Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Preparing for Round Top - Again

It's that time again! Time to get ready for the La Bahia Antiques show near Round Top. It always feels like a race to get all my special projects done. I thought I would show you some BEFORE pictures of items I HOPE to get done for this spring's show. Some are self explanitory, and others, well, I think I'll leave you guessing until the AFTER photos.

I found this old screen door that was just perfect for my plans.

I also found this Lineberry Cart. Yes, folks, this is what they look like BEFORE you see them in Restoration Hardware. After hours of cleaning, scraping, stripping and sanding, I now KNOW why these babies are so expensive.

This is an old industrial mixer of some sort. It would make a cute flower pot for the garden, or . . . . . .

Okay, this is a little retro and funky, but hey, it folds down into a bed. How cool is that? The "original" futon.

I guess the picture might give away the plans for these posts and old metal screen door parts. I'm excited to see my friend and business associate, Jennifer, of Metamorphose, transfigure these items. Hopefully, she'll get it done before the show. I know she is working on a couple other great items as well.

I think these are the world's largest hinges! I don't have any huge doors right now so I think I will put them to use as something else . . . . . hmm . . .

Check out this cool old chimney/fireplace heat shield. Totally done with old ceiling tin. I have a thought for a new use for this, but I might end up seeing if it sells "as is". If not, I'll transform it after I get back.

Well, I best get back to working on my projects. If you make it up to the Round Top area, please come see me at LaBahia. You can get directions at

Hope to see you soon,


REMINDER: The Old Oak Cottage will be closed from March 23rd through April 5th.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

JUST IN . . .

Spring has sprung at The Old Oak Cottage!! Stop by to see the new items just in for Spring and Easter.

For those of you who JUST LOVE vintage kitchen stuff, we have put out more of that also.

We have brought in a couple different furniture pieces as well.
New Building Update
Well, unfortunately, we will not be opening the new building until April. We ran into a couple snags along the way. Plus, I was forced to think realistically. How was I going to get ready for the new opening, host a workshop, and get ready for Round Top Antique Week all at the same time? The answer was - "I'm not, unless I want to drive myself crazy". Which I don't! So, you will all have to wait a little longer to see all the goodies I have been saving up to put in there!
I will remind you again later, but the Cottage will be closed Thursday, March 24th through Monday, April 4th, while we are at the La Bahia Antique Show near Burton, TX. It is one of but many shows that take place along Hwy 237 that week. If you have never made it up there before, you NEED to come check it out. It is awesome!
Painting Workshop Update
Mandie, from Altar'd, came by to visit this weekend. She thought the workshop space had plenty of room for more students than she usually can fit at her place. Thus, there are still several openings for the March 12th workshop to be held here at the Cottage. Contact me (Marci) at, or Mandie at to sign up now. It is only 8 days away!
For those new to this blog: This awesome workshop will teach you how to sand, paint and glaze your own piece of furniture (under 36" wide). Mandie will give you lots of tips so you can go home and recreate your space! All supplies and lunch are provided. Cost is $225.
That's most of the cottage happenings for now. You can check our facebook page for more regular updates. I look forward to seeing you soon,