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

staycation

I love staycations!  I spent the last 3 days shopping, antiquing, junking, painting, crafting & gardening.  The exterior of our house is full on Christmas now while the inside is still celebrating Thanksgiving.  I also managed to find some Christmas gifts.  Geez, I’m exhausted come to think of it! 

Now onto the treasures…

I made it to several estate sales, an antique mall, junk shop, a flea market and an auction.  So here are the highlights.  I will spare you the shiny brites (there were many) and glass bottles (only a few).

A coveted petite aqua fan…

A pile of crusty, rusty funnels and a hose head – all with great patina and even a few graphics! I have a future project lined up for these.

A little old US postal scale.

Two sets of old hooks with a great green base. These came out of an old gas station. They were used for hanging hoses and things. I am thinking they would look pretty in a bathroom or mudroom.

A vintage Christmas tea towel.

Ok I have a problem. I bought another retro cooler. This one is aluminum.  Why? Why?

You think that is bad. Wait until you see what I am hoarding inside the cooler. More enamelware. I can’t stop. I need to. I have a problem. That is the first step though right? Admitting I have a problem.

A cute old cupcake pan.

And some architectural salvage. A chippy board, another frame and a huge spindle…all purchased with projects in mind.

That’s all folks…

Linking to:
Her Library Adventures

did you see

Hey there!  Did you happen to catch the episode of Kitchen Impossible on the DIY Network that my friends were on a couple of weeks ago?  If so, you may be wondering the sources for some of the amazingness that now resides in their kitchen.  See below for deets.

If you are lame like me and missed the ep, don’t fret we have another opportunity to catch it tomorrow, Friday the 18th at 5 pm!  A second chance to see it.

You may remember my ‘before’ post showing the old kitchen.  Well here are the ‘before and after’ pictures so you can really see the amaaazing transformation.  Tune in for the show if you haven’t already to see the ‘during’.  They uncovered some pretty interesting things behind those old walls. 

Onto the eye candy…

Remember the retro red enamel top table? Well, the designers let them keep it…annnnd pretty much created the entire new kitchen around it!

Gorge right?  Let’s see more…the built in AC is GONE! Whew.  Look at all of the natural light that has replaced it!  The old cabinets are GONE too.  The new farmhouse inspired cabinets are a beaut.  They are from Wellborn. 

You will notice that the layout of the room has changed.  That really wasn’t a flaw in the old room so the designers kept it.


Did you see the sink and countertops?? Soapstone!  A soapstone farmhouse sink.  I’m not gonna lie, I am jealous!  They came locally from Stone Masters in Kennett Square, PA – the mushroom capital of the world.

Remember the white appliances?  Check out their fab retro inspired replacements.

The left counter is a butcher block.  The butcher block and flooring are from Totally Bamboo.

Need a closer look at the red appliances?  They are by a company called Big Chill.  Aren’t they cool?  And have you ever seen anything quite like it?

For the big bright wall…it wasn’t so bad before but now it is useful with some cute built ins!  Built ins!  BUILT INS!

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the new kitchen and it is so perfect.  It is like Rosie the Riveter and Old MacDonald had a love child in the form of a kitchen.  Who knew you could do retro and farmhouse together so well? 

Don’t forget…tomorrow 5pm EST DIY Network. Second viewing.

 

 

 

P.S. The Poppies and Petals giveaway is still going on but you are running out of time to enter to win a package valued at $80!