Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vintage Mailbox Makeover

I recently set out on a quest to find something unique that would work as a "mail holder" inside our home. I came across this perfect vintage mailbox and knew it would do the job.


However, I was not really into the color. Love mint....don't get me wrong...just was looking for something with a little age. So, I picked up a paint brush and got to work. I decided blue would be a more universal color since I am sure I will change the location of the mailbox 100 times. A piece of sandpaper, Vasoline, and some leftover paint, I felt that I had a completely "new" old mailbox.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Before & After: Living Room Tour

If you are an apartment renter, you know you have to make the most use of your space. Luckily, we found a very spacious apartment, large enough to be a small home. I still had to choose wisely with decorating and find ways to create more storage. Here is the living room section of our home. This room is one large open space with the kitchen and the dining room. Those Before & After's will be in separate posts. For now, I focused more on the details of the living room.
I hope you enjoy this space as much as we do :)              

He is NEVER not with me.

Mackenzie Childs Coasters. My favorite thing in the living room & also matches my teapot shown here..One of my Favorite Things

I put a candle inside of one of my favorite pots. I love how the candle glows in the dark.

I purchased this bird's nest art at Brimfield for $1. I cut it to make it fit my favorite frame.

Coat/ Dog Leash hooks at the entranceway

A quick reminder every time I enter and leave our home.

The first purchase for the room. I LOVE old barns and knew it would be a great focal point for the room. Still need to get a better frame, but this works for now.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Before & After: Bathroom Tour

Finally, some pictures of our bathroom makeover. Unfortunately, I took pictures after it was painted, but you get the idea. (it was the standard white previously)
I felt like this room was a chance to use a fun pop of color since it is the room most widely used.
Before (Actually after we painted)
I enjoy the brightness of the room with the hint of orange that makes me happy. :) Just feels "homier" now.

I wanted to add texture to the "blah" room with some patterns.

This picture and "lost socks" wall hanging lives to the right of the sink. Loved the dark distressed frame.
Enjoy this day.
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Nyack Street Fair Recap & Beautiful Lessons Learned

Never did I expect the unbelievable turnout at the Nyack Street Fair on July 13! When I first had the guts to apply as a vendor, I knew the amount of people that attend this event, because I am one of them every street fair. I knew it was filled with tons of jewelry vendors and knew it would be a great opportunity to show something different....vintage finds and rustic distressed furniture, but would everyone think the same way I did?

By 6:30 am...the day already felt long. My poor fiancé took on the enormous job of lugging the furniture down to the car to unload at our location on the street. Since this was my first time as a vendor, I decided it would be best to only bring a few pieces, not too large, as a trial. Plus, we only lived a street away from our location, so what did we really have to lose?

Up we went with our tent and the small furniture pieces and a few vintage finds all started to fit together. I had set up a mock display a few days prior to the event to see how I wanted things arranged. It came to me quicker than I expected. I put myself in a "shopper's shoes." What would I want to see if I was shopping for furniture? (which is like EVERYDAY!)

I had two banners created with the SoiledRotten logo and also made some bunting with leftover fabric and burlap. Within twenty minutes, the tent was set up, I was satisfied, and so grateful to be a part of the busy event.

I was ready to accept all, if anything, that the day would bring my way. I thought that the worse case scenario would be if no one was interested in my product then I would sit with Joe and people watch all day. Luckily, that was not the case. My first purchase of a vintage globe started at the initial hour that the fair was open to the public. Not only did the purchase get me even more excited to see what the day brings, but the lovely ladies that said they were so excited to see something than "the same 'ol crap" made my day! Happily, they were not the only customers with those types of comments.

I felt BLESSED. Many fair attendees admired my work. They were so kind to offer compliments on my furniture and be interested in the stories behind the old vintage finds. The insight that the customers gave or the complimentary passer-by-ers gave were more valuable than any purchase that could have been made. This beyond boosted my confidence in my creativity and gave me a permanent smile to know it was appreciated by others. After every nice remark, I heard a soft whisper of my other half's voice saying "I told you that you are talented. Now believe it." Words I will never forget.

The day was a huge success. I have networked, developed admirers of my painting, and learned more lessons about my target customers than I ever thought possible. This fair was a beautiful lesson learned.
Toy Chest SOLD


Raquets, Globe, Briefcase SOLD



Antique scales and these 2 pieces of furniture are still for sale. (Is it sick that I secretly wanted to keep the blue shelving unit for myself?)

Feeling Blessed.
I create because you believe in me. Thank you.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Before & After Tea Tray Makeover

Happy Monday!
Who doesn't look breakfast in bed?

I received this tea tray from Teavana as a gift last Christmas. It was a great gift idea along with an adorable tea set that just makes me smile when I use it.

However, the tray had one problem. The lacquer shiny finish would allow food or tea/coffee to slide all over the place causing spillage. You definitely do not want coffee spilling on your new white sheets! So, I had a plan.
I decided to give the tray a makeover. I used paint with a chalky finish to allow for resistance against the bottom of a cup or saucer and avoid the possibility of spilling. I used a stencil in the middle of the tray to add some colorful, yet calming design. After the makeover, the tray has a subtle warn look with a modern design. I am so happy with the "After" results.


I'm also working on posts from yesterday's Nyack Street Fair. What a success! Stay tuned :)
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