Saturday, April 29, 2017

So You Want A Vintage Themed Wedding

You're getting married, congratulations! You're beyond thrilled and you've probably been hunched over your phone or laptop scouring every last drool-worthy Pinterest wedding idea out there. Am I right?

Well, when I told my family I had an idea to start renting out second hand furniture that I had found and painted for weddings, I'm not quite sure they got it. I get some pretty strange looks from people when I tell them what I do. If you're not a Pinterest lover, DIYer, or bride that's been planning this day ever since she can remember, you might not get it.

Either way, have no fear I am here to help you. You've a vague idea or dream about having a very stylish, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind wedding reception, but you have a limited budget and time. A Bit O' Whimsy has been painting, thrifting, and scouring the various online Craigslists and Offer Ups for you. No need to go out on your own to questionable strangers' homes. I have done that for you, lol.

Gather up your inspirational photos and let's get crackin'. Here are a few of my favorite photos of ways to add a vintage flair to your wedding.


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Using furniture is a fun way to display an assortment of desserts for your guests. How fun is this baby blue color?


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Mirrors are a great way to add style. I love to see them used for fun sayings, menus, and seating charts. Try some window markers, dry erase markers, or even vinyl letters to customize for your event.


http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/subject/reception/2

I can't get enough of this! Who doesn't love an old rustic farm table with mismatched chairs? It reminds me of an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party.


https://www.theknot.com/real-weddings/a-vintage-rustic-wedding-at-big-spring-farm-in-lexington-virginia-album/? utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_medium=social&utm_content=oct2015&utm_campaign=real-weddings


There are so many new and creative ideas when it comes to guest books.  Why stop there when you can have it on something as cute as this old dresser?

 http://www.weddingchicks.com/gallery/rustic-backyard-wedding/

 Who doesn't want to show off their stunning Bridals or all those pictures you've stored up together on your phones ? What better way than to use an old dresser?

 http://chicvintagebrides.com/index.php/wedding-cake/1950s-inspired-wedding-cake-ideas/


Delicious Desserts and fragrant flowers pouring out  of the top drawer,  D-I-V-I-N-E. You could even make this buffet more functional and store some plates or cutlery.


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If i could have a wedding again, my must have would have to be a luxurious lounge area. To me it's the ultimate show stopper. I'm a fan of making things fun and adding in some color with mismatched seating.


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http://www.modwedding.com/2015/02/05/20-fabulous-wedding-reception-lounge-ideas/


What's your favorite way to add some vintage style to a wedding?
Don't forget to check out our ever-growing inventory to add a whimsical touch to your next event.

With Love,
Jenine

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Labor Of Love Cane Couch and Chair rescue

We have had an exciting week here in our home. we find out that we will be having a baby boy! Our 3 yr old daughter cried when we found out, she wanted a sister so bad. Her pouty frown and big huge tears almost made me cry. It's taken a bit of convincing but she has come around to the idea of a boy in the family.

I don't know if you remember this couch and chair, I shared the before pictures many months ago. I even had a few people ask about seeing the after pictures. This is just one of those projects that took me many of months. It needed to be cleaned and all the spiders evicted. We had to fix the arms that had fallen off and paint the frame I pulled off all the old material covering the springs, I even found that they had used horse hair for filling in places, yuck!









I needed some motivation. I am not the best seamstress so I was concerned about the cushion covers. I purchased new foam with a 50% off coupon at Jo Ann's and a floral and striped fabric from fabric.com. I originally thought I would have to learn to sew a cushion cover and zipper. This scared me to death.  I came up with another brillant plan to avoid learning any new sewing techniques! I decided I would save on fabric and stress if I made a fitted sheet cover, no zippers, just fabric and elastic. it fits perfectly and is easy to pull off and wash. I did the same for the chair. You'll notice the cane on the chair is covered, it had some large holes in it that needed to be covered. The baby doll in the picture is my daughters contribution:)











 It is such a dramatic change and it feels good to know you can buy something falling apart for near nothing at the thrift store and make it into something beautiful that can be enjoyed. I will not be keeping this but I hope it finds a home with a large covered patio for someone to just drink lemonade and enjoy the view.


Jenine

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Paris Grey Armoire

I am well aware that it has been a good three months since I have posted about anything. I have a few very good excuses though. First, it has been up to 118 degrees here, not really painting-in-your-garage kind of weather.

The biggest reason I saved for last because it is the best. We will be adding our second child to our small family in January.  I am just finishing up the last few things I have stored in the garage, then I will be taking a nice long break while I am pregnant.

I have an armoire to show you. This was really cool the way it was, but was chipping and peeling and could only be saved by filling and painting over the damaged areas.

Here is the before
 After




If you're interested in purchasing this armoire, shoot me an email at the contact link above.  

Friday, May 3, 2013

Black and White Farm Table

Here's what I have been working on lately. I put a lot of sweat into this table. The top originally had a ton of peeling veneer. It took a lot of soaking, heating, and scraping to get it all off.

I fell in love with this table because of the unique and beautiful legs. I painted the base white to really show off their beauty.

The base in painted in Old white Chalk Paint and the chairs in graphite. I recovered the seats in black and white ticking and covered them in a plastic vinyl for protection. I have a kid, I know that the material wouldn't last one meal in my home without being ruined:)

The top has some splitting but I find it adds character. I used annie sloan dark wax to stain the top, it filled in all the knicks and dings and gave the top a real time worn appearance. I will be staining wood with dark wax  more often. It's all great for protection and waterproofing.













It is for sale ($250 just contact me at jenines1030@hotmail.com


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cane Couch Find

I came across this caned couch and chair at my local thrift store the other day. I looked at the price and it was too good to be true! I was so excited I bought it asap. I reupholstered my couch awhile back and didn't think twice about it before buying this fixer upper. I seemed to have forgotten that I am a horrible seamstress. For my own personal couch cushions I had my lovely sister in law sew the cushion covers.






It looks like I will be trying my hand at sewing once again, wish me luck!

My husband called this my "worst" purchase yet, he of little faith. I took it as a challenge. I have the set all painted, the arm is reattached, new foam for the cushions, and fabric just got delivered to my home yesterday.

Check back in the next week and see what I make out of this fixer upper.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Benson's- A Unique Home Boutique


Today I want to share with you, Benson's!! Benson's just opened up here in North Las Vegas and it is carrying some of my hand-painted furniture. I hope to work with them more in the future as well. Today I stopped in to snap a few pictures and show you around the place. Earlier I scoped out their Facebook page and saw many of my pieces in the pictures. When I stopped in, she informed me that a lot of my stuff had already sold. How exciting and what a relief!

The owner has great pride in what she does and has wonderful style and taste. I joke with her that she is living my dream. Having her own furniture store has also been a dream of hers for along time and I guess it is her time to shine.

I met her and her daughter through Craigslist a few years ago, and since then she has been a wonderful client. I hope to return the favor and be a great client for her.

Benson's carries new as well as upcycled and repurposed furniture, home decor accessories, paintings, and crafts. There is a wide assortment of color and styles, something to please everyone's taste.
Benson's will also be carrying the famous Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the very near future. It will be the second store in all of the Las Vegas area to carry the paint line. That makes me a very happy customer, no more ordering online or driving an hour.

If you follow my blog you might recognize some of my pieces.

Feast your eyes on these great pictures and be sure to stop by at 5655 Centennial Center Blvd. Suite 130 Las Vegas, NV 89149. (Husband/editor's note: And it's only like two doors down from Smashburger! Yum.)