DIY FURNITURE & SF BAY EVENTS: New Furniture in Shop + Customer Photos + Fairfax Flea @TheGarageFfx

I haven’t forgotten you, okay- don’t worry. I’ve just been busy making things! This month has been a whirlwind of craftiness and furniture couture that I haven’t had time to tell you all about it! There are lot of pieces that I have completed that sold too fast for me to post about them- but I’ll still show you the photos. So, here we go!


Linen Covered Kidney Bean Coffee Table $64


Old Industrial Bookshelf Cart $150


Art Deco Coffee Table (SOLD)


collapsible Sofa Table $90


Shabby Chic Nightstand (SOLD)


Mid Century Crank Coffee Table $415


1940’s Desk and Chair (SOLD)


Pin Striped Winged Back Chair $92


Vintage Cream and Black Striped Lounge Chair (3 in stock- ALL SOLD)


1970’s Credenza Bookshelf Cabinet (SOLD)


Vintage Knoll Tulip Table (SOLD)


Vintage Shabby Chic Mini Dresser (SOLD)


Mid Century Lounge Chair (SOLD)

So there you have it. The reason I’ve been so absent. Hope you can forgive me. I also wanted to share three customer photos that really have got me excited. The first is from Dhanya, who bought the Art Deco Coffee Table and updated it to suit her living room groove. Check it out!



Pretty sweet huh? Check out how cute the 1970’s Credenza Bookshelf looks in Shannon’s apartment.


This is definitely one of my favorite pieces (besides the Knoll, of course).

Lastly, checkout Terrill’s dreamy New York apartment reading nook, featuring a sun ray wall clock from our shop!


I am always so pleased to see how furniture from the shop takes on a life of its own after it leaves my hands.  I strongly believe that just because it’s old, doesn’t mean furniture is dead.  It just needs another chance to live on.  And that’s what I’m here for.  If you have bought a piece of furniture from me, please shoot me an email with a photo of it in your house (email is on the home page).

In other news, I will be at Fairfax Flea at The Garage in downtown Fairfax this Saturday!  We had so much fun last time that I had to do it again.


The Garage

2000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Fairfax, CA 94930

Saturday July 20, 10am-5pm

Allyson won’t be there this time, she will be off living the Birthday Life…because well this month is her birthday!  Since I knew I wouldn’t get to see her, I brought over a little surprise for her so we could celebrate early.  So after 8 hours of shooting new items for our shops, we cracked open a bottle of bubbly and sliced ourselves some sour cream angel food cake. Deeeeelish!

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I will be adding new items from the shoot everyday starting Monday morning.  But to hold you over, here are a few items that are already up!

Mod Dropwaist Tennis Dress

Mod Satin and Crystal Party Dress

I.Magnin Dress and Jackest

Plaid Blue and White School Dress

Pink Chiffon and Lace Boho Maxi Dress

Floral Hawaiian Print Maxi Dress by B.J.’s Fashions

DIY FURNITURE: NEW Finished Projects Ready for Your Home!

I have been working at the speed of lightning to complete furniture that has been sitting around and just have not been able to get to.  Without further ado, here are projects I have recently completed.


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Antique Victorian Solid Walnut Tiffany Blue and White Column Table $125


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Retro Golden Wire Barstool Set with Table $220

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Mod 60’s Set of Two Dining Room Chairs with Brass Studs and Leaf Upholstery $135

I am also working on more furniture as you are reading this.  I have a very cool and very ergonomic office chair from the 1950’s and a very covetable Tulip Table by Knoll.  Yes, that’s right- KNOLL!



DIY FURNITURE: Furniture, Lighting and Decor. Currently for Sale!

I have just recently found a few nuggets of coal and polished them up so well they are now diamonds!  Well, in obsessive furniture speak, that means I have new furniture I just finished, and they look great.

Up first is this little two-drawer nightstand that had really seen better days.  The polyurethane was chipping and peeling like a bad suntan and the legs were totally rusted.  Took me a few days to breathe some fresh air back into this lovely little piece, but I believed in it.

Vintage Mid Century Tiffany Blue and Gold Double Drawer Nightstand


Up next this fantastic little find; a redwood bookcase/cabinet with two drawers.  This one also needed some much needed TLC, but I think this one was the little engine that could.

Vintage Redwood Bookshelf Cabinet


This next pair also had a rough past life; filled with humidity and hot days, the tops of these nightstands decided to reach for the sky for salvation.  Most would have given up on them, but like a hobo with a fresh shave, they have never looked better!

Mid Century Nightstand Set

You may not know this, but Lane from Altavista, VA is probably my favorite brand of furniture.  Their construction and choice of woodgrain really makes me fall in love every time.  I didn’t really have to do much to this table, but the fact that I even found it is a miracle in itself.  These swivel boomerang tables are super rare and because of the moving parts, they often are really damaged if you do happen to come across one.

Mid Century Lane Swivel Boomerang Coffee Table

And finally, some fantastic lighting solutions!

Vintage Mid Century Teak and Brass Lamp With Double Diffusion Shade


Mid Century Brass Task Lamp

And storage solutions!

Vintage Mid Century Wire Two Shelf Rack

Vintage Mid Century Wire Bathroom Caddy

I also encountered a stash of 1960’s movie theater marquee letters!  Now you can decorate to your heart’s content!  Mix and match and if you buy five (5) or more you get them for $6 each instead of $8!

I will be listing them a little bit everyday, so stay tuned!

Vintage 60’s Marquee Black 4″ Letter “A”

DIY Furniture: Mid Century Love Seat FINISHED!

I just finished my very first love seat.  And I’m so proud of it!  It came as a set with two matching armchairs, however I plan on reupholstering those with different fabric (bright orange vinyl).  Don’t worry, when I finish them I will post pics!!

Take a peek at my latest finished product!

I loved this fabric so much I bought all they had left at the store. I’m glad I did! It’s wool fabric that is used to make suit jackets…but I think it looks better on a couch.

I love how I got the stripes to flow down the seat. YUM.

The arm rests are the kicker for me. Solid walnut!? Yes please!!!!

I finished the sides off with these awesome brass studs!!!!

What do you think!?

You can purchase this lovely little couch HERE.

FINDS: Alameda Point Antiques Fair 11.06.11

I went to the Alameda Antiques Fair for the first time yesterday.  I’ve never seen so much vintage and antiques.  It was really quite impressive.  The best thing about it was all the cool stuff you can find for pretty reasonable prices.  Of course if you’re looking for more high-end items (mid century Danish designer furniture) you can find it there too.  For example, we saw a mid century teak wood desk for $2,500 and a black leather, teak and rosewood Danish couch for $1,600.  Bottom line, if you’re looking for it- more than likely you’re going to find it here.

A few pointers for newbies:

  • Alameda Point Antiques Fair occurs the 1st Sunday of every month- the woman at the entrance told me even if it’s on New Years eve, they are there.
  • Early birds pay more at the door.  Before 2pm it is $5. After 2pm it’s free.  At 3pm, the vendors begin packing up.
  • Bring plenty of cash.  They have a portable ATM at the entrance, but who wants to pay fees they don’t have to!?
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Dress in layers- this fair is near water and the weather can change very rapidly.
  • Bring a compact umbrella
  • Bring a grandma cart- having wheels are an essential part of making your trip to the fair easy and enjoyable.  They have carts near the loading area, but for smaller items bring your own cart (it will also save you money since they rent grocery carts for $5).
  • Bring a snack.  It’s going to be a long day of walking, hauling and lifting.  Keep yourself energized!  There are food vendors there if you forget, but if you’re on a budget, this may be the way to go for you.

Here are a few photos of some things I picked up!  We actually got a whole van full of stuff, but photos will come later of that stuff.

I got this sweet burl wood wall clock circa 1970 for $10!  What a steal.

I love all the rich colors in the wood.

And I think it makes a pretty sweet addition to our frame wall in our living room.

Now all I need are some antlers or something rustic to put above the clock.

We also found the matching pair to our mid century telephone/magazine rack stand.  The one on the left was the first one we got at The Pink Squirrel down in Santa Cruz.  And the one on the right we got at the Alameda Antiques Fair!

In our typically-small San Francisco bathroom, these were a perfect storage solution for necessities.  It’s better than getting run-of-the-mill plastic drawer set from Walmart or Target.  I plan on spraying them both with gold-colored rustoleum (since they will be exposed to moisture) and so they will both match in color (the one on the right is slightly darker).

Overall, The Fair was pretty good to me.  I found some cool project pieces that I will be showing you later on this week.

DIY: Drab to Fab Furniture

Yes, I like to pick up project pieces for fun sometimes just to see where things will take me.

I found this pretty JACKED mid century plywood chair at a flea market and I figured I could spruce it up.  Here are some before and after photos!

Before: The wood was pretty messed up and the wicker was just a crying shame.

After: Refinished the wood (it was actually two-toned) and sprayed the wicker black. And it looks brand new!

Looks good huh?

xoxo Joules

Halloween ’11: 70’s Disco Rvivl

So my friend Petra of The Second Rvivl and my cutie pie boyfriend, Elvis went out Halloween weekend for a bit of trouble-making.  We all dressed up as if we jumped out of a time machine circa 1970.  Being that I am a lover of all things 70’s- my shop has a tremendous amount of 1970’s stock.  Not to mention my personal wardrobe does as well.  Welp, here are a few photos of our fab outfits!

Here is a pretty clever costume I saw out that night too!



DIY: Reuholstering Mid Century Chairs

I’ve been working on these two chairs for the past few days and it’s been a real treat.  Saw these at my fellow vintage-lover’s furniture shop, The Pink Squirrel.  They were pretty messed up, and I believed I could do them justice.

So without further adieu, here are a few progress photos.

  I chose a SUPER baby bottom soft wool blend.  It is cherry red, royal blue and grey plaid.  It is simply divine.

I replaced the foam and taped off the edges on the bottom of the seat using the original fabric tape.  We were luck the wood was still in great shape!

Don’t tell me that your boyfriend or husband wouldn’t love to put his tush in this sexy mantique.  Oh yeah.

I’m working on the other one tonight and will have final photos tomorrow.  ‘Till then- here are a few photos of some cool stuff we picked up recently:

1950's office chair.

1950's record rack.

1950's Dining Room Chairs.

This is an old one- but I still love everything about this photo. Mid Century Bassett coffee table, Burnt Orange ultra suede mid century loveseat, and 1970's entertainment console.