I love this time of the year. Here in Missouri, we have garage sales on Wednesday mornings (which often run later in the afternoon), sometimes on Fridays and always, always on Saturdays. I have such fond memories of finding good deals at garage sales when I was a child. Well, not much has changed in 20+ years. I still get giddy with excitement when I find a good deal at garage sales! I LOVE it! Just the anticipation of the potential out there... and the whole atmosphere! I can think of nothing I'd rather do on a Saturday morning than wake up early to blue skies, grab a donut and head on out, hunting for my next project!
And I love seeing what people find, so I'm going to share with you some finds and a makeover! :)
See that big china cabinet in the back? My fav. I just love the legs and the ornate carving and details... *sigh* I picked that up at a garage sale.
The desk I got at an estate sale, as well as 2 of the chairs you see there. I really liked their cane sides and could imagine it really cute with some grain sack-esque reupholstery. We shall see when I can get around to them! My sewing machine needs to be repaired. :(
Anyhow, I agonized for 2 weeks about how I was going to finish the cabinet. I saw lots of inspiration online, but so many things just seemed too dark to me. I wanted something with a little color, but not too bold. I wanted it almost white, but not. Something pastel, but with character. I fell in love with this inspiration:
I love the idea of having something minty in the bathroom. And so I created my own minty cabinet for a bathroom.
I think my minty color has a little more blue in it perhaps? But I love it. I was originally going for what Annie Sloan calls "Cricket" (a mix of Provence and Old White). But when I mixed 8 parts of old white with 1 part of Provence, it looked nothing like that little color swatch.
Turns out, half and half makes a lovely shade of pale aqua that looked more like what Cricket was supposed to look like!
It was a little bright at first (which would be lovely for something!) but for this piece, because the shape was so antique and ornate, I wanted to give it a little texture and tone down the brightness.
On a side note, I picked up this antique chair on St Vincent de Paul for only $12! Such a cute chair, and I just may keep it as is!
Can we talk for a minute about this awesome door? It originally had glass just inside the door, but I didn't really like it. I wanted the inside to be able to breathe! Any of you who have bought antiques know how important it is to air those babies out! ;)
Let's peak inside, shall we? :) Those coral washcloths were begging to be paired with all this mint!
Linens and towels, sea grass baskets, and of course some bathroom essentials like: cotton balls, q-tips, bath salts, imported soaps, hand creams and hand washes.. all in some vintage Ball jars, or in clear canisters.
I placed some old bottles I had collected that had that lovely blue/green tint to them. Not a useful purpose, but pretty! And it visually balances out the wire/burlap basket holding toilet paper.
I really can't get enough of these flowers! Paired with an old tin pitcher, and you have a juxtaposition of old and new that really never gets old! :)
I am in love.
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