Canton First Monday Market ~ Labor Day weekend

Travel Date: 8/31/2013-9/1/2013

I enjoy visiting flea markets and trade days. You'll never know what you'll find among hundreds of vendors and you might come home with some hidden gems. The Mr. and I love browsing old antique/vintage items and trying to figure out what or how they were being used. Some items are just intriguing and it's fascinating how things have changed from decade to decade.

Since we had a 3 day weekend, we decided to make a trip to Dallas on Saturday and have an early start at Canton First Monday Trade Days on Sunday.  This is one of the largest flea markets in the states with ~6000 vendors. I advise printing a map in advance as it definitely helped us during our visit.

Some quick tips for 1st time visitor.
With various vendors in the flea market, it's best to have an idea what are you hoping to find in your visit. It you're a "junkie" like myself, I suggest parking at the West Gate. This area is uncovered and has tents and tables setup by each vendor. The price is cheaper and the vendor is more likely to give you a good bargain in comparison to the vendors inside pavilions. The Civic Center is fully air-conditioned and naturally everything is priced higher. The pavilions are filled with vendors that offer southern/western arts/crafts as well as home decor. There are also some vendors who re-painted/re-furbished/re-finished furniture and home decor items. If you're a DIY person, it's great to get some inspiration from these vendors. If you're a non-DIY person, these vendors charge a fair price for their work.

Not too forget, there are a ton of food vendors as well. Shoppers won't shop hungry!

What I brought home.

Drawers: $12 for both. They're from an old rolltop desk.
Baseball: $0.50
Coffee Sack: $2 Score!
Old Camera: $10
Alphabet blocks: $0.50 each

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Old Fence Sign

I'm loving those "EAT" sign and decided to make my own. I pulled out some old fence wood from my stash (you never know when you'll need them) and made a free "EAT" sign.

Mr. adventure helped to cut the wood to the size and dimension that I want and attached a small piece of wood to hold everything together.

I created a template in the font that that like.

Then I painted the wood with white acrylic paint.

I love how it looks above my pantry.

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Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

cushycottage is back after a long hiatus! I did not stop decorating(I don't think I ever will), but I took a long break from blogging. Posting on blog is a good way to document our house's transformations and our journey converting a house to a "home". It makes more sense than digging through thousands of photos I have on my computer whenever I want to look up some photos.

Today I'm sharing our kitchen cabinet makeover, which is one of our most strenuous project to date. I was always wishing for more cabinet space until we decided to paint them. There are A LOT of doors and frames.

Before makeover (please ignore the mess and pay attention to the dated wood color cabinets)

During makeover
We went back and forth between the garage and the kitchen and put 2-3 coats on everything.

After makeover and some organization.

We painted Valspar Kitchen and Bath Primer & Paint in Summer Grey and pasted beadboard wallpaper on the sides. We decided to remove the doors on some of the cabinets to display my flea market finds. We got the knobs from Target on clearance. Scored! The knobs make a huge difference.

The new paint brightens the entire space and gives a fresh new look.It was definitely hard work, but the transformation is stunning. Power of paint! I would love to install a butcher block counter, a new sink and maybe a new stove, but let's leave that for another day :)

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