When I started this journey of having my own antiques booth I really got in way over my head. Before I knew it, I had become a full-fledged, card-carrying member of the hoarding community. It is embarrassing to think back and realize what I put myself and my poor family through.
My garage was packed with furniture, tools, dirt, ancient rat poop, and it smelled like a thrift store. When the garage was full I started filling up the basement with my “finds” from my daily trips to the thrift stores. I was obsessed with shopping for junk to sell. I don’t remember much except that I was in serious denial. So, slowly, over the past year, I have rented two large storage units and have begun to clear my house. Tomorrow I am loading up a truck and taking one whole 20 X 20 storage unit contents to be auctioned off. I am hurting inside to sell it all but I am also overjoyed at the prospect of ridding my life of all that STUFF. it’s a big step and I am excited. I still have a long way to go but it’s happening! Being a junk obsessed crazy person is no way to live, it eats at my insides and I constantly feel guilt and then I buy more and pile on to it with more guilt. It’s way more involved than what I am writing here, I encourage those of you who recognize this behavior in yourself to take a step to start getting a grip on your hoarding tendencies and please say a prayer for me, I need all the help I can get!
I’ve been working on making a room in my basement into a craft room and I want it to have a vintage vibe. I found this cupboard yesterday and decided it would be great for craft storage.
It was very dirty and the paint was falling off quite a bit but I brought it home and cleaned it up. I really like the way it looks just like it is. While cleaning it I noticed someone had coated the original finish with a glaze. I’m not fond of that so I may paint over it in the future but I’m happy about how it looks in my craft room.
Just playing around with how I will decorate it…
Painted this beautiful desk for a friend’s daughter…
It started out as really beat up and had two broken legs. The legs have me fits getting them repaired but after the third try I finally got them on sturdy enough to work. I added the glass knobs because several original knobs were missing.
After buying this dresser months ago and letting it sit in its ugly blue state for way too long, I decided to drag it out and throw some paint on it. I always have trouble deciding on which color I want to use because of all the possibilities. I settled on painting the base color with AS Graphite and the top coat AS Antibes which is a bright green. The first coat was applied heavily to cover all the blue and after it dried I dry-brushed the green on so the Graphite would show through.
Then, I used a stencil I purchased at Hobby Lobby to stencil the drawers.
It came out really nice so I put the original hardware back on it and waxed it and took it to my booth at Ole Towne Antiques in Columbia. I need to get to work on all the other pieces so I can fill the booth up!
This vanity was given to me by a very generous friend. It so happened another friend was looking for a piece of furniture to use as a diaper changing station in the nursery of her soon to be born baby girl. This was one of those times when things just fall into place because she loved the idea of using it!
I got to work stripping and sanding and I painted it to match some furniture she already had. I used white as a base color and cement gray as the top color then sanded it again to let the white show through. After all that I added a shelf using molding attached to the inner sides and used wide base molding to make the shelf. I painted that to match and waxed the whole piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I then added the carved wood decorative squares to dress it up a little and then added the knobs. Can’t wait to see it in the nursery!