Friday, September 22, 2017

The Eleanor Buffet (vintage rentals)

Introducing The Eleanor Buffet...



She's a great vintage cabinet with lovely details. I painted this piece with Amy Howard's One Step Paint in "Ballet White". If you're in the central Iowa area, Cappel's Ace Hardware in West Des Moines stocks a great selection of Amy Howard products.


Robyn, at The Bistro in Story City, made me the prettiest cupcakes for these photos. She has an occasional cafĂ© and catering business. Her food is amazing! If you're ever in that area, be sure to stop in for a delicious meal and save room for dessert. Thanks so much Robyn!


Eleanor could be used in all sorts of settings... think dessert or drink station, cake table, display piece for photos, etc. Her dimensions are: height- 36.5 inches, width- 41.5 inches, depth-19 inches.



The banner stand is available to rent and it goes great with Eleanor...


I have two fruit crates available. They are both painted in "French Blue" by Amy Howard as well as the vintage mailbox (which was featured here).


Thanks so much for stopping by!


Questions you may have...

1. Rental Price:
+ Eleanor Buffet- 58.00 dollars
+ White Banner Stand- 7.00 dollars (banner/streamers not included)
+ French Blue Fruit Crate- 4.00 dollars (large), 3.00 dollars (small)
+ White Scalloped Cake Plates- 7.00 dollars for the pair
+ French Blue Mailbox- 6.00 dollars

2. Do you deliver and pick-up?
Yes, charges for delivery & pick-up will be determined by location, size and quantity of your order.

3. Can I pick up my order and return it myself?
Yes, this will work in most cases. Some vintage pieces may need prior approval.

**In general, the area in Iowa that I'll be looking to provide vintage rentals is: Ames, Story City, Jewell, Nevada, Boone, Madrid, Webster City, Dayton and Ft. Dodge (& all the in-betweens). Keep me in mind for your special events and help me get the word out to your friends and family. **

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Poppy Table and Winston Wagon (vintage rentals)

Introducing the Poppy Table...


She is one of my all-time-favorite finds. Love the simple details of this piece. When I bought her she looked like this...


The photo is from my IG account awhile back. I decided to use Amy Howard's at Home One Step Paint. It's similar to Chalk Paint, and really great to work with. "Ballet White" was my color choice. If you're interested,  Cappel's Ace Hardware in West Des Moines stocks Amy Howard products. Here's a quick look at the color options...


I love how she turned out. Great potential for so many settings, especially as a guest book table. And she pairs beautifully with the Rosily Chair (featured here ).


I found this vintage mailbox and thought it would be a great addition to the collection. I painted her in Amy Howard's One Step Paint as well. "French Blue" was the perfect choice for a little pop of color. The gold letters are from Hobby Lobby. Notice the little detail at the bottom... you can make a name tag fitting for the occasion.


Dimensions for Poppy are: height- 30.5 inches, width- 34 inches, depth- 19.5 inches.



The Winston Wagon is also available. As I painted it gray and white,  I pictured it being useful as a wedding wagon. Practical, simple and sweet. The dimensions are: height- 20 inches, width- 36 inches, depth- 16 inches (the white side rails do come off if needed).  



Thanks for stopping by! More features to come.

You can find my FB page here: The Cottager 

You can find me on IG at: the_cottager 


Questions you may have...
1. Rental Price:
+ The Poppy Table~ 35.00 dollars
+ The Winston Wagon~ 25.00 dollars
+ French Blue Mailbox~ 6.00 dollars

2. Do you deliver and pick-up?
Yes, charges for delivery & pick-up will be determined by location, size and quantity of your order.

3. Can I pick up my order and return it myself?
Yes, this will work in most cases. Some vintage pieces may need prior approval.

**In general, the area in Iowa that I'll be looking to provide vintage rentals is: Ames, Story City, Jewell, Nevada, Boone, Madrid, Webster City, Dayton and Ft. Dodge (& all the in-betweens). Keep me in mind for your special events and help me get the word out to your friends and family. **

Linking to:
Make it Pretty Monday
Feathered Nest Friday
The Inspiration Gallery

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Emmy Lou Chalkboard & Rosily Chairs (vintage rentals)

Introducing the Emmy Lou Chalkboard & Rosily Chairs. Great vintage pieces that may work well for your next special event.


The Emmy Lou Chalkboard is such a fun prop! So many options for this... think personal wedding or shower sign, backdrop for a photo booth, a menu board, back drop for a dessert or drink station,  etc... I had a good friend come over and she worked her artistic wonder with a chalk marker. Lots of great ideas out there in the land of Pinterest for chalkboard art.



I think Emmy Lou and Josephine are such a cute pair! (The Josephine Crib is featured here.) For baby showers, the chalkboard sign could be personalized with the baby's name. Other great scripts could be something like... "Welcome Little One" or a "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" sign.



 She is definitely a statement piece. These are the measurements for her. Also for reference, as you think about script/art design, the blackboard itself measures 35 inches by 46 inches.


I enjoy following The School of Styling on Instagram. Here's a photo from their feed for some inspiration. I love how they used the chalkboard for this occasion...


Now, for the Rosily Chairs. They are quite charming with their layers of light blue paint and chippy charm. They would work well for a sweetheart table, Mr. & Mrs. chairs, lounge area chairs, etc...


They are approximately 35 inches tall and 18 inches wide.


More features to come. Thanks for stopping by!

Questions you may have...
1. Rental Price:
The Emmy Lou Chalkboard~ 45.00 dollars
The Rosily Chairs~ 20.00 dollars for the pair

2. Do you deliver and pick-up?
Yes, charges for delivery & pick-up will be determined by location, size and quantity of your order.

3. Can I pick up my order and return it myself?
Yes, this will work in most cases. Some vintage pieces may need prior approval.

You can find my FB page here: The Cottager 

You can find me on IG here: the_cottager

**In general, the area in Iowa that I'll be looking to provide vintage rentals is: Ames, Story City, Jewell, Nevada, Boone, Madrid, Webster City, Dayton and Ft. Dodge (& all the in-betweens). Keep me in mind for your special events and help me get the word out to your friends and family. **


Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Josephine Crib ~ (vintage rental)

I've been working on a small collection of vintage furniture. I'm going to see if there is any interest in my area, to rent out these pieces for special events. Think weddings, graduations, showers, birthday parties or any other event that may need a few special details to help bring it all together.

The first piece I'm featuring is:
The Josephine Crib






The idea for the crib is quite simple and sweet. If you're hosting a baby shower, the crib can be used to hold the baby gifts. Place them in and around it. It's the perfect piece to display some of the gifts as well. Hang up an outfit or two and/or a beautiful baby blanket. You could have all sorts of fun working with sweet Josephine. She's petite and charming!

Rental Price: $30 dollars
Her dimensions are: width- 34 inches, height- 30.5 inches, depth- 21.5 inches.






More features to come over the next couple weeks.

You can find my FB page here: The Cottager

You can find me on IG here: the_cottager

Questions you may have...
1. Rental Price for the Josephine Crib?
$30 dollars

2. Do you deliver and pick-up?
Yes, charges for delivery & pick-up will be determined by location, size and quantity of your order.

3. Can I pick up my order and return it myself?
Yes, this will work in most cases. Some vintage pieces may need prior approval.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

**In general, the area in Iowa that I'll be looking to provide vintage rentals is: Ames, Story City, Jewell, Nevada, Boone, Madrid, Webster City, Dayton and Ft. Dodge (& all the in-betweens). Keep me in mind for your special events and help me get the word out to your friends and family.**

Thursday, April 21, 2016

vintage lamps and side tables

Recently, I was able to redo some thrifted finds for our living room. I love how they turned out and what they add to our space. It's a huge feat for me to complete any sort of project these days, so that makes this one all the more sweeter.

I found two vintage Ethan Allen side tables which I bought for a total of $25 dollars. Then, I found two vintage metal lamp bases for a total of $20. They were in great need of some care but I loved the size, shape and prices of all these pieces. I knew I could figure out something that would work. I had great success with some products by Amy Howard which I was able to get at CAPPEL'S ACE HARDWARE in West Des Moines.

Here's how the pieces came together...



The tables looked like this before...


The lamps looked like this...


For the tables I went with Amy Howard's One Step Paint in "Ballet White". This is a specialty paint very similar to Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. No stripping, sanding or priming is required and it has that "chalky" look and feel to it. It was great to work with. Coverage was excellent. I brushed on my usual two coats and then sealed it with Amy Howard's Clear Wax. Glad to find another paint option to work with and her color line is just beautiful. Definitely plan to try some new colors with this line of paint.


I got a recommendation to try Amy Howard's High Performance Furniture Lacquer (a.k.a- spray paint) for my lamps when I was looking for helpful suggestions on Instagram. This spray paint is awesome! I went with "Golden Egg" which is one of her metallic options (several other color options are available). I love the color and the quality of this paint... great new product for me to be able to work with.


Now for my DIY friends, I have a few lamp spray painting tips for you: 

1. Clean your lamp off thoroughly (I just use a little bit of Dawn soap and water).
2. Prep your lamp for being sprayed with paint...

tape off a portion of the cord and then put the rest of the cord in a plastic bag:

then I just tuck a paper towel over the light socket...

3. Prime. This is what I like to use...



4. Spray paint. When priming and spraying the paint here's some recommendations...
 ~have your lamp set up where you can circle around it as your spray
~follow directions on the can for shaking/mixing
~I spray in straight lines going up. Start at the bottom of the lamp and go all the way to the top in one smooth spray. Then slide over a little and start the next smooth line of spray paint going from bottom to top again. Work your way around the lamp in this way. (my husband taught me that trick and it is a great one. you can easily avoid drips doing it that way).
~Light coats and keep moving (I did two coats of the "Golden Egg".
~Allow the recommended dry time between coats

Hope that helps and gives you some ideas on how to fix up those big, ugly thrift store lamps that you want to buy :) Head on over to Cappel's Ace Hardware and get what you need. Tell them that Mimi sent you!
245 50th St. West Des Moines, IA 50265

Thanks for stopping by! 
You can find me on Instagram as m.vintagecharm

Linking To:
The Inspiration Gallery 
Rooted in Thyme 
French Country Cottage 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

cottage updates and our pine plank floors

It's been such a long time since I last blogged. I wanted to jump in and share some updates on our little country cottage and offer some info on our pine plank floors which I often get asked about. The photos I'm using in this post are the ones I've posted on Instagram. It's just so quick and easy to share on IG so I do a little better over there. Feel free to follow along with me at the_cottager .

Although our home will always be a work in progress... I like how she is coming along. First things first, I purchased the sweetest little tufted sofa. It's the Watkins Sofa from Home Decorators in natural linen. I absolutely love it. It works great in our space.


I wanted to move forward with the sofa and beadboard on the lower level with the money I saved from the two markets I did. It was a good decision. The beadboard is up but still only primed at this point. I can't wait till it's all painted! It will be painted "Westhighland White" like all our doors/trim. I think it's the perfect off white color... not bright white but not cream either. That perfect middle ground. We also decided to go with a different paint color for the main level. I chose "Modern Gray" by Sherwin Williams. I love this color with all the natural light we get in this home. It's beautiful.

Here's a few photos (from warmer days) of our living and dining room...



I love this little french style table that I bought from a local vintage shop, JB Knacker .



Now that we are back to cold winter days... our wood stove is back in use. Brett got the large plank beadboard up on our open staircase wall awhile ago (again only primed at this point). I love how much character and charm it added to our living room space.




For those of you who are wondering about our flooring, here's the info on that. We did pine planks, grade 3 (1x8's) shiplapped. I wanted a whitewash look so we chose Sherwin Williams "Pickled White" oil stain. We brushed on one coat of this and were happy with the look of it.


For the finish... here's what we used. A water based formula was important for us to minimize the "yellowing effect". We did two coats of this finish.


We are really happy with how they turned out. They have a great rustic farmhouse feel to them. Pine is a soft wood so the wear and tear is just part of the look and it's really cost effective as far as flooring goes. Hope that helps.

So, I guess we are making some progress over here :) Home sweet home... we are so thankful for this little place. Oh how I wish we could plow ahead with many more projects but life is demanding right now. Here's one more photo... the last one I took of our dining area shortly after Christmas...