Antiques, Consignments, and Flea Markets. Oh my!

One of my favorite things to do is to explore antique shops! My love for antiques started with the old milk jugs that people have out on their front steps. Shortly after that, I fell in love with the old blue Ball mason jar and their beautiful aqua color! I started researching these items and enjoyed reading about the history behind them. It’s so interesting to learn how people used these items back in the day.

Anyways, I went exploring this week and found some treasures to add to our home.

I found a few pieces of milk glass to add to my collection. I have a bunch of this stuff but only had a few of the hobnail variety which is my favorite.

 antique fenton hobnail milk glass

Next, I picked up a turquoise/aqua glass insulator…

antique turquoise glass hemingray insulator

and some old wooden hangers that I could use to hang any number of things. I’m thinking they’ll be great for hanging Andrew’s artwork/crafts someday! 🙂

antique wood wire hanger

I also found this turquoise wire mason jar basket. I’ve been on the hunt for turquoise lately but am very picky in selecting the “right” turquoise. I thought this was the “perfect” Tiffany blue color. It’s such a great summer color!

antique turquoise wire basket ball mason jar

Lastly, this old window. This is the perfect size for one of our walls and I have plans for an upcoming DIY with this baby. Stay tuned!

antique vintage old wood white window

This post just got me all excited for the Brimfield Flea Market/Antique Show that’s coming up in less than two weeks! What are your favorite antique treasures/shops?


Distressed Wood Family Established Sign

First, I measured the piece of wood for the sign which was 24 in wide by 6 in high.

Then, I laid out the text in a 24×6 document on the computer. I used Adobe Illustrator but you can use any word editor like Microsoft Word. Next, I reversed the text in my document (so it read backwards, I’ll explain why below) and then printed it on two 8.5×11 pieces of paper and taped them together since I can’t make really large prints with my printer.

To distress my sign, I took a hammer and flat head screwdriver and started denting the wood. You can use anything that will leave a mark to distress your board. I did this as randomly as possible to get a more natural look.

diy distressed wood family established name date sign

I then proceeded to stain my sign with Minwax Jacobean which came out a bit darker than I had hoped. minwax jacobean diy distressed wood family established name date sign

For the next step, there are many different ways to get the lettering onto the wood. For this project, I traced (outlined) the text with pencil, printed (ink) side up (the side with the reversed text). Make sure to press down hard enough while tracing and do it a few times over so you really have a good line around the letters. Next, I flipped over the paper and placed it onto the board and traced it again. The first side that you traced should leave an outline of the letters onto the board.

diy distressed wood family established name date sign

This isn’t a great picture, but you can sort of see the outlined text.

diy distressed wood family established name date sign

Finally, I used a white paint marker to fill in the letters.

Voila! A distressed wood sign!

diy distressed wood family established name date sign

Quick, spray painted vintage shutter

I love the look of an old shutter and there’s so much you can do with them!

My father-in-law picked me up this old, green shutter and I knew there were so many possibilities with it so I got to work.

old vintage diy shutter

First, I gave it a good sanding! It really needed it because the painted was chipping all over the place.

This shutter actually made me a little nervous because I’m sure that nasty, green paint had lead in it so I made sure to use a mask and gloves.

Next, I started spray painting it Rust-Oleum Heirloom White.

spray paint shutter rust-oleum heirloom white

Here’s the final shutter! I love changing the wreath on it for each season!

It’s amazing how a little spray paint can go a long way!

old vintage rust-oleum heirloom white spray painted shutter

Fast forward to today

We have come a long way since we first bought the place and are continuing to put a lot of work into it.

It’s true when people say you’re always working on and improving your home!

Here is the front. We are currently spreading gravel around the yard so please excuse the random piles you may see.

home flip house renovation diy fixer upper

Right side view.

home flip house renovation diy fixer upper

Left side view.

home flip house renovation diy fixer upper

Finally, the back view. Please excuse the absurd amount of different color brown chairs. 🙂 We put this deck in last fall (which I will write about in another post) so this is our first time using it and we need to figure out the furniture arrangements etc.

home flip house renovation diy fixer upper

That’s the short story of where we started to where we are today and that was only on the exterior just wait ’til we get inside! 😛