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Friday, September 19, 2014

Aqua Cottage Dresser


Don't you love before and afters? 

I do!


Yes, I know...it's quarter-sawn oak
you'll just have to trust me when I say
 it wasn't in good enough condition to refinish


Milk paint, doing what milk paint does best!


I used Cobalt Blue for the base coat, then used Cobalt Blue, Boho Blue, and White 
to create four different shades of aqua
(all Real Milk Paint shades)


Some layers were heavy, others were simply dry-brushed on
created a time-worn, weathered effect
All the chippy goodness is courtesy of the milk paint
and very little elbow grease


The original beveled Cheval mirror was distressed and tarnished in strange spots
so I used Amy Howard at Home's Antique Mirror Solution to further distress
Randomly painting the back in varying shades of aqua



It's a sweet, happy little dresser now...

Michele

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Old and New

I love antique mirrors....
not just the frames, but the weathered glass, too

Not always easy to find!

We've been having a bit of a love affair lately with two products

High Performance Lacquer Spray

and 

Antique Mirror Solution


I know both of these products intimidate some people...
but I promise, they are easy to use and the results are amazing!



We're loving the uber modern vibe the shiny lacquer gives the frame
juxtaposed with the aged mirror patina





Don't you LOVE the pop of shiny color peeking through behind the mirror glass?




Amy offers wonderful tutorials for these products:



BE FEARLESS!

 Try something new and surprise yourself! 


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Farmhouse Table and Ruffle Chairs

We scored these chairs about three years ago...
they were part of an estate

The seller had some some "interesting" repairs and refurbishing
on many of the items we purchased and these chairs were no exception

A set of four, with perfectly chippy paint
however the seats had rotten wood and janky stuffing
(If Finn and Jake can say JANKY so can I)
along with moldy fabric 
oh, and the trim was actually glued on directly to the frame

Which explains why they've been sitting for so long!

Bye bye, rotten wood, janky stuffing, and moldy fabric!

Hello new wood, new cushions, and a thorough cleaning!

We even added new batting (two layers!) so the chairs are ultra comfy!

We sealed the lovely chippy paint to preserve the finish

The cane back, coupled with the chippy finish, 
provides so much texture to these chairs
Visually, they are stunning
The fabric choice needed to be simple enough to not distract from the finish
yet special enough to co-star

White. White and chippy... Perfect!
White, chippy, AND RUFFLED?
Heaven!


 Not so heavenly?
Sewing ruffles. Ironing ruffles. Attaching ruffles...YAWN
so boring!


Now that they are finished...I LOVE THEM! 
(the fabric is treated to resist stains, too)





And how about that table?
Ken did a cerused (lime wash) finish on the entire piece


To achieve this look, he stripped the entire table down to raw wood
but left all the blemishes intact


using oil paint, he created a thin glaze
(the finish shown took two coats)

Once cured, the finish is practically indestructible! 


You can find these pieces, 
along with so many other lovely things at:


Thanks for stopping by!

Michele and Ken

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Good Stuff!

607 Vintage MarketPlace has almost been open a week now...
Everyone's spaces are looking really great!

"Smalls" are my biggest challenge...
I don't enjoy buying them, really
and my personal aesthetic is a bit more streamlined
too much "stuff" and your retail space begins to look cluttered
too little, and it looks sparse

Like Goldilocks and the porridge, 
there is a sweet spot that's JUST RIGHT

Of course, smalls can carry you, as a retailer,
 between larger item sales
They are, in my opinion, a necessary evil! 

My ideal smalls?

Loads of Ironstone, rusty metal bits, hunks of architectural salvage
pretty pillows, and a few pieces of tarnished silver here and there

My goal is to work on smalls this week!  

Here's a glance at some of the new items from our space:


Loving this antique child's vanity 
I imagine it in an entryway, 
sort of like a hall table/mirror combo only with WAY more character!

We're CUCKOO for painted clocks!

Wicker isn't usually my "thing"
but the high contrast, chippy goodness
on this original paint piece made the cut!

 Perfectly beachy!


(just because they're beautiful...and the coral looks amazing with the aqua in our space!)

The following pieces are NOT ours...
we just wanted to share some more of the amazing creative finds at 607:



 This table is easily my FAVORITE piece in the store!



The previous pics are in Jenni's space
Jenni is the owner of 607 Vintage MarketPlace as well as Marcotte's


I don't personally know the two vendors who own these spaces...
but they look wonderful!

Gorgeously creative pieces from Kelly of Furniture Flair


Vintage gorgeousness from Cat of Nantucket Farm


custom makes these stunning metal and wood works

There is SO much more to see...
32 vendors under one fabulous roof...
and Marcotte's is right across the parking lot 
for EVEN more goodies!

The shop is open NOW
and the Grand Opening Event
is Sept. 13th from 6-9

Come say HI!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quick Tour...

Stopped by 607 Vintage MarketPlace today
to drop off a few items
(and to see what goodies everyone else brought in!)

Thursday is THE DAY...!
(unless, of course, Largo doesn't cooperate!)

I thought I'd share a few more preview photos...


 Used Modern Masters on this charming little coffee table


LOVE doing these mirrors...
Lacquer on the frame, Antique Mirror Solution to distress the glass...
the mix of glossy, shiny, and distressed/aged is perfect, don't you think?




The detail on the mirrors is just stunning...but hard to capture in a photo!

  Pretty, shiny things...



 lots and lots of pretty, shiny things!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

607 Vintage MarketPlace Preview

We've been diligently working on our new vendor space at


It's coming together EXACTLY like I envisioned...
I couldn't be happier!

We still have a few days worth of work to do
(painting, staging...you know how it goes!)
but I wanted to share a glimpse with you!

 Hardware going on tomorrow...
and how cool is that arrow?  


 I'm still SWOONING over our washed pallet wall!
(and how about those adorable growth charts on the left?)

 This mirror is already getting tons of attention...I don't expect it will last too long!



 Silver leaf nightstand...awaiting antique wax (tomorrow!)

 custom lighting


We didn't want our new retail space to just be a 
duplicate of our store

Because this space is smaller, we were able to really edit our look
It's sort of beach house meets farmhouse meets chateau...
but somehow, it all really works

We certainly hope you'll pass us a visit!

607 Vintage Marketplace opens on Friday, 8/15

See you then!