Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Another Chair, Another Feed Sack

I'm always picking up chairs.  Yard sales, Habitat for Humanity, on the curb....

The above one I picked up a couple weeks ago at a rummage sale - isn't it GORGEOUS?!
And the one below, was my kind of deal - fifty cents at a yard sale!!

I painted both of them a super light aqua blue.  The bigger ornate one was really awesome to distress since red was the base coat.  I LOVE when some red peaks through!!!  Always adds some extra authentic-looking "oldness".  

So where did I get my feed sacks?
Here!  Here's where I got them!

From my buddy Calvin, who I buy my hen's feed from. :)
I just love the Old Parma Mill.  Isn't it totally picturesque??
Most of the feed sacks had been in a pile back in the elevator for so long they were too mildewy and stained to salvage.  I managed to get the bags that were good enough to keep clean, but did not manage to get all the stains out.  I tried a soapy bleach soak, but that almost faded the stamped words and stripes out completely!

After Calvin gave me some of the feed sacks (many of which were stamped and had local farmers names on them) he said two pickers from out of state pulled in asking for some.  He said he already gave them to the "gal down the road" but if they wanted to ask me for some, go ahead.  No, sorry dudes, these Parma bags are not leaving the area!! :)

This one is stamped "Property of Albion Elev. Co. Albion, Mich.
I think the little sewed up tear and the stains add some character and authenticity!

The stamp is rarely centered between the grain sack stripes so I'm never sure if I should center the fabric on the cushion using the stripes or the stamp!  

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Love It Or Hate It: My Mirrored Wall... how I'm working with it!

 When I first walked in this house and laid eyes on that wall of mirrors, my first reaction was DUDE, it's like Grandma Snyder's dining room! Except I think her's even went a step further with gold flecks on the glass.  It was wild.  And I never thought a thing of it at the time!  (Did my brain make that up, Mom??  I can't find a picture to verify this memory...)  My second thought was, it must come down.

So there was never really any question on whether or not the mirrors stayed.  They had to go.   But the more we tore into things at this house, the more I realized that whatever the LeFere's did, they did to stay.  Forever.  Nothing was easy to rip out.  NOTHING.  I imagined each mirror being held up by something like Gorilla Glue, only multiplied by 100.  Along with being held up with all the moulding.  And then there were the people who walked in and gasped at the "awesome mirrors..." And I was like really?  I thing you have AMAZING taste... and you actually like the mirrors???   But then we'd be back to the others who would walk in and be like "Oh nasty mirrors, you're going to take those down, right?!"  So guess what?  Three years later, and I've decided to just WORK WITH 'EM, BABY!

So what's a girl to do?  You can't exactly put a nail into a mirror to hang a picture!  For awhile, I propped a big framed photo against it from the top of my sideboard.  But that really didn't cut it.

A family friend took some family photos of us this summer in Sheboyagan, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan so I had one of my favorite shots blown up on a huge canvas.  If you're curious, I used and ordered the 36" x 48" size. 
How exciting when that came in the mail!  I almost never spend money on home decor so this was kind of major for me. :)

Then enter hooks and chains..

I screwed to hooks into the top of the canvas and then two into the moulding up by the ceiling.  For a math challenged individual, I am quite proud of myself for this all matching up right!!

I found an old chain in the basement - this is when it pays to be a hoarder - and snipped it to size with a metal cutter.

So not only is a large portion of the mirror covered, the decor is hanging suspended, like it's meant to be that way.  And who doesn't want a larger than life canvas of themselves on the wall?  I mean, nobody every would believe that I could actually have a decent hair day so this proves that it HAS HAPPENED!

I know, my antique sideboard needs some serious help. The bottom door doesn't close all the way. It is crying for a refinish job.  I started sanding the top once... but well.... that's why it's covered with a table runner!  One that I quick made so I could take photos for this blog post.  Haha.

I had this fabric left over from my dining chairs (see those HERE) and I'm not much of a seamstress so I just cut the fabric nice and straight, adding some "fringe" on the ends
(mom's suggestion, thanks Mom)... and then searched through my stash (again, this is where it pays to be a hoarder!).  I found this long piece of white pompom trim that I must have cut off the bottom of a curtain once?  Well, it was just what this needed.  If you look close, you'll see I can't even sew in a straight line. And I was too lazy to switch the thread from light blue to white. Whatevs....  You do you and I'll do me.  Imperfect.

Picked up a pair of bronze deer at an estate sale to sell in my antique booth in Parma, but I just can't part with them.  So one has found a home here in the foyer.  Plus, I can't sell one of them because my wild boy was throwing a ball in the house and somehow an antler ended up on the floor, separated from his shiny head. :(

 So my mirrored wall is still going to greet you in the foyer when you open the door!  For now anyway.  And don't mind the curtains hiding that area in the back that is waiting.... and waiting.... and waiting.... to be a real closet some day.

View from the stairs!

And there you go, folks!  Now where did I put that Windex bottle.....

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Monday, October 16, 2017

SIX Projects With Old Lath boards

I've had a little obsession this month with lath boards!!!!
Want a peek at some of my lath projects?

Let's start out with this nightstand drawer!  
This drawer was a curbside find that I painted black and glued lath boards on the back.  Standing up, it made a great shelf!  I used wood glue and metal corner braces for the shelf.

Can you tell I'm not only on a lath kick, but a succulent kick?
The kind I don't have to keep alive, by the way!
I know, I know, you're not supposed to be able to kill them too easily but one can never be too sure!

Maybe I should back up!  Just where are lath boards found?  In an old house.  Like in this picture where I'm tearing the tile off the backsplash... see those narrow boards peeking out from under those tiles and grout??

This was just an empty frame that I filled with lath and then secured a wood bowl onto as a succulent "planter".

This one was a simple easy one, yet makes a big impact!  I had this little wooden box that a fellow antique mall boother (boother?) couldn't sell in his booth so he gave it to me.  I love this guy.  When he thinks something has sat too long in his booth, he unloads his stuff on me.  I love being on the receiving end of everyone's junk!  I painted the inside black, and then used my Ryobi air gun to nail lath boards around the outside.  I was so excited when one of my vintage license plates was the exact width of the one side!  Yes!

This furniture redo is one of my faves, and the lath boards came in handy here to put across the back.  So lightweight that you can't tell they are there when you pick this baby up.  Can't say the same for the barnwood I put on the bottom though...  But lath is definitely not sturdy enough to put books on!
(View the full post on this vintage stereo's before and after HERE).

And then there was this ugly wooden calendar hanger that I converted into a tray with lath.
Pretty!!!  The tray AND my friend Laura... :)

(View the full before and after post on this tray HERE.)

This was an old one I did for our garden shed.  It's been hanging for a few years and is a little more faded then it is in this picture!  Old Glory is still glorious. :)

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Calendar Holder To Awesome Rustic Tray

Would you pick up a calendar hanger/holder for a quarter at a garage sale?
You bet I would! :)

I've been working a lot with old lath boards lately.  
If you've remodeled an old home ever, you know the stuff I'm talking about!
I shudder to think of how much we threw on the burnpile a few years ago because I didn't win the battle to save all of it.

You know, this battle that I have with my husband all. the. time.:

So thankfully, my mama gets me, and she was helping her friend Courtney on a home remodel and brought me some bundles of lath boards last time she came to visit.  Yay!!!

After painting the wood black, I cut some lath boards and glued them on the bottom of my soon-to-be tray.  Then used an old purse strap for the handles.  I cannot sing the praises of this Ryobi air staple gun enough.  I shot two staples into each end of the "handle" to secure it.

Then the whole thing got a few coats of polyurethane. 

I was very blessed to have this sweet girl, Laura, come with my mom for a visit while she's in the USA all the way from Columbia.  We taught her the English word for "crafting". :)  Along with the a few other phrases like "oh boy" and " fun, the kids had a ball". 

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Stay tuned for more LATH PROJECTS!!

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