Hand Made Stamped Linen Napkins

photo 4 copyI got the idea for making hand stamped napkins because I’ve been seeing a lot of fabrics with geometric patterns lately, and everything I’ve been liking has been out of my budget.

Like any good rehabber, that just means a DIY project is on the horizon.

 

I found this article from Apartment Therapy on how to make the napkins. I got half a yard of linen from the local fabric store. Then I washed the linen to pre-shrink. After that, I got to cutting. The only difference from the tutorial is that I couldn’t get my linen to rip (it was 100% so I don’t know why) so I ended up cutting it and then just fraying the edges myself.

I remembered an article about using fruit and veggie stamps from Parents magazine. I cut a triangle out of a potato and got to working.

The potato stamp with paint.

The potato stamp with paint.

I got two colors of fabric paint and mixed them to the grey that I wanted. Then painted it onto the potato for even distribution. A couple of times, I dropped the brush or the potato or moved it around a bit, so there are imperfections. I think that just adds character.

I wanted to play with the patterns and ended up making all of the napkins different.

The finished napkins (I still need to pull the threads out of one.)

The finished napkins (I still need to pull the threads out of one.)

I think they ended up pretty good, don’t you?

*note: be sure to put something under the fabric you are stamping. You don’t want the paint to bleed through and stain your work surface!

You Win Some, You Lose Some: Long Beach Flea Market

This weekend, I wandered over to Long Beach to check out the flea market that happens once a month. When I went before, I was impressed because I say so much good stuff and it was so much cheaper than Rose Bowl. It has been a while, and I think Long Beach must be more popular than ever because I feel like prices skyrocketed.

Flea Markets are hit or miss, and where Rose Bowl this month was a major win for me, this trip was a miss. Everything I wanted to buy was priced a little too high for me. I was obsessed with these wooden cannisters, but the vendor was asking $70 for the set, and that just felt like too much.

The $70 canisters just seemed a little too expensive.

The $70 canisters just seemed a little too expensive.

I did end up buying a set of glasses with midcentury looking wooden sleeves and a matching tray, but I came home feeling like I got ripped off. The guy told me that they were “Eames,” and while I didn’t believe him (no markings, no stickers, I’d never heard of a set like this), I was hoping they were a knock off  of something else. After a ton of searching after bringing them home, I can’t find much on them.

Here’s what happened: I went over to negotiate and another lady started looking at them. I got so caught up in someone else wanting them and “winning” the score that I told the guy I would take them outright. I was so upset about it, I haven’t been able to bring myself to take a photo yet. I guess the best way to learn is to make mistakes, and this has been one of those “learning experiences.” Don’t get me wrong, it is a cool set, but I think I just paid too much for it. I’ll show you guys a photo later this week when I get it cleaned up.

That being said, I did see some cool stuff at the LB Flea:

I loved this colorful stove. The guy had stoves in pink, red, blue, and classic white.

I loved this colorful stove. The guy had stoves in pink, red, blue, and classic white.

This light fixture was really cool, and was actually a good deal at $325.

This light fixture was really cool, and was actually a good deal at $325.

I liked the finish on this table.

I liked the finish on this table.

Funny, freaky figures. I didn't get a price, but they were pretty cool. They were really big, so I'm not quite sure what someone would use them for...

Funny, freaky figures. I didn’t get a price, but they were pretty cool. They were really big, so I’m not quite sure what someone would use them for…

 

Flea Market Finds at the Rose Bowl

Last Sunday was probably one of the best times I’ve ever had at the Rose Bowl (well, other than the time we filmed Flea Market Flip!)

It was like all of the vendors brought their A-game to make up for the rain the month before. I’m absolutely in LOVE with everything I got!

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I loved all of these midcentury candle holders. The tins are so pretty and are brightening up my kitchen counter right now!

craftsman

This Craftsman toolbox really represents Roadside Rehab to me. I can see it on display in my office one day. It looks a little roached out, but it still has some mileage because its got good bones and is so beautiful!

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I bought this chair for my house. It was picked at a farm in CA, and they said they think its from around the 1930s. The leather cushion is stuffed with horsehair.

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This was my FAVORITE cup when I was a little kid, so I couldn’t pass it up.

I was in love with this Royal Crown soda cooler. It was so pretty. My parents grew up near the RC Cola factory in Columbus, GA so this piece made me nostalgic.

I was in love with this Royal Crown soda cooler. It was so pretty. My parents grew up near the RC Cola factory in Columbus, GA so this piece made me nostalgic.

vintage projector

I just had to snap a photo of this vintage projector. I love the green (Kelly green is a personal favorite) and the fact that the plaque says “Hollywood.”

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So happy after a long day of hoarding junkin’.

$10 Side Table Transformation

Recently a friend gave me a couple of things for helping her pick out some new furniture pieces for her house.
Among them was this side table.

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It was in awful condition– it was super scratched up and had even been stored outside for awhile. Not necessarily the shape or style I would normally choose, I decided to jazz it up with a bright electric blue paint and a fun knob from Anthropologie.

The first knob I tried didn't quite work.

The first knob I tried didn’t quite work.

The second knob was much better!

The second knob was much better!

Here's the finished product. Pretty fun, huh? I could totally see this jazzing up a room!

Here’s the finished product. Pretty fun, huh? I could totally see this jazzing up a room!

I’m saying this cost about $10 because the knob was $7 and I didn’t even use half a can of paint or primer. It was a totally simple fix, so before you throw away that piece that’s been bugging you, try painting it and giving it a new life!

Future Flea Market Finds

Doing a little research for my thesis today, and came across this quote from Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen in their book The New Digital Age and thought I’d share:

“Eventually, the accoutrements of technologies we marvel at today will be sold in flea markets as antiques, like rotary phones before them.”

I thought that was such an interesting thought, think about buying an iPhone 6 at the flea market like we would buy a record player or a typewriter today. It is kind of funny to think about how different technology today looks… I feel like the old stuff has much more character. I wonder if people will think that about our “modern technology.”

Do you really think someone would want to put an iPhone in their space as a decorative piece or conversation starter?

Cleaning With Vinegar: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

It isn’t just for Easter Eggs or salad dressing.

I’ve heard about mixing up vinegar and water to clean mirrors and windows. I grew up using a vinegar soak to keep new bikinis bright. Recently, I learned that there’s a whole community online talking about the ways you can use vinegar and other natural ingredients in household cleaning.

I guess I have hard water because my sinks have gotten this gunk from limescale that won’t come off with regular cleaners. I was googling what to do about it, and I came across vinegar. Articles said to soak a cloth in vinegar and let it sit on the spots for a few hours. On some sinks, I had more luck than others.

Before: yuck!

Before: yuck!

In the bathroom, I poured the vinegar on, scrubbed a little with an old toothbrush, and then poured a little more on and let it sit for about half an hour before the white stuff just scrubbed right off. It felt like a miracle!

Look how clean it got!

Look how clean it got!

The kitchen was a different story. I probably should have tested a small spot first, because the vinegar wasn’t working so well. One site suggested putting a ziplock over the vinegar soaked cloth, so I tried that and left it on for a few hours. It ATE AWAY at the finish and seemed to corrode part of the faucet. Yes, the green limescale came off of the sink, but so did some of the finish. My boyfriend came over and was excited because he thinks the sink looks a lot better, but I’m voting for a new fixture.

Anyway, I would say that the best thing to do is to scrub with the vinegar and to leave it on for only a little while. I wouldn’t do the whole vinegar soaked cloth thing again. It seemed like a lot more work, and not really worth the risk of corroding the sink.

Bench, Please

Lately, I’ve been looking around for pieces to help a friend’s living room shine. During my search, I’ve become obsessed with benches.

Yeah, a weird thing to be obsessed with, but I guess that comes with the territory when you’re always looking at furniture. Anyway… I came across this bench on Chairish yesterday and can’t get it out of my head. It’s handmade, I love the way the back is lighter, and it just oozes chic.

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If you haven’t heard of Chairish yet, it is kind of like Etsy meets 1st Dibs. A lot of the stuff is vintage, some is handmade or rehabbed, and, generally speaking, the stuff is higher quality than Etsy, and a little less pricey than 1stDibs.