Brocante Market: The Place to Hunt for Vintage Decor/Furniture

If you’re not a resident of the St. Petersburg or Tampa Bay area then chances are you’ve never heard of the Brocante Market that takes place the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. However, you SHOULD hear about and so I will gladly be the one to open your eyes to the wonder that is the Brocante Market.

I went last month with my husband and a couple of friends and it was magical. Never have I been so happily overwhelmed by the amount of vintage decor and furniture items! We were there for about an hour and a half and ended up paying $75 for a small suitcase, porcelain seafarer mug, two large picture frames, an antique window, a small metal wall sculpture, and a large tavern sign. Basically, amazingness.

So after experiencing this I knew I had to bring Momma along so we could hunt down some deals on vintage items to sell on our Etsy shop and possibly some new project items. 

Here’s a peak at what you can expect from Brocante Market:

Photo: Time to get funky! Market is in TWO days!!! We will be re-stocking all weekend long! Open Sa 9-7 and Su 9-5!Photo: Show us where else you can find a fancy glass chandelier and a mounted fish in the same vignette!  =)  Sneak peek for market- THIS weekend 9/6 + 9/7!
Photo: Sneak peek!!  Lots of goodies coming up at our September Market 9/6 + 9/7!Photo: Sneak Peek!  Market is NEXT WEEKEND 9/6 + 9/7!

The pictures above are all from Brocante Market’s Facebook page but they are also on Instagram and post a lot of their items for sale.

Rest assured, Momma and I will take pictures of anything we purchase and post them on our Instagram as well as do a follow-up post. 🙂 So stay tuned!

 

A-hunting we will go!
Katie_Sig

 

New Project: DIY Farmhouse Table

I’m very excited to preview my newest project: a Farmhouse table! I got this beaut (you know, “b-yoot”) off Craigslist for a whopping $50! Please excuse the quality of the photo. The table was already disassembled when I picked it up so this is the best I have. But you get the jist.

00e0e_9qb3trlPH2t_600x450That’s right. A table and four chairs for $50! There’s some marks and glue stains on the top of the table that I’ve started sanding out but all-in-all this was a pretty good bargain.

What do I plan to do with it? I’m so happy you asked (or thought)!

I recently came across this beautiful tutorial from Ana White and her newest Farmhouse Table DIY. And since it was exactly what I have been looking to do I decided to get all the necessary tools together to do it on my new (to us) table. Hers is inspired by the Pottery Barn Keaton Dining Table, but who has $1,700 to spend on JUST THE TABLE!? Plus, her projects are all drool-worthy and gorgeous enough to make any DIY-er jealous.

pottery barn keaton diy-farmhouse-table-free-plansSo I have my table and I have my chairs. The next thing I did was find out where I could get that incredible milk paint. Enter the wonderful Jen at Degaje in Wesley Chapel. (Btw, if you haven’t visited her shop then you definitely must! She has some beautiful pieces in there) She was so incredibly helpful since this is uncharted territory for me. I’ve worked with chalk paint but milk paint is new.

This is such an exciting project for me that I just want to get started and finish it already, but with the afternoon showers we’ve been having almost every single day here in sunny Florida (cough, it’s never sunny in the afternoon in Florida, cough) I’ve had to take it slow and have only been able to sand the tabletop so far. Le sigh.

After I’ve finished, depending on the final outcome, I may end up covering the existing tabletop with my own creation that looks something like this one from It’s the Little Things that Make a House a Home:

Farmhouse Table

 

Have you already done your own Farmhouse Table DIY project? Please share and let me know what techniques you used and what products worked best!

 

Here’s to hoping for drier weather,
Katie

Furniture can cause CANCER?!

First of all, let me preface this post with this: I am a Floridian and had no idea that California had something like Proposition 65 that warned of an item containing ” chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

So imagine my surprise when I was looking for a futon for our new office (isn’t it a pretty futon?)…

Futon Pic

…and then saw this warning:

California Proposition 65 Warning

 

Say, WHAT!? I did such an extreme double-take that I shook my brain a bit.

I love that futon, but I’m obviously very hesitant about buying a piece of furniture that has chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  I’m young and don’t have children yet so the thought of compromising this someday process of having children with no birth defects is worrisome.

 

What do you think about this warning and its validity? Have you purchased furniture with this warning and felt safe using it as it should be?

 

Your advice is appreciated,
Katie

DIY Sunburst Mirror

Have you noticed those beautiful sunburst mirrors that keep popping up on home design blogs and in home design magazines? Have you also noticed that most of them carry a pretty big price tag? We’re talking upwards of $300 here. Granted, I’m sure there are some more affordable options, but what would you say if I told you there’s a sunburst mirror that costs about $13?

Did you have a mini freak out? I know, it’s exciting!

I can’t take credit for this DIY project, all credit goes to Jacky over at Small Home & Garden Love. So, I’ll give you the link to her instructions on how she made her very own sunburst mirror and then I’ll give you a few pointers on how I made mine slightly different.

Here’s the link to her instructions! And here is my finished sunburst mirror:

DIY Sunburst Mirror

 

Pretty, right? Okay, so I chose to do things a little differently from Jacky:

1. I used an 8″ scalloped mirror (only because I couldn’t find a non-scalloped one at JoAnn) instead of the 5″ mirror she used.

2. When she talks about making the different marks on the cardboard and says her 2nd circle is about an inch from the edge…well, since my mirror is larger I decided to make mine about halfway between the center dot and the edge. Worked perfectly!

3. I also chose to cut my skewers at 3″, 4″, and 5″. This will make more sense once you’ve read through her directions.

4. Finally, like Jacky, I ran into a slight issue with gluing the ring to the mirror but nothing too bad. I used Gorilla Super Glue Gel (I already had this at home). The gel part makes the glue a little easier to manage.

So here’s my sunburst mirror cost breakdown:

o   Mirror – $3.59 (reg. $5.99 at JoAnn but I used a 40% off coupon)
o   Ring – $1.79 at JoAnn
o   Picture Hangers – $2.09 (reg. $3.49 at JoAnn but I used another 40% coupon. Gotta love those coupons!)
o   Skewers – $2 at Big Lots
o   Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint – $3.57 at Walmart
o   Hot Glue & Super Glue – Already had
o   Cardboard – Already had

Total cost: $13.04

Here are some other pictures of the mirror actually hung up in our master bedroom. I just love it!

DIY Sunburst Mirror

DIY Sunburst Mirror

 

What do you think? Let me know if you have any issues making yours and I’ll be more than happy to help! Afterward, post a link to your finished product, I’d love to see it. 

 

TTFN,
Katie

Barn Doors…Can’t Get Enough!

Wow! So, um, it’s been a while, huh? Sorry about that. We have a lot of things in the works but nothing completely finished yet. Rest assured, as soon as we start finishing some of these projects then we’ll post them.

In the meantime, here’s some sliding barn door inspiration! Because, I mean, who doesn’t love a great sliding barn door? I wish there was some place in my house I could incorporate one, but for right now I’ll just drool over them via my computer screen.

Yellow Barn DoorYellow Barn Door via House*Tweaking

Grand Barn Door EntranceGrand Barn Door Entrance via Design to Inspire

Blue Barn DoorsBlue Barn Doors via Frog Hill Designs

Grey Barn DoorsGrey Barn Doors via Design Sponge

That last one is my favorite with the awesome rug and chandelier and the colors. If I had a mountain cabin, it would be that great mix of rustic and modern.

I’m sure the barn doors are just a fad and will eventually fade away, but I’ll just enjoy this very cool decor/architectural deign element and longingly wish for my own.

Have you seen a barn door that is just to die for? Share the link!

Until my next design obsession,
Katie

Half-Bath Mood Board: London is Calling…

Sorry it’s been a little while! I’ve been busy with reupholstering a scroll bench (more to come on that as soon as I get the legs and finish it), plus I’ve started a new project…redoing our half-bath!

We bought a new construction house and it gorgeous but some of the design elements are just plain awful. For example, the builder-grade towel racks and toilet paper holders? Ours are a disgusting off-white color. If they were white I wouldn’t mind so much but our towel racks, toilet paper holders, toilets, vanities, and tubs are the gross off-white. Bleh!

So I decided to make the bathrooms prettier by getting rid of the towel racks and toilet paper holders and replacing them with brushed nickel fixtures, slapping some paint on the walls and throwing in some great decor items.

Here’s my idea for the half-bath:

Half Bath Mood Board

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We also plan to add some other U.K.-inspired decor like a Beatles album. Oh, and I just finished painting the walls a very light grey color. What do you think?

Have you remodeled your bathroom before? How did it turn out?

Sweaty from painting all night,
-Katie

How To: Decorate a Cubicle

Do you work in an office with cubicles? Do you work at one of the cubicles? If you do, you know that the plain, drab cubicle look can really suck the decorator’s soul out of you a little every day. I’m tired of having my soul sucked out so I’ve put my mind to finding fun, clean, and pretty ways to decorate my cubicle.

Empirella actually did a FABULOUS cubicle makeover that I think I want to try myself, though my cubicle is set up a little bit differently and I have three monitors taking up majority of the tabletop space. Here’s a picture of their before and after:

 

Keeping that in mind, here are some of the different things I want to add to mine:

Fancy mouse pad with gold polka dots

Who says office decor has to be bland? Spice things up like this cute mouse pad with gold dots!

This calendar could be created using a picture frame and a universal calendar as the “art.”
Then, you could use a dry erase marker to write days, months, and notes.

‘Love’ this simple, clean print. Get it?

LOVE what you do, it makes all the difference!

And this one, which would also tie in the gold polka dots on the mouse pad.
Plus, it’s in French!

No regrets

I also want this chair from IKEA so when people come by they have somewhere fun and funky to sit. And it’s only $39!

VILMAR Chair IKEA The chair's melamine surface makes it durable and easy to keep clean.

Have you seen any other examples of fantastic cubicle makeovers? I would love to get some other ideas. Like I mentioned, I have three monitors that cover majority of my desk so I know I’m going to have something of a hard time working around them (one is a HUGE Mac monitor). But, I will prevail!

Want to help me out? Send me links to other pieces of art and decor that would look nice in a cubicle!

Let the no-more-soul-sucking commence,
-Katie

5 Beautiful Gallery Wall Ideas (Plus, Tips!)

I’ve been slowly changing our master bedroom to a brighter, bolder color palate by infusing pops of bold oranges, lime greens, peacock blues, and deep plum colors with our very neutral grey walls and mostly grey comforter. I’m also adding gold, white, and silver accents all over. However, where I’ve been struggling is the gallery wall and shelving I’ve set for another gallery mix.

Here’s what I have so far:

Gallery Wall Ideas and Tips

Gallery Wall Ideas and Tips

You can see my dilemma. I’ve already planned to paint some of the frames gold and obviously take off the Home Goods sticker and replace with actual art, but can’t seem to decide what art to put in the frames and how to mix it while still maintaining some semblance of balance and cohesion.

So I turned to the Internet to hopefully get some ideas. And, boy, did I! Here are my top 5 gallery wall ideas:

1. High Fashion Gallery Wall Idea via CasaSugarHigh Fashion Gallery Wall Idea

2.  Pops of Color Gallery Wall via Sweet Lovely Ho.me

Bright Color Gallery Wall Idea

3.  Masculine Gallery Wall via Japanese TrashMasculine Gallery Wall Idea

4. Interesting Gallery Wall via Anne Robin CalligraphyGallery Wall Idea

5. Themed Gallery Wall via FashionismoAfrican Themed Gallery Wall Idea

After seeing all these beautiful examples of well-done gallery walls, I’m feeling ready to tackle the project and find some great pieces.

This wonderfully helpful post from Because It’s Awesome also details “5 Rules of the Gallery Wall.”

I hope you feel inspired to try your hand at designing your own gallery wall. If you do, or if you have in the past, I’d love to see pictures! Just post a link to them in the comments.

Until inspiration strikes again,
-Katie

SALE! 10% off

Happy Friday! We’re so happy that the weekend is almost here that we’ve decided to offer all our amazing followers a discount:

10% Off at Vintage Chic Redux

That’s right! We’re offering a 10% discount on all orders $20 and over. Just use VCR10OFF at checkout. Discount is applied to purchases $20 and over before tax and shipping.

 

Happy shopping,
-Katie

New Products: Burlap Tote Bags and Chalkboard Serving Trays

Hello, all!

I come to you with exciting news…we’ve added FOUR new items to our Etsy shop! We have two grey, orange, and tan striped burlap tote bags; a Tiffany blue burlap tote bag; and these amazing chalkboard serving trays that would be perfect for a dinner party or as a gift for all the moms out there. I mean, Mother’s Day is coming up soon.

Here’s what they look like:

Striped Burlap Tote BagStriped Burlap Tote Bag

Striped Burlap Tote BagStriped Burlap Tote Bag

Tiffany Blue Burlap Tote BagTiffany Blue Burlap Tote Bag

Chalkboard Serving TrayRustic Chalkboard Serving Tray

We hope you like them! And remember, Mother’s Day is just around the corner so don’t wait and order now.

We have a couple more projects we’ll be working on and/or finishing up soon so keep checking back to see what we’re up to.

Much love,
-Katie