1940’s Barbershop Scene

set up 2 (2)This Barbershop scene was started by my dad, Bennie Day, around 1955 before I was born. Recently I got it out of storage and decided I would finish it in honor of my dad. Bennie was a wood carver and loved making scenes that represented Americana. He completed a football exhibit with over 100 figurines that featured a Sugar Bowl game in 1950 with LSU and Oklahoma, a Western Saloon scene, and an old time Country Store.  He  didn’t complete the Barbershop scene – life with 5 children and a full time job made it difficult to get to his hobby of woodcarving. I tried  to make it look like a 1940’s Barbershop by doing some research on the internet. If my dad had completed it everything in it would have been hand crafted including the figurines of people that would have been there. Unfortunately I couldn’t do that but did get my siblings involved and we all handcrafted something for it. (some items will be added later)

collage of barber shopThis is what it looked like at the beginning of the project. He had the walls already painted green, the checkered floor painted, the cabinets, shelf, and sink were done. The barber chair was handcrafted by him but not put together yet and was in about 15 pieces. So that was the biggest challenge – to figure out how they all went together. He ended up having all the pieces to it done except one – the part to connect the leg rest to the bottom of the chair. Thankfully my husband was able to attach a piece of wood for that part. The chair has a base with a small rod and it actually swivels. The window and door had been completed back in 1955 also, they just weren’t glued in yet. I love the sign he painted on the window along with the lettering that he so carefully placed on both the door and the window.

 

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little items & furnitureI bought miniature objects to put in the scene from Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and ordered some from “Mary’s Miniatures” online. Some items I had to change or paint but most came ready to use. My favorite items were the shaving kit with a mug, brush, and razor. My sister and I made the aprons & capes. We have some other items that will come soon from my siblings who live away.

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It was hard for me to finally settle on where everything would go on a permanent basis. I used  regular elmer’s glue which would be easier to remove if I have to later.

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My husband made the covering for it out of plexiglass.  He attached it with screws so that it can be taken apart when needed to add items or to fix anything.

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These are my 2 favorite pics. I love looking through the window and thinking about what it would have been like in the 40’s and the characters that would have been there. I’m sure my dad was thinking of the story of his sister and brother in law running off to get married in the small town of Hahnville, LA. in 1942. World War II was going on and they wanted to get married before he was called off to war. The Justice of the Peace was also the town barber so they got married in the barbershop. He pulled the Bible from under the slot machine and that is why I made sure a bible was placed in this scene – to commemorate this story. The 2nd pic is looking through my dad’s magnifying glass at the barber chair that he created so long ago. I felt as though my dad was looking down on me during this whole process of bringing back to life something that he had a vision for. I think he would be happy with the way it turned out.

 

 

Sandra and I (2)The Barbershop Scene is now on display at our restaurant. We happened to have an old Barbershop cabinet that we used for storage and that works well to display it on. This is my sister and I on the day it was put out. We love sharing our dad’s work and are so proud of him.

 

 

 

GINGERSCOMPUTER - IMG_4425 (2)Here is a picture of one of his other scenes – the Country Store. This shows what a wonderful carver he was and how he captured the scene so beautifully.  Bennie never worked from pictures, but preferred carving from a memory of what the scene should be like.

 

 

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French Povincial Nightstand

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I found this French Provincial nightstand while antiquing in North Louisiana. It brings back memories of my childhood since I had a large set of this type bedroom furniture in my teenage years and I saved it for my children to use for a while.  The top of the nightstand has the melamine surface so I left that alone since it was in good shape. I painted the rest of it with a white/primer paint.  Then I painted the front of the drawers with Sherwin Williams Drizzle made into chalk paint. I painted one area above each drawer with some enamel gold paint. I distressed lightly some of the areas where the original gold was. I love the way the gold looks with the Drizzle color. I put CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax on everything but the top. I replaced the beautiful original hardware on the drawers. My husband replaced the gliders to the drawers since the original ones were messed up. I purchased a drawer track guide kit at a hardware store.

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This shows the painting and distressing process.

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This shows putting the drawer lining in. I already had this beautiful wallpaper type paper that my daughter had given me. It is smooth and durable and can be wiped clean. I usually paint the inside of drawers but I think this works really well to give it that vintage look.

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Here is a close up of the finished nightstand. I will put it in my shop today and I don’t think it will be there for long.

End table made with Vintage Drawer

IMG_6116I bought a vintage drawer about a year ago thinking I would use it for something one day. Recently I saw on Pinterest an idea for making an end table with one and showed it to my husband. He used his woodworking skills and got on it right away. We had all of the materials already available in his workshop. My friend had recently given me some furniture legs which is so great to have for projects.

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It all started with this drawer. I loved the style and the drawer pull. This shows it with a new piece of wood in the inside since it needed to be sturdy to hold things.

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First my husband put the legs on. Then he made a bottom shelf using some new wood for the base and then reclaimed wood pieces we had leftover from another project.  I painted the inside of the drawer green.

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The legs and the new wood added were unfinished wood so I stained them with dark walnut minwax stain. When dry I painted over the stain with green paint. Then I distressed it so that the legs would look vintage to go along with the drawer. The drawer was faded and very plain so I decided to paint it a light yellow and distress. I kept the drawer pull original. For sealing I used polycrylic over the reclaimed wood shelf and in the inside of the drawer. I used CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax on the drawer and the legs. I really like the way it came out and it is for sale in my shop and works well for displaying items. I do have some drawers I collected from when my daughter’s house flooded so always looking for great ideas to use for drawers.    This SOLD around Christmas time!

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Vinyl Chair Painted & Stenciled

I love working with vinyl furniture! It is so easy to paint. I used Sherwin Williams Drizzle made into chalk paint. I used Sherwin Williams Dover White for the chair legs and for the white flower stenciling.

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My inspiration- The flower stencil and the pillow. I knew the seat would be perfect for this stencil and the color Drizzle matched so well with it.

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It was my 1st time to use a foam pouncer by Martha Stewart. I really liked the way it went on smooth and was easy to clean. The flowers did not all look perfect but that’s ok. I put 2 coats of Polycrylic to seal the vinyl part of the chair. I painted the wood parts of the chair 3 coats, decided not to distress it and used CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax to seal.

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Here it is in my shop. I think this would be a fun accent chair. I’m not sure how well painted vinyl will hold up if the chair is used a lot and probably not animal or kid proof. I think a good name for this chair is “Grandmother’s Doilies”. The flowers remind me of lacy doilies.

Redo of Vintage Suitcase

This vintage suitcase has been on my list for a redo for years. It was for sale in my shop  for a while but I knew no one would buy it in the condition it was in.  The problem was the inside had a vey bad musty smell. I tried to get the smell out with dryer sheets, baking soda, and febreeze but to no avail.  I was able to get out the original lining fairly easy by tearing and cutting it out. (sorry I didn’t get a pic of that stage) There was wood underneath part of it and it was in good shape. It still had some of the musty smell so I tried putting Kitty litter in it for a while and that worked.  (Thanks Pinterest for that idea!) The before pic shows it with the litter in it.

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I gathered the materials I would need such as papers to decoupage, ribbon and gel medium. I wanted it to have a music theme. I had some music wrapping paper and vintage sheet music. The liquid leaf paint is for some extra embellishment and for the handle of the suitcase.

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A lacy type ribbon was hot glued at the bottom of the suitcase. At the top I hung a piece of twine and put mini clothespins on it before putting the wide burlap ribbon around the edges. I thought it would be nice to be able to hang pictures and the original key from it.

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I put a copy of vintage sheet music, “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams at the bottom of the suitcase. To make it look more vintage and match the rest of the suitcase I tore the edges and put distress stain and then used Mod Podge Antique Matte over it.

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I put  2 coats of the gel medium and 1 coat of the mod podge antique matte to seal it.  The bottom pic shows it in my shop on top of a suitcase holder. Notice in these pics the handles. I did paint it with Liquid Leaf Florentine Gold and added some streaks here and there in the inside of the suitcase. I left the outside of the suitcase original except for the handle.

 

 

Wall Coffee Mug Holder made from old scraps of wood

Our daughter is back in her home that flooded and this is one of the projects that we did recently for her house. She found the cute table to use for her coffee station in New Orleans. She lived there for a while in a hotel since her house was under construction.  She got the idea of the coffee mug holder from Pinterest.  She saved some of the boards from her house, bought a couple of them at a reclaimed store, and used parts saved from a very old cabinet that was her vanity prior to the flood.  My husband cut the pieces various lengths and put them together on a piece of board with a nail gun. I put on a clear coat of satin polycrylic to seal it and to keep the loose shavings of paint from flaking off.  I found the perfect hooks for it at Wal-mart (6 to a pack).  My husband came up with a great idea of putting the screws in the piece to hang it up where some of the hooks would be, so they would not show.  We put 12 hooks on it but plan to add two more to the bottom later. Our daughter is very pleased with the way it turned out and plans to collect mugs from places she visits in the future.  It’s been a long, hard ordeal for her house to get completed ( contractor problems, 100 year old house problems,  etc.) but it is coming together and looking like home again.

Close up of the finished piece.

Custom painted pieces for a friend’s vacation home

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My friend asked me to paint some furniture pieces that she owned for her family’s vacation home they just purchased.  I don’t do custom pieces too often but I decided to take on the projects.   It was a challenge with the pieces being so massive but somehow it all got done within 2 weeks.   She picked out the colors for all of the furniture and sent me pics of the bedspreads that would be used on both beds.

The first piece I worked on was a King size headboard and footboard. I painted it Sherwin Williams Drizzle made into chalk paint. Then I distressed it, then sealed it with clear and dark wax.  We decided to leave the metal lattice the way it was. I love the designs on the sides of the headboard and how they came to life when distressed and waxed.

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The after picture of the King size headboard

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The footboard was so thick and solid it could stand up on its own. This made it easier to paint because I didn’t have to lean it on anything.

 

 

 

img_2837The next piece was a dresser that my friend wanted to match to the bed even though they originally didn’t go together.  I first planned to paint the entire dresser but as I examined the wood I didn’t want to cover it all. The top was in great condition and had such a shiny varnished surface.  I knew it would be better to leave it alone. The parts of the dresser that framed the drawers were also left with the original wood .  I experimented with leaving the middle panel of wood on each drawer and the cabinet with the original wood but ended up painting that later.  I kept on the original hardware & added some rub on bronze to help them tie in with the bronze accents on the metal lattice on the headboard.

This was what it looked like when I experimented with leaving some wood on the drawers. It was interesting but not what the client had in mind.

This was what it looked like when I experimented with leaving some wood on the drawers. It was interesting but not what the client had in mind.

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Here is the picture of the complete set in her vacation condo. I think the colors she picked really work well with the bedspread.

 

 

 

 

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img_6495_jpgAnother furniture piece was this headboard for another bedroom.  It is a very unique piece and had bamboo inserted in the center ovals. I painted both front and back with Sherwin Williams Viva Gold.  I sealed it with a clear and dark wax.

I was very relieved and happy when I finished all 6 pieces and they were picked up from my workshop, just in time for Thanksgiving.  They were able to set up their condo and enjoy it Thanksgiving weekend.  It is always a learning experience to do custom pieces and it was great to work with such high quality furniture.  It is rewarding to see the pieces in their new home and one day I plan to go see it in person.