Archive | August, 2013

Antique Find Friday…

19 Aug

Well… it is actually Monday, but I found these goodies on Friday! I love furniture and home decor, I walk around antique malls falling in love with lovely things and the prices!! However, my home is full and if I bring home more stuff my husband might kill me! So… instead I will show them to you and maybe you can fall in love too!

First up… Antiques and Uniques (on 1-30)… I love the back room of this antique mall, really some great finds!

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Then Midtown Antiques…

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BUT… the best find of all!!! My very own antique booth! Yes… that is right! Starting September 1st, I will have a booth at Midtown Antique Mall! I have been on the list forever and every time I go there to shop, I ask if there is any booth availability! Friday was my lucky day and I am thrilled!

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So this little gem is my personal FRIDAY FABULOUS FIND! It is small, but it is mine! You have to start somewhere! Note: None of the items in this picture are mine! 🙂

She just needs a little paint, fabric, and gorgeous furniture! Look for the after picture in weeks to come!

White Goat Paint Class

18 Aug

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This summer, I attended my very first Annie Sloan paint class. It was held at The White Goat, an enchanting Little Rock Boutique that sells wonderful rustic and vintage furniture and home decor. They also sell Annie Sloan’s line of paint and teach the class. If you love the look, but don’t want to get your hands dirty they will paint your furniture for you!

The class consisted of six ladies and the instructor. They have two classes an Intro to Chalk Paint and an advanced class. They ask that you start with the introductory class, the cost is $75 per person. The classes are extremely popular, so you need to sign up early!

I have worked with Annie Sloan before, so I was not sure how much I would learn. I would definitely say it was worth the money and the time to take the class. If you have not worked with the paint before it would be especially valuable!

You get four sample boards and one picture frame to paint. Plus, you get to see all of the other ladies creations and since everyone has different tastes you get to see a lot of different colors… 24 boards and 6 pictures frames! If you love what someone else created, just write it down and try it at home!

We did practiced four different techniques… Single Color, Two Color Distressed, Dry Brush, and Colored Wax!

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The best and most valuable part was that you could ask the instructor any and all questions about your projects at home. For example, I am doing a kitchen and dining room table and he recommended using a lacquer or water-based poly before adding wax!

If you are thinking about using chalk paint, definitely take this class! The paint is super easy to use and you can create hundreds of different looks!

Sweet Baby #2 Room

6 Aug

I loved decorating my baby boy’s room! I wanted a simple, understated little boy nursery with a touch of vintage.

I started with a neutral paint color, Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan.

The bedding is khaki and cream washed linen from Cottage and Cabin, an Etsy shop. To give the room a vintage feel, I shopped my favorite antique mall, Midtown Antiques. There I found iron baskets, which I filled with stuffed animals and baby books. I also found an antique chair for the nursery. I really wanted a chair that I could use somewhere in the house after it was no longer needed in the nursery and this was the perfect find! I then added wooden toys, cars, and blocks as accessories to enhance the vintage feel.

I painted the end table with Annie Sloan, Paris Grey and darkened it with the dark wax. If you have not used this paint before, you must give it a try. The table was originally black, no sanding or priming require… just paint!

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My ever so handy husband made the wooden “Jackson” which was painted with Annie Sloan, Emperors Silk. (can you tell, I love this paint?!) He also made the “J” and it was stained to match the cabinet. The cabinet is a family piece, which we filled with memorabilia from Jackson’s grandfather and great-grandfathers.

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The nursery turned out just the way I wanted, I perfect for a baby and ready for a little boy to grow into!