Friday, May 23, 2014

Welcome to Sparkling Rentals and How The Dutchess Was Born

Happy Friday sparkly people! Happy day before Memorial Day Weekend too! Today I'd like to share with you some very exciting news... Sparkle and Ink is now offering Sparkling Rentals! Sparkling rentals is a division of Sparkle and Ink which provides hosts and hostesses with rental decor and accessories to help make their event sparkle. Items for rent are listed on our website, and more are being added constantly. If you don't see something listed, it's worth asking if we have, or can get that item, because like I said, our inventory is constantly growing. 

Today I wanted to share with you the story of how one of our rentals came to be. Paying homage to her former "Dutch Modern" style, she has been named "The Dutchess". Here's how she was born...

It's no secret that I LOVE garage sales, thrift shops, and treasure hunting on Craigslist. So, on a random Thursday, I had to be in a nearby town for a meeting and had seen on Craigslist that there was a "mid-week" garage sale in the same area. *Hint for garage sale newbies - mid-week sales are great because they are not packed with people, and usually the sellers are looking to offload a ton of furniture. So, I dropped in. As I was perusing the rooms, and trying to see beyond the dust and usual garage sale clutter, my eyes found this...
Now, recently, the ladies from one of my favorite floral designers Black Dahlia had asked me if I'd like to display some of my work and what we can offer together in their new shop. So, I've been looking for the perfect display piece, and one that I can also offer to my customers as a fabulous rentable piece. You might not be blown away by that picture above, but I knew it had potential, it just needed a little sparkle.

So, I paid the woman holding the sale a little extra to help me load this into my car (which luckily has lots of room when the seats are down), and off I went. Then I had to beg some help from a friend to get it out of my car and into the garage. Blayne was not thrilled that yet another of my furniture projects was encroaching on his brewery, but he did understand. 

Luckily, the following weekend gave me lots of sunshine to get to work. This was the weekend before the Tulip Festival (which you can read about here), and in the back of my mind, I wanted to get this completed so that I could debut it at the festival. So, I pulled it out of the garage (with help) and got to work. 
First order of business? Getting the back piece off! If you look at that picture above, the (I don't really know what to call it) backstop was giving this piece a very distinct dutch modern feel, and it had to go! Next I removed the drawers, took off all of that ugly chunky hardware, and gave it a good vinegar rub down to remove any musty smells (works like a charm)! Then I pulled out the sander and went to town. About an hour later, the top looked like this...
Look at that beautiful wood! Just like new right? 
Just about that time, it was starting to drizzle, so I quickly covered the top, taped down the covering, grabbed my materials and ran inside. Later when Blayne got home, he helped me move it inside so that I could complete the re-finishing. 

The top got a coat of Minwax Espresso Stain, and then sealed with Minwax Polycrylic. The bottom, drawers, and doors got a coat of DIY chalk paint with a color that I had already had on hand it's Benjamin Moore Aura Azores (495) which makes for an AMAZING chalk paint color. 
Look at the difference already! 
Next, I applied 2 coats of finishing wax to the painted parts, and buffed it out. Oh - almost forgot, as soon as I brought the piece inside I measured the existing hardware holes. I really did not want to have to fill the holes, sand them down, and drill new ones, so my goal was to purchase hardware that would fit within the existing holes. It wasn't an easy search because drawer handles tend to come now in 2.5" or 3" spreads for the standard sizes. These were 2" apart, so I had to search a bit. But I found these fantastic stainless steel pulls from D. Lawless Hardware that were adjustable based on how you attach them. Perfect! 
(you can see them in the picture below)

So, I did finish just in time to use this piece for the Tulip festival, and it got tons of compliments, I actually had 3 people ask if I would sell The Dutchess to them. But, no, I'm sorry, not this beauty, She is now on display at Black Dahlia, and is now available for rent for any event or occasion that you can dream up. 
Here's a shot of The Dutchess on display, she's showcasing another of our rental pieces: the Covered in Vines Escort Card Display, and also one of our custom menus. The color looks a little faded and lighter in the picture below, but that's from the indoor lighting, the picture above is a true representation of the rich hue The Dutchess truly wears. 
Well, welcome to Sparkling Rentals, we are very excited to be launching this project and also give you a little glimpse into the love and care that goes into creating, sourcing and providing the rentals. We have some great pieces, so if you need a really cool look for your event, give us a call and we will work with you to create exactly the look you want. 
You can always email me: and ask any event question. 
Have you seen any fun uses of vintage or any type of furniture at events? Anything that stuck with you? Share it with us in the comments below, leave a link to pictures if you'd like as well! 

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Have a great weekend!
Sparkle On!

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