Wednesday, April 16, 2014

vintage metal suitcases & my butterfly cabinet

I'm continuing to downsize my vintage suitcases (see post HERE) and today I have a vintage metal suitcase to show you.  I don't have a 'before' pic but it was previously painted royal blue.  I DO however have a picture of the interior before I took a paint brush to it.  Someone had creatively glued fabric over the original papered interior which is unfortunate...



It was my first attempt at painting fabric (I used chalk paint) but I wasn't risking very much!  It looks great now that it's white inside and out, and I love the dents which reflect a lifetime of use and abuse - so much character.  I have a hard time letting go of metal suitcases.  They're more difficult to find and there's just something about them that makes them extra appealing.  If you're interested in purchasing it visit my For Sale page HERE for measurements and pricing.








Here's a look at my two remaining metal goodies...a trunk and a suitcase in my dining room on top of my 'butterfly cabinet'...which I'm giving you a peak at...even though it's still not painted after 10 years! Hopefully sooner rather than later you'll see this beast in one of my 'the cobbler's children...' entries (see HERE for my first post and HERE for my second)...






The unpainted butterfly cabinet.  Consider this a 'before' shot!...



There's a ladder to the left which our little orange kitty cat Yasha uses to get on top of the trunk and suitcase...one of her favorite napping spots (yes, I put it there specifically for her, I'm not gonna lie!)...



Here's Yasha when there was a different set of suitcases (ick!) on the cabinet...



My driftwood log is on the right.  To give you an idea of scale...it comes up to my nose.  I'm only 5'1" but still, it's pretty big!  An ex of mine lugged this thing from the beach for me at my request.  Ah, the things people do for love ;)...


That's it for today.  Have a great one!

xo Tanya

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

'the cobbler's children have no shoes' part 2


....in other words, our furniture has gone unfinished while I've refinished pieces for my business!  For part 1 click HERE.  I've been working at getting some projects completed for our home lately in between furniture I refinish for sale.  Here are two more projects I completed for Matt and I.

I've always loved this first table...it's farmhousey and has that great shelf (I'm a sucker for tables with shelves).

before (needing repairs):



after:



 






This second one is a bookcase that I inherited from my grandmother.  It never ceases to amaze me how paint can update a piece of furniture.  The bookcase now sits in our study and is filled with books, magazines and vintage finds.  I took some pics of how it looks now but the mismatch of books etc. looks less than appealing in photos:


How do bookcases always look so uniform and nice on pinterest? (cause the REAL books are hidden right?):


Haha it's tempting to turn them all around so only the nice creamy pages show but that would drive Matt crazy!  Oh the days when books were all pretty with solid coloured covers and gold writing!

Below is how the bookcase looked all clean and fresh after painting.  My old turquoise glass water jug (U.S. estate sale find) sits beside it and the grey filing cabinet you can catch a bit of to the right (inherited from my grandfather) is going to be white and on big black casters come spray painting weather.


Before:

 

After this 'part 2' post you're probably getting the idea that our house is filled with nothing but creamy white furniture ...well that's mostly correct!  I prefer light neutrals and like to bring in colour with accessories which can be changed easily and as frequently as I wish.  Although, as you can see HERE, we do have yellowy green walls in our family room!  But I love the colour and never tire of it ('Anjou Pear' by Benjamin Moore).

xo Tanya

Friday, April 11, 2014

fun finds!

First I thought I'd share one of my favorite rescues from Matt's co-worker's dad when he moved into a retirement home (from now on let's refer to this generous fellow as Mr. H - you'll be seeing a lot of things I received from him in the future!).  It made an appearance HERE.  It's a nice small size and has just the right amount of rust and scratches (you get the appeal right?  it's not just me?!)...




I love the sticker with the 10 on it and the little pop up shelf inside.  I gave it a good scrub-down so it's good to go.  I'm not sure what I'm going to store in it yet or where I'd like to display it but I know it will come in handy at some point!

Finds from last weekend:

Smallish sized milk glass urn...



Large mixing bowl.  I'm accumulating these to use as serving bowls at our wedding...



Cute summer top...



A second possible beach-casual wedding dress.  I would add some panels to the bottom to make it floor length (and iron it!)...



Lastly, a lambswool poncho (the colours look much softer in person).  This'll be great for wearing on top of batwing sweaters which get bunched up in the armpits when you try to wear a normal coat!


We're heading to the states on a day trip Saturday so we'll see if I come home with some new furniture to paint this time!  That's usually the initial goal when hitting up thrift shops - oops!

xo Tanya

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

square Bombay & Co. coffee table

I fell in love with the legs on this table the second I saw them.  Aren't they great?  And a good, attractive square coffee table seems hard to come by in my experience.  I'm craving painting a coloured piece after all this white lately but this just had to be white!  I love that it has two drawers - one on each side.  I lined them with some new drawer liner.  Umm...is drawer liner difficult for anyone else to use?  Those darn bubbles can take some time to get out.  Granted, the drawers on this don't come out so I had to tuck my hands under and into the back of the drawers which was no easy feat!  I usually work with wallpaper but I have to say, not having to cut up and fiddle with double-sided tape was a nice change (it can be hard to get the backing off the little pieces).  Here she is (before pic at bottom)...









Before:


If you're interested in purchasing her visit my For Sale page HERE for measurements and pricing.

Linking up with Thoughts From Alice for Sundays At Home.
xo Tanya

Sunday, April 6, 2014

fun finds!

Last weekend Matt and I helped a friend of his move a sofa into his father's place (well, I watched, Matt helped!) and we took his old sofa to V.V.  You know what that meant of course?!...I got to do a little thrifting!  I happened to score on - you guessed it - milk glass! I also found a long white summer dress to potentially wear for our casual outdoor wedding in June.  Here are the fun finds I picked up:

Medium sized patterned milk glass bowl...



Large milk glass mixing bowl...



Set of four milk glass tea cups...



Long, white summer dress...



Matt's friend who we helped has been downsizing as he prepares to move into a condo from a house.  He has a lot of old 'junk' from his father, who we had inherited a ton of 'rusty gold' from when he moved into a care home last year.  We were lucky enough to once again sort through the goodies and put dibs on what we liked.  Here are some of the fun finds we were given (in another post I'll share a bunch of other treasures we've received from his father).

Tiny collectable 'tea cards' that came with Red Rose tea/coffee from 1959-1975...


 

There were 17 annual series produced 10 of which are below eg:  Birds of North America, Dinosaurs, The Space Age.  Very fun!



The cards were stored in this interesting 'Sacred Heart Dime-A-Week' club box...



Old calipers...



An old clock to add to my collection...



Pretty tins for storage of...?



Very amusing 1950s bumper stickers!...



And last but not least, a stack of 1950's postcards some of which are below...




I hope you enjoyed this little trip back in time ;)

xo Tanya