Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lineberry Carts

Do you ever feel like certain things just find you?  I seem to have a knack for finding galvanized tubs and blue Ball jars.  Okay, so maybe the Ball jars are not that hard to find, but it's almost comical- after a day of hunting, I never come home without one.

On Friday I went on a trek for Lineberry carts.  These are the same factory carts Restoration Hardware sells for $795.  Lineberry carts were once used by the railroad for transporting trunks, and furniture factories used them for moving furniture.  I saw an ad on Craigslist for a warehouse sale and these carts were listed.  I thought for sure by the time I got the kids on the bus and drove out there, they would be gone. As luck would have it, they were still there.  I purchased two carts at a fair price, then I continued on my hunt.
I hit a barn sale on the way home, and lo and behold, they had four Lineberry carts for sale! Their prices were waaay better than my first stop. I couldn't pass them up. I had enough money and room left in the truck for one.   
Yesterday my husband and I went back for the rest, and wouldn't you know it, their prices went up!  I was able to bargain with the seller a little bit, and in the end we got the rest of them. 

I was anxious to finish one right away.  I sanded the top using the belt sander, then stained it. Once the stain dried, it was waxed and buffed. 
This one cleaned up fairly quickly, some of the others need a little more tlc.
Here's a peek at the cart after we put it in the store:

I am linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.

Monday, October 4, 2010

French Gray Sideboard

When I first started treasure hunting for my space at Wild Rose, one of the first things I asked Lynette was, "How do you part with the really good finds?"  She assured me I would get over it quickly.  Well, I'm not too sure of that.  This is one of those pieces that will haunt me when it sells.
I am giving myself a timeline. If it doesn't sell by a certain date (this date keeps changing the more I think about it!), I am bringing it home to begin the snowballing process of transforming our dining room.

I found this beautiful 1930's sideboard at a barn sale. It was in need of some tlc, but I couldn't resist the beautiful details of this piece.

Parts of the veneer were peeling, or completely chipped off.

Some of the decorative trim was about to fall off, and it did, the moment I began to clean the sideboard.
As you can see, the top was quite damaged. It's hard to see in the photo, but these rings had to be sanded out.
Thanks to these imperfections, I didn't have to ask the mahogany gods for too much forgiveness once I decided to paint it.

I used the orbital sander to get it ready for priming. I probably only needed to sand the top, but it really cleaned it up, and hey, power tools are fun.
The detail work was caked with dirt.  It took a screw driver, some Murphy's spray, and q-tips to clean out the grooves and reveal the beautiful detail at the base. 

I used stainable wood glue to repair the loose veneer, then I used clamps to hold it in place until dry.  I used wood filler where the veneer was totally gone. Once the wood filler dried, I sanded it down.  It wasn't a totally perfect patch job, but that's okay since I was distressing this piece.

A small portion of the base of one of the doors was worn through so that when the door closed it did not catch on the stopper.  Instead the door pushed inward. I had my husband put a length of shoe molding just inside the cabinet doors to act as a stopper.

I used a gray spray primer before painting the sideboard a nice French gray.  The gray base added nice depth to the detail work so that I didn't have to go crazy when painting with the French gray. You do have to be careful if you choose to distress a piece that has been primed gray.  If not, you will end up with black scuff marks.
After distressing it with sandpaper, I used just a little antiquing glaze over the entire piece. I wiped it on with a damp cloth, concentrating on the distressed areas and the detail work.  I used just enough glaze so that it took away the freshly painted look.

For the most part, the interior was in great shape. It drives me crazy when I come across a beautiful piece of furniture only to open a drawer and find gum or who knows what stuck to the drawers. 
This time I really just had to vacuum out behind the drawers and I wiped down the shelves with pledge. There were a few spots right when you opened the cabinets that needed a little sanding. As far as the interior goes, the silverware drawer needed the most attention.

This drawer was felted in purple. It was stained and dirty. I vacuumed out the drawer and recovered it in black adhesive backed felt found in the craft aisle at Walmart.

It really transformed the drawer.

As a final touch, I applied clear Briwax to the top as a protective coat.  I used a clean rag, applying the wax in a circular motion.  It does not appear glossy, it just gives it a little bit of protection.  We use Briwax on our farm tables, too.  It is sold in a can, and you can find it at many antique and furniture stores.

With the exception of a minor mishap with a spilled bottle of antiquing glaze, this was a fairly painless transformation.
I will be linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday and Furniture Feature Friday.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Wild Rose & Co.

Last weekend marked the grand opening of Wild Rose & Company Marketplace.  It was a smashing success!  Thank you to those of you who came out to support us!

I have been trying to get things back to normal around here now that things have calmed down a little. Getting the house back in order, and trying to get back into a better routine. (I hate to admit it, but with all that's been going on, we've had more than our fair share of takeout these past couple of weeks!)  I also have quite a few projects waiting for my attention out in the garage. Stay tuned!
Here are some photos of the shop:
(You should be able to click on each photo to get a better view.)

There are six spaces, but we try to mix things up a little bit to help make it all come together. For instance, Wendy and Lindsay placed their table and chairs with Lynette's hutch to create a welcoming display.
check out Marian's goodies displayed on Gail's chicken coop table:

Don't you just love the way Wendy and Lindsey of Beans and Buttons set up their space pictured below?

Here's my space, with Gail's gorgeous chalkboard sitting atop my 1930's sideboard. You can spot Miss Mustard Seed's wares to the left.
The pine farm table, coffee table, and blue cabinet were handmade by my husband. (He's quite the catch!) 

 I love how Gail pulled her space together. I have my eye on the shoe rack pictured above on the left. She has also inspired me to get moving on the slipcover for my wing back chair!

Gail, Lynette,Marian, and myself
Lynette did an incredible job pulling it all together. This is turning out to be bigger and better than we had imagined!