paint it beautiful.

In case you weren’t already aware, Reclaiming Beautiful carries Fusion paint.

And they just stocked up!

They don’t carry every single one of the colors, but they have pretty good selection of the most popular shades right now.

Fusion Mineral paint is not a chalk paint, it’s an acrylic paint.

I think the thing that I am most impressed by with Fusion Mineral Paint is their commitment to producing products that are safe for both you and the environment.  If you are someone who paints a lot of furniture, this is definitely something you should be paying attention to.  Fusion™ colors are non-toxic, lead free, virtually odorless and have no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).  They contain no ammonia or formaldehyde.  This is definitely not true of every paint on the market, so be sure you know what the paint you are using may contain.

The second thing about Fusion Mineral Paint that really impresses me is the durability of the finish.  This paint has a built in topcoat and does not require the addition of wax or poly (although you can add them if you want to for aesthetic reasons).  Once cured (curing takes about 21 days), this paint is fully washable and incredibly durable.  In fact, it is also waterproof.  Many paints say they are acrylic but they contain added ingredients that compromise the finish. Fusion is 100% acrylic, water based with NO added latex or vinyl. All of this with an industrial grade resin means a waterproof, long lasting, durable finish, even outdoors!  The paint is also UV resistant, which means it won’t fade over time.

So if you’re looking for a good paint to use to spruce up your outdoor furniture this season, Fusion is a great choice.

This durability also makes Fusion a great choice for shelving.  I recently painted the insides of my living room shelves with Fusion’s Raw Silk.

Raw Silk is warm white with a very slightly grey undertone.

Although Fusion makes several shades of white, many painters consider Raw Silk to be the perfect shade of off white.

Another of my personal favorites is called Limestone.  Limestone is a creamier warm white.

Of course, white isn’t your only choice with Fusion, they have lots of great colors to choose from.  Some of my other favorites are Ash, which is a deep grey …

Park Bench, which is an amazing green …

English Rose which is the perfect Millennial Pink …

And Inglenook which is a pretty pale greenish-blue …

So if you’re thinking of tackling a painting project this weekend, be sure to head over to the shop to find your favorite shade of Fusion!

 

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deconstructed.

I’ve been obsessed with deconstructed furniture for a while now.

Basically ‘deconstructed’ furniture is furniture that has been partially (or even fully) stripped down to the frame.  Some pieces are stripped down more than others, and some are embellished by adding back fragments of other fabrics like these examples.

I love the addition or graphics like words or numbers.

The degree of ‘deconstruction’ can range from sort of semi-deconstructed, where just the sides are stripped down but a lot of the upholstery remains intact, like this example …

to really quite deconstructed …

Personally I’m a fan of the massively deconstructed pieces, although I think they definitely represent form rather than function at this point.  I’m not sure my guests would feel comfortable taking a seat in a chair that looks like this.

But it would bring a smile to my face every time I walked past it in my home.

So where do you stand on the concept of deconstructed furniture?  Are you a fan, or do you think it’s horrible?  Or are you somewhere in between?

happy new year.

As we close out another wonderful year at Reclaiming Beautiful, we have so much to be thankful for!

First, we want to thank our amazing and loyal customers for standing by us.    You shop with us often, you tell your friends about us, and you support us in every way!

Secondly, we are thankful for a wonderful team of talented people who make our shop special

Their hard work, creativity, and passion for what they do make RB a great destination with an ever changing inventory of amazing pieces.

And last but not least, we are thankful for our amazing husbands who help us do what we love to do. Without their support, our dream shop would not be possible.

We hope to continue to grow in 2019 and to bring you the best vintage, re-purposed, re-styled and refurbished pieces.


So thank you for all the support and love from everyone and cheers to a new wonderful year ahead at Reclaiming Beautiful!

there’s a chill in the air.

How is it that we always seem to go from summer to fall so quickly here in Minnesota?

One day it’s 92 degrees and humid, and the next it’s blustery and 55.

Well, on the bright side, it makes it easy for us to jump into fall decorating with gusto.

We actually need gorgeous wool blankets to ward off the chill on these crisp fall nights.

But even if we didn’t, they are still perfect for adding a touch of fall to your decor this time of year.

You can just drape one over a chair on your three season porch …

Or use one in place of a tablecloth to set a lovely autumn table.

Of course you can always just add a couple of throws to your sofa or chairs to instantly warm up the feel of your living room like our vendor Amy did.

I can’t think of a simpler way to add a little fall coziness to your bedroom, can you?

So many of the vintage plaid throws come in the perfect colors for fall.  I love the idea of just displaying them on a ladder where they can be easily grabbed if you need to warm up a bit.

Years ago my husband and I visited Copenhagen in early spring and we were delighted to find that many of the cafe’s had outdoor seating that was open despite the cooler weather.  They just provided a cozy wool blanket with every chair.  It was so fabulous sitting there with a glass of wine, wrapped in that blanket, just watching the people go by.

What a great way to extend the patio season just a little bit longer!  I’m still holding off on putting my patio set away for winter, how about you?

If you don’t happen to have a few vintage plaid wool throws on hand, you should stop in to the shop.  We have a few of them scattered about, plus some great pieces that are upholstered in plaids.

As always, our inventory moves quickly so stop in soon for the best selection!

a pop of black.

There is a saying in decorating; every room needs a pop of black.

I’m not entirely sure what the science is behind that thought, but I love the idea.  Especially when it’s a pop of black in an otherwise very light and airy room.

It’s a very sophisticated look, don’t you think?

And it translates well no matter what your style is.  Do you love primitive pieces?

Or maybe you prefer a more traditional look?

Even a mid-century modern room benefits from a pop of black.

It works for every room in the house too, even the bathroom can handle a gorgeous pop of black.

I absolutely love Liz Galvan’s bathroom with it’s perfect mix of white with pops of black …

If you’ve never seen her blog, you should check it out here.

A gorgeous antique bed painted black makes the perfect statement piece in an otherwise mostly white space.

But pops of black aren’t reserved for just all white rooms, you can pair it with green.

Or how about black with aqua?

If you’re really brave, you could always go with a black wall in one of your rooms.

But if you’re not quite ready for that drastic of a step, maybe just start with adding one gorgeous black statement piece.

There were quite a few stunning black pieces at Reclaiming Beautiful the last time I checked, like this one …

 And isn’t this black and white dresser gorgeous?

Love this black desk too …

And how about this gorgeous beauty?

Maybe a black console table would be just the pop of black you need for your foyer.

These pieces were all available as of Wednesday, but things sell quickly at Reclaiming Beautiful so if you’re interested in a particular item you should stop in soon to find the perfect pop of black for your home!

a June wedding.

Welcome back for the final segment of our series about a June wedding at Redeemed Farm.

Today I’m sharing the barn itself which contains the ceremony and reception space.

Believe it or not, this barn was moved from another location into this space in January 2016.  They have a really interesting video of the move on the Redeemed Farm website, you can check that out here.

The upstairs of the barn can be set up for the wedding ceremony.

As you can see, the space was still being decorated while I was there.

There was a basket of vintage hankies at the entrance to this space for those of us who always seem to cry at weddings.

The main floor is where the reception is held.

It’s such a beautiful space.

I love this row of sconces all down the wall filled with windows.

The day before the wedding several of us from Reclaiming Beautiful helped Monique decorate this space with some gorgeous vintage touches like mismatched floral china for the place settings.

Don’t you just love to see old floral china put to good use?

The chairs at the main table all got pretty pink swags of tulle …

Naturally the bride and groom had reserved seating.

I think Monique had been saving up milk glass vases for years in preparation for a wedding!

She’d ordered dozens and dozens of gorgeous flowers to fill them.

Roses, hydrangeas and peonies … all three of my favorites!

While the rest of us were busy arranging the flowers, Monique and her husband hung old ladders filled with greenery over the main table.

They add just the right touch.

Tags strung on some old barnwood let everyone know where they were seated.

Normally one probably doesn’t share photos of the bathrooms in a blog post like this, but I just couldn’t resist.  The men’s room had a vanity made out of an old workbench.

The floors were stenciled concrete!

And I just loved this beautiful framed print on the wall.

I hope you enjoyed touring Redeemed Farm with me over the past four weeks.  If you’ve missed any of the other posts be sure to go back and check them out (here, here and here).

Before I leave you I want to share this beautiful photo of Monique’s family from the big day.

And check out this beautiful video on the Redeemed Farm Facebook page.  But I’ll warn you first, you might need one of those lovely vintage hankies when you watch it!

the groom’s stable.

Last week I shared the gorgeous bridal cottage at Redeemed Farm.  Since the bride has such a beautiful spot to prepare for the big moment, it’s only fair that the groom has somewhere to hang out as well.

The grooms stable is a housed in a rustic old barn that has been totally kitted out for the guys.

It comes complete with leather couches and a flat screen TV.

There’s a Foosball table …

and a great spot for cold drinks.

And the perfect vintage prop for photos … an old car!

What guys wouldn’t love to spend a little time here?

I’ll be wrapping up the June wedding posts next week when I’ll share the 85 year old barn that was moved onto the site and is now all set up to accommodate both the ceremony and the reception.  Be sure to check back!

the bridal cottage.

We’re back for the 2nd segment of our tour of the gorgeous wedding venue, Redeemed Farm.

Today I’m sharing the absolutely lovely bridal cottage.  This is a small outbuilding on the property that was originally a granary.

The inside of the building has been completely whitewashed to create a bright space filled with light.

That makes it an amazing spot for taking gorgeous photos of the bride before the wedding.

And isn’t this a pretty spot for the bride to touch up her makeup?

  I know that Redeemed Farm purchased several pieces from Reclaiming Beautiful for their venue, but I’m not sure exactly which ones.

They definitely have some amazing painted vintage pieces throughout, but I especially love all of the white pieces in the bridal cottage.

This amazing dress form helped inspire me to makeover a dress form of my own.

 

There is a charming little loft area above the main floor that’s also perfect for photo taking.

And just in case all of that gorgeousness isn’t enough, here is the view as you’re leaving the bridal cottage.

So lovely.

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll be sharing the Grooms Stable!

a summer wedding.

Last Saturday Monique’s daughter Ashley got married.  Monique is one of the owners at Reclaiming Beautiful, so as you can imagine the wedding venue and decorations had a spectacular vintage flair!

Monique asked me to come by and help with the set up a day ahead of the wedding, and also to take some photos to share with all of you guys here on the Reclaiming Beautiful blog.

I was more than happy to oblige.  So last Friday I drove up to the venue, Redeemed Farm in Scandia, MN.

As soon as I pulled onto the grounds I knew it was going to be amazing.

Redeemed Farm is situated on 40 fabulous acres and includes not only the amazing barn but also several other outbuildings that I’ll be sharing with you later.

I ended up taking so many awesome pictures that day that I’ve decided to break it down into four more manageable posts rather than one really long post.

For today I’m just focusing on the gorgeous grounds.  Although it’s kind of way back there in this photo and thus hard to see, there is a beautiful stone archway in that field (below) and this space can be used for outdoor ceremonies.

I enjoyed spotting the fabulous little vintage details spread out all over the place including this adorable bike which makes a great prop for wedding photos.

There are lots of pretty little spots where one could sit and relax for a minute and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

It really was a perfect summer day when I was there taking the photos.  I could just imagine kicking back in this chair with a glass of lemonade.

As I was wandering around the grounds, this butterfly decided to sit still long enough to pose for a photo.

The house itself is not open to the public, but it sure is pretty.

And you’ve just gotta love the classic windmill.

This next building also wasn’t open, but I just loved the traditional red and white paint job.

The machine shed (below) is available to guests at the wedding.  What an amazing spot to warm up by the fire!

It’s enclosed on two sides, but open on the others so that you can take in the amazing view while sitting there.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the grounds at Redeemed Farm!

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll share the incredible bridal cottage!

garden furniture.

Based on that title you might be expecting this post to be about actual garden furniture.  You know, weatherproof pieces intended for outdoor use.

But I love the idea of using indoor furniture in unexpected ways in the garden instead.

There’s just something whimsical about seeing a traditional piece of furniture out of context that really appeals to me …

whether it’s a piece on a somewhat sheltered covered porch, or one that is just right out in the elements.

Of course, most pieces of furniture won’t last forever outdoors.

But why not take a dresser that is no longer functional for storing clothing and turn it into a planter instead?

Yes, you’ll probably eventually have to discard it because it won’t be salvageable after several seasons in the garden, but if you have an inexpensive piece that is on its last legs anyway, why not?

Maybe you aren’t quite ready for a dresser or a table in your garden, but how about chair re-purposed as a planter?

I love this simple way of getting a little more life out of an old chair that has gotten too rickety to sit on.

Another idea is to just use a chair in the garden as a makeshift trellis.

And who can resist the charm of using a vintage metal bed in the garden?

They make amazing gates …

Or trellises …

And hey, if you really want to go for broke, why not move the piano out to the garden and turn it into a water feature?

Or just fill it with plants.

OK, I’m guessing most of us probably aren’t ready to be quite that bold.

But a planter chair might be a good place to start!

It couldn’t be easier.  Just find a chair with a hole in the seat and fill it with a hanging basket.

Reclaiming Beautiful has a selection of chairs just waiting to become planters.  Be sure to stop in this weekend to get yours!