Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Project

Happy Valentine's Day

Sweet Terry brought me home this beautiful bouquet of love.  Each Valentine's Day he brings me a bouquet of all my favorite flowers.  Hydrangea's, pink carnations and beautiful white roses.  Reminds me that Spring and Summer are hopefully around the corner soon for us here in the midwest.

I am working on a new project to show you soon.  What on earth is this you ask?  Well stay tuned and I will be showing you soon what this will be transformed and re loved into.  Peggy my design assistant is curious too!

I will give you a hint.  These were made in the early 60's by a company right here in Chicago called Saginaw.  I have been looking for one of these pieces for awhile.  They are rare to find in great condition like this one was.  I had to drive to Fondulac Wisconsin about a 2.5 hour drive from where I live in Illinois to snatch up this piece.  It was well worth the trip in a snow storm I might add to get this beautiful piece of history.

As you have heard me say we are learning to live small and utilize and be creative with the space we have.   We are working creatively so this tiny house can accommodate our needs.  This piece is going to be a great piece to have in this tiny cottage home.

Stay tuned hopefully this weekend I will have this piece ready to show in it's new re loved style.

Terry and his mighty tools have been working hard on this piece to make it new and pretty for our cottage decor.

Have a beautiful day.  Happy Valentine's Day.
xoxo
Kris

Monday, February 5, 2018

New Project Reveal





Remember these two treasures found.  I said I had a vision for both of these lovelies! My vision was to incorporate these pieces into a new kitchen island.


My vision originally was to use this frame for the top of the island.  That did not work so instead we framed out the french pastry sign for the front of the island.

I think it looks pretty good on the front of the island framing out the french sign.

Terry used wood he had and we bought a six panel in stock door from Home Depot for the sides of the island.  Used left over molding from the remodel of the basement.
Found these stools on a resale site.

I would have loved to have found an old vintage door for the sides but no luck. So the in stock door was the solution.  Terry used moldings for the top and bottom to frame the island.


Here we go.  Here is the new Island painted pretty.






I love this old french stenciled sign for the front of the island framed out with the old vintage frame.  It is hard to see in the picture but the detail to the old frame is still there even with painting it white.








The backside of the island is open so the ladder back chairs can fit under there.  Plenty of leg room for us to sit comfortably at the island.

Great story about these Ballard chairs.  I went to 5 yes 5 different Home Goods stores, Pier One and a few furniture stores looking for the perfect stools for this island.  Could not find what I wanted.  They were too dark or too big etc.

Then I found these stools on Ballards and put them in my cart.  They were on sale for $125 each plus a $20 dollar surcharge for shipping.  We had to leave for a family outing so I left them in the cart to finish my transaction later that evening when I would return home. 

In the meantime I was fooling around on my phone at a resale place and OMG found these exact two stools from Ballards being sold on this site for $50 for the set.  I emailed the girl selling them and found out she only lived 15 minutes from me and she also said she would take my offer of $20 each. 

What a score and I saved myself so much money.  Terry could not believe that they were the same chairs from Ballards.  When we picked them up sure enough they had the Ballard tags still on the legs of the chairs.  SCORE!!!! 

They were in the dark wood as you could see above in the before picks and a little too high but some paint and Terry and his mighty tools to shorten them we had a win win on these stools.

Now the new island ties into the butcher block counters in the kitchen.  Makes the two rooms feel as one now.









Taking a crusty old frame and a pretty stenciled french pastry shop sign along with some left over wood and trims and you can imagine and create a beautiful island.

I have to give a big thank you to my hubby Terry and his amazing tools.  He took my vision and made it come to life.

Now we can sit and have coffee in the morning at this sweet island.

Wishing all of you a wonderful start to the new week.
Yeah!  for February.
Love that it is a short month and then we can slide on into March and hopefully an early spring!

Hugs,
Kris


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