Vintage Vanity Finds

As you all know, vintage shopping and antiquing have become one of my most recent hobbies. I’ve gone to the majority of local antique malls, garage sales, estate sales, and other similar stores several times, and I was ready to visit a new place to find treasures.

About 15 minutes away from my house, lies a charming historic city known as Cedarburg. It is home to many little specialty stores, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and is just very unique. They also frequently have a variety of festivals that are recommended on the “things to do in Wisconsin” search, (especially to those visiting from out of state). I have always heard about Maxwell Street Days as a major attraction, but I had no idea what it was.

It was probably a good thing that I didn’t know much about it before, because I would have spent tons of money and several days there! Maxwell Street Days brings together hundreds of vendors from across the state that sell antiques, crafts, and other unique items. I could have gotten lost for hours if I had gone without my friend Leah, I’ve never seen so many vendors and goodies!

I have been searching for a mirrored vanity tray for quite some time now, but have found too many of them to be overpriced and not what I was looking for. I walked up to a vendor with several piles of “junk” containing mannequin legs, tools, broken items, and miraculously, a very dirty mirrored vanity tray! The lady was selling it for $8, but I bargained it down to $3! All it needed was some TLC and a good cleaning! (I wish I would have taken a picture of how dirty it really was before I started washing it down because you couldn’t even tell it was a mirror underneath.) There will be another blog soon on how to clean the rust and dirt off of it well since silver polish didn’t work!

I also have been looking for a jewelry tray/tower, not necessarily vintage, but just one in general. I have found several tutorials on how to make my own with candle sticks and plates from the dollar store. Luckily, I found one at Maxwell Street days for $10, and negotiated to buy it for only $5! Again, it just needed some cleaning and it would be perfect for my room! All I did was use an ‘all metal’ cleaner and a cloth to clean off the grime.

After Cleaning:

I love these new additions to my vanity! I use the vanity tray for my perfume and a vintage Chanel powder I inherited from my Grandma. The jewelry tray is perfect for small items like rings and bracelets. I would include earrings, however, I cannot wear earrings anymore.

DIY Chalk Paint

As many of you know, I have been painting a lot of furniture this summer for my future apartment (wherever that may be…still waiting on jobs). With that, I have been doing a lot of research on popular painting techniques that give a furniture a vintage look. The first technique that I used, was written in one of my previous posts for a coffee table that I painted.

With several other pieces of furniture still set aside, I took the time to watch a variety of Youtube videos and read a bunch of blogs on refurbishing furniture. One of the more popular techniques I came across, was to use chalk paint. Chalk paint gives furniture more of a matte finished look, and I personally love everything online that I have seen painted in it. The most popular and well known brand is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, however, it is extremely expensive. One quart starts at about $35, which is extremely expensive. I refused to pay this much for a small amount of chalk paint, so I did some research and found several DIY chalk paint recipes and tutorials.

I found several recipes online, and the best one came from Pinterest (click here to view tutorial). It worked extremely well and I was very pleased with my results. Follow the tutorial from the recipe linked above. I listed the chalk paint ingredients below and included where I bought them and for how much (although they can be bought elsewhere and at different costs).

Recipe calls for:

  • Plaster of Paris, bought from Michael’s$6
  • Valspar paint sample in Soft Panther color (ID: VRO88A), bought from Ace Hardware$6.50
  • SC Johnson furniture wax, bought from Ace Hardware$8
  • Foam roller for cabinets, bought from Ace Hardware$3.50
  • Water
  • Plastic container and spoon for mixing and storing the chalk paint
  • Furniture to paint

How to Apply the Chalk Paint:

After learning how to make my own chalk paint, I learned how to apply the paint. I followed the youtube video tutorial seen below. Note-This girl works for a store that makes their own chalk paint and wax, I just followed the tutorial and used my own chalk paint and wax that I had from the recipe above.

What I LOVE about chalk paint:

  • No need to sand down your furniture before
  • Dries faster than regular paint
  • The matte finished look to it
  • The wax goes on super easy and looks/feels better than using a polyurethane semigloss finish

Stay tuned for a tutorial on how my chalk painted furniture turned out in another post coming soon!



Fashionable on the 4th of July!

Only a month behind on this post, but hey, thought I would still post it! I spent my 4th of July at Bradford Beach during the day in Milwaukee, and the evening at Summerfest watching the Timeflies concert! I am usually at Culver Summer Camps during the 4th of July, so I don’t typically have the freedom to make my own plans to celebrate. This summer was different, and I loved it!

To the beach, I wore a simple crop top over my swimsuit with some high waisted shorts. Perfect outfit for the beach! Later that evening, I met up with some different friends and got a bit more dressed up for the concert!

Outfit Details:

  • Victoria’s Secret white bikini tube top, given to me by a friend
  • Forever 21 high waisted distressed jean shorts-$12
  • Black GAP fringe sandals purchased a few years ago-$15
  • Charlotte Russe sheer red blouse, borrowed from a friend
  • Charlotte Russe white lace shorts- (bought last summer) $18
  • Gold chain necklace from Kohl’s$2
    • The necklace was on clearance for $12 and I had $10 of Kohl’s cash, so it only cost me $2!
  • Black vintage cross body bag- $3


Vintage Cross-body Purse with Gold Chain Strap

Recently, I broke my favorite leather cross-body purse that I bought in Italy and I was heartbroken. Plus, I didn’t have any other black cross-body bags, and it went well with every outfit when I would go out. I knew I needed to buy a new one, but didn’t want to spend the money on a new purse with other financial responsibilities to take care of.

I was out and about one afternoon stopping by various garage and estate sales when I found a small black purse with a gold chain strap to it, and I LOVED it for only $3.00! A week later, I went to a few other garage sales and I found another one just like it, but larger and thought I would buy it as well for only $2.50!

Total cost for BOTH purses was only $5.50!

Vintage Chevron Painted Table

A week ago I posted a blog about some furniture that I bought from a garage sale and Goodwill, and shortly after had another post showing how I repainted them.

After thoroughly taking a look at not only my blog post, but the end table as well, I felt that I needed something more to the blue and white table (seen below). It just felt too plain for me..


I then decided to add a silver chevron pattern on the side panels of the table, and I think it turned out great!

Project Tips & Info:

  • For those who didn’t read my prior post about this table, I bought this old sewing table from a garage sale for $5.00 and then sanded and painted it
  • Draw your chevron pattern, a tip that I found on Pinterest is to draw it this way for perfect lines
  • Once you have taped your furniture appropriately, make sure to erase your pencil marks and begin to paint!
  • After a few layers of paint, allow to dry for 24 hours and then remove the tape
  • Erase all other pencil marks and paint over if needed
  • Add a final coat of sealer and you are all done!

Vintage Picture Frame Collage

Well this is a bit of a different post because I didn’t ever pin this project on my Pinterest page, but rather, I kind of came up with the idea myself after browsing the internet for vintage interior design & up-cycling furniture. I did find some posts on Pinterest to give you a general idea of what I found on the internet though…

I also found something similar at World Market that gave me some “Pin-speration” 

I have a huge passion for photography and after spending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, and taking several THOUSAND photos, I wanted to do something with them. I have a habit of taking photos but doing nothing with them except for in my photo classes in high school and Italy, so I thought this would be perfect!

What you need:

Project Information & Tips:

  • I printed about 30 of my European photos all in black and white and measured all of my frames before printing them
  • I printed them at home on my mom’s photo printer (I tend to get accused of illegally trying to print photos at Walgreens because they think a professional took them. I guess it’s a compliment as an photographer who just does it as a hobby!)
  • I laid out the frames on the floor to get an idea of what I wanted it to look like
  • I don’t have a job or new apartment to move into yet, so the layout seen above is just on my floor to get an idea of how I will want it (will post later when I do!)


Vintage Map Anniversary Gift

So it recently was my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary this past month, and I wanted to make them something special since I cannot really afford a big gift right now. I wanted it to be simple, yet classy enough that they would want to actually hang it somewhere. After some pinning and searching, I found this adorable idea. My project ended up being a tad bit different in a frame rather than a canvas, but I still loved how it turned out!

My parent’s love story….

My parents met in Vail Colorado, their story is much like a fairy tail movie. My mom was vacationing with some friends and decided to venture out on her own one day to ski (since her friends had a little too much fun the night before). As she was getting on the lift, a guy approached her and asked if he could join her on the lift up (my dad), and she said sure. They ended up skiing together the rest of the day, and he eventually took her on a date. My mom which was living in Chicago at the time, began dating my dad long distance since he lived in Michigan. As the years went by, their love grew stronger and they eventually got married. And 25 years have passed since, which led me to creating this present!

Tips & Hints:

  • For the map
    • I searched the internet for a large sized map of Colorado which had Vail clearly labeled on it & I printed it on presentation paper for a more professional look
    • You can make the map as big or as small as you would like, all up to you! (This was as big as the map would print due to resolution)
    • I hand wrote the letters and hand cut them out of card stock, but you can do it anyway you want
    • I cut a small heart that was big enough to fit around the city, and glued it all onto the paper and set it into the frame!
  • For the frame-
    • I stock up on vintage or old frames from Goodwill, any sales, thrift stores, garage sales, etc. for projects like these
    • I used a wooden white frame that I got from Goodwill and I sanded the edges to take off some of the paint
    • I took black shoe polish and started streaking it all over the edges to make it look vintage
    • Make sure to let it dry thoroughly and add a top coat of mod podge!