Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nursery Inspiration: So Far

If you missed our little announcement last week...

... a little one will be joining us soon.

Naturally, we do not have any names picked out, we don't have any baby items, but we do have a few nursery items.  

We may or may not be living in this house in six months, so we haven't picked out or purchased large items- just a very few little things...mostly compact things that can be packed in boxes easily.

Regardless of gender (which we will know in 2.5 weeks), I would like to create a tone-on-tone, monochromatic, neutral nursery: creams, whites, grays.  We both find the color scheme relaxing, and let's be honest, baby will not have any opinions early on, so I figure initially the nursery can be a place we enjoy.

I first fell in love with this idea for the nursery when I was making up our own bed one day...

Neutral, linen-toned bedrooms are calming to me- boring to others, but nice for me. 

I came across a few pins that gave me ideas...

The key to avoid a boring feel will be using many, many textures.

I loooooove the box-pleated skirt!
The only large piece we already have is an antique red rocking chair my mom bought for my birthday... I started looking for inspiration that had a touch of red.

Once we decide where we will be living, we will move Grant's crib in, which is a medium-wood-toned Jenny Lind crib, and one of our dressers to act as a changing table...

And, voila! Insta-nursery.  I am looking forward to actually putting the room together, and we'll keep you posted as we go!

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Next Room

It's time to start working on our next room, which will be a...


Our blog is all about restoration: whether it's a house, a piece of furniture, or something thought of as a lost cause. 

God restored the hope of a child (after all medical interventions were discontinued), and we pray fervently that every hopeful family will have a child placed in their waiting arms.

"the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."
1 Peter 5:10

Sunday, August 9, 2015

World's Longest Yard Sale & Booth Update

If you live within an hour of highway 127, you are probably familiar with the World's Longest Yard Sale, which runs from Michigan to northeast Alabama.  Chattanooga sits nearby, so we definitely had to check it out.  (Surprisingly, even though we are both native Chattanoogans, neither of us has ever ventured to the sale.)

We intended to drive up to Crossville, Tennessee, but we got distracted by all the sales going on in Dunlap, which is only about 45 minutes from us.  It is also situated in some of the most beautiful land in America, although I am probably biased.

God's country
There were tents filled with items side-by-side as far as we could see.

There were even vendors selling barbecue and fried pies. Um, yes, please!

There were some definite yard-sale-pros out there shopping, but after about 4 hours split between Dunlap and Pikeville (we never even made it to Crossville), we were spent.  

We also found that in larger sales, the sellers were actually antique vendors, so the prices were almost full retail price.  As flippers, we need there to be room for plenty of profit.

We came home with an antique dresser/buffet with original hardware...

(The drawer is sitting on top.  Even we wouldn't buy a dresser without all the drawers.)

I was drawn to it because of its relative good shape (excluding the scratch), and it reminded me of another favorite piece of mine...

Also, once completed, we can sell it for roughly 2.5-3 times what we paid for it.

We also came home with a vintage ironstone gravy boat ($0.25!!), an old rolling pin, and a wrought iron piece that I am envisioning being used as as a tall candelabra. (It's roughly 4 feet tall.)

We really enjoyed being able to find so many things in one day!


Meanwhile, in our booth at Greenbriar Antiques, we've sold some larger pieces, so we needed to replenish our inventory.

We brought in a huge secretary with glass doors.  It's from Pennsylvania, so it's a little different that pieces we normally find around here.  I used Restor-a-Finish to clean up the wood and make it shine again.  We filled it with milk glasses (even some cute, tiny ones), jam jars, half-gallon mason jars, and ironstone we practically stole from a yard sale last weekend.

As I might have mentioned before, we have to work around an interior door, an emergency exit door, and a fire extinguisher in our booth, so merchandising is getting really tricky; I feel like the only way to display things is to have them cling to the perimeter.

(See? Lots of wires, and um, "challenges" to work around.)

I still think its presentation is a work in progress to suit our brand.

We have added lots of new merchandise, so we hope you can check it out soon if you are ever in Chattanooga!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Headboard & New Milk Paint: Part 2

I am trying out a new brand of milk paint, so I decided to experiment on an antique headboard that was in rough shape: missing veneer, chips, scratches- you name it.  (See part one here.)

At first, I mixed the paint powder as directed in a 1:1 ratio with water and did not use any bonding agent because I wanted to let the paint chip and peel; it just suit this piece.  (If you are not familiar with milk paint, it does not always adhere to pieces the same way all over, especially if there has been some type of finish on the piece previously.  You can add a bonding agent, which can be purchased from manufacturers of milk paint, to make the paint stick a little more evenly.  I would especially add a bonding agent if there is any polyurethane on the piece.)

The paint went on just like the previous brand.  I ended up preferring to apply the paint when it was mixed with a little more water than paint. (Maybe 1.25:1?)

As the paint dried, I could see it start to lift and crack in some places, which I like because it gives the piece a more authentic antique look.  Anywhere I saw this happening, I used a putty knife to scrape the chips off...

Then I sanded the whole piece to remove any other flakes, paying special attention to the corners to replicate normal wear.

All that was left to do was seal it by applying hemp seed oil with t-shirt scrap.

I love how it came out!

Grant wasn't there to hold the headboard up for me to take a shot of the whole thing (it's so heavy that I can't move it from the spot where I was painting it), but I will take some more pictures when this gets to the booth.

All in all, I am pleased with my milk paint purchase!

Monday, August 3, 2015

South Carolina

We spent the last week away from our construction zone of a house (thus, no blogging).

We stayed in North Myrtle Beach...

We were only a couple of hours from Charleston (one of my favorite places), so we made a day trip.

After brunch at Eli's Table...

...we walked around downtown, shopped, and enjoyed looking at old buildings.  

On the way back to North Myrtle, we stopped in Georgetown, which is an sleepy, little town about an hour north of Charleston.  There are old houses galore with similar architecture to those in Charleston, and there is a pretty little harbor where we ate dinner...

This is also the place where Grant made getting a good picture tricky.

He's a goober, but he's my goober :).

We had such a fun time in South Carolina, so it was hard to leave!


Saturday we managed to pick up some antique mason jars, milk bottles, and ironstone as well as a huge oak secretary.  We will post pics when everything is all cleaned up and purdy.  Also, the experimental headboard is painted and sealed- I just need it to dry to take some pictures for part 2!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Headboard & New Milk Paint: Part One

A few months ago, Grant and I found a bed at an estate sale.  We do not buy many beds because we find we do better with storage pieces (dressers, buffets, sideboards, etc.), but this one had some pretty details we could pass up (and the price was fantastic)...

We dug it out of the garage this week for me to start refinishing.  The wood is in rough shape;  this is one piece that is going to have to be painted.  There are scratches all over, and parts of the veneer are completely missing.

I filled in what I could with wood filler and putty knife,  and Grant gave the whole piece a thorough sanding.

As far as the paint itself goes, I have decided to switch to milk paint completely on furniture for the foreseeable future.  (Previously, I would use some manufactured chalk paint, some chalk paint I mixed myself using plaster of Paris and latex paint, some plain latex paint, as well as some milk paint.)

Milk paint is great because it is no VOC and all-natural (which does not always mean safe, but in this case, it does).  It is purchased as a powder that is mixed in a one-to-one ratio with water.  I was previously using this awesome milk paint, but it was getting pricey for the amount I was using it.  (That's when I started mixing my own chalk paint.)  I found another brand at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta and have decided to let the headboard be my experimental piece with this new brand.

It was around $18 for 12 ounces of milk paint, which will make roughly one quart of paint.  That is ample, gracious, plenty of paint for several pieces of furniture.

Thus starts the new way of painting at ABH! I'll let you know how the experimental headboard goes!

Happy Sunday!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Atlanta Market

Usually on Saturday mornings, we scavenge yard sales and estate sales in our area, but this past Saturday was the second Saturday of the month... which means one thing: Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta!

We had never been, and- whoa- were we overwhelmed.  I tried to take a few pictures of the hall itself because it felt like it went on forever...

There was also an equally large outdoor space full of vendors.  Did I mention there was an entire other building we didn't even venture to? 

We were particularly intrigued with the trailer-full of antique dough bowls...

There were dozens!

And aisles of antique prints...

I got distracted by a vendor selling old apothecary items...

(I don't know about you, but I'd rather not take arsenic on a daily basis... or ever.)

After three hours, we were spent.  We came home with several dough bowls, a dresser from the 1840s (in great condition), some ironstone, and some botanical prints- all for the booth.  We also bought some powdered milk paint and historically accurate furniture hardware for some pieces we're working on.

 The prices were reasonable, especially if you are buying for your own home.  As a picker, I had to do some negotiating (and say no to a lot of items) to make the potential profits work for ABH.  

We'll hopefully make another trip in a month or two because it was definitely worth the haul!