Friday, May 12, 2017

Antique Booth Update 5-12-17

We've already made quite a few changes to our antique booth.   The biggest change is that we've already spilled over into the space next to us that suddenly became available.  I'm nuts - I know!!  We've only been moved in 3 weeks and I have no track record, but space was getting tight with all the furniture we have.  So I just took a leap of faith and started moving stuff around.  Frankly, I'm thrilled to have the larger space.  Fingers crossed that I didn't bite off more than I can chew.  We've already sold a few things so I'm choosing to be optimistic, especially since tourist season will be in full swing soon.

Louie made me 2 more shelving units.  We covered the backs on 3 of the shelves with burlap.  Wow, what a difference....

It looks better with the burlap, right?

Louie added peg board to the back of this shelf so we can hang things.  You can see the front and back of that shelf here...

Another thing we did was add 3 display racks with my hand stamped bracelets.  Nobody else at the mall is selling anything like that, so I'm hoping they will be good sellers for the summer crowd....

 I know we still have a ton of work to do and we need to fill in spaces with lots of small items.  It's a work in progress.  The only thing I can do is go out and hit the estate sales.  What's a girl to do??

 Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bar Cart Re-Do

I picked up an adorable wooden bar cart with wheels not long ago.

It sat in the garage for a few weeks while I waited for inspiration to hit and it finally did.  Two coats of tan paint and then a layer of wax on the entire thing except for the top shelf.  Up there I applied a beer poster and covered it with 3 layers of mod podge....

I love how easily it wheels around.  It would be great for a party.  There's plenty of room for beer, liquor bottles and lots of glasses.  Cheers!

Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Garden Bench Re-Do

Two weeks ago we found this great garden bench at an estate sale.  There was nothing wrong with it and all it needed was a good scrubbing....

Two coats of white paint brightened it up a great deal and I did a light distressing before waxing it...

Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Turkey Table Re-do

We've been working hard on lots of furniture lately.  Here's a table we picked up a couple of weeks ago at an estate sale....

It got painted with 2 coats of sage paint and then I added a turkey poster to the top.  I layered it with a couple of coats of mod podge and I was finished....

Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

White Trunk Re-do

I can't help myself - I love re-doing antique trunks!  This is the latest one that I just refinished.  I bought it at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago and this is what it looked like when we brought it home...

This trunk was by far in the worst condition of any truck I've done yet.  I have no idea what that white crap was inside.  I vacuumed it out and then washed down the entire trunk with bleach water and let it sit out outside for a few days in the sun.  Then I ripped out most of the paper because it was in really bad shape.

The side handles disintegrated so Louie removed them and then cut new handles from an old black belt.  Once he finished that he turned his attention to the lock.  Originally we thought it was broken but it just needed to be oiled.  The trunk was missing its key but I happened to have a spare one that worked so we really lucked out!

The fabric covering on the outside bottom of the trunk was badly shredded and falling off so I took a couple sheets of paper and mod podged them over the bad areas.  Once they dried I painted the entire trunk with 2 coats of white paint, including the patched areas on the bottom.  It worked like a dream and you can barely even tell the bottom was patched.

Then I lightly distressed the entire trunk, paying extra attention to the brass rivets, and finished up with a good coat of wax.

The final thing I did was grab my favorite go-to for papering trunk interiors - vintage sheet music!  It took 2 nights to do while watching TV, but it turned out great!

Every trunk I do is my new favorite.

 Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review - New Stamped Metal Jewelry: Innovative Techniques for 23 Custom Jewelry Designs

 New Stamped Metal Jewelry: Innovative Techniques for 23 Custom Jewelry Designs by Lisa Niven Kelly and Taryn McCabe

New Stamped Metal Jewelry: Innovative
Techniques for 23 Custom Jewery Designs
Copyright © 2017 by Lisa Niven Kelly and
Taryn McCabe.

It's been seven years since Lisa Niven Kelly published her first book, Stamped Metal Jewelry.  As the owner of Beaducation she knows what she is talking about and is a wealth of information.  At that time there were only 2 fonts available and limited types of design stamps and blanks.  Now there are hundreds of letter stamp sets to choose from and design stamps and blanks are limited only by your imagination.  Lisa has partnered with Taryn McCabe to bring you new designs and ideas.  Stamping has become incredibly popular and this book will walk you through the stamping process and help get your creative juices flowing.

There are five chapters and they are loaded with information:
  • Tools & Materials
  • Basic & Advanced Stamping Techniques
  • Basic Wirework Techniques
  • Supporting Metalworking Techniques
  • Projects
The chapter on tools & materials is extensive but don't let that overwhelm you.  It's merely a guideline and it's extremely thorough, with detailed photos of each item and great descriptions of what each tool or piece does.  I found this chapter to be extremely helpful and jotted down several items that I'd like to add to my growing inventory of tools and supplies.  Don't worry, you can start your stamping journey with only a few items and add tools and supplies as you gain confidence and experience.

Novice stampers will appreciate the second chapter.  The basic techniques include how to align your stamps, how to center words, and getting familiar with the hundreds of available design stamps.  And yes, I can say from personal experience, those design stamps get really addicting!  They even include a birthstone chart in case you want to add birthstones to your creations.   I appreciated the section on the different ways to darken your letters.  A few I haven't tried yet but wondered about, so my questions were answered.  For the more advances stampers there is a great section on how to look at your design stamps and use them in new and intriguing ways.  If you want to learn more about edging and bordering, well, they have that covered as well.  Mandala stamping is big right now and the possibilities are endless.

Basic wirework techniques will help you when it comes to using jump rings,  making ear wires, and wire wrapped loops.  This is a short chapter but the photos and instructions are excellent.

Supporting metalwork techniques covers piercing, hole punching, drilling and filing.  Of particular interest to me was the section on riveting.  I cannot wait to give riveting a try.  It will add a new dimension to my work and I've wanted to learn more about it for quite some time.  Annealing is covered, as well a forming cuffs, using disc cutters, and sawing your own shapes.  This chapter will teach you techniques that will come in handy.

And last but not least, drum roll please, the meat and potatoes of the book and what we've all been anxiously waiting for - the Projects!   23 great new projects and ideas that range in skill levels from beginner to advanced.  A few of the projects include:
  • necklaces
  • cuffs
  • earrings
  • collars
  • leather cuffs
  • bar necklaces
  • chevron earrings
  • chain stitched pendants
  • wire stitched earrings
  • thick wire cuffs
  • riveted bangles
  • wire wrapped rings
  • riveted rings
  • dia de los muertos pendant - very cool!
  • flower ring
Oh my gosh, the list just goes on and on!  There are some fun projects here and the instructions and photographs will go a long way in helping you to create these items.  I already have 5 picked out to try.  There are so many to choose from that I'd be interested to see what everyone else decides to make first.

New Stamped Metal Jewelry will be released May 22.  I hope you can wait that long!

In the meantime, you can visit the Beaducation website for tools, supplies, ideas and free how-to videos.  And get this -----Right now there is a spectacular sale going on.  From April 25 thru May 1 Beaducation is offering 6 ways to save money and pick up all those items you've been dreaming about.  Sale prices are only good for in stock items, so don't wait too long to place your order.

Beaduacation also has a FB page that you should check out if you're not already a member.

(I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  Photo images are the property of the publisher and cannot be reproduced without consent.) 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Furniture Transformations - Small Drop Leaf Table and Chair

I know I keep going back to the amazing furniture we picked up for free a couple weeks ago, but honestly, we got so much great stuff.  One of the pieces was a small drop leaf table...

Once we really looked at it we realized that one of the drop leaf supports was broken off and missing.  Sometimes my husband amazes me - he removed the other support, traced it onto a piece of wood, and cut out an identical leg.  I think he did a great job on it and I never would have thought to do that!

Then he reassembled everything...

Around the same time we picked up a cute little wire chair at an estate sale.  I spray painted it with some black paint.  The seat was shot so I removed it and re-covered it with some red and white checkered fabric.

Louie painted the table black and red so we paired them.  The chair is the perfect size for the small table!

 Available at Antiques Et Cetera in Benton, Ky.
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