I saw this online and I thought it would be the perfect piece to store all our drinks as well as look great in our very 1930s dining room. Please note that most of my staging projects lend a contemporary look when staging to sell, but it is always different in your own home, as the way you live is indeed different to when you place your home up for sale.
My latest project had to be repaired and restained as once home, I found it was coming apart at the back and needed to be thoroughly cleaned, repaired, reglued, and reinforced. It also needed to be restained. New shelves to be made and stained as the old ones had buckled and would not support any weight. It was useful to have them as templates for the ones to be made. New knobs ordered as some were broken and the drawer to be lined. The reveal will come soon.
Recovered! During the heatwaves, I like to work indoors with the A/C on! I had these two stools that were beginning to look shabby. and I thought I would have to pay to get them recovered in the same style, or get rid of them which was not that popular with the family. So I decided to take them apart...
Original – The before.
With the top cushion cut off…
Side by side…
The new material which was a fab find that I have had for years and been dying to use.
Completed in a couple of hours with a staple gun. I placed the top cushion on top of the lower footstool and pulled the material tight and stapled underneath. They look great against the back of the leather sofa. I think I may paint the little legs green too now I have seen the pictures.
Last weekend I traveled up to Grand Bend with a friend to check out The Pinery Flea Market’s Annual Spring Yard Sale. The market is open every Sunday from 8am until 4pm, May to (Canadian) Thanksgiving. In addition to the regular market line up, there are additional sellers for this one sale which was the first one this year. The cost is a $1 per person and includes parking.
We arrived at 8am, parked and perused the stalls. I actually only spent $20 that day while my friend spent a lot more and visited the ATM! My van was filled up! After a couple of hours, we stopped for the hot breakfast and had some coffee. Very convenient! There were proper bathrooms on the premises
Here are my tips to shop like a pro.
Dress comfortably! Wear your comfy shoes and if the sale is being held outdoors, like the Pinery, which has parking in a field, if it has rained or is wet, rubber boots or waterproof shoes may be a better option. Wear layers, it was chilly on arrival and as it warmed up I just peeled off a jacket and sweater. Use a messenger style bag so that your hands are free and your wallet safe in your bag. Sunglasses and sunscreen if you will be out all day.
Arrive Early or at least at the opening time, so you will have the best pick. See if you can do a quick once over to get an idea of what is available.
Once you find your treasure buy it or someone else will.
Bring cash. Most markets only deal in cash (although the Pinery had two ATMs) and bring smaller bills, plus loonies and toonies too.
Have a Plan. Think about what you want, a coffee table or vintage clothing and go looking for these items. Have a notebook with measurements of where your finds may go. Bring a tape measure so you can check the size to see if it will fit. Other treasures will catch your eye too. I had seen some pictures of what the vendors were selling but I never found any of the items so the pictures were not current and I had to settle for what was available.
Bring snacks and water in case there is no food or you do not care for what is on offer. Wipes and sanitizer are useful too. Use your camera on your cell phone if you find items that you like but want to see more and then use the photos to compare.
Update, upcycle and rescue any item that you love but is damaged with paint, fabric and more.
If you are interested in the Pinery Antique Flea & Farmers Market, the address is 10163 Lakeshore Rd, which is 3 miles south of Grand Bend on Hwy 21. Find them on facebook too.
Below is an article that I read in Saturday’s National Post. It is something that I have been advising clients, that tastes have and will change constantly. Our children and grandchildren no longer want the things we have collected except for fine art and classic cars which have actually escalated in value. The hardest hit being china, glassware, and antique wooden furniture — known as brown furniture, have all suffered severe price drops and is now easily available at a fraction of its original price. There is now only a smaller group who collect for the love of vintage. It is often the green upcycler, the frugal, and the stylish, looking for something solid, unique, and in keeping with the times, purchase an item to re-imagine, upcycle or paint into something modern looking like the current fave, Scandi.
Placed on either side of a chest of drawers in a bedroom these foldaway bridge chairs were in need of new seats, covers, and some TLC. They will come in handy when extra seating is needed around the dining table or as a desk chair.
I do renovate, rejuvenate and update things all the time, so I did have the stain, wood, wadding, upholstery fabric and my trusty staple gun so this was a quick and easy project.
Actually, it is a glass paperweight in the shape of a diamond solitaire and it reminds me of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” although that was a mountain, good story though.