Sunday, February 21, 2010

One step closer....

OK, so it has been too cold in North Texas to do much work on the house that needs to be done without the warmth of a heater (i.e. bracing underneath and re-running the electricity).  Who would have thought that almost every school district in North Texas would have been called due to anywhere from 6 - 12 in. of snow?  Wow!

So to make myself feel like I was making progress, I went to my very first auction!  And the coolest part about it was that I won everything I wanted plus a few other things.  Don't worry, I'm attaching pictures.

I absolutely fell in love with this dresser!  It is old and better yet, someone had ruined it being a priceless antique by cutting a whole for a sink in the top!  Perfect for my bathroom vanity!  Voila! (And I got it for a song!)

I love the details of the knobs.  I wish this picture were clearer, but it was the best of all that I took. 

Check this keyhole.  I love this feature that is on every drawer, especially since I love old skeleton keys so much.

This drawer pull has more rich detail!  I am just so excited by this purchase.

My next bid was really two separate purchases that went together so well that I had to have  both.  I was in a bidding war over these items, but they were worth it and I still paid less than what I would have in an antique store.

I just love the nostalgia associated with the old ice cream parlor table and chairs.  I won 4 of these twisted heart back wire chairs and the oak top table.  I have the perfect material to recover the chairs -- my nautical striped that I had purchased the last of the remnant.  It will be great for the chairs and then to make valances over the windows to tie the kitchen together.  I'm giddy with the possibilities!

I also bought a print of a sailing ship that needed a home desperately and was super cheap and an old shoe salesman stool.  Some of my favorite memories is in sitting in Buster Brown Schoolhouse in South Plains Mall with one of my feet propped on the stool ready to be fitted with my new patent leather dress shoes.  It will be great to have to reach the bottom of the bookshelves without standing on my head.

My next find was actually at an antique mall and I got it for about 60% off the original price.

This is a ladies slipper chair from probably the late 1960s or early 1970s.  It was in excellent condition and the color matches some of the stripes in the bedspread I purchased for my daybed that is going to serve as my couch.

This is a wine rack I bought at a little store here in town.  It was marked to half price and was something I just couldn't pass up.  The top piece is where the wine glasses hang from.  In the background is a chair painted in Mary Engelbreit style with a hole cut into the seat.  Perfect for a planter to sit in.

I can't say that this is my most exciting buy of the weekend, but I do think this is one of my best deals.  My parents and I went to Home Depot to look at some bathroom sinks and other things for my new bathroom, when we stumbled across these two items.  The top is a Pergo floor that looks like tumbled marble.  This is going to be the flooring for my kitchen and two bathrooms.  Did I mention it was $.89/sq. ft.?

This is my new laminate flooring.  I think it will make the house look super without having to go to all the trouble of laying polyurethane or any of that stuff.  This was a low $.79/sq. ft.!  This will be my flooring for my living room, office, dining room, and bedroom.  I am so excited!

When I went over to take these pictures to post, I threw out some paint samples to see what they looked like in the different light.  There are so many cool colors, that I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go. 

I'm really wanting to go with a blue in the bedroom and do something with stencils and joint compound to make the room look very Victorian and be a calming place for me to retreat to.  Let me know what you think!


This is what the office looked like before I got a hold of it today. 

This is what it looks like after I ripped out the shelves this afternoon.  The room looks so much bigger now!  My dad and I are going to build floor to ceiling bookshelves in place of the built-in.  Maybe I will finally have a place for all my books!
Wow!  This was a long post, but a lot happened this weekend to the cottage.  I hope my next post is going to be titled "Bracing and Electricity is Done!", but we are expecting more snow this week, so it probably won't happen this week.  Hope you enjoy!


  1. This is great! I can't wait to see more progress. I need to go to an auction with you - I bet I could finally find (and afford) some of the cute photography props I want!

  2. Gorgeous! I LOVE that dresser! I'm actually in need of one! We just painted a bluish grey color in our is very calming!