Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Flashback Guest Room




 Our guest room has been in constant transformation since we became empty nesters. It had been done in lovely white- but was soon taken over with wedding materials and crafts for my daughters wedding. Soon after that I began Junkflirt, my business of repurposing and vintage selling. Needless to say, the poor room slowly and then completely lost all identity. To say it was a hoarder's paradise would not be a stretch. At times I had to remove something just to take a step inside!

Occasionally it was filled with pretty finished things, along with mountains of junk, and projects, at times it was a sensory overload and I had to shut the door out of fright! We would load the trailer for a show, making a dent only to begin to fill it up again...and again....and again.

In a few days we will have company from Mississippi, and a couple weeks from now we will have our first grandbaby! This meant...it was time to get a handle on this room and this business. After hours and hours of finishing, sorting, chucking and complaining, the room is now a guest room again! I have to say I am both relieved and sad that my constant supply of stuff to do on hand is gone.


As a junker/collector/seller, you get to pick and keep your favorite pieces!
Like the beautiful dresser we found on Facebook for ....$20.  or this gorgeous bed frame that used to be in the Gardner Hotel in downtown Fargo, found at a garage sale, hiding in the corner with matching mirror for ......$20  I KNOW!!!



I gathered some of my favorite collections like old books

Old photos







and vintage cameras


And created a flashback in time.



I don't know how I am going to deal with my projects and overflow, we have to stuffed storage units, a full trailer ready for the next show and NO garage on site. I guess I will have to be very sure of each and every piece I gather and work at a different pace.





All the while saving my favorite pieces for myself!  I have many new things in our home to show you -so here is to trying to get this blog back up and running!








For now, we are ready for our next show in October and so we are taking a small break for our guests and new baby. Many of you have followed me for a long time, some of you have become friends, even though we have never met. I spend most of my time on Junkflirt facebook page and Instagram now, but I am also hoping to get back to blogging. For those of you that are my friends I ask for your prayers for baby. He has some health issues and he will have struggles in his life, we are praying for no immediate serious medical surgeries and would love to have you join us in prayer. You may also follow at Prayers for Baby C on facebook.
Thanks for hanging in there with me!! 



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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Buffet Media Stand

















My daughter and I were driving when these lovely legs sticking up by the trash caught my eye. I mean these were some nice gams! I couldn't look away.
We quickly pulled over and saw this beautiful buffet just laying on the ground. Now...no drawers, no doors and a chippy veneer, but solid as a rock, so .... we wrestled her into my daughter's little Murrano, the door wouldn't even close but we drove home with the prize hanging out the back end!


gorgeous just the way she was!
And what a prize!!







We first tackled the veneer, 
I am thankful my husband has more upper arm strength than I will ever have because as a two man team we worked about an hour scraping off the warped veneer. I held the heat gun as he scraped and pulled. He worked up quite a sweat!




I decided since this piece was for me, to leave the top as is, I lightly sanded but did not fill in worm holes or imperfections, I just used Minwax stain over the top and a couple coats of polycrylic on the top and painted with some white laytex on the bottom. We did use 1/4 " board to even out the drawer areas, cut to size and stapled in. After some distressing it was the perfect piece,  Really, in the trash?





The next day we thought, let's drive by that trash again, just to see if they threw out the drawers and no, they didn't but they did add these. Can you say head first into the dump, both my husband and I were like kids in a candy store! 






The piece in my living room.





Excuse the dog butt, but see that coffee table?

Tossed because of broken glass, which I for one am not a fan of anyway, 1/4" slat boards turned it into another fabulous curbside save!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ideas for Wine Racks Hometalk Inspiration Board






I love finding a new use for an old piece. My tastes go toward vintage but there are lots of great ideas for upcycling and repurposing every day items into funtastic ways to store and display wine bottles


A new board at Hometalk has been created to inspire you to design your own unique piece for your home or office.  From old trunks to new changing tables, you can find just the right style as well as how to's so you can begin transforming the drab to fab!



Rustic ReDiscovered

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I have clipped several ideas to this board from the simple to the elaborate. Follow me on HOMETALK and if you're not a member sign up! It's a great format to share your ideas, get your questions answered and be inspired. You don't need a blog or web page because you can simply upload your projects and questions to your page and interact with others from there.




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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Vintage Radio Dry Bar





We found a couple beautiful 1930's radio cabinets, in non working order and decided to give them new life as dry bars or book shelves.



Even the befores were lovely, but they showed their years and needed some freshening up. After gutting and cleaning out years of dust, and an addition of shelves, we addressed the cosmetic. One needed a bit of putty to repair chipped laminate, the other did not. I wish there had been no need for the putty, because I love the radio that was able to stay as original as possible a bit more than the one painted.



The best condition model was able to be cleaned and then hi-lighted with some Modern Masters metallic brass paint. This paint is beautiful!
Some hints for using it, the opaque covers quickly and the semi opaques can take a few coats. In fact while drying it can look awful but will smooth out as it dries.
Next, they sell an extender, which I highly recommend, especially for the semis, it will keep the paint from drying too quickly, pulling when going over the same area, and it will create a more workable product. In fact, it will make your life much easier and eliminate paint stress
 so just get some and use it!



Note- you can see I picked this up at a Restore, Habitat for Humanity. It is NOT this cheap, in fact I got all of this for about the price of one jar!! Pricey but  elegant 





After the brass paint a few details were added with Annie Sloan chalk paint, the same paint we used on the other model. Painted in Cocoa and highlights in Cocoa mixed with Old White, I then did some dry brush to help tie the interior to the front. Both were sealed with poly acrylic to extend surface wear and give them a healthy shine. 









Both charming pieces found a new home very quickly!


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