reloved | vintage bread box


Last week I dusted off one of my old relics and finally gave it the love it deserved. Over a year ago I posted this "before" of a bread box I grabbed at a yard sale for $2. 



I'm no refurbishing expert when it comes to painting anything. Painting intimidates me. So I basically sanded it down as best I could and then applied 4 layers of paint sloppily, wiping away excess paint after each layer. I didn't originally anticipate giving it a shabby look, but that's just what happened eventually as different layers went on in different thicknesses. The paint I was using was old and tacky, but since the look was imperfect I didn't mind. I'm too impatient to paint perfectly anyway.



I applied some colorful vintage wallpaper to the inside of the handle for a happy little detail. I left the "bread" plaque as-is, because the aged patina is just too good to mess up.

I wish I had a before shot of this kitchen shelf as it was set up before. It was getting a little too crowded and messy, which is what originally inspired me to redo the bread box and make it a part of the shelf in the first place. Now it's clean and simple, mixed with new and old, and makes me happy to look at. 



Is anybody doing anything fun this weekend? Luke and I are going to have a Shake Shack and thrifting date in the city tonight. I haven't seen much of him as he's been working so hard on his thesis this week for his Master's program. He's also the latest up-and-coming barista man at our favorite local joint. ;) I'm in major trouble with him working there! Best baked goods EVER!


Happy weekend! xo


pretty vintage floral dinnerware

I just love these. Forget-Me-Nots against a white background...such happy plates for the kitchen table.



I have a dinnerware obsession and I love plate patterns. This particular pattern is called "Clear Day" and it was designed by Ben Siebel for Mikasa in the 70's. He designed many, many other plate patterns, but this one ranks up there as one of my favorites.



I'm selling these in my etsy shop--sometimes when I find fun thrifted treasures, I just have to pick them up even though I can't justify holding onto them myself. 


Yellow Mirror


I painted this originally gold-framed mirror a cheerful yellow when Luke offered to hang it on the wall the other day (it has been resting on the little old table in the entryway). He wanted to hang it high enough so that he could look into it without having to bend over…poor guy has been practically squatting to glance in the mirror before he walks out the door!




I used Krylon spray paint in Bauhaus Gold. Maybe it was me, but I didn't think the coverage was that great. I sprayed 5 coats! To avoid getting spraypaint on the glass or having to disassemble the mirror, I used blue painter's tape around the edges (took a bit of time to tape carefully, but it saved a lot of trouble in the end) and in the middle laid some pieces of newspaper. It was helpful to tape those down too.

The little mirror makeover inspired me to spruce up this whole wall a bit. I like having a few little pops of yellow throughout the apartment, it feels happy and fun.


Relic, Remade | Vintage Makeup Case

Today's project was something REmade! I've had this cool, vintage, mustard-colored case around for some time, intending to eventually rehab it for craft storage. When I first got it from a thrift store, it was pretty filthy and smelled yucky inside, but I saw some potential.


The first thing I did was drench it in baking soda for a few days to get rid of the smell (it worked!), then spent several hours scrubbing it inside and out. Though my intentions were good, this project then sat in closets, moving boxes, a storage unit and another closet until today!

I knew I wanted to replace the weird fabric inside the lid and the little pocket inside the case. I ripped out that musty stuff and, using some beautiful fabric that I picked up from Fabrika during a visit to Savannah, I sewed a replacement pocket using some very suspect sewing techniques (Margaret sewing = Margaret winging it). The odd panel of fabric inside the lid is fastened with some very strong snaps, but it was just a covered piece of cardboard, so I hot glued fabric to match. It looks cute. Perhaps a mirror could go there?


I really loved the vintage little tag on the old liner, so I removed it and glued it onto the new pocket. It makes me happy there. Oh, and in case you wondered, this pocket is held on with velcro in case you want to take it out.


Yay for giving something old a new life! There are endless ways to use this carrier. Its original purpose was for makeup. I was going to store some craft supplies in it before I decided to sell it. What would you use it for?


Typecase turned Jewelry Display

I picked a wooden typecase at a yard sale a few weeks ago! These drawers hold tiny pieces of lead type used for letterpress printing. A fun find since I spent a little over a year working with these at the Genesee Center for the Arts and Education. This is a typical California Job Case, which has individual compartments for each character--capital and lowercase--along with punctuation, numbers, spacing and a few other symbols. I spent many hours in the Printing and Book Arts center sorting lead type that had been left out for many days, months, even years. It can get to be quite a nightmare.

image: Mary Dougherty Photography

Yes, each of those tiny little pieces of metal is actually a character--a letter, number, or symbol. You can imagine how significant the nightmare can become if the pieces aren't correctly re-distributed back into the case after the letterpress job is done. Seriously, re-distribute your type, people!

I hung my drawer on the wall of our bedroom with a few favorite framed items. Then I filled it with jewelry and my smallest treasures. 

It makes me happy to have a special spot for my favorite little items like a muslin bag of lavender from my dearest friend's wedding and the delicate wood pendant made by the wonderful Deborah's husband. It's stamped with our names and wedding date; it is so special. I REALLY love being able to see each pair of my earrings in its spot. (PS--I initially got this idea from my friend Kaylan's pinboard. Check it out. Pinterest is THE BEST place for inspiration of all types!)

These wooden/hand-painted gems from Salvation Army in particular always seems to get lost in my collection--not today! 

Also -- My hair inspiration today (like most days) comes from my fave hair blogger, Reagan! Check her out.

relic | Blue kitchen chair makeover

When Luke and I got married, much of our furniture was given to us by his grandparents, Cliff & Anne. They found pieces at estate sales, contributed some items of their own, and Cliff even made two small tables for us. I love the character of the older pieces, but sometimes I enjoy giving them a new look. Our kitchen table, which they picked for us, is a gorgeous relic that we plan on completely refinishing one day so we can keep it forever. For now, I reupholstered the seat covers for a simple upgrade that adds a pop of color to our kitchen. Seriously, my new chairs make me smile every time I lay eyes on them--especially in the midst of a current obsession I have with blue.



Don't you love the curves? The covers that were on them are beautifully hand-embroidered, but heavily stained so they needed to go. Can you imagine how long it took to embroider all of them? Here are just a couple of my favorites...



We used a cordless drill to remove the cushions from the chair frames and removed all the tacks that the last person had used to reupholster the chairs. Underneath, I even found the original chair cushions. I can see why these got covered in the first place.



I used a staple gun to staple the fabric (my method was the same as if I were stretching a canvas for a painting, see here), using more staples along the curved edge to make sure it was tight. Then I simply used the drill to screw the seats back on. It took me about an hour and a half.



 All set for dinner.