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We Want to Celebrate Our 1 Year Anniversary with You!

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Hi friends.

It’s hard to believe, but our digital doors have been open for 1 year today. Woo hoo! Cue the streamers and popping champagne bottles.

Ok. Ok. Now that we’ve all settled down a little bit, I wanted to look back at some of my favorite upcycled furniture and vintage home décor pieces.

Who could forget the Make It Your Family Farmhouse, Upcycled Trestle Table? I was lucky enough to have my dad build me a similar table for my dining room. And then my dad built another beautiful table for the shop, and a very nice family in Chanhassen made it theirs. This table was definitely a labor of love.

The Shoe Collector Curio Cabinet and Upcycled Wood Dresser was one of the first pieces listed in the shop. I love how the copper drawer fronts contrast with the blush pink chalk paint. Oh and the marble paper lined shelves and black and white knobs. If I had a bigger master bedroom, you can bet I would have a piece just like this one. I sold this piece to a very sweet woman who told me her two year old said, “Pretty,” when he saw it.

The Everything is Coming Up Champagne Vintage Carved Dresser is one of my favorites for all the amazing carved details. And I just love how raspberry chalk paint compliments the reds and browns of the wood tone. This dresser sold to a lovely couple who had just moved into a new apartment in St. Paul.

I had some more help on this one! My mother made this Knotty by Nature Vintage Macramé Plant Hanger Curtain back when macramé was first popular. I love it because it is such a unique, well-made piece. And it went to a fellow maker in Minneapolis, so I know it is being well loved.

The moment I saw these marble and brass candlesticks, I knew we needed the pair for the shop. These candlesticks didn’t even make it to the website. I sold these to a customer at the Minne-Mile NightMarket put on by Minneapolis Craft Market in June.

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Please remember to check the site frequently! I will be adding some new pieces that I’m super excited about this week. Also if you are on our email list, please check your inbox tomorrow for a special offer in celebration of our 1 year anniversary. And if you’re not on the email list, anyone who joins this week will also receive our special offer.

Thanks for shopping the Vintage Modern shop! Now let’s get back to that champagne.

 

How to Build a Perfectly, Imperfect Farmhouse Table (Or at Least Some Ideas)

Pamela DeweyComment

Pro-Tip: Hay Barn Building Experience May Prove Helpful

Hi friends.

This week on the blog, I thought I would share something a little different. I interviewed the builder who created our Make It Your Family Farmhouse, Upcycled Trestle Table. And the builder just so happens to be my dad.

What was the first piece of furniture you built? When was that?

I built a bench and a toybox in 4H. I was about 10 or 11 years old at the time.

Did you create the pieces from scratch, or how did you know what to do?

There was a 4H planbook that had pictures, told you the materials you needed, instructions to follow, what lengths to cut boards, etc.

What was the next thing you built?

I helped build the hay barn (on the family farm) when I was 20.

Wow. That sounds intense.

Yeah. I mean I didn’t do it on my own or anything. I helped my pop build it. It took us a couple months.

I know you make drawings beforehand. Tell me a little bit about your design process.  Where do you pull inspiration from?

I pull inspiration mostly out of my head. Some of the drawings skills (to create the table blueprints) I learned in high school, college and at work. (My father is a retired, electrical engineer.)

Tell me about where the wood from this table is from.

The wood is all out of the house. (The house is farmhouse my father grew up in, located in Kansas.) The wood is mostly fir, maybe some pine. It is the wood that was the floor joists, as well as studs out of the wall. I call it structure wood.

What is one of your favorite memories of growing up on the farm?

I loved the freedom. Back then, there wasn’t so much fear of bad things happening to children, like them being kidnapped. We worked a lot, but we also had free time to go fishing, wander around, and just explore. 300 acres is a pretty good area to go exploring in.

How did you come up with the color for the stain?

I used a pre-stain sealer that turned the wood a reddish color. Then I applied ash-colored stain to return the aged look to the wood. Then I sealed the table with several layers of polyurethane.

What is your favorite part of making a table?

Letting the creative juices flow. None of the three tables are exactly like. (This is the third farmhouse table my father has constructed. The other ones he built are in my and my brother’s dining rooms.)

What is one thing you have learned from making these tables?

I like to work with repurposed wood because it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Yeah. I think that is what makes these tables so beautiful. The imperfections make the tables completely unique. 

An Aside To the Readers

The older I become, the more I appreciate imperfection in home design. Let’s be real. Your house is never going to look like the cover of Architectural Digest or even HGTV Magazine most days. You live there, you have kids, you have pets. Dirt gets on the rug. Wine gets spilled. (In my house, far too often.) Dust settles EVERYWHERE.

So rather than worrying about all the ways my house doesn’t look like an magazine cover, I decided to embrace imperfection. Seek out something with a little patina, a little chipped paint, or a few scuff marks. It shows the piece has age and character. And then when I spill wine (or paint) on that old trunk I use for a coffee table, I don’t worry. I am just adding to the charm. And the less things I have to worry about, the better.