This weeks featured vintage finds are FOR SALE right now on Craigslist! First up is this yummy coffee table that I completely refinished myself. Yep, I like to work in the garage. I don’t have a lot of time for this, but it is so satisfying to sand something down to and then make it beautiful again. I didn’t think this table needed it when I first got it, but once I got home and gave it a harder look, it had a very sad refinish job with lots of drips. I sanded this baby down and gave it a darker walnut stain to modernize it a bit and then finished it with a few coats of wipe on poly. It is stunning! The two tone of the wood and the wood grain really shine now.
If you are in Austin and you want it – come and get it. I am asking $300. What do you think?
Next up is this super cool vintage metal Pearl beer sign. It would look sweet in your man cave, over a bar, on the patio, hmmmmm, or even in the living room. If I don’t sell it, it’s going out on my patio so come and get it quick! This metal sign is rusty and distressed, but the screenprint is new. I did not make this, I happened upon it whilst buying wayyyyyy too many vintage goodies from Paco in San Antonio. Don’t ask, I am a sucker for cool stuff. Yes, Paco sold me the coffee table too! He made me do it to get two awesome chairs that I hope to reupholster and refinish someday soon. Did I mention I am addicted to rehabbing vintage goodies? There, I said it, now you know me a little bit better.
Big empty walls are hard to decorate, especially when there is a big TV in the middle of it and 10 foot ceilings. We put up some art to the left and top of the TV kind of asymmetrically, but there was still a big empty space on the right that I thought I would eventually fill with more photos. Then, I bought some awesome Rex Ray decals from Blik and put them in the sunroom. OMG, I LOVE Rex Ray so much! He is an American artist and his mixed media paintings are A M A Z I N G! I have a print of his on canvas and these decals, they are so pretty.
When Spoonflower launched decals as one of the mediums you could print on, I knew I had to do some custom decals for that space on the wall a la Rex Ray / Blik.
I had painted an abstract painting and placed it over the bed, so thought that would be perfect to make the decals out of. Here are the steps I followed to make this happen – it’s easy, I promise.
1. Get Inspired!!!
Find an image or painting you want to convert to decals. Take it outside, preferably, and take some crisp photos off it with your flash off. A cloudy day, or early in the morning when the light is softer would be good so there is no direct sun. You can also scan your image if it is small enough. Please use an image you have the rights to! OR, go to my spoonflower shop and buy decals of one of my patterns, or one of the many awesome images and patterns available!
2. Edit it in Photoshop or PicMonkey, whatever image editing software you have. PicMonkey is amazing and free!
I opened the photo in Photoshop to crop it and bump up the saturation a little to make the colors a little brighter. I also used a little blur or oil painting effect on it to soften it and remove the texture of the canvas.
3. Upload to Spoonflower and print.
Save the image as a PNG file and upload it to Spoonflower after creating your account. Since this is a painting you want to either make the image fit on one decal, or you can use the mirror repeat so there are no weird repeat problems with your image. I used mirror repeat and made the image larger and smaller until I liked how it looked. Add to cart and print! A week or so later your decal arrives in the mail!
4. Cut and Stick.
Decide on a shape and design first to plan out your cuts. I did simple oblong shapes that I placed vertically or horizontally. I used plain old scissors to cut these shapes, but if you want perfectly straight cuts, I recommend using a paper cutter or razor cutter of some sort on a self healing mat. I cut the decal into different length strips, then cut the edges into the round shape. They are not totally perfect, but I wanted an organic look. You can cut them all at once, or cut a few to get started, then keep cutting them as you place them on the wall. They are pretty easy to remove and restick too, so you don’t have to freak out about getting it perfect the first time!
I have an addiction to the Austin thrift stores and Craigslist. This is a later in life thing, I used to hate going to antique stores with my parents looking at all the junk. But, I have developed a taste for mid century modern and quirky vintage stuff! And, buying used is eco-friendly and I am a little bit of a save the planet type of person. I also love Hollywood Regency, Italian, Art Deco, French Art Deco or 70s and 80s design, but it has to be clean lines, modern, unique and have a little funk! Think Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler – I love those bitches! I cannot afford their stuff though, so have to peruse the antique and thrift stores looking for similar wares. I have somehow managed to fill my garage and home with some unfinished, but very promising, projects. I am going to start sharing them with you!
This week is like the score of a lifetime, in my opinion. Rudy and I have been looking for chairs for our living room forever. He wanted a recliner. Yuck! Well, there are some awesome modern recliners out there, thank goodness, but guess what? They all cost over $2000, at least! We have been seriously considering buying this one from Room and Board in navy blue leather. Yea, it would have cost us like $2300 bucks or so. We have been waiting until we had the money, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Then, we spotted some newly released Milo Baughman chairs at Nest in downtown Austin. I LOVE MILO BAUGHMAN!!! He is a furniture designer. Rudy saw the recliner and said he really liked it. Really? A cool, Milo Baughman recliner that my hubby likes too? I love it when we have the same taste in something.
As a side note, I have been searching for some Milo Baughman vintage chrome tub chairs, like these, for quite some time.
I have found new ones and old ones, but they are just too expensive. I want to have them custom upholstered in whatever fabric my little heart desires. If you have some, or know anyone who wants to sell them to me, let me know! Anyway. (That’s for you, Dad!) My Dad LOVES it when I say “Anyway”. I guess I say it alot.
Anyway, I haven’t found my dream pair of chairs yet, but… we found Rudy’s!!! Well, I found it. On Craigslist! WOOT!
It is in pretty good condition – needs some sanding/restaining and tightening up, but it works great and is comfy. We scored it for $600. I can’t believe it. I just found 3 identical vintage ones on 1stdibs for between $2150 and $3400. WOW!!!! 1stdibs is for rich people, or not so smart rich people, geez, the prices are insane! You can buy a brand spanking new one at Nest or Design Within Reach starting at the bargain price of $3100. Well, here is Rudy’s new man chair. We may get it reupholstered in some snazzy velvet or soft leather someday, but for now, it works fine! Do you like mid century design?
Have you ever heard of Milkandhoneyshoes.com? Neither had I. Well, let me fill you in. You can design your own custom shoes. WOW, mind blown. Spoonflower’s fabric of the week contest was to design a small scale geometric that could be used ON SHOES!!! SO AWESOME!! So, the deal is that they will pick 4 of the designs in the top ten and make them available on their website to apply to their shoes. Here’s my entry. GO VOTE if you want some Art Deco Mod Black and White Pop on your feet. I know I do! There are some awesome designs in the contest this week, it’s pretty cool. And, if you want to just go there now and design some shoes for fun go to milkandhoneyshoes.com right now. You know you want to.
So, this was an interesting challenge. Use the Adobe Kuler app to take a photo of your environment to derive the color palette for a pattern. I used my bedroom as it has lots of colors and I was thinking of doing something inspired by the Kantha quilt on my bed, which is pretty colorful. However, when I took the photo, the colors ended up very muted and the color palettes I was getitng were muted. But, I loved them! It was very unexpected and outside of my usual bright and cheery colors I use. I was hooked. I have been wanting to go more muted, but it just hasn’t worked until now. I HAD to use these colors – I love designing with a constraint.
I had come up with the pattern before the palette in this case, but wasn’t happy with the colors so this was my chance to use the moody colors and see what happened. The pattern was a surprise too because I originally wanted to do something simple on the diagonal. However, making a repeating pattern on the diagonal requires precise measurements and probably some math and there was no way I was going to do that, haha. So, I put the pattern onto Spoonflower and did a mirror repeat and VOILA – awesome geometric diamonds with a southwest / damask / I don’t know what pattern emerged. Love at first sight! I named it Serendipity because the whole process was surprising and meant to happen I think.
If I win this week, I get 1 year free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud! Sweet! Go vote for me now!
Another fabric of the week contest entry. I didn’t win, but I came in 21st place out of almost 300 entries and I am proud of that! I decided to turn this fabric into a geeky pillow and added the word “Geek” to it for fun. I think it turned out fun! I am also toying with the idea of selling my patterns on pillows on Etsy with customizable names/ words. If there is a market for it, I will make it happen!
I am planning to get some cotton knit printed to make PJ’s for my son and hubby – they have both requested I sew them some lickety split! Once I order the fabric, this print will be available for sale in my Spoonflower store.
Here’s the latest surface pattern I’m working on for Spoonflower’s fabric of the week contest. The theme is ‘Citrus Fruits’. I wanted to do something bright on dark gray so I started by drawing some “slices” of grapefruits, limes and oranges. I wanted to make them true to life, but with my usual geometric design style. I drew all the ‘pulp’ as drops that make up the slices. Then, I couldn’t help myself but to incorporate some ombre as the pith and skin. After messing around a LOT, I came up with this scallop pattern and then created the simple grey on grey versions as my grey background. I think it turned out sort of like lace! Grey, green, orange, and coral lace anyway. I’m still tweaking it, but here is the one I think I will enter. What do you think? I’m thinking kitchen tea towels, placemats, napkins and a sweet twirly skirt would be juicy fruit fun!