It’s been a crazy few months for me & my wee family…fundraising for sporting & school trips, establishing my Hair & Beauty side of the business, finding a suitable new home & moving house! Top that with exams for my teenagers & you can imagine how nuts my household has been.
But with the move I was able to sift through the years of accumulated furniture, craft supplies, photographs & fabric to locate some long lost & overlook gems …now THAT got my creative juices flowing!! Council verge collection in my area added fuel to my creative vintage fire, so that now i have several pieces almost ready for reveal. Here are a few before & in-progress pics to abate your curiosity
Endeavoring to find an economical & environmentally friendly way to remove the rust from my newly acquired vintage chrome dining chair, I sought guidance from the fountain of all modern wisdom & knowledge….ie: YouTube
There were loads of videos to sort through & I struggled to find something that would suit this particular project. However, before I threw my laptop across the room i stumbled onto a method for removing rust from chromed auto parts…even working on vintage cars! And THAT got my attention. No acid baths. No chemical aids that said item would need to soak in overnight (like how was that going to happen). And no harsh, toxic waste to try and dispose of afterwards.
I found three promising methods, all of which used a folded piece of aluminium foil as the gentle abrasive. First I tried plain warm water, and was surprised at how well that worked considering there was no acidic element. Second was cleaning vinegar, which worked a little faster than the plain water. Lastly was the Diet Coke…yes, Diet Coke! This worked just as well as the vinegar, although I decided to wipe it over with vinegar afterwards so as to neutralise the citric acid found in the Diet Coke in case it ended up further corroding the already compromised chrome finish. I was amazed that such a simple method could bring about such drastic & gleaming results. I will still need to have the frame re-chromed, but the homemade aluminium pad also smoothed out some of the pitting without scratching the chrome which was an added bonus!
And look at that SHINE!
One of the treasures hidden amongst the wasteland that was my teenage daughter’s bedroom (anyone with a teenager can totally relate)
was this Queen Anne style desk from the 80’s ….Aaahhh the 80’s ….not exactly vintage I hear you say, nor was that era known for stylish decor. This particular item had been revamped once before from the original glossy cream painted finish to a chocolate brown-the favoured colour for my then very non-girly daughter, who upon me suggesting black, stated “I’m not a vampire like you mum!!” …Lol alrighty then. Chocolate brown it is *rolls eyes*
I gleaned an idea from the internet whilst perusing http://www.apartmenttherapy.com and decided to convert this dated desk into a stylish hall table.
The drawers will be replaced by shelving with a single smaller drawer at the top. I can picture this piece with a beautiful big mirror above it, a vase of fresh flowers on top & an umbrella stand beside. Baskets for gloves, scarves & sunglasses in the shelving perhaps.
The styling possibilities are endless really. Keep it elegant and formal, or team it with modern accessories so the table itself becomes a vintage anchor to the look, giving it a subtle depth.
In addition to these up-cycle & re-purposed hopefuls, I’ve got a steadily growing client base for My Vintage Edge Hair & Beauty.
Along with cutting hair 2 nights a week from my boy’s rugby club, The Southern Lions, I’m taking appointments during the day and on weekends too. Everything from simple cuts to colours, foils & styling for special occasions.
I have some exciting things lined up regarding this side of my venture, including the possibility of working on the set of a fashion shoot & holding some Vintage Style Workshops in a fun, relaxed party style setting that will feel more like a teenage sleepover than a snooty, formal class!!!
I can’t wait for things to take full flight….and to take you all along for the ride