Your first project is exciting! You've picked out the piece. You've picked out the perfect paint color and a fresh new brush. If this is your very first project, my advice is to start with a small piece. But big or small, that first project is usually accompanied by one part anticipation and two parts anxiety.
Before you open the can or jar and dunk your brush for the first stroke, STOP. There are some items you will want to have on hand for your project, and there are a few basic tips and pointers that will boost your confidence and guarantee your finished project is a success. Ready?
If you've seen American Pickers, you know how Mike and Frank scour the countryside for vintage and antique finds. Their travels have taken them to far-flung places across many states. In case you didn't know, Mike has become a bona fide Tennessean, with a residence in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee and he's often spotted hanging out with our friends at Blue 32 in Columbia. So how did Sherri and I get started picking? And do we pick like the American Pickers? And where can YOU find great picking spots?
Valentine's Day conjures up memories of grade school: blunt-tip scissors, pungent paste and a classroom of children cutting and pasting paper doilies onto construction paper hearts under the watchful eye of our teacher, and proudly depositing those handmade Valentines into brightly festooned shoebox "mailboxes" for each other.
Paper and crocheted doilies have been around since Victorian times. The introduction of mercerized cotton thread made it possible to gussy up napkins with beautiful, intricate embellishments. Even if we aren't from the era that made our own doilies by the dozens, we have all seen them in our mother's or grandmother's homes, protecting furniture and cushioning delicate baked goods.
But don't keep those keepsakes in a box or trunk - break them out and let them have a new life in your home. Here are some ideas on how to collect, care for and repurpose crocheted doilies.
This time of year is so blah: the thermometer swings back and forth like a pendulum, warm one day, and snowing the next.
Spring isn't here (yet) but winter has worn out her welcome with a lot of us. If you're like us, you're itching to get outdoors. But since that isn't an option, let's focus on freshening things up indoors. Here are five of our favorite ideas for re-inventing your living space in just a few simple steps.
We've come a long way from the days when your paint choices were mainly oil or water...or perhaps you know it as enamel vs. latex. But long before the first sealable paint cans were patented in the 1860s, people formulated their own whitewash solutions from salt and hydrated lime, and milk or casein paint from milk proteins. Suffice it to say, pigment plus minerals have been a winning combo that have stood the test of time.
So which paint is right for your project? Let's take a quick look at both milk paint and chalk mineral paint.
The obvious answer: you haul it home, of course.
If you know me, you know I have a thing for anything with drawers and cubbies - the more, the better. (And a rather serious vintage mixing bowl fetish....but that's another story.) I've traveled hither and yon across the mid-state for card catalogs, usually just the 18-drawer stacking cabinets. hefty, but manageable, especially if you remove the drawers.
Last week, a grand-daddy of a cabinet came my way, and to be honest, I'm still not sure how two of us actually loaded it in my Armada. Adrenaline, baby.
Now the question is, what to do with this 400-pound beast?
Once you're through painting or staining a piece, the last step is to seal it with the right top coat. Should you use wax? Or a water-based polycrylic? Or maybe an oil-based polyurethane? It's not exactly a secret that we are HUGE fan-girls of General Finishes products, including their top coats. Here's a rundown of their water-based sealers, and some recommendations on what-to-use (and how.)
Last month, we explored the fabulous world of vintage drinking glasses - from swanky swigs for your morning juice to tumblers and goblets gracing your dining table. Barware encompasses some very specific and fanciful glassware, as well as other fun accoutrements like shakers, stirrers, measuring jiggers and zesters.
Whether it's the novelty or nostalgia drawing you in, it is hard to resist the allure of a freshly made drink measured and poured by your favorite mixologist. As we ring out the old year and welcome the new one, we're resolving to make 2021 a year filled with more festivities and reasons to celebrate, make great memories, and share more joy and laughter.
This article was originally published by the Busy Bee Trader in their January 2021 issue. We are proud to create articles and advertise in this long-running guide to antiques and boutique stores in the mid-south.
Whether your heart melts over the soft sweet pastels of Depression-era glassware, or your eyes widen at the bold, bodacious colors of carnival glass, it's a guarantee that somewhere out there is a style that suits your tastes and maybe brings back childhood memories. In this first part of a two-part series, we'll explore how to collect, use and care for everyday glasses and stemware, then next month we'll turn our attention to fun barware, just in time to ring in the new year. Vintage glassware runs the gamut from gossamer-thin, delicate crystal to chunky and hefty midcentury and atomic-era glasses, from tiny juice glasses to oversize goblets and tumblers. This article was originally published by Busy Bee Trader in their December 2020 issue.
It's true that some antiques have fallen out of favor with younger homeowners. Maybe it's our busier lifestyles, but we have less patience for dusting fussy things that look nice, but don't serve a utilitarian function in our homes. But for pieces that can be used, or re-purposed, there's definitely a place for them in our hearts and homes. Here are five of the most popular authentic pieces that today's homeowners look for and love to find in good condition.
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!