Monday, May 3, 2010

Offbeat Vintage Cabinets And Shelves Look Great Mounted On The Wall : Ideas From The Brooklyn Mercantile

Got Any Hang Ups?
Check Out The Brooklyn Mercantile

This is another article about HANG UPS...not the kind you suffer with, or rude phone kind of HANG UP is mounting a cool looking shabby chic cabinet on the wall to display antiques, collectibles and objets d' art.

Taking Home Decor Into Your Own Hands

By now you now you know that I stop to photograph "cabinet kitsch" wherever I go. This weekend, my journey took me to Brooklyn Mercantile in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn Mercantile describes itself has a shop where you can finally take home decor into your own hands. They specialize in crafts, sewing notions, quilts, upholstery fabrication, textiles and classes.

Hanging Up A Blue And Yellow Offbeat Chippy Painted Cabinet

The goal at Brooklyn Mercantile is to help customers finally give voice to their own home creations. And there are plenty of artsy examples in this shop to fire up your creative juices. I loved the offbeat cabinet and yellow chippy painted cabinet that hangs over the front desk area. Apparently so does the owner, who told me that she fell in love with this piece at a flea market and had to have it.

Mounting Old Shelves On The Wall

When you are out looking for store fixture...consider pulling an ordinary divided shelf unit off the floor and mounting it on the wall instead.

Old open record cabinets make great shop or home displays for collectibles of various sizes. And if you find a funky cabinet, but it has doors, or a wood finish that you don't love, just take the doors off and buy some spray paint and you are good to go!

Visit The Brooklyn Mercantile at

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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.

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