Meet the newest member of Something Vintage

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I love unique pieces–that’s partially why I I have a vintage obsession. Shocking admission, isn’t it?! So when it came time for Something Vintage to stop renting so many vans and trunks and buy a big girl vehicle, I cringed (literally) at the thought of having to drive around a cargo van. How could I willingly cough up thousands of dollars for a van I don’t even want to drive around? So I set out to find a van worthy of our awesome inventory.

I considered all sorts of vans, but when I laid my eyes on a Craigslist post in North Carolina for a 1967 Ford Econoline with only 72,000 original miles on it—and the most important part of all–it was aqua, immediately pounced! Now, I’ve gotta learn how to drive a three speed on the column or as many affectionately call it, a “three on the tree”…and manual brakes and steering. Eeek!

So I’m pleased to introduce everyone to Betty, the Something Vintage Van and the sweetest vintage cargo van I’ve seen in DC. Did I mention she is the ever-timeless aqua?!

Stay tuned for Betty’s appearance in wedding photos and many a photoshoot:)

Hallelujah! We have church pews for rent

I’m thrilled to announce we now have 27 church pews for rent as part of our inventory! I’ve been searching EVERYWHERE for the perfect pews–not too 70s, not too narrow, no hideous mauve padding–and I finally found them.   They are from the early 1900s and we just hauled them back to our warehouse.

We have two styles, the ones with the crest that are 15 feet long and the white pews with more rectangular ends that are 11 feet long.  Here are some initial photos I took while we were unloading.

Contact us today to reserve them for your event!

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Our vintage pews coming home to DC!

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Our vintage 15 foot pews

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Our 11 foot white church pews.

Debuting our French crossback chair rentals!

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We are so excited to unveil our French crossback chairs for rent!  These oak crossback chairs are oh so beautiful–I’m even going to steal one to place at my dining table.  They can be found at high end furniture stores around Washington D.C. and now, we are offering them as rentals for your special event or wedding.  Each French crossback chair has a woven rattan seat and we are hoping to get cushions to offer as an option as well.  I hope you are crushing on these French beauties as much as we are!

Price: $10.50 each

Also coming soon for this wedding season– French farm tables (with a gorgeous raw finish), whitewashed Chiavari chairs, and white and natural church pews.

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Close up of our French crossback chairs

Something Vintage Rentals’ new studio under construction!

About a month ago, my studio and I moved into a 1926 rowhouse in the H St corridor in NE DC. This rowhouse has so much character– it has all the original oak floors, woodwork, doors, bathtub, subway tile, metal kitchen cabinets, and a beautiful porcelain farmhouse sink. That said, it needs a lot of work to make it into a lovely home and studio.

I’ll post updates on the latest projects I’m tackling here(and my insanity for taking them on!). I’m hoping it will show case my penchant for taking something old and ordinary and transforming it into something to treasure.

Project 1: Goodbye Knotty Pine

Here is one of the first projects I took on–ripping up ratty old carpeting and taking down the wood paneling from the stairs. Underneath I discovered glowing green plaster and beautiful oak stairs (score!). It really lightened it up but the green had to go.

So rather than painting, I decided to go for it and just expose the brick. I have done this before so I knew what a mess and large job this would be. Luckily, I had the help of my crew members from Something Vintage. After 3 days, 71 contractor’s garbage bags full of plaster, and soooo much plaster dust (like .25 inches on everything in my house), we exposed some pretty awesome brick! I definitely need a manicure after all of that–my hands are a disaster!!

Here are the stairs before I got my hands on them. Pine paneling floor to ceiling and some well-worn carpeting.

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After I ripped the paneling down, with the help of my assistant Hanna, we found these glowing green walls….not exactly a “homey” feeling

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So I decided to take matters into my own hands and start taking off the plaster. Oh that brown stuff on the walls is the glue from the paneling. Very appealing, yes.

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So after tons and tons of work and plaster dust, all of the plaster was finally off.  The next tedious step was cleaning each individual brick.  I debated whether I should leave it that white color with the plaster, but by the time I sucked all the dust off, it was very pretty anymore.  So I got to work….and got to buy a fun angle grinder for this with a wire wheel attachment!

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Hello, pretty angle grinder!

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You can see what it looks like before I cleaned it (top) and after (below).

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So, after all the plaster was removed and clean, I got a pretty awesome exposed brick wall on my staircase.  I think there is too much brown so I’m going to paint the stair risers…maybe white (or aqua!)  To be continued…

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Blushes, Grey & Metallics

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We absolutely love these fabulous trending colors! They create a wonderfully dreamy space. The pastel peaches and neutrals scream fresh.  While the strong greys and shiny metallics make the blushes really pop. Want this look for your wedding or event!? Check out our Zinc Table, Beige Sofa, Gold Chalkboard & Gilded Mirror!

We are especially inspired by these beautiful examples…

 

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Kinfolk Workshop

In December, Sweet Root Village asked us to help out with a wonderful event, at The Loft at 600 F in DC. We donated our benches and bentwood chairs for the Kinfolk workshop led by Rebecca Gallop, from The Daily Something. The day was packed from a fabulous family styled lunch, a wreath making tutorial and a special dyi print transfer. It was incredibly fun and we feel honored to be invited. Check out these gorgeous photos by Sweet Root Village and the amazing list of partners:

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Our bentwood chairs looked elegant in this beautiful space supplies

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Lauren (Sweet Root Village) gives us the do’s and don’t wreath-detail

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These iron shears were perfect for clipping the greenery my-mama

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After learning so much, I was pretty proud how my garland turned out plant-printing

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Happy to spend the day with our good friend and planner Veronica Rodgers

Sweet Root Village (co-hosts, taught a portion of the workshop, took the photos)

Tonic Site Shop  (designed the field guide takeaway)

Gordy’s Pickle Jar  (provided pickles to eat at lunchtime)

The Loft at 600 F (gorgeous venue)

Upcircle Studio (designed and then made fabric bags for everyone to take home)

Need Supply Co (they sent us copies of their journal for everyone to take home)

Bomisch (donated forged iron shears)

Baum-Kuchen (donated a lovely denim apron)

Erik Landstrom (drew the sketches for the field guide)

Talleys Alley (donated hand-dipped taper candles for each guest to take home)

Don Macanlalay (captured the entire workshop on video)

Wollam Gardens (donated piles and piles and piles of fresh greens)

Written by Hanna Miller

Vintage Style: Fur muffs for winter weddings

Yes, we are in the peak of winter wedding season, so it’s a perfect time to talk about an accessory we don’t see much of around here–fur muffs!   They are a unique accessory for bridal portraits—especially in the snow!  Picture a tan or brown one against the white dress and snow or a merlot velvet sofa.  Picture perfect, I say!   So does this awesome article from The Huffington Post on the 10 Vintage Styles That Really Need To Come Back.  

 

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Holiday Packages

If you are anything like me, I fret about having the perfect place settings for the holidays.  If you are looking to set the perfect table, check out our china, flatware, farm tables, and chair rentals for the holidays. We have beautiful mismatched china, stunning gold and silver flatware, and rustic, reclaimed barnwood farm tables that are perfect for Thanksgiving and for the holidays.

Choose from the following packages. Mismatched dining chairs can be added to any package for $10.00 a piece. Please note delivery is not include. Please email for details on pricing for delivery.

Package 1A:

1 reclaimed barn wood farm table
10 mismatched dinner, salad and bread & butter plates
10 sets of flatware including dinner fork, salad fork, spoon and knife
Price: $390.00

Package 2A:

2 reclaimed barn wood farm table
20 mismatched dinner, salad and bread & butter plates
20 sets of flatware including dinner fork, salad fork, spoon and knife
Price: $780.00

Package 3A:

3 reclaimed barn wood farm table
30 mismatched dinner, salad and bread & butter plates
30 sets of flatware including dinner fork, salad fork, spoon and knife
Price: $900.00

Package 1B:

10 mismatched dinner, salad and bread & butter plates
10 sets of flatware including dinner fork, salad fork, spoon and knife
Price: $190.00

Package 2B:

20 mismatched dinner, salad and bread & butter plates
20 sets of flatware including dinner fork, salad fork, spoon and knife
Price: $380.00

Package 3B:

30 mismatched dinner, salad and bread & butter plates
30 sets of flatware including dinner fork, salad fork, spoon and knife
Price: $570.00

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Email us any questions at info@somethingvintagerentals.com

**Delivery is only available in a 2.5 hours radius from DC

Book today!