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I’m Published!

16 Nov

Remember that old filing cabinet I was working on in the Summer?  Here is a reminder of what it looked like before…

And here is what it looks like now!

This project has been done for quite some time now, but I’ve been holding off posting pics because…….I’ve been invited to have a regular column in Bread n’  Molasses magazine!  I used the above cabinet as my first feature and didn’t feel right posting pics here until I knew the mag went to print.   For more details on its transformation, go to www.breadnmolasses.com and check out the online version of the magazine.  I’m on page 30, but be sure to browse the entire issue.

I’m a bit nervous, but mostly excited about this new venture!


Bargain Bin

2 Oct

Yesterday I went to a local rummage sale and thought I’d share a few pics of what I found.

I almost didn’t buy this wine rack.  I don’t know why, but for some reason I was undecided about getting it.  I grabbed it just as I was paying and they threw it in free of charge.  Bonus!

This lamp was actually given to me from my Mom.  She had arrived at the sale before me and thankfully, since she knew I was on the hunt for a new lamp, she snatched this one up.  Now to find a shade…..

I bought this at a friend’s yard sale yesterday morning on my way to work.  I think I’m going to take the frames off and paint it.  Silver or white?

This vintage tin is by far my favorite purchase of the day.  It was the first thing I picked up.  I simply love it!

I also bought a wooden picture frame, some glasses and a bag filled with plate hangers which I can’t wait to use.

A Few ‘Before’ Pics

19 Sep

I have a few projects on the go but none that are completely finished….story of my life.  Having said that, I thought I’d share some before pics with you.

This was given to me by my in-laws.  It was sitting by the side of the road among the discards of a yard-sale.  By its smell I would say it spent the last few years of its life in a barn.  My Mother-in-law said “The only person who would ever want that is Jennifer”.  I’m taking that as a compliment.

Hidden behind the cabinet is another gift from the in-laws.  This one I was so excited about, I can’t even say. I’d been wanting an old window for a while now and what just happened to be laying behind their shed?  I really think I wished it into existence.  The possibilities are endless!

This used to be my Father’s desk when I was a kid.  I can still see him sitting there tying flies which he would use to catch many a salmon(which he would never eat).  Back then it was a dark 70s brown fake wood look.  It is actually a sewing machine desk but ironically was never used as such.

I’ve been after my parents to give me this old cupboard for years.  I have no idea how old it is except that it is older than me.  My parents had it in an old house they were renting before I was born.  I’m guessing its 50 years old or more.  Finally they brought it up from the basement and gave it to me.  My Mother can’t understand why I want it so badly.  Hopefully after she sees its transformation she’ll change her mind.

This was yet another yard sale find, given to me by my in-laws.  It is an old school desk complete with matching chair.  I think their intention was for the kids to use it to do their homework on, but since the girls already have a desk in their room and Samuel doesn’t have any room for one, I’ve decided to turn it into something else. Stay tuned…

This final piece just arrived last night.  I’ve been impatiently awaiting  its arrival since the first of August, when my Uncle said I could have it.  It is a chair from my late Grandparents house.  My Uncle inherited the house and now rents it out.  The previous tenants vacated the house last week, so my Mom was free to go in and remove the chair and delivered it to me last night.  Like the cupboard above, both my Mom & my Uncle do not see what all the fuss is about.  To them it is simply an old chair that is falling apart.  My Uncle had actually been meaning to throw it out since he was scared someone might actually try to sit on it.  Thankfully that didn’t happen.  My Mom says she knows this chair has been around for at least 50 years or more.  For sentimental reasons I think this is the one I am most excited about.

Did I say I had a few projects on the go?  I meant six.