Showing posts with label Absolutely Julia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Absolutely Julia. Show all posts

07 January 2013

Suite Spaces ~ Downton Abbey Style


A brown paper package filled with Twisted Peppermint lotion...and cozy striped socks landed in the mail today.

Ten inches of new fallen snow arrived last night...

as did,

The third Series Premiere of Downton Abbey

Happy New Year, indeed!!



ps  If you fancy Downton Abbey Style, you might like my Suite Spaces Board on Pinterest.

Enjoy!

: )

Julie M.


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23 April 2012

Vintage Traditional Mirror Makeover: A Chip off the Old Marblehead



I had in mind a certain sweet color scheme for the Chippendale-Style Mirror I found at a local antique mall last month.  



Looking "refinished" and in need of a little love, I asked y'all what color you thought it wanted to be.  



Jenny, Amanda and Heidi thought a deep dusty barn red with bits of black and gold would be fabulous.


Kate was thinking, "A light purple with a nice pearl gloss." 



My friend Amy, little sister of one of my East Coast college buddies said, "A faded light blue green."


Which happens to be EXACTLY what I was thinking.



When my friend Marcia, who like Amy and her big sister, Jenn…hales from a fabulous old town just north of Boston…saw the "thumbnail" of the photo below on facebook,

She said...



It looks like an artist's rendition of Massachusetts!


How sweet is that!!


: )


Julie M.


To see more photos of this project, and others, etc…and to receive regular updates on my fabulous junking adventures and restoration projects, please follow The Little Red Shop's facebook page.  You can also visit us via My Favorite Find and Twitter.


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25 March 2012

Vintage Chippendale Mirror


I picked up this lovely vintage Chippendale-Style mirror at my local antique mall last week.  To me, it looks to have been refinished.

Therefore...


What color do you think it wants to be??

: )

Julie M.


ps  Click here to see the completed mirror.

To see more photos of my projects, etc…and to receive regular updates on my fabulous junking adventures and restoration projects, please follow The Little Red Shop's facebook page.  You can also visit us via My Favorite Find and Twitter.

11 January 2012

My Style vs Downton Abbey




Lady Mary, "Downton Abbey" via Film.com

When it comes down to what I think about Edwardian Elegance…there's really no competition.


I LOVE IT!!!



Please visit My Style board on Pinterest, to see more!  
(You might need a hankie to capture some of that drool...)



: )


Julie M. 




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09 January 2012

My Little Chest Before & After...



C'mon…what did you think I meant?


When I was little, my mom bought a bedside table and a lingerie chest at an unfinished furniture store...with every intention of making them pretty.

That didn't happened.


One day, in the late 1990's, while I was home from fashion school in L.A. to help my daddy…who had cancer, I decided it was time for a make-over.  

I hauled the chest from wherever it'd been dwelling, removed the pulls, grabbed my beloved block-sander, a gift from my big brother Bryan, and went to work.

(First, I CAREFULLY HIT IT ALL OVER WITH A HAMMER…the chest, not the sander)


After vacuuming away the dust from every nook and cranny, and wiping it down with a slightly damp cloth, I applied at least one layer of Daniel Smith's Black Acrylic Gesso.

GESSO?


Yep, gesso.



After that dried, I applied some leftover forest green paint (hey, it was the 90's) and then a layer of some sort of white.




I'm thrifty that way.


After a light sanding and an unfortunate rub of some "antiquing" variety…I gave it a good wax.
(it makes things nice and shiny without looking like plastic)


Voilà!




A couple of decades is all it took!!!
(Oh, and I swiped the knobs off of Bryan's childhood dresser to replace what was left of the ones original to the chest.  It okay…it was just housing discarded parts & tools in the garage.)




Oh, and the bedside table…it's still not pretty.


In other news,


It's the second week of the New Year…when is the last time you cleaned out & organized your handbag??
………………………………….


Happy Monday!


: )


Julie M.


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Please visit Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.









22 November 2011

Vintage Bath Stand Make-Over…the Jackson Pollock Method


If you read this before & after post, then you know that lately, I've been painting pretty much everything I can reach…in storage.


When I first found this bathing beauty, it was definitely in need of a make-over.

Don't you think?


And rest…it needed a couple of years of rest.

It was covered in gross peeling powdery flesh-colored paint…things that make you say, "Ewww!" So, a couple of weeks ago, I hauled it back to the house, gently sanded it overall to smooth out the chunky bits, wiped it down with a damp cloth, let it rest some more and then began shooting layer after layer of Krylon primer and paint at it…to see what would stick.

Brrr...

Did I mention that it's been really cold in my neck of the woods?  In any case, stick, it did.


I love Krylon!

Rusty Brown, Gray, Red, Dover White, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Some other Metallic Color, Some Kinda Blue, Satin Black

Not pleased with any of the results…I let it sit for days on the back porch.  

Waiting

Then one afternoon, without over-thinking, I fetched it, grabbed a piece of 320 sandpaper, and went to town.

I finished it off with a good paste-waxing and...

Voila!!!


Isn't it pretty?

Oh, and Pink, how could I forget Ballet Slipper Pink...I think.

{Sorry for the partial before & after shots, it was feeling a little modest, especially after its bathe.}

; )

Julie M.

Please visit Tip Junkie to see more tips, and homemade projects!

Tip Junkie handmade projects

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20 November 2011

Vintage Hidden Treasures ~ Before & After


For the last few weeks, I've been painting up a storm…trying to make the most of the weather before it started to look a little like this…


I've been collecting all sorts of lovely treasures for the shop for years…stashing them away for another day.  


Treasures in need of just a bit…or quite a lot of love, like Matt.


Poor Matt


Poor, poor Matt

He just needed to be de-glued, re-glued, sanded, primed, painted & waxed…and he needed a nice knob for his noggin.'

Don't you think?

I used a drapery rod finial and a wooden wheel meant for a toy truck for the topper.  Like everything else, I just happened to have them on hand.  


I chose to make the most of his original ensemble, and let some of his true colors shine.


Oh, hey there!
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten you.



How could I forget "My First Flakey Friends?"
(All fluffy goodness, other than the real "white stuff," by Bunnies by the Bay)


Would you have guessed that this lovely Currier & Ives kitchen stand once looked like this?!!


Mmm…that's so yummy!

I recently debated as to whether or not I would buy the vintage "beauty" and then realized that it wasn't just a decal…those babies are actual Currier & Ives tiles.


Like everything else, I just added layer after layer of paint until I thought it wanted to be done…and then I attacked it with sandpaper.  That's smooth.  

: )

Oh, and here's how the wee red stool looked while it sat in my barn, hiding away for years. 


 I had completely forgotten about it…and now…

I LOVE IT!!!


I plan to share more hidden treasures with you soon!!!



In the meantime…


Stay Warm!

: )

Julie M.

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I enjoy hearing from you.  The comment link is located just below the "You Might Also Like" and "Labels" sections at the bottom of each post.



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01 November 2011

Vintage Bedside Table Lovin'



Paint or Simply Polish?


That is the question.

Stripping...is not on the table.

: )

Julie M.


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I enjoy hearing from you.  The comment link is located just below the "You Might Also Like" and "Labels" sections at the bottom of each post.


You can also find The Little Red Shop on Facebook & Twitter


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30 October 2011

Glitter Up, Li'l Julie...


Just another quiet Sunday evening spent with Christmas crafts and cowboys…


Glitter is my True Grit.

: )


Julie M.


Click here for a better view of my farmgirl grandma's aunties.

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I enjoy hearing from you.  The comment link is located just below the "You Might Also Like" and "Labels" sections at the bottom of each post.


You can also find The Little Red Shop on Facebook & Twitter


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04 March 2011

Playing Dress-Up, Ruffles & Rust Pt III


I really wanted to wear this li'l Anthropologie jacket to the

Ruffles & Rust Hat Spectacular


So, I searched high & low for the wee chapeau my paternal grandmother wore to my parents' wedding in 1965.

My grandparents with my great grandma Beda

My great grandmother immigrated from Sweden at the turn of the 20th Century & went home to be with the Lord shortly before I arrived on the scene.  I've never had to wonder what I'll look like when I get older.  I inherited her dominant genes...along with several of her handbags, hats, pretty shoes and costume jewelry.  My grandma gave me some of her own smart accessories, too.  
Thank you, grandma!

 I've yet to find her dainty red hat, but no worries, it will turn up and maybe it wouldn't have matched the jacket anyway.  And...I did find a few new treasures at Ruffles & Rust to add to my "dress-up trunk!"

Would you like to see them?


Turquoise Rose Brooch/Hair Clip 

&

Decoupaged Tear Drop Pendant Necklace


Tippy Stockton


Weathered Rose Hooks

&



Small Glass Knob



The French Farmhouse



Li'l Shiny Baubles
Seabold Vintage Market


Thank you, ladies! 

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Do you remember the colorful aprons I found at Pier I the day of my wee friend Emma's birthday party?


Well, I bought this dress-form there that day, too!

This is the skirt I wore to the first Ruffles & Rust back in October.  It was created by deconstructing a vintage 1980's wedding dress.  A thrifty find, I thought the ruffled train would look lovely as the front of the skirt.  Thank you, mama (the seamstress)!

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As time passed and I continued to NOT find my grandma's wee hat, which I thought would have been the perfect representation for The Little Red Shop, something else came to mind.  Something else that is very near and dear to me that represents all that my blog has been about lately...

Roots & Road Trips

When I asked my mom what SHE was thinking about wearing to the Ruffles & Rust Hat Spectacular, she said...

"I'd kind of like to just go as a little old lady."

Ha!

Photo credit:  Come Junk With Us

How cute is she!

My mama is wearing a li'l Confluence duo & jewelry from the boutique where I apprenticed worked whilst still in college...which is also when I made the black velvet hat from scraps of fabric, buckram, and millinery wire.

I'm wearing a vintage ruffled blouse, Tippy Stockton necklace, woven purse from Peabody, Mass., Ann Taylor skirt {w/ crinolines}, and....

 ...my daddy's ol' road trip hat.

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Shortly after that picture was taken, a gal came up to me in one of the booths and said something like...

"I'm not stalking you, I promise!  I just have to know what you have on your feet, because if you're wearing sneakers it will just ruin the entire thing!"

Ha!

No sneakers.


My cowgirl boots are from Montana...just like my daddy's hat!


Happy Weekend!


: )

Julie M.

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