Thursday, April 24, 2014

Another DIY Potting Bench

Hope all of you are having the same wonderful spring weather, like we are, here on the gulf coast. With all this beautiful weather, it's the perfect time to get out and plant away. My mister built me a potting bench two weeks ago, and after he finished it, I decided it was the perfect time to take down to the shop. Within 24 hours it sold and we have one customer waiting for another one. He had already started a smaller one, so off to the shop it went. We hope to get two more made by the end of the weekend. I never really knew that potting benches were so hot! Hopefully soon, he will get another made for me. Do you have a potting bench? If so, where is it located at your home? Happy that you came by for a visit, and I hope you return soon.

                    Look where it ended up...right inside the front door.

                                 Not everyone has room for a large
                                 potting bench, so we thought a
                                 smaller one would be handy for
                                               some people.

                                Love these great willow chairs.

                                        I am so happy that I got all
                                        my plants planted last week.

Lovin' looking out my windows
and seeing these beauties. 
                             Why in the world have I waited so long
                              to have a potting bench? These cuties
                              are a must have, for a plant lover like

If you missed seeing the first one we made,
this is it.
You can see more of it here.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Garden Gate

I am always looking for charming old vintage garden gates, and when I spotted this one last week, I knew I had to have her. If you are thinking that she will get a price tag on her and show up at Coastal Charm Interiors, sorry y'all, she is all mine! I have three ideas on how I will use her in my home. She might show up on the wall behind my sofa in the family room, or maybe a headboard for my bed, but I really think she will end up as our footboard. Mr.CC has been trying to get a custom headboard made for our bed for months now, so maybe soon, he will find the extra time and get it done. I will be sure to keep you all updated on how the headboard is coming along.

                                       Love the patina on her.

                           Love this custom about you?
                           You can find it located at Antiques at the Loop.

                                Here is her little baby and she can be yours.


                              You just don't find a six foot gate like this one
                              every I am happy that I found her as
                                        soon as she arrived at the shop.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday No.209

Happy that you are here today, and I am looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us this week. When you read this, I will be busy power washing my patio and porch. I also, will be cleaning all the furniture in my screen porch from all that nasty pollen. Since the forecast for this week is calling for perfect spring temps, I hope to get a lot of outdoor chores done. How is the weather in your neck of the woods? So, let's see what I had to share last week, and then let's check out what you are sharing this week.
Recap from last week...
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                    that are happening here at Coastal Charm, before they
                    make it to the blog. A few days ago, I shared this awesome
                    old gate that I purchased at the shop. More info on what I
                    am planning on doing with it, will be shared later this week.

                          I shared how I had to bring all the 30 plants,
                          that I had just purchased because we were
                                having freezing temps in mid April.

                      I had fun sharing Donna's two booths at SHOP TALK.

             If, you missed seeing Shop Talk last week, then click here. Donna,
                   has the types of antique booths, that we all love to shop at.

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                                 Paulette @Cheerful Thrifty Door

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Easter is here, and I hope that we sing one of my favorite songs in church today, it's...THE OLD RUGGED CROSS. Do you know this song? Well, if you don't, then you might want to find it online, and I am sure that you will love it too. Last year, I mention to Mr.CC, that I would love to have an rustic looking cross for the front yard and he delivered ASAP!!! I am so blessed, that I have such a wonderful husband. My cross reminds me of this beautiful song. I hope, that I am sharing with everyone that drives by, that Christ died for us and I pray that it warms their hearts, as it does mine. When I see it there in my heart is filled with joy...because one day...I know that I will get to meet him...and what a wonderful day that will be! Hope you all have a wonderful Easter, with your family and friends.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Shop Talk with The Green Door and Plus Encore

I wanted to do a regular series on my blog, something unique that hasn't been done before. I came up with an idea to feature small shops, that are located throughout the country. So, every Friday you can stop by and check out a new shop, and at the same time meet the owner. Some weeks, I will also be sharing some wonderful vendors that set up at vintage style shows. I am hoping that this series will introduce you to some shops and shows, that you might not already know about, and better yet, they might be in driving distance for you, wouldn't that be nice? This week it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Donna from the blog Distressed Donna Down Home. Donna has two booths located inside an antique shop. One booth is called THE GREEN DOOR and the other is PLUS ENCORE. I really like how she has a different theme at each booth. After you finish shopping, you can click here to visit Donna's blog. Click here, to find Donna on facebook.

Hi, Shop Talk readers.  I am Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home.  I am so excited to be here today thanks to the invite from Linda.

In 1998, serious family matters forced me into an early teacher retirement.  I began to gather small groups of vintage items  to sell at a weekly market.

The owner encouraged me to find a store renting booths to dealers.

I followed her advice and opened my first booth in the fall of 1998.  I have been selling at one mall or another for all those years. 

I currently have two booths at Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta, SC.  I have been there since 2004.

The booths are officially known as B-5 and B-6.  The large booth is The Green Door for the door I have had in every booth since the beginning.  The other booth is called Plus Encore (even more).  Informally they are called Donna's crazy stuff. 

The Green Door has primitives, books, architectural items, rusty stuff, and eccentric oddities.

These are not pretty, neat booths.

My customers want to scramble through the piles.

Items are displayed with an eclectic flair with suggestions of how they might be used.

Items are grouped by color or shape.

I do hide treasures in each booth.

A piece or two marked below value.

I try to find multiples to display.  This month it has been ladders of all sorts, crib springs, and old books.

Our booths are constructed like rooms of chicken wire and pegboard.

I once bought sixty canes to hang around the top of the booth.

The remainder hang from the rusty frame of bed springs.

Rusty tin roofing tiles stacked in a vintage metal shopping cart.

Doors, windows, shutters, gates, pieces of fencing - all find new homes from The Green Door.

Another purchase several years ago netted a whole truckload of buttons.  I package them in freezer containers.  I started with leftover jars, but quickly ran out.

SSSH!  Do not tell my customers these are the last of the buttons.


Another big seller -  my vintage books.

I want to think they will be read and treasured.

Yes, I know they are more likely to be used for decor projects.

Let's move next door to the smaller booth which is my cottage-y, French-y, girl-y booth.

In fact I have customers who are surprised to find out both booths belong to one person!

Can you say split personality?

Pastels abound here.

Torn cotton ribbons tie bundles of white linens and laces.

Items are chosen for the color and style.

Tarnished silver finds  in distressed pink crates.

Baskets of torn ribbons wrapped around stacks of vintage postcards.

Tattered tags are stuffed into tea cups.

Millinery flowers and French seam binding are used generously.

And remember, everything looks beautiful with a pearl corsage pin.

A current display of china, pottery, linens, and other items.

Again stacks of similar colors paired with things not normally seen together.

Informal tablecloths with formal china.

Yes, I keep my bottle brush trees out all year.

A fake French fifties plaque overlooks the basket of rolled ticking material.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  If you are ever nearby, stop in to browse.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you knew there had to be body parts somewhere.

Thanks again, Linda, for letting me be a part of Shop Talk.  What a great idea!

See y'all!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is It Really Spring Y'all?

Okay y'all, I thought today was April 15 and tax day, but with freezing temps forecast for tonight, maybe I was just dreaming. Here in the deep south, we start planting our flowers and veggies by now, because freezing temps are way gone, but not this year! I am sooooo glad that I have not already planted mine. In years past, I always plant in late March, but this year, I have been super busy with shop things, so I am late getting them in the ground. I guess, being late, sometimes is a good thing. Sunday, I purchased 30 plants and thank goodness, I decided to wait until later this week, to get them planted. To be safe, these beauties will be coming inside my warm house tonight. Please cold weather, GO AWAY!!!!!


                                  I will be sure to share pictures after all
                                  these beauties are added to window boxes,
                                  urns, wall planters and flower
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