Monday, October 31, 2011

Large Framed Chalkboards

I think it's such a cute idea to use big chalkboards in your home. You may have some large ornate picture frames with out of date pictures and it's an easy and inexpensive way to update the look in a room by taking out the old picture from the frame and turn it into a chalkboard with chalkboard paint!

All pictures from Pinterest


In the spirit of trick-or-treat day, here is some Halloween decorating inspiration!

All pictures from Pinterest

Saturday, October 29, 2011

This and That!

Here is a cute little coffee table and nightstand I put in booth today - coffee table is $48.00 and nightstand is $42.00!

Here are a few other things I'm working on for dealers/customers.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Vestavia Interiors & Antiques

I had to meet a dealer at Vestavia Interiors & Antiques yesterday and took some pictures of vendor booths!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


So I made sure to watch the Nate show this morning to see Shaunna from the Perfectly Imperfect blog. She did a great job and they showed lots of footage from her home where you can get tons of ideas from painted and distressed furniture to architectural pieces to great interesting vintage finds!

A local dealer had given me a couple of plain white paneled doors to do something with so here is one - I based it in black then did a quick dry brush over that with cream and then did another quick brush coat over that with a taupe then distressed and added a pair of sconces. Pieces like this just tucked in a corner or hung on the wall can add rustic and architectural interest to your home!

I blogged this summer after I did the Briarwood Flea Market about meeting a couple who are pickers and travel around the country picking from some of the biggest flea markets. They have a sale to dealers and I really wanted to go but I had to take my car in that morning and by the time I was ready to go, another dealer told me they were almost sold out! But here is one piece another dealer bought at the sale that I'm painting - it's so cute and she also bought a cute vintage cupboard I'm working on. I will definitely go early to the next sale!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nate Berkus, Ruffled Burlap Lampshade, New in Booth, Chalk Paint!

Here is a ruffled burlap lampshade I recently did. I keep seeing these on Pinterest and other places and I did mine a little differently but you can usually find tutorials along with the pictures posted on Pinterest.

I was at Faux Studio Designs yesterday to buy some more chalk paint. I haven't been working on furniture as much lately since I'm getting ready for shows and I am looking forward to using it again on a couple of customer projects. Here is a door Stacey has faux painted and a mirror in her studio!

Here is a cute cabinet I put in my booth today. The left side has been cut out and a copper piece is laid in there but there isn't a hole cut for a sink so it could be made into a sink or it would be an adorable changing table or you could even put a cute woven basket in there and hold items! It is priced at $85.00.

Shaunna from is going to be on the Nate Berkus show tomorrow! Her blog is on my blog roll and I always like to see what great projects she has to blog about! You can go to this link,, for more info. and to see pics of her trip to New York to tape the show!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Festivals and Christmas Markets in Birmingham

Here are some fall festivals and holiday markets that I know of coming up in the Birmingham area, I am sure there are many more. I think I will definitely be doing the Magical Marketplace and Prince of Peace show but not sure which others. I don't have all the times with me but you should be able to google these if you want more info. or if you can't find it, please let me know and I can get it for you!

Helena Intermediate Fall Festival - October 29
Fall Fest at Buck Creek Park in Alabaster - October 29
Pelham Pantherette's Holidayz Shops of Christmas - Nov. 4 and 5
Vestavia United Methodist Church Magical Marketplace - Nov. 4
Briarwood Christmas Market - Nov. 4
Prince of Peace School at the Preserve in Hoover - November 13
Hollydazzle at Brook Highland Plaza - December 9 and 10

Friday, October 21, 2011

Vintage Revivals

Here is another really cute blog - I actually saw her on The Nate Show a month or two ago and she has great DIY projects on her blog!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An Artist's Home -

I love it when I see a home that really reflects the personality of the homeowners and this one does! I found the blog through Pinterest but this is an artist who lives in Oregon, has published a book, and has such a cute home

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The French Flea is a Birmingham, AL based business specializing in selling painted and distressed furniture, rustic home decor and more. It reflects a love of anything french, rustic, shabby, chippy paint, distressed! We currently have a booth at Greystone Antiques on Hwy. 280 in Hoover and The Blue Building in Alabaster. We also offer custom furniture painting and will be your "picker" or personal shopper and look for pieces you are in search of! To contact The French Flea, call Karen at 721-0578 or email!