Some Boho love…

Every once in a while you need to switch things up. Go in an unexpected direction. Add some color, blend some paint and free your mind. Boho style has always been a favorite of mine. After painting antique white furniture for months, I am ready.

My favorite piece of furniture to paint are these small commodes. Some are fancy and some are plain. They are available at auctions for a reasonable price and are easy to move. My hubby is limiting my large furniture purchases. No problem, I’ll just purchase three or four of these pieces to make up for one large piece.

I started with a custom mixed blue General Finishes milk paint and then blended a deep purple around the edges. Add white, pink, more purple and more blue in every shade available. When blending paint I keep a cup white a small amount of water in it and keep dipping my brush in the water over and over. Blending all the layers together.

You can see the purple that is blended in the crevasses and the edges. Finished off with a white wash. There are no rules when blending paint, use the colors that move you and paint how you want to paint.

I waxed the entire piece with a white wax and then finished with glass crystal handles.

This piece sold after posting pics on my business Facebook page to a friend who was redecorating her spare bedroom. On to the next piece.

Peace, love & junk,


Winter Decor

Well, winter has finally arrived here in the Country. After weeks of rain and 65° temperatures it is cold. It’s January so we are ready for cozy, comfy winter decor. Ready, it’s time to brighten your decor up with some warm winter whites!

I am still using my spool trees and vintage pillar trees to add color. They will stay out for awhile now, as they look like the real thing right out our window.

Little vintage tables filled with vintage goodies are always perfect for little nooks in your home.

I have been in a chippy, shabby mood lately with my furniture pieces. Lightly distressed is more my style, just enough to let the natural wood shine through.

This vintage server recently received a new coat of paint and clear wax too. Added some crystal knobs for some bling and a touch of light distressing. Your cozy winter decor will take you through the long winter months!

Peace, love & Junk,


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A copper delight!

When I purchased this little vintage washstand on the Facebook Marketplace site it was a royal blue. The lady I bought it from, no longer had room for it and stated it belonged to her great Aunt. Unfortunately, I never took a before pic. Why, no time, no energy, just in a life has me down kinda mood.

In my mind I had a picture of the finished piece….it would be painted antique white, some French typography, waxed with ebony wax and a layer of copper in the wash basin. I nailed It!

Painted in two coats of General Finishes antique white milk paint, hand drawn graphics with an oil Sharpie. My favorite graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

I could picture the copper lining and knew what I wanted, so I sent my hubby on a mission to find it. Everywhere he looked it was commercial grade copper for construction and was very expensive. The idea and vision in my mind was crushed. So I started searching on the internet. Hobby Lobby to the rescue. They sell very thin rolls of copper for crafts and jewelry at a reasonable price, so I scooped it up. It would take two rolls and lots of tiny nails to attach it. But my vision was coming to life. I love it when a plan comes together.

I love when a plan comes together. Even if I hadn’t been able to find the copper, it still would have been a cute piece.

It is now at the vintage boutique waiting to go to a new home.

Peace, love & Junk,


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Just breathe…

I have to tell myself to….just breathe! Life can change in an instant and you can never go back. When this year started out with a phone call in the middle of the night that my adult son was in the emergency room, I knew this year would be a whirlwind.

Well, I was right. From my son’s nearly severed ankle, to my Moms open heart surgery, two strokes, pneumonia and fractured back, just to start. We gained temporary custody of my eight year old grandson in May and we are adjusting to life with a talkative, vivacious and smart eating machine. Mind you, we have been empty nesters for fifteen years. It’s not uncommon for my hubby to plan a two week motorcycle trip and then leave for several weeks. Or for me to spend hours in the studio, not realizing what time it is and that I haven’t eaten all day.

So I am just now getting back in the studio and creating everything I can in a twenty four hour day. Sleep is overrated when you have a creative spirit!

My past several days have been in the studio, then delivering and staging vintage furnishings.

As I’m going through my day, I find that I need to remind myself to……just breathe. For the planet will still spin, the work will go on and I will make it.

Creating and music keep my soul happy, so don’t be surprised if you hear Van Morrison playing on Pandora in the studio and I am covered in paint!

Peace, love & Junk,


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I’ll take Sping!

Our space at Vintage Groves 116, Perrysburg, Ohio.

Who’s ready for Spring? This girl is! Our winter here in N.W. Ohio has been made up of 70° temps, snow {lots of it}, several ice storms, with over one half inch of ice and 65 mph winds. So you can guess why I’m ready for Spring?

A little bit vintage, a little bit Spring and a little bit new.

Our customers are wanting new and vintage pieces to mix with their decor. So by adding some green moss bunnies, a really heavy metal rabbit, a vintage inspired bucket and some antique pillar candlesticks all on top of four drawer vintage dressser, I’m going for all the spring feels! Do you decorate for all the seasons? So do you change out your decor or just add pops of the season? I have so many favorite pieces in my home that I leave up all the time, that I add pops of the season. Christmas decor is a whole different story for a later date!

More bunnies, moss balls and my handmade candlestick holders.

This beautiful antique vanity is showing off my handmade pillar candlesticks and my vintage pillar candlesticks. Add some bunnies and a Whiting & Davis clutch purse. Who can resist…

Various types of vintage galvanized buckets hold some faux flowers.

I can’t resist a bucket, any type, any style it’s in my hand and I’m up at the register. Add some graphics and some flowers faux or real and they are perfect, inside or out.

Bunnies, bunnies and more bunnies.

Check out the bunnies and then check out the reflection in the mirror. So many fabulous pieces at Vintage Groves 116, Perrysburg, Ohio.

Pillows are my jam!

You can change the feel in your home by changing out your pillows. These bright peonies in a blue mason jar are screaming Spring on this pillow.

Funky Junk from the Country

Well I can feel the sunshine and smell springtime. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting our space at Vintage Groves 16, Perrysburg, Ohio. If you are lucky enough to live in N.W. Ohio stop by and visit. If not, peruse my post and drop me a line.

Thank you from the bottom of my vintage heart & soul.

Peace, love & Junk, 


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Oh la la…

I am a French typography junkie. I’ve drawn it on dressers, cabinets, tables, toolboxes, signs, trays, suitcases…and on and on. If it stands still long enough, it’s fair game to draw on.

This is a vintage suitcase that had problems with the leather, as it was fraying everywhere. This style is my absolute favorite, what can I say. The shape, the color, the wear and tear just add to it’s beauty. I use both white and black oil Sharpies to draw with. The results are fabulous, saving one more old suitcase at a time. I have a large suitcase collection and I do not draw on every suitcase, just the ones beyond repair!

The old train station suitcases are so fun to draw on. Check out a few here that I have done over the past couple of years!

The Graphics graphics

A couple more for your viewing pleasure!

This graphic is beautiful whether it’s on a suitcase or on a buffet. After drawing it on several different pieces in different sizes and colors, they are all so beautiful and unique.

Oh these graphics are so cool and really add a beautiful touch to a vintage piece that may not be style ready for your decor.

Oh that bee and the crown, this graphic is so much fun. I drew it on a pink small dresser and waxed it with a black wax, it sold in two days. The pink milk paint was a custom mix, it was such a soft pastel pink. By doing the graphics in black and then waxing it in ebony, it gave it that really old chippy shabby feel. Here it is!

Different size suitcases and colors are always fun to find. When I see one in disrepair, I know right away I can rescue it!

I could go on and on with pics of my french typography suitcases. Hope you enjoy and next time you see a ratty suitcase think of me and my repurpose with French typography!

Peace, love & Junk,


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The Bicycle Dresser

  If you had seen this dresser at the auction, would you purchase it?  I did.  It will go from drab to fab, with lamp black milk paint, furniture polish, an oil Sharpie and glass vintage style knobs.  Add some time, hard work and music, it will become the “Bicycle Dresser”.

  My husband purchased this dresser at an auction and thought we could just put a price tag on it and take it to antique mall to sell.  After we unloaded it and looked at it again, there was quite a bit of veneer that was missing around the corners of the drawers and on the bottom piece of the dresser.  The wood was in such great shape in the middle of the drawers, it would be a shame to paint the entire dresser. What to do with it then?

  I had wanted to draw graphics on a piece in its natural wood and this might just be that piece.  So I took all the drawers out and my husband filled them and sanded them to take care of the missing and frayed veneer.  Lamp black milk paint from General Finishes is a favorite of mine and I would paint the frame of the dresser and about an inch of the outside edges of all the drawers.  The wood fill would need to be painted and covered.

Now to decide on a graphic. My go to place for graphics is The Graphics After choosing the graphic, it’s time to start drawing. After using the bicycle graphic several times, in different sizes, I feel comfortable drawing it. I use oil Sharpies to draw with and love the results. Against the natural wood on the dresser it really looks amazing. I’m so excited that I chose this dresser and this graphic to try this technique! I’m always trying to grow and try new techniques to keep my pieces fresh and to keep me in love with creating.

After the graphics I will need to paint about an inch at the end of each drawer to cover the fill. I choose to draw the graphics prior to painting to make sure I had enough room for the full graphic and it fit so nicely. Quite often I add a little something or take away a little from each graphic I draw. This time it’s the complete graphic. After drawing on each piece I need to step back and make sure the graphic is complete. I’m not perfect and often miss something in the graphic or add a little extra, yet overall…I’m happy with the results.

Up next…I need to add the glass vintage inspired knobs. I love these knobs and have them in three different sizes. The large size is what I used on this dresser and they look fabulous. After completing hundreds of dressers, my go to glass knobs are a signature of my pieces.

Well it’s almost reveal time. It’s cold outside and my studio will have to do for a photo.

Off to the vintage market it went. It was purchased by a couple in North Carolina and would make the trip down south wrapped in blankets. Enjoy, now on to the next one!

The House Market, Maumee, Ohio

Thank you so much for stopping by and following along my journey of Junk. I’m off to find my next project.

Peace, love & Junk,


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“Dream Big Little One” Dresser

We purchased this dresser at auction and it was all in tact. A pretty mirror, dresser drawers and the little closet attached. While moving it out of the truck, a little mishap took place and the mirror slid out and fell on the floor of the box truck. We took the frame off and I said “No problem, I’ll make it a chalkboard”. And, that’s just what it became. Things don’t always work out exactly as you plan them…they turn out better!

There were some spots that needed to be filled and the drawers needed to be adjusted so they would fit properly again. After that it was ready for paint. My go to paint is General Finishes Milk Paint in antique white. This piece would take three coats of paint to cover the entire piece. The frame where the mirror once was, has been replaced with a spare piece of wood that was painted with black chalkboard paint. Then the fun part starts. What fun you might ask? Choosing a graphic to draw on the door. My hubby told me this one was made for the vintage Ballerina graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

I have drawn this graphic several times before on different pieces and sizes of furniture, so I knew I enjoyed drawing it. It is a challenge, yet fun. I print out the graphic on graph paper and then fold the paper into four sections. This allows me to determine where the center is and the start drawing the graphics on my piece of furniture. I use oil Sharpies and love them. I have fifty different black oil Sharpie’s in different size tips for drawing.

After the graphics are completed the piece is ready for wax. I use ebony wax from BriWax and find it easy to use over milk paint. After brushing the wax on, in small sections, I will then rub the whole furniture piece with steel wool. This gives it an old age/vintage look, almost like the graphics have been there for years.

Glass knobs will be added, they just look classic to me and are my favorite. I added a simple name to the chalkboard for fun. Then it’s time for staging and…Photography.

And, it is up next. I love the color of the vintage gold velvet jewelry box against the black and white. Both the jewelry box and the old straw hat were picked up at an auction too.

It’s always fun to step back and look at your hard work and accomplishment.

This piece will be going to the antique mall. Hopefully it will find an owner who will enjoy it for years to come. So, dream big little one as you dance on.

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Moonlight with a French Twist

After completing numerous antique white dressers with French typography in ebony, it’s time for something a little different. Antique white painted vintage furniture sells, so I find myself painting a lot of it. It sells really well, yet quite often everyone is painting in antique white. So it’s time for a dresser I call “Moonlight”. See this vintage dresser go from tired to truly beautiful.

My favorite style of dresser to paint are the small dressers with detail and scrollwork. Even in disrepair, there is still so much potential. This dresser had numerous water rings on the top and wear and tear on the drawers. My hubby would fill the holes for the handles on the dresser and then drill a new hole for my crystal knobs. I don’t typically sand my pieces before painting them, but this one needed it. Next up paint.

Well it’s been quite some time since I painted a piece in Lamp Black, I’m ready now. If you’ve followed me for any time now, you know that I use General Finishes Milk Paint and love it. Painting a furniture piece in black can be difficult and I suggest having sufficient light when painting. It will make it so much easier to spot if you missed anything.

Three light coats of paint should cover your piece. I will have a very subtle amount of distressing to finish the piece, more to follow. Next up my favorite part, french typography.

My favorite site for graphics is The Graphics Fairy. I chose this design because I previously completed a large piece with this same graphic and loved it.

I draw these designs by hand with an oil Sharpie. The6 have them in all colors and can be found at any craft store. Having used them for years, I love drawing with them.

Next up will be some very light distressing and white wax for the whole piece. There is a mirror which just adds to this pieces beauty.

With more detail on this mirror, the white wax brings out the amazing scroll work.

Check out the completed piece. It turned out amazing. Up next will be a name for this pretty piece and off to the vintage boutique it goes.

Her name is…Moonlight. She is dark, yet distressed lightly and a touch of white wax so she will shine. “Moonlight ” it is!

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My Old Red Truck

This is our old red International flat bed truck that sits distinguishably in front of our barn. We took a ride about seven years ago to Fort Wayne, Indiana to look at an old truck and came home with three old trucks. This is the one that stayed! We live in the country and have put several trucks out front and people are always stopping by asking if the trucks are sale? My typical response “Talk to my hubby”. Before you know it, it’s going down the driveway with a new proud owner. You see, they were all going to be yard art. My plans have always been to put pots and pots of geraniums in the back bed. It doesn’t get any better than that.

The old red truck now takes cover under the barn to preserve that old worn patina. That’s not just any patina, it was painted with a quart of red Rustoleum paint. Several years of sun, rain, sleet and snow has added that old world charm to that old red truck.

It doesn’t snow all the time here, although it may feel like it now. This pic, taken in early fall, highlights my signs on the doors. Someday {in the summer} I will paint my logo on the doors! Yes, it’s on my list for 2018!

My love for everything old, vintage and rusty is encompassed in this old red truck.

Thank you for checking in on my journey of Junk!

Peace, live & junk,