Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Architectural Salvage Lamp

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Now, if I were a really good blogger, that title would read "how to make an architectural salvage lamp." But I don't really have much of a tutorial for you, just some pretty pictures of the finished product : )

You may remember I purchased four of these great old balusters (a fancy word for porch posts) recently. I knew they would be great on their own or to make into lamps. I decided to leave two as-is, and turn two into lamps (one to sell and one to keep, of course).

The bottoms were just slightly angled, so I had Matt's very handy grandpa level the bottoms, then drill a hole in the top.

I purchased a lamp kit at my local hardware store, tried to decipher the directions, gave up on that, watched a few YouTube videos on how to use a lamp kit, and finally put the whole thing together. It really is fairly simple once it's properly explained (I recommend just watching a few videos).

I really do love this look. I've always seen baluster lamps in magazines in homes filled with vintage finds, but have never found quite the right posts to use. These are perfect.

I will have one lamp available at the 12th & White Sale September 6, as well as the other two original balusters if you'd like to make your own (or just decorate with them).

I think this piece will go in my upcoming mint bathroom for some height and texture. I'm loving the chippy white/gray paint and chunky shape.

Having the lamp here for a bit does make me realize I love having a lamp in the kitchen. I think it's time to find the little brother of this baluster and make another one : )

And I couldn't resist a few kitchen pictures while everything was cleaned up. I am selling this vintage tea tin, but I'm pretty sad to see it go. I've gotten to enjoy it on my counter for the last few months.

Oh, and in other news, you might notice my site looks a little different than normal {click here to pop over and see it if you're reading in an email or reader}. That's because my amazing designer friend Stephen worked his magic and did a little face-lift for me. Thank you Stephen! The URL has now been changed to, but everything should redirect just fine if you're using an old Honeycomb Creative Co. address. I'm so glad everything is now under the new 12th and White umbrella...just in time for September 6!

Have you ever made a lamp out of anything? Did it take a few YouTube videos for you to figure it out too, or are you just much smarter than me??


Monday, August 18, 2014

Three Weeks to Go! {12th and White Sale}

Oh goodness... have I ever been neglecting this little blog! Two whole weeks without blogging isn't like me. But it seems most of my time and creative attention has been turned toward the 12th and White Sale on September 6...which is just under {gulp} three weeks away! I can't even believe it's almost here! Work has been busy, life has been full and the blog posts just haven't been coming. But the sourcing, junking, painting and pricing sure has! Here's a little peek via my Instagram.

Last weekend I turned this great antique frame, which was missing its mirror, into a chalkboard. I think this would be so cute in a kitchen or office. Some white paint went a long way in updating the simple frame.

This was the loot from a quick picking trip a few weeks back. I was lucky enough to find a few of my favorite staples like ironstone, silver and locker baskets, as well as a sweet little sketch of a church and some cool architectural salvage.

This is the "before" of one of the pieces Joey (my furniture painting partner in crime) will be bringing to the sale. I've seen a few sneak peeks and let's just say it's going to be a-maz-ing! She's already had quite a few inquiries about this piece so I'd get there first thing if you're interested!

I scored these dainty pitchers at an estate sale - love their sweet little scallops!

This is another piece Joey will have available (just ignore my dirty garage). It is a gorgeous antique piece with such pretty detailing, but is very solid and in great shape. I believe she's going white on this one.

You can never have enough vintage silver

These finials were a warm wood when I found them, but I gave them a fresh coat of white, some distressing and a gray glaze. They fit right in on my least until September 6!

These are a few more scores I'll have available - a pretty little cream and sugar set, a marble compote and an old suitcase with great patina.

And this weekend I was able to score some really fun things - more ironstone, some French stripe linens, silver napkin rings, and vintage botanical prints in chunky frames.

Of course the frames got a fresh coat of gray. I kind of want to keep them for myself now...though that's the way it is with pretty much everything : )

Hopefully that gives you a good idea of some of the vintage goods we'll have available! I'm hoping to have some furniture sneak peeks over the next few weeks too. I know Joey has a desk, vanity, quite a few dressers, dining table, side tables and more in the works. I'll have an antique farm table (not dining size) and the ever-popular church pew. My mother-in-law is a professional baker and is bringing lots of delicious sweets for you to sample as well. Lots to look forward to!

For the locals...

The 12th and White Sale is Saturday, September 6

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 6305 E. 12th - Wichita (at 12th and Woodlawn, just south of 13th and Woodlawn)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekend Finds {12th & White Sale}

 Ready for another preview of sale goodies? I hope so, because I have lots to share! My mom and I went out on a big picking trip this Saturday and we found so many amazing things.

I was able to find a couple of really charming paintings (well, prints) that have the soft hues and farmhouse charm I love. The first is of some sweet little country cottages surrounded by trees and pasture.

The other is a barn scene of three cows, and I love the idyllic setting, the colors and the oval shape.

I also scored a couple of rectangular ironstone platters, some silver mint julep cups, and some ironstone butter pats. You can see how I use butter pats and why I love them here.

This little faux mother-of-pearl utensil set is so sweet, even if it's not the real deal.

I love ironstone in any form, but butter pats are just so cute, especially in stacks.

I also found a red stripe grain sack...

And these awesome vintage drawers with wood fronts, original label holders and galvanized sides. I bought several of them in different sizes, and I had to laugh when I added them to my stash and noticed I had picked up another one almost identical to them from a completely different source a couple months ago. Guess I really like the look : )

I filled this drawer with some old croquet or pool balls that have lost their paint. Now they're simply a beautiful weathered wood sphere that would add so much texture and interest in a display.

I also found a couple of these crinkly wire desk baskets. I just love the character of these.

This large antique frame is so pretty, though it's missing its original mirror. I plan to turn the remaining backer board into a chalkboard and paint the frame white.

This salvaged iron piece is large and so striking. I can see it in a bookcase or displayed on a wall above a console.

I had to have these tulips that were in a display since they were peach, one of the colors in my new branding. They're filling a simple white vintage sap bucket.

I love it whenever I find French zinc pots like these. I've bought and sold a lot of them and they're always full of patina.

And last but not least, I also found this amazing antique leaded glass window. I LOVE this gorgeous piece and this photo does not nearly do it justice. It's very large - several feet long, and all the glass is intact. One side is a soft dove gray, the other is white. I'm going to be sad to see this one go : ) Price is $125.

There is lots more I didn't photograph, but this at least gives you a taste of some of the thing that will be available at the sale on September 6. What would you pick out? Anything that's your favorite?

Hope to see you there! You can RSVP and invite friends over on Facebook if you'd like!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Guest Bath Inspiration {Gray, White & Mint Bathroom}

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? Mine was spent sourcing some amazing new things for the big sale (more on that later), and dreaming about the next room makeover in our house.

I've been debating which room to tackle next, and have honestly been at a bit of a standstill on where to begin. It may seem like our house is done, but actually the entire back half of the house is mostly untouched. That includes three bedrooms (one to be an office), a hall bath, and our master bedroom. Somehow inspiration struck for the guest bath, so I guess that's where we're headed next! Here's what I'm thinking...

I know you're not too surprised by the white and gray : ) But I do want to add just a hint of color with mint - it always feels fresh and clean to me.

Here is how it's looking now. I apologize I forgot to take the photo during the day so it looks even worse in the evening with lights on, but at least you can see what we're working with. I recently found the bath mat at TJ Maxx and love it, and I already had the ruffled white shower curtain from our last house. The rest needs to go, however!

I really like the Hampton Bay Nadia collection from Home Depot, and will probably purchase the semi-flush mount and vanity three-light in the near future (the flush mount is on sale right now if you're interested!). I know it's picky but I much prefer lighting (especially vanity lights) with fabric shades rather than glass or plastic, so I think these fit the bill and lend a simple, elegant touch.

That plastic roller blind needs to go in a hurry, am I right? I would love to replace it with a custom roman blind made from this gorgeous Riad by Windsor Smith for Kravet in seafoam, but I think I'd probably have to sell my right leg to afford it (boo, expensive designer fabric). We'll see if I can find something similar for less. I love the geometric pattern, the fact that it's linen, and that it's a green that can read very gray, not too over-the-top green. 

Next up, shelving. I debated between a large piece of artwork to go above the toilet, or shelving. I think having shelves will allow me to add a little more personality through accessories (and change them up if I change my mind). This pretty wall shelf is from Home Decorators, though I'm not completely sure what shelf I'll actually go with. I'd really rather find something at a flea market for $15 that pay $150 for a ready-made piece, although this one is darling. So we shall see what I find.

The color will come through accessories like towels, soap and storage jars. I'm loving mint right now, but it's nice to know when I change my mind I can simply change out a few accessories for a new look. (Mason jars and soap - World Market, glass jar - Target, others - Google search)

I also plan to turn one of the balusters I recently found into a lamp for the counter. There is plenty of counter space, and I think it would add that unique vintage touch I love to have a salvaged piece incorporated. Plus I firmly believe in having a table lamp in every room to make it feel inviting!

So those are the big items - all decorative for now. I'd love to replace the tile, sink and toilet eventually, but for now a little "fluffing" will go a long way in giving this bath some personality. What do you think - is mint the right direction for this space? I'm excited to get started!



Monday, July 14, 2014

Painted Church Pew

I hope you're not tired of hearing me talk about the 12th and White Sale yet...because there's much more to come! : ) My talented friend Joey will be doing most of the furniture for the sale (and she has some amazing pieces up her sleeve!) but I will contribute a few furniture items as well. I'm especially excited about this great antique church pew I found and painted!

It's about 7.5 feet long (bigger than my own white church pew) and super sturdy. Right now it's just hanging out in my living room waiting for the sale. Actually I think it will come in handy as extra seating at a shower I'm hosting soon, but it definitely takes up quite a bit of space in our fully-furnished living room.

It's painted in Benjamin Moore's Coventry gray, and I think it's just so pretty and classic. I know chalk/milk paint is all the rage but I do love Benjamin Moore paints for all sorts of projects.

Don't you just love the little bulls eye medallions and curved arms?

When I bought it it was a glossy bright red/orange/coral color. Actually pretty fun if you're a person who likes color, but I knew it wouldn't fit in with the aesthetic of my sale : ) I sanded it down (which got red dust everywhere), primed it and gave it two coats of Coventry Gray. It will also be sealed with furniture wax for durability.

The price is $195 and I think it would make a darling addition to an entry, hallway, or as seating at a large farmhouse table. 

I'm hoping it will go to a good home September 6, but until then I certainly don't mind enjoying it a bit!

Would you put a pretty gray church pew in your house? Where?


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