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Alabama Football Gourd Project! Roll Tide Roll!

Needless to say it is football season.  And in Alabama, this is a big deal!  SEC football is like a religion in Alabama!  Two weeks ago one of my dealers at The Blue Building brought in a box of gourds to sell.  I knew they would be perfect for a quick Alabama football decor item…after all, it’s fall!

shopatblu Alabama gourd project

Today I finally had a few minutes so I grabbed the spray paint and went at it!  I had two partial cans of red spray paint available so I used the first on several and then the second.  Both colors were bright and covered well.  30 minutes later, here is the finished product!  Quick, fun, easy and ROLL TIDE ROLL!  For sale at The Blue Building and also at The Yellow Building!  It’s time for some Alabama Football!

shopatblu Alabama gourds

I did it! I transfered my website domain all by myself…

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Now I am reposting all of my old posts…have to fix the photos.  Then I will create a page for each store and for current inventory!  Ya’ll…this little blog will be looking snazzy in no time!  HAHA…that means within a year…God willing!

So far, I like Bluhost and am learning WordPress.  Still need to play with and learn about plugins, online store, etc.  And then there is SEO…say a prayer for me!

While I have your attention…we are getting ready to run some phenomenal sales at The Blue Building, in Alabaster, and at The Yellow Building, in Bessemer/McCalla.  Like and follow us on Facebook for more info!

 

 

Centralizing our past blog posts! ARGHHH!

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I have finally figured out how to move my domain to Bluhost.  However, I have no idea how to transfer all of the past posts so I am just gonna go at it and move them myself…probably not the best idea but time to get things moving.  This has been a very confusing process.  Naturally I went the cheap way to begin…free website at Yola for 2 years.  As I have progressed I am trying to have a more professional website/blog.  But some of my little posts were actually quite good so I don’t want to leave them behind.

This was just a little explanation as to why you will be seeing older posts mixed in with current posts.

At any rate, I am forever learning how to master this blog stuff.  I guess I will continue one step at time and hope that it all falls into place!  Feel free to offer suggestions!

And by all means…go ahead and laugh at me…this whole process is hysterical!  My blog stinks and I know it…Hmmm…possible song here?  Laugh as much as you want…just come shop at Blu and Yellow!  We can laugh together as you find some really cool stuff!

Thanks,

Sue

 

 

 

QUICK PICK ME UP-RESTORING LUSTRE TO OLD FURNITURE

Posted by The Blue Building Home of Elegant Clutter on Thursday, January 9, 2014

Posted by The Blue Building Home of Elegant Clutter on Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Over the years, furniture re-salers develop quick tips and tricks to get pieces quickly into shape.  One of my secret weapons, is Old English Furniture Polish.  I remember my mom using this as a quick fix on her mahogany Duncan Phyffe DRS.  I was always amazed by how the scratches disappeared and the wood took on a new sheen.  Hmmm…and all these years I thought it was Dad who instilled the “fix-it” bug in me…interesting!

Old English comes in many forms but I only use two forms…one for dark woods and one for light woods.  I use the dark woods on walnut, mahogany, most cherry wood and darker maple and pecan wood.  The light formula is ideal for blonder woods like natural pine, light maple, etc.  old english-shop at blu-furniture restoremurphy's oil soap

Most furniture simply needs a good bath and a coat of Old English.  I use warm water and Murphy’s Oil Soap to clean any surface dirt from furniture.  Murphy’s is a great way to “feed” the wood which keeps the wood from becoming dry and brittle with age.  After it’s bath, I allow the piece to dry and then I liberally apply Old English with a cotton rag.  I normally apply the Old English to the rag and rub it into the wood surface.  You will see an immediate richness in the wood as you “feed” it with the Old English.  Be careful to get into the corners and crevices of the piece to ensure an even coat over all.

Old English is a great way to quickly restore lustre to a piece of furniture.  It helps disguise chips, cracks and scratches.  Sometimes, it is necessary to use furniture pens to disguise deeper marks and scratches…but that is a topic for another day.

Here are some before and after pictures of pieces treated with Old English:  

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This is a solid oak china cabinet.  From the layer of crud on it, it must have been stored in a barn, garage, or basement.  After a bath with Murphy’s Oil Soap and a slathering of Old English, this baby is ready for a new home!

This next beauty came to Blu from a less than desirable storage location as well.  I named her “Tiger Love”.  

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I realize that the before picture is pretty poor in quality but it is actually a pretty good representation of what Tiger Love looked like when she arrived at Blu.  The after photo shows the beautifully revived wood.  Oh yeah,,, and she is now in my kitchen!  One of the perks of owning a store…or two!
 

SPRING IS IN THE AIR! COMBAT SHACK WACKY AND CABIN FEVER WITH A BURST OF COLOR!

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Looks like the great freeze of 2014 is just about over, at least here in Alabama.  It was time for a bit of a change at The Blue Building.  Nothing says spring like BRIGHT GREEN- emerald, hunter, kelly, leprechaun—any of those should do the trick.  Periodically, I like to make a dramatic change in the entryway at Blu. A couple of years ago, while staging for The Alabama Symphony’s Decorator’s Showhouse, I was obsessed with a vibrant sunshine yellow used in one of the bedrooms.  Here is the result:

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Normally I use a neutral in the entryway so that I won’t have to paint frequently.  Black, beige, or gray usually mesh with any vignette.  But you can only do so much with sunshine yellow.  We did black and white and yellow, then red and orange with yellow, then neon colors. then all whites.  It was fun!  Been there, done that, will never paint walls that color again.Here are some of my favorites from the last few years:

 

And our newest “Welcome Spring!”

What do you think????

 

VINTAGE KITCHEN TABLE AND RUSTIC CHINA CABINET

VINTAGE KITCHEN TABLE AND RUSTIC CHINA CABINET

August 2, 2014

Part of the thrill of this consignment business is never knowing what is going to show up!  This table arrived one day unexpectedly!
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It was so phenomenal in this pale yellow color with these 4 great chairs that I placed in right in our entryway to the store!
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The next day we picked up this vintage wicker set on consignment.  I had the perfect place for it!
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It is funny how things just fall into place around the store!  But wait…it gets better…look what I found today:Vintage yellow china cab shopatblu

And the entryway is complete!

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Ok, on to another room!  Have a great day!

Chandeliers, lamps and glorious light fixtures!

I have to admit…I have a problem…I cannot resist a beautiful vintage lamp!  Is it too much to ask to have a beautiful vintage chandelier in EVERY room?  I think not!

We currently have some beautiful vintage chandeliers at The Blue Building on consignment.  Why can’t I just simply keep them all?????  Well, because they average $299 each…maybe if I buy one every couple of months??  The good thing about being in this business is that I am always finding great items and great deals.  So, patience is my friend…those awesome pieces are worth the wait!

Here are some of our chandeliers:

shopatblu Italian gold and crystal antique chandelierThis Italian made beauty is approximately 31 inches from top to tip of hanging ball crystal.  It is approximately 18 inces wides and has beautiful crystal tear drops.

shopatblu antique bras and crystal chandelierThis beauty is a bit smaller, only 21 inches from top to tip of crystal ball.  It is 14 inches wide and is mad of brushed/bronzed gold/brass.

Here is a taste of some others…Art Deco, 48 inch brass, gothic cathedral lamp, mini crystals, etc.  You just never know what you will find at The Blue Building!

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Our inventory literally changes daily!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day One at the NEW Yellow Building! Expanding our business!

We did it!  I got the keys on Wednesday last week and on Thursday Macon, one of Yellow’s phenomenal vendors and master craftsman extraordinaire, built us some solid walls!  Yes folks…NO LATTICE IN THE NEW BUILDING!  My plan, of course to keep costs down, was to simply use the extra Lattice-from-hell to finish the studded only walls.  I figured that I could pick up some old doors and pallet wood and slowly fill them in.  Macon said, “Now Sue, I hate lattice.”  I knew I loved Macon!  He told me full sheets of plywood are only $7.99…maybe cheaper.  On Thursday, Macon finished the wall and I slapped on some paint!

Macon's magic

Later that day, Jan moved into the first spot on the new side of the building!

first vendor

It is starting to come together!  Debbie stopped by yesterday, another precious Yellow vendor…and she rented the next 2 spaces!  Filling fast my friends!  Several other current dealers will be by today and tomorrow to see if they would like to expand.  I still have one more room to paint and finish.

I will post some photos tomorrow!

 

Expansion at The Yellow Building Antiques: Growing our antique and consignment business!

After several months of debating, weighing pros and cons, fighting for more space for consignment and store-owned furniture, I got the keys to the “other side” of The Yellow Building!   This will be the new entryway…an actual storefront entrance!  Whoohoo!  We are in the big leagues now!

 

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This is a picture of the main wall in the new space.  The landlord had done some renovations and finished the other side of this wall for another tenant but we are going to have to finish our side to keep rent cost down.  We have alot of extra lattice around from when the previous tenant was here so as much as I loathe lattice, it is an inexpensive filler for this wall.  I think I can make three additional vendor spaces on this wall.

Yellow building expansion

This main area at the entry and in front of the counter will be used for consignment pieces and will serve as the main showroom floor for my painted pieces.  I am so excited to have a “finished” area that I want to sort of “boutique” up the area…cutsey meets shabby!

Yellow building expanding

This room currently divide “old” Yellow and “new
Yellow.  The plan is to remove the carpet, paint the floor and the short wall and rent this space to one vendor or split it between three vendors.  Lots of potential here!

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At any rate…this is our blank slate!  The plan is to have it ready for vendors by next week!