Archive for July, 2011

I found these little cuties in a garage sale—aren’t they great?

(Already got one painted here)

So cute as they  were—but look at them  now!

Aren’t they just adorable!?!

Perfect little folding chairs for the little ones in our family!

But let me add numbers so the kiddos can fight over which nUmber as well as cOlOr!
~I’m a good auntie; D


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Okay—my bf lives in the Chicago area, so I get into extra mischief thanks to her!

This has a beautiful black marble top!

I flew into Chicago returning from Atlanta.    So, of course, we had to seize the opportunity to run through a few places!  One of the places calls itself a “thrift” store—really???  More than a little misleading, but these are some of the fabulous things there!

Why couldn’t I be born rich, instead of beautiful?  Ha–ha-ha-ha–Ha! 

Case pieces!  Seating!  The Extras!

I would reupholster this in linen, and tuft the WHOLE back, eliminating the chanel tufting!

I love the detail of the carvings!

This was about 7' tall.

Fun stuff–right!?!


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Traveling is done— for a little while.

Coming back from Atlanta, a storm rolled through holding us captive on the tarmac— for about two hours!  Good decision to fly 1st class–the wine flowed for us, while poor coach just sat.  :’  (

I’ve seen so many incredible things lately–and I always keep a camera at the ready!

So— 1st, at A Classy Flea from my short trip!


















The designer in me thought this would make a fabulous breakfast table for 6 with the addition of a large rectangle of glass, and some great chairs!





























←This is what I saw at the front door when I returned for my chairs!

Oh-no!  –NEW treasures– and I only had time to pick up my chairs and head to the airport.  :’ /

More tomorrow— Catherine

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I showed you these fabulous, french country chairs I saw at The Arboretum of South Barrington       in late May.

They were fabulous—          but  ex–pen–sive.    Somewhere around $650.          3 were finished—1 was not—???  And their fabric selection—???  Very cool, but not for that price, not for all the issues.

So—I tell you this because

I found these on Sunday at A Classy Flea!

I took a few pictures of them, and thought they were beautiful.  I could work with these.  But I’m FLYING back to Chicago tomorrow.  No car.  Can’t check in furniture.  : (

I was just settling in to write a post and share a few pictures of some cool things I saw.  Looking over my pictures to pick which ones to show you—I stopped at the chairs again.  What to do—what to do—???

So I text my favorite cuzzin’ in the whole wide world to plead my case about stashing them here– at her house– until I can make another trip.  She said yes!  (another reason she’s my favorite cuz–w-w-w!)

So I bought them!

They’re mine!

All 4 of them–

For— $149!

Aren’t they beautiful !?!


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I jumped in the van to help my cousin drive home to Atlanta— with a 3 and 4 yr old, and a dog!

Delta was super helpful!  

And, even though this is one really short staythere was no way I was missing out on a visit to A Classy Flea!

And wouldn’t it just figure, that because I’m flying back—I saw lots of cooooool furniture!

But see the great SMALL treasures I found bought!

—More headers to build with!

—A twin-sized crocheted “coverlet!”

—And, of course, more of my passion for metals!











And a very well done, reproduction sign!

Now, if I could just steal a chance to     run through the Buckhead Goodwill..!



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My “Deck Rug”

I’m leaving–again–in the morning for Chicago.

And then for Hot-lanta Saturday around 5:30am.  So I was pretty determined to keep focused on the deck rug project.  Thankfully, the predicted rain held off so I could!  But not those darned mosquitoes.  :  (

Well, basically,       I’m finished.

When I return next week there will be some touch up and I’ll seal it!  I see I will also need to re-coat the whole deck to look refreshed.

Sorry your view is upside down!  But here’s the project in process!

You can sort of see the markings of the original plan.  Luckily, it’s mostly faded, making the new approach easier!

A good friend (who used to be a painter for Tracy Porterand I were going to paint a “koi fish pond” on the deck—just for fun!  When we could never connect our schedules during good weather—it just never happened.

So–  Plan B.

I had forgotten about La Plates and their customized outdoor dishes.  But then Tobi Fairley featured them on her blog—-  et voilà,      a new idea!

I had already planned out a 10′ circular rug.  The deck boards gave me natural “stripes.”  And La Plates’ sample was shown in the perfect colors for my project!  —Plus, I’ve ordered a large platter in the very pattern for mom!












You can also see that my urn-table is restored!!!


Domestically Speakingsouthern hospitality

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Found at the ReStore!

We all love thrift stores,

but you really need to check out your local ReStores!

I’m lucky to have 3 to visit—1 local, and 2 heading north and/or south about 30 minutes!  And these are a few of the cool things I found at the one locally just a couple weeks ago!

My prize flush-mount crown light!  Can you believe the $4 price tag–?  I’m pretty sure the “crown” will become a twin bed corona!










I  l-o-v-e  to look through the lighting sections!    And this baby chandelier is perfect for the play house   I’m going to build for all of our little girls!

Can you believe it?!?  $1







And whatever this ↑ was—the bottom of something???

—I thought, a great deal at $10, and then I found out it was ½ price—omg!

All primed, my plan is to build a very tall cabinet on top of this narrow base–for bathroom storage, perhaps–?  I’ll show you more as that project develops!

Visit your ReStore!

And donate too!


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More Traveling—!

What a summer!

Back from Up North, but living out of a suitcase is not over quite yet!

Time spent relaxing by the lake–ahhh. . . . and some wild life!








 Went on a train ride. . . .

Which seemed to be more fun–           for some of us, than others!



But I did finish wallpapering yesterday!

And the room is getting put back together—with a few changes!





Do you remember the one-drawer bookcase I found in the 1st flea market of the season?

Well–it is now my mom’s!  C’est la vie!

—I’m trying to finish this room and the deck “rug” before I leave again!

For Atlanta, this time!  I’m going back with my cousin for a few days (and some shopping!)

More on the deck over the next few days!



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We’re running off in the morning!

A few days ago we were in Mark Twain-country, by the Mississippi River.  In the morning we travel to the northern-most part of WI and Lake Superior, to visit an auntie and our visiting cousin from Atlanta.

Trying to get anything accomplished seems to be a great challenge!

But I do have a little progress to share!

—The headboard is ready to wax and upholster.  I want to use some reproduction ticking I found!  But which? —the beige, the blue, or the green?

–here’s the beige and green→

—I’m finally working on the “outdoor deck rug.”  Since we’ll be gone again, the 1st coat will have a few days to set with this crazy humid weather.  When we return, I’ll paint the 2nd coat.

My plan is to paint a very dark charcoal gray band around the outer edge and then add a boxed-in monogram to the center.  I’m toying with painting a faux fringe—any thoughts?  Can’t wait to restore the furniture!

—And– I’ve repaired the urn-table and re-painted it– with a twist!      1- You slop on the paint, 2- rub dirt into it, 3- rinse with a garden hose, repeat if you want more depth!  4- seal it all! And in my case, 5- add a glass round with the center cut out.  You can still plant geraniums in the center, but you have a place to set a drink!  An URN-TABLE!


See you when we return—Catherine!

I also "rubber-ized" the interior! Maybe now it will fair better!?!

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Happy 4th of July!

Hope all of you have the safest, and “funnest” holiday!

I have so many projects to share with you— and to finish!                        But there has been a whirlwind of detours activities!


—1st–I miscalculated the amount of wallpaper needed for the guest bedroom and had to reorder.  It finally arrived—a half hour before we suddenly needed to head out of town!                   –Because. . . .


—Thursday morning, we got the unexpected, and sad news that we lost a very beloved cousin.  And the funeral was–tomorrow, Friday–because of the holiday.  So we had to leave within a couple of hours for the long drive to Hannibal, Missouri.

—While gone, I found this fabulous head board!              I couldn’t wait to prime it, and will upholster the bottom!




Much more to show you soon!


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