Showing posts with label antique. Show all posts
Showing posts with label antique. Show all posts

Sunday, July 8, 2012


I went shopping today.

At an antique store.

I can hear the husband screaming now, can't you? Fortunately for him, I had Lachlan with me and knew I only had about 15 minutes before he'd be squirming to get down and put his grubby paws on everything.  But I only needed about 5 minutes. I was a woman on a mission.

I've been wanting a small antique wood dresser to go by my side of the bed and act as a night table. And because that corner of my bedroom has perfect light all day long for product photography, I've been extra anxious to get one now that I have the new lens for my camera (after my brother gave me a camera tutorial last time I saw him; Thanks, Scott!).

There were lots of lovelies that were too big or too wide or too tall. And then I found this sweet thing, described as a Victorian walnut wash stand. I'm not over the moon about the design on the front of the drawers, but I love the marble top. It will work perfect for my needs right now. I can use the drawers to help store all of the stuff that is usually piled on the bed every day, and the height and marble top are perfect (I hope) for staging all my photos for the shops.

Marble and walnut wash stand

And as I zoomed up and down the aisles I spotted this sweet little wood tote box out of the corner of my eye, and without even breaking stride I pulled it right off the hanger on the wall as I passed by. I have a thing for old wood boxes, and I think this little guy has just become my new favorite.

Small wood tote

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Little metal puzzles

We've had several days that have been in or near the 60s, and the urge to do some spring cleaning is really kicking in now. We spent some time over the weekend cleaning up the workshop. There is a small space about 4 feet high above my new studio, so we moved all sorts of stuff up there to get it out of the way.

I am also refocusing my efforts on getting rid of a lot of the type that I won't use. I have so much and it takes up sooo much space. I also don't like having all the cases and buckets of type sitting around because it means it's never safe for Lachlan to be turned loose in the main part of the workshop.

I have some mixed grab bags of type, but I realized that some people might like to see what they're getting, so I started making little collections of type. I started on them on Sunday night and it was surprisingly fun! It's like putting together little puzzles made of metal type.

I'm not entirely sure what people buy these for. I know some people make jewelry or art pieces out of them, and I think a lot of people use them to stamp clay and whatnot. So far I've done 6 sets, but I'm hoping to do a lot more in the coming days. Hopefully I can find new homes for most of this stuff soon. If you ever find yourself in need of some vintage/antique type, you can find it in my special Etsy shop, i heart letterpress.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Belgian oak sideboard

About two weeks ago, I told you I recently acquired two awesome pieces of furniture from an antique store outside of Denver. The first was this old cart that was used in a Thomasville furniture factory to move pieces of furniture from one spot to the next in the assembly line.

This is the other piece. It's a 1920ish oak sideboard from Belgium, and I am thrilled to pieces to have it in my life. After we remodeled our house, I had this long wall right near the front door. I've looked for more than a year for an antique something of the right size to put on this wall. I had finally given up when I came across this awesome find.


It is about 4 feet high and 8 feet long and is the perfect combination of storage space for kitchen items I don't use very much, and also for many of the cast iron pots I have that are weighing heavily on the rolling shelves in my regular kitchen cabinets. The top of it provides the perfect surface for displaying our many "things" and also a nice landing spot for mail, keys, and cell phones. 

Arched panel door

I love that it's so simple, with just a bit of detail on the arch of the doors. I particularly love the key to the cabinets! And I am still giddy over the amazingly good deal I got on it. It turns out that they have a new shipment of goodies coming in next month and they were having a huge sale to clear out their existing inventory. I got this for basically the guy's cost to buy it and ship it here. I couldn't buy half of the wood to build this for the price I paid. Man, I love a good deal!!

Key to sideboard

The wood is very dry, so I'm spending a lot of time oiling it before I break out all my knick knacks for the top. And now I'm plotting what to do for the space on the wall above it. I have a ton of paintings and other notable items I've collected from my travels, and the other day I got the perfect idea of what to do to display them. The brilliant Linda over at Lime in the Coconut installed gallery shelves in her house to display all her goodies, and I'm thinking I might just steal that idea! I'm hoping to talk the husband into building some shelves out of the antique oak boards we have left over from our project on the front porch.



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