Hey, guys! Ok, really quickly, I have to share a story about “hey, guys”. I went to Ireland for an internship between my junior and senior years of college. I helped at Dublin Christian Mission’s summer youth camps. All the kids thought it was so funny when I would refer to them in a group as “guys,” so they would make fun of me in their best American accents and say things like, “Hey, guys. Let’s eat a SUCKER and then go get a COOKIE at Staaaaarrrrbucks.”
My husband and I went back to Ireland for our honeymoon, and we took a couple of Paddywagon tours to travel around the country (I would HIGHLY recommend Paddywagon if you go to Ireland. SO fun.). We had three different drivers, and one had actually gone to school at Indiana University. He had picked up some American phrases and added them to his regular vocabulary while living in the States—one being “guys.” Our next driver loved to do impressions of our previous driver, saying things like, “Alright, GUUUUYYYSSS! Come on, GUUUUYYYSSS! Hey, GUUUUYYYSSS!”
I can’t think of a better way to address a group, so I’m sticking with “guys,” no matter how funny that sounds.
Anyway, I moved into my new booth space over the weekend! I wanted to share it with you, especially one project in particular—my corner cabinet–because I used a technique I had never tried before, and I think you’ll want to try it yourself as soon as you see how easy it was and how it turned out.
I decided I needed one good display piece in the booth, and by that I mean one that is not for sale. In my previous booth space, we would get a big hutch or pie safe or bookshelf or cabinet or what have you, make a great display in it with all of our little pieces, and then it would quickly sell. The little pieces would be a mess on the floor or just placed awkwardly wherever the buyer could find a space for them, and it would be another couple of weeks before we could get another big piece in to replace it.
Tony’s late grandfather bequeathed a corner cabinet, as well as several other pieces of furniture, to us. Corner cabinets are great, and I know buying a new one is really expensive. This one was immaculate, and we very much appreciated it…buuut we didn’t have a space to put it, and it was rather outdated. With a little bit of work, we thought this would make a perfect display piece for the booth. I wish I would’ve taken a before shot, but I was too eager to get some Annie Sloan chalk paint on her! I used my go-to colors, Paris Grey and Old White.
It looked beautiful with just the paint, but I wanted to do something to make it really unique. I thought about replacing the glass with chicken wire, but I just couldn’t bear to bust out this perfect glass. Authentic and faux advertising pieces are super popular (and one of my very favorite looks), and I’ve really been wanting to try my hand at it. One of the easiest ways to achieve this look is by tracing advertising text onto glass—BRILLIANT!
My inspiration for painting advertising typography on glass: http://thegraphicsfairy.com/painted-french-windows/
I searched through some old advertising pieces for inspiration on Graphics Fairy, and found one that would be perfect for a China cabinet. I wanted to change the text to something more my style and perhaps easier to trace, so I made my own signage in Word. You can do the same! I suggest using landscape format (turning the page horizontally), and adjusting the font size to fit your project. If none of the fonts in Word thrill you, you can always download free fonts from sites like dafont.com. Check out my DIY Pinterest board for lots of downloadable fonts.
My inspiration for China cabinet advertising: http://thegraphicsfairy.com/vintage-advertising-clip-art-ironstone-pitcher/
Once I got my advertising printed out, I cut down the unnecessary blank space at the tops and bottoms of each page and taped them to the inside of the cabinet door with painter’s tape. I used this acrylic paint marker that I got from Hobby Lobby for about $4 to do the tracing and filling in of the letters on the outside of the cabinet door glass. This is a medium sized tip, but they come in different sizes (as well as different colors) for smaller and larger jobs. I suppose you could use a Sharpie, but I think it would turn out rather streaky. The paint marker was especially great for filling in the traced letters. You can fix mistakes as you go while the paint is still wet, but once it’s dry, it’s permanent.
You might notice some of my Downton Abbey references.
I don’t have a very steady hand or great handwriting, so if I can do it, you can do it! I didn’t worry too much about getting it perfect. It is hand drawn, and it’s supposed to look hand drawn. It adds to the character and the shabby, vintage look.
I took the signage down once I traced the letters so I could see better to fill them in.
Hope you’re enjoying the reflections of our very old basement in the glass…
I removed and painted the hardware with Paris Grey.
Everything’s dry and finished, and ready to move in to the booth…
And here she is in all her glory and filled with merchandise in the booth!
I’ve already had several people inquire about purchasing it. My urge is to just sell it knowing that there are buyers ready and waiting, but I think I would kick myself once it’s gone. It makes sense to use a piece that was free to me for displays, rather than to go buy a piece for displays…I think. For now, at least.
In the process of moving in…
I love that there is storage down below, too!
My husband very patiently decopaged all those book pages onto the wall while I worked on price tags and inventory. The pages are from an old songbook and an old Bible that I bought at an auction and a flea market, respectively.
One last thing I want to point out…this tub. There are few things more adorable than a claw foot tub, but it’s hard to find old ones in good shape. I found this one at an estate auction. The couple had used it in their garden, which I think is an adorable idea, but it had been out in the elements for a long time. The inside was covered in dirt, rust, and algae, and the outside had been spray painted a pretty hideous color of bright blue. After a lot of scrubbing, cleaning, painting, and heavy lifting (it’s IRON, folks), it’s gorgeous again and waiting for someone to do something adorable with it. I hope whoever buys it sends me a picture of where it ends up. A lady at the auction told me she bought one once and made a garden fountain out of it by installing a pump and a plug. Her grandkids love to play in it. CUTE!
Thanks for reading, GUYS, and don’t forget to check out my booth, Bird and Tree Vintage!