Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tea Trolley

I was given this gorgeous tea trolley which was very neglected and in need of repairs. My husband had to nail back on all the timber panels and the detailed side rails were removed as some of them were already missing. I could appreciate that someone had gone to a lot of effort here sanding the piece and getting it back to its natural timber. I thought painting it would not only be very time consuming but the timber itself was in such good condition that I opted to keep it in its original state.

 So with the repairs all done and some filling and sanding I decided to just go over it with some Danish Oil. I didn't go overboard on the oil just a bit of a hit and miss and I am thrilled with the final look.  

The timber panels were lovely and wide and reminded me of old floor boards.
I have two other pieces that were given to me these last couple of weeks which I can't wait to share with you.  One is a divine wardrobe that the owner had in her family for almost 100 years, she was moving and no longer had the room for it.
The other piece was something that had been on my wish list and that was a round oak mirror.   

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Finds

Gotta love my new rustic chair find. When I saw a similiar chair that Irene found recently I was on the hunt It didn't take me long and I must say it was worth the wait.

I went out this afternoon and picked these gorgeous roses from my garden and the colour just speaks for itself.

PhotobucketI also came across this gorgeous two tiered wicker basket.

Hope you all have a great weekend.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

String of Pearls

String of pearls.
I hope you all had a fabulous Australia Day. We had a hot day here in Queensland so a BBQ lunch was in order with plenty of cold beverages and a slippery slide set up in the backyard.
Images of some plants around my home today.
I would also like to introduce and thank the following two ladies for featurning me on their blogs.
Rebecca from Rebecca and her husband are transporting an old Queenslander to Toowoomba and she shares her renovating journey.
Mandi is passionate about interior design and is painting pieces for her own home.
Roses from my garden

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

French Dining Setting

Firstly I want to thank each and every one of you for all your comments on my new little business venture. Your encouragement and support mean the world to me so Thank you.
The sun was shining yesterday so I finally got a chance to take some pictures of the new dining setting I have just finished.
I wanted these chairs to look rustic and french so I have painted them in various shades of grey and blue. To acheive this look I used the good old paint brush no spraying involved. A long and time consuming process but I am very pleased with the end result.
I teamed them up with a pedestal dining table that I just finished and think they work really well together.  I kinda like having it in my lounge area as we can watch the tennis (Australian Open) and eat our meals at the same time.


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Friday, January 21, 2011

My Own Store

I knew there were good things going to happen this year and when recently I was offered my own shop space at the Woolloongabba Antique Centre I jumped at the chance. Shop 62 opened today at 22 Wellington Road Woolloongabba.
Featuring Shabby Chic Painted Furniture and homewares.
 Open 7 days 9am-5pm.
So this is what I have been doing this last week - painting like crazy. I would like to thank Ange for helping me set up the shop space today.
I wanted to make this space light and fresh and thought the pom poms were a great addition to the ceiling (made by me).

I would be lying if I said I doubted myself about taking on this venture. The fear of failure the fear that no-one would want to buy my things. We are given these opportunities in life and I guess if we don't grab them we will always wonder. I want to thank my family and friends who have encouraged me the whole way to take on my own shop space.  You never know whats around the corner and with hard work and passion I am going to run with this opportunity.   My aim is to provide affordable beautiful pieces for your home.


 Before all the fun began I did have to paint that back wall which was previously the brightest shade of orange.

 My first sale was made before the shop was even set up - this gorgeous kids table & chairs with blackboard top.

 My stunning 1950's wardrobe which just may have to come home with me.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dress Form & A Box

Posts haven't seemed important this last week as the Queensland floods have been on our minds.  Lucky for us here on Gold Coast we are all safe. My heart goes out to all that have been affected as the clean up now begins.
I was heading up to Bundaberg last week but unfortunately the roads were cut off and this made it impossible to get through.  So I decided to spend the day thrifting instead.  There were lots of finds that came home with me that day but the best by far was this gorgeous 1950's adjustable Acme dress form.
Some vintage beads and pearls to dress her up.

Another interesting find was this old box that I spied in the corner of the thrift store. Love old boxes and especially ones with original lettering.
I removed all the electrical tape that was stuck to it and found it had these wonderful metal sides. It was wet and smelley and the kids were not impressed that it was going in the car. But it has since dried out and with a good clean it can now come into the house.

The sun is shining here today so we are hitting the beach. Hope your all having  lovely weekend.

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