Sunday, March 22, 2015

Promo on Life Style with Denise Simons

I'm still beside myself with joy about all the opportunities that have presented themselves over the last few month. 
NoBull Vintage has been working hard to promote our cancer charity, DIY, handmade, salvage, vintage, antique, boutique, and local business market event, An Artisan Affair.
One of the wonderful opportunities we've had was to promote NoBull Vintage and An Artisan Affair on the home show, Life Style with Denise Simons. The show airs on channel 5 and 5+.
 Life Style with Denise Simons

After a quick call to our friends at Modern Masters Inc. who I met last year at the Haven Conference I was able to come up with a great "get ready for spring" How-To. Using Modern Masters Metal Effects paint, with the bronze and blue patina paints, I was able to re-create a beautiful front porch urn that is ready for spring planting! 
To begin we cleaned inside and out this worn out old urn planter.
I did a simple dawn and water cleaning with a wash cloth to prep. I thoroughly dried the urn and suited up in my safety apparel. Safety First is always a priority for NoBull Vinatge and family. I wore gloves, goggles, and a mask since I was indoors. Now, I was ready for my base coat.
The base coat of Modern Masters metal effects primer is extremely important for protecting your original surface. It is best to apply two coats of primer, allowing first coat to dry completely before applying second coat.(approx. 30 minute dry time) 
Primer can be applied to metal, wood, masonry, brick, and plaster.

I applied the primer with a paint brush using an X pattern. You can apply primer with a roller or sprayer also. Always be sure to follow the directions.
After two coats of the primer were applied and dry I was ready for the 2nd coat using the Metal Effects oxidizing bronze paint.
This oxidizing bronze can be applied in the same ways as the primer. I again went with a paint brush using an X pattern. I applied the first coat and allowed it to dry completely it took about 45 minutes. Then I went in for my second coat. 
With the second coat still wet you will apply your green or blue patina.

I chose the blue patina. The patina solution can be applied with a brush, sea sponge, or spritzer cap. I sprayed it on using the spritzer cap that was included. After spritzing I went back over with a sea sponge in the more heavily sprayed areas. I used the sponge just to add different textures to some areas.

 The above photo is during the process. You may choose to do more or less patina. The great thing about Modern Master metal effects is that each project is customizable to your preference.
Modern Masters is truly one of my favorite companies to work with. They are always helpful and their products are fun to use and always have a beautiful out come with outstanding durability. Modern masters did supply the products for this project but only because I reached out to them. It was my love of their products that led to this post. I was not paid for this post or promotion of this  product. These opinions are all mine.

If you'd like more information on Modern Masters products please comment and ask.

I will happily direct you to more videos and information about Modern Masters. 

If you'd like to try this product first hand your in luck! We are having a giveaway!!!

Winner Will Receive:
One - 4fl. oz. Primer
One - 4fl. oz. blue patina
One - 6fl. oz. oxidizing bronze
One - spritzer cap

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Oh Deer!

I'm Gold is definitely a go to color for home decor accessories this year. I've seen the gold in my magazines and in my home decor stores. I must say I'm loving it! I am not however loving the high price of these fancy shmancy elegant gold pieces. As I was browsing around the internet this is what I was considerably seeing...
Now, I'm sorry but I'm just not paying $72 for an accessory that is gonna sit on a shelf. So, began my thrift store hunt. I went to one of my favorite goodwill stores first. You will never believe what I found. 
Yes! It's true! Just sitting there staring at me with his big bugged eyes and for only $3.99!!! Be still my heart. I was so excited. My next mission was to decide how to get him to turn him into my most treasured Gold accessory. I could do the obvious and use a metallic spray paint. But, I didn't want a really high shine on this piece. I wanted him to look heavy and aged. So, then I thought, what about gold leafing him? It could work. I went to hobby lobby and went to the isle with the gold leaf supplies. After looking at it, I knew that was going to be a messy job with all the ridges my deer had. That's when I saw the liquid Gold leaf paint. This would be perfect. It was exactly what I needed and only $4.99. Off I went to begin my project. I scrubbed Mr. Buck with a nail brush and some dawn then dried him off completely. I painted my first coat of the gold leaf paint and let it dry. I put it under my work light so that I could see any spots I may have missed and applied a second coat. With all the creases and crevasse I wanted to make sure I had him covered. After allowing the second coat to dry completely I went back and touched up around the eyes and a few other spots I'd missed. For a under $10 here is how he turned out...
I personally think he looks like a million bucks! Pun definitely intended.☺☺Lol. 
The gold leaf paint I used was by Precious Metals. It was the perfect consistency. It says odorless but there is still a light odor nothing crazy but it is present. They also carry a silver and a bronze at Hobby Lobby and I can't wait to try those colors as well. These paints would be great to use on canvas or trimming out a dresser. They are very versatile. I'm totally stoked about my new deer!!
I hope you enjoyed my little project.
I'll chat with ya'll again soon,

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Flannels For everyone!

Flannels are timeless. Though they may flourish in popularity and come and go as the "it" piece of fashion they are always a must have in the closet. I was a teen in the 90's when flannel was a huge fashion statement and I for one have never been able to let it go. Now, I find it to be a more functional piece of clothing, but functional and fashionable can go hand in hand. Duluth Trading Co. has done just that. They have in my opinion created the perfect line of flannels. A fit for everyone.
Let me begin at the beginning. I met some people from Duluth at a DIY Blogger event called Haven. Some of the kindest, most informative people you'll ever meet. The were handing out their Longer LongTail T' Shirts. So, of course I snagged one with no idea that this little baby would be my new favorite piece of apparel. These shirts are amazing. They are 2" longer than ordinary T's so with all the bending, crouching, squatting, and reaching I do its nice to have a shirt that keeps me covered. If you're a mother running kids, a DIYer getting things done, a horseman, a farmer, or a fashionista, looking for quality & comfort combined with fashion friendly, this is a must have for your wardrobe. I think what I love most is the longevity of this top. In my opinion this is a season-less shirt. I've since ordered several more and not only were they great during spring, summer, and fall, they are awesome to throw under your flannel for extra warmth in the winter months. For more details, colors and prices check out Duluth Trading Co.
This however brings me back to how I found the flannels. After one of my Longer Long tail T purchases I received a catalog from Duluth while looking through it and drooling over all the awesome clothing and leather bags, I came across their flannels. So, I gave my friends at Duluth a call. I told them how much I enjoyed my other shirts and that I'd love to try the flannels. They kindly and generously offered to send myself and my husband one to try out. OMG!  We haven't taken them off! This isn't your average flannel. It's special!!! It's for the fashion conscious and the rough and tough worker. The Built in Duluthflex allows you to move freely with out constrictions. This is a big deal to me. When I'm working on my house or rounding up horses I need comfort and the ease and ability to move around. It is super light yet keeps you warm on those cold breezy days. There are so many styles to choose from it would take more than one blog post to fill you in. So you must visit Duluth Trading Co. online store and check out all the various options and choose which one is best suits you.
I wouldn't write a post on flannels if I didn't truly believe this is one of the best pieces of clothing I've ever owned. When I purchase something like this I expect it to look good after a thousand washes and hold up against extreme work conditions and this flannel has done that. I've worked my horses in it, Rehabbed my house in it (for details visit, torn down a barn in it, and then I've worn it on family outings. I believe in the quality of Duluth and I will be going back for more and you should too! Below are a few pictures of our adventures in our Duluth Trading Co. Flannels. Thank You Duluth! #I️MyDuluth

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In This House Sign

This week was my moms birthday. I had to come up with a gift. I remembered a sign she saw back in June that she told me she really liked and being the craft lover that I am I decided to make my own version. You've all seen them, they are everywhere. In This House We.... fill in 5 to however many sayings. Well mom saw one she really liked. The colors were all wrong for her decor so I decided to once again go rouge and here is what I did.

I started by trimming up a few pieces of scrap pine boards I had to my desired lengths, I sometimes use pallet or old barn wood for these types of projects but I wanted this one to be a bit cleaner and less rustic so the pine board was perfect.
I cut them to size, sanded them, and staggered them to my preference.

Then  I flipped it over and added two more slats vertically. I used my Ryobi Airstriker to nail the slats in place. I felt after this that the boards seemed a bit loose still so a good idea would be to use wood glue on the vertical slats before nailing them into place.

After the slats were all attached I painted the wood white with Annie Sloan Old White. I only used one coat because when I sanded I wanted it to be slightly distressed. I then selected the words I wanted to  and using word I printed them out in my chosen fonts on scrap book paper. I used different patterns for each one, but they were all in the same color family. I tore each one out. I tore because I wanted that tattered look you cant get with scissors.

I glued the words down with Modge Podge and the went back with a stencil and added some feathery looking stencils to the edges with some left over sample paint I had. After everything was dry and in place I lightly (very lightly) went back over the entire thing with some light brown Briwax. I used a paint brush and made sure to hit corners and edges a little extra, I loved this because it gave off an almost burnt look to the edges.

Pictured below are all the products and tools I used for this project.

I added a little wire to the back for hanging. Just a bit of wire and a staple gun and voila!

Finally for a little something extra I added a gold bow to the corner. Just took a little hot glue and voila! All finished.

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to survive 18 years of marriage, the ultimate DIY project!

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10 Year wedding Anniversary

This will not be a typical NoBull Vintage post. I would say marriage is the ultimate DIY project. So, in honor of my upcoming 18 year wedding anniversary. I would like to answer the most often asked question I get. 
"How do you do it?"
Adam and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage this weekend. It has been an absolutely incredible 18 years.

 We've celebrated the highest of highs (I believe we'd agree that the birth of three beautiful and healthy children top that list), and endured some very lows. But, no matter what we face we always face it together. Things are not always blissful or easy. I think what helps us stay strong is that we have always chosen to wait out the storms and hold on to those blissful moments during hard times. We don't make impulsive decisions about our relationship or our family. We have chosen forgiveness over harboring anger. We have chosen to wrap our arms around each other instead of pointing fingers. There have been tough times and I'm not too naive to believe there won't be any more. I also know there are a stellar amount of good moments to be had.

age 16
I appreciate that when my own children ask me who my first love was I can honestly and easily look across the room and say he's right there. We lean on our faith during times of weakness and we lean on each other. We spend more time together than apart. We still hold hands and kiss. We give compliments and say thank you. Of course, we get angry and disagree and it has taken many years to grow up enough to walk away. We've seen so many failed marriages and we do our best to listen and learn from others experiences. We try and surround ourselves with people who are supportive of our marriage. It can be very difficult when you have negative influences pulling you apart. We make an effort to do things the other enjoys, while also allowing one another to have personal time. Parenting can also put a lot of pressure on a marriage. We try to discuss everything between the two of us before talking with the children so that we are on the same page. We are very supportive of each other and we have worked very hard to be where we are today. We are both very proud of all we've been through and how we've managed to make it this far. Who knew 18 years later we'd be happier as a couple than we've ever been. So, I suppose my simple answer to the question "how do you do it?" would be Endurance, Forgiveness, Love,  & Affection. Still with all that said there is no magic answer. We feel so blessed to have made it this far and can only pray that our marriage is strong enough to stand the test of time. We are grateful to all who have stood beside us and supported us through the years. Happy anniversary to us and cheers to many more!!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Fall Barn Sale/ Market Season

Well friends the fall barn sale/market season is fast approaching. So if your looking for unique, one of a kind, artisan gifts, jewelry, art, clothing or home decor, it is time! There are so many of these sales out there now. I wanted to give a personal testament to a few of my favorites. The most logical way to begin seems to be by date.

The first on my faves list is The Strawberry Patch which will be held on September 4-6. The Strawberry Patch or "TSP" as it's come to be called takes place on the beautiful 200 acre Starlite farm in Hartsville, TN. It is said to be the first of it's kind in the world of barn sales. While I can't be absolutely certain of that, I can tell you it is definitely one of the most unique and beautiful. Though I have never been a vendor myself, I have been a shopper on several occasions and the vendors are always top notch. Hand selected by the host Christie Jo, these talented artisans are always a pleasure to see. The setting is as amazing as the goods. So this is one shopping trip you should gather up some friends and head out to experience.

The second on my list of faves is oh so near and dear to my heart♥. Sweet Tea & Shopping will be having their Fall Frenzy September 19th & 20th. This over the top barn sale and market place is where NoBull Vintage started as a "barn sale" vendor. I was blessed beyond words with this event. Sweet Tea & Shopping is always so much more than shopping, it is a family friendly event. It is by far my favorite location of all the sales I've ever shopped or participated in. It is all held at Bottom View farm in Portland, TN. Bottom View farm has a wide range of family activities from ziplines, to a petting zoo of farm animals, fishing, pedal tractors and playgrounds. When you participate in this sale you feel like you're part of a family and there are no better parents than Julia & Micheal. The phenomenal duo are hosts of this massive affair. They do a stellar job putting on this event in what I consider "the little town" on Bottom View Farm. There is always entertainment, food galore, and vendors that are always bringing the latest and greatest in unique high quality, hand made, re-purposed, artisan items. You'll find a massive selection of soaps, clothing, snacks, furniture, home decor, art, and so much more. My entire family LOVES this event and I guarantee you won't leave wanting.

The third on my list is The Hayloft at Port Royal bringing you their fall sale October 2nd - 4th. This sale is always a shoppers paradise. This is not just a great sale for shoppers but for vendors as well. I've actually had people say to me "wow your're doing the Hayloft?" "You're in the big leagues now!" That's a huge compliment to Mrs. Shirley the fabulous, kind, & gracious, host of this spectacular sale. This barn sale is located in Shirley's very own barn in Clarkville, TN and yes some of the vendors are actually located up in the hayloft. This barn is two levels of beautifully stocked and decorated booths. The choice of vendors is always an eclectic & gifted mix of artists and crafters with high quality items to offer. Now, don't eat before you come either. Just come grab a seat at the picnic table and enjoy some good eats while taking in a little musical entertainment. This event is always stocked with talent, food and music. It is a must do this fall! So, load up the car with friends but save some room because you most definitely won't come home empty handed from The Hayloft at Port Royal.

Last on my list but most certainly not least is Sweet Ila Mae's. This sale overlaps with Haylofts weekend but goes on through Sunday so it's October 3rd - 5th. What a great excuse to make this a shopping weekend in October! I love it. This sale was a diamond in the rough for me. It is in Quebeck, TN. Well, if you ain't from there you certainly won't know where it is. When we first arrived I thought "oh me, oh my, what have I gotten in to". Well, I'll tell ya what, pure awesomeness, that's what. Rolling hills of country side, the most tantalizing southern fare, and unique, hand crafted, one of a kind items galore. Sweet Ila Mae's is hosted by two of the sweetest gals you'll ever meet. Rachel & Megan who happen to be sisters to boot. These ladies are the epitome of down home southern hospitality. This barn sale may be a day trip for you as it was for me but I highly recommend you make the trip. I'd even hitch up those trailers because even if you're a window shopper you're sure to find more than one thing you can't live without at Sweet Ila Mae's Barn Sale.

So, even though there are many more excellent sales for you to add to your list these are simply some of my favorites! Sometime the draw for me is the food, sometime the entertainment, sometimes it's location, but It's always the friends I make when visiting any one of these events. If you want more information on other sales in and around Tennessee please feel free to message me of follow me on facebook and We are always posting about local events in the area. Including our very own An Artisan Affair held in June in Murfreesboro, TN. Mark your calendars for these events and don't forget to tell 'em NoBull Vintage sent cha!

Happy shopping ya'll

Friday, August 15, 2014


Have you ever heard of EnduroShield?
If you haven't you should. 
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and read about how this product changed my view of stainless steel and more!