Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Upcycled Inspiration: Picker Sisters

I know...I'm a little bit behind with this show. Please don't judge if you have already seen it and it's old news. I finally caught an episode and I think the season might actually be over! Oh no! At least they are still playing re-runs...
The show is on Lifetime, Tuesdays at 9pm central. Reruns are Thursdays.

Their exchange of witty banter back and forth about do's and don'ts of life on the road got me chuckling in the beginning and I knew I'd like watching these ladies.

They spent the show searching through warehouses, flea markets, and backyards to find scraps of metal, scaffolding, garments carts from old factories, kevels, and much more! They look at "junk" and see treasure! I love it! I'm addicted to this show. I think it will really inspire me to find new ways to re-purpose things.

Picker Sisters Love to Repurpose Old Things

It's too hard to explain how neat this show is. You need to watch it and see for yourself!

Tips and Tricks for Pickin'
Here is a list of guidelines to keep in mind when taking on your own refurb projects. Be smart, be brave, be fabulous, and you too can be the designer of gorgeous furniture pieces that are as unique as you are.
1. Inspiration Everywhere — We draw inspiration and ideas from everything around us all the time. The most original ideas can come from the most unlikely places. So keep your eyes open and your creative goggles on, and draw inspiration from the great big world around you.
2. Think Outside the Acrylic Box — A good place to start is to consider whether the size/shape/color of a found object resembles a design element. If an item has a silhouette similar to a lampshade or is the perfect width for a side table, it will be less of a stretch and probably easier to execute. In time, you’ll get more adventurous and will, no doubt, get more daring with your design plans. And, in turn, you’ll start to get funny looks from people, like we do, when you see a piece of rusty farm equipment and involuntarily point and blurt out, “Lighting fixture!”
3. You Can’t Fake Patina — As you’ve probably already gathered, we get giddy over aged items that wear their history on their ragged sleeve. To us, rust rules, and we find the authenticity of well-worn pieces infinitely more interesting than their shiny, factory-made counterparts.  We love the idea of embracing the imperfections of items you love, giving them a new use and adding new pages to the stories of their already rich lives.
4. Embrace the Eclectic — It’s natural to gravitate toward certain design styles, eras and colors. But don’t feel that you need to pick a theme and stick to it. Actually, we tend to adore the opposite. Mixing old with new, modern with antique, or rustic with mid-century can bring a freshness to your style and breathe new life into your space.
5. Size Matters —  Measure the spaces in your house so you know the dimensions of the areas you’re trying to fill. Revere your tape measure like a precious limb. Keep it at the ready so you can make wise choices about the logistics of your purchases.
6. Practically Practical — Make mental note of who will be using the pieces and how often, and design your projects using materials that will suit your lifestyle.
7. Raw-Material Roundup — When we’re on the road, we tend to fall madly in love with big statement pieces. However, equally important are the smaller, supplemental purchases. We always keep an eye out for unique materials that can serve as legs, bases and the connective tissue for our projects.
8. Beware of Budget — Even when an item seems affordable, it’s important to remember that it’s still in its raw state. Think about what needs to be done to this item to realize your vision.
9. Know Your Limits —  If the piece you’re eyeing is an easy fix that you can handle in an afternoon, by all means snap it up. But if you know it’s just going to sit in your garage since it’s a colossal undertaking, it’s probably better to save yourself the money and the aggravation and put your efforts into a project that’s easier to conquer.
10. The Only Opinion That Counts Is Yours —  Your taste is the most important; don’t worry about trends or what your friends’ houses look like — unless you want to. It’s all up to you. Design, like art, is subjective, so there are no right or wrong answers.

If you're crafty, if you love flea markets, if rusty antiques tickle your fancy, watch this show. Your creative juices will be flowing and you'll itch to run straight out to the nearest flea market! The only critique I have is I wish you saw more of them turning these pieces into the finished product. There were bits & pieces but not enough.

As it happens I had my own visit to a flea market yesterday. We got there late so a lot of the good stuff was probably gone, plus a lot of it can be over priced...

However I found one piece I'm really proud of!
Vintage washboard with the great printed words & rusted metal

I think it's going to look great in my house! :)


Shannon said...

Thanks for figuring out how I can comment, you will probably regret it! I really like your wash board, are there any good flea markets closer?

Janell said...

I hadn't even heard of the Picker Sisters before but I am definately DVR-ing it now :) Thanks for the heads up! Love flea markets, as you saw in my latest post.. Unfortunately I don't know of any good one in the St. Louis area but if you are looking for a roadtrip there is a great one every 3rd Sunday of the month in central IL (Bloomington, IL) that is awesome and not too pricey. It runs May-October every year. It might be kind of a hike for you, but its oh so worth it.

Elle Meyers said...

I miss our flea market soooo bad! This post came at a great time because I am going garage sale shopping this weekend!! I will keep my eyes opened!

cryskay said...

i've heard so many good things about this show. need to start watching it asap! xx

Mimi said...

that's so cool! i think it's gonna look great too! :D

<3, Mimi
Stages of Beauty Giveaway :)

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Jennifer,
I so love the picker sisters and I have watched and I re-watch on the demand channel of Life time.
I am truly in love with there wise cracking comments and funny-ness!!!

I think of myself as a picker sister who loves the pick and creates some pretty interesting pieces for the great junk.

Thank you for finding me so I could find you, I am so going to enjoy getting to know you so much better :)

Keep inspiring us, have a great rest of the week. Now I am off to check out some of your older posting!


sherri lynn said...

I love your vintage washboard!! We just moved so I haven't gone to the flea market here yet, but I need to remember your tips so I can find some great stuff!

Sara Szatmary said...

Thanks for the recommendation!

JRuud said...

Haven't heard of them! But from this post they sound amazing.

Loving the blog hun!




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