• Exciting Year

    Hello Everyone,

    Yes, I know its been awhile.  Its not because I haven't been doing anything.  Its actually the exact opposite.  After the show last year I felt a little burnt out, like I usually do after I have been painting non-stop for weeks and hauling heavy awkward furniture all over the city of Houma. (I do have a very nice husband who helps haul my furniture, and who also lovingly says, "why don't you start sewing pillows!") But still, after the show I really didn't want to look at a paint brush much less pick up any kind of furniture,for a good couple of weeks.  But after needed down time, I start to get excited about what will come next. What came next was enough to get me very excited!!! 

     At the show in September someone came up to my booth and because they loved the way it was styled asked if  I would be interested in helping with her daughter's wedding.  To be perfectly honest I had never really thought about going in that direction with my business, but after thinking about it for a split second I said, "sure!"

    A couple months passed and we met at there venue, Ducros Plantation, to discuss the plan.  After that first meeting I was hooked, I knew that to style this wedding with all my vintage treasures would not only be fun but this was something that I could & would be really good at.  After meeting the bride for the second time at her venue I started to think about the future.  Would this be something that I wanted to do once or something that I wanted to pursue??  The answer was YES, this was something that I wanted to pursue!!

    In order to really pursue this, I was going to need some help, after all I do have a little bit on my plate as it is.  And as nice as my husband is, he already has a business, and doesn't really share my love of vintage, in fact he just says things are old!! It's called VINTAGE!  So that's where Crystal Holliday, of iiicreative, comes in.  She has been a friend of mine for several years and shares my love of vintage.  After a casual lunch discussing our ideas, and realizing this could actually work!! We got to work, and boy have we been working!!! 

    Introducing The Vintage Company:

    To say we are excited about this new venture is a understatement!!  I am looking forward to sharing many new things as the months go by.......but for now just know I'm still here and still working!

       Mandy

  • Great Weekend

    The weekend is over, but we have some great memories.  I loved every moment.  We met some great people, sold some great things and even purchased a couple treasures ourselves.  I couldn't have done it without my team. So thanks team!!!

    Here are a couple shots of the weekend:

     

     

      

     

     

     

    And now its time to get back to business. I will be listing a couple things that did come home with me in my ETSY shop at reduced prices, so be sure to check next week for those fun finds.  I have lots of new things coming so be sure to check back with me soon!

     

    Mandy

  • Time for the Show

    The time has come for me to put away the paint brushes and get out of my painting clothes.  The 2013 Antique Show and Sale starts Friday.

    I have butterflies in my stomach and a million thoughts running through my head, will I have enough pieces, will my space look good, will my space look as good as it does in my head?  I certainly hope so! 

    I do have an after picture of the desk I just finished,

     

    Just a sneak peak of what I have coming to the show with me!

    Don't forget to stop and say HI!

     

    September 6,7 & 8 at the Warren J Harang Jr. Municipal Auditorium in Thibodaux

    Mandy

     

     

     

     

  • Its Almost Time!

        Yes, its almost time for the Show!!!   I have been busy getting things ready. I enlisted the help of my mom, who spent the day painting with me.  She was a big help and will be a big help with the show. (Thanks Mom)  Still have lots to do but for now I have a couple of before pictures to show you :

      

     

    What will they look like when they are done??  Your going to have to come to the Show to find out!!

     

    37th Annual Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show and Sale

    September 6,7 &8 2013

    Warren J. Harang, Jr. Municipal Auditorium

    310 N Canal Boulevard Thibodaux, La

  • Before and After

    Just in case you haven't been able to pick up your July POV magazine.  I am going to give you a sneak peek at my ad.

     

     

     Notice anything different about this ad??? yep, that's right.... I am in the picture!!!  It wasn't the easiest thing to do but I think it came out great, thanks to my daughter who is actually the one who took the picture.  I also started advertising for the Antique show coming up in September. I cannot wait till its here and all of my pieces are done and set up, until then I will spend many days covered in paint and many nights thinking about what color I want to be covered in tomorrow! 

    Back to the ad....the desk that I am sitting on was a fantastic find.  I really had a hard time hiding how much I wanted it when negotiating price.  Many nights I thought about what exactly to do with it....Do I paint it? strip it and stain it? Paint it two-toned? turquoise? white? blue? The possibilities were endless.  (That's truly one of my favorite parts thinking about all the possibilities) I thought about it for awhile, then I decided! To tell the truth I don't really decide and then do it,  I kind of decide as I go so I just got to work.  First I started by stripping the top and staining it, which is not something I really mind doing.  I love seeing the old, gunky paint peel off and expose the beautiful wood underneath.  Then when that was done, I experimented with paint colors and combinations until I decided on this.........

     

     

    She is now ready for the show!

    Come see this desk at the 37th Annual Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show and Sale,  September 6,7 & 8, 2013 at the Warren J. Harang, Jr. Municipal Auditorium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. 

     

    Mandy

  • The Future

    Well if you haven't noticed yet,  I am no longer at Sweet Olive Antiques and Café.  To be exact, there is no longer a Sweet Olive Antiques and Café.  It has closed it doors after many years of serving the city of Houma great home-cooking surrounded by grandma's antiques.  Ms. Boudreaux put many years of hard work into that café and will be deeply missed.   I know she is sad and excited about what the future will bring!

     The future for "The Painted Chair" is equally exciting!  I have many, many, many projects in the works. Which I am very excited about, but at the same time I have a knot in my stomach about the amount of projects I have....but like everything else it will all come together!  I am getting all these projects together for the upcoming 37th annual Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show and Sale on September 6,7 &8, 2013. 

    Until then I will be working hard at painting and refinishing furniture. To be honest, though, what I will be working at the hardest is making this summer, for my kids, the best summer ever!!!  Which brings me to a quote I found today:

     

    "Collect Moments Not Things"

     

     

    words to live by!!

    Mandy

     

  • Its been awhile!!

    Yes, I know it has been awhile.  I have been busy doing some painting for customers, and also busy purchasing some things for myself.   I am starting to get ready for the Antique Show coming up in September.  I will start sharing sneak peaks of things I am bringing to the show soon!!

     

    But for now here is a great

    Before and After:

     

    I had a customer with a Kitchen island, that just didn't go in their very eclectic, stylish home.  So we talked and looked at samples and came up with a plan.  We decided to paint the base a nice earthy color and add a old rustic, cypress top.  I added "new" vintage hardware, which always adds so much character to any piece. I think it came out fantastic! But more importantly the customer was thrilled.

    Here is the before:

     

     

     

    Here is the after:

     

     

     

     

    Mandy

     

     

  • Pick of the week

    This pick shows that I don't see the need to paint everything.  This mantle is beautiful just the way it is.  All it needed was some cleaning and I used a little hemp oil to revive the dried wood.  This beauty dates back to early 1900's. The details and craftsmanship are definitely one of a kind.

    This is the kind of piece that can instantly take your "new" home and give it the character that you are desperate to achieve.

     

     

     

    This mantle will be listed on ETSY soon, but if you would like to see it in person, it can be seen at Sweet Olive Café and Antiques.

     

     

     

     

     

    Mandy

  • Before and After

    I have been trying out some new products and techniques lately.  Some have been turning out great, while others not so great!!!  But that's one thing I love about paint, its just paint!!  You don't like it just paint over it.

     

    I did manage to finish this precious little desk.  It has all the vintage accessories that I just love, casters and crystal knobs.  The drawers have been covered with vintage dictionary pages.  It turned out great.  I will be listing it on ETSY soon, but if your local and would like to see it or purchase it, it can be found at Sweet Olive Café and Antiques.

     

     

     

    Here is what it looked like before:

     

     

     

    Mandy

     

     

     

     

  • Pick of the Week

    This pick is definitely one that I am very tempted to keep. I even tried to find the perfect spot in my mom's house so that it would just stay in the family. But its something I have to remind myself, this is a business.  So here it is.............

     

    This scale is the perfect vintage piece.  I love scales in kitchens with fruit on them. In living rooms on book shelves with books on them.  I love the rust with the white peeking through.  I also love the words stamped on it "Penn Scale"  Ok......I LOVE IT!!

    With that said.. I am listing it in my shop on etsy, so if your interested in purchasing this pick along with my others please visit my shop 

    Mandy

     

     

     

     

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About Me

My name is Mandy and I love finding something old, outdated and giving it a new life using paint. The process I use to restore my furniture is an Art. Not only do I tediously pick and build every piece by hand but I only get pieces that I truely love. If I love a piece of furniture I will spend the time that is needed to hand-paint, distress, sand and wax every nook and cranny.


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