Monday, July 14, 2014

Painted Church Pew

I hope you're not tired of hearing me talk about the 12th and White Sale yet...because there's much more to come! : ) My talented friend Joey will be doing most of the furniture for the sale (and she has some amazing pieces up her sleeve!) but I will contribute a few furniture items as well. I'm especially excited about this great antique church pew I found and painted!

It's about 7.5 feet long (bigger than my own white church pew) and super sturdy. Right now it's just hanging out in my living room waiting for the sale. Actually I think it will come in handy as extra seating at a shower I'm hosting soon, but it definitely takes up quite a bit of space in our fully-furnished living room.

It's painted in Benjamin Moore's Coventry gray, and I think it's just so pretty and classic. I know chalk/milk paint is all the rage but I do love Benjamin Moore paints for all sorts of projects.

Don't you just love the little bulls eye medallions and curved arms?

When I bought it it was a glossy bright red/orange/coral color. Actually pretty fun if you're a person who likes color, but I knew it wouldn't fit in with the aesthetic of my sale : ) I sanded it down (which got red dust everywhere), primed it and gave it two coats of Coventry Gray. It will also be sealed with furniture wax for durability.

The price is $195 and I think it would make a darling addition to an entry, hallway, or as seating at a large farmhouse table. 

I'm hoping it will go to a good home September 6, but until then I certainly don't mind enjoying it a bit!

Would you put a pretty gray church pew in your house? Where?


Friday, July 11, 2014

You Can Be a 12th & White Sponsor

Friends! With the growth of this little blog comes new opportunities. And that includes you and your creative business, blog or shop! I am now accepting sponsors at an introductory rate of just $25/month!

Since I'm a small business owner, I love connecting with other creative businesses and helping them succeed. This blogging community (specifically the home decor niche) is such an incredible thing to be a part of. I would love to partner with any of you who blog, have an etsy shop or business, or just want to connect others to your corner of the world.

 What kind of exposure would you get through advertising at 12th & White? This blog is more than four years old with hundreds of regular readers, 15,000 page views/month, more than 1,000 Facebook fans, and 8,000 Pinterest followers. My work has been featured in Inspiration Vintage Magazine, on and on several other blogs. And you would be supporting this creative business while you're at it. I've always wanted to see if this blogging/decorating/antiquing thing could turn into a full-time adventure, and this is another step in making that dream a reality.

Sponsor ads will appear in the sidebar of the blog beginning August 1. You will also receive a feature in a post at the start of your sponsorship.

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, I'd love to hear from you! Just email me at courtneymbrowning (at) gmail (dot) com.

Here's to dreamers, creators and entrepreneurs!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Few New Finds {12th & White Sale}

Last weekend I scored a few fun goodies for the upcoming 12th & White sale. All whites and grays...back to my roots : )


I think this little tea tin is so charming! For now it looks pretty gracing my kitchen counter. The marble cutting board in the back is also something I picked up for the sale - love those!

I LOVE these old balusters! Their chippy white and gray paint is perfect and I love their classic shape! I'm considering making one or two of them into lamps for the sale.

 Will this industrial zinc clock stay with me or go to the sale?? We shall see! For now it lives in our hearth room, rounding out the corner by the bar (and hopefully distracting from the lovely TV!)

I loved the scalloped detail on this lampshade. I'm debating between leaving it as is or stripping it and using it as a hanging skeleton shade (there are a few stains on it, but nothing too terrible, so I'm torn). Which one would you rather purchase? : )

I found a few other smalls too, like this interesting old wire muzzle, a bottle with typography, and a little wall hanging.

What will you be searching for on September 6? We'll have this and (hopefully) lots more for sale! Actually I'm a little panicked I won't have enough...better do some more shopping!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Vacation Memories Picture Frame {Simple Craft}

Thank you so much for all of your kind responses to the 12th & White announcement! I am so excited to see everything unfold! You guys are the best!

Since we recently got back from our fourth "big trip" as a married couple, I wanted to do something to have a reminder of all our travels. We try to escape once a year during the summer on a special getaway, and it's becoming one of our favorite traditions. I decided to create a photo timeline of our trips with labels of each destination and year.

I found this multi-photo frame at Home Goods and knew it would be perfect to chronicle our yearly adventures. I had also considered doing individual frames with the same idea, but I liked that you can see the timeline in this one frame.

If you would like to do a similar project, you will need a frame(s) with mat, craft bracket labels, white paper and pen (or printer) and a hot glue gun.

For the little label holders, I used these found at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section.

I hand wrote each of our destinations on a piece of paper, but will probably print out labels in the future (our printer isn't working right now). Next I hot glued the brackets to the mat under each photo slot with just a little glue to hold them in place. Then I slipped the labels in each one and I was done!

 So simple but now it's such a special treat each time I walk by. You could do the same thing with anniversaries, children's pictures, or just favorite moments you want to display.

There is still one more slot we could fill for next year, so we'll have to start planning our next vacation!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Introducing 12th & White

Friends! It's a big day here! Today marks the day of a fresh start for this little blog and my business. Today we are beginning the transition from the names Honeycomb Creative Co. and A Prairie Market to the blog, etsy shop and antiques business all being under the umbrella of our new name...12th & White!

This has been something that's been in the works for over a year, first in my mind and then working with an incredible designer and friend, Stephen Floyd, to make it come to life. I chose my blog name long ago, not really sure where things were headed. It has served me well for more than four years, but it's time to make a step in branding my creative business with purpose.

Over the next few weeks you will see things transition here on the blog as the site gets a facelift and new URL. We'll also be working to update all the social media outlets, so keep in mind when you see 12th & White over on Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy, it's still me just flying under a new flag.

I had toyed with names for some time, and this one came to me as Matt and I were about to fall asleep one night. The second I said it aloud we both knew it was perfect to carry forward my business in the coming years. The number 12 is meaningful to me personally, and you all know white is my signature color, so the name fits like a glove and sounds a bit more grown up.

Vintage Sale Coming September 6!

Along with the re-name, I can finally announce a few more details on the upcoming sale I mentioned back here. The annual 12th & White Vintage Sale will be held Saturday, September 6, in the 13th & Woodlawn area of Wichita, KS (specific location will be released closer to the sale). We'll be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One of my good friends and very talented furniture painter Joey will be partnering with me for the sale, so you can expect lots of hand-painted antique furniture, vintage finds of every variety, antiques, new home decor and lots of shopping fun! I'll have my favorite pieces including architectural salvage, ironstone, old scales, wire baskets, typography and signage, storage pieces, and lots and lots of eye candy!

So please save the date! We would love to see you on September 6! You can follow progress of the sale and get a peek at available goods by following #12thandwhitesale on Instagram and Facebook.

Here's to fresh starts and new names!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Instagram Favorites

Friends! We are back from the most magical vacation at Disney World and Cocoa Beach! We celebrated our third anniversary by simply having a blast together. It truly was an amazing trip I'll never forget. I shared quite a few glimpses over on Instagram, so check there if you'd like to see some of our adventures.

Speaking of Instagram, my love affair with that little app continues! It's my preferred form of social media and a great way to get a daily dose of pretty. I follow quite a few people, and several are particular favorites, which I thought I'd share with you today in case you want to follow along too!


First up, Jillian Harris - former bachelorette and genius interior designer. Her posts are always pretty and following her day-to-day is so much fun. It seems like she has the most glamorous, joyful and adventurous life - I love taking a peek!

Vintage Whites is a feed I just discovered with all sorts of antique goodness and teasers of their vintage sales. What could be better?!

Heather Bullard has long been one of my design heroes. Her blog is perfection, and she's a seasoned stylist for Country Living among many other publications. I also adore her Souvenir Magazine. I love getting a glimpse at her daily life and gorgeous photography on IG!


I'm sure most of you follow Maria from Dreamy Whites on Instagram but I just had to share because every post is so beautiful! She is renovating an old home right now and the work they are doing is just incredible! Just take a look at her not-even-finished-yet laundry room...swoon!

Old Glory Antiques is a shop I love to follow online and would love to visit someday. Their snaps of gorgeous antiques are perfection!

Thorn and Sparrow is a newly discovered feed with the most amazing photography! I can't wait to see more!

It's no surprise one of my favorite bloggers is also one of my favorites on IG! Melaine from My Sweet Savannah always amazes me with all her creativity and the number of projects she does (she blogs every. single. day. Go girl!) Love seeing behind the scenes of her hard work and beautiful home!

Rifle Paper Co. is one of my absolute favorite companies/product lines. Basically if they make it, I own it - from phone cases to notepads to calendars. Anna Rifle Bond's IG feed is such a beautiful look at her unique artwork and behind-the-scenes peeks at her creative business. And I think I need some of those gorgeous temporary tattoos stat! 

And here are a few of my own recent snaps from life. Just a few scenes from summer. I primarily use an app called PicFX to edit all my photos, but let me know if you've found another good one!

Are you on Instagram? I always love seeing the creativity and great photography so I'd love to follow along!

{live beautifully}

Thursday, June 5, 2014


This past weekend Matt was working in Kansas City, which meant I was along for the ride...and that I had four whole days of shopping in KC! That's a dangerous notion, and I had a very strict budget, but it sure was fun! I went to several vintage boutiques (including this amazing one I stumbled upon), two giant antique malls, made 6 trips to Home Goods, got to visit one of my very favorite places - Nell Hill's, and had a grand time with Meg shopping and restyling her living room.

I picked up a few things for our home and a few things for the sale (if I can let them go, that is). I had had a few specific accessories in my mind for a while, so I tried to find several of those. They're what I like to think of as the "layers" of a house. The cherry on top of a beautifully appointed room. Here is what I found.

I was really hoping to find a large antique dough bowl for our dining room table. I actually found the perfect one but at $175 I just couldn't do it. They do go for that price but I'm always looking for a bargain. 

Then when Meg and I were in Nell Hill's KC location, I spotted these beautiful baguette boards. They are similar to the shape and texture of a dough bowl but longer and shallower to accommodate a French baguette. At $18 it was a great compromise and such a fun find!

I added it to our very long expanse of counter below the bar, which actually works perfectly as it visually breaks up the counter top but doesn't use much space or get in the way of cooking. I also found these fun green apples at Home Goods (actually they were on the list of accessories I was looking for) and they make the perfect addition to the baguette board.

I also added more apples to this antique compote found at Mission Road Antique Mall. I bought it for the sale, but after seeing it paired with the apples and living happily on the coffee table, I may have a hard time parting with it!

I've had my eye on these darling little tulips from my favorite local boutique for a while. They were having their yearly tag sale, so I scooped them up just before we headed out of town.

I had also been looking for some large faux tulips to use as a centerpiece in the spring. Nell Hill's of course had gorgeous stems, and I nabbed nine of them at just $3.25 a piece. 

These gray wash wicker chargers have been on the list for a while, and was hoping Nell Hill's would still have them. They're great to leave on our dining table day to day to add some dimension and interest to the tabletop.

Another item I picked up for the sale was this beautiful antique silver tray.

It makes a pretty perch on the side table for now though : )

I also grabbed this pretty wicker tray at Restoration Emporium because, well, I'm a sucker for both trays and wicker. It creates the perfect little "coffee station" on our counter.

I think I have to say the layering is my favorite part!

{live beautifully}

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