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A 115-year old Liberty home gets a dramatic makeover

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Contents

Summer 2014 • Volume 3 Issue 1

Features 18 26 30

Vintage Spaces A historic Liberty home shows us how neutral is a go-go Vintage Escapes Leave the city behind for a wide-open, vintage-filled retreat Vintage Fashion We access our inner midwestern 1970s flower child

Columns 05 06 08 40 46

Our Favorite Finds Items of white Design Book Jennifer tells us how to pick colors for every space in our house Buy & Sell What’s in a junk drawer? Could be a lot more than junk! Events The Midwest Glampers roll through Vintage Memories A tradition of sewing remembered

Do-it-yourself 10 36 38

DIY Crafts Locally available natural paints Renovated Recipes Summer BBQ Dustin’s DIY Build a basic coffee table

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from the editor

Staff

Do What You Do

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his issue marks the start of our third year publishing. It hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine, but because of you, the reader, and an amazing community of inspiring store owners and creative people, it has mostly been those things. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people with which to be associated. You have encouraged and helped this business more than you probably know. But I don’t really see it as a business; I see it as a lot of fun (with even more hard work) and something I do to hopefully bring a little more joy to your lives. A couple months ago I heard Lazlo on 96.5 The Buzz talking about how he doesn’t do things he’s not good at. His philosophy is that we waste so much time doing tasks we’re just not skilled at, all the while neglecting our true talents and passions. This might cause a stir in a group of perpetual DIYers, but hear me out — I like the idea. For instance, I’m terrible at cleaning my house. I don’t have time, I don’t enjoy it, and it stresses me out. And if I really put an adequate amount of energy into house cleaning, this magazine would never get published. I don’t live in a pigsty, but the point is, there are things in life we can either lax on or let others do for us in order to focus on what we’re really good at. This issue is full of people who are good at stuff. Our creative people take on locally available natural paints, Jennifer Bertrand gives color choosing advice, the Brown Button guys point out what to save from junk drawers, we explore a beautifully appointed historic home in Liberty, peek into the glamping scene (twice!), and embrace our inner hippie fashion. And there’s plenty more DIY for all of you who can (or think you can) indeed do it all. We’ve started a new column for those who like to construct things. The author, Dustin, is an old friend of mine and I can’t wait to show you what else we have in store for him starting this summer. He should probably be scared. It involves old houses, lots of work, and probably a video camera... In super-exciting news, we’re sponsoring Chick Events’ Handmade and Vintage Events this fall. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know the ladies of this company and we’re so excited for what they’re going to pull together. You do not want to miss these events! We’re releasing our firstever all-fashion issue this fall and Fashion Director Calli has been working so hard. I’m a proud “mama!” Also, this month be on the lookout for the start of our small business classes — because we totally believe in entrepreneurs (and doing what you’re good at)! In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. Find us on any of the social medium at left and give us a holler. VKC vintagekcmag.com Life is too short to waste time. Once you’ve found what makes you happy, hang on to it tight and find a vintagekc way to do more of it, even if that means letting go of some of the things you’re not so great at. There’s no vintagekcmag shame in admitting you can’t do it all. Speaking of which, for the love of vintage, can someone please send over a talented house cleaner? vintagekc

Publisher/Editor Erin Shipps erin@vintagekcmag.com Fashion Director/Editorial Assistant Calli Green calli@vintagekcmag.com Copy Editor Susan Anderson

Contributors Kim Antisdel Dustin Bates Jennifer Bertrand Michael Fry James Fry Kirsten Hudson Courtney Jenkins Megan Kapple Audrey Kuether Abbie Marshall Amy McCarter Heather Scanlon Susan Sneddeker Deborah Vogler Haley Williams

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Jill DiMartino Finished Vision Photography Layne Haley Photography Wheat Photography VintageKC volume 3, issue 1 is published quarterly by Erin Shipps in Overland Park, KS. Copyright 2014, Erin Shipps. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or in whole without written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. Printed in the U.S.A.

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On the Cover

A LIberty home goes from rental to stunning with a beautiful makeover. Photo by Jill DiMartino


our favorite Etsy finds Vintage Blanc de Chine figurine. Measures 7.5in x 6in x 5in. tweakedhome.etsy.com

Vintage WWI photograph from the National Archive printed ultra soft on 100% ringspun cotton fitted T-Shirt. nomadprints.etsy.com

Vintage pink and white USA pottery planter or bowl. 10.5in. long. 20% off with code: KansasCity. thetullebox.etsy.com

Summer Neutrals

1960s vintage Kansas City A’s baseball tin litho pin. Originally from a bag of Guy’s potato chips. vintagechocolat.etsy.com

Queen-sized Drexel Heritage headboard most likely from the 1940s. Painted and sealed three times for extra protection. It will fit any standard metal queensized frame, or it can be mounted to the wall. Local pickup in the KC area is welcomed. If you would like it shipped or delivered, please contact seller via Etsy for a quote. greatbonesdesign. etsy.com

Mid-century bubble lamp has a fun white plastic bubble textured shade and faux wood tripod base. It works well and is in good overall condition. Measures approximately 16in x 5in. Free local pickup/shipping. motheatendeerhead.etsy.com

All of these local Kansas City shops can be found on etsy.com, an online retailer.

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design book

Choosing hues for your home can be down right frightening. Luckily, HGTV Design Star Winner Jennifer Bertrand knows all about color! By Jennifer Bertrand

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o take a risk or not take a risk! That truly is the debate one faces when starting a paint adventure. And in case that’s you, I have some advice.

Furniture I like to advise people that furniture is a great place to take a risk with color. It is also a great way to add a fun twist to a space. I find that it adds a bit of soul to a space if you decide to paint a crucial furniture piece a fun pop of color. (People love when designers say “pop of color.”) But it’s true ... imagine an old kitchen table (needing to be painted anyway) brought back to life, but in a beautiful asparagus green color or a lovely coral, or to stay on trend you could go navy blue or gray. It’s all about what makes you happy! And, of course, I am going to say to make sure that if you are going to paint furniture that you do it well and right: prime, paint and seal! Here are some pinterest topics to search when just beginning to ponder what to do with that piece of furniture: Furniture Color Ideas, Furniture Color Schemes, How to Paint Furniture.

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Kitchen Cabinets This is a scarier risk for people due to the time commitment it takes to paint kitchen cabinets. However, don’t be scared to just paint your lower or upper perimeter cabinets, or the super safe answer: the island. I hesitate on saying island only because I like to push people to do something fresh and new, and we have been painting islands for a while now. If you are reading this thinking, Oh, my island is painted a different color. That’s okay! There are a lot of right answers in design, and whatever makes you happy is always the best solution. And in case you are wondering what perimeter cabinets are, they are the cabinets on the outside surround of your kitchen. So usually that includes most all except the island. Here are some pinterest topics to search when painting your cabinets: Fun Kitchen Cabinets, Paint Colors Kitchen Cabinets, Painted Kitchen Cabinets Color. Whole House Color Palette This is probably one of the most common mistakes I come across. People have fun with color or take a risk but don’t know how

to make their whole house flow. Probably the best way to understand this is by learning from example. I have listed some search topics below to help you see and understand how this work. But basically choose three to five colors that you bounce throughout your whole house; this is how you create a whole house color palette. Please note that kids’ rooms are excluded because let’s face it: Your children are always going to be natural risk takers. Here are some pinterest topics to search when deciding to make your house flow: Whole House Color Palette, Paint Color Schemes, Paint Colors Whole House. Exterior House Colors This one is a fun one because you have the opportunity to decide how you want your house to feel when you drive up to it! Currently, we are in process of painting our house exterior white. Sounds boring for me, right? But you won’t be surprised to know that I have two pagoda sconces painted a bright tiffany blue to harmonize with my porch chairs, and our front door is painted a bright, happy yellow. This yellow ties in


design book portunities! And I actually fell in love with a black exterior which doesn’t scare me to do, but I thought, We need bright and happy right now in our lives. So when you go to look at the perfect shade of khaki or gray, don’t be scared to scour the Internet Furniture is a great place to take a risk and add a fun twist with color. for house exteriors that feel right to you. And then determine what about the to the chair pillows, which are yellow and exterior will make you smile every time you white. I am then going to paint the concrete pull up to it. Is it the trim color, the shutter porch a yellow or blue. I haven’t decided color, the door color ... whatever! yet, but the thought of people making yelHere are some Pinterest search topics low brick road jokes about my steps pushes when deciding what to do outside on your me toward blue. house: Fun Exterior House Paint, Exterior However, when I was in San Francisco Paint Colors, Happy House Paint Colors. recently, I was inspired by all of the color op-

On that note, happy painting and happy designing to all of you out there! And please share your photos with what fun paint projects you have taken on! On social media use the hashtag #jblovesdesign, or email them to jblovesdesign@gmail.com.

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Jennifer Bertrand is the winner of HGTV’s show “Design Star” season three and cohost of “Real Life Design” on cravingtalkradio.com. She resides in Weatherby Lake, MO, with her lovely English husband, Chris, and her happy son, Winston. She has big plans in life to conquer the design world … again. Email pics and questions to Jennifer jblovesdesign@gmail.com Instagram hgtvdesignstarjenniferbertrand Facebook Jennifer Oldham Bertrand Twitter jblovedesign

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buy & sell

The

Junk Drawer

A catchall in every home, you may be surprised at the value you can find hidden in a drawer.

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By Michael and James Fry

hile working in the estate sale industry, our daily task is twofold: Organize the entire contents of a house, and price every single item according to its value. With every estate sale we set up, there is the inevitable encounter with the infamous “junk drawer.” This is a drawer (at times more than one) located in a cabinet in the office, underneath the craft table or in a desk in the basement. It is used to house all the items that didn’t otherwise have a home. It’s a fivesided net catching the loose change and pocket lint of life. Often the collective value of every item in the drawer is less than a cup of coffee. However, we do run across occasions when the contents of a single drawer can surprise us, both with its interesting collection and its high value. We’ve decided to take our years of junk drawer experience and pass it along to you. So set aside those broken rubber bands and bent paper clips, and we’ll explore the potentially profitable world of the junk drawer. Money Money Money Coins are one of the most common categories to be found sliding around in the junk drawer. As a general rule when valuing currency, there are three main factors to take into account: How rare is the coin, what is its condition, and is it composed of a valuable metal? The composition of the coin is usually the most obvious to discern. All 20th century U.S. coin dollars, half dollars, quarters and dimes minted prior to 1965 are comprised of 90 percent silver. This means if you have a regular Washington quarter (the kind still in circulation today) made in 1964 or earlier, then it is currently worth around $4 instead of just a quarter. A half dollar is worth around $7 and silver dollars around $15. If you factor in rarity and condition, the coins might be worth even more. For example, a 1910 Barber quarter in circulated condition is worth twice as much to collectors (because of its rarity) as it is

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to someone just interested in the silver content. If found in excellent condition, the coin could bring more than $100. Heritage Auctions has a helpful beginner’s guide to coin values that you can find at: bit.ly/1pT7UKT Blades Pocket knives are also common junk drawer fare. There have literally been hundreds of different pocket knife manufacturers over the last century. Navigating the different brands printed on the knife blade can be a little intimidating. A few key names to look for include Remington, Queen, Case, Camillus, Buck, and Schrade. Case in particular is a highly sought-after brand. If you own a Case (marked Case XX) and it has a “stag handle” (made of a deer antler), the knife can be worth from $50 up to several hundred, depending on the age and condition. Writing Instruments Our personal favorite item to find in the bottom of an unorganized office drawer is the often unimpressive-looking vintage/antique pen. It’s easy to assume that these old pens hold little value, but if it has the right name printed on the side, it can be worth a surprising amount. Parker and Sheaffer are two of the more common brands to find. If it has a curved metal tip on the end (called a nib), then it is a fountain pen or a dip pen. The nibs themselves can also have unexpected value for their size considering that some of them are made of gold. Other brands to be on the lookout for include Waterman, Conklin, Walh, and Montblanc. Last year, at one of our estate sales in Parkville, MO, we

ran across a Conklin crescent filler fountain pen that we were able to sell for $125. With potential values in that range, it seems well worth the extra effort to investigate those old pens at the bottom of your drawer. We’ve just barely scratched the surface of what you might find in your organizing adventures. Each of the categories above could be expanded into an entire article (and in some future issue we might have to do just that). Our goal here was not to tell you every item you might run across with high value, but to make you aware that the small things can often be worth more than they seem. So push past the grocery list from 1974 and the lip balm of unknown vintage to see what you can discover in a junk drawer near you. Happy digging.

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buy & sell He said . . He said

What interesting items have you seen in your business?

One of the most fun aspects of running an estate sale company is uncovering the unusual, the interesting and the unexpected. One of my favorite finds was in a basement sewing room with mid-1970s paneling, pressboard furniture and orange shag carpet. On the blond brick fireplace was a small 2-gallon butter churn with cheap plastic flowers in it. It was one of those things that would be easy to slap a $35 price tag and move along. But we decided maybe we should at least take a few minutes to look it up. It turns out that the butter churn was made by Martin White (later bought out by Red Wing), and we sold the piece for a surprising $1,250. Less valuable, but maybe more interesting, we recently found a piece of wedding cake from June 8, 1860, in a trunk in the basement. Someone purchased it at half price for $10, and I am still waiting for them to tell me how it tasted.

Michael

One item stands out above all the others I’ve priced. It was at a family-hosted estate sale, and we were called in to help them with pricing. They were pointing out objects in their basement asking us the value for various items. They then pointed to a lump wrapped up in kitchen towels and said “and how much do you think that’s worth?” Upon investigating the lump, we discovered it to be quite a large bone. The owners informed us it was a dinosaur bone, and after some research (because I’m not a paleontologist), we were able to identify it as a mastodon femur. We ended up valuing it around $900. A few others include a case of original 1968 (the first year they were produced) Hot Wheels Redline cars in like new condition, several ancient Roman gold and bronze coins from 350 A.D., and a baseball glove signed by most of the 1957 Kansas City Athletics baseball team.

James

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vintage crafts

Paint

Party

Reader request: Our crafty people take on natural paints, all available locally!

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^ Mother Earth Paints Chalk Enhanced Paint Bayou I read this paint was best used for furniture and is very low VOC. I decided to paint a mirror that will hang in my daughter’s room. The paint went on much thinner than the other brands, but it was a smooth application. I applied two coats and then lightly sanded the edges for a distressed look.

^ Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Ironstone This paint was definitely the most unique. I suspect it’s also one of the most versatile. It comes in a powder form that is mixed with water until you achieve the desired consistency. I chose an old red chair to paint. I had a hard time getting the powder to mix with no lumps, but it could have been user error. I did have to apply about four coats, so next time I would use less water to make the paint thicker. This would be a great option to create a stain or white washed look.

^ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Provence I read that Annie Sloan paint can be used for outdoor items as well as metal surfaces. I decided to paint an old metal planter. The paint was thick and went on very smoothly. It only took two coats to paint the planter and I loved how quickly the paint dried in between coats, making it a very fast project. I’m happy to report that the planter has been outside for a few weeks with no chipping at all! I also absolutely loved the color.

American Paint Company Clay/Chalk/Mineral Base Paint Bordello > The instructions for this paint recommend sanding for shiny surfaces, so I decided to paint a terra cotta pot. This formula was the thickest of all the paints, but it could easily be thinned out with water. Because it was so thick, this was the only project where I could get away with just one coat which was great. It took just a few minutes to paint my pot, and within 30 minutes, it was dry.

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Megan's Pick

^ Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint Cartouche Green This paint claimed to work on wood surfaces with no sanding required, so I chose a small varnished wood table to paint. The paint went on like a dream. It covered so well and quickly. The finish was velvety smooth, and I only had to apply two coats to the dark wood table.


Abbie's Pick ^ Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint Vintage Affliction I wanted to see how well Annie Sloan’s French Linen and Amy Howard’s Vintage Affliction paints would apply and hold up on leather. I first wiped off the suitcase to remove any dust. Then, I created a striped design and applied my first coat of each color. Just like Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, Amy Howard’s paint went on smoothly and covered well. After just two coats of each color, the design was completed. Both paints dried rather quickly and worked well with the tape. I tested the durabilty by running my finger nail over each surface and scratching it. No damage was done. Therefore, both paints seem to work rather nicely on leather surfaces.

< Mother Earth Paints Chalk Enhanced Paint Crimson I decided to use Mother Earth Paints’ Crimson red to make my gnome more modern and give my lawn some color. While applying the first coat, it was awesome to dicsover how well it covered all the small details — and dried fast, too. After just two coats, it was completed. The completely dried color was a bit lighter and much duller than the paint when wet.

Abbie Ecolectic abbiemarshall.com

Before pics

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen > After cleaning this old frame, the first coat went on smoothly After wax and and covered well. I really Dust of Ages like this French Linen color. Powder After the second coat, it was completed covered, and the paint dried quickly. This was great because I decided to use a clear wax and Amy Howard at Home’s Dust of Ages powder Abbie's on the frame to give it an antiqued Pick look. The wax went on smoothly and was easy to clean out of my After Paint brush with soap and water. After letting the wax dry about 80 percent, like the Dust of Ages instructions say, I sprinkled the dust into the details of the frame. Using a lint-free cloth I buffed the wax and dust until I got the look I wanted. The result was beautiful, and I will be excited to use these two products again! American Paint Company Clay/Chalk/Mineral Base Paint A-Maize-ing This paint was the perfect pop of color to paint a wooden tray for my entry. I first made sure the tray was good and clean, and then I followed the instructions on the label. I was happy to discover how smooth it went on and seemed to dry rather quickly. I noticed the color lighten as it dried, which is different from most paints. To reach the final results, it took me three coats. I would recommend priming when using a lighter color on a darker surface.

^ ^ Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Ironstone I followed the directions for Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, yet found out quickly that you need to be exact when measuring out the water to milk powder ratio. The great thing about this product is if you accidently add more water than you wanted, it makes for a great stain. So I used it as a stain, creating this whitewash effect on an outdoor patio chair. After about three coats, I got the white-grey wash look I was hoping for.

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Amy's Pick ^ Mother Earth Paints Chalk Enhanced Paints Dove Gray I loved this paint as soon as I removed the lid. It has a great consistency even in the tub. It was obvious as soon as I started painting that it would only require one coat of paint. I tackled this beat up flea market find from Sparks, KS. The paint finish is flat matte, so I finished with a clear wax for a more polished look. Great paint!

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^ American Paint Company Nana’s Cupboard Initially, I was concerned that this paint was thinner than some of the others and didn’t go on as thick or as smoothly. I assumed it would take more than one coat. But again, the drying process surprised me, and as I let it dry, the color became richer and the coating, thicker. I painted this bench at Editor Erin’s house, and it only needed one coat after all. I like the look of one tattered coat for this outdoor piece.

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^ Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint Black I was extremely excited to get my hands on this tub of paint! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been thinking about painting my front door a dark, dramatic color, and this was perfect for the project. Though it took two coats for total coverage, I was very impressed with how well this paint went on and over a white metal door. I did nothing to prep the door before I started painting, and true to its name, it is a one-step paint. I love the bold, flat finish and could not have been more pleased with this paint for that project!

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint > French Enamel I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if it is the fact that you mix this paint yourself or if it is just my husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super strong muscles, but I had a lot of bubbles to work around. It almost had a frothy consistency, so I had to work the paint into the frame and pot more. Once it was on, I thought it had nice coverage, especially on the terra cotta pot. The instructions say it can be used on any porous surface, and I think it did especially well on that.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White > The sample I was given is named "Pure White". I'll be honest. I was disappointed. Pure white? Borrrring. It went on in the exact color the name would lead you to believe it would be, however, in my opinion, the longer it dried the more it redeemed itself. It actually finishes in a beautiful antiqued white. I liked it so much, I used it on two frames, and on the second, used a dark wax for an even more rustic and antiqued look. I loved them both. This paint goes on smoothly, and covers well even without sanding the frames first.

After paint

After dark wax

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< Mother Earth Paints Chalk Enhanced Paint Stems Green I used Mother Earth Paint on a vintage kiddie chair that had been sitting in our basement for a year. I didn’t do any sanding beforehand, just a quick wipe down to clean the surface. The chair went from super scratched and beat up to a beautiful vibrant green in just Audrey one quick and easy coat of paint. The wonderOh So Lovely fully thick paint dried quickly and was super ohsolovelyblog. blogspot.com easy to lightly age with fine grit sandpaper. I love the way the chair turned out and so does my daughter. I love this paint and will definitely be using it for future projects. < Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint French Blue This beautiful light blue grey paint (French Blue) was pretty thin and required two coats, but the end results were beautiful. I love the subtle color and finish when dry. It was easy to age the edges with fine sand paper. I like that I didn’t have to sand before using this paint. I will use this paint again.

Audrey's Pick

American Paint Company Clay/Chalk/Mineral Base Paint Fireworks Red > It was recommended that I lightly sand before using this paint, but I decided to skip that step to see how it would look. It still turned out great! The paint has a thick, creamy consistency and truly only requires one coat —even better! The vibrant shade of red (Fireworks Red) is beautiful and worked well when aging it with fine sandpaper. I would use this paint again.

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< Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Trophy I was a little intimidated mixing this paint at first, but once I started, it was super easy. I hand mixed my paint and water ratio of 50/50, but next time I will use a paint to water ratio of 60/40 to thicken the paint a bit more and a hand mixer or blender to mix as they suggest. My hand-mixed paint was just a little clumpy, but I ended up liking the texture in the end. The paint required two coats and turned out lovely. I liked the fact that I didn’t have to sand before using this paint, and I really love the blue grey shade (Trophy). I would use this paint on other projects around my house.

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< Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White I didn’t have to sand the frame before I painted it with the Annie Sloan paint. It went on thick in just one coat, but I ended up doing two coats for better coverage. In my opinion, this paint is the perfect thickness. The paint dried super quickly, and I love the smoothness and color (Old White) of this paint. After the paint dried, I brushed on the wax, which gave it a nice buttery finish. Then I lightly sanded the edges for an aged look. I love this Annie Sloan paint! I have already started scouring my house to gather more items to coat with this paint.

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< Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint Bauhaus Buff I chose to use this paint for a side table I snagged for a steal at a garage sale. Structurally, the table was in decent shape, but the top was dinged and knicked — and not in a cool, vintage-y way, but in a “whoops, daddy hit it with a hammer” way. Even though this table had a slight sheen/glossy finish on it, I decided to put the paint to the test and do absolutely no prep other than wiping it down with a wet cloth. Because I was covering dark green and stained wood with white, the first two coats were a little thin and had a few streaks where it wasn’t covering 100 percent, but by the third coat, this paint had totally transformed the dark green table into a white beauty. No trace of green or outdated stain left. It also helped minimize the dents and marks in the top, giving them a softer appearance and even filling them in a bit.

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< Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Mustard Seed Yellow I wanted to give the side table a fun pop of color, so I opted for Miss Mustard Seed’s yellow paint. I had no experience with this type of paint, so I wasn’t sure how to use or apply it. I added water until it felt somewhat like the consistency of paint. Even following the recommended ratio of water to paint, it still felt thin, but I slapped it on anyways. The paint was hard to get accustomed to since it is not like the other pre-mixed paints I am used to. Even after thorough mixing with my brush, it had little paint “balls” and tiny little chunks left over that didn’t smooth out when painted on. I decided a light sanding at the end would smooth those away and leave me with a slightly distressed look anyways. This paint would work best on smaller area projects that don’t have to be absolutely perfect and can have a little personality and flare to them. I would have been overwhelmed painting the entire table with this powder paint. But it did the job for a small pop of color, and this table sold the first weekend it was out at Good Company for about 7X what I paid, so I’d say it was a winner!

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^ American Paint Company Clay/Chalk/ Mineral Base Paint Freedom Road I used this paint on both a painted and stained wood finish. It covered both very well and had a nice, thick consistency that allowed me to get by with only one coat! Saving time and the hassle of waiting for multiple coats to dry is always a plus in my opinion – so I loved this paint for the quick use and efficiency aspect.

< Mother Earth Paints Chalk Enhanced Paint Raven This chalk paint was thinner than all the other paints, except for Miss Mustard Seed, but still covered very well. I used it on the spindles and feet of this wood table as an accent to the gray top and shelf. One coat was plenty — even over a stained wood surface that had not been sanded at all. It seemed to grab the surface really well and give nice, even coverage with minimal fuss!

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< Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg I used this to spruce up a piece of old fencing I found during the Prairie Village bulky item pickup weekend. The piece is going to eventually find a home in the new garden I’m planting. It’s just raw, weathered wood planks, but the chalk paint worked really well to color the wood without completely absorbing into the wood and losing vibrancy. I love the muted hue of blue and wanted to find more things that needed this color in my home as it’s so easy to apply and goes on smoothly. Since the piece I painted is going outdoors, there was no need for any fancy finishing. The chalk paint was enough on its own to give it a fresh new look.

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History Made Homey

Respect for character and history drives a young family to make a historic Liberty house a home. Words Kim Antisdel Photos Jill DiMartino

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aLa Land: Population two humans, one dog (Mavis) and guests welcome anytime. No, this LaLa Land is not that ditsy place of oblivion where teenagers seem to perpetually reside. And it certainly isn’t in Los Angeles. For the Anderson family, LaLa Land is the two upstairs bedrooms of their nearly 115-year-old home in Liberty, MO. Enveloped by creative artwork and cozy, curl-up-and-dream beds destined to reach the snuggliest parts of your soul, these two special rooms were breathed to life by the family’s CFO (that’s Chief Fabulous Officer), Becki Anderson. With care and precision, each room was specifically designed for the two most important people in her life — daughters Anabelle, age seven, and Vivienne, age five.

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LaLa Land houses Becki’s two girls’ bedrooms (Anabelle above and left; Vivienne right) and a landing for gathering together. The landing features a table made from an old door, and beds were built into the sloped ceilings to maximize space. Each girl’s personality shines in accessories and walls filled with special pictures and sayings.

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A great flex space, the room between the kitchen and living room functions as a dining room, a game room, a sitting room and a generally great place to hang out. Below A quaint sitting area serves as a landing between the front entry and the grand hall.

“I call my two daughters the ‘LaLa’s’,” Becki explained. “So their rooms up there are in LaLa Land. It’s our place to go and to dream and for them to be kids.” Though LaLa Land and the rest of the house might look picture perfect now, it’s quite a change from where it began two years ago when the Andersons took a leap of faith and purchased it. Having built two homes from the ground up previously, the consideration of a house well past the century mark in age was quite a departure for Becki and her husband, Steve. As they walked through the house for the first time, Becki fell in love. Steve thought perhaps she had just fallen into denial. “He just couldn’t see it like I could,” Becki said. “I walked in and didn’t see the house that was here; I saw the house that we have now. My husband didn’t quite share my vision, and maybe thought I was a little crazy.” The Andersons ultimately passed on the 3,900-square-foot beauty and decided to keep their options open. Nearly a year later, after searching with no luck, “716” still stood out. Tucked into the hills of Liberty, with a sprawling two acres of yard to stretch out and play, the house truly spoke to Becki. And thankfully, she answered. Becki and Steve signed on the dotted line and began working on making the house into their home.

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For the remodel, Becki chose to approach her changes carefully, trusting her vision to contractor Ray Chirpich of Chirpich Brothers Construction. Maintaining the integrity of the original home was essential, especially the limestone exterior, and Becki was determined to work with the walls she had been given. Every coat of paint, picture on the wall and architectural choice was thoughtful and purposeful.


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Top A cozy living room features a neutral color pallette and natural elements. Left A nook built in between the master bedroom and bathroom showcases woodwork made to match the existing trim. Above Every detail is beautiful in the main floor half bath.

“I’m not really a purist, but I wanted to honor the age and uniqueness of the house,” Becki said. “And really, the house sort of led us along the way. We just had to listen.” The front door opens to a large, open floor plan with high ceilings; unique, original pocket doors; and warm wooden floors. Every wall is expertly accessorized with clocks, plates, colorful artwork and printed quotes like, “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.” But through the cozy dining/game/sitting room sits Becki’s favorite room in 716: the kitchen. The Anderson kitchen is, in a word, delightful. Tall wooden cabinets stretch to the ceiling, coated with a cool Benjamin Moore Fieldstone Gray and adorned with a farmhouse style “X,” a thoughtful detail implemented by woodworker Thad Frisch. A white subway tile

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This page The view from the main hallway showcases the beautiful staircase with windows that were found in the basement and the gorgeous kitchen. Opposite page The island is covered with a zinc-wrapped ping pong table top. A chimney was removed to create room for a general-store style pantry.

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backsplash adds a brilliant contrast against the Danby Marble countertops. And the island, a shiny zinc focal point, gives the kitchen a modern update while staying true to the home’s existing language. But the pièce de résistance is found in the truly custom walk-in pantry. “I love the idea of having my own little five and dime in my house,” Becki says about the pantry. “Originally, we had two chimneys in the home, so we were okay with removing one in the kitchen to achieve the pantry and master bedroom closet. And the girls play in there constantly, pretending to shop. I love seeing them play through the chicken wire door.”

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Resources Construction Chirpich Brothers Construction; Danby Marble; H&M Woodwork; Miller’s Custom Cabinets; Thad Frisch, woodwork

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Stores Ballard Design Barn Light Electric Croquet, Liberty Etsy Family Tree Nursery Joss and Main Pryde’s of Westport Red Apron, Liberty Nell Hills, Briarcliff West Bottoms World Market

Paint Colors Interior, Benjamin Moore, “Papaya;” Kitchen Cabinets, Benjamin Moore, “Fieldstone Grey;” Master Bathroom Cabinets, Nell Hill, “Picnic Basket” Follow Becki’s new blog! littlemrssevenonesix.com

Becki’s ultimate goal for 716 was to have quirky but purposeful spaces in the kitchen and throughout the entire home. And occasionally, that meant thinking a little differently. The windows in the kitchen stair well are the perfect example. “We found some old windows in the basement when we moved in,” Becki remembered. “I knew we had to find a place for them, because they sure weren’t going in the garbage. I had this idea of wanting to see my girls’ feet when they came down from LaLa Land, and I realized the windows could fill that need. I love seeing those


Opposite Becki and Steve’s bedroom is filled with warmth and love. Their remodeled bathroom is elegant and pristine with cabinets painted with Nell Hill’s “Picnic Basket” paint.

little bare feet as they come down.” Repurposing items from the home isn’t a one-time occurrence, either. Upstairs, the two girls’ bedrooms are separated by a small sitting area landing, adorned with a unique coffee table. Look closely, and you will see that the table is actually made from a door that Becki found in the garage. She also added casters, making it easy to move around and use in different ways. “I love not having to ask for permission for anything that I do in this house,” Becki said. “I feel like people are always saying, ‘Wait, can I actually do this?’ Of course you can! I mean, we have two young kids, and I have a white couch! If you love something, it is totally okay.” Doing what she loves is ultimately what sparked the initiative behind LaLa Land. The two upstairs bedrooms are host to large dormers that create a mix of various angles in the space. The dormers also make for a less than ideal amount of headroom. Where an average homeowner might see a spatial problem, Becki saw a fabulous opportunity. “I used those dormers to put up a sort of cornice board that adds a cool element to my daughters’ beds. Anabelle’s was a mantle repurposed, and Vivienne’s came from Restoration Emporium in the West Bottoms. They love them! And children, since they’re shorter, can really appreciate that use of space.” The results of Becki’s creativity are bedrooms that feel magical to both girls. Of course, Becki was sure to include each girls’ own unique sense of style in each room. Just like downstairs, the walls are adorned with eclectic artwork and accessories from First Fridays event stores. Vivienne, a dinosaur aficionado, hangs her necklaces on a large green Tyrannosaurus Rex toy. And why not? LaLa Land is a world of possibility without limits. “Right now, LaLa Land is a world of imagination and pretend play,” Becki says. “We don’t even have a TV up there. It’s all about the girls’ world and what they make of it.” Someday LaLa Land may change and transform, a possibility that Becki is always willing to entertain. After all, her own style and design aesthetic is constantly changing, and welcoming change is what makes this home so fascinating. As for her originally “Doubting Thomas” husband? “I’ll never get him out of this house now,” Becki laughed. “He totally gets it. This is our own little compound. It’s ridiculous to love a home as much as we do, but we’re totally okay with that.”

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Kim is a writer, interior designer and sales rep. She is also a complete klutz that can crank out a killer cartwheel on demand. Her favorite place to write is curled up on the couch, with her weiner dog and two cats fighting for a spot on her lap.

Ask a Pro

Deb V ogler

How do I create depth or interest with whites and tans?

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irst of all, let’s get it straight: Decorating with neutrals (most often considered white, off-white, tan, beige, taupe, khaki, light brown, camel, etc.) doesn’t have to be boring or bland. Every color (hue) has many values (shades or tints). White has over 100 shades alone. How can that be boring? You can really open up a space with this color palette, creating a calming, open and airy feel. It sounds over-simplified, but to keep a space from becoming stark or impersonal, incorporate as many shades as you can — or let’s say as many as you are comfortable with. In addition to color, there are three main areas I go to for curating a well-put-together space: • Layering — This can be as literal as a throw on a sofa or chair, changing the paint on your trim a few shades lighter or darker to complement your wall color, or accessories on a table or shelf. Mirrors can give you a big bang for your buck in creating dimension. You can even layer a mirror on a mirror for a little funk. • Pattern — Make sure you vary the size or scale of your patterns. Incorporate stripes, geometrics, florals, ethnic prints. Remember, variety is the spice of life. • Textures — There are so many ways to work texture into a room. You can begin with your walls or ceiling. Move on to your floors (wood, tile, carpet, combination) for additional texture. This is all before you even get to furniture. Make sure to bring in interesting pieces. Not every single item in a room has to be a stunner, but look for an interesting shape, size or style to mix in. Luxurious fabrics, woods, wicker or a shell chandelier are all good ways to showcase texture. You’ve heard me say many times before how important lighting is to a space. Well a so-called neutral room is no exception. Natural light (window) is an automatic picture frame to a great view. Let nature paint that. And lastly, I feel it’s very important to use a touch of black (in any room really) to ground a space. This gives you an opportunity to rest your eyes. It provides you that moment to take a breath before moving on, taking in everything your room has to offer. Picture or mirror frames are great ways to incorporate that touch of black; hardwood floors are another. Showing a little leg on your upholstered furniture can also serve as a nice foundation for a little color. Remember, comfort is key.

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Deb Vogler has been creating her own brand of Comfort by Design for more than 15 years. She deals with all aspects of design, from budgeting, to floor plans (renovation or new construction), to furniture, to color at her full-scale design firm. Have a designing question for Deb? Send it to erin@vintagekcmag.com.

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Glamp Life

City life is busy. Traffic is stressfu l. When walls are closing in on you, we’ve got the per fectly peaceful remedy: Get your glamp on at Hoo t Owl Hill. By Heather Scanlon

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hough Hoot Owl Hill is fresh on the glamping scene, owners Steve and Brenda Wrischnik’s masterpiece resort has been in the works for years. Truly two of the most inspiring people you’ll find met by chance at The Blue Note (it was so crowded they had to share a table) and married a year later. In the midst of searching for a Victorian house, one in Paola stole Brenda’s heart. Unfortunately, her perfect home was not for sale. Nothing less than fate placed the house on the market the very next week, and the Wrischniks moved in. The couple spent 12 devoted years in renovations, Brenda working at a bank and Steve in real-estate appraisal. The dream of running a bed-and-breakfast motivated them through the years, but the beautiful Victorian simply wasn’t fit for it. Steve ran across a five-acre property for sale on Osawatomie Road,

Photos Wheat Photography Hair Amy K. Kincaid Styling Anna Sabatini Models Elizabeth Bittiker, Voices&; Jacob Redlingshafer, Manifest Talent

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and he and Brenda went to check it out. The land was overgrown — a disaster area, if you will — and the couple had some trouble finding potential in it. While walking the desolate land, Brenda stumbled over a half-buried rock; further observation revealed a statue. A much younger Brenda had struggled to find her religious beliefs, but she met Hazel, a staunch theosophist and believer in karmic law. She became Brenda’s spiritual mentor. After the guru passed away, any distress led Brenda to meditate on thoughts of Hazel and her teachings. During nearly every one of these meditations, Brenda heard an owl hoot in the distance. Convinced Hazel still guided her, the symbolism of the owl comforted her. Coincidentally, both Wrischniks celebrate December birthdays, and the owl is the Indian spirit-guide for that birth month.


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When Brenda picked up and brushed the dirt from the statue she’d tripped over, she realized it was an owl. How long it lay there, half-hidden and waiting to be found, no one knows. The discovery was the divine indication they sought, and they purchased the land. The property contained one dilapidated 1960s bungalow. Though entirely unlivable, the foundation remained intact and became the base for a new house, designed by Steve. They acquired a “Breaking Bad”style trailer, intending to reside there for the nine-month duration of building, but they got lucky: A rainless summer expedited construction, and merely four months later, the gorgeous A-frame was complete. In the meantime, the ambitious couple planted grapes (they now have a flourishing vineyard of 400 vines of Concord and Frontenac varieties), built a detached garage to house their clothing and possessions, and installed a water line on the property (there had been none). They still use the old enormous cistern beneath the house (gathering rain water from the gutters) to slake the thirst of their many gardens, which include blueberries, squash, peas, asparagus and more. These fresh fruits and veggies play a role in the fantastic meals chef Brenda (did I mention she also teaches yoga, writes for a quarterly publication and paints?) prepares for guests while staying Hoot Owl Hill. Enormous, brightly colored bell tents (and the new favorite flower-patterned bell), imported from the United Kingdom, are set up with loving care and luxury. Large enough to bear four queen-sized beds, they also hold comfy chairs, lanterns, and vintage décor with the mission of an out-of-the-city natural experience minus the roughness of camping. Savor a meal, explore the Meditation Meadow, the Monarch butterfly garden, the bee hives from which Steve harvests fresh honey, and befriend the flock of guinea fowl that

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run freely before settling by the 12-ft.-long fire pit and turning in beneath the wide open, twinkling prairie sky. Wake up refreshed and ready for farm-fresh eggs and Brenda’s famous baked goods. Then you’ll experience the real gem of Hoot Owl Hill: Conversation with the laid-back, hilarious, and radiant Wricschniks is nearly as therapeutic and invigorating as glamping itself. Their home is warm and inviting, chock-full of vintage décor and pieces that Brenda has collected since she was 16 years old. Steve has added a few of his own to the repertoire, and of course, owls are everywhere — many of them gifts from grateful customers, friends and family. The original owl statue stands watch on an old red wooden table — a tribute to Hazel, to the land. Over coffee on a comfy couch in the midst of their grand, open home, the couple divulged that Brenda is the “harebrained schemer” and Steve the mechanical one, bringing ideas to fruition. The Wrischniks have worked hard and brought to reality what was once a mere dream. Whether you’re interested in glamping (a MUST-try!), gardening or yoga classes on the glorious wraparound porch, or viewing some of the best scenery in Kansas (don’t miss the two wagons on the property built in 1920!), a visit to Hoot Owl Hill will leave you enamored and already planning your next trip back as you reluctantly return to the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Heather Scanlon is a graduate of the University of Kansas in history and public policy. She is a freelance writer and editor now residing in Merriam, KS. Between her various odd jobs and spending time with her hubs and darling one-year old, Heather nurses severe addictions to strong coffee, genealogy, and The New York Times crossword puzzle.

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Summer of love This summer, embrace your inner tree-hugging, peace-slinging, people-loving self with flower-child inspired fashion. Photos Layne Haley Photography | Hair Lotus Beauty Makeup Heydee Hochman | Models Scarlette O’Shea, Riley Alston, Voices& | Styling Calli Green ummer has long been the catalyst for a renewal of the free spirit. There is something about warm weather, the earth’s bount and big clear skies that brings peace to the soul. And when we reflect upon the carefree self of summer, we naturally go back to hippies and their wonderful sense of being. From crochet to fringe to headbands, this style is as easy as a summer breeze. Vintage finds are abundant, but even major stores like H&M and Target are embracing the trend with a plethora of white and flowy items in stock. So don’t wash your hair for a couple of days, get out into nature, and tell someone you love them — becaue this summer, we’re loving this fashion freedom.

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Tank top and skirt vintage handmade. Jewelry, editor’s closet. Leather headband, Hobby Lobby.

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Leather headband, Hobby Lobby. Jewelry, editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closet. Tank top, Vintage Vogue. Shorts, H&M.

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Tank top, H&M, Jewelry, editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closet. Jeans, Sears vintage, belonged to editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom.

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Dress, Brown Button Estate Sale. Jewelry, editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closet.

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Nightgown, Vintage Vogue. Jewelry, editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closet. Shirt, H&M.

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Dress, H&M. Jewelry, editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closet. Cross necklace, Vintage Vogue.

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renovated recipes

Summer BBQ

If there’s one thing we Kansas Citians know, it’s good barbecue. Get outside and grill with this delicious staple. By Courtney Jenkins

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ummer is finally here! We Kansas Citians know there’s no place like home for amazing BBQ. Just in time for grilling season, I’ve put together a phenomenal four-recipe spread to celebrate all that is rustic-, summer- and KCMO-inspired by a vintage recipe from 1919.

The vintage recipe Best Flank {Short Ribs} and Yellow Turnips: Get the small ribs and put on with plenty of water, an onion, pepper and salt. After boiling about one and one-half hours, add a large yellow turnip cut in small pieces. One-half hour before serving, add six potatoes cut in small pieces. Water must be added as necessary. A little sugar will improve flavor, and as it simmers, the turnip will soften and give the whole dish the appearance of a stew. (“The International Jewish Cookbook, 1919”)

Courtney is part of a cute little family of four (including twin sons Parker and Eli) residing in Kansas City, MO. She owns a local natural solid body company called Milk and Honey Naturals (milkandhoneynaturals.net).

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The Renovated Recipes Quick Fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs

servings Approx. 4

Ingredients 1 or 2 racks baby back ribs East Meets Mid-West Dry Rub (or favorite) KCMO Style BBQ Sauce (or favorite) 3 large potatoes 2 large turnips Directions Set the oven to 300° F. Take a broiling pan and fill the bottom reservoir about half full with water. Add three large potatoes and two large turnips. If needed, cut them in half, quarter or even 1in pieces to fit in the pan. Place the top portion of the broiling pan onto the bottom, and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Dry rub the ribs with either our East Meets Mid-West Dry Rub or your favorite dry rub. Place the ribs on the broiling pan and cover the entire broiling pan with aluminum foil. Place in the center of the oven and bake for two hours. Preheat grill to medium. Wet sauce the ribs with the KCMO Style BBQ Sauce or your favorite sauce and finish off on the grill for 5-10 minutes per side or until nice and charred to infuse with smoke flavor.

more yums Print these recipes as well as Courtneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Meets Mid-West Dry Rub and KCMO Style BBQ Sauce recipes at: vintagekcmag.com/recipes

Mashed Turnip Potatoes with Bacon and Chive servings Approx. 6

Ingredients 3 large potatoes from rib recipe 2 large turnips from rib recipe 1/2 c. milk 2 T. butter Dash ground black pepper 1/2 c. sour cream 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1/4 c. chopped fresh chives Directions Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes and the turnips. Fold and stir in the rest of the ingredients until creamy and fluffy.

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dustins’ diy

Put anything in here!

Build This Coffee Table

Let us be your cheerleader: You can do this! Our friend Dustin, owner of Varsity Construction, will tell you how.

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By Dustin Bates

s Christmas approached last winter, I realized I was running out of time to buy a gift for my parents. To make matters worse, I had no idea what to get them. It was time to get creative — and in a hurry. As I sat there thinking, and wishing it wasn’t freezing outside, my mind kept racing forward to summer and being at my parents’ lake house. Then I remembered the awful coffee table that came with the house years ago when my parents purchased the place. And it finally hit me: It was time for an upgrade. I decided to build a basic table (dimensions shown) that would be sturdy enough for a lot of wear and tear. It was built out of simple clear white pine and 3/4” smooth plywood. After construction, I applied two coats of semi-gloss enamel white paint and let dry overnight. I could have left it alone, bright white, but I wanted more appeal and character. So I decided to give this table a weathered look. All I did was take 120-grit sandpaper and started removing

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some of the paint off the edges and random points around the table. (It’s important to remove the paint all the way down to the bare wood). At this point the table looked plenty weathered, but still way too bright. So, I decided to use an old trick that required a strong cut of coffee. (No, the coffee wasn’t for me). After it cooled, I simply took a brush and generously applied the coffee to the project. The more times you apply, the darker the exposed wood will become. It also dulls down the bright white. Once that dried, a couple simple coats of water-based polyurethane will seal everything. When it comes to the top of your project, you can get as creative as you like. Since mine was more of a summer theme, I decided to use grout (sand colored) as a base and placed in seashells from my parents’ travels. I then poured an epoxy resin over the top to make it durable and usable. Once the top was dry it was ready for summer — and so was I! Stay vintage!

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Dustin started Varsity Construction after graduating college in 2005. He builds new construction and remodels homes. He also builds small furniture pieces in his spare time. He’s finally moving to Kansas City (from Manhattan) this summer. Look for him in some exciting new ventures for VintageKC coming this summer!


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vintage events

Rolling Retreats We caught up with the Midwest Glampers group at their Sparks gathering — and they blew us away! Words Susan Sneddeker Photos Finished Vision Photography

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idwest Glampers was formed as a Facebook group in October 2013. I had been searching for camping clubs in my area that combined my loves of vintage and camping. A handful of groups were in existence, but they were located on the coasts, and few were free or close enough to Nebraska to actually camp together on the weekends. I was surprised how quickly I connected with other Midwest women who shared my passions and were searching for camping companions. We currently have 245 members from 17 states, with the majority residing in the Midwest. The Facebook group is secret because I want our group to have a tight bond and to be able to get to know everyone without getting so large that members get lost. But, we welcome all Midwest women who want to join our glamping family. Our motto is “No Glamper Left Behind.” By providing a free, positive and encouraging glamper group, we hope to reach out to kindred spirits and empower them to follow their passions and make connections. Midwest Glampers seek to build each other up and be a support system not only in camping, but in life. Recently, a member requested prayer from our

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group, and within minutes there were dozens of comments and prayers on our page. She said that every ding she heard on her phone was a reminder that another prayer was going up! It was a great support and comfort to her and her family in a very difficult time. One of the things I love most about our group is that we are family-friendly. Our page is limited to female glampers, but their families and pets are welcome at most of our events. For the majority of our gals, the glamping experience has been a family project. Most of our Glampers own vintage trailers, but some have newer campers, busses, tents or even converted trucks/vans. You can glamp whatever you own and fit in with our group! It doesn’t take a huge knowledge base to fix up your camper either. With YouTube and other great camping resources, there is plenty of support for the novice glamper. The majority of our group have learned to glamp through trial and error. There is always

a Glamper who has struggled with the same issue and is willing to give advice and lend a hand! A word of warning: Like junkin’ and potato chips, vintage campers become addicting. I would guess every one of our gals has left a handwritten note on a car or front door asking about purchasing a camper they have seen on someone’s property. Upcoming trips include Red Rock Lake in Iowa over July 4 weekend and the HWY 36 treasure hunt in Northern Kansas in September. Other smaller events will be held throughout the summer. Our KC Christmas trip on the first Friday in December and Sparks flea market in the spring are our recurring annual events. Susan Sneddeker is the founder of Midwest Glampers. To join the Facebook group, email: midwestglampers@yahoo.com.


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A inStitime tch Sewing is more than just a skill for one woman; it’s a connection to the past. By Kirsten Hudson Jackie and her cousins in dresses her mother made.

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hen Jackie Goad was growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, she never owned any store-bought clothes. Her mother sewed all of her clothes from the time she was born up until she married at 17. “She always sewed for me and my two nieces, who were only 18 months and five years different in age from me,” Jackie said. Her mother always outfitted the three girls in new dresses for special occasions, like Easter and Christmas. “When she sewed dresses for us, she always made all three the same, but everybody had a different color,” Jackie said. “It was a big deal to go to church wearing matching dresses.” Her favorite dress that her mother made for her was for Easter Sunday in 1956. Jackie was newly married and still remembers the red dress she wore that day. It had a full skirt, capped sleeves and was made from dotted Swiss material, a sheer fabric with small fuzzy polka dots. Her mother created the same style dresses for her nieces, but with dotted Swiss fabric in blue and pink. “We three girls were together, I was in love, and it was a very happy time,” Jackie said. “It really made me feel good during a good time in my life.” Handmade traditions A love of sewing started with Jackie’s grandmother, who had been a seamstress, and

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was passed down daughter to daughter. “Her mother taught her to sew,” Jackie said of her mother. “She also worked as a milliner in 1917 and 1918 making big picture hats and putting decorations on them. She was really good at it.” Thread, needles, thimbles and her mother’s electric White brand sewing machine were always out on the kitchen table when Jackie was growing up. “I was always around sewing,” she said. “If it wasn’t something for us, then my mother was sewing something that a cousin needed. And if it wasn’t clothes, then it was quilts. She made things like curtains too, so she always had something going on.” Jackie remembers a time when her family lived in a tiny mobile home because their house had just burnt down. Working out of that mobile home, her mother sewed a heavy satin wedding dress, five or six bridesmaids’ dresses and two flower girls’ dresses for a cousin’s wedding. “It was for a Dec. 29 wedding, and we had fabrics, dresses and buttons everywhere,” she said. “In those days all of the buttons had to be covered, so we were covering little satin buttons. It was a mess, but it was fun.” Sewing skills Because her mother had sewed all of her clothes for years, Jackie had only learned sewing basics. When she was expecting her first child, though, she had to learn to sew clothes — and fast.

“I got too heavy for my clothes,” she said. Her mother had just had major surgery, so she couldn’t sew Jackie’s clothes for her. “I set up the sewing machine in her bedroom and worked on my maternity clothes there, so she could tell me how to do it,” Jackie said. “That was the first time I’d sewed very much. It was probably the first time that I actually started and finished the job, anyway.” Her sewing skills took off from there. Over the years she made curtains, quilts, aprons, placemats, costumes, bean bag toys, Christmas decorations and more. “I had sons, so I didn’t do a lot of sewing for them, but when my twin granddaughters came along, I sewed lots of dresses for them when they were little. “It makes you feel good because you’ve accomplished something,” Jackie said of sewing. “You do it and when you’re done, you’ve made something pretty. I always felt good when my granddaughters wore clothes I made, and I’m sure that’s the way my mother felt too.”

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Kirsten is one of Jackie’s twin granddaughters who wore handmade dresses. She’s bad at sewing, but better at decorating. Check out her vintage decorating ideas and DIY projects on her blog, Red Leaf Style, at redleafstyle.com.


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