Monday, July 29, 2019

The Abandoned Buffet: All Hope Is Not Lost!

Well my outdoor work is being postponed by rain at the moment so I guess now is a good time to finish this post I started way back when!

I can't believe I almost "passed" on this old buffet that had been hanging out in a friend's grandpa's garage for what looked years. It was once upon a time such a  pretty thing, and I have a soft spot for buffets so I said "what the heck, toss it in the truck, I'll see what I can do with it".  Thankfully the missing wheel that made it look wonkier than it really was was hiding away in a drawer.

I sanded the top and restained it.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy. (Ask me to refinish wood anywhere but on a flat surface, and you'll get a different response!)

I won't go in to detail about how I got Tim to help me with the shelves on this but it might be because I listened to his advice and ripped off the veneer and it left me with a paper thin layer that if you set a an apple on it, it would fall through...  I'm the one here that works with furniture.  Duh.  Why would I do that?  So anyway, I had the side off of a different piece of furniture that I had dismantled and he was a sweetie and cut them down to size for the bottom of the buffet.

I painted it black with some DIY chalk paint. (Do I need to even say that?  For one, it's obviously black and two - would I ever buy chalk paint and not make it myself? I feel like it's a given, unless you've never visited this "Korner" before).  

Shout out to the Keelers for this gorgeous piece that is now in Michelle's home - I believe being used as a coffee bar!

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Monday, June 24, 2019

NOW OPEN! The Parma Antique Mall Upstairs!

Exciting news for Parma, Michigan!

 Darin has expanded the Antique Mall yet again!  After some blood, sweat, and tears... the upstairs is open!

  Okay let's be real. 
 The sweat could have filled as many buckets of plaster that I hauled out of there.  The only one crying any tears was Darin as he wrote checks for the work getting done.  And blood?  I'm sure someone bled at some point as I saw several different dudes in and out of the joint working on this project.  Haha.

Just CHECK THIS OUT!  A little overwhelming?  

Dust.  So. Much. Dust.

And yes, I'll always be a little miffed that he didn't paint those wood floors.  But don't tell Darin.  I don't want him to know I'm holding a grudge. 😜

And after the clean up crew (Darin's Dad Richard and I plus a few others here and there), the big guns moved in and went to work:

And here are the photos I took TODAY!  
Vendors have moved in and beautiful antiques are just waiting for you to snatch them up!  Here's the new staircase.  Come have a look-see:

So glad the gorgeous windows and door overlooking Main Street were saved!
(As they should be!  This is an ANTIQUE mall after all!)

And as always, here's Darin with a smile and a deal for YOU!

Make a morning of it! 
Ferg's is now serving breakfast on the weekends.  Browse the Parma Antique Mall all morning.  Lunch at Cindy's new eat-in dining area (may I recommend the philly cheese steak hoagie??).  Then come stay with me in my Airbnb cabin or Gidley Station.  Yeah?

Open EVERY DAY now from 10:00 - 6:00.
Click HERE to like the PARMA ANTIQUE MALL on Facebook!  Pictures posted frequently of new merchandise coming in!  Stay in the know!

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Stay tuned to Kammy's Korner for some fabulous furniture flips and what's going on around this old historic estate.  Like windmills, barns, and who knows what else!

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Metal Cart Makeover

It must have been a long winter.  I know I didn't have this metal cabinet last summer so I must have picked it up right at the end of the Michigan fall but I have no recollection of this thing or where I got it.  Garage sale?  Goodwill?  A friend?  The Fairy Godmother? At any rate, the sun has been shining in these parts finally which forced me out to the barn and I spotted this and instant inspiration smacked me upside the head.

There are some things to really love about this ugly thing.  It rolls.  Anything on wheels is good.  It has a sweet wood top that folds down.  It has long wooden handles.  It has a shelf inside.  The doors are magnetic so they stay closed.  It doesn't smell like poo.

So all you have to do is slide out these little arms to hold up the "leaves".  Can I call them leaves on a metal cabinet like this?  Not sure.  But I love how easy they are! I dissolved Webpatch 90 in some hot water and stirred in a combo of two mistint paints I had on hand.  They were both a shade of black but one had some brown undertones and the other had some blue undertones and mixed together they were the PERFECT slate black.  I used a foam roller to get a smooth look. 

After cleaning up the wood top, I used a rag to rub Restor-A-Finish over the whole top and let it dry.  Wowzers do I love the anonymous person who sent that to me in the mail one fine day!

I have a little pint of gold paint that's been with me for at least eighteen years.  Seriously, guys.  It's like the widow's cruise of oil in the old testament that didn't run out.  I knew these handles needed to be gold so I used old throw-away brushes to paint the gold on them.  It separates something fierce since it's oil based and it dried with a bit of a funky finish.  But I kinda like it.  I'm a little funky myself after all.  You can kinda see what I mean if you look closely at the next picture.

Didn't it turn out rather classy looking?  I still haven't sealed the black paint in though.  Since it's my hardcore homemade chalk paint, it has a rather rough finish.  I'm not sure if I should lightly sand it for a smoother finish or just leave it....

My friend gave me this pair of oil and vinegar bottles as a hostess gift last month.
People really don't need to do that - I'm good with a verbal thank you - but oh how I love these things!  And it's always fun to get a gift - who doesn't love opening up a package??  Having these dispensers on my kitchen counter make me feel much classier than I actually am... 😜

Come to thing of it, the marble/wood cutting board was also a hostess gift - from another Iowan friend! :)

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Family Room Tour 2019

Looking back through old photos, I've realized how much my family room has morphed since I last shared anything about it.  This is not an exciting before/after or DIY post, just a little photo tour of our family room.  And probably the next time my mom visits, it will change again.  The only thing I really want to do, but probably won't get around to it until who-knows-when, is paint that big black mirror over the fireplace white.  What do you think?

Pardon the grainy photos - I was lazy and used my phone camera. Definitely not the greatest idea!

Probably some day soon those big brown leather chairs will need to replaced - they've been great for Goodwill finds.  In fact, I'd say thrift store bargain of the decade at $5 each! 

If you look close in the above picture, you'll see the corner behind the couch where the lamp is.  It's actually a little "media" nook for the kids where their records, CDs and tapes are - have I ever mentioned we're kinda old school 'round here?

And then there's.... that...that...that wardrobe....holding that evil.... thing.... that we open every now and then to watch a family movie or the male species in this house can watch a sporting event.  Laughingly, I don't even have a clue how to turn it on.  Haha.  I'm not a TV person for many reasons which I don't feel like going in to today! 😜  But I was the one that decided to put it there because I was tired of hubby and the boys deserting me to hang out in the attic to watch the Michigan game.  

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