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05 October, 2014

Elegant Linen Cabinet - How to use glaze and paint to transform an old dresser to an Elegant Linen cabinet



Now that we have the dresser transformed into a linen cabinet we can get down to putting an elegant and sophisticated finish on this piece.

For this Elegant look I choose to do a glazing process.  If you have never tried glazing it is really a piece of cake and can really add to the drama of a piece of furniture.


Supplies:
220 sandpaper
1 qt. white latex paint  (Behr eggshell in Bleached Linen)
1 qt. glaze (Behr Faux Glaze)
1 tester size of grey latex paint ( Glidden in Monterey Grey)
old bowl or plastic cup
paint brush
old rag or t-shirt (you will be throwing away when done)

The first thing I did was to give the dresser a light sanding all over so that I knew that my paint would stick.  Then wipe it down good to get all of the dust off and you are ready to paint.  I started with painting the entire cabinet with a coat of white paint.



I put on two coats of the white paint and lightly sanded after each coat so that I would have a super smooth finish.  After you are happy with the coverage (2-3 coats of paint..your preference) then you are ready to start glazing.  

I am sorry but I didn't measure when I was doing this part but you can pour approximately a 1/2 cup of the glaze into your bowl or cup and then add approx. 3 table spoons of the grey paint.  Give it a mix.  

Apply this glaze mixture to a small area of your cabinet.  Then using your rag, you can either wipe or blot off the excess glaze to achieve the look that you want.  FYI:  If you Wipe off glaze it will take more of the glaze color off, if you Blot the glazed then it will give you this sort of mottled look to the surface.   I chose to blot the glaze off as I really liked the way it changed the entire appearance of the cabinet.  It looked very antique and aged.  What is nice about using glaze is that it will settle down into the crevasses and really brings out the detail.  



The finished cabinet with my towel in it.  I loved the way that it turned out.  Don't forget to see this same cabinet but with a Vintage Shabby finish.
Interested in more of our DIY bathroom projects be sure to check out Framed Mirror MakeoverPainted Upholstered Chair, and Dresser to Linen Cabinet

Vintage Shabby Linen Cabinet - How to distress a cabinet into Shabby Chic awesome



Now that we have the dresser transformed into a linen cabinet we can get down to putting a Vintage Shabby Chic finish on this piece.

For this Shabby look I choose to do a painting and distressing process.  This is a really simple project that just needs a little elbow grease.


Supplies:
220 sandpaper
1 qt. white latex paint  (Behr eggshell in Bleached Linen)
1 can Rust-Oleum (Hammered metal grey)
paint brush

After the time and effort put into glazing this cabinet I decided that it wasn't going to be white enough or gray enough for my bathroom.  So back outside we go to transform the Elegant look into the Vintage Shabby look.

I started by spray painting the entire cabinet with the Hammered metal spray paint.  You can really use any grey spray paint, I just happened to have this left over from another project.






 After the spray paint is good and dry I dry brushed the white latex paint all over the entire cabinet.  By dry bushing I simply mean that I didn't put a lot of paint on my brush to the point that it was almost dry.
This is what it looked like after dry brushing.  I did decide to give it one more light coat of white latex paint but if you are happy with the look after one coat then it is entirely up to you.

I would let the paint dry very well for a few hours before doing the final step.  The last and final step is to take your 220 sand paper and go to town sanding.  I tend to give everything a light sanding all over so that I have a nice smooth surface but not so much as to take the white paint off.  To achieve the Shabby chic look of distress furniture just rub your sandpaper over any edges and raised areas.
Again, this will be done to your liking.  If you like a lot of worn spots then just sand a little more.
I focused on the raised areas and the edges.





And there you have it!  Elegant or Shabby...your choice.  Enjoy.

DIY Dresser to Linen Cabinet - Transform an old dresser into a functional cabinet





These last couple of months have been filled with numerous DIY projects for our master bath remodel.  As part of our remodel we decided to remove our giant tub (it was really just a dust collector) and make a space for a linen cabinet.  For the last 12 years we have stored our bath towels in our closet which I have always hated.  Clearly our bathroom was designed by a man (yes, I said it) because no woman in her right mind would have a bathroom without some kind of cabinet for towels, linens and additional toiletries.

I hunted through stores and on-line for the cabinet I had envisioned in the space where the tub used to be and just couldn't seem to find anything that I was crazy about.  Then one day while perusing though a little antique shop my husband spotted an old dresser.  It was the perfect size and perfect style just not the perfect color but it screamed "buy me now."  So with dresser in tow, we headed home so that I could get to work making it into a beautiful linen cabinet.


This was the two drawer dresser as we brought it home from the antique store.  Lots of detail on the front, sides and legs.

The next step was to remove the drawers as well as the little piece of horizontal wood that separated the two drawers.

 

After removing the center divider my husband built a wooden box to fit inside this space.  Unfortunately I was so excited about this part that I didn't take any pictures of him actually building the box.  Once the box was built then we simply slipped it inside the dresser to create a cubby.  My husband added some small trim across the inside back and you can certainly dress it up how ever you see fit.


Now this is the part where I come in.  This is also going to be the part where you will actually see two different finishes for this cabinet.  The first finish I did on the cabinet was really beautiful and I just loved the way it turned out....I just didn't love the way the color played off of everything else in my bathroom so I decided to change it.  I will give you the instructions for how I created both looks.  So the first look we will call the Elegant look and the second one we will call the Vintage Shabby look.




Vintage Shabby Linen Cabinet



21 September, 2014

Framed Mirrors Makeover



     Another project for our Master Bath renovation.  Many years ago we had taken down the plain sheet mirrors in our bathroom, took them to a local glass place and had it cut to fit into frames.  At the time our fixtures in our bathroom were gold and silver combined so the frames we chose had gold and silver tones as well.
     Twelve years later we are about to start the Master Bath reno (really...as in tomorrow) but the gold frames are just not going to work in our gray and chrome bathroom.  Here are the steps I took to transform our existing mirrors so that we could still use them in our new bathroom.

Supplies:
Frame of your choosing
Blue paint tape
Rust-oleum spray paint in Hammered gray
Black acrylic paint
Glaze
Sponge brush
Old shirt or rag (something you can throw away when done)
Bowl or plate for mixing paint

     The first thing I did was taped off the mirror with the blue paint tape so that the spray paint doesn't get on it.
     I gave the frames two light coats of spray paint.  I chose this hammered metal look spray paint because I wanted a little bit of a metallic look and I thought the hammered effect would make it look a little more aged. Unfortunately I don't think you can really tell in the pictures the textured look that this spray paint gives.  It is very subtle but I like the way it looks.  I think if this frame weren't so ornate and had a smooth surface then you would get more of the hammered metal look.


     Time for the fun part....glazing.  I always keep a quart of glazing around because you can mix some with any color of paint to create a glaze that can be used to add depth to a piece of furniture.  I can tell you that I did not measure anything out in this process so don't be scared when you go to do this.  I just poured some glazing..aprox. 1/4 cup into an old butter dish or cool whip bowl and then poured a tablespoon or two of black paint that I already had from previous projects.  Just give the two a good stir and you are ready to start glazing.


     The glazing basically lets you turn any color of paint into an antiquing stain which will bring out all the details (and flaws) in your furniture.  Not sure if you can tell in this photo but when the frame just has a coat of spray paint the details look flat and kind of boring. With the glaze it gives depth and dimension and really makes all of the details pop.

     To apply the glaze I recommend not putting this on if you are working outside in the sun as the glaze will dry faster and make it harder to achieve the look you want.  Using my sponge brush, I just applied the glaze mixture to a small section of my frame (6 inches or so) and made sure that the glaze went into all of the details.  Then immediately take your rag and either blot or wipe off as much of the excess glaze until you get the desired effect.  I will tell you that blotting will give you a completely different look than wiping the glaze.  Blotting will leave more of the glaze on your furniture, especially on the more raised surfaces whereas wiping will take most of it off of the raised surfaces and leave it darker in the crevasses.  For this project I chose to wipe because I only wanted the crevasses to be darker.



     Now I have two framed mirrors ready for my new bathroom and I only spent about $6 on a single can of spray paint since all of the other supplies were from previous projects. Below is the before and after from gold to silver.


FYI:  You could also lightly distress the edges and corners with light grit sand paper to give it a more distressed look as well.

See more of my bathroom renovation projects here.

01 September, 2014

Painted Upholstered Shabby Vintage Parlor Chair -Painted Fabric


I have been searching for months for the perfect chair to go in our Master Bath.  We are getting ready to start a major remodel in our bathroom and will be removing our giant spa tub.  In its place I wanted to have a beautiful vintage shabby chic chair.  So this weekend we set out and went to our local flea market, Canton 1st Monday (if you have never been and you live in Texas....well there is just something wrong with you.).

Before heading to Canton flea market I scoured Pinterest for ideas and I kept coming across these awesome chairs that had been transformed by painting the upholstery and they actually looked pretty great in the pictures.  So with that in mind we hit the Canton grounds on a mission.  Now usually if I am going there to find something specific I usually end up empty handed but within 15 min.  I spotted a chair that I thought might work.  It had great bones, was newly upholstered and for the right price it would be mine.

The chair was pretty just as it was but it just wasn't the look I was going for in our remodel.  Our bathroom is going to be in grey and white with lost of Carrera marble.  So a purple and pink floral tapestry just wasn't going to work.  That said, I decided to tackle painting the upholstered fabric.  Details of my project are below.

Supplies:
Vintage chair  $65
Water bottle $1
Old paint brushes that you don't care about wrecking
Delta textile medium  (large bottle) $5.99
Paint for chair (how much will depend on the size of the chair and how many colors)
   Colors I used:  Behr eggshell in Bleached Linen
                          Glidden tintable sample in Monterey Grey
                           Deco Art in Shimmering Silver



I have to admit that I was a little scared about painting perfectly good upholstery but if it didn't turn out then I would be out about $75 and I was ok with that.  But if it turned out the way I wanted then I was going to have an awesome chair for my Master bath.

Step 1:  I lightly sanded the wood frame so that it would accept my paint better and then gave it 2 coats of the Bleached Linen paint.





Step 2: Painting the fabric.  Mix equal parts of Textile medium, water, and paint.  I just mixed everything in an old butter dish.  This step is important...lightly mist the fabric with your water bottle.  This helps the paint to absorb into the fabric as well as come out more even.  The paint mixture will be almost like water which is why it takes several coats of paint in order to cover the existing fabric.  The fact that this parlor chair had a tufted back made this process a little time consuming but not hard. I ended up putting 4 coats of the watery paint mixture over the tapestry fabric.  
This photo was after one coat of paint.  Oh...and as you can see, I also put a coat of the Deco Art in Shimmering Silver over top of the white paint on the chair frame.

Step 3:  Step three was an oops because I didn't like the metallic paint with the shade of grey on the fabric.  I think it would have looked great if I had painted the fabric pink or blue or some other color.  So if you like the way that yours turns out then you can skip this step.  I painted over the Shimmering Silver with the Bleached Linen again.

Step 4:  I lightly sanded the frame to scrape off some of the white  paint and expose the Shimmering silver paint.  Although you can't tell that the paint is metallic you can at least see grey paint peeking through the white paint.




Vintage Shabby...Wow.  I just love the way it turned out.  Just need to get this bathroom reno underway so I can put my chair in it.  And if you are wondering what he fabric feels like after all of the paint...it is a little stiff but not hard.  I think when it has time to really dry after a few days then it will soften over time and with a little sitting on it.

12 June, 2014

Vintage Treasures Ornaments World Wide Customers

     When we first started out we never dreamed that people would find our little on-line shop in another part of the world. Of course we thought that we may get some customers from Canada and maybe England....but Finland and Brazil?
     The internet is huge, bigger than huge and yet someone sitting at their laptop in Denmark is browsing through our on-line boutique trying to decide on the perfect sparkly glass ornament. I am amazed and thrilled to know that so many people from around the world are enjoying our beautiful ornaments as much as we do. 
      We have shipped to more than 30 countries and almost all 50 states. I admit that I had to look a few of the countries up because I had never heard of them. Take a look at our map and see all of the countries we have shipped to. Some of them may shock you. 

15 April, 2014

Retro Ornaments

These ornaments are a flashback to a time not so long ago. When there wasn't a delete key and you could only be a few inches from the base of your phone. How things have changed over the last 30 years. Kids today wouldn't even know what these devices are let alone how to use them.

Perfect ornaments for your "Mad Men" themed tree.
http://www.vintagetreasures-ornaments.com/Vintage-Telephone_p_2505.html

14 March, 2014

Clothing Swap


There is nothing better than shopping for clothes...unless those clothes don't cost anything. Three years ago I started hosting an annual clothing swap with my friends.

I was cleaning out my closet and doing some much needed spring cleaning. Before I knew it, I had a substantial pile of clothing. Most of the clothing was like new but I was tired of seeing it on me. Some pieces of clothing seemed like a good idea in the store but then months later I just didn’t love it. I thought...what a waste of perfectly good clothing. That was when I thought that if I had this pile of clothes then surely some of my friends did too.

Three years later and 20+ women with bags of clothing show up to my house for the annual clothing swap. It is a great "girls night out" at little to no expense. Everyone leaves with 5-6 new pieces to add to their wardrobe. The added bonus..and why I believe it turns out so well is that all of the left over clothing that isn't swapped gets donated to local charities.

The rules of my swap were simple. Bring any gently used clothing, shoes, belts, scarves, purses, jewelry and any other accessories or clothing related items. As long as you bring something then you can take something. This has worked just fine for my swap however if you have friends who are very competitive or who don't bring their fair share of clothing then you can issue a number to them based on the number of items that they brought. If they brought 5 items then they can take up to 5 items.

I usually have 4-5 large trash bags full of clothing by the end of the night that can go to a local charity. So the next time you are cleaning out your closet try organizing a clothing swap with your friend. You will get a new wardrobe that doesn't cost anything and you can help those in need. Have fun with it.

04 February, 2014

Symbol of the Koi fish


Koi, or Nishikigoi are the ultimate pond or garden fish. They have been carefully bred for many years, and have been called the national fish of Japan. Often referred to as "Living Jewels" or works of art, Koi are traditionally considered lucky and are regarded as symbols of love and friendship.

18 January, 2014

Dresser Drawer Display


I am always amazed when someone comes up with a clever or fresh way to make a display really interesting.  I often wonder why I didn't think of it before. 
I came across this wonderful display over the weekend and thought it was an awesome way to display collections that you may have.  Most of us probably have an old dresser that we aren't even using anymore or could find one at a salvage yard on the cheap.  The great thing about this display is that nothing has to match.  You could use drawers from all sorts of old dressers.
 
The drawers are just stacked and then the open parts can be filled with anything you like.  This picture happens to be a beautiful display of Christmas ornaments.  I think this type of display would be a great way to show off beautiful linens, add some old black and white photos and vintage jewelry and you will have an eye catching vignette.  I also think this would be great to do on a back porch and fill it with gardening tools, old seed packets and then plant some spring time bulbs in a few of the drawers.  The possibilities are endless.

11 January, 2014

Legend of the Rooster


Legend states that the only time a rooster crowed at midnight was the night that Jesus was born. The crowing of the rooster at the dawn of each morning symbolizes the daily triumph of light over darkness and the victory of good over evil.

26 December, 2013

Wedding Ornaments - Bride's Christmas ornament set

We know that Christmas is over but we wanted to let you know that ornaments make great gifts for other occasions all year round.

Today's gift idea is a Wedding set. Everyone always gives appliances, house wares, towels etc for wedding gifts but what happens when the Newlyweds get to their first Christmas together? They end up with a Charlie Brown tree because they don't have any ornaments.

Why not put together a wedding set? A beautiful box of ornaments that will not only be needed for their first Christmas together but made up of ornaments which have a special meaning behind them.
For this set I just went to my local hobby store and purchased a beautiful box to display them in and then filled it with 10 different ornaments to give the Newlyweds a good start to their first Christmas. You can fill this with as many ornaments as you like. Many of the ornaments that I selected have a special meaning behind them and you can get a list of those meanings here.


Another idea for this set would be to include ornaments that represent where the couple may be spending their honeymoon....so in this set we included this suitcase ornament for Italy (bottom right corner). Or you can fill it with ornaments that represent things that the couple loves. There is no right or wrong way to do this but you can be sure that this is a wedding gift that they will cherish for years to come.

More ornament legends.

03 December, 2013

Legend of the Pickle

The Legend of the Pickle has been around for ages and if you have never heard about it then you will be in for a treat.  I have always heard that it was a German tradition and no doubt it was coined a German tradition because Germany was the birth place of these beautiful glass ornaments.  Even though my true German friends say that it isn't a German tradition (I am sure it was dreamed up by some American) it is a fun tradition to share with your friends and family.

The Pickle ornament was the last ornament to be hung on the Christmas tree.  Parents would hide the pickle in the green boughs of the tree on Christmas Eve when the children were sleeping.  When the children would see the decorated tree for the first time on Christmas day they would carefully look around the tree, observing each and every ornament until they found the pickle.  The child who found the pickle knew that they would get a special gift for being the most observant child.

Try a new tradition with your family and make memories that will last a lifetime. 
http://www.vintagetreasures-ornaments.com/Food-Drink_c_56.html

13 November, 2013


A short video of both 549 at the Houston Nutcracker Market.

21 October, 2013

Stingy Jack

"Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack, an Irish blacksmith and notorious drunk, had the great misfortune to run into the Devil in a pub. Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a sixpence that Jack could use to buy their drinks in exchange for Jack's soul. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack and not try to claim his soul for ten years. When the ten years had passed, Jack ran into the Devil as he walked down a country road. The Devil was anxious to claim what was due but Jack stalled. Jack thought quickly and said to the devil. "I'll go, but before I go, will you get me an apple from that tree?" The Devil thinking he had nothing to lose climbed the tree as Jack pointed to the choicest apple. Perturbed, the Devil climbed high into the tree after the apple Jack selected. When he was high up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down. Jack, very proud of himself made the Devil promise to never again ask him for his soul. Seeing no other choice the Devil reluctantly agreed.  Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. Being unable to go to heaven or hell Jack asked the Devil where he should go. The Devil only replied, "Back where you came from!" The way back was very dark so Jack begged the Devil to at least give him a light to find his way. The Devil tossed Jack burning coal from the fire of hell to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern." Today we commonly spell it jack-o-lantern or jack-o'-lantern.In Ireland and Scotland, people believed that spirits and ghosts could enter their world on Halloween. These spirits and ghosts would be attracted to the comforts of their earthly lives. People not wanting to be visited by these ghosts would set food and treats out to appease the roaming spirits and began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.

So remember this Halloween when you are carving your pumpkin the moral of the story of Stingy Jack.


12 October, 2013

Symbol of the Hummingbird

Symbol of the Hummingbird

The Hummingbird symbolizes beauty, love, and joy. It has the ability to fly backward which teaches us that while we can look back at our past, we shouldn’t dwell on it and always keep moving forward. The hummingbird can also hover above a flower while drinking its nectar reminds us to savor each moment and appreciate the sweetness.
 

22 September, 2013

Autumn

     Living in Texas can sometimes make it hard to enjoy the approaching Autumn season when it is still 90 degrees outside.  I normally so straight from summer flowers to decorating for Christmas and skip the Autumn season altogether...but not today.  As I was walking through my grocery store I passed by the most magnificent box of pumpkins I have ever seen.  The colors, shapes and sizes were amazing.  Who knew that there were so many varieties of pumpkins?  I quickly grabbed a cart and started loading them up.  Ten pumpkins and two squash added up to about 70 pounds of colorful Autumn goodness.

     Thankfully I had just the perfect farm house table to put them on.  I grabbed a piece of old burlap that I had in my shed and laid it across my table and then placed all of the pumpkins on top.  I just love the way it turned out!  I am not sure about all of the varieties that I selected but after some searching on the Internet I believe these are some of the pumpkins that I have:  Cinderella pumpkin (dark orange), Buckskin pumpkin (pale peach color in the back left of picture), Blue pumpkin (pale green on the far left of picture),  Cushaw pumpkin (large green stripes), One Too Many (white with pale orange stripes on the far back right of picture), Casper (white pumpkins on either side of the dark orange pumpkin), Pump Ke Mon (small white and orange pumpkins). 
 
                                               

20 September, 2013

Octoberfest

     Octoberfest is always a great time to be in Germany.  I mean, who doesn't like a reason to eat and drink.  Since I no longer live in Germany I thought it would fun to post some interesting things facts and traditions that I have found about Beer. 

     In medieval times, monks brewed beer for a nourishing drink, which was permitted while fasting during lent.  Considered a valuable source of nutrition, beer played an important role in daily lives and workers were often paid with jugs of beer. 

     Have you ever wondered why people clink their beer mugs together when toasting?  In medieval times men would clink their beer mugs with each other hard enough to make the beer spill over and into another's mug.  Because poisoning was often the method of choice between enemies, it was thought that if someone wouldn't clink their mug with you and allow your beer to spill into theirs then mostly likely they were an enemy. 

     So I will sit tonight with my mug of nourishment....and try not to spill.  Clink, clink.
    
                                                               

02 September, 2013

Symbol of the Turtle

In honor of a friend of mine who is currently swimming with the sea turtles in Mexico, I thought it only fitting to share with you the Symbol of the Turtle. 

Taking their homes with them wherever they go, turtles remind us to remember our roots while still welcoming new places and phases in life.  They teach us to appreciate life's simple, true necessities:  shelter, food, drink, and most importantly, faith.  The turtle's slow gait requires the animal to have faith that it will eventually get where it is going and that its needs will be satisfied along the way. 
 
A turtle ornament would be a great gift to give someone who may be starting over due to a major life event such as a death in the family or a divorce.  Attach a card that tells them what the turtle symbolizes and that with their faith they will eventually get where they want to be.