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Huntsville’s Old Harrison Brothers Hardware Store — Part II; Dusty Wood into Vintage Treasures

The other day, I posted Huntsville’s Old Harrison Brothers Hardware Store — Part I.

Here’s the second part of the story, where I turn dusty wood into vintage treasures!

Before….

The Project

I first brought all those wooden treasures home in the back of my car. It drove me nuts, because they bumped and jangled all the way home. (Because bumping and jangling stuff in my car drives me nuts.)


I didn’t stop to shift the wood because I was too excited to slow down, visions of my Flea Market Flip-esque project dancing in my head.

Once at home, I dragged Lefty (my left-handed, left-brained husband) and Princess Buttercup (my adorable daughter) out of the house to see what I’d bought. 

They were over-the-top excited for me.

I made that last sentence up.

Before…

 

Cleaning up the Wood

My first step was to sand the dusty wood. Sanding went a long way in cleaning up that wood.

I pulled out rusty nails with Lefty’s hammer, nicking my left palm in the process.

(Stay tuned for my Lock-jaw post to be posted in a week or two!!!)

Next, I went to the store and buy wood cleaner. Except, I couldn’t remember what the stuff was called.

“May I help you, Ma’me?” asked a man at a computer.

“Yes, I would like wood cleaner. I know what it looks like, but I don’t know what it is called.”

Interesting wooden drawer, now cleaned up.

The man typed in “wood cleaner.” His two colleagues were punching each other behind his back. I wanted to say, “Hey, boys! Knock it off! I’ve got an amazing DIY project on the line, here!” But I maintained my southern manners and bit my tongue.

“Do you mean,like, hardwood floor cleaner?”

“No. Nevermind. Thanks anyway.”

I’d seen that stuff before. I’d used that stuff before. As much as I hate hunting for stuff, especially in one of those big warehouse stores, I decided to search on my own.

I finally found it! Murphy’s Oil Soap!

Back to the house I went, purchase in hand.

Anyhow, after the wood dried, I tried to paint it with acrylic paint.

No good. It looked like a Kindergartener’s work.

Wood Painting Class at University Pickers.

But here’s the good news…Today I signed up for a sign painting class at University Pickers! I’m well on my way to creating beautiful home decor with sweet quotes and Bible verses for Sweetgum House!
More to come on how I turn dusty wood into vintage treasures from Huntsville’s Old Harrison Brothers Hardware Store…

This is what I want my sweet home decor signs to look like.  I got it at Mill Clothing Company.

 

More Home Decor Ideas.

I got a lot of terrific suggestions about how to turn my dusty wood into vintage treasures.  What do you think so far?

 

Dusty wood crate into wall art.  I haven’t hung it yet.  I’ll have to get Lefty to put it up for me if I can figure out the best place to hang it.  Or I may turn it into a coffee table.

 

Dusty wood crate into fire wood box. I got all the firewood from the forest at Sweetgum House.

Huntsville’s Old Harrison Brothers Hardware Store — Part I

On Saturday, I picked up some beautiful vintage wood from Huntsville’s old Harrison Brothers Hardware Store. You can read more about my adventures at Harrison Brothers, here. Harrison Brothers Hardware Harrison Brothers served the Huntsville community as a hardware store from 1897-1983. Established by brothers, James B. and Daniel T. Harrison, it remained under the… Continue Reading

Pearls for Christmas

How about Pearls for Christmas this year? Last Thursday, my In-Loves took me to Loretto, Tennessee to look for Pearls.  Pearls for the Home is a little home décor shop established back in November by Vickie Bosheers.  Vickie’s husband is a friend and colleague of my husband’s dad.   A Mighty Fine Welcome Vickie gave us a big… Continue Reading

eCo Creates a Sweet Holiday Tablescape!

It’s the holiday season and Erma Sampson of eCompany (eCo) can help get your holiday tablescape ready for the festivities!  Erma owns eCo, a booth at Funky Monkey Vintage Market in Madison, Alabama.  She has enjoyed a sweet life with Funky Monkey since September 2014—practically since it opened its doors to customers who love to shop creative… Continue Reading

Huntsville’s Little Five Points Chapel

Check out Huntsville’s Little Five Points Chapel! The other day I went and photographed this pretty little chapel in Huntsville’s Five Points area. If you read Tuesday’s post, I said that Five Points is the area in Huntsville where several roads come together. The community came about in the years following World War II, when… Continue Reading

Creepy Doll Art made from Dog Day’s Flea Market Treasure

If you read yesterday’s blog, you know that one of my Ardmore Dog Day’s Flea Market finds was a creepy little doll. This morning, the creative bug bit–for better or for worse–and I decided to make a Creepy Doll mosaic and painting. All of the mosaic pieces came from this month’s JJill fall catalog. (I… Continue Reading

Dog Days Flea Market — Ardmore, Tennessee

Post preview: I want you to see all of the photos that I took from the Dog Days Flea Market. If you scroll through the entire post, you’ll see the following vintage photos: phone, phonograph, pink and white Arvin FM radio, kerosene lanterns, milk glass, wooden cabinet, crackled doll, Suzy Homemaker toy oven, Coca-Cola tray,… Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day and a Trip to University Pickers and Lowe Mill

Happy Mother’s Day, dear Readers! And Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom!!! On a pre-Mom’s Day trip, I took myself to University Pickers and Lowe Mill. University Pickers is this amazing vintage store in Huntsville. They have everything from painted furniture, to jewelry, to…you guessed it–Mother’s Day gifts! I met the nicest lady named Josie… Continue Reading

Congratulations on Cute Kitten Giveaway!!!

Congratulations to Dianne from Alabama, who won the adorable ceramic kittens from West Side Antiques in Fayetteville, Tennessee! Stay tuned for the next giveaway that you won’t want to miss! Copyright 2017 by Stephanie L. Robertson and www.sweetgumlife.com. Continue Reading

West Side Antiques & Cute Kitten Giveaway

Giveaway:  Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page. In the comment section, name one thing that you see that you’d like to buy from West Side Antiques if you could.In a brick hideaway on the Courthouse Square in Fayetteville, Tennessee is a fascinating shop they buy, sells, and trades antiques, militaria, upcycled… Continue Reading