If you live in or have traveled to the Carolinas, then you may know that this area has a long history in textiles. The mills still dot the landscape, with one in nearly every town- some are dilapidated, some just empty, some of have been converted into new commercial/residential use, and then there are still a few that operate to this day! So it should come as no surprise that relics of that industrial textile mill history (such as these old serger thread cones) can be found in nearly every antique store (and sometimes thrift shops!) in the region.Read more ›
For several years now- literally, years- Jon and I have made plans to take a long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina…but for whatever reason, our plans have been scrapped due to any number of reasons. Finally, FINALLY, we made hotel reservations that we didn’t have to cancel, and a list of shops and eateries that we actually got to try!
And let me tell you- it was worth the wait. We had a MAGNIFICENT time and already have a list of places to check out during our next visit. If you are a junker, a shopper, a foodie, a beer snob, and/or a history buff, then Charleston needs to be on your Bucket List.
Now, truth be told, my kind of junk shopping does not fall under the category of “fine antiques”. While there is plenty of highfalutin antiques within Charleston proper- and we ambled all over the gorgeous downtown districts- most of my shopping happened in every direction surrounding the city! North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, and Johns Island offer plenty of vintage shops, none of which are very far by car. So hop on board and let’s get started!Read more ›
If you’ve spent any time on my blog or Facebook page, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a fan of architectural salvage… I’ve made baluster lamps… I’ve got a penchant for antique key plates… suitcase tables with spindles for legs… and I sniff out salvage shops wherever I go (Savannah, Nashville, etc.). Of course, I tend to gravitate towards smaller bits for my projects…but I constantly marvel at what others do with doors, mantels, even old staircases.
So when I stumbled across Encore Architectural Company’s shop in Saint Matthews, South Carolina, I was floored- pun intended! In fact, I may have even made an abrupt, illegal U-turn in the middle of the road because I was blinded with excitement!
If you put together one part vintage, one part craft, one part upcycling, and one part farm-on-a-rolling-countryside, you’ll get the makings of a FANTASTIC annual festival that those of us in the know call the Farm Fresh Fair. Located at the Farm on Rabon Creek in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, the Farm Fresh Fair is quickly becoming one the preeminent vintage fairs in the South.
It was highlighted in Garden & Gun Magazine after all…
So when the date rolled around again, my friends and I gathered the troops and headed to the Farm.
If you read my first post here on Sadie Seasongoods, then you might remember the dresser I purchased from Restoration 41– large and proud, with its dark stained top and ever-so-lightly distressed off-white body, punctuated by robin’s egg blue knobs.
That’s how I first found Restoration 41- a store (Ivy House) I follow on Facebook posted pictures of the dresser…and I loved it immediately and purchased it unseen. Oh, the power of social media!
Melissa of Restoration 41 then went on to take my great-grandfather’s plain white dresser and turn it into a fraternal twin of the one I had purchased- she added legs and a matching paint job- Completely gorgeous. AND she even discovered the original price tag from 1920- how awesome is that?
Since I like to spotlight favorite artisans- particularly those in my beloved American South- I obviously had to shine a little light on the artist that brought my bedroom to life!
If you were on Twitter and had to describe Restoration 41 in 140 characters, what would you say?
I enjoy bringing tired pieces back to life. I paint, stain, upholster and even design and build furniture from cast off items.
I have a feeling that there is significance behind the name of Restoration 41…how did you get started doing what you do?
In 2012 I was 15 years into my “job” as a stay-at-home mom. While I often helped friends with their homes and even tried my hand at faux finish painting in new construction, it was always a struggle to find time to discover my niche. With timing that can only be described as “meant to be”, The Ivy House opened in its current location in November of the year that my youngest kiddo headed off to kindergarten. I was lucky enough to land a booth space and was encouraged to come up with a name for my brand. After pitching names to my oldest son and having him shoot down everything, he suggested that since restoration is what I do, it should be in my business name. So OBVIOUS right!?! But for me, having this business was also about a restoration of a part of me that I had ignored for a long time. It was an avenue for me to explore my artistic visions and to focus on what I wanted. At the ripe old age of 41, I got and amazing opportunity and Restoration 41 was born.
You find some amazing furniture in need of TLC! Is the hunt half the fun?
You know it! Whether I am at an auction, thrift store, garage sale or even scanning the curb, I am always looking for the potential in pieces. Give me a broken down piece of furniture with good bones and I am a happy girl! It is always fun uncovering a diamond in the rough!
There are a lot of furniture paint- chalk, milk, etc.- out there. Are you loyal to a brand, and if so, why?
I’ve tried a lot of different products, but I always come back to good old latex paint. Since I like to mix my own colors, it is the most readily available, least expensive way for me to get just the right shade. I also like that by using different sheens, latex paint works well on every style of furniture. It can just as easily be used on a beat up primitive piece as it can on a sleek modern one. It distresses well and doesn’t require any topcoats in most cases.
Show and tell time- let’s see some of your creations!
For those of us that want to see your pieces and make a purchase, where can we find Restoration 41?
To see my work up close and personal, visit my space at Ivy House Antiques (10511 Two Notch Rd, Elgin, SC). Online, I have a Facebook page, Restoration 41, and also share a lot on Pinterest. For those of you with some tired furniture of your own, I take on custom projects…just message me at email@example.com .
Parting words: What else should we know about Restoration 41?
The journey is the most exciting part of this business! I never tire of meeting new people and hearing their stories…what led them to the pieces they acquire and their visions of what they can become.
I’ve tried my hand at furniture painting and it comes out “distressed” because I’m terrible at it- so I’ll leave it up to the masters like Restoration 41. If you are ever in the Columbia, SC area, make sure to swing by Ivy House and Melissa’s coveted corner booth- I promise you, she’s worth a visit!
My first post about my adoration of Greenville, SC and South Carolina’s Upstate focused on food- oh the delicious meals we consume here! But in between meals, I do quite a bit of shopping for project bits…from antique shops to thrift stores, we have a pretty good selection of options, which is handy for a crafter/junker like me! Here are some of my FAVORITE shops to hit- maybe some inspiration for you this weekend!Read more ›