SHOPPING & UPDATE: New Items In Stock + Customer Photos!

I would be remiss if I said I didn’t feel guilty for not posting more and updating you all on the great and fabulous things happening in the land of JJV, not to mention in my life personally.

So much has happened since my post about participating in Black Market SF, that I guess the only thing to do would be to start from there.

Black Market SF is probably one of my favorite new pop up markets in San Francisco.  It’s a night market with a super chill and cool vibe and it is RSVP only.  Yes, honey.  So if you want to make sure you get in, you need to hop to it and get a ticket.  Be sure to visit their website and tell them Jillian sent you.  The next event is April 19th (I won’t be selling this month due to some awesome surprises coming up), and you should make sure you join the fun.

Hello from Black Market SF! March 2014

The most exciting news for me is that this year I am getting married!  You probably remember my Paris trip and all the goodies I got there- but what I didn’t tell you is I also got engaged, and I wanted to hold on to that feeling for a bit before telling the whole world.  But if you have taken a look at my Pinterest lately, you have more than likely noticed my huge board of Wedding Inspirations.  And if you want, I will be happy to post about any wedding DIY projects I will be working on with one of my nine- yes NINE bridesmaids (I love them too much to not have them next to me).

Now, on to some awesome customer photos!  I sold these pieces from the shop and these lovelies were so great to send me photos of how JJV furniture revved up their decor!  Check it out!


I love this chair! Every time I find them, I fall in love! This chair is perfect at this desk and the color is superb for the room! Click the photo to see more info.

This awesome reclaimed wood planter box looks so perfect by the window!

This awesome reclaimed wood planter box looks so perfect by the window!


For all of you who have just been jonesing for new merch in the shop, don’t fret!  We are creeping our inventory levels up and we are almost at 300 items in the shop!  HOLLER!

Here are some of my fave items in the shop now.  There will be more soon, especially after this weekend when we will be in LA at The Rosebowl (you should come visit).



And last but not least, for those who missed it- JJV was on the front page of Etsy this month!  WOOT!


DIY FURNITURE: Projects Past & Finished

Hey ladies and gents, I know it’s been a while.  Lots of things have been happening and I haven’t had a chance to get down to blogging yet!  Yikes!  But I promise, you will be happy with the next few postings, there are lots of things in the works that you will certainly enjoy!

As usual, I have finished some really cool furniture projects lately and am pretty proud of them.

I rewired this sweet brass sofa lamp and brought the finish back to life.

I refinished this Mid Century Danish coffee table!

It needed new trim on the side, so I found some that matched the wood grain and stained it three times and sanded down the edges to fit flush with the corners.

I also refinished this sweet brass “oil” lamp. The shade was totally discolored and needed a bit of an update. Two coats of Rustoleum and one clear coat solved that problem!

My most favorite chair duo to date. These mid century Stendig chairs from Finland with a chrome spider base were in a sad state of disrepair when they came to me.

And now they are bright and cheery in this fabulous orange Naugahyde.

I also added a contrasting red piping for a little element of surprise and a pop of color.

I had these D-Scan teak chair frames for about 6 months because I didn’t have a fabric that inspired me.

Until I found this fantastic deadstock 1970’s striped wool!

I am a huge huge D-Scan fan. The design is so simple and streamlined and are show-stopper pieces for just about any room.

My favorite part besides matching up the stripes on the chairs, is the fact that I hand-stitched the piping on the underside of the backrests…it took a while, but the effect was so worth it!

I also hemed each side of the fabric on the seat cushions to prevent fraying. Double knit wool is a really rugged fabric but it frays pretty easily if the edges are left to flap in the wind.

This was probably the best diamond in the rough I found. “The Sam Avedon Chair” by Alladin Plastics Company

Alladin Plastics actually ended up suing another plastics company here in SF because they stole the design for The Sam Avedon Chair.

The Sam Avedon Chair is one of the most coveted mid century plastic chairs as it is a designer chair, and looks similar to Eames, but does not carry the same price tag. Essentially, it is the poor man’s Eames.

I also came across this fantastic credenza that I just couldn’t pass up! It didn’t need much work, just a few touch ups here and there but it really is a stunner. It didn’t last long and was sold to lovely Mandy within 24 hours! See her photos and statement below….

I love how she has a yellow entertainment set! How perfect! (Photo courtesy of Mandy)

It fits perfectly in the space! When we delivered it she was so happy. That’s why I love my job. (Photo courtesy of Mandy)

“I love my new mid century treasure almost as much as I adored the sweet lady who personally sold and delivered me” -Mandy

Thank you Mandy for your kind words and I know you will love this piece for years to come!


Stay tuned for more projects in the works available for sale.  Everything pictured above (with the exception of the lamp) has been sold.

DIY: Furniture & Fixins (Completed)

I have been so crazy busy the past few days doing shows and such and most of all, working on furniture!

First project, was a commissioned project.  I refinished and reupholstered 8, yes…EIGHT teak Danish-made Forse Stolefabrik dining room chairs.  I loved them.  It is definitely the biggest project I have done to date.  I love these.

Force Stolefabrik Danish Chairs

How amazing?!

Next is the 1940’s dining room table that I decided needed a facelift.  I love love love the result!  It’s a 1941 The Howell Company dining room table.  It originally had a “Plastex” coat on the surface, but it was chipping and I was worried about lead content.  So I removed it and refinished it.  I love how it is two-toned now.

Next, I refinished this super awesome butter yellow Naugahyde executive office chair.  I refinished the entire frame and the solid walnut armrests.  I think it look unreal.  The original upholstery is in amazing condition.

Next up, I refinished 4 geometrical chairs and also reupholstered them with the most wicked graphic fabric.  Seriously, going to the fabric store is like going to a candy store for me.  It’s just so exhilarating.

Next, I finished an early 1900’s chair.  I want to say it’s from the 20’s or 30’s; the seat had burlap seat straps stretched over a wooden frame and the cushion was made of straw with cotton batting on top.  It also had handmade cast nails used to hold down all the fabric and straps.  It was way cool.  I really like how the seat is inset into the frame of the chair as well, it adds a little element of surprise.  Overall, I loved this little chair.  It was so much fun and this paint color made me smile.  Talk about a breath of fresh air.

My most detail oriented project was refinishing this dresser and nightstand (lowboy, kinda) bedroom set.  These guys were pretty jacked when I got them.  But they turned out to be so lovely.  I call them the “Tuxedo Striped” set.  It took me about a week to finish them (I’m kinda a perfectionist).  The effort was well worth it I think.

Lastly, I picked up a really awesome retro Toastmaster fan and decided that the original poo brown color was just not going to work for me.  I mean, if you’re going to have objects in your home, they should inspire you, bring joy and have a sense of humor.  It was my first time tinkering with electronics, but this was such a fun project I couldn’t resist.  A day of soaking, scrubbing and sanding brought this little baby out of the dark ages.  What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed my projects!  And believe it or not, I have more in the works as we speak.  You know me, I’m not happy unless I’m always working on something.  Stay tuned!

xoxo, Joules

DIY: Reupholstering, Refinishing & Still In Progress Vintage Furniture

So I haven’t been updating you on all the lovely little projects I have been finishing lately.  Sometimes they get finished and sold so fast I usually find something else to work on.  Here are a few photos of finished projects for you to enjoy!

American of Martinsville Mini Hutch With Drawer: Refinished with black lacquer top and legs

This 1960’s Dusty Rose Velvet French Provincial Repro Mini Wingback: I added a little stuffing, tightened the springs and reupholstered the bottom with fresh burlap and refinished the legs.

Set of two Naugahyde Butter Yellow Studded Arm Chairs: Brought these two back to life! Naugahyde needed some work and refinished the wood

Pair of Oak Lounge Chairs: Orange wool inlaid into backrest and new upholstered seat with new 2 inch foam!

IN PROGRESS: This is a 1960’s dining table that I am sanding down and refinishing. It will have the original butter yellow sides with a creamy white glossy top with a cherry red border. It stands on elegant steel legs.

Vintage Letter Press Drawer: A personal project of mine

It’s going to be a jewelry display case for my trunk shows! I cut out and glued in wool felt into all the squares…

And then I’m going to add plexi with a hinge, two locks, a nice handle and sew a felt zipcase for travel! Finished product photos to come this week. You can see the finished product in Burbank this weekend at the Vintage Clothing & Textile Show!

 See you this weekend in Burbank!

UPDATE: #CyberMonday Shopping Sales & DIY Furniture

Okay so you know that the Cyber Monday sale ends at 11pm on Tuesday 11.29.11!  You will automatically get 10% off and free shipping by using the code CYMON11 at checkout on ETSY or JJVSHOP.COM!

Also, after going on a few thrifting trips, I have a few haul and DIY progress photos to share with you!

First, I got this super cute bookshelf, German-made mod tea cup set, and a mid century goose neck brass lamp.  I love them!  I’m going to do a little rehab on the shelf and I’ll show you guys later.

My favorite part about this set is the cup rest in the saucer is off-center.

Isn't this lamp awesome!?

Also, I’ve been working on some good ‘ol diy projects around here.  I recently came across 6 America-made plywood dining chairs.  They needed some TLC and a little handy fix it know-how.  Here are some progress photos!

I love how aerodynamic and sleek these look now. Talk about gorgeous.

No- it's not still wet. It's just THAT shiny!

Okay, well- I’m off to list more items in the shop!  Happy holidays and happy shopping!

x0x0x – Joules

SHOPPING: Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday Sales and Codes!

If you didn’t use your Black Friday coupon code the past few days, don’t worry because you’ll save more this weekend and on Monday and Tuesday!

Don’t miss out!


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ENTIRE STOCK is 10% off!  Use code to get FREE SHIPPING* on your entire purchase! This code is only good for 11.27-11.29!


I’m also going to do a drawing for one lucky person to get a 20% off code to use on Cyber Monday to be used WITH the free shipping* code! WHOA!

To enter, add your e-mail to the JJV Shop List (click the link on the right margin or HERE) and write a comment under this post. If your name is already on the list, just write a comment under this post! The winner will be chosen on Sunday 11.27.11 at 12am EST and posted here on the JJV Blog.

*Free Shipping: Free Shipping is for domestic orders only.  Orders outside the US will be excluded.



DIY: Reupholstering & Refinishing a Mid Century Chair

This took a few days to complete, but over all- I think I did a pretty good job!  I used mattress canvas as the fabric for this chair.  I love the angles and over all design of this chair and think the petite stripes do it justice.  What do you think?






after: this was the hardest part!

I think applying the stripes in two directions accents the design of the chair pretty well!


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