Excentrique Design at Old Stone Farm

The very first time I visited and blogged about the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm (it’s this weekend, folks!) I featured a company named Excentrique in my blog post. Pretty sure this hot pink vintage table scape caught my eye : )

Excentrique Pink ChairsSince that post, over two years ago, Excentrique has moved from the fields of Pettengill Farm to their permanent home in this impressive two-story barn at Old Stone Farm in West Newbury, Mass.

Eccentrique Barn ExteriorAlthough the barn is a new build, it was designed with yesteryear in mind. Solid granite steps lead up to the massive wooden sliding doors that welcome you into the barn where you will be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the architecture and the decor as well.

Eccentrique Vintage Crystal ChandelierThe barn shop is owned and operated by Brenda Lucci Bradley, shown here with her assistant Sam, who is presently studying design in Florence, Italy!

Eccentrique Brenda And SamThe barn is decorated with a combination of antiques and vintage finds,

Eccentrique Vintage Map Vignettealong with refurbished mid-century modern pieces paired with eclectic decorative accessories.

Eccentrique Needlepoint Chair and PillowIn the upstairs loft I discovered these amazing orange crocodile chenille side chairs,

Eccentrique Orange Retro Chairpaired with a mid century table and vintage lamps. The perfect spot to kick back, relax and have an afternoon chat.

Eccentrique Vintage Upstairs VignetteThere are several hand-crafted and painted fireplace mantels, styled for each season with candles and glassware, lanterns and vintage glassware.

Eccentrique Fireplace MantelScattered throughout the barn are colorfully co-ordinated corners that allow you to imagine how the pieces would appear in your own home. The mixed blues are striking.

Eccentrique Vintage BluesLoving this vintage look aqua fridge with the country-style vintage aprons.

Eccentrique Big Chill Vintage FridgeBrenda not only sells at her shop, she is also an accomplished interior designer. Presently working on an historic Vermont country inn, Brenda shared her mood boards with me and explained her overall design concept of the spaces she is transforming, one room at a time. Through her design company, Journey By Design, Brenda offers full service design consultations, offering her expert services from overall design concept and project management to the complete styling of your project.

Eccentique Vermont Design BoardsExcentrique is open by appointment or for special weekend events that highlight each season.

Excentrique AutumnThe next open barn is scheduled for Oct 4 & 5. Or, you can contact Brenda to set up an appointment to stop by and shop. She’ll be happy to show you around!

Eccentrique Happy MannequinBut lucky you! She will also be setting up shop at the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm this weekend! Make sure you stop in and say hello, and tell her Sue from Country Design Home sent you. Have a great weekend everyone-see you at the Bazaar! Susan

 

Polish It Up-Tuesday’s DIY Tip

Since you all think I am a slacker when it comes to completing my mom’s kitchen project, I just want to share with you one of the other projects I had been working on simultaneously. In the adjacent dining room area, I painted the walls the same color as the kitchen and freshened up the old hutch. We debated about whether to paint it or not, but since the wood is still quite lovely and a honey golden brown, we decided to keep it stained. The problem? It was faded from being next to the sliding glass doors that lead to her deck and scratched from years of daily use. This time, I turned to Old English Furniture Polish with Scratch Cover.

Dining Room Hutch Old English Stain BottleThis is an oil with stain in it, so it hides the scratches while it polishes and rejuvenates the surface, bringing back its original glow and shine. Very simple, just put some on a rag (use gloves folks, this stuff stains!) then wipe it over the surface.

Dining Room Hutch Old English ScratchesFor the really deep scratches

Dining Room Hutch Scratched surfaceI actually just poured a bit right into the area, let it sit for a moment and then wiped it away. This is a door before:

Dining Room Hutch Door Beforeand this is the same door after (these photos are NOT retouched in any way)

Dining Room Hutch Old English AfterUnfortunately, I never took a before photo of the entire hutch. BUT, this is the hutch today:

Dining Room Hutch AfterDeep, rich, glowing color and depth of shine. Super easy and quick. No buffing necessary. Just wipe on

Dining Room Hutch Wiping On Old Englishand then wipe off.

Dining Room Hutch Buffing DoorDone. And no, I was not compensated in any way for pitching this product. I have been using it for years and think its awesome. I thought you should know about it too. Simple as that. That’s my DIY Thrifty tip for Tuesday. And it just goes to show ya-sometimes you don’t need to start from scratch…just cover them up! Susan 

Reclaiming Vintage with greenGoat.org

Remember the vintage kitchen sink I built a few weeks back?

Vintage Sink Vignette in Shop

Well, I built the frame, but the beautiful vintage GE porcelain sink came from a company that Coach discovered on Craigslist: greenGoat.org.

greenGoat Logo

Established in 2000 as a non-profit, greenGoat is an environmental conservation, recycling and waste management organization. Their goal?  “The Goat saves otherwise discarded building materials and finds new projects that need those materials. In so doing, we save the energy, raw materials, and other natural resources wasted when useful materials are tossed away.”

Green Goat What We Do

For instance, a contractor is set to demolish an old home to build a new one. Once the homeowner has vacated and the furnishings have been removed, there are still tons-literally TONS-of materials left over that normally would be demolished along with the structure. greenGoat goes in prior to the demolition and salvages the leftovers, including antique trims and decorative moldings

Green Goat Reclaimed Decorative Corbul PM

vintage light fixtures,

Green Goat Salvaged Brass Chandelierdoors and knobs, windows, mirrors (See those fingerprints? Those are mine. Just had to have this old mirror from Beacon Hill : )

Green Goat Salvaged Beacon Hill Mirror

piles of wooden shutters,

Green Goat Reclaimed Shutters

and old vent pipes, just for starters.

Green Goat Reclaimed Vent Pipe

A couple of weeks ago, Coach and I had a chance to visit the Lawrence, Ma warehouse and speak to the director, Amy Bauman about the origins of her company. Amy started the non-profit when she was working on a kitchen project in her own home and recognized the cost and waste of removing and tossing materials in the dumpster and purchasing replacement materials. She believed there was a better way to redistribute the materials, keeping them out of landfills and into the hands of other homeowners who were upcycling and salvaging instead of dumping and trashing. (Kind of like when I grab a bench out of someone’s trash, pretty it up with a new coat of paint or varnish and then re-sell it to someone who appreciates the beauty and quality of old craftsmanship : ) So, why the greenGoat name and logo?

greenGoat LogoWell, goats eat pretty much everything, and going green pretty much sums up what greenGoat is all about: “saving more than money.” Where can you find greenGoat? The warehouse is in a beautiful turn-of-the-century mill building in Lawrence, MA. It is not a pretty retail outlet, it’s a down and dusty warehouse packed with amazing finds, every one with its own unique story. To visit this salvage nirvana, you need to reach out to Amy to make an appointment to visit for yourself.

Green Goat Warehouse Lawrence Mass PMAlso, you can “like” greenGoat on Facebook or sign up for their email blasts to be notified about upcoming demos at thegoat@greengoat.org.

Green Goat Facebook BannerThey do post individual items for sale on Craigslist, in hopes that you will come to their demo site and remove the materials before they have to transport them back to the warehouse. That’s how I found my amazing sink!

Vintage Kitchen Sink BeforeWhat will you find in the Lawrence warehouse? Anything and everything you could imagine that could be salvaged and upcycled. I think Amy said that this was a old bellows, coupled with a cart and salvaged wheels that her partner, who is a photographer built.

Green Goat Upcycled Bellows and Cart PMThis gorgeous 9 burner stainless steel stove-this looked almost new!

Green Goat Salvaged Stainless Stove PM

a vintage cast iron and blue porcelain stove,

Green Goat Porcelain Stove PMan entire hand-crafted cherry kitchen,

Green Goat Salvaged Kitchen Cabinets PMreclaimed flooring of all types,

Green Goat Salvaged Flooring PMvintage bathroom sinks and plumbing

Green Goat Salvaged Sink and Pipes PMgiant 350 watt lightbulbs from a gymnasium teardown (we bought a few of these and have them in our shop. People are wowed by them : )

Green Goat Reclaimed Gymnasium Light Bulbs PMpretty vintage doorknobs from a demolished Beacon Hill home (well, you wont find these because I scooped them up : ).

Green Goat Beacon Hill Vintage Doorknobs PMNeed the mechanism for a dumbwaiter? Got one of those too!

Green Goat Beacon Hill Dumbwaiter System PMOld windows and doors. An entire wall-full.

Green Goat Salvaged Doors and WindowsRemember the Blizzard of ’78? Well, I do. These vintage newspapers say it all. We certainly did.

Green Goat Boston Herald Dukakis Administration

And this gorgeous pink capiz shell chandelier?

Green Goat Capiz Shell Chandelier PMWell, that also made its way into my home, where it hangs in the pink “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” bedroom. Which is perfect for a reclaimed, salvaged find. So, if you are in the market for some old/new building materials (they occasionally do have furniture, but primarily their stock is reclaimed building stock) you can reach Amy at this email: thegoat@greengoat.org or by phone: 617-504-2095 or their mailing address: PO Box 441991, Somerville, MA 02144. And make sure you tell her that Coach and Sue sent you! Hope you are salvaging what’s left of this week, everyone! Susan

Thrifty Kitchen Transformation-The Backsplash

I know, I know, it’s been so long since my last blog post about the thrifty kitchen transformation.

Granite Kitchen Before PMThe reason is because I’ve been doing such other crazy stuff like traveling to Ireland and opening up a retail vintage shop and planning a wedding and building marquee lights…

Rusty Bedsprings Marquee Light Closeup PM

but, no excuses! My poor mum has been patiently waiting for me to finish the job we started way back in the spring, soooo next up on the to-do list, the backsplash! With all of the available options out there, it was so difficult to make a decision about which type of backsplash to choose. There are many beautiful tiles including marble, glass, silver and tin that each had its own special quality. But hands down, the winner was this gorgeous travertine subway tile we purchased at Grossman’s Bargain Outlet (the same place we got the amazing hardware) for $5.99 a square foot!

Tile Replacement Travertine Subway TilesRichly textured, with a light terra cotta color that would instantly add a more rustic “French chateau” feel to the newly painted kitchen cabinets and shiny black granite countertops. It has a lovely chair rail at the top between the cabinets that will eventually hold a shelf of some sort.

Tile Travertine with Round Molding

**Full disclosure: I did not install this tile. If you all remember the glass tile backsplash Grouted Kitchen Tileswe installed at my daughter’s condo last year, I believe my final comment was “But in the future, all tile installations will be left to the pros.” Which I did. What would have taken me a week+ took the installer 1 1/2 days. My job was to remove the old black & white tiles and prepare the surface for retiling.

Tile Removal Mom's KitchenWhich was very hard work that included a hammer and a crowbar, Coach,

Tile Removal Behind the Stove Coachchisels and a little blood-yuck. (that’s Coach’s, not mine, as I was smart enough to wear gloves during the process).

Tile Removal Bloody FingerDid you ever pull an appliance away from the wall to work behind it, then pull it back in, only to be stuck behind it with no way out? No? So that’s just Coach…

My other job (other than pulling Coach out from behind the stove) was to seal the tile using liquid sealer that you brush on. This keeps this very porous tile from absorbing splattered spaghetti sauce and hot fudge : ) I applied one coat before the installation, then a second coat onto the tiles and grout after it dried (48 hours). So this is the black and white tile backsplash before:

Tile Removal Before Black and White

Tile Removal Old Glue

And here is the new backsplash. So pretty.

Tile Replacement finished and glazed

Next up, the trim and crown molding (this oughtta be good…) Hope you’re checking off your to-do list this Tuesday!! Susan

Oh, Look! A Book(Book)

This new, innovative Ikea advertisement speaks volumes about the “plugged-in” age we live in. Although I love my electronic toys as much as the next gal and communicate, bank and shop online, there is nothing quite like the feel of a glossy magazine or catalog that I can actually relax and peruse and carry from room to room without being attached to a cable.

With that in mind, Ikea is introducing…the 2015 Ikea Book Book, a bit of a satirical stab at Apple’s ads featuring the latest Ikea Catalog. Ikea BookBookBut funny nevertheless.  Its a BOOK. With glossy paper pages. That you can turn over and turn back and even turn down corners to save a page you may like. With pretty pictures and all the information you need to make a decision about your latest Ikea “must-have”

Click the YouTube link below to view and have your daily chuckle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOXQo7nURs0&utm_source=Atomic%20Mail%20Sender&utm_medium=email&utm_term=1%20week&utm_content=Frankenfood&utm_campaign=Spike%20TV

Hope you’re looking to have a great week, everyone! Susan

Our Summer Vacation, Part 1

The other day, I mentioned that Coach and I had taken a little trip across the pond for our summer vacation. I haven’t posted a Wanderlust Wednesday for quite awhile, so today I thought I would share a few of my favorite pics with you! Our first stop, glorious London.

London from The Tower Bridge 2 PMThe photos speak for themselves. Home of the Queen of England, Buckingham Palace.

London Buckingham Palace Gates SunsetIt wasn’t tucked away in some remote, inaccessible part of town. (although it did have these rather large gates to keep intruders out)

Buckingham Palace Gates at SunsetNope, it’s right smack dab in the middle of London, where tourists flock daily to view the changing of the guard.

London Changing of the Guard PMPainting the streets to ensure that pedestrians don’t step off the curb into oncoming traffic! (OK, Coach only had to pull me back once, maybe twice from certain peril)

London Street Sign Look Right PMPortobello Road Market. Shops, restaurants and antiques and collectibles for miles.

London Portobello Road PMTower of London. Quite a view of the River Thames from the Tower Bridge.

London from the Tower Bridge PMStunning architecture.

London Tower BridgeBeheadings, murders, assassinations and such.

Greenwich, England. Greenwich mean time is the clock that sets the world’s timetable.

Greenwich Mean Time Greenwich EnglandIf you stand on each side of this one thin metal line, you are in both the Eastern and Western Hemisphere. Even in the rain.

Greenwich England Prime Meridien PMAdmiral Hardy’s Pub in Greenwich. Our first of many, many pub stops to quench our thirst, as it was quite unseasonably warm for summer in London.

London Pub Bulmers Pear Cider PMCoach discovered Pear Cider and Crabbie’s Ginger Beer,

London Crabbies Ginger Beerand we watched a game of cricket on the telly. I am certain that our puzzlement about the game of cricket is only matched by Europeans’ confusion regarding American baseball.

The London Eye. Spectacular. A gigantic ferris wheel built for the Millenium Celebration with the intent to tear it down once it ended, but it became so popular that it remains today as one of London’s most-visited attractions.

The London EyeYou cannot go to London without seeing vintage red phone booths…

London Red Phone Booths PMor visiting the legendary Harrods. It is not a store, it’s an experience. Copper dome lighting display.

Harrods Copper Dome Lighting Display PMFinally discovered a use for Coach’s thousands of books!

London Harrod's Circular Book ColumnAn evening stroll through Chinatown.

London's ChinatownA trip to London is not complete without a Beatles Concert!

Let It Be Concert in LondonI discovered this lighted sign in a window in Trafalgar Square. I think about the message quite often, especially when making a life choice that could go either way. Traditionally I err on the side of caution, but lately I’ve been trying to change just a bit and:

London Store Window Sign PM And with that, I bid you farewell on this fine Wednesday. Just remember to do one thing today that scares you too! Susan

 

Rusty Bedsprings Marquee Lights

Hi, all ! Happy Labor Day!

Rusty Bedsprings Marquee Light Closeup PM

So, ever since Coach acquired that first set of rusty bedsprings, I had an idea for creating a marquee light for the barn shop. Inspired by the rusty bedspring coil lights in Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano, I figured I could just take the bedsprings and attach some lights in the shape of an arrow to the back of the bedframe using pieces of wire.

Rusty Bedspring Light Plan and WiresIt worked, somewhat, and the arrow became a beacon in our shop in the barn. (This is another one of my creations that, like the vintage sink, that is NOT FOR SALE…says me.) But it bothered me because the cords showed,

Rusty Bedspring Light Clipsthe lights were all crookedey and I wouldn’t be able to change the light shape without removing them and starting all over. Plus, because the background was the antique brown wood of the barn walls, you really couldn’t see the form unless you squinted. Or took a photo.

Rusty Bedspring Arrow LightOr looked at it in reverse in the mirror across the barn. So, I decided to take it down and remake it into a true marquee sign. Here is the how-I-did-it:

1. Removed all the little pieces of wire and the lights from the bedsprings. THAT was fun. 2. Went to Home Depot and purchased a 4 x 8 sheet of lightweight plywood.

Home Depot Plywood SheetThey have a nifty wall-mounted cutter thing and a very nice guy who will do the cutting for you, which is pretty awesome. LOVE Home Depot!

Home Depot Plywood Sheet Cutting MachineThe plywood was cut down to the size of the rusty bedsprings with a 2 inch edge all around to allow for framing.

Rusty Bedsprings on Plywood Base3. I built a frame out of 2 x 4’s and secured it to the back of the plywood to give me something to screw the brackets into that would hold the springs in place.

Rusty Bedspring Framing for Board4.  Measured and marked the holes I would have to make for the light sockets to be installed.

Rusty Bedspring Light Socket Holes in PlaceOf course, rusty old bedsprings are not necessarily even, so once I measured and marked the holes, then put the springs back onto the board, I noticed that several did not actually line up with the markings. So I tweaked them just a bit, and then a bit more, and then I drilled the holes.

Rusty Bedspring Light Measuring HolesAfter drilling, I used this handy sheet metal grinder bit to make the holes smooth and just big enough to fit the sockets so that they were snug.

Rusty Bedspring Sanding Holes for Light Sockets5. Painted the board with Rustoleum High Heat spray paint.

Rusty Bedspring Rustoleum High Heat Spray PaintNow, these little patio globe lights (from Target, LOVE these!) do not get up to a temperature of 1200 degrees Farenheit, but it’s good to know I’ll be safe just in case.

Rusty Bedspring Coil Light Closeup6. Painted a base coat of dark gray. Why gray, you ask? White would be too bright so the lights wouldn’t show up when lit. Black would be too dark so the bedsprings wouldn’t show up. Gray seemed like the perfect neutral alternative. This can of dark gray was a yard sale find, but a very nice quality paint from Mythic Paint.  Went on smoothly, minimal drippage, good coverage and is completely non-toxic. Unfortunately, there aren’t any local stores near me that sell it : (

Rusty Bedspring Marquee Light Gray Paint Back Board Mythic7. I wanted the plywood to not look like plywood, but more like some antique barn board or metal. So I dry brushed some darker gray streaks over it.

Rusty Bedsprings Marquee Light Board Dry Brushing Paint8. Once the paint was dry, I placed the bedsprings back on the board to make sure everything lined up nicely, which it did.

Rusty Bedspring Marquee Light Sockets in PlaceTo attach the springs to the board, I used some steel plumbing clamps that I spray painted.

Rusty Bedsprings Drill Hole MarksFirst with some metallic oil-rubbed bronze, but then with a rusty metal primer, both by Rustoleum.

Rustoleum Rusty Paint PrimerI know the primer was supposed to go on first, but I really wanted the bracket and screws to look rusted to match the springs. Done.

Rusty Bedspring Rusted Painted Clamp9. Attached the springs to the board, then flipped the board over and placed the light sockets into each hole. Note that the wires are now nicely hidden behind the board where they are not all tangly and messy.

Rusty Bedspring Marquee Lights Wires in Back

10. Tested out the board by screwing in the lights into the shape I wanted just to ensure they were in proper working order before transporting it back to the barn. In this case, just Hi!. Sent a text to my friends and family : )

Rusty Bedspring Hi! Marquee LightThere is one problem with using rusty bedsprings as your form: there are exactly 66 coils, so there are 66 lights in total: 6 down and 11 across in straight horizontal and vertical rows. Which means that I can’t really make any curved letters. Block letters it is.

11. Re-installed the “light bright” board onto the rear wall of the barn using some big-ass brackets to make sure it didn’t come tumbling off the wall and onto someone’s head! This thing is HEAVY!!  Here is the new, improved Rusty Bedspring Marquee Sign that is now the beacon of light on our shop.

Rusty Bedspring Marquee Light In Shop PMWhich is really fun and draws a lot of attention. And, I heard more than a few browsers say “that must be a new sign, it was an arrow before.” Which is great, because that means they are returning to the Barn at Todd Farm to shop some more! Yay!

12. We do a lot of standing around at the shop (oftentimes the booth is so full of shoppers, we can’t fit in it-which is a very good thing!) Sometimes we’re just taking a break from all of the furniture moving, like this old girl.

Dog in Shop Other times we’re just goofing off-good thing we’re the bosses…).

Lisa and Tiger HeadSo we had some time to try to come up with other words for the light board, now that we can easily change it out. Subliminal messages like BUY could work, but I am thinking HUH? or MEH might draw a smile. Do you have any suggestions?? (no profanities, please : 0 Remember, we only have 11 letters across, 6 letters down and no curves!! Have a great holiday Monday, everyone! Hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor : ) Susan

 

Wedding Bell Blues

Well, it’s back to school time for Coach! So, what did we do on our summer vacation, you ask? Opened up a vintage shop in The Barn at Todd Farm.

Todd Farm Display PMSpent two glorious weeks touring the UK and Ireland. Didn’t get a chance to visit with the queen, but her house is quite lovely : )

London Buckingham Palace Gates SunsetPlus, we celebrated my milestone birthday and announced our daughter’s wedding engagement! Woo Hoo! Let the wedding planning begin! Admittedly, I have been thinking about this for quite some time. After all, what mother doesn’t dream of the perfect wedding for their daughter? But I have to say that I was not quite prepared for the amount of traveling, viewing and decision-making this past weekend just to secure a venue for the summer of 2015. When Coach and I asked where my daughter and her fiancé would like to have their wedding, their response was “anywhere along the ocean from Maine to Rhode Island.” Yikes.

Coastal MapWhen you grow up along the coast, the stunning blue hues of the shimmering ocean as a perfect wedding backdrop seems the obvious choice. BUT, that’s quite a span of coastline to cover in just a few days, so we did our best and came up with a couple of obvious front runners. Friday we drove north, “down Maine” as the natives call it, along the coastal route through Wells, York, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport and Portland. Yes, we did. There were the quintessential New England venues like Union Bluff in York

Grand Entrance Union Bluff York Maineand The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.

Flower Gardens Nonantum Kennebunkport Maine

A View From the TentIn Portland, we discovered The State Theatre,

Lobby State Theatre Portlanda very cool turn-of-the-century movie theatre with no outdoor views. Next we ventured to the Portland Regency, a downtown hotel with a spectacular roof top deck at 25 Pearl Street

Roof Deck at 25 Pearl Portlandwith amazing views of the Portland harbor.

Portland Harbor ViewAll fantastic, each with its own quirky and charming selling points. Day two, we ventured to the South Shore and Cape Cod. Since we had vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard for many summers over the years, we had often discussed that as the wedding destination of choice. But since many, many of our guests will be flying in from around the world, we decided that asking them to land in Boston, then drive to the Cape, then board a ferry to the island seemed a bit much to ask. So, we are sticking to mainland America. What did we discover on Saturday’s southbound trip? There was the absolute Cape Cod charm of The Popponesset,

Popponesset Tentthe tented venue on the dunes in Mashpee-I mean, have you ever seen a bluer blue sky??

Popponesset ViewThen, The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth,

Sea Crest Beach Hotel Beach Scenefeaturing bright Orange-Crush-colored umbrellas scattered down the beach as a contrast to the deep blues of the ocean and sky, a “bubble room” on a golf course in Onset (not on the ocean, but still quite beautiful)

Bay Pointe Club Bubble Room

and the White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth,

White Cliffs Viewliterally perched on a cliff with the most spectacular ocean vistas

White Cliff CC Ocean ViewI have seen in a very long time. Not surprisingly, many of these venues had very few dates still available for the summer of 2015! But since we have teachers and students who will be traveling and attending the nuptials, July & August are it. So we need to move quickly in order to secure our spot or we will be blue! Do you have a favorite in this bunch?? And do you have any other suggestions, north or south of the city of Boston? Speak now or forever hold your peace : ) Have a terrific Thursday, everyone! We’ll keep you posted! Susan

Wall Decals Pop!

In the midst of all of the DIY’ing for the shop, I decided to “freshen up” my daughter’s old bedroom, which now serves as a guest room/ironing board room. (doesn’t everyone have one of those?) Since her high school days, when we added white wainscoting and painted the walls sage green, her favorite color,

Wall Decal Green Wall AlcoveI have always thought that someday, after she “flew the coop” I would paint it something a little ” softer and prettier”. Although I am a lover of mother nature, I am not necessarily a “green” person and prefer lighter, brighter colors for my walls. PINK, I can live with that, and since there is already a fun pink floral area carpet in place,

Daisy RugI mixed up a can of bright, light pink for the walls. I had a can of flat white on hand, to which I mixed some bright pink and soft gray to avoid that “bubble gum” tone.

Wall Decal Soft Pink Wall PaintThe room is a square shape, with a small alcove at one end where there is a day bed tucked under the eaves. Which leaves an oddly-shaped, off-center wall for hanging pictures or mirrors. So when I was contacted by the folks at www.vinylwallartdecal.com

DecDecals

to sample their product, I knew this would be the perfect solution! The graphic I chose was “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”, which is such a powerful statement, especially in a little girl’s room.

Beautiful CloseupThe graphic is stunning, was very easy to apply and looks amazing. I like that it was actually in smaller pieces once I cut it apart, making it much easier to handle than one large graphic.

Wall Decal Closeup DetailHere is the “how-to apply the graphics” instruction sheet, included in the package,

Wall Decal Instruction Sheetwhich I have enhanced with some additional instruction and illustrations, as it was just a bit unclear. Also, the package did not include a pic of the original graphic, so I had to go online to make sure I had it right, since I had to cut it apart and re-align it prior to hanging on the wall. Here we go:

Step 1: “Take the transfer film out”, which initially I took to mean you remove it from the mailing package. There are two separate sheets in the package, both on white paper backing. One is the transfer film and one is the graphic. The instructions don’t say to actually remove the transfer film from the backing and place the tacky side on to the graphic, but that is what you do. Here is the graphic sheet with the shiny transfer film on top of it.
Wall Decal with Transfer Film Applied
Step 2: Then step 2 makes more sense, that you rub the clear transfer film with a towel to adhere it to the graphic, removing any wrinkles or bubbles.
Wall Decal Rubbing Transfer Film with Soft Cloth
Note: the included clear transfer film wasn’t quite as large as the actual graphic, so I had to do a bit of cutting and pasting for that. But that didn’t matter because it is removed once the graphic is transferred anyway.
Wall Decal Cutting And Pasting Film Transfer
Step 3: Cut out the images and clear transfer film together, leaving room around the edges of the graphic for handling.
Wall Decal Cutting Out Pieces
Since I now had a pile of cut-apart sections,
Wall Decal Cut Pieces
at that point I actually taped the entire graphic to the wall to make sure I had it positioned correctly.
Wall Decal Taped Design on Wall
Step 4: Peel off clear transfer film from the white paper graphic backing with the graphic attached and press that onto wall or dry surface in the position you’d like it to be.Wall Decal Peeling off White Backing Paper
Step 5: Rub clear transfer all over with your fingertop, making sure you rub the edges of the graphic for full adhesion onto the wall.
Wall Decal Rubbing on With Fingertip
I did one section at a time and left the others taped to the wall until it was completed. Wall Decal Applied with Taped Sections
Step 6: Peel off the clear transfer film from graphic on wall. If it starts to pull graphic with it, just rub again to adhere graphic to wall.
Wall Decal Peeling Off Transfer Film
Step 7: Step back and admire : ) I know it sounds like quite a few steps, but the final product is just lovely and in this room, creates a statement next to a B&W photo of the iconic Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who was the epitome of being her own kind of beautiful.
Wall Decal Completed Wall & Bed
So thank you to Vinyl Wall Art, who provided the graphic sample for me to review. You can check out their website here: where you will find so many thoughtful quotes and adorable graphics for your home! Loving this Cute Owls and Cute Tree- so whimsical!
Cute Owls in Tree Wall Decal
They even offer large black board stickers-brilliant!!
Wall Decal Blackboard Stickers
If you have any questions, you can check out their blog Notepad Corner, which provides you with lots of information about their products. So, if you do get a chance to shop their beautiful website please tell them that Sue from Country Design Home sent you! Hope you have you’re own kind of beautiful Monday, eveyone!! Susan
PS: Although I was provided with the sample from the company Vinyl Wall Art, the written opinions are strictly my own.

 

Everything AND The Kitchen Sink!

As you all know by now, we have now opened our vintage shop in the Barn at Todd Farm,

Barn Postcard no emailsand so far things are going very, very well! Lots of our rescued, re-cycled and re-furbished pieces have been sold, and shoppers appear to be very excited about the variety of vintage goods we are offering.

Todd Farm Display PMFollowing our first Sunday (which seems like a lifetime ago, but was actually just a mere three weeks ago!) I realized we needed to make a change in our displays. When we set everything up and stepped back to admire our work that first day, we all said “this is great, as long as nobody buys these big pieces that have all of our dishes and pottery on them”.

Todd Farm Kitchen Display Area BeforeBUT, that is exactly what happened, leaving us scrambling to find new spots for pie plates and Pyrex and pots and pans. So, I decided that we needed a permanent, dedicated spot to safely and attractively display our kitchen wares. The perfect solution, in my mind, was an old kitchen sink and countertop with shelves above it, so off to Craigslist land I ventured and found this awesome old General Electric porcelain sink for $40!!! A steal!!!

Vintage Kitchen Sink BeforeOnce I had acquired the sink, it really was just a matter of building a solid base that would be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the sink and anything else we put on it. I started with a plywood top, cut with an extra 1/2 inch around the perimeter, and a hole cutout for the sink. Which turned into several cuts, which in turn created a nice new Mustachio for Coach.

Vintage Sink Coach's MustachioWho, by the way, was really not on board with this whole sink thing. He did help me, but reluctantly, not seeing my vision and thinking that I was wasting valuable time that could have been spent working on other “saleable” projects.

The legs were built from 4×4 scraps Coach had hanging around somewhere behind the barn, cut to standard countertop height of 35 inches.

Vintage Sink Plywood Base for SinkI simply attached those with large L brackets and some screws, then created some cross-pieces for stability, attaching those with smaller L brackets as well.

Vintage Sink on BaseI would show you the rough-cut details, but they are really not very pretty and you can’t see them anyway : ) Once that was completed, I added an old, chippy shutter for the front panel,

Vintage Sink on Base with Blue Shutterand then I added some of these little metal strips (I have a big bin of these I grabbed at a yard sale. Have no idea what they are for, but they make a nice 1 inch decorative edge. Got plenty more if you need any…)

Vintage Sink Metal Bracketsfor the decorative edge trim. Conveniently, there are holes already drilled in the strips, so I just used some brass tacks to attach them to the plywood edge.

Vintage Sink Metal Bracket TrimFor the sides, I affixed some burlap panels with a dowel and some tacks. Nothing fancy. We don’t really have any kind of a storage area in the barn shop, so the burlap panels allow us to use the under-sink for keeping bags and tools, etc.  The sides are simple blue burlap panels, but the front panels are actually made from old burlap potato sacks (which we have plenty of for sale in the shop : ).

Vintage Sink Burlap Potato SacksNot crazy about how those look, so I’ll be changing those this upcoming weekend. Once we brought the sink to the shop, it was simply a matter of finding the perfect spot to build it in, then adding the shutter shelving and filling it up with our kitchenware and painted mason jars.

Vintage Sink adding Shutter ShelvesWe even added an old window because everyone loves to look out the window when they are at the kitchen sink, right??

Todd Farm Kitchen Display AfterSo, what happened when we opened up the shop 6 am Sunday morning?? Every person walking by and into the shop went right to my sink display and admired it, inspected it, asked how much it was. Initially shocked that folks were interested in buying my old sink, Coach quickly recovered and started asking $650. Wait, what?!?!?! THE SINK IS NOT FOR SALE. REPEAT. THE SINK IS NOT FOR SALE!

Todd Farm Vintage Sink Side Profile PMBut both Coach and Lisa (his partner in crime this week) were hell-bent on selling that sink out from under me. Soooo, I compromised and used the old “if I really don’t want to sell it, then ask a ridiculously high price and if someone really wants it, they can have it trick”. $1000. FIRM. In the meantime, I am off to paint the pieces that I didn’t get a chance to paint because I was building the kitchen sink. Have an unsinkable Wednesday, everyone!! Susan

 

 

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