Primitive plant stand updated to shabby chic

The before  photo wouldn’t upload for some reason???  It was a dark mahogany color originally.  A bit more of a modern style that I usually go for, but simple enough lines that just a paint job could transform it to a shabby cottage look.

I did a little bit of prep sanding (orbital sander), two coats of paint then sanded again to distress; for which I also use my orbital sander.

  I use my orbital sander for distressing because it’s faster and easier.  (especially with my bad back!)  But if you don’t have an electric sander, you can distress by hand using a COARSE sanding sponge. 

Why coarse and why a sanding sponge?  Coarse because it works FASTER!  And a sanding sponge  because it’s easier to manuever and handle than a piece if sand paper. 

 The sanding sponges can be a bit pricey (like $3.00 each!) if you go to a big home repair store and buy a single one.  Look for the big bundles of them to go on sale and stock up.  You’ll save in the long run if you do a lot of hand sanding.

I also just found some in a 2 pack at Dollar Tree!!!  And they are every bit as good as the more expensive ones!  You never know how long an item will stay in stock at dollar stores, so again, I suggest stocking up while they have them available.

I just delivered this little stand to Stars yesterday; along with the striped end table and chair.

I broke it!!

See the tallish nekkid statue in the middle of the two stools there?  It’s one of my all time favorite finds!  It’s actually a lamp base, with a hole in the top and one on the back side for lamp works.  I liked it as a just a statue though.

She was a little scuffed up when I found her, so I gave her a good dose of satin white spray paint.

She originally went to the Junk Salvation show.   Didn’t sell there, so I took her to Camas. Didn’t sell there either, so I packaged her back up for a trip to Stars.  Upon arrival at Stars I discover she’s got a broken arm!!!  I was crushed!

The entire left arm, snapped off at the shoulder!  I tried just gluing it back on, but you could REALLY tell it had been broken.  Alas, it was destined to go where ALL my good but damaged stuff goes . . .into my personal collection!  Then I was working on some faux finials and the light bulb went off!!  Why not cover up the repair line with some drywall compound?!?! 

Initially I was thinking that I could just plaster over the repair line, but it was too noticeable.  So, I just lightly plastered over the WHOLE THING, as if that was how it was meant to be, and freshened up the paint job.

I actually think I like this raw and rustic look MORE than the original smooth finish!

And here she is, awaiting her new home at Stars!  (with a lower price, of course!)

More outdated ~ updated to shabby chic white

Remember when these carved wood roosters were everywhere?!?  I just HAD to try and see if I could shabby it up!

Painted it all white first.

And my beloved Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze.


Gold cherubs with heart shaped mirrors.

Removed mirrors and spray painted primer white.


Painted with cream color acrylic paint.

comparison with/without Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze.  To finish them I papered the hearts with sheet music.  And apparently I never took a picture of them completely finished!  DOH!  Well, NOW if I can only FIND where I packed them away and remember to TAKE a picture AND remember to ADD the picture to this post . . . . yea right!!

I think this baby is brass!  It’s really heavy.  And a bit ‘gaudy’ in its original state.

 But look how pretty all the detail is after being painted white and then glazed with Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze?!?

MORE gold and gaudy!  And very chipped up old chalkware statues.

Prettied up and ready to sell in our space at Camas Antiques.

Kind of a greyish gold paint on this one!

Painted white.


Forgot the before picture on this one.  It was GOLD.






Well, I think you get the idea!

Mark your calendar and SAVE THE DATE!!!

Saturday, February 5th ~ 8am – 4pm

Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, Oregon.

You DON’T want to miss this!

Funky Junk Sisters “Junk Salvation” show/sale is coming to town!

And “WE”, Sophie’s Cottage will be there selling our wares along with an amazing host of your other favorite Northwest vendors.

Free parking.  Admission is $7.00.  P{ick up a coupon for $1.00 off admission in our space at Stars in Portland or our space in Camas Antiques in Washington.  (One coupon per person) OR print it up from here:



Break up those winter doldrums and cure your cabin fever with some SERIOUS shopping therapy.  Hope to see you there!!!

AJ & Michael



Recent finds and a “What is it?”

Pretty good thrifting this past week.  Here’s a little of what I found:

Little white one drawer desk.  Looks GREAT at first glance.  (which is ALL I did before grabbing it up because the price was “RIGHT”)  Upon closer inspection when I got home, I could SEE why it was so inexpensive!!!  I could see a touch of soft blue in a couple of spots before I bought it.  So, I’ thinking I can just sand it a bit for the blue to show through and be done.  HA!!!  That pretty blue was only ONE of the  MANY colors under the white.  The others included bright lime green, fire engine red, dark royal blue and neon yellow!!!  Mercy!  A lot more work than I was expecting.  Had to sand off several layers on paint on the top and drawer before I can repaint it white.  Might do some ‘fun design’ on the drawer front and/or top.

Another ‘price was right’ desk with VERY damaged top.  The plan for this one is to have Michael CUT OFF the desk part, leaving only the little three drawers.  We ALWAYS  need little 3-4 drawer chests.  Not decided on what color yet.  We’ve got a bit of a monochromatic white thing going on for the next re-do at Camas.

Cute little ‘stilletto’ leg table.  Not terribly steady so it will be painted gray and used in our new display wall at Stars.

Sweet little cosmetic cases.  Just need some cleaning up.

A frame to paint aqua and place a big scallop shell in the center.

And here’s the “What is it?”  At first I thought it was just a little table with a drawer, and a cracked in half top.

Then I realized that the split top was a hinged opening, and there’s a HOLE in the bottom of the inside.

You can see that hole better here.  A smoking table maybe, and the hole it for the ashtray?? 

What I had thought was a drawer on the front is actually another hinged opening that used to flip UP, but had been painted shut.  The knob had broken off and just been painted over. 

Here’s the label that is inside.  I couldn’t get any closer for a better shot.  And I can’t even read it WITH my reading glasses on!  I don’t know if you can enlarge the picture to see it better.  I need to find my magnifying glass and get a better look at it so I can research it more.

But I’m really thinking it’s an old smoking table.

I sanded it up some more to bring more of the black out, and added a pretty vintage glass knob.  But that picture will be in the next batch.  I take WAY too many pictures to download the disc until it’s almost full.  Takes too long for me to FIND them later with SO MANY photo files on my computer!

Can’t find a handle that fits???

We run into this QUITE often when we are re-doing old furniture pieces with drawers or doors.    My preference is to look for items that had SINGLE HOLE knobs or pulls if some are missing.  Easy to replace.  BUT, for older items with TWO hole knobs missing, finding a NEW knob or pull that fits those holes can be a challenge, to say the least.

IF you are totally sanding and refinishing the item, you can fill the  just  holes with putty before you paint and then drill new holes to fit your new hardware.  But, if you ‘just need a new pull’ check out THIS cute and simple idea!

Such a fun look.  I might even have to try it ‘on purpose’ and not just out of desperation!

Our BIGGEST e-book ever!!!

Well, being snowed in for two weeks wasn’t entirely futile!  I managed to get another e-book written, and it’s our biggest ever!  I even had to edit it down a bit (and have the start of two more e-books thereby!) to ‘just’ 118 pages.

And launching it on New Years Eve couldn’t be more perfect.  After Christmas everyone seems to ‘purge’ their old stuff and get rid of a lot of it.   In our  “Outdated / Updated” e-book you will discover ways to KEEP that old stuff, but make it LOOK NEW!

Here are BEFORE pictures of just a few of the items that you’ll see ‘updated’ in this e-book:

Just about everything that you (or someone else) thought had seen it’s better days, we’ve taken and updated to a wonderful cottage or primitive style.  “Outdated / Updated” contains 118 before and after pictures and simple how to’s in an easy to navigate Picturetrail photo album.

You can buy it via our blog or in our  Etsy shop for $29.95.

Simply send your $29.95 payment via PayPal to  and note that it is for the ‘Outdated / Updated e-book.

I will send you the Picturetrail link to the album within 48 hours. 

Please note:  Winter weather sometimes affects our internet connection ‘out here in the boonies’, and may delay the arrival of your book.  But I do check email every day and respond to purchases as soon as possible.



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