Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cabinet Door Coat Rack

I’m continuing to work on projects that will be featured in my booth at our Christmas Open House in early November. Last week I showed you a tray that I created from an abused cutting board. This week I’m revealing a coat rack that I made from a cabinet door.

Early this past summer, I bought a cabinet door from an overstock store here in town.
It was a new unfinished oak door measuring approximately 18” x 16”.


My original thought was to make a tray, but I changed my mind after noticing the pile of rulers and yardsticks standing in the corner of my office.

Oak is my favorite wood, so I finished it with a medium dark stain instead of paint…..


I gathered my ever-growing stash of rulers and yardsticks along with leftover pieces from other yardstick projects. After fitting and cutting them to size, I glued them to the recessed panel of the cabinet door and added three old hooks with chippy paint.


The result is a coat rack with local sensibility since most of the rulers/yardsticks are from local stores that are no longer in business.


Save the Date:
Southern Antiques Christmas Open House

November 8, 2015

I’m linking to the following parties:

Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Coffee Roasters Tray

Our Christmas Open House is only a few weeks away in early November. That means it is crunch time for me. In order to get everything ready for the big day, my days are spent pricing special items and completing unique projects for my booth. During the next few weeks, I’ll be blogging about some of those items and projects.

Today I’m showcasing a tray that I fashioned from a cutting board that someone had “branded” with the heating element of an electric stove. No, it wasn’t me! I bought the cutting board at the local Salvation Army thrift store last year.

I knew that I wanted to upcycle it into a sign or a tray. My first idea was to make a sign that said, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” I quickly decided that it was just too many words and, perhaps, a bit corny. Having seen something similar* online, I decided to add COFFEE ROASTERS to the board and create a unique tray.

After staining the cutting board, I used an old-school set of stencils to letter the word, COFFEE. If you look really really close at the “before” picture above you can see where I penciled it in. For fun, I substituted a mug of coffee for the “O” and then hand-lettered ROASTERS. 


I filled in both words in with craft paint, waxed the surface with AS dark wax and added handles.


One project DONE!
Many more to do!

*Full disclosure: I saw a similar idea on a blog but I didn’t bookmark it and I haven’t been able to re-locate it. I would love to give proper credit so if you know the blogger/post, please let me know. I think she/he used the COFFEE ROASTERS stencil sold by Donna of Funky Junk Interiors.

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

In the Pink!

Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends. She loves pink, especially vintage pink items, and specifically vintage pink kitchenware. Retro pink kitchenware is hard to find, so usually I tell her as soon as I’ve discovered any vintage pink goodies. This time I decided to save a few items and share them with her (and you!) on her special day.

Let’s start with a pink/black McCoy vase…..

Large pink melamine platter…..

A roll of pink polka dot shelf paper in the original box…..

Flamingo pink Pyrex……

Retro pink apron……

And the sweetest and rarest find of all…..  

A pink Dormey hand mixer! 
Best of all… it works beautifully from “FOLD” through “WHIP.”

Happy Birthday, DB!

Hope the rest of you are “in the pink!”

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Figural Planters

I check my booth almost every day. I like to fluff the displays, chat with customers and, of course, see if anything has sold. When I checked the booth yesterday, I noticed that a small girl-with-goose planter had sold and it reminded me that I had recently bought several figural planters that I haven’t shown you.

Many pottery companies manufactured figural planters but, unfortunately, most of the companies didn’t mark them. I’ve indicated the makers that I know, but if you recognize a planter and know its maker, please let me know in your comment.

I do know that McCoy made this first planter. He’s a proud looking fellow, isn’t he…

Here’s another, more colorful, rooster planter….

I also found a mouse….

Two swans…..

And a cute lamb pushing a cart….

With the exception of the McCoy rooster, all of the planters above are fairly small. That is not the case with this last planter. Check out this 9” long vintage automobile planter….

 I think Santa might like to drive it to our Christmas Open House this year!

Do you collect figural planters?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures