September Fluffing

Happily, I’m finding that keeping the Quaint Nest full of things I love is keeping me quite busy.  Here is how the booth is looking this week:

booth sept 2015 2

I used my Silhouette vinyl cutter to make a sign.  It hangs on the wall between by my two little booths.

booth sept 2015

While I usually shop for silver and white, lately I have been finding lots of gold treasures.

booth sept 5  The large mirror (above) poses and interesting dilemma.  It makes the booth look big and bright, but in this photo, the reflection makes it look like the shelves across the aisle are part of my booth….booth sept 4 booth sept table

How adorable is this glass topped table?




Back from Vacation

One of the great things about having a booth at an antique mall is that sales continue uninterrupted even if I go out of town for a while.  I returned today after ten days away.  The good news is that August sales have been great so far.  The bad news is that I need to replenish.  Well… that really isn’t bad news, since I love to hunt for beautiful things.

I am very excited that I will be offering  Anita Joyce’s new book French Accents (affiliate link) in the booth very soon.  I received my autographed copy yesterday and just love it!  I have long been a fan of Anita’s blog, The book  includes loads of beautiful photos and tips on creating the “Farmhouse French Style.”  I hope it will give my customers fresh ideas on styling with the items in my booth.


Painted Mirror

Today I am sharing a recent chalk paint project for the booth:

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mirror after

Here’s the mirror before:

mirror before

Please excuse the newspaper….

I purchased the gold framed mirror at an auction.  It has 1963 stamped on the back.

The lovely flowers were chipped in several places, so I didn’t feel any hesitation to paint it.

I dry brushed ASCP Provence first.

Then, I dry brushed ASCP Old White.

Finally, I sanded with 150 grit sandpaper to reveal the original gold and the Provence paint.

I love it.

I think I better drive to the booth with it right now before I find a spot for it at home!


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Week Three

I stopped by the booth yesterday.  It was exciting to see how many items had sold during the first two weeks!

My son helped me hang up this display shelf to show off the David Winters Cottages.  I purchased the shelf from Decor Steals.

David Winters Cottages

I also added some of my projects to fill in some of the empty spots.

Royal 10

qn candelabra

Hoping that my second two weeks will be as successful as the first!


Chalk Painted Lamps

Today, I finished two lamps for The Quaint Nest booth.  They were both Goodwill finds.  I simply painted them with ASCP Old White.  I usually distress and wax my chalk paint pieces, but I liked how these looked with the chalky finish.

Here’s the before:

chalk paint lamps before

Here’s the after:

Chalk paint lamp 2      chalk painted lamp

I haven’t found a shade for the second one yet. As an informal experiment,  I am going to price it (and place it in my booth) without one.  The shade pictured above cost about ten dollars at Walmart. I’m afraid that will take quite a bite out of my margin….  The shades at my local thrift stores are a little “too” vintage to use.  It will be interesting to see whether the lamp without a shade (but with a lower price) sells first.

I’ll let you know…


Open for Business

I have moved into my tiny little antique booth.  If you are ever in Sunnyvale, Texas (just east of Dallas on Highway 80), I hope you will stop by.  The Quaint Nest (#170) is located inside the East Fork Mall.  There are lots of great things to see in all the booths!

Here’s a peek at how my booth looks so far:

The Quaint nest day 1The quaint nest sewingThe quaint nest redRoyal Typewriterthe quaint nest whiteThe quaint nest day 1 shelves

The bookcase in the last photo is marked “Not for sale-display only.” We found it a few days ago at Paul Michael in Canton.  I didn’t know I was looking for it, until I saw it.  It sets exactly the mood I was hoping my booth would have. I just love the milk glass pieces against the wallpaper background (hence this blog’s header….)

With this addition, there is actually more shelf space than I anticipated, so I’ll be adding some more small items tomorrow morning.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Three days until I can move into my new antique mall booth…

but who’s counting…

Here’s another little project I have completed for The Quaint Nest.

3 candlesticks finished

These three candlesticks came from different garage sales.  I chose them for their texture.

3 candlesticks before

I painted them with one coat of ASCP Provence, followed by two coats of ASCP Pure White.  Then, I really got after them with a wet sanding sponge.

Have a great weekend!


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My name is Eilis.  I love vintage, chalk paint, and finding “treasures” for our home. Being a little obsessed with these three things, I’m beginning a new adventure.

I’ve signed a lease on a tiny space in a local antique mall.  I’m calling my booth, The Quaint Nest.  For the last couple of months, I’ve been shopping estate sales for treasures to sell in it. My family tells me that I have just found an excuse for hoarding…

My lease starts Monday! I’m terrible at waiting… so….I couldn’t wait that long to share something I’ve been working on for the booth.

French tableFrench Table 2

I used Pure White Annie Sloane Chalk Paint with both clear and dark wax.

Here’s the before:

French table before French Table Before 2

The shape of the legs and the raised flowers drew me in.  I knew this table had a great future as a painted piece!

The parquet top had lots of ridges.  I hoped the chalk paint would be able to cover them.  It did.  I used one more coat than usual on the top.

Please come back next week to see it (with lots of other great things) in my booth.

Unfortunately, I no longer live near an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint retailer.  I tried another brand (on another piece) and wasn’t as happy with the results.  Then, I found a wonderful stockist, who DOES mail ASCP products!  I have been extremely pleased with The Purple Painted Lady.  I think her prices and shipping charges are very reasonable.  Everything has come packed beautifully.  Great directions are included.  In fact, there are “how to” videos to watch on her site.   I loved coming home from work to this adorable package!

Purple Painted Lady


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