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the whole house makeover & painted ironstone

When I was out shopping a couple of weeks ago, I came across this sweet little birdhouse... I almost passed it up, because the colors were a little drab, but I decided to give it a chance.  I decided to paint it in MMS Milk Paint Grain Sack with Boxwood on the "grass".  Kriste loves little projects like this, so I asked her to paint it while I was working on something else. For some contrast  (read more …)

antique haul for the Lucketts Spring Market

One thing that I love about what I do and being "the boss" is that I can (most of the time) chose to do the kind of work that suits my mood on any particular day.  Last Friday, I was in a get-out-of-the-studio mood, so I decided to do some more shopping for the upcoming Lucketts Spring Market (May 20-22, 2016.) My mom and I set out for a newly opened store about 25 minutes away and hit another  (read more …)

all the pretty things

There have been so many things coming into the studio lately that it's been impossible for me to photograph each one, so I thought I would go around the "Lucketts staging area" and snap a few pictures. I found this old lineberry cart on Craigslist, of all places!  We just cleaned it up and applied a coat of Hemp Oil to bring out the richness of the wood. You can also see some of the beautiful  (read more …)

the green double wash basin

I know my fellow antique hunters will understand when I say "you know it when you find it." I've been hunting for a double wash basin for about a year and, while I have found several of them, I never found one that was just right. Just the right price, just the right color, right shape, right everything. Well, I spotted this one and I felt that rush that happens when "you know it." It's just  (read more …)

back at the house & JAK Camera Strap Giveaway

There has been a lot of activity at the studio and things have been pretty quiet at my house.  I did rearrange the family room a few weeks ago, but otherwise, my house is just my house, which is a big change from how it was a couple of years ago. If I was at this stage of getting ready for Lucketts, I would have things piled up in my dining room, pieces in every corner of my basement and I would  (read more …)

the zinc-topped table goes home…

I'm starting to wonder what I posted about before I had all of these furniture makeovers... Today, we'll take a break from the before & afters and I'll tell a little story about a table with rickety, uneven legs. He had one thing that made him really special, though - something that kept him from being a run-of-the-mill old table.  He wore a zinc top that had a perfect patina. The problem  (read more …)

ironstone brush boxes & grandma Shoemaker’s pitcher

It's no secret that I love ironstone.  It's my favorite thing to collect and I am totally honed in on it when I'm out shopping for antiques. I get excited at just about any piece of ironstone, but uncommon pieces especially get my heart pumping just a little faster.  Such is the case with brush boxes.  I own a couple and have sold a few, but they aren't very easy to find and usually they are a  (read more …)

paint all the things white

One of the best parts of having a theme for a retail space, whether it's a booth at a market or a small shop, is focus.  Your theme keeps the items you're collecting cohesive, so they look better together in a display.  Better displays mean that customers can more easily envision items in their own homes, which will hopefully lead to better sales. With the theme of Farmhouse White, we're  (read more …)