spring happenings

As I write this post about, well, spring happenings there’s 6 inches of snow on the ground.  And it’s still falling.

But spring is coming!  I know it.  Please let me share with you some of our whereabouts and plans for Circa Dee this spring…

Spring Milk Paint Demo

Sunday, March 23rd @ 1pm

Milk Paint Demo

First up, I will be at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown this Sunday afternoon for another FREE Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint demonstration on the products.  I’ll answer questions and consult on your specific projects.  With our busy spring schedule, I am not sure when the next demo will be so come on out!

Serendipity

First Friday at Serendipity

Friday, April 4th

Wow, we’re celebrating one year at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown already.  That time flew by.  I am hoping to make it to the bash on first Friday of April.  Watch Serendipity’s facebook page for details on what to expect.  I hear it is going to be a good time!

Clover Market

Clover Market Opening Day

Chestnut Hill, Sunday, April 13th 10-5

Omigosh, the time is nearly here to kickoff Clover Market season again!  The region’s favorite popup market is back and coming in strong with 5 spring markets in 2 locations – Ardmore & Chestnut Hill.

Circa Dee will also be popping up at the Ardmore market on Sunday, May 18th 10-5

Clover Market Spring 2014

West End Garage

open every weekend

We’re settling into our new space at The West End Garage in Cape May with special additions each weekend including live plants and gardening supplies.  Thanks so much for the positive response!  We are incredibly grateful.

WEG spring

I hope to see you out and about on a warm, sunny day soon!

diy cottage style bathroom reno

We have had a quiet yet incredibly productive winter.  We needed it quite frankly.  We also really needed a new bathroom.  The 80’s builder grade hall bath was so dated and just blah.  We gave it a bright makeover on a DIY budget.  Ok, a renovation really.  Here’s how it looked when we acquired the house.  Yikes.

Bathroom Before

Let’s check out the updates.  Come on in…

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

I’ve been hoarding this dresser for a while because I knew it was just right for the new vanity.  And it only cost about $40 because the drawers needed work which is a basic requirement of turning a dresser into a vanity anyway.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

Storage is at a minimum in this house so preserving as much drawer space as possible was a goal that we easily met by using a porcelain trough sink instead of a drop sink.  I love how it turned out!

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

Check out this post for details on how the vanity was constructed.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

Please admire the vanity mirror.  It makes this tiny room seem much larger than it is and the bonus is that we had it all along.  It is very special to me.  The mirror is part of the French provincial bedroom set that I inherited from my grandmother.  I didn’t want to use the mirror with the dresser in our bedroom and opted to split the set up.  It worked out to be the perfect width to pair with the new vanity when hung vertically.  I didn’t touch the old finish.  It seemed like just the right warm, contrast to all of the cool aqua and white.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

 I really can never have enough hound dogs on guard around here.  Especially when they are in the form of vintage paint by numbers.

Vintage Hound Dog Paint By Numbers

Did you catch a glimpse of the shell chandelier.  Yup, I’m pretty smitten with that DIY too.  Sigh.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

Details about how we pulled that off for under 30 bucks are posted here.  The salvaged radiator grate is actually acting as a screen to the bathroom fan.  It is so much more interesting looking than the hardware store options.

DIY Shell Chandelier and Bathroom Fan

The renovation began with Ryan demoing out the old vinyl flooring and vanity.

Bathroom demo

He then installed white ceramic hex tile for my birthday present!  The gift of home is the kind I love.  Seriously.  The vintage hooked rug was a birthday gift to myself.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

Next up was the PVC beadboard installation that Ryan also DIY’d.  We kept the stained wood molding around the door and window to match the rest of the house.  However, we replaced the door with a white beadboard style which we’ll continue throughout the house.  This seems to be a great compromise between the bright cottage style I love and the craftsman wood style that Ryan loves.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

We picked up a few old brass ship plates last year at Brimfield.  The ‘Certified Private Lavatory’ one found a home paired with the wire bike basket.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

We went with top down window shades again.  I love the privacy they give but the light they allow in.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

Thanks for visiting.  Stay tuned for some DIY tutorials from this room in the coming days.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

eating in

The eat-in portion of our kitchen was an addition on the original house put on by a previous owner.  Rumor has it that the addition was redone three times because the lady of the house was not satisfied with it.  (And my husband thought I was high maintenance with home projects.)  They finally got it just right making for a cozy dining nook aside from the kitchen galley.

Flea Market Style Eat-In Kitchen

However, the time was long overdue to erase their style (read: lots of wallpaper) and put our own twist on the space.

I’m thankful the previous owners expanded this room because otherwise it must have been so cramped.  Like most homes, our kitchen seems to be the center of the house.  This is where the cooking and eating occurs followed by hours of lingering and occasionally we work in here too. With that said, it was important to me that this space be comfortable.  And definitely full of personality and many eclectic finds.

Flea Market Style Eat-In Kitchen

Cookbook Collection

Ryan and I spent the last two weekends bringing that vision to light with a little sweat equity, paint and flea market finds.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember the blueprint wallpaper I installed at the 2013 Philly Home Show.  We carefully removed them after the show.  Now they’re permanently on display in our kitchen.  The vintage blueprints are all original to Ryan’s father.  Each one tells a story.  Some we know.  Some we make up!

Blueprint Wallpaper & Industrial Galvanized Pendant Light

We got a head start with kitchen updates a few months back when turned the trio of chairs into an upholstered grainsack bench.  And before that we updated the laminate cabinets and installed a pallet wood backsplash.

Pallet Wood Kitchen Wall Backsplash

But now it is all about the eat-in nook.  We do not have a formal dining room.  This is it.  With that said, we decided we wanted all upholstered chairs.  The head chairs are one of my best scores to date.  They are original walnut & mohair Ward Bennett chairs that fit nicely with the new-to-us copper top table.  More about the table here.

Ward Bennett Vintage Mohair & Walnut Chair

But the game changer for me was the industrial pendant light.  Does anyone know what this is?  I found the galvanized, cloche-like piece at the flea market and we upcycled it into a light.  The seller was unsure of its provenance too.  I’d love to hear your opinion.  I am guessing some sort of farm equipment.

Industrial Galvanized Pendant Light

At the same market, I bought the SERVE letters.  One of my favorite finds for sure.  We can only assume that they were part of a SERVICE sign at some point.  Perhaps from a gas station.

Salvaged Kitchen Style - Blueprint Wallpaper & Serve Service sign

The rest of the room got updated with a coat of buttercream yellow paint.  Thank goodness the wallpaper and border are gone along with the matching valances.  Were matching borders over wallpaper really necessary?  This picture is from when we first saw the house.

kitchen before

There is something about a yellow kitchen that just injects energy.

Vintage Font/Text - Serve Service Sign in Kitchen

What’s your favorite flea market find?

Flea Market Style Eat-In Kitchen - Vintage Serve letters, Blueprint Wallpaper, Galvanized Pendant Light

Linking to: Funky Junk Interiors, Jennifer Rizzo, Be Bold Challenge

winter market

Clover’s Winter Market on Sunday was a blast! As usual. The market always draws a fun crowd.  Now I am dreaming of spring when the outdoor markets return!

Save the dates for Spring Clover Market:

  • April 13- Chestnut Hill
  • April 27- Ardmore
  • May 18- Ardmore
  • June 8- Chestnut Hill

As for the Winter Market, I saw a lot of familiar faces and met a handful of new folks as well.  Plus, the 23rd Street Armory is such an interesting venue right in the heart of Philadelphia.

clover armory

I was thrilled to participate as a DIY workshop instructor. I brought a stash of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint and led an Introduction to Milk Paint workshop.

#mmsmilkpaint workshop @ Clover Market

We had a great time painting these adorable frames and talking about the fundamentals of what makes milk paint unique.

#mmsmilkpaint workshop

If you want to be notified of any future workshops like these, be sure to comment on this post and I will add your email address to my workshop list.  And if you can’t make it out to pick up some milk paint for your project (hello, winter storm alert!), you can always order online right here.  We’re expecting a big stash this week to replenish the inventory!

So, did you make it to Clover Market on Sunday…or shopping locally where you are?  If so, what treasures did you score?

alligator dresser

I fell in love with the texture of this little chest of drawers.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

In its previous dark stain, you couldn’t really see the texture though. I decided to paint the entire thing in a coat of Typewriter which just happens to be Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint color of the month for October.  (Tweet/instagram/pin/post/share your Typewriter painted pieces using hashtag #mmsmilkpaintcolorofthemonth)

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

Buuut I didn’t stop at Typewriter because that wasn’t very different from where the dresser started.  I went over it in a coat of mustard seed yellow.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

I painted the coat lightly and wiped off any excess paint allowing the yellow to settle in the crevices and the black texture to pop creating an alligator effect.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

This was a fun one to paint.  The texture of the previous finish really did all the work in creating the antique effect.  I applied a top coat of hemp oil and slightly distressed it further revealing more of the typewriter base coat.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

I finished it off with shiny white ceramic knobs for a bit of a farmhouse feel.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

The size of this chest seems perfect for a kid’s room.  The drawers aren’t too wide but are nice and deep.  Plus I lined them with maps!

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

Turns out the leftover atlas pages from our wedding place settings were cut to just the right size to fit 3 in each drawer snugly.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

It is headed to Serendipity this afternoon…along with lots of other inventory.  The milk paint mixers are in.  You’ve got to try them for mixing a nice, consistent paint.  I’ll show you how next Saturday at our free milk paint demo!

MMS October flier

In the meantime, we’re getting ready for Sunday’s Clover Market.  Let’s just hope this rain goes away!

Before you go, I could use your advice.  I have a new little workshop space that I’m pretty smitten with. Last week, I instagrammed my newly organized paint brushes. Swoon.

brushes

Possibly more exciting though is that once I finish painting a piece, I can just turn it around, stage and snap pictures like this.  Except not quite like this.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

I am trying to decide how to “decorate” the background so it looks less workshop-y and industrial.  I considered staining the raw wood with milk paint, of course.  Or hanging fabric or paper.  Maybe doors or reclaimed wood planking.  But my favorite idea is to layer all of those things so I can switch out the background according to what I’m staging.  Think paint, fabric and then wood.

Tell me, what would you do?  I’d love to hear from you.

mustard seed yellow & typewriter milk paint dresser by Circa Dee

pop goes the easel

Hi guys! As promised, I am back to tell you how we made our wedding table numbers.  I will also be sharing the secret to making them freestanding easels as I’ve been asked a few times now…

© Love Shack Photo

In case you missed them, the wedding tablescape posts are here and here.

So my inspiration for the table numbers came from those adorably rustic vintage school slates.  I originally planned to collect enough to prop them up as table numbers.  Well, I found two.  And then stopped.  Twenty slates seemed like an excessive amount to seek out.

vintage school slates

source: Pinterest

After collecting more than enough silver pitchers and aqua mixing bowls for the centerpieces, I figured it was time to straight up DIY something.  And in this case, definitely more cost-effective too.

© Love Shack Photo

With the style of the vintage slates in mind, Ryan cut plywood into twenty 5×7 pieces.  He then stained each walnut.  I love the color choice as it warmed them up just right.

DIY chalkboard table easel

He left me to the chalkboarding part.  I taped off an inch border on each board and painted the centers with chalkboard paint.

DIY chalkboard table easel

The internet is filled with chalkboard projects so I’m sure I don’t need to go into much more detail.

DIY chalkboard table easel

Speaking of the internet, this is the point where I started shopping online for little picture easels to buy individually.  I quickly found that it was going to run at least another $100 which seemed unreasonable for table numbers.

© Love Shack Photo

Enter Ryan again.  The man with the plan.  Refreshed and recharged from his bachelor spa weekend in Woodstock.  Riiight.

Anyway, his big secret to the freestanding easel…

drumroll…PVC insulated industrial staples.

Boom.

staples

Just hammer it lightly in the back, don’t staple it. These are intended for electrical use but sure do double nicely as an indiscreet easel!  I also like that they are permanently attached as it was one less thing to keep track of in wedding planning & packing.

The secret to DIY chalkboard easel

Plus, I will be using these chalkboards as price tags/signs at popup vintage markets moving forward.

So that is the answer to the million dollar question, my friends.

© Love Shack Photo

august milk paint workshop

You asked, we listened!  There’s a new milk paint workshop on the calendar…

Who: DIYers, Paint Enthusiasts, Paint Beginners, Anyone, But Especially You!

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

What:  Introduction to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Workshop

We’ll cover the basics of mixing and working with milk paint and the companion products including the bonding agent, hemp oil and wax.  This is a hands on workshop where you’ll complete make and takes exhibiting different techniques.

mustard seed yellow milk paint nightstand palm springs vintage

When:  Saturday, August 17th, 2013  10 am – 1 pm

Where:  Impact Thrift Montgomeryville’s Community Room

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Tricycle

How:  Tickets are $95 and can be purchased here

Dropleaf Table

Bonus:  Receive 10% off all Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint purchases and 25% off all Impact Thrift furniture purchases the day of the workshop!

Milk Paint Workshop

vinyl + chrome = love

We’re just barely back from our honeymoon.  Still organizing life and most importantly all of our Brimfield finds!  However I couldn’t leave you hanging without a little dose of Circa Dee.

I’ve got a before & after for you from the archives.  I can’t hardly believe that I’ve never properly shared this project with you.  It is definitely one of my favorites around here.  In fact, there has been a debate on whether or not we should keep it for ourselves.  We don’t actually need this adorable retro dinette table & chairs however it fits in perfectly at the beach.  And we happen to have an open space for it.  Hmmm…

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Of course I didn’t take a proper before shot. More like an in progress shot after we started taking the chairs apart.  As you can see they were covered in the original vinyl which was in bad shape.  And then there was newer vinyl (not pictured) haphazardly tacked on over the original.

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Off it all came!  The chairs got updated with my modern spin on the original vinyl – bright aqua marine grade vinyl.  So fun!

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Don’t you just want to sit down?

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Now for the table… I love the original table.  Nice and solid.  What you can’t really see are all of the dings, filth and general wear & tear.  So ultimately we stripped it with the intent to stain the original wood with a more modern dark color.

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But at the end of the day we settled on a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in graphite.  I think it adds another modern punch that coordinates with the bright chairs very well.  I topped it off with a couple of cots of furniture wax.  It has a nice smooth finish.

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And check out all of those legs!  We cleaned and shined up all of that chrome which really gives off the retro vibe.  All of that gorgeous chrome is the feature that is saving the table from staying in our home.  We have all brass accents so the chrome has to go!  Too bad for us but maybe good for you?

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Wouldn’t you like to have a glass of wine at this table?

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Linking to:  Miss Mustard Seed

stool sample

Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better title for this post.
Today I want to share a sample of what happens when mixing milk paint colors.

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

But first a little eye candy from the Circa Dee space at yesterday’s Clover Market.  We had an amazing day.  I can’t thank everyone enough!  The crowds were out in full force and were snatching up lucky finds like crazy.  Here’s a bit of what we had to offer with more booth photos posted on facebook

Clover Market April 2013

Clover Market April 2013

Clover Market April 2013

Clover Market April 2013

Clover Market April 2013

Back to the post at hand…

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

Last Thursday was the first milk paint workshop where we tackled mixing the paint, using it as a stain, wash and using hemp oil.  I used this little plywood stool as a sample applying ironstone milk paint to the top.

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

At the end of the class we got crazy and mixed up the remaining colors which introduced this magnificent mauvey pink color.

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

Tricycle + Mustard Seed + Kitchen Scale + Ironstone = Mauve

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

If you want to walk on the wild side with us this week, there is still time to join.  On Thursday we will be focusing on using the bonding agent to produce a controlled, opaque finish.  And next week, we’ll be getting chippy!

I know there is an interest in a Saturday workshop.  I hear ya loud and clear my milk paint loving friends!

Let’s shoot for a date in June where we’ll do the entire workshop series in one day.  Don’t quote me just yet but what does June 15th look like for those of you that are interested?

I’d like to schedule something before everyone starts taking off on summer vacations and May is pretty much out of the question for me with the upcoming nuptials and all!

Happy Monday!