Monthly Archives: September 2012

We’re going ‘tiquing

Just doing a little plug here before we get into today’s post. I’m guest blogging over on Wayfair’s My Way Home blog. I chat about something HUGE that’s happened in our house, as well as some tips on when to call a professional. Make sure to check it out and leave a comment!

Recently, I went to the fall edition of the Brimfield Fair a couple of weekends ago. It has quickly become one of my favorite antique hunting adventures and where I like to spot trends. I’m not going to fill this post up with too many words, but I have a need to over share all things awesome. I didn’t come away with any goodies but I seriously just loved looking at all the great things for the final fair of the season. Enjoy!


This was taken for my friend Trisha who’s getting married TOMORROW! WOOT!


Mercury glass makes me weak in the knees. So much so that I don’t realize that my thumbs in the frame.


I’ll have some of these letters one day. Whenever I get nice walls.

Adam is obsessed with these lights. He’s convinced he could build one if he found the right parts. I’m calling his bluff.


These iron beauties would make a gorgeous chandelier in a big dining room over a nice round dining table. I LOVE them!


Mercury glass AND blue (depression?) glass jugs? Need.

I desperately need/want an antique fan. If I could find one that actually works? Bonus.


These flour and sugar boxes were fab. The price ($450)? Not so much.

A bowling alley turned table? Yes, please.

The patterned rugs were great fantastic!

And to end on a creepy note…

Don’t worry. It’s just a BB gun, and it did NOT come home with us.

Have you ever been to Brimfield? Where are your favorite places to find goods for your home?

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Frost Yourself

Before I get to today’s post, I want to make a little plug. Tomorrow I am guest blogging on Wayfair’s My Way Home blog about something that recently occurred in our little house and some tips on when you need to bring in a professional for your DIY job. VERY exciting things happening at Operation Restoration! Now, on to today’s post.

A while back (I’m talking at least 8 months ago) Adam and I went to the ReStore in Roslindale to scope out what this store had to offer. It was a relatively new location so we went to look around and see what treasures we could find. And we found some goodies!

It’s safe to assume that we now have a full fledged door obsession. Almost every antique/thrift store or fair, we’re looking for doors to replace our plywood hollow core doors with period piece solid wood ones. We’ve had luck at the ReStore in Portland and you can’t beat the prices there. So when we came across not one but THREE gorgeous doors, we couldn’t walk away from them. Two of them were previous porch doors and one was half of a French door. Why were we interested in only half of a French door? Well, the section that had the gorgeous glass door knob fit our bathroom door frame. Is it weird that I wanted a glass paned door our bathroom door? Sure, it would make for awkward moments, but I had a solution.

I wanted a door that would allow light to pass through it because that part of the house is so dark and the bathroom window gets great light. The French door was a perfect solution, and the perfect price of $25! So, how do you make it so people can’t see you do your business without having the pay a lot of money for frosted replacement glass? Frosted glass spray paint!

The door itself needed a little TLC before I addressed the glass so I took off the hardware and got to bust out my trusty sander and went to town.


After a quick sanding and dusting, I was ready for some paint. I wanted to keep it white to go with the rest of the bathroom and brighten up the dark hallway so I used Behr’s semi-gloss enamel in Behr Premium Plus Enamel Zero VOC in Ultra Bright White that we picked up from the Home Depot. After three coats and the proper drying time (about 2-3 hours) it was good to go.

On to the frosting!

While we were at Home Depot we purchased RustOleum specialty frosted glass spray. Since we had no idea how this stuff would turn out, we did a dry run on one of the other doors we purchased that has glass panes. As a back up we purchased plain contact paper, but I really didn’t want to go that route as I was looking for a more permanent solution. We tested and perfected our process on one pane and after a couple of passes; it started to “frost up”! Let’s do this for reals.

We first had to give the glass a good cleaning and make sure that they were extremely dry before we could even begin spraying. Once we cleaned up the glass, we were ready to spray. Starting at the top, we went frame by frame, with nice even lines so it was more consistent. We read on the can that it worked best if you applied multiple coats while it was still wet. Sounds pretty good! We probably did about 10 coats. That might seem a little excessive, but I’d rather have a lot of coats on there versus not, just in case you could still through it. We left the door outside for 48 hours so it could properly gas-off, brought it back in and hung it up. I absolutely love it and am so happy that we went this route. It still lets the light shine through but you still have your privacy. Sorry for the night shots. They’re the best I could get!

Am I absolutely crazy for putting in glass as a bathroom door? Would you have a glass bathroom door? Fill me in!

***I am entering my DIY frosted bathroom door into the Creating With the Stars blog contest for a chance to compete in a four week, DIY contest.  I will most likely be soliciting votes from you in the near future. So, consider this your warning. 😉 ***

Getting a little ahead of ourselves…

A couple of weeks ago, Adam and I took off to the middle of New Hampshire to “just look” at some flooring at the Carlise Warehouse. We didn’t have anything going on that Saturday, so we figured we’d take a trip to just to check out what they had. And man, did they deliver.

They were having a warehouse sale (which is why we ventured up there) and were greeted with massive railroad beams out in the front…right up our alley! The people there were so incredibly welcoming, gave us a quick overview of what they had, and told us to just go ahead a look.

We spotted some of our favorite wood, wide white pine. As much as we love the look of these, and how they’d fit in with the look we’re going for, unfortunately the wood is just too soft. Bromley + soft wood = disaster. Just ask Adam’s parents who have them in their kitchen, as you can see where Bromley has used them as his personal scratching post. On to the next grouping of wood!

We came across piles of gorgeous walnuts, oaks, and laminate flooring, but nothing. Until we found THE ONE. Were we ever in trouble. It’s called Antique hard wide pine and what adds to it’s uniqueness is that it comes from railroad bridges, ties, ship masts. It gorgeous knots and nail holes that shows a history, and we just kept staring at it. We tried walking away but we just couldn’t stop looking at it and talking about how amazing it would look in our house.

Source: Carlise Wide Plank Floors

Told you we were in trouble.

The next thing I know, we’re having serious talks about whether or not we should get this flooring and start crunching numbers. At $5/square foot we landed on a steal. This wood alone normally sells between $15-$20/square foot! Talk about savings. We talked to one of the employees there and he was so incredibly  helpful. We asked how it would stand up to Bromley’s nails and normal wear and tare and he said that it’s some of the hardest wood you can get. Ugh oh. We aren’t even close to being ready for flooring (still have to add supports downstairs and level the floor in the kitchen and dining room) but this is the deal of the year. How can we walk away from this gorgeous wood?

Well, if you guessed that we walked away from it, you’re completely wrong. We paid for it and scheduled to have it delivered the following week. We got enough to cover the entire downstairs (living room, kitchen, dining room and downstairs bathroom) with some extra wood to spare. We’re planning on putting this in ourselves, so it looks like we have to get our butts in gear!

The good thing about having the floors in our possession is that it’s a constant reminder that we need to get moving on some things. We’ve been really busy this summer so we haven’t been able to tackle a lot of projects. But come this fall, we’re planning on having a demo party, where friends will help us finish up the dining room and upstairs bedroom, so we can start putting it back together.  We’re tired of living in a construction zone; we just want to be able to enjoy this house! And once these floors are in, we’ll be one step closer, and I can’t wait.