Thursday, November 1, 2012

Heritage Holiday Faire

I can't believe that it's already time to start gearing up for the holidays!  I wanted to let everyone know this is going to be the GRAND FINALLY of the year for me Roost Reimagined.  Next year I am slowing down and enjoying my new little bundle of joy due this Christmas Eve.  So of course I have to go out with a big BANG! and here it will be...

If you are planning on joining us for the Winter Wonderland Soiree please cut, paste, and print this coupon and bring it with you to the show to receive $3 off your entry into the show.  Ticket includes a glass of wine and appetizers. OR hit the BUY IT NOW button off to the right and pre-order to save time.

 Be sure to check out last year's pictures of the show on my Roost Shows tab up top.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ruffles and Rust Post Pictures.

I had an absolute BLAST with all my fellow vendors at the Ruffles and Rust Show a couple weeks ago.  I have been so busy trying to keep up on custom orders and getting geared up for my upcoming holiday show that I haven't had time to post pictures of the show.  So here are a few snaps that I grabbed before the tides of people came through.  


Monday, October 8, 2012

Ruffles and Rust THIS WEEKEND!!!

This is one of the most inspiring shows.  It never ceases to amaze me the creativity that the vendors of this show bring to the table.  This will be the 3rd time that I have done this show and the Hostess of the show Timi is so great!  She only accepts the BEST OF THE BEST in her shows so it is a real honor to be a part of it.

As I am 7+ months pregnant I probably shouldn't have signed up to do the show but I just couldn't say no, I have sooooooo much fun seeing all my friends and fellow vendors and all the amazing things that they bring.  If you have never been to one of these shows I HIGHLY recommend it you won't be disappointed.  It is really aptly named "A vintage Market to Inspire".

So here are the particulars:


Friday October 12th, 5pm – 9pm
First Choice Shopping
Tickets will be $30 at the door the night of the event.
Included in this ticket price is Friday First Choice Shopping with a limited number of shoppers and the option of free entry again on Saturday morning without waiting in the line.


Ruffles & Rust Vintage Market
Saturday October 13th 9am- 4pm
$7 entry fee
Saturday event tickets can only be purchased at the door on Saturday.
We look forward to seeing you!
Shopping Tips:
In order to keep traffic flowing in the aisles, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal has asked that we have no strollers or shopping carts on the event floor. There will be stroller and shopping cart parking available inside the entry doors.
This can be a difficult event for children. Please keep an eye on your childrens at all times. Vendors may exercise the right to charge for all stained, damaged, or broken items.
Entry fee for children
Age 5 and up……..$3
Under age 5 ……… Free
No pets allowed. No pets in strollers, or pet carriers will be allowed in the building. All service dogs must have proper identification.
Most vendors are cash only. There will be ATM machines located in the building as well on the fairground property
Parking is free
I hope to see some of you there!
If you want to look at some pictures of the spring show or other past Ruffles and Rust Shows check out:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Downtown Camas Vintage Street Faire

This Saturday Downtown Camas Vintage Street Faire

This is an event that you won't want to miss out on.

Live Music - Great Food - Vintage Finds - In Downtown Camas accross from Camas Antiques
A list of our Vendors:

Roost Reimagined
Vintage Home
My Shabby Passion
The Cupbearer
Rickety Pickety
Faded Charm
Elegant Garden Designs
Vintage Nest
French Kiss
Unexpected Home
Camas Antiques
Random Acts
Purple Pear
Lavender Hill Cottage
Vintage Market
Connies Crew
Kelly Julson
Interior Creations
2nd Bloom
  - Nuestra Mesa, K'syrah, Truly Scrumptous, TNT Kettle Corn, Maui Wau

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's Been a WHILE.. but LAST BARN SHOW of the year for ROOST Reimagined

I sincerely apologize for my absence on my blog.  This year is turning out to be a very busy year.  I have had quite a few shows this year and on a personal level life has become very...exciting...nerve racking...interesting...and well very busy.  I am currently looking to feather my own roost as after 9 years my husband and I have decided that we want to extend our little family of 3 to 4.  I am 19 weeks pregnant and super excited!  We find out this week what we are having and I have convinced myself that we're having a girl.  I know that they say that it is a 50/50 chance but my husband's family is SORELY lopsided, in the last two generations of his family there are 26 boys and only 2 girls.  I think it is HIGH time that we have a girl around here.

On a more professional note this weekend is my LAST barn show at the Roost Barn for the year.  You will not want to miss this show.  We will be having some fabulous appetizers, great wine, fun time of socializing and of course there will be some great shopping too.

This sale will feature crisp vintage linens, fun upcycled messenger bags, new letter art by Ben Stauber (local artist) chic rustic pieces, French linens and runners, French grain sack pillows and tons of new vignettes of vintage goodies for your home and garden.  The Roost Barn and outside grounds will be packed!  There is something for everyone so get there early for the best selection.

Pre-Show Preview Party starts Friday 
August 3rd from 4-8pm
$5 entry fee includes glass of wine and scrumptious appetizers.

SALE STARTS AUGUST 4th from 9am-2pm
FREE ADMISSION, fresh coffee, and scones

Sale is located at:
6067 78th AVE SE  Salem, OR 97317

This will be the last show at the Roost Barn for the year.
There will be no Fall/Harvest show this year due to my new addition this winter.  For more info stay tuned on this blog or check out my facebook page.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Garage Sale THIS weekend!

Just to put it out there in computer space Roost Reimagined, my family, and friends are throwing a huge GARAGE SALE THIS WEEKEND

July 6th, 7th, and 8th which is a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
From 9-5 each day. 

We are all cleaning out our barns, homes, attics, and garages.  I have to mention this is a GARAGE SALE not a Roost EVENT.  

There will be lots of crafty items, fabrics, clothes, kitchenwares, tons of office supplies, desks, manly man stuff too!

So if you are into "JUNKIN" this will be it!

All items are priced to sell.

Photos to come...

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY plywood flooring

So I don't know how many people out there LOVE carpet and I mean no offense but I HATE the darn stuff.  I am not usually one to say hate but I really do HATE carpet with a passion.  I won't go into details about all my many reasons but I think I say enough when I say I have a dog.  

So we have lived in our house for coming up on 4 years and we have the original carpet that was installed I'm sure a few years before we bought it so I guess that's saying enough there too.  I am a hard woods girl I love the cleanliness and overall easy cleaning of hard woods.  Ever since we bought our little bungalow I have been begging to replace the carpet with wood flooring.  We kept looking for the cheapest option and every time there was a sale we would break out the dimensions and find that to do our house in just materials it was about $3500-$4000 not including the labor.  As we are always on a budget around our house like most young americans these days we kept putting it off.  

While at lunch with my mom at a trendy local restaurant we looked down at the flooring and noticed how beautiful and rustic it looked.  But something was a little off...  Was that PLYWOOD!!!!  Yes it was!  OMG what a great idea!  And how practical...and CHEAP... yes this seemed perfect for our house and even more perfect for our budget!  I was so excited to tell my husband all about what we found out...  Well he didn't have quite the same reaction to me... it was more like are you nuts? PLYWOOD?  You've got to be joking... So of course I had to take him to lunch so he could see it for himself.  Needless to say he was more impressed by the way it looked than he thought he would be.  So 8 months later we decided to start on the project.  So here are a some pictures of before... 



We purchased the cabinet grade plywood at Home Depot as it was the cheapest I could find.  We also had them cut the full sheets of plywood into 2 foot by 4 foot pieces as cutting them at home with a skill saw seemed a little risky (wobbly cut lines).  They cut the first 5 cuts free and then it was $0.50 a cut after that.  We thought it was well worth it.  Something to consider if you decide to pursue this project is that a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of plywood is not EXACTLY 4 foot by 8 foot.  They are all off a little bit here and there so you will have to compensate for this when you start laying your flooring.  

We also decided to break up the full sheets of plywood into 2x4 sheets but I have seen a few blogs where they did 1x4 and 1x8.  I think for the overall structure and shape of our house we picked the correct size to have the boards cut.  But the sky is the limit for creativity on this project.

Don't ask me why but I was actually smiling under the mask. LOL!  

So our bungalow was built in the 70's and the second thing I HATED most about this house was the popcorn ceiling.  What were contractors thinking when they put this nasty stuff up?  All I can say is that at least whoever put ours up didn't put the glitter in the mix too.

So this was the nastiest part of the project but it had to be done.  Step 1 was we attached a garden mister  nozzle to the garden hose and dragged it through the house through a window and wetted down the ceiling.  After about 5 minutes the popcorn plaster becomes soft and you can remove it with a metal scraper.

The removal goes pretty fast.  After removing the plaster you allow the sheetrock to dry. So you can apply the new baroque.

Meanwhile my son wanted to help so bad and as we still do not know how toxic the ceiling stuff is we wouldn't let him in that section of the house.  So he kept asking... and asking... and asking... so I jokingly said OK Ethan you can work in the kitchen on the tile.  He was so excited!  So he grabbed his safety goggle AKA: Motor cycle riding goggles, a hammer and some attitude and he got to work.  

Little did I know how well he was going to do!

Before I knew it he had most of it torn out.  This one was super funny!  Whoever laid this tile obviously didn't do it correctly if my 9 year old can rip out 50 tiles single handedly.  Not that he or I was complaining lol.

So he got a little thirsty after that and took a break.  At this point we were all done in the rest of the house with the plaster and removal of the old carpet

For the ceiling we decided to use the pre-mixed plaster called Bedex.  This is about the 4th time that I have laid down plaster on ceilings and walls so I am pretty practiced at it but all in all it took me about 8 hours to do 725 square feet of ceiling.  I did a heavy tuscan style baroque because I love the way the heavy texture looks.

As everything was up off the floors and out of the way I also deiced that I wanted to change up my paint pallets in my house so I went with a light dove grey in the dining room and a smoky blue in the rest of the house

So after we thoroughly swept and vacuumed all the floors we started laying the first line of planks.  This is the MOST IMPORTANT line of the flooring in the whole project.  You need to make sure that all the boards are evenly lined up as it can throw the whole project off if it is not.  After laying them all out and piecing the odd lengths in we decided to screw them all down.  We used a counter sink drill bit followed by steel 2 1/4" screws.  We started off with 8 screws per plank but it quickly became obvious that to get the planks level with adjoining boards we would need to use 12 screws in each plank.

So after all the planks were laid down and screwed into place I went through and puttied all the seams and filled in all the holes left by the screws.

Here is a picture of when I thought that I just needed to fill the holes... Joke was on me for that one.

When I finally got to the kitchen Ethan decided that it looked pretty fun and that he wanted to try...  Well since he did such a fantastic job on the tiles in the kitchen I thought what the heck!  Gives me a break right?
Ya he lasted 5 minutes and said "this is boring" and took off.  I don't blame him after 5 hours doning the same thing I was about to ditch my husband too!

So I started on the seams and made my way back through the house to the living room.

After applying the putty to all the seams and holes we started sanding... However... we had several problems that arose.  First was that I was used to working with a disk or round floor sander so that is exactly what I rented.  WRONG do not rent one of those for this project.  For some reason the way that the plywood is formed it is too flat or something I never really figured it out but every time I tried to put the sander down to sand the paper would tear off the pad.  It didn't matter what grit that I tried.  So I returned it and got a square pad sander that does more of a gyrating motion instead of a spinning motion and this was key!  We ended up using 80 grit paper first and went back over with the 100 grit.  

Do not sand in the same spot for very longs as the 1/16" of veneer on top of the plywood will come off leaving the ugly chipboard underneath.  

After sanding down all the putty it was time for the staining process.  Due to the fact that I wanted to stay in my home while this project was going and I have a child and pet and I didn't want to be breathing in harmful chemicals I went with the water based low VOC stain that is environmentally friendly.

On the can it says to apply with this stain pad on a pole so that is what we did but I was impatient and wanted to help so I grabbed a rag and started rubbing in the stain with the rag in the hallway.  Honestly the rag method took MUCH longer but it looks so much better.  With the application pad you could see the streaks in the the stain where you started and stopped and it was a lot harder to blend the wet with the dry areas

Finished with the stain and this is after the varnish.  Again I went with a low VOC water based polyurethane.  I did 3 coats total but my husband thinks that we should probably have one more coat.  This is all up to you but you really should have at least 2 coats.

I don't know if you can see in the middle of this picture the mess up I did.  This was caused by trying to blend the wet stain and the dry stain.  Whatever you do DO NOT double coat the stain.  Meaning when you are applying the wet stain and coming up on a dry area do not put the stain on the dry area.  Instead get as close as you can and take a wet rag and blend it.  This will save you a lot of headache and sanding.

As we tore out all of the carpet we didn't save the trim either.  It was pretty banged up and outdated as well and I was happy to see it go to be honest.  For the new trim I really wanted the chunky 6" trim but it was a little pricey for the budget we were on so I went with the 4" paint grade trim as I was going to paint it anyway and it's about 1/2 the price of regular oak trim.

All in all my husband and I worked on this project a total of 90+ hours and with all the supplies:

Paint for walls and ceilings
Prep materials
Stain and Varnish putty

All expenses were $1585

We did save $100 at Home Depot for having a coupon which was nice 
so our grand total would have been $1685 

Other expenses to think about:
Lunch and Dinner out everyday for a week
Hotel if necessary
Hydrating drinks
Helpers wages
Tool rentals if you do not own them (we own all the tools necessary for this project)

All in all this turned out to be a really simple project but just had lots of easy steps to follow.  I would not attempt this if you do not know how to handle a skill saw, Square, or chop saw.

We LOVE our new flooring and are SOOOOOO happy we did this project.

Thanks for looking and feel free to email me with any questions you may have.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Farm Chicks Review 2012

So here's my little man on load in day waiting for the doors to open so we can start set up.  Yes that's my baby sitter Mrs. Nintendo DS.  Although she's not great for gatherings she is IDEAL for event set up days ;)

This was DAY 1 after we finished setting up.

By end of DAY 1 we were stripped down and had to set up all over again (which you can imagine was  a just awful problem to have)  Unfortunately I didn't manage to get pictures of DAY 2 but we sure had a blast.  Sorry for the delay in the posting and pictures on this blog life has been a little hecktick in our house lately more to come on that.

Thanks for looking!