One morning a few months ago I set out on my treasure hunting route feeling extraordinarily optimistic. You know when you know there is a good treasure waiting for you and you just have to uncover it. Yes, that feeling!
The morning was off to a slow start though. I hit several garage sales not turning up much more than then 1970’s ceramics. But I knew the show stopping piece was out there. The next stop was sort of barn sale at the end of a grassy lane. I felt this one had promise until I got inside the dusty building and found nothing more than tools. No cute wooden toolboxes but nails, wrenches and the like. Not my thing.
I did another lap around the building feeling dissatisfied but not quite ready to leave. It is like a game of hot/cold and I was getting warm. I knew it had to be there. That’s when I spotted a wine-press off to the side. An antique, oak wine-press! It was dusty, dirty and smelled acidic but I knew this was the treasure waiting for me and it certainly had potential. It was screaming table to me.
Then that thing happened when someone expresses interest in a one-of-a-kind piece. Suddenly everyone is interested and a near bidding war ensues. As a buyer, this is extremely irritating but as a seller it is wonderful. Being the buyer in this scenario, I found the other shopper to be in poor form as he elbowed in on my negotiation insinuating that he was going to use the press as intended to make wine. Of course, it was evident that I wasn’t and merely loved the rustic patina. I’ve always been a form over function girl. I quickly handed the seller my cash and rolled it down the lane before anyone could change their mind.
After a thorough cleaning and the perfect 48 inch glass topper, we have ourselves a beautiful table. A swanky, rustic table fit for sipping cocktails and noshing at while admiring the craftsmanship of the press. I have to admit that this one was almost a keeper. We really love how it fit in our little dining nook. But I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, “We can’t keep them all.”
This one of a kind beauty is up for sale at The West End Garage.
Our latest upcycled victim is a fantastic old crate which was once a chicken coop. I’d imagine that chickens were transported to and from auction in this coop. Feathers flying as the birds were off to find a new farm to call home.
The coop is larger than most that I’ve seen in the past and a bit more rudimentary in construction. The wear and aging on the wood can’t be matched. It has that perfectly weathered & washed out color that retailers like Restoration Hardware try to replicate.
We removed the door from the top of the coop as it was raised and not conducive to a new life as a coffee table. Over the opening there is now a large piece of glass making it functional again. We added casters to elevate the coop to coffee table height and, of course making it mobile.
I always love a good coop coffee table. We’ve transformed a few over the years! This one is for sale at The West End Garage.
Did you spy the Victorian pink baluster lamp? Another new upcycle from Circa Dee! This one might be a keeper though. It’s still up in the air. We’re working on this living space so we’ll see how things shake out. That color & patina though…
We’ve been busy over at the cottage the past couple of weekends. We’re working to get it to a point that it can be enjoyed this summer with minimal project disruption. The deck was power washed and we found an adorable vintage wrought iron patio set that is a perfect fit for the space. We gifted it to my dad for his birthday a few weeks ago. We commonly surprise them with perfectly scaled furniture that they didn’t know they needed. It seems totally normal when you’re in this profession. Maybe not?
We have a similar vintage patio set that will be hitting The West End Garage very soon along with this great bench that we all secretly want to keep…
Last weekend, for a pre-Mother’s Day celebration, I put together a pretty, spring tablescape where we enjoyed happy hour after a long day of projects. I started with a fantastic vintage floral, fringed tablecloth layered with pansy dishes and vintage Vera napkins. We added a grouping of upcycled candlesticks to the mix that Ryan and I just completed. I love how they turned out.
We sat on the deck listening to the seagulls while indulging in the most delicious treats from Shari’s Berries.
Naturally we texted photos of the chocolate covered strawberries, cherries and cheesecake to my brothers, who weren’t present, to be sure they upped their game for our deserving Mom this Mother’s Day. Nothing like a friendly sibling rivalry!
But really, how can you top decadent chocolate and that fun vintage tablescape? Get mom her own chocolate covered berries at Shari’s Berries!