Friday, March 15, 2013

Monthly Features at the Queen

Hi vintage peeps! It's Sarah from {Home-ology} modern vintage here to feature more of the Queen's talented dealers and the awesome finds they are constantly bringing into each of the three locations. This month, in celebration of spring, I'm focusing on outdoor spaces.

As the days become longer and warmer, it's preparation time for the outdoor gatherings to come {think Easter} so that your outdoors will be as pretty as your indoors. It's time to pull out the planters and garden furniture, and time to get your hands dirty.  I can't wait to bring my outdoor spaces back to life!

First on my list of outdoor projects this year is acquiring a proper potting bench for myself. I am in dire need, but no out-of-the-box potting bench will suffice. No, no. In an attempt to stay "green," I'm in search of a salvage find that I can repurpose.

In truth, I had great plans to give you a diy on this particular subject in this month's guest post; but alas, it was not to be - just.too.darned.busy. So I'm hoping to have a treat for you next month by sharing my DIY potting bench. Stay tuned & cross your fingers ;)

So this month I thought I would take you along for the tour as I search for the perfect piece. I'm currently in the planning stage and was so happy to see all the vintage outdoor inventory being brought in so early in the season. These dealers are always on top of their game and such inspiration to be found! Let me show you a few finds I came across as i search for

A Repurposed Potting Bench
salvaged cabinet into garden bench
First off on my hunt is this wonderful metal cabinet found in the Queen's Buford location. If you need something a bit smaller in size, this is an ideal piece for a garden bench! It's metal and will hold up in wet conditions like a champ. Just look at the wonderful storage inside, the drawer for your small implements, and that amazing enamel top! Perfection - especially when you see the price!
What???? Shut the front door!!! What kind of crazy is that?

I had to hold myself back from purchasing this so that you, my peeps, could have this sweet puppy for yourself. Do you see the things I do for you? No thanks necessary. Okay, it was actually a little too small for my space. But, really, I wanted you to have it.

Yep, that metal cabinet is the deal of the month. But this next one really has my heart.
vintage potting bench
Dealer ELP, I love your Hoosier cabinet with its zinc top and upper cupboard! So much potential in that exquisite piece of goodness... Did I mention the zinc top? Did I mention the upper glass cabinets? And more storage below? I seriously wouldn't mind toiling in dirty pots so long as I had you to look at, my beloved.

At $259, this hunk of lovely is a steal. Seriously, go price a good potting bench at a retail store and tell me that isn't a great buy! {also at the Buford location - if I don't grab it before you do.}
vintage metal table
And the deals just keep coming! Another enamel top table of a larger size. Love that old chippy black painted surface. I also like the larger sized top - perfect for spreading out your plants as you're working. This one would work well because you could used the underneath as a storage area for your vintage child's wagon that you {no doubt} use to house your garden supplies as you tow it behind you from flower bed to flower bed. We all have an old wagon as part of our garden supplies, right? If not, go get yoself one right this instant - they're fabulous!!! This one was spotted in the Alpharetta store for $99. Dealeo!!!
alternative flower pots
Okay, I know this idea has been done before but it was just too cute to ignore. People, it's a chair that's a flower pot!!! Who doesn't love that? Call me a rebel, but I would be inclined to remove the back for some reason and make it a stool planter. Is that odd? Anyway, for $35/pair, do what you want! {another Buford find}

Second to my love of vintage goodness is my love for gardening. Cheap therapy, peeps. If you've had a bad day and are pent up with tension, go pour a glass of your beverage of choice and take it outdoors. Next, find a flower bed in need of some weeding, then pull to your heart's content. Trust me, you'll feel loads better after you aggressively tear lovingly pull each and every tap rooted noxious weed from its hold in your expensively nourished soil. Trust me on this one.

And if your pining for some outdoor greenery after this long winter, go check out my own personal garden and at summer blooms.

This is a guest post from Sarah Krouse at {Home-ology} modern vintage. As well as being a dealer in our Alpharetta location, Sarah blogs over at If you enjoyed reading her post and would love to see more, we encourage you to stop by her blog. There you'll see many of her vintage finds in their raw stage, get a story of where they came from, and see transformations of the pieces she revives and repurposes prior to their display at the Queen.