Friday, June 24, 2016

Little Peek At The Guest Room


So here is a little sneak peek at the changes I have made to the guest room! I have a little more to finish up in here but I thought I would share the part that I have done for now! I only ever have the time to work on this room here and there so it's been a long process but it is all finally coming together and I couldn't wait to share!




The old iron bed is a Craig's List find...I obsessively checked every day until I found one...this one happened to be just up the road at a horse farm. I had been looking for just the right piece to hang above the bed and I found a big piece of old molding at the flea market and painted it white. It fits perfectly above the bed.





I bought the night stand at the Springfield Antique Show Extravaganza. The vendor across from me there has two giant lots of antique furniture, I mean it is worth going to this show just to go to his booth. Needless to say my sisters and I buy a lot from him because all of these awesome pieces are just sitting there staring at us the whole time. Well the one morning I went in John (the vendor) had a whole stack of chippy white furniture gathered together for me because he knows that's what I love. And I mean how could I resist...wait till you see the mantle I bought from him and the chippy white screen door!! The thing is he has so much awesome furniture that I didn't even know this little night stand was over there! To say I love it is an understatement and it is just perfect next to the bed.









I also bought the drawer pull on the nightstand at Springfield. One of the vendors sells only cast iron hardware (at way cheaper prices than on Etsy) so I came home with a bag full. I have a garage full of furniture to fix up and paint for the Fall Springfield Extravaganza and I will need lots of cute hardware for it all!






The rug and ironstone pitchers are all flea market finds.







The throw pillows in the middle of the bed are both thrift store finds, along with the curtains in the windows. The quilted shams are from Walmart and the pillow cases are vintage.






















Well I hope you guys enjoyed the sneak peek! More details and pictures coming soon!


***Wall Color ~ Martha Stewart's Sandpiper
***Trim Color ~ Glidden's Swan White


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Love For Old Things


I know you guys love old things just as much as I do so this post is dedicated to vintage kitchen items....oh how I love things like old hand carved wooden spoons, old white pitchers, vintage fly screens, antique silverware, big white mixing bowls, zinc lid jars, soft and stained from use vintage linens, wooden cutting boards with thousands of knife marks...the list goes on and on. And for me they are what makes my farmhouse kitchen complete.





When I head to the flea market these are the things that I seek out the most. I love that these things are beautiful, but also that they were used over and over again by someone previous to me.





I recently found some beautiful ironstone pitchers and wooden spoons at the flea market.


























I also love finding things that aren't old but look like they could be, like these measuring cups that I found at TJMaxx on clearance and the wire egg holder from Hobby Lobby.






These salt and pepper shakers were also a clearance TJMaxx find and I just love them.








Most of my antique silverware is from estate sales. I usually buy it by the boxfull and boy do I love going through that box when I get home, sometimes I am lucky enough to find the "B" monogram on them.












All my best until the next post!!! Oh and my computer (which is brand new!!!) is giving me all kinds of problems and for some reason I get all kinds of spam, pop-ups, you name it when I go to reply to any of the comments on my blog(and yes I have virus protection)....so if you have a question for me please email me directly at MSBrokman@gmail.com so that I can answer you asap!!!





Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Springfield Recap, Viburnum and Porch Reno Start


The Springfield, Ohio Antique Show  was a big success and we had such a wonderful time! Thank you to all of my followers that stopped in to say hello and shop!




We are definitely learning more each time we go, we didn't have any of our tents fly away this time thanks to the awesome weights Neal made.  And I am starting to get the booth looking more the way I want it.  I found some really awesome pieces at the show to use in my booth each time, like the door pictured above. I knew I wanted a door for the center of our booth but it had to be just the right one. There are thousands of old doors at the Springfield Show and I figured I would find one eventually. Ironically the perfect one, with chippy creamy white paint, was two spots down from us and I spotted it on Saturday morning. It was the exact height I needed it to be too, I love when stuff comes together!




Most of the bigger pieces I took sold first thing Friday morning, like this adorable dresser, I had so many staging plans for this piece too! Neal had to run out and find me another table because so many of our pieces sold quickly, hey I'm not complaining!




We had so many people that wanted to buy our aprons, which my sister makes,  so we will definitely be selling those at the fall Extravaganza!




I can't thank my family enough for being so awesome and for being SUCH a giant help!!! We have the best time together and I feel so lucky to have them.








The Farmhouse soaps were a major hit and we sold all of the ones we had with us. We will definitely have way more of those for the fall show. The fall Springfield Extravaganza dates are September 16th, 17th and 18th...so make your arrangements now!!!














I sold enough stuff at the show that you can actually see the floor in my work area again. My work/etsy area seen below with the sink is off of the guest bedroom and was originally built as an in-law suite. It is where I store all of my inventory so it looks a little bit like "Hoarders" sometimes but I definitely hope to take some pictures of the whole space and show it to you sometime soon (something I promised a long time ago I know).




This room with this amazing old sink is one of the reasons I fell in love with our farmhouse. Eventually this will be our master bathroom (the guestroom will become our master bedroom) but the ductwork in this part of the house needs to be redone so until we can afford to redo that we have to patiently wait.







My viburnum bush produced more blossums than ever this year and they look just perfect in big ironstone pitchers don't they?













As far as the house goes we started work on the front porch this week!!!




This smoke covered eyesore has been driving me crazy for 7 long years now and I couldn't wait to get my crowbar out!





Good news is I found the original clapboard completely intact under the aluminum siding, the bad news is that I found crumbling plaster and lath under the aluminum ceiling. I was really hoping to find some original beadboard or just old wood planks of wood, oh well. We hope to get all of the plaster and lath down this weekend. We are going to finish taking off all of the siding along the front before we decide what kind of ceiling we want to do. 







Stay tuned to see more of the progress and to see all of the awesome things I bought for the house at Springfield!




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Little Bits of This and That


I'm so sorry it has been so long! I hope you guys didn't give up on me! Spring is such a hectic time around here and I just can't seem to find the time to devote to a full blog post but I thought something was better than nothing and that I could just share a couple little things with you instead! I have been spending most of my time pricing, painting, and packaging things for the Springfield (Ohio) Antique Show that I am selling at this month but I have found a moment here and there to do some other things on my list. It seems lately that I work on a lot of things, but finish nothing:/ Our tractor is broken and the outside looks like a jungle and makes me want to cry so I almost feel like it is better to just focus on inside things for now anyways.


One of the things that I finally got to was organizing my sewing area. I will do a full blog post with lots of pictures of this area but for now I wanted to give you a little sneak peek. I just love love love vintage sewing notions and simple primitive textiles like ticking and getting all of mine organized has been on my to do list for quite some time now.




Now seemed like the time to get it done because due to the fact that I couldn't seem to find the old fashioned style of pillows that I love the look of I was inspired to make my own and then had tons of requests from people to make them some and therefore have been doing a lot of sewing (had been until my sewing machine started giving me trouble).




The response to the pillows that I made for my etsy shop was amazing and they all sold in 24 hours! I do plan to make more as soon as my sewing machine gets back from the shop.









I have lots of ideas for different pillows (maybe some like the one I made below) and can't wait to get back at it.







I have been going through all of my stuff to decide what to keep and what I am ready to let go of and sell at the antique show and so that always leads to organizing and display changes around the house. My blue and white quilts found a new home in our step back cupboard for now, they are just too pretty to be unseen.






Hopefully soon I will have the time to show you how our amazing fireplace turned out and some other changes I have made around the house. MAKE sure to follow me on Instagram because I post things on there everyday. As soon as the antique show is over I will begin working on the front porch of our farmhouse and can't wait! I have been waiting 7 long years to make it pretty again and will be showing daily pics on Instagram of my progress.





Don't forget to come see me and shop at FARMHOUSESUPPLY at the Springfield Antique Show Extravaganza in Ohio, Clark County Fair Grounds, May 20, 21. and 22nd!!! I am booth # 551 and 552!!! It's not just an awesome show because I am there:)...it is a truly amazing antique/boutique type show, I can't imagine what you are looking for that you can't find at this show!!!