Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Architectural Salvage Lamp

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Now, if I were a really good blogger, that title would read "how to make an architectural salvage lamp." But I don't really have much of a tutorial for you, just some pretty pictures of the finished product : )

You may remember I purchased four of these great old balusters (a fancy word for porch posts) recently. I knew they would be great on their own or to make into lamps. I decided to leave two as-is, and turn two into lamps (one to sell and one to keep, of course).

The bottoms were just slightly angled, so I had Matt's very handy grandpa level the bottoms, then drill a hole in the top.

I purchased a lamp kit at my local hardware store, tried to decipher the directions, gave up on that, watched a few YouTube videos on how to use a lamp kit, and finally put the whole thing together. It really is fairly simple once it's properly explained (I recommend just watching a few videos).

I really do love this look. I've always seen baluster lamps in magazines in homes filled with vintage finds, but have never found quite the right posts to use. These are perfect.

I will have one lamp available at the 12th & White Sale September 6, as well as the other two original balusters if you'd like to make your own (or just decorate with them).

I think this piece will go in my upcoming mint bathroom for some height and texture. I'm loving the chippy white/gray paint and chunky shape.

Having the lamp here for a bit does make me realize I love having a lamp in the kitchen. I think it's time to find the little brother of this baluster and make another one : )

And I couldn't resist a few kitchen pictures while everything was cleaned up. I am selling this vintage tea tin, but I'm pretty sad to see it go. I've gotten to enjoy it on my counter for the last few months.

Oh, and in other news, you might notice my site looks a little different than normal {click here to pop over and see it if you're reading in an email or reader}. That's because my amazing designer friend Stephen worked his magic and did a little face-lift for me. Thank you Stephen! The URL has now been changed to, but everything should redirect just fine if you're using an old Honeycomb Creative Co. address. I'm so glad everything is now under the new 12th and White umbrella...just in time for September 6!

Have you ever made a lamp out of anything? Did it take a few YouTube videos for you to figure it out too, or are you just much smarter than me??


Monday, August 18, 2014

Three Weeks to Go! {12th and White Sale}

Oh goodness... have I ever been neglecting this little blog! Two whole weeks without blogging isn't like me. But it seems most of my time and creative attention has been turned toward the 12th and White Sale on September 6...which is just under {gulp} three weeks away! I can't even believe it's almost here! Work has been busy, life has been full and the blog posts just haven't been coming. But the sourcing, junking, painting and pricing sure has! Here's a little peek via my Instagram.

Last weekend I turned this great antique frame, which was missing its mirror, into a chalkboard. I think this would be so cute in a kitchen or office. Some white paint went a long way in updating the simple frame.

This was the loot from a quick picking trip a few weeks back. I was lucky enough to find a few of my favorite staples like ironstone, silver and locker baskets, as well as a sweet little sketch of a church and some cool architectural salvage.

This is the "before" of one of the pieces Joey (my furniture painting partner in crime) will be bringing to the sale. I've seen a few sneak peeks and let's just say it's going to be a-maz-ing! She's already had quite a few inquiries about this piece so I'd get there first thing if you're interested!

I scored these dainty pitchers at an estate sale - love their sweet little scallops!

This is another piece Joey will have available (just ignore my dirty garage). It is a gorgeous antique piece with such pretty detailing, but is very solid and in great shape. I believe she's going white on this one.

You can never have enough vintage silver

These finials were a warm wood when I found them, but I gave them a fresh coat of white, some distressing and a gray glaze. They fit right in on my least until September 6!

These are a few more scores I'll have available - a pretty little cream and sugar set, a marble compote and an old suitcase with great patina.

And this weekend I was able to score some really fun things - more ironstone, some French stripe linens, silver napkin rings, and vintage botanical prints in chunky frames.

Of course the frames got a fresh coat of gray. I kind of want to keep them for myself now...though that's the way it is with pretty much everything : )

Hopefully that gives you a good idea of some of the vintage goods we'll have available! I'm hoping to have some furniture sneak peeks over the next few weeks too. I know Joey has a desk, vanity, quite a few dressers, dining table, side tables and more in the works. I'll have an antique farm table (not dining size) and the ever-popular church pew. My mother-in-law is a professional baker and is bringing lots of delicious sweets for you to sample as well. Lots to look forward to!

For the locals...

The 12th and White Sale is Saturday, September 6

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 6305 E. 12th - Wichita (at 12th and Woodlawn, just south of 13th and Woodlawn)

Hope to see you there!

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