Apothecary, Quite Contrary!


I finished this custom order for a client yesterday. It was for a very nice couple- the piece is the woman’s grandmother’s. They needed the piece to be updated so it would go with their home decor. I appreciated the fact that they wanted to keep this heirloom out so it could be seen, and continue to be a part of their lives.





The piece was in great condition. It had some minor chips that I was able to fill. It had a very thick coat of poly on it, and I knew I had to sand it well and rough it up so the paint would adhere. Many times I paint the inside of the drawers as well because it gives the piece a wholesome finished look, but I noticed this piece had been done before and they left the wood inside the drawers natural. I felt it was best to keep it the same way. So like Magiver (remember that show?), I used trash bags to tape around the drawer, so the overspray would not get inside the drawers.


This was a custom order, so the couple picked the color.  They chose Olympic Paint’s “Rum Raisin.”  It’s a nice bold color!



The prep work was done, the piece was patched and sanded. The two decorative points in the front were chipped so I re-pointed them. With my spray gun I painted it and sealed it.  We left the original hardware on there: adorable porcelain knobs.  Finally this is what it looked like when it was all finished!



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A Day of Exploration


Not sure if all of you have heard of the WinSmith Mill in Norwood, MA, but it’s an incredible mill dating back to the 1800’s that now houses a number of businesses and antique stores.


There a wide variety of stores to include everything from antiques, home decor, paint, clothing, primitive pieces, industrial, mid-century/modern, succulents, furniture, and the list goes on!  You can check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WINSMITHMILLMARKET


Well, I headed in with a couple of my friends Sam & Heather, and we wanted to spend the day wandering through the stores.  The second you walk up the stairs, notice the marquee on the building, and enter the big red doors, you know it’s going to take a while.  I always say that it’s like being at IKEA- you need to plan to have at least 3 hours sucked out of your day, because you can’t do it in less time

(yes, even if you skip straight to the shopping part).


We started our adventure in the Vintage Peacock (see their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vintage-Peacock-23/497850400244078).


Their shop is always so wonderful, bright and sunny.  They have expanded since my last visit, and have a whole bunch of new vendors!  They have a wonderful array of antiques, re-purposed items, refinished furniture, and miscellaneous.  As for what the new vendors have brought in? I am sure there is even more variety!


 I desperately wanted to take that fireplace mantle home to use as a headboard, but knew my bed wouldn’t fit.  However, if you read this and have a bed that fits- you better go get it!  I can live vicariously through you.


We headed out, popped in “Attitudes,” which is a fantastic clothing shop lead by Connie.  She has a variety of clothing and accessories, and I guarantee when you pop in there you will leave with something wonderful!


It was so busy in there I could barely snap any pictures (thank you to Olive for letting me snag this photo).  You can read more about her shop here:


Across the hall from “Attitudes” Is “Diggin’ Daisy’s.”


Deb runs “Diggin’ Daisy’s.”  It’s a smaller shop, but don’t let that deceive you!   It is filled with very beautiful items that have been carefully hand selected for display.  You can see her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DigginDaisys

We turned the corner, headed into a new shop that just opened: “23rd & Bird.”  It’s such a catchy little name, isn’t it?!


You can find some great repurposed items in here as well.  Something unique they offer are incredible hand crafted cutting boards.


 Next door to them is “Chanel Shabby Rose.” I love this shop for it’s parisian influences.  It is very whimsical and romantic.  There are really beautiful items in this store: antiques and repurposed.


Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/chanels.rose


As we continued down the line- we reached “Madden Blue.”  Lauren and Janie sell Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, but their shop is absolutely gorgeous and has an incredible classy look to it.  Here is the link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Madden-Blue/518308654874514


Along with their paint, they have pieces of furniture, drawer pulls and knobs, place mats, rugs, etc. The fancy drawer pulls are only $7.00-$10.00, and they are certainly something you can’t find at anywhere hard ware store.  It’s the perfect way to spice up any piece of furniture- new or old!


The last shop in the row is “Lilac Cottage.”  Here is her Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lilac-Cottage-Antiques-Vintage-Treasures/250370671687958.


There are beautiful pieces of home decor, scents, plants, and personal accessories.  here are a few!

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 We walked down the ramp, and headed to “Vintage Thymes.” Here is their Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vintage-Thymes-Monthly-Market/154288214608322


 Run by Robin and Nancy, “Vintage Thymes” is a monthly market- only open one weekend a month, and the theme the weekend I went was “Paris,” which I absolutely LOVE!  There were so many items to look at!



What is unique about “Vintage Thymes” is that their inventory every month is different.  Vendors are responsible of rotating their pieces out and complimenting the given theme.  Every space is displayed so nicely.

We ventured into “Furnichicks,” who used to be upstairs, but moved downstairs into a huge space. Run by Olive and Tammy, They specialize in re-finishing and re-purposing furniture, much like myself.   Here is their Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Furnichicks



Their pieces are complimented with “Jumble Shop” ( a great little shop for clothing, shoes, and accessories galore) and “GT Modern” (Tom carries a bunch of interesting “hard to finds” that reflect that MAD MEN theme, mid-century modern eta, and industrial pieces too).  Here is his Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Shop.GT.Modern


“Fleurish” is through the hall, and has just recently opened.  I love this shop.  It’s always so pretty, calming, and filled with gorgeous furniture and greenery.  You can buy succulents, potted plants, and other natural elements to compliment your home.  Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/fleurishhomeandgarden

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 We need to finish up Building 24 before we could head down to the other end of the mill.  We headed upstairs.  There are three shops on the second floor: “Salvage Angel,” “POSH Design Center,” and “Blue Bird Studios.”

“Salvage Angel” is a really cool eclectic shop filled with a more primitive feel.  From antiques, to hand creations, and repurposed items, you can find almost anything!



Sue is the owner of “Salvage Angel”, and she makes many of the creations herself.  Here is an example of her creativity:


Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salvage-ANGEL/294302430682203

Across the Hall from “Salvage Angel” is “POSH Design Center.”  It is a collaboration of different designers that specialize in hand crafted home decor.


Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Posh-Design-Center/355236774533825

Also on the 2nd floor is “Blue Bird Studios.”  A wonderful eclectic shop with everything from furniture to greeting cards!


On the third floor there is a the beautiful “Norwood Fine Arts Gallery & Studio.”  The talent in that room alone is breath taking.  There are a variety of artists- please be sure to take the stairs to the 3rd floor and visit them!  Here is a link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Norwood-Fine-Artists-Gallery-Studio/367591436680226


PHEW! Ok, Building 24 was accomplished, and then we headed outside in the gorgeous weather.  First we stopped at “Ramblin Rose Cottage.” Sheryl, the owner, is such a doll!


“Ramblin Rose” specializes in antique finds relevant to the Victorian Age.  Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/RamblinRoseCottage


You can find “ReMARKable Cleanouts” in the building next door. It is a massive space with all types of items from estate clean outs.  You can find everything from furniture, to records, to lighting, to clothing, lighting, paintings, and it goes on and on!



Here is the link to “ReMARKable Cleanouts Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/remarkablecleanouts

You can find “Gallery 2” on the same floor.  Such a great unique shop.  It separates itself from the others by providing all sorts of antiques as well as vintage clothing.  Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/MyGallery2



Last, but certainly not least is “Sir Puglsey and Lady Jules Pet Supplies.”  Here is the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/SirPugsleyAndLadyJulesPetSupplies


You can find pet food, toys, and even get pet training here! The shop is located in the small brick building you can find whether you are heading in or out of the complex.


Well thats it folks, I told you it was a lot! All in all, anything you want or need for your home, collection, and pets, you can find at the Winsmith Mill.  They are located at:


You definitely should stop by, but remember it will take the whole day!  Haha, enjoy shoppers 🙂

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