Saturday, July 26, 2014

Painted Furniture Reveal

I spent the weekend painting, sanding, touching up, cleaning and finishing several more pieces of furniture. They'll be displayed in our booth at the Paris Street Market on August 2nd. If you see something you love, make sure to come see us!

Up you remember those chairs I found a few months ago? They were covered with a blue pinstripe, so I reupholstered them in a lovely khaki linen. I seriously contemplated a large black number on each seat. I may offer that fun option if someone buys these.


Up next, take a look at how these tables turned out. They each needed some TLC and a more modern look. (See their original state here)


I also have this black dining table and four very sturdy black chairs. The chairs are really comfortable!


This large square black coffee table has great chunky legs.

This smaller square side table would be perfect next to a reading chair.

On Friday we're going to announce a wonderful surprise for our loyal blog readers who are able to come see us on Saturday. Stay tuned!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Heirloom Wedding Bouquet

I had this post planned from the moment we started this blog but finally got around to finishing it this week. When I got married I didn't consider wearing my mom's dress...I just tore it apart. With her permission of course!

My grandmother made my mom's wedding dress. And there's a rumor that some of the buttons were "stolen" from my aunt's dress, which my grandmother had also made. 

In an effort to include heirloom items in my wedding, my mom decided to let me use a sleeve/cuff from her dress to make the decorative holder for my bridal bouquet.

Here's the finished, beautiful product! It made my bouquet just that much more special.

(PS we purchased all the flowers for the wedding from Costco for a steal!)


Our wedding was photographed by A and A Photography. LOVE them!

Thanks Mom, for letting me "borrow" part of your dress for my special day.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Touring Through Blogland

What a fun opportunity we've been given today and we're so happy to be sharing it with you. We're participating in a blog tour, highlighting a bit more about our blog and in the process you get to learn about new blogs that you'll love!


We were featured by Marie at the InteriorFrugalista last Monday. She has the same philosophy that we do..."one person's trash is another person's treasure." Check out what she did with these old discarded shutters.
So on to the tour...
What am I working on? (we'll take all of these as "we" since we're a team)
We are so very busy prepping for our very first show together as a team. We'll be a vendor at the Paris Street Market on August 2nd and couldn't be more excited. We've been taking final inventory, making price tags, cleaning up items, painting, organizing and planning our layout for the last two months. The countdown is officially on!  While this is going on, our regular lives do not stop.  We each have other projects, which never seem to end.

How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
We never really set out to be different, just resourceful. Our individual styles do differ slightly, so we enjoy sharing sometimes different approaches to projects and results. We found we were inspiring our friends and family to do the same while finding their own style.  Very few things in our homes come from big box stores...we're all about repurposing, recreating and giving old forgotten pieces new life.  By showing some of these small fixes, easy projects, and updates, our readers may find how easy and fun it is.
Why do I write/create what I do?
Fun and necessity. The fun comes from dreaming up a look or space and hunting for just the right pieces. The necessity comes because those dreamed up looks can't be bought by walking into a store, in most cases. It requires a new coat of paint, rearranging furniture or swapping rooms in your house. It comes from the desire for cozy, comfortable, unique homes without a lot of money. It comes from being given a talent or skill and choosing to put it to work for yourself, your friends and clients.
How does your writing/creating process work?
It happens in one of a few ways.
1. You stumble upon the coolest piece of furniture or fabric or piece of clothing...then you have to find a way to use it, so you design a room around it or recreate it to match what you've currently got.
2. You have a need for "just the right thing" so you hunt and hunt for it. Having not found it, you seek to create your own.
3. You work with a client to determine their style and help them create a space that's just right for them.
Either way, we are planners and "doers." We talk through our ideas, sketch them out, try them on for size, sleep on it, re-think our plan, and then go back and stare at the piece or room until we finally pull the trigger. We find that two minds are certainly better than one.  We work and play well together, can take each other's advise, while at the same time keeping our own unique style. 

Now its your turn to meet three more great bloggers! We hope you enjoy seeing more of their work by clicking through to read their posts!

Cassie from Lovely Weeds
Hi there! I'm Cassie, author of the blog Lovely Weeds and owner of the Lovely Weeds Etsy Shop. Woodworking and junking were two hobbies that had my heart, so I built a blog and a business around combining the two. I create repurposed pieces using just about anything rusted or wooden, and often build furniture from scratch. The Lovely Weeds blog is my place to share what's on my mind and in my workshop! One girl's weeds are this girl's wildflowers. 

LeAnne from A New Coat
I'm a wife and mom of five great kids. I have always had a love for all things vintage/unique. Even as a child, I remember being quite enamored by antiques. I love frequenting flea markets and yard sales and finding treasures that I can make new again! It brings me great pleasure to revive a tired piece of furniture and to show others how to do the same! 

Kristin from Drab2FabCreations
I'm a wife, mom of 3 and gramma of 1. I have a small creative business, Drab2Fab Creations that I started almost a year ago and I specialize in hand painting antique; vintage furniture and home decor. I sell my pieces at a booth I rent at a local antique shop and through various other on line sites.   am passionate about what I do and blogging has been a great way to connect with others who share the same passion. Come on over for a visit.  

We hope you enjoyed this blog tour as much as we did. It was so wonderful to share our new friends with you!

Kandy and Karli

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Even More for Market

Here are even more pictures of what we are getting ready for market.

Look what's in store for you in our booth at the Paris Street Market coming up soon on August 2!  We have furniture as well as collectibles and vintage accessories that might be just perfect for that spot in your home that needs a "unique piece." We could name off everything, but instead, we'll show you just a few pictures.  (We may have gotten a little carried away!)

We'll have some great graniteware, wooden spoons, old cutting boards and wonderful primitive finds for the kitchen............


Several pieces of beautiful old white ironstone.............

Ssome vintage silver serving pieces and flatware..........

Old pictures (instant relatives).........

Old books, old suitcases..........

Cigar molds, shoe lasts..........

A collection of vintage linens and doilies.............


Remember, this is just a sneak peek....we have more! Plan to come see our booth at the Paris Street Market, August 2, 2014, in the Littleton area.  You just may see something that needs to go home with you...........

Stop by and tell us that you saw our Blog. (we may even announce a fun prize for blog readers in the week before the show!--hint, hint

We'd love to meet you.
Kandy and Karli

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fulfilling House Flipping Daydreams...Sort Of

I've had daydreams about flipping fixer upper houses. I have grand aspirations that I could take an old run-down place and turn it into something wonderful.


Meet "the closest thing I've ever had to a flip." This is the townhouse that Brent bought before we were married. We've been landlords for the last four years, but its time. Time to sell.

So here's a glimpse at the inside (these were taken four years ago when we had it up for rent). Given that the market for townhomes in Denver is really hot right now, we're not going to do a ton of work, but there are a few key things we can tackle that will make it show much better.

As you walk in the door, you can see the gas fireplace and built-ins ahead of you in the living area.

Beyond that, it's all open into the dining space and kitchen.


There is a powder bath on the main floor as well. (It has a seashell sink)

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, one full guest bathroom (with carpet---YUCK) and a nice master bathroom too.


We'll be focusing on the bathrooms in order to get this place ready to sell. I'm trying to talk myself out of tackling the kitchen. But I know how long it took us to redo our own kitchen and since we both have full time jobs, we just don't have the time to spare.

Wish us luck! Our goal is to have it on the market in early August. Our tenants move out on August 1st.

And if you know anyone in the market, let us know!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Finds for the Market

I spent this weekend doing lots of prep work for the market. I thought I'd share the "before" pictures of some items....this way you can plan what you'll purchase the day of the market. ;-)

I found two tables that needed some serious TLC and new paint. This is how they looked right when I unloaded them...

This one has great legs and it is really sturdy. The top was really scratched up...


This a GREAT coffee table with a plank top. I love that it also has a small drawer (could be used for remotes).


This is a table that belonged to my neighbor. When you see the finished product, you'll wonder why they'd want to get rid of it.

Now, check out this great orange swivel chair (its part of a pair). I sort of love these. I think the right buyer will really enjoy them for a lounge vibe or sitting area!


Here's a great mirror I recently found. Brass is making a huge comeback right now. I love the looks of it in the right room.

And I have to share this old Music Department chair. I think its so fun that there are carvings and writing on the seat. Imagine the students that sat in this...

I'll share the finished tables soon. As I was working on the coffee table, Brent was sitting in the orange chair saying "It really like that table. Can we keep it? This chair is really we need this too?" To me, that's the sign of a good makeover!

Hope you had a great weekend,