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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vintage Etched Glass Mirrors



I went to a deceased estate sale last weekend and the lovely gentleman running it was selling his mother's possessions.

As soon as I walked in the house I saw this gorgeous round mirror on the wall and fell in love.  


Then he said he had another one I might like and pulled out this one. 


 Okay, so I was in love x 2.
Look at the beautiful etched glass flowers and scalloped edges. 



They are quite large and very heavy.  
They even have the original metal chain link hangers on the back!  



There's just something very romantic about old mirrors, don't you think?

:) Julie
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mint Green Bathroom Restyle


I decided to give our very orange bathroom a makeover.  I went with a mint green theme, and even though I have only painted the mirror and vanity, and added some new rugs and white towels, the difference is amazing.

Here is the before ...

And after ...

The green is so much more relaxing and inviting.

I had a mint green chalk paint already mixed up, so I dry brushed it roughly all over the mirror and vanity.  I love the effect it created!  Then I applied 2 coats of clear poly to seal.  Absolutely no sanding.


And a close up of the effect the painting method produced ...

Before ...

And after...
If you look in the mirror before photo you will see there was also a horrible orange floral wall tile borderthat I painted right over it with white chalk paint, then some white gloss and a coat of clear acrylic.  Fingers crossed it stays. 

I added a cool faux olive tree in an old enamel bowl, wrapped in burlap.  I love the burst of nature it brings into the bathroom.

The soap dispenser I made out of an old Cottee's jam jar a while ago.

Next to the basin is a stool I did over a while ago.  It was all brown wood so I painted it white and gave it a quick distress. Yes, that is a tapestry hoop on the side!  It covers a heart shaped cutout in the woodwork.  I stencilled the number 5 on some canvas and added it for interest.
And although it was there before the makeover, I find it really stands out now next to the green vanity.

I also added some cute little foot mats in a tan colour that I bought from the hardware cheap.  They really brighten up the floor and feel great underfoot.

I've stuck with fresh bright white towels for the moment, but am keeping an eye out for the perfect shade of green. 

I'd also like to replace the towel hangers at some stage, but drilling holes in tiles is too daunting.  I'm no expert with a drill. :)

And I'd also like to whiten up the grout between the floor tiles.  I saw a post for a mix of baking soda and bleach I'm going to try, then maybe a grout pen. :)

But for now, I'm super happy with my bathroom makeover for minimal spend.

:) Julie
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Turquoise Dresser Restyled


Before ...


And after much sanding, priming, painting, distressing and varnishing, the makeover is complete ....

I'm loving the pop of turquoise.


And the gorgeous Queen Anne legs.


I also replaced the bottoms of all the drawers.


This piece would look fab in any room in the house and has so much storage.


I'm really liking the idea of a craft dresser. 

Doesn't it just sing happiness and creativity!

:) Julie


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Saturday, June 23, 2012

HALDA Vintage Portable Typewriter


Today I was lucky enough to find this HALDA Vintage Typewriter at a garage sale.  I had to fight another guy for it, but at $20, I'm thrilled to say it is now mine to treasure. :)  

And it came in an old vintage metal hard case.

The elderly gentleman I bought it off said he was doing invoices on this typewriter many, many years ago.  I love being able to chat to the owner and find out some history about the pieces I collect. 


And, as this is my first old typewriter, I decided to do some Googling to find out a bit more about it's history.

It is a HALDA MODEL P and is the first "Halda" portable typewriter made. Judging by the serial number, mine would have been built in approximately 1955. Making it almost 60 years old. 

I also discovered it is one of the few Swedish made typewriters and was originally sold in Vienna, Austria.  

Mine has a label on the back indicating it has been distributed by Pincombe Sydney Pty Ltd.  Although the company is deregistered, I did find a listing in Lismore.

Further, at one time in the later stages of his writing career, Ernest Hemingway apparently broke away from American-made typewriters (Royals in particular) to use the Swedish Halda.

I hope you enjoyed my brief history lesson, and if anyone has any further information I'd love to hear from you. 

:) Julie
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Teal Rocking Chair



What once was plain white, is now teal blue.
Who would have thought, I hadn't a clue!
But look at her now, all stunning and bright,
Come have a rock to your heart's delight!




:) Julie
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Cheap Paint


Guess what, a little birdie told me that the hardware store has a small section of mis-tinted paints that you can buy for a fraction of the price!!!

And guess what, that little birdie was right. :)

Okay, so I only just discovered this, but better late than never, right? 

And, if you get a light colour you can re-tint.  And if you are not majorly fussy on the shade, you can get something close and settle, or add some more acrylic paint to change the shade or colour.  

You can pay between around a quarter to a third of the normal full price!!

And what is even cooler is I picked up a 2 litre can of the exact brand ceiling paint I already use, tinted the perfect shade of turquoise for only $10! See Exhibit A, turquoise birdcage above. :)

Gorgeous, right?

So next time you are looking for some coloured paint, check the mis-tinted section first!

:) Julie
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vintage Flower Frog Vase


I was ecstatic to find this cute vintage metal vase with matching flower frog cover at the thrift store this week.  I had no idea what the top these type of vases were called, but after a bit of Googling I was able to figure out the cover is called a Flower Frog and is used to space out and arrange your flowers.  They were very popular back in the day.


I'd love to hear from anyone who might know the age of this vase or anything else flower frog related.

:) Julie
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ball Mason Jars


I am so excited!  I have been wanting a Ball Mason jar forever.  They are not readily sold in Australia and vintage ones are few and far between and cost a fortune.  

Then I happened upon a store on ebay that is now stocking them.  Woohoo!  I ordered 2 of those babies without a second thought.  They arrived today.  What can I say, love at first sight.

:) Julie
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shabby Numbered Nesting Tables


I've had these nesting tables for a while in the garage, but never got around to doing anything with them, until now.  I'm sure I have a "before" photo somewhere .....  Imagine if you will dark stain on all of them and that's it.


They are original old vintage tables and I had planned to sell them, but now ..... :)  They were a bit fragile and 2 legs needed a bit of glue, but otherwise in excellent condition for their age.


They were leaking tannin like no tomorrow so I had to coat them first with Stop Stain, then 3 coats of white chalk paint.


Then I printed off the number stencils on my computer and cut them out.


I decreased the size of the numbers to match the decreasing sizes of the tables.


Then I mixed up some grey acrylic paint and using a sponge brush, stencilled on the numbers.


Then a good sand and distress.  Followed by a good coat of furniture wax.  I love the way it brings out all the curves and corners of the legs.


Yep, they're a keeper. :)


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