Sunday, February 21, 2010



Over the past few days I've been spending my time restocking my sweet little booth space at a local Antique Mall as well as enjoying my work designing a fresh new line of paper goods. I'm more excited than I can say and I'll be sharing more with you over the next several weeks about where this little biz of mine is taking me!


You KNOW I'm always on the hunt for neat old finds for my home! Despite the fact I have a storage shed that is full of great stuff, I'm constantly on the prowl for things to use for displaying merchandise in my cottage themed shoppe. Last summer I found this super cute cubby for only $5. I had no clue at the time just what I was going to do with it but for only five dollars it was a lovely find.

(It didn't have the scroll work on the top...but more about that in a sec.)


The hand-fashioned piece was a bit gruff. It was only half painted with chalky white primer and I believe the man who originally made it planned to have a drawer in all the open spaces (one odd drawer was on the top row). Anyway, I tossed the needy piece aside and I didn't think about it again until this past week when I found myself in need of a charming display cabinet for the paper-goods.


For some reason (fate) :) that sweet little cubby tiptoed back to my mind.

Soooo...I dug it out from it's hiding place, removed the extra drawer and painted out the entire thing in my FAVORITE COTTAGE WHITE PAINT! Yum! It did look darling but I must say just a bit boring! The piece was great for holding cards and tags but I decided it needed a backdrop or something!


Enter Mr. AGPMan...

After 'splainin' to my guy what I wanted we headed off to our local Hobby Lobby (um...that would be an OKLAHOMA BASED BUSINESS!!!) to look around. I knew I wanted something scrolly but wasn't too sure just what we'd find.

Well...we hit pay-dirt! We did! We discovered the fabulous scrolly metal piece you see in the top photos on sale for half off and for only $7. Combined with the $5 for the cubby the total cost for the piece was $12. Isn't that wonderful? Mr. AGPMan attached it to the back with a hand fashioned steel bracket and I painted it out using the same paint color as the cubby! WAH-LA!

Now...I didn't snap a picture of the entire display in my shoppe because when I got there and set the entire thing up on a darling vintage dresser the DRESSER SOLD. By the time I reworked everything I forgot about photographing the space! :(

Blessings to you as you put into motion the calling you have on your life...


BellaRosa said...

Rebecca what a beautiful redo! I love how your lil paper display came out :) I have an old, but very pretty ladies desk that I was thinking about adding some scroll work to at the top, this has convinced me to try it :) I love visiting you for pretty ideas :) Besos, Rose

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You SO smart!! :) LOVE it!

Love and hugs!

A Southern Rose said...

It is so pretty. Perfect for your display of your paper goods.

Lee Laurie

BECKY said...

Lovely indeed, Rebecca! Your charming touch just made it beautiful and purposeful! And budget friendly!! All good things!!

Have a joyful week sweetie! You inspire me!

Tristan Robin said...

What a terrific and clever re-do! It makes the perfect paper goods display!

... and the paper goods look really pretty, too!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Rebecca, it turned out so sweet! I love anything scrolly and that piece on top looks very similar to my daughter's bedhead! take care, Maryann ps. I think fate plays a part too when something is just meant for you..

Dolores said...

Wow, what a wonderful and perfect display for your beautiful works of art.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

You did a wonderful job and it's so lovely. You clever girl you.


Anonymous said...

Can you pass along some of that energy of yours?! :) Love the display.



Ginger said...

Can't wait to get down there and see your new booth. Love the cubby, isn't it amazing how awesome some old thing can look after you add your loving touches to it?


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Fabulous Rebecca! I LOVE it!!

Hugs, Sherry

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

HI Rebecca,

What a great find, and it came out so pretty! Love it displayed with the cards. Can't wait to see the new line.


Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Rebecca, that is the custest cubby ever! Love the scrollwork added to it. You must show us ladies some photos of your sweet shoppe, as like myself, will probably never get to visit your wonderful state :(

Warmest always, Brenda

Lynn Stevens said...

What a great find, and such a beautiful finished piece!

Beach House 27 said...

Hi Rebecca

I love those old pieces with cubby slots too - they really keep me organized and keep my favorite paper handy. I stash the bills in there too.

These days I'm honored to receive a hand written note on a personally hand picked or homemade stationery.

Over the past 20 or so years, I have saved notes I've received from friends and family - their choice of stationery or cards intrigues well as their return address -

Great project - Good Luck with your new line - I'll bet it's going to be a huge success!


June said...

Oh my gosh Rebecca I love this piece. I am so glad we don't shop together, 'cause I'm afraid I would have tripped you over this piece. I think this will be so useful in your space. I love it when they are not only lovely, but useful too. Kindda like men, ya know.

Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

Your cubby turned out perfect! And you can't beat that price! BEAUTIFUL!

Martha's Favorites said...

Rebecca: That piece is so pretty. I would love to know how to paint a piece of furniture like you do. I have a china cabinet of my Mom's I can just see painted. I am going to have to just do it and see what happens. You are the best, in case no one has told you today! Blessings, Martha

Thru Pink Curtains said...

love the pinkness of your blog! hope you don't mind picking up an award at my blog....enjoy

Rita said...

Oh Rebecca, what a beautiful piece you and your guy finished! I love it. It is amazing what a little paint and a little bit of imagination will do for a piece! I would love to have a piece like that in my home! I believe that you definitely have a calling! The things you do are always beautiful!

Tanza said...

Hi my sweet friend,
LoVe this very sweet, perfect cupboard !! Your makeover is amazing, and WoW, is this EvEr practical !! Okay, NOW, for those adorable cards .. they look beautiful, and I just can't wait to hold my own in my lil' hands !! these truly are gorgeous .. the tags look wonderful as well !! You talented one you !! I'm anxious to get a good up close look .. keep creating sweet one ~ LoVe everything you do !! Have a happy week ~
huggers ~tea~xo

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Hi Rebecca,
Love love the cubby! What a great idea adding the scroll piece to the back, fabulous!!!
All the Best, Jo-Anne

Deanna said...

It's darling!!!
What you've done with this is fantastic and it shows off your items really well.
Sooooo cute.
You've done well.
Appreciate your sharing with us in blogville.
God Bless and may you have a fun week.
It's snowing here and I'm getting excited about spring!
God bless,

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

What a darling display unit. You did good girl. And the cards and things looked yummy!! I love your shabby chic pink romantic style. It always looks so fresh and sweet. Show us some pics of the booth when you get a chance.
Hope you have a great Monday!
Hugs, Pat

karen said...

So pretty. like I always say you got talent. Thanks for the comments on my blog. Bless you and your father.

Anonymous said...

I just love it when a good plan comes together.......Beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Very sweet piece, Rebecca! And I'm glad the dresser sold! ♥

Unknown said...

G'morn sweet Rebecca ~

I am wondering ... can you work that kind of MAGIC on old people? ... chuckle!

Another fan-tab-u-lous romantic elegant re-creation.

Have a beautiful week!
TTFN, Hugs ~ Marydon

Mollye said...

Hey Rebecca, It came out beautifully. The bestest part. #1 You did it yourself and #2 was the 12.00 bucks. I'm loving seeing your creative treasures evolve into a unique look of your own over the past year. Hugs, Mollye

Anonymous said...

that is too fabulous!!!! I love it and sure wish I had that sitting on my desk!!!

Cathy said...

Hi Rebecca,

I'm so glad you finally found me. I know I've found you, I have your blog icon on my sidebar.

Thank you for your sweet comments about my RH feature. Glad you enjoyed it my friend.

xo Cathy

Anneke said...

what a gorgeous and beautiful redo.
it is realy shabby and i love it.
the pillow you placed on top is very beautiful with the flowers, and i love the metal shape on top.
it is a little jewell into your house.

Lynn B said...

Wow Rebecca, another gorgeous creation, you are so talented!


Lisa said...

It's wonderful! It is the absolute perfect display cabinet for your sweet treasures. Can't wait to hear more about your paper line.:)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I finally got my Temptation Mondays post up with you on it. Running late getting it on there just has not been a good day
Love what you did with this find.
You just always know what to do with something.
Lucky girl

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I finally got my Temptation Mondays post up with you on it. Running late getting it on there just has not been a good day
Love what you did with this find.
You just always know what to do with something.
Lucky girl

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Rebecca,
I am so loving it too. You've got me really wanting to start a little project of my own. As always, everything is beautiful here ~ have a wonderful week!

Barbara Jean said...

OH MY!!! I LOVE your cubby!!

What a great find.

I'm off to see more. Have not been getting out much to blog land lately. =)


barbara jean

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

OMGosh! I would have LOVED to have found that treasure, and you have really spiffed it up with the metal piece - i love it!

Charlene said...

LOVE the new shelf! It will hold TONS of stuff! Oh by the way i am going to add you to my sidebar so I can keep up with you & your posts. Have a wonderful week. I am off to a jewelry event or I would join hubby in your neck of the woods next week. NEXT TIME! Charlene

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