Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits

It's day two of showing off one of my collections.  Yesterday I showed you these:
And today we're moving into the bathroom to show you this, my shaving inspired collection that is displayed in my guest bathroom.

I have collected various vintage shaving items for a couple of years and have had them displayed on the counter in my guest bathroom.  About a month ago I found this wonderful oak medicine cabinet at a thrift store for $12.00.  I knew it would work great in the guest bathroom and today I finally had some time to make some minor changes before hanging it in the bathroom.

The medicine cabinet came with a mirror:

I wanted to use this as a display piece so I removed the mirror and was left with this old blue wallpaper liner:

I attempted to remove the paper but it must have been glued with super glue because it wasn't coming off without a struggle.  Plan B....I painted over the paper with leftover off-white paint from one of my guest bedroom projects.  It took 3 coats of paint to cover the paper but that's all I had to do to the cabinet before hanging in the bathroom.

An easy hanging job and I was able to start filling it with my collection.......

I'm really happy with this piece.  My collection fit perfectly and I'm glad to get the counter space back!!

Although this wasn't a big change I'm linking up with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.  Make sure you visit to view some great "before and afters".

Have a great week.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Collection Display Shelf

I found an interesting wood piece at the antique mall last weekend for $4.00 and knew right away that it had to come home with me.  One of the ladies working the checkout said it came from her booth and told me it was a handle from a vintage push lawn mower.  She couldn't imagine what I was going to do with it but I knew exactly how I was going to use a shelf for one of my crazy brass hose nozzle collection. 

Yes, I have a collection of brass hose nozzles.  It all started with the little one in the middle.
When I found it at an antique store a couple of years back I bought it "just because".  Something about it caught my eye and at a cost of a couple of bucks it didn't break the bank.  Well after buying that first nozzle I found myself looking for more and before you knew it I had a collection. 

What is interesting is that, with the exception of the 1st and 4th nozzles in the picture above, no two nozzles are alike.  It's a fun thing to look for when I'm out antiquing/thrifting and the nozzles can still be found for around $3.00 - $5.00 (or maybe in your own garage).

I love the shapes and patina of all the nozzles and think that they make a wonderful statement on my "new" shelf.

After looking around my house and studio it is clear that I have a lot of collections.  So this week I am planning on posting everyday about one of my many collections and how I have them displayed.  Come back and see what other crazy collections are scattered around my house.

I'm joining Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors for her popular Saturday Nite Special party.  A lot of creative people have linked up with some great projects so be sure and check them out.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thinking Easter

Even though it looks like this outside my back window.....
Some recent finds at the antique mall and thrift store have got me thinking Spring and Easter.

I found some vintage Easter postcards this weekend at the antique mall.  I love the old cards with children, eggs and bunnies.  These cards were a great price at 50 cents apiece.  If you guys want images of these cards to use for your Easter projects let me know.  I would be more than happy to scan them and post them so that you could save them to your computer.

I popped into the thrift store yesterday on my lunch hour and was lucky enough to find them putting out some Easter goodies.  I was able to grab these items before they even made it to the shelf!

That's just a sneak peek of some of my Easter decorations.  More to come!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

More Guest Bedroom Redo Pictures

Today I posted a quick preview picture of my guest room redo with a promise of more pictures.  I was able to get the pictures taken today and wanted to share them with you. 

My original concept was a vintage, travel themed room.  What I ended up with was a less "travel" themed room but one that did incorporate a lot of my vintage treasures.....suitcases, mirrors and accessories.  All of these things were pieces I already owned.  The only new things in the room are the bedspread, pillow shams, dust ruffle (Bed, Bath and Beyond), and material (Walmart) for the curtains that I made.  Because I already had all of the other pieces this room redo cost me right around $200.00.

Today I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis MondayRoeshel @ The DIY Showoff, and Jules @ The Persimmon Perch for Made It Monday. Please link back to all of these blogs to view lots of great projects.

Here are some before and after pictures.....let me know what you think!






After (I broke the switch plate and haven't replace it yet):






After (the bench was originally in my breakfast looks much better here):



I was able to reuse several pieces that were already in the room.  This purple bookcase....

Was painted white and moved over by the bed for a nightstand.

The little bench that was in front of the bed....

Was moved to the wall where the bookcase was and used as a base for a few of my vintage suitcases.  I changed the fabric out to a green that coordinated with the rest of the greens in the room.

The shelf that was hanging above the bed.....

Was moved to above the TV and accessorized with the vintage plates from all the states that we have lived in (and I finally found my Minnesota plate).

And the ladder placed to the left of the bed is something I have had for about 5 years just waiting to be used in one of my rooms.  I drybrushed some white paint on it and accessorized it with a knitted throw that I made when I was in high school (thus making it vintage!).

The two pictures hanging above the bed were originally hanging in my master bedroom.  The colors were perfect for this room so I hung them in here and topped it off with a chippy painted wood piece that I purchased years ago.  I didn't have to do a thing to this piece except hang was a perfect fit!

So there you have it.  I now need to update the adjoining bathroom and I have some wonderful vintage mirrors, an old oak medicine cabinet and some vintage shaving items that will be used to carry the vintage theme into the bath.

Have a great week.

Snow Day

This morning I woke up to this (and I'm going to admit that I slept in until 10:30 this morning!!):
Although the weather outside is frightful.....I don't think it's half as frightful as the current condition of my studio.

So today is a clean-up day for me.  Time to get organized!

I'm going to finish wrapping ribbon around these vintage clothespins and store them in this cool glass container I found at a thrift store for $5.00.

I'm going to put away the projects I didn't get finished before Valentine's Day.

I'm going to organize all the glass bottles and salt and pepper shakers that will be made into snowmen.

I'm going to felt some wool sweaters....

To make some more of these:

I'm going to try and come up with some ideas on how to use these printers drawers (all suggestions are welcome).  I have 6 of them that I found at an antique mall for $5.00 apiece.

I'm going to find a home for my latest vintage suitcase.  I found this one this week at an antique mall for $5.00 (there seems to a $5.00 theme going on here).

I'm going to start working on a project using this 1907 Anchors Aweigh sheet music for my stepson who is in the Navy.

And if time permits I might even attempt to venture into this closet to uncover what lurks inside!

Wish me luck!!!! 

And I almost forgot....I'm trying to get my post finished showing my guest room redo.  It went from this:

To this:

But I've got lots of pictures that I want to share so stay tuned.

Hope you are having a peaceful Sunday.