I've been crazy busy the past few weeks with shows, happy time with my kids, and moving. However, I did manage to put the finishing touches on a few projects this morning and have photos to share. All three pieces are painted my favorite shade of green!
First, maple drop-leaf table. Wish I had some before pictures of this one! It took a lot of glueing, clamping, sanding, scrubbing...but in the end it turned out beautiful. I love the oval shape...might have to keep this one!
Next, I originally planned to keep this oak bookcase in its original finish, but it just didn't clean up like I hoped. I'm happy with the end result, though. Love the moulding details.
Last, but not least, my favorite. Picked up this dresser at a charity yard sale a few weeks ago. After a coat of green paint I covered the drawer fronts in legder pages from 1849. Love the script and color of the old ink. Added some vintage glass knobs and it's perfect.
I'll be taking all three pieces over to the Spaulding Cooperage later this week. Stop by and take a look!
Have a happy day,
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I rented a Uhaul for the first phase of the move to my new studio space in the Lake Street Mill in Nashua, NH, this past weekend. Tucker couldn't wait to climb into a seat--he was ready to go! I was so very blessed to have great friends--Kris and Heather--to help me move many large and heavy items! Love you guys! Here are a few photos of items in place--it will be another couple of weeks before the space is fully moved.
The first items I moved were these three industrial shoe racks. It turns out that the mill was originally used for manufacturing shoes, so they couldn't fit in more perfectly.
Next, I brought in drawers...lots of drawers. These hold everything from happy magazines to vintage ribbon and glass knobs.
Next, I'll bring in work surfaces and lots and lots of paper. I feel so very blessed to have this space. It's true validation of this new path in my life. I pray I will be worthy of it!
Posted by Michelle Graham at 6:53 PM
Monday, June 6, 2011
I had a UHaul cargo van this past weekend and decided to make the most of it! Between loads to my new studio (see next post) I changed out my spaces at From Out of the Woods in Goffstown, NH, and the Spaulding Cooperage in Townsend, MA. First, From out of the Woods:
I LOVE this industrial green rack. I bought it from a friend who runs one of my favorite shops, Brookdale Farms in Hollis, NH. I wish I could keep it, but with a major downsize coming up, it was time to part ways. It makes a great display piece for my space and holds lots of fun goodies, from old drawers to industrial light fixtures.
I swapped my old green tool chest for a grey-white drop-leaf table. I topped it with a picket fence section, an old architectural arch (love the green!), a couple of metal bakers' racks and an old seed packet display box, loaded with vintage seed catalog pages.
Under the table, a big green tool box with metal trim and metal casters. I topped this with another old metal rack filled with unique vintage canning jars.
I also brought in this old paper cutter. I've never seen one like this--it has spaces for three rolls of paper in three different sizes.
Oooh. I love this sign. It means good things are coming to the Woods.....
Now for the Cooperage:
I brought this great piece over from The Woods. It makes a great wine cabinet! Kirs and I set up the corner as an entertaining center, with my large green tool chest as the "server." I absolutely love the look! It's nice to add some new shades of "pale" to our palette!
I just love this old set of library drawers painted celery green. Can't believe they haven't been snatched up yet!
Finally, this bookcase lined in burlap is staying as we transform the Cooperage space into a nautical "happy" space in the coming days. We are gearing up for another show at the Townsend Harbor Marketplace and are keeping the cottage/nautical neutrals at the Cooperage while going bold at the marketplace. Don't forget to stop by--Friday, Saturday and Sunday!!!
Posted by Michelle Graham at 5:48 PM
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I just finished the second of two daybeds I've made this year from antique iron cribs. I made this one a bit easier on myself and just sewed a pillow case for the large piece of foam (by the way, Bldg. 19's prices are less than half what you pay at Jo-Ann's for foam). So much easier than all those fitted corners. I also went with a natural linen as opposed to burlap this time. More expensive, but so pretty and soft. And, it just looks so nice with the green chippy paint on this crib!
Now, the question is: which daybed goes to the Cooperage and which goes to my studio when I move in to my mill space this weekend?
Choice #1 (white):
Choice #2 (green):
What do you think? They both make me so happy, I guess I can't go wrong!
Posted by Michelle Graham at 6:04 PM