The Big Beast Challenge Part 3

Monday was the big, big day. It was The Big Beast Delivery Day. I was so worried about how it would go.  Would the owner of the two antique, vintage and salvage shops love them or hate them?  Would she think they were great but not at all what she was looking for? Or could…

Unexpected Treasures

Every evening, I walk my pooch Charlie through an older neighborhood full of old homes.  Each old home is different from the next and they all have that charm and personality that I always find inspiring and delightful. I have found some of the old home elements that were removed from these old homes on…

The Big Beast Challenge Part 2

Last Monday morning, I trudged out the back door of my house, cross eyed and bleary, from working 20+ hours on Saturday and Sunday on the Big Beast Challenge.  I looked at my hands, both of which were needed to lock the door that involves a whole tactic and system- lift the handle while violently…

Junk Crazed Part 2

The next day, after the heart rate of being Junk Drunk had settled down to a level of just over caffeinated, I drove to my favorite top secret junk shop after it had been open for several hours.  I was just intending to breeze through and check if any treasures were still waiting to be…

Latest Loves: Antique Brass Stencils

While I was shopping at the Two Gentlemen Antique Shop, I came across a long wooden box.  A lid that was meant to slide along the length, within grooves, was set on top. I lifted the box lid and immediately noticed a thin piece of brass sheet metal that was cut in a stencil type…

Operation: Texas Antique Week

Twice a year, a sleepy little section of the Texas Hill Country comes alive with an event that people come from all over the world to visit- Texas Antique Week.  It’s actually more like 3 to 4 weeks and happens twice a year.  The little towns, that have only single digit populations, swell with countless…

Junk Mobsters Part 3

A few weeks after being thrown out of the Junk Mobster Shop, I saw a flyer on a bulletin board in a little coffee shop, for an estate sale.  The estate sale was for a founding family of a little town and I knew it would be good. I scouted out the house the day before,…

Shopping Recap: The Two Gentlemen Antique Shop

This past weekend, I was supposed to be glued to my desk, chair and computer to get my taxes done.   I told myself that the only “shopping” I was allowed to do was to pick up an item, that I bought the weekend before, that was too big to fit in my car at the time. …

Latest Loves: Metal Bins and Baskets

Welcome to the newest addition to the Old House Chic Blog: Latest Loves! In the Latest Loves Series, I’ll be introducing my loves, must haves, obsessions and addictions in home design and decorating. My loves are usually the things I’m willing to dodge cars and hurtle over people in order to get to it first, buy no matter…

How To Saturdays: The Barn Wood Look Part 2

Last week’s How To Saturday was the first of a two part technique of how you can get the barn wood look.  I developed this technique, through lots of trial and error, just for my Farmhouse Table Project from Hell to make new wood look old. Just to review, the two parts include:  1.  Creating a Chalk…