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!
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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! 
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Getting the Booth Ready

We took possession of our booth at Greenbriar Antique Merchants over the weekend...


...but just started moving items in the last couple days.  We're hoping to have all of the merchandise in and staged beautifully by this weekend.


Right now, it still looks like we're moving in, but it will be prettified in just a few days with a lot more stuff!  (Side note: it is an interesting challenge to work around an emergency exit!)

We've been working, working, working on pricing and primping all the items to make sure they are ABH-ready...



...especially Cookie.


Any item that has been featured in a blog post gets a special tag...



Swing by and see us Saturday morning at Greenbriar!  We always love meeting readers and fellow lovers of all-things-old.

Happy Wednesday!
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