Monday, January 30, 2012

I'm Selling Pallets!

Just wanted to let you know that I am selling pallets now. If you go on Pinterest, you will see endless possibilities of what people are doing with pallets - coffee tables, shelves, headboards, signs, room dividers, carts... You can leave them intact or just use the old wood boards and make signs. So, if you are interested in buying the pallets as they are or would like a pallet turned into one of these creations, just let me know!

All pics courtesy of Pinterest.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Salvage Dior DIY and Pinterest Inspiration

I love this project Kate did over at Salvage Dior blog (the link is below). In this room, you would never know these are rubber door mats! I've also seen where they lay the mats over large boards and spray paint the pattern onto the boards. I think I'm going to try this both ways...

Some pics today from Pinterest:

Great idea for a frame...

Like the tin...

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Here are some pieces of furniture I have sold to customers and dealers recently. I'm also working on some cute pieces to put in Greystone next week!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Antique and Appraisal Market in Columbiana

Here is some info. I recently got on a fun event coming up in Columbiana. I am looking into being a vendor and if I do, I'll let you know. But I'm anxious to see Dr. Handley's barn - maybe it's just the barn I've been looking for to do the Barn Sales!

LET’S HAVE A BARN SALE!! Not your typical everyday venue around here, but we are not planning on a typical sale! This event is going to be a FUN filled day! Filled with antiques, vintage, reto and some junkin farm fresh fun stuff. Be sure to save the date March 3 and join the fun:

Antique and Appraisal Market
Got Stuff?
What’s it worth?

Central Alabama Antique & Appraisal Market

Date and Location: March 3, 2012, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Handley Barn, 245 Old Highway 25 West, Columbiana.

The market is sponsored by the Friends of the Columbiana Library and the City of Columbiana. All proceeds will support programs of the Columbiana (AL) Public Library.

We don’t appraise geezers or precocious children, but if you’ve wondered what Aunt Minnie’s tea set, your granny’s vase, and Bubba’s wind-up toy would bring at auction, bring it to the market and our knowledgeable dealers will help you figure it out.

Join us for a day of swapping antique stories plus food, fun, and music. General admission is a donation of $5 and appraisals by knowledgeable dealers are $5 per item with a limit of 3 items per customer.

Here is an article in the Shelby County Reporter on the event:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

French Flea Pins on Pinterest

When I looked at my blog yesterday after not blogging for awhile, I noticed that a lot of hits were coming from Pinterest so I looked and I think this link shows all of the pics from The French Flea blog that people have pinned on their Pinterest pinboards! (You will have to copy the link into your browser if you want to see.)

Greystone Antiques

I went to do something at Greystone Antiques today so I took some pictures. I feel very inadequate next to these vendors with such beautiful things but I picked a booth a little tucked away from the front! I will be moving in around the first of February and will post pics of my booth then.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Chalkboards and Old Windows used in Vintage, Rustic, Shabby Chic Weddings!

It's that time of year when brides are planning their spring and summer weddings. Chalkboards are so great for rustic weddings and perfect because you can use them afterwards in your home as a keepsake. Here are pics of a couple of chalkboard doors I recently sold:

Here is the chalkboard door that Shawn recently bought at my trunk show that Shawn and Kelli of Southern Soiree will use for a bride's upcoming wedding!

Here is another chalkboard door I did that Suzanne at For Home is using in front of her shop!

Here are some examples from Pinterest of how brides used chalkboards in their weddings and wedding receptions!

Here is a great old window I recently found when out picking that would be cute for a wedding reception.

And here are a few more pics from Pinterest showing old windows incorporated into weddings...

If you are planning your wedding in the Birmingham, AL area and are interested in using any type of vintage, rustic or shabby chic items, just call or email!

"For Home" in Edgewood

I have recently started putting some pieces of furniture in a beautiful little shop called "For Home" in Edgewood across from Homewood Antiques. Suzanne is the owner and so nice. She has some beautiful furniture and home decor in her shop and keeps getting new merchandise in daily. If you have never been, you should check it out and also stop in across the street to Homewood Antiques, they have some really cute gift items among other things. Here are some pics of For Home.

This gray french desk is a piece I put in!

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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!