Snag » Fail All Found. All Vintage. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What are you reading? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:09:47 +0000 Hey, remember when you thought you could take a wall of wallpaper off in an evening? Eventually your hands were burned with steaming water and caked with glue, you were sitting on the floor completely defeated and your progress was this? Just a kind of a cool mish-mash of texture.


Instead of having something amazing and wild to post about with beautiful pictures, I wanted to find out what our readers are reading. Ever since Young House Love has called it quits, I’ve been wanting to find a new blog that shows house projects with progress. So on the days I want to rip out drywall just so I don’t have to peel wallpaper I can read their blog and feel like I did something, you know?

Here’s what blogs I’m currently reading:

Yellow Brick Home

Emily Henderson

Retro Renovation

Vintage Revivals

What are some of your favorites? Are you hanging out on Facebook forums? Chilling at thrift stores? And don’t worry: I’m going to show that wall who’s boss this weekend.

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A Comment Snafu Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:24:36 +0000 Awhile back, we were getting tons of spam despite having a few spam filters set up in WordPress. So I, in my newborn foggy state, changed one of our comment settings to require logging in with a username and password when I adjusted a few other settings. Whoops! Thanks to a Snag commenter, we’ve been alerted to this problem and have fixed the issue.

Bad news is we’ve missed out on some comments and have made you, the reader experience some difficulty communicating.

Good news is you can now comment freely! We’ve missed hearing from you all and are halfway glad there is a reason for the radio silence.

Speaking of radio, here’s a quick picture of a recent find of mine.

Ham Microphone

This is a ham radio desk microphone made by Astatic. It’s pretty sweet, heavy and shiny, but is unfortunately missing a few screws and a base to cover the wires and is fairly filthy. At only $2 I think I’ll be able to figure something out to make it worth my time since a quick eBay search shows these selling for around $25. It was found at a church sale and was the only thing I walked away with, I couldn’t leave it there knowing that it might not be restored.

Again, sorry for the inconvenience and we look forward to hearing from you once again. Let the comments begin!

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Before and After: Formica Tabletop Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:39:17 +0000 Today my son started preschool in the afternoon and I was going through slight mommy withdrawal. To keep myself busy, I went to work on my new formica tabletop and tried to get that blasted stain out of it. To be honest, I didn’t have a whole lot of hope when I saw it at first but thought it was faint and no big deal. When I got it home it was not so faint. When I researched stain removal online I had a little more hope. And after working on it for an hour…well, you’ll see.

BeforeHere is the before in proper lighting, not a dimly lit back room. It’s not too awful, but I’m thinking it will probably bug me. Can I go back to the 1950s and wipe this stain up right away? And I digress. Here’s the after:

AfterSeriously. Two different shots. Here are the methods I tried to use and failed with. Several people mentioned the wonders of a baking soda and white vinegar mixture left to sit for twenty or so minutes. Tried that. Twice. No difference. Others mentioned mineral oil/cooking oil/olive oil, but this mainly cleans light surface stains and my engrained stain laughed in that option’s face. Then I attacked it with a Magic Eraser, something I was pretty sure would work. False. I have one more option to try but that involves picking myself up and going to a store to buy a product called Countertop Magic. From the reviews it again looks more like a light cleaning product. Some people said bleach but I’ve had bad luck with it and am too chicken to try it.

What do you all think? Any recommendations? Now I’m going to look for some matching chairs. Or wildly contrasting chairs. Or a new table altogether. I’m feeling a little defeated.

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How-To: Clean a Painting with…Bread? Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:01:00 +0000 A long time ago I read a post on one of my favorite blogs about cleaning vintage paintings with bread. You can read all about their success story here. So when I found these paint by numbers for my lovely friend, I thought it was time to break out the bread.

Full set of paint by numbersYou can see in this closeup picture there is a bit of a funk going on.

Paint by numbers beforeI thought this was some sort of nicotine staining when I first saw it. So I went ahead with my bread and followed the tutorial I had read about.

Bread cleaning time

Now you know just a bit more about me. We make our own bread. And clearly don’t eat the heels. They’re gross.

Bread cleanerSo after scrubbing around on the painting for awhile, my bread was definitely discolored. But not with the yellowish brown stains of nicotine I anticipated. This is just general dust. The entire painting just had some aged yellowing varnish or paint!

Paint by numbers after

Here’s the after shot for you. Not a difference. While not all of our stories are success stories, I thought I’d share this one because I had such high hopes for a dramatic transformation. After the bread failure, I did try a bit of dish soap with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. No dice. Then I tried just a touch of Windex. Fail. The next time I find an entirely filthy painting I’ll try the bread trick again and see if I can have more success. Until then, it’s off to feed the birds.

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Private Stash: Party Dress Mon, 01 Apr 2013 03:27:41 +0000 Just because there weren’t any tag sales this weekend didn’t mean Tammy and I couldn’t hit some local thrift stores. When we looked at the rack of vintage dresses this one literally popped out at us.


It’s a handmade dress. The fine details of this fabric are stunning, and I love the combination of colors.


It’s going in my closet right next to my other vintage beauties. Maybe I’ll find a special party I can wear it to and be “that lady.”

Happy April Fools!

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Saturday Night Fiasco Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:00:11 +0000 We get real wild on Saturday nights. I spent much of the evening trying to find a box to house my giant ceramic Christmas tree I posted about here. Then, I thought I’d tackle what seemed to be a simple project: clean the pole lamp we inherited from my husband’s grandma.

Lamp Overall Shot

“What’s up. I lived in your grandma’s living room for the past sixty years. Can I chill at your place?”

What began an easy project became a series of unfortunate events. Don’t get me wrong though: Grandma we love you and I love(d) the lamp.

It had been sitting in our garage for a time, waiting for the perfect time to be moved it in and put up. I started cleaning the shades with a wet paper towel and removed them from the socket. Then I saw this.

Pole Lamp: Shade Burn

“So I tried to burn the house down. No big deal, I didn’t succeed.”

At some point the wiring had caught on fire and literally charred the shade. Yikes. Better soak them in water. I put them in the sink with a bit of dish soap and went back to the lamp. Next I thought I’d tackle cleaning the pole. I was so motivated and still in a rather cheerful mood.

Pole Lamp Finish

“Yeah…I might be in terrible condition.”

Flecks of finish came off all parts of the pole. At this point I was getting really discouraged and called my ever-so-cheerful husband in for backup. I wanted to tighten the mechanism that hold the shades because they had become floppy and kept banging into the pole. He obliged while I went back to the sink to clean the shades.

Pole Lamp: Shade Disintegration

“It’s just a little glaze! I could easily be fixed! I just need six hours of your time and some cash.”

I pulled my favorite shade out, the pink one, the one I was planning on basing the whole guest room paint color on, and got to work gently cleaning with a cloth. The pink finish came off onto the cloth and left clear glass.

I came back to my husband who had completely taken out the wiring of the lamp and took stock in the lamp. We decided to put everything back together and just hang it up in the guest room while I decided if I would refinish this piece or throw it in the trash.

So I took it upstairs and went to set it up. It was too tall. Curses. Literally curses flying out of my mouth (sorry Grandma, it’s not you. It’s your lamp). I almost threw it down the stairs as I trudged to our first and taller floor. I tried to put it in the dining room. Too. Tall.

Now the lamp and I are at an impasse. In order for it to continue on its pitiful life, I would have to do several things.

1. Rewire the lamp.
2. Sand and repaint the pole.
3. Remove all the finish and repaint the shades.
4. Apologize to Grandma if she is reading this post.
5. Make our ceilings 6″ taller.

The other members of the Snag crew are in agreement: throw it in the trash. My husband probably already thinks it is there. But I think I might be able to help it overcome all of its flaws.

Thoughts on what you think should happen? Did I waste my entire Saturday night trying to rescue it? I’m thinking maybe so. But that’s ok, we had our Snag Christmas party on Sunday so the whole weekend wasn’t lost!

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