Sunday, May 8, 2011

New Website, Blog Announcement

Visit our new blog and more info on our new website. Specimens, collections available for purchase on-line soon.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Cleaning Unveils Vintage Treasure

I'm finally ready to start cleaning out closets and getting organized. Not that I don't have enough to do with our new website - www.vintagealkemie.com and doing some restoration projects around our 1920's Spanish Med home... So when I gave my closet a fresh coat of Martha Stewart's Tailor Chalk paint, some of the drywall started to fall off (too much scrubbing on my part) and a wonderful vintage treasure was found!!! I believe this is some type of plaster and the color is incredible.  If anyone has any idea what type of plaster this is, please share!! Enjoy your weekend.



Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kitchen Remodel in Progress...Few More Vintage Pieces Added...

We are still in the process of remodeling our kitchen, and have added a few more vintage treasures to the design. First up is an old set-back cabinet that I'm in the process of stripping down to the old heart of pine wood, and it fits perfectly by our gas stove. Perfect storage piece for chefs, like my hubby!


I can't tell you how many pieces I've researched to use as our kitchen island. However, a very dear friend of mine, scored this awesome piece for us and I think its the one. And old workbench found in a garage from a former mechanic, this piece screams industrial! I have been cleaning it now every other day (when time and my children permit) to get it to a sanitary condition. Removing oil, and other nasty car stuff from the hand made butcher block top.  If you have never heard of Krud Kutter (local hardware stores carry it) I strongly suggest you get it for your next gunk, grime, cleaning project. I love this stuff! I actually used it on our pine wood floors and they turned out beautiful! No stripping, go figure! The base is awesome with its heavy piped legs, galvanized bottom shelf and a huge galvanized single drawer with a brass pull. It even has the original metal label on the bottom of it! Counter height and is perfect for extra seating with our mix/match bar stools. I can't wait to start using it!!!





Another fantastic vintage find is this old hardware/tool cabinet that I will use in our mud room off of the kitchen for extra storage. Linens, serving platters, etc. I love this piece and can't wait to get into the kitchen. My nights and weekends have been lovingly stripping, cleaning and restoring these wonderful vintage treasures for our kitchen. So who cares if I can't cook? I'm building my dream kitchen and adding loads of vintage charm to it. Wish you could stop by for a cup of coffee once its complete!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Family Room

Our formal dinning room doesn't get much use, so we converted it into a family, play and homework area for our girls. The Flor carpet tiles are awesome, easy to install and inexpensive. The best feature, child friendly.



Wire metal shelf holds toys, games, etc., while the white metal vintage doctor's cabinet holds art supplies, paper, etc.













 Another metal cabinet with an old kitchen cupboard sitting on top is great storage and display for their dolls, books, etc.


















Our family computer station/hub is housed with this great old postal desk and hutch. The old school desk (we got one for each) is great for having their own space to do homework, etc. Haven't decided if we want to paint them, or do something eclectic with vintage papers, fabric, etc.















Displaying my children's artwork in old vintage frames are treasures adorning the walls...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Decorating with Vintage Doilies...

I love decorating but find it challenging when it comes to my own abode... I recently acquired some vintage doilies thinking I would take them into the shop to sell. I remember my Nana having them all over her house. On the back of chairs, tables, etc., she had wonderful doilies everywhere!

Not a doilies kind of gal, what to do with these crafty pieces of art? Light bulb goes off and the next thing you know... It looks like winter has exploded inside my home with these wonderful "snowflakes" all over the windows, above our fireplace, etc.

What a wonderful and inexpensive way to incorporate a little handmade vintage into your holiday decor! I used Elmer's glue spray adhesive to attach our doilies aka snow flakes to the windows and doors. What other vintage textiles could I use to add to my fireplace mantel? Vintage cotton stuffing for snow trees and vintage yarn wrapped around tree limbs found in my front yard.

When the lights are out, and only our white christmas lights are glowing, our doilies complete our Holiday Winter Decor.  You can find them at any thrift store, yard sale or flea market. Some are so intricate and detailed that they should be framed as art.  Happy Holidays!








Friday, December 10, 2010

Win This Metal Card Catalog Cabinet from Vintage Inc.! Holiday Giveaway 2010 | Apartment Therapy Unplggd

Wanted to share a little Holiday Magic with our friends, family and wonderful customers; Apartment Therapy showcased our cute little metal file cabinet in their Holiday Giveaway 2010 last night. We are so excited about the 4 million plus Apartment Therapy Readers visiting our website! Here's the link for your chance to win this adorable little guy and other faboulous goodies from Apartment Therapy! 






Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vintage Wedding Bells...



Vintage recently had the opportunity to provide some store items as props for a wedding photo shoot with local photographer , Tina Sargent Tina Sargent, Photographer Wizard ... Tina a regular vintage customer when she's stateside has used our furnishings and decor for several of her photo shoots over the past few years. Tina emailed us recently to let us know that her wedding shoot at Barrington Hill Farm in Dade City was featured today on 100LayerCakeBlog with a link to our shop's website. Tina's photography is breathtaking, original and unique.



Thank you Tina for giving us the opportunity to contribute a few of our vintage pieces and decor for this lovely wedding shoot and to be apart of the happy couple's special day! If you are planning your nuptials and would like to add a little vintage charm to you're wedding decor, feel free to stop by the shop or contact us via email Vintage Wedding Decor Inquiry. You can also visit us on-line at: Vintage Website for ideas, inspiration and ideas. Local events planner, Oliver Events staged the farm and did a wonderful job... How romantic and timeless...

Please make sure to set up a consult with Tina for unique, beautiful and original photography for your special day.

Another wonderful vintage customer and one of our first customers 3 1/2 years ago, Matthew Wengerd, provided the Fabulous stationary through his company, A Fine Press.  Many thanks to 100layercake for the post!