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Re-purposed Vintage Barrel Dolly

I have a love for vintage dolly’s – nope not that kind of dolly :). I love vintage wood and iron dolly’s – barrel dolly’s, vintage hand trucks, all of them no matter what they’re called!

There are so many possibilities for their uses. Yesterday during my nap, I had flea market flip on and guess what – yep, there was 2 episodes with dolly’s. Man the makeovers were awesome.

So I decided to take a spin via Pinterest to see what makeovers are out there. Some of these pieces are just stunning!

 

I love the simplicity of this coffee table. The dolly used to create this table looks just like one we have at the store.

A little cleaning, sealer, and a glass top, and you have your very own stunning coffee table!

 

 

 

 

 

This is a sweet piece – vintage barrel dolly and a chicken crate!

I have seen chicken crates as coffee tables, quilt racks and more, but paired with the dolly is twice as sweet!

 

 

 

Everyone that know me, knows that I can’t not create something without flowers. I just love color and vintage things, and love to pair the two!

Can you imagine this on your front porch? With winter approaching – think of all the ways you can decorate the barrel dolly for the holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage barrel dolly available at the store. We have 3 additional if this one is not the perfect one for you!

Msg or email for pricing and dimensions.

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage chicken crate available at the store.

Msg for pricing and dimensions.

 

 

 

Today I shared one of my favorite and inspirational shows. Who inspires you? Do you have a favorite DIY’er or blog that you follow? Please share with us we love to share the love!

Have an awesome week, and if you have created something special, we love pics!!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

 

 

Fall Decorating

I am a pretty simple girl at heart, and I like to decorate simply also. That is not to say I don’t have collections, but I like to simply add fall colors and decor in and around my every day decor!

Do you go all out? or are you a simple decorator also? Please share your fall decorating pics with us!

 

 

I think this vase is so pretty, yet is elegant enough for a dinner party table, or entry table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love decorating with my vintage everyday decor. Look at this beautiful scale all dolled up for fall.

I think this would be super cute with a little more color and great for entry way or it would be awesome on the mantle!

 

 

Have an awesome week. Don’t forget to share your pics with us!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

One Plus One = Fabulous!

So many times we hear, “I love this but I don’t know what I would do with it or where I would put it!” Finding creative ways to use the items you fall in love with gives them a place in your home. That is our goal!

 

 

For instance, one of Nancie’s favorite one plus ones is to pair a cute plant with an even cuter item one wouldn’t immediately think of to plant in. (Between you and me, I think she looks at everything as a possible planter!!!) Teri used a dust pan as a planter!

 

 

 

Another one plus one is to add a table top to a barrel, in this case I used a vintage nail barrel, and create an instant end table for a small space! Add your own touches like a small lamp, picture frames, or seasonal decor to create a cozy corner.

 

 

 

 

 

Crocks, vintage metal pots, and vases are perfect containers for kitchen utensils. Loretta chose to house her collection of wood rolling pins in a metal pot that may not be suitable for cooking but is absolutely perfect as a display piece!

 

 

 

 

Come on in and find your perfect one plus one pieces to take home to create your cozy displays! When you fall in love with an item but think, “What can I use this for?,” just ask! We love to chat about fun uses for our beloved antiques!

Carolyn along with Nancie, Winston and Ziggy

 

 

Wire Basket and Wood Crate Storage in the Kids Room

Face it, our children have more stuff than necessary, and it is always a chore to find a creative way to display and store their toys and books!

 


 

Wire baskets are a fun, and easy to use as storage for the kids bedroom!

You can paint them any color you want, they will last forever, and when the kids grow out of them, paint and move to wherever you need more storage!

Great for books, stuffed animals, car, or dolls – the uses are endless!

 

 

 

 

Wood creates are another great way to store toys, books, and more!

Wood creates are easy to paint and attached to the wall, or create a small bookshelf with them.

Crates are economical and the possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

We have what seems an endless supply of vintage wire baskets and wood crates. Wire baskets and wood crates never go out of style and can be used in any room of the home or garage!

Check back often as we showcase more creative uses for wire baskets and wood crates!

 

Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

 

Re-Purposing Old Shutters

Have you asked yourself why you’re keeping those shutters? What can you possibly do with an old shabby shutter?

I LOVE use them as display pieces when I do shows. They are lightweight and so versatile! and they look great!

Here are some ideas to get some new use out of those old shutters!


 

Is your daily mail a mess, message center jumbled?  Here is a great idea to get it organized!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you in need to get the mud room organized prior to winter? Here is a great idea for a coat rack. Put a bench under and then you have a place to sit and put your shoes on!

 

 

 

 

 

The bathroom is small and your trying to figure out how to create a little more storage. How about an old shutter with grain bins? So cute, yet functional!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you all have an awesome week! Until next time!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

 

P.S. Don’t forget to share your re-purposed shutters with us!

 

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover!

We have all heard the adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” We generally think of people when we use it and that’s a perfect time to apply it! I taught that to my students for the 21 years that I worked in the classroom. Now, as someone who spends her days surrounded by antiques, I have found a whole new use for the saying!

Antiques are often found in their worst possible shape, rusty, broken, missing pieces, and they are overlooked as unusable. For instance, we had this old blue metal doll crib. It was rusty and wobbly. As I carried it outside for people to see as they passed by, I kept thinking that it had a purpose and could shine again, so I bought it and took it home.

Here is the crib before and after:

I spray painted the crib with copper paint. Then I added an old wood drawer. I spray painted it a bright turquoise and added vintage hardware. I added a container of flowers and a chicken waiting for a place to roost, and I turned a rusty crib into a flower container. I could also see it in my house holding books or toys for my future grandchildren! (Just a side note, all of the items in the “after” picture came from the store except for the flowers.)

Another item that we often see that is definitely not usable as it was originally intended is the wood ladder. We see them in many sizes! I decided to use mine as an outdoor display unit. I didn’t change the ladder at all but I do change what goes on the ladder by season (or whim!). Here are two examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can decorate with a theme like red, white and blue or birdhouses or things you love to collect – for me, it’s small animal figurines made of stone or iron.

There is a great deal of satisfaction in taking the rusty and broken antique and turning it into a treasure that brightens up your home, inside or out!

As always, we want to see what you have done with the items you buy here in the store.  Send us pictures!  We would love to feature your “don’t judge a book by its cover” projects! Don’t forget to take before and after pictures!  I sometimes get so excited by my project, I forget the “befores”!!!

We’ll see you when you stop in to say hi!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

NOT Just for the Birds!

Happy Monday! With the warmer weather, I started hanging some bird feeders I bought for my new yard. I can’t wait to see them filled with birds and most likely I’ll get a jay or two! I thought about bringing out some of my antique bird cages to hang in the trees but then decided they were safer in the house!

What do you do with your antique and decorative bird cages? Do you hang them up with a plant in them? Do you put a decorative faux bird and possibly a nest in them? I’ll admit, that has been the extent of my creativity, until now!

Adding something you collect is a wonderful way to get a 360 degree view of that special collection. There are no rules! If it matters to you, display it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding candles can give a room a subtle glow to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. You can also add a small lamp and make your antique bird cage a light source.

 

 

 

What do you think about the idea of putting a collection of like-colored items or like-themed items together? We have so many great little pieces in the store that would fit into this idea!

 

Finally, there is this practical idea which I really like! My little miner’s cottage doesn’t have a lot of storage so an idea like this makes practical very cute! You can also stack towels, place makeup supplies in decorative containers, or add Mason jars filled with cotton balls, etc.

 

 

Remember, whatever you choose to do with your bird cages, please come by to share the results. In the meantime, enjoy the spring weather, the sounds of the birds chirping and all of the new fresh flowers that keep popping up in unexpected places!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

 

 

As Cute as a Button!

“As cute as a button” can be about anything absolutely adorable, including buttons! How many of you have loose buttons on top of your washer or dryer, in the bottom of a drawer (or two or three), collecting in a jar, and that’s all they do…collect…and collect some more with each new loose button or extra button on a new shirt. I put mine in a jar now! They look adorable, some might say “as cute as a button!”

We have lots of buttons in the store and it made me wonder (I do that a lot!) what I could do with buttons… Well, there are so many incredible ideas that I thought I would share some here!

You can display them in a salt shaker with a pretty ribbon or a button flower bouquet!

                 

There are button flowers to display in a jar

and button pictures galore!

       

       

I really love this last idea because I have an antique Bingo cage and cards and this would be a great way to show one or two of the cards!

No matter what you choose to do with your buttons, you know that we always want to see the finished project!

Please stop in, introduce yourselves if we haven’t met yet and then head off to find buttons, frames, shaker jars, and whatever else you might need to complete your project. Can’t wait to see you!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

Let’s Talk Crocks

Let’s talk about crocks! No, not those cute little shoes perfect for summer wear! Those beautiful stoneWARE pottery pieces that were once used to hold food before the days of refrigeration.

They were watertight and could hold a wide variety of items. Well, now we don’t need to hold food in them! We have a wide variety of crocks in the store, different sizes and shapes, with limitless possibilities for use in your home!

These two are my favorites! I don’t use traditional end tables in my home so a large crock would be perfect in my meditation library next to my reading chair! And what a great way to display your collection of antique kitchen gadgets!!!

I also use a crock for a doorstop because the stoneware is heavy, so think about bookends or holding up an old bookshelf that has just a bit of a lean but you just can’t part with it!

Entertaining is another great time to re-purpose your smaller crocks! You can put your Grandmother’s flatware out in a crock if you are serving your delicious meal banquet style.

We all know what Nancie uses her crocks for…planters!!!

   

Whatever you use your crocks for, please stop in, introduce yourselves if we haven’t met, and show us pictures of what you have done! Can’t wait to see you!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

 

Re-Purposed Old Doors

Let’s talk old doors today. Olds doors in themselves are such a work of art, and if you’re lucky to have the original hardware, it can’t get any better!

There are soooo many uses for old doors. I use them as dividers at antique shows, and then hang signs, birdhouses, and more on them.

One of my favorite shows is Flea Market Flip, and I have seen many old door flips, but never as a bar, and this bar is totally awesome!!

Can you imagine this in a rustic cabin????

I have a couple of corner cabinets made out of old doors and I just love them. They aren’t too big and take up a lot of space, and the rustic hardware is totally awesome!

 

This stunning potting bench would look awesome either in the house full of beautiful house plants, or on the deck with lots of flowers and color!

I just may have inspired myself to move my potting bench to the patio by the shop so that I can enjoy it when I am relaxing and enjoying the sun!

 

 

I hope you guys feel inspired to spend a few minutes a day just enjoying life around you, and thinking about your next project! We love pics, so please tag us when sharing!

Thanks for stopping by today, and every day to see what we’re up to!

Have an awesome week.

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy