Thursday, January 26, 2012

Antique shopping and furniture makeovers

We are lucky enough to live minutes from a little town called Helotes. It's old, country and filled with history. There is a market area called Old Town Helotes filled with little antique shops and restaurants.

Saturday was perfect weather and Asher was with a friend this weekend, so Brandon, the girls and I went to do some vintage decor hunting. I'm re-decorating my kitchen and living room to reflect us and my style a bit more, and I was looking for a few key pieces to add in.

I could walk around little shops like this for hours. Looking at each little piece of history. I love every bit of it. The smells, the nostalgia, the colors.  I love to imagine the people who owned these things before and what their life was like.

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Secretly.....or not so secretly, I would love to have a shop like this one day. In a cute older, yet trendy small town. I'd decorate it super eclectic and fun, and have all kinds of fun vintage finds, along side handmade goods by other talented artists......Maybe one day.

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All of the little shops sort of center around one outdoor space. It's perfect for the kids or husbands to sit and wait patiently ;)

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There's this one shop....it's a big, old red barn, filled with treasures and old "junk" but fun junk and interesting junk and things that seriously make my heart skip beats like old cameras and type writers.


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I heard one young-ish couple walking out make the comment "it's all just junk" with this disgusted look on their face. Sounds dumb but it kinda made me sad. They have no idea the history behind this "junk." No appreciation I tell ya!....and now I sound old.

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I found an old 1950's-1960's cabinet in one of my favorite shops. She was selling it as is, because someone tried to paint it black and did a horrible job. But I could see the potential behind it. It's got little glass doors, and knobs just waiting to be replaced by some cute little anthropology or hobby lobby knobs. And it's just the right size to fit in the spot of my kitchen I was looking for.


This is a horrible picture because it's sitting in our garage at the moment, but I wanted to get a "before" of it.  I'm thinking of painting it in a sea blue/green color I think, and then distress it to let the black show up under it. What do you think?  Do you have a color in the blue/green family that you like? Or maybe even a yellow....I am so indecisive.

That leads me back to my kitchen table dilemma. I decided what I want to do with it. After finding the little hutch and knowing I wanted to paint it a fun pop of color, I'm going to go more simple and classic with the table. I saw a picture of this kids table and loved the look of it.


 So I'm thinking of just sanding our table and then re-stain the top of the table and chairs to show it's natural wood. Then paint the bottom of the table and the rest of the chairs white. I love the shabby yet classic look of it.  And then that lets me keep some of the pretty wood, and also fulfill my obsession for painting things.

We are also painting our kitchen cabinets so I'm going to wait till that is all done, before I start on the table. But the hutch is getting done over asap. I'm super excited to get started and show you the after, so keep an eye out for it....oh and give me some color suggestions!

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I also couldn't write this post with out thanking you all for the emails and comments about my last one on Threads of Love. It is clearly close to my heart, and so many of you were a part of making it what it was. I am beyond thankful and just plain humbled to be used in such a way as Project Hope and I'm super excited to see where God takes it. Also, I am working on getting the information for donating caskets so if you emailed me about that, I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Love to you all and enjoy your weekend!

11 comments:

  1. What an amazing find that hutch was! I love walking around stores like that... I could do it for days.

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  2. I'm eeking out.... I have so many words to get out and not enough space or time.;) Wish I coulda shopped with ya, such a great place! We're into the painting thing right now, too. Gearing up to do our cabinets. Just painted my hutch a grey color. Your cabinet is perfect...what about Comfort Gray? It's in our dining room, kinda blue kinda green, depending on the light. But it's not grey. Yellow would be awesome too and no matter what you do it'll look good....love ya!

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  3. Hold on as I wipe the drool from my mouth... LOVING all of the pictures!!! :) :) I mean seriously... I'll take one of everything that I just saw!
    I can't wait to see the hutch!
    And really your whole redo!
    Happy weekend my friend!

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  4. Great finds! Hey. When you get that store opened I'll come work! Because that would be a drem job to me in the middle of all that vintage thrifty goodness! Absolute dream. I think I know what I'm doing tomorrow! Thrifting!!!!!!

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  5. i can't wait to see the end result of all of your fun makeovers. :) beautiful piece for your kitchen.

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  6. Great find! Cant wait to see how it turns out. I love your style!

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  7. This is why I love antique furniture and other vintage items! They never go out of style. I specifically loved the white table and chairs. These would be a great inclusion to our garden once we've decided on these homes for sale.

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  8. Restoration furniture can be found all over the place. You can furnish your space with several of these items.

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  9. Very nice antiques. Quite splendid collection you have there

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