Thursday, November 6, 2014

Using a Vintage Toboggan for a Tablescape

What can be done with an 8-foot toboggan? Find an 8 1/2-foot table, remove the pad, and use it for display!  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Loving Amy Howard Reds!

... Just a Few Things...

Blogging has never been much more than a pastime.  For some people, they've built a huge following, with a business to follow.

With the popularity of Facebook pages for businesses, I've neglected to not only update to my small-but-oh-so-important group of followers but I've neglected to catch up on reading blogs.

Truly, something has been missing.

As a vendor in the West Bottoms vintage market scene in Kansas City, I stay very busy.  I'm fortunate to be a vendor in Restoration Emporium.  Our building houses 3 stories of vendors - nearly 50 vendors total.  I am a lucky girl to be on the main level!

I have a studio in the same building - it's where the magic happens!

I had fun painting this Broyhill hutch.   I used Amy Howard paint, mixing equal parts Charm School and Shaw Red.  This color was the brain child of my friend, Steven.   #amyhoward

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Where Have I Been?

Where have I been? 

Here at home!  I haven't moved.  But life has gotten a tad more complicated lately.  And my business is growing.  Therefore I'm working harder and have less free time.  But I love to work, so no complaints here. 

Restoration Emporium is home to my business.  It's this weekend in the West Bottoms of KC. 

It's almost February...have you set your goals for the year?  It's time to nail them down.  We know that Scriptures in Habakkuk tell us to write the vision...truth is there...obedience should follow. 


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lamps to love...

I'm loving the new lamps I have in my River Market Antique Mall booth.  (Third floor, #518). 

I gave my tired space a new look. 

Now, it's time to go paint furniture for Restoration Emporium.  It's the 1st Friday weekend in the West Bottoms. 

I will be painting a child's dresser and 2 side tables with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence.  Pics to follow!

Remember to "like" my facebook page - Annie Mason.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

It's Been Awhile...

So much has been going on these last few months!  Good stuff!

My daughter is engaged, I've lost a few pounds, my youngest was home from college only to go out of state for the summer to work at a camp.  The list could go on!

No blogging for me! 

I'm still junking!  Took a road trip with two girlfriends to the Junk Jubilee in Des Moines. 

Currently, I sell at Restoration Emporium in the Cellar - West Bottoms of KC on the First-Friday-Weekends.  And I still sell at River Market Antique Mall in Kansas City. 

Please find my facebook page - Annie Mason - and "like" it!  It's where I'll post daily in regards to all things vintage!

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Challenge to Antique Dealers

I call myself an antique dealer, loosely, apologetically. 

Truthfully, most of what I try to sell falls in the "vintage" category.  Not 100 years old.  Yet at least 20 years old.

We are all trying to sell the same stuff, the same junk, the same.  All across my city, Kansas City, there are hundreds of dealers.  We are all competing for a very small piece of the pie.  We run 30% off sales in our booth, only to have the dealer around the corner having a 50% off sale.  Competition drives down prices.  That's why Kansas City is probably the best city for finding vintage/antique items at the cheapest prices. 

My point is, we've lost our creativity.  When a dealer uses a different technique and comes up with a new twist on, let's say painting a dresser, then within the month, that technique is copied around our city at rapid pace, springing up in the West Bottom's famous First Friday Weekend sales.  Each shop is offering the same stuff the shop around the corner offers.

I am talking to myself here - preaching at myself.  Because I'm as guilty as anybody.  In the quest for increased sales, we feel this is necessary. 

I don't know how to solve this problem, except to do something different than others.  But be assured, the "bubble will burst" when you are shortly thereafter copied, time and time again. 

Part of the answer sounds harsh, but dealers who are hobbyists, who don't have the true need to make money for their household, are competing and adding to the pool of dealers.  Consequently, we have to sell goods at lower prices. 

Another answer is to NOT GIVE IN TO THE GREEDY DEMAND FOR CHEAPER GOODS!  I mean, who really wants to fill up their house with $19 side tables?  We've gotta face it - we wind up with lesser quality. 

I had an antique dresser in my booth at River Market Antique Mall for 8 months.  It's very old - unique dovetailing, and the woman who sold it to me said that it came through the wagon trains.  No one would pay me $395 for it.  Everyone wants an $89 dresser that has white paint on it.  I was told to paint it to get it noticed.  What did I do?  I brought it home to keep for myself and hauled to the mall a painted antique, which I had in my entry but grew tired off - not the best quality but it will probably sell soon because it's not as expensive. 

Yes, I'm ranting.  And I value comments. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Project using my Homemade Chalk Paint

Using homemade chalk paint, this is the project I painted.  And I could kick myself for not getting a "before" shot of this piece.  Let me describe the original:  using regular paint, it would have needed sanding because there was a lot of gloss on the veneer.  So...

I happened upon a  blog at called "It's Just Me" and saw her fabulous work.  I emailed her and asked questions and she shared that she mixes plaster of paris with water and adds it to paint.  More plaster or paris means more of a chalky appearance.

So, I had a can of light blue paint in a satin latex and put about 3/4 cup in a container.  I added about 1/4 cup of a plaster/water solution.  (I added enough water to the plaster of paris to make it like runny yogurt.) 

That's all!  I waited a day, then sanded it down before applying urethane to the top and paste wax to all the other parts.  I'm happy with the results.  I didn't pay much for this piece and it's so lightweight - I knew not to invest a lot of time in it with sanding and priming.  It won't sell for a lot of money!

Mixing the chalk paint took less than 5 minutes.  Love the results!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Making My Own Chalk Paint

I have been reading all over about people using the oh-so-expensive chalk paint.  It's hard to find! 

But from what I read, so EASY to make.  And cheaper!  No sanding or priming!

I have no pics because I haven't decided which piece to try it on. 

You just use the paint of your choice, mixing it with Plaster of Paris.  I've seen this on numerous blogs. ( I will post the links later on - I want to get permission.)

Let me know if your try it.
So...I think I'll try it on a frame first! 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pinterest and Blogging - Time for a Pinkie Match

Pinterest has been more interesting to me than blogging lately.  Time to square off!  I've neglected my "tiny blog".  It's not that I don't like blogs;  it's just that pinterest is so easy and I get more ideas.  It's quick and I like that. 

...which has nothing to do with these fab pics of interiors, which I pulled off Pinterest.  My style...

When my house grows up, it wants to look like that.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dressing Table Sweetness

After beginning to paint this sweet dressing table, I realized I had failed, once again, to take a before shot.  Let's just say it was dull, tired, and dinged.

Using ProClassics from Sherwin Williams in Roman Column, I painted away...then once the top was perfectly painted I took a dough scraper and scraped off the paint, revealing authentic crackling and imperfections.  I love the look.  The framed mirror is also finished in the same manner.  Three coats of polyurethane topped it off nicely.

I moved this to my booth at River Market Antique Mall.  Hope it sells this weekend!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Antique Booth Re-Vamp!

River Market Antique Mall, in the heart of Kansas City, has 4 stories of wonderful spaces full of antiques and vintage finds. 

My booth is on the 3rd level, along the west wall.  It's a large booth, so I took 3 old doors and attached brackets to the bottoms, fastening those brackets to the floor.  I created a "wall" which divides my 8-by-16 foot space into 2 spaces. 

Today I will add a beautiful dressing table, with attached mirror.  I painted it and SO regret not taking "before" pics.  It was old, dinged, and tired.  Next post, I'll feature it, along with a little chest which I did take a "before" shot.

Notice the antique baby bathtub made of graniteware!  I wanted to keep this and if it hasn't sold by Spring, it's coming home.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Vintage Jewelry Obsession

Vintage jewelry is addicting.  I love this owl pendant;  I embellished it with a bauble and added a jumpring.  All of these pieces are on etsy. 

Actually, I've gotten my vintage jewelry stash quite organized.

I am prepping for 2 shows this spring - the Fleeting Flea in Overland Park, Kansas, and Gypsy Chicks in Parkville, Missouri. 

I plan on taking all sorts of vintage finds, my jewelry in particular. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Yearling Poses...

photo courtesy of Ron Peterson

photo courtesy of Ron Peterson

My husband has a new hobby - photography.  In November, he looked outside our bedroom window and saw this yearling by my flower cart.  Or dried flower cart, that is. 

I think these are some of my favorite photos...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Printers' Drawer Decor

Our family has two generations in the printing industry.  My late father-in-law gave me these printers' blocks and the drawer years ago.

I remember having printers' drawers years ago and I, like everyone else, used it to display junk of all sorts. 

Now, it has a place in our dining room, full of various fonts and sizes of blocks.  How weird to think that this was the method for printing, and not that long ago.  When I was Single-working-girl, I worked at a printing company and, yes, they "set type". 

How times have changed...

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ring It In!

It's that time....ring it in! 

"Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him."    Oswald Chambers