7.5.13 curiosities only 026And this is what I did with them!  I had Michael build me a couple of tall skinny shelves out of reclaimed wood, painted them to match the table halves and put them on top of the tables!  To make it easier to haul and move them, we decided it was best to NOT attach the shelf to the base.

7.5.13 curiosities only 029Originally they were supposed to ‘match’.  Our ‘system’ for making shelves like this is that Michael cuts all the pieces and I paint them BEFORE he assembles the shelves.  It’s MUCH easier and faster that way!  Painting those pesky ‘inside corners’ on shelves takes SO much time.  Left unassembled I can use a paint roller and painting is a breeze!

7.5.13 curiosities only 024Anyhow, Michael put ‘one too many’ shelves in the first one he put together, which left the second shelf missing TWO shelves.  I didn’t really want the shelf spaces THAT short, but I wasn’t going to make him take a shelf apart either.  So we left the one with four openings and made the other with three, as originally planned.

7.5.13 curiosities only 030I left these two totally ‘plain’, and they are not for sale right now.  I have ideas for making more pieces ‘along these lines’ that will be for sale.  For now these are flanking the entrance to my booth at curiosities.

7.5.13 curiosities only 027And displaying lots of pretty white cottage style wares.

NOW I just have to figure out how to re-use the two dining table and coffee table pieces?!?!?

Michael’s makins ~ shabby white fence board tables

Just took this new batch of three shabby white fence board tables that Michael made to my booth st Stars.

This first one is a low coffee table, or a bench.

Price is $59.95.

He also made these two, similarly styled  (but not quite matched to the coffee table) end tables or night stands.

The apron is on all four sides of the end tables; but just on the long sides of the coffee table.

The end tables are $32.95 each.

And while we’re talking about white fence boards . . . I’ve also got this white picket bird house peg shelf.  It hangs on the wall and has two ‘clothespin’ pegs for hanging things from.   $59.95.

The vendor who was on the wall behind my booth, and had put up the ‘extension wall’ of chicken wire that showed through on my side of the space that I HATED . . . moved to a bigger space and took his monstrosity down.  I had TRIED to hide it a bit by placing a picket fence section on my side.  Now that I don’t need it for that anymore, it’s for sale:  $19.95.

And it’s just about the perfect size to use as a headboard for a twin bed!