Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DeLIGHTful Vintage Lamp (SOLD)

This is a charming vintage lamp with amber glass which is in good working order. However, the brass finish was a bit faded, and the lamp was on its way to a thrift store. Luckily I happened to be in town visiting and it was instead given to me! Thank you Aunt Sandy!

This is a quick and easy DIY project that anyone could do. I gave it a fresh and new oil-bronzed finish which looks sharp with the glass. This lamp gets a second chance for sure!

Before / After Photos

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Antique Rocking Chair with a Modern Flair (SOLD)

This is a timeless furniture piece that will last for generations.
This antique rocking chair will make one lucky little girl very happy. The craftsmanship and design are timeless and will last for generations to come. 

The chair is circa 1930's (give or take a decade). It has a beautiful design with elegant lines and is made of solid wood. 

I knew I would reupholster the seat. What I didn't know is that there were three layers to remove! Trust me when I say it was a lot of staples and upholstery tacks to remove. But in the end it was definitely worth the effort. The seat was reupholstered with all new materials including the seat pad, batting, and fabric. 

1st layer in background (black). 2nd layer 1950s or 60s?

3rd layer. The fabric was obviously dirty, but it was so old it would fall apart when touched.

I considered leaving the original finish. It looked OK, but I decided it needed paint to freshen it up.
The wood frame was professionally painted in ASCP Pure White and was lightly distressed to accentuate the details. The entire wood frame was hand waxed for durability and a smooth finish.


Back view


Chair back

Close up

Close up. I love the subtle carving in the wood.

Close up of fabric.

It measures 27.5 length x 31 height x 17 width. It is available for sale at The Lebanon Peddler's Mall, ROW 5, BOOTH #139. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Four Seasons Folk Art (SOLD)

I love, love, love these prints! This is set of 4 framed prints by the talented folk artist Dianna Swartz. They look stunning hung together or separately to mark the changing of the seasons.

I picked them up from the Berea Historical Society fundraising sale. The prints are in excellent condition, but the frames were a little funky. I'm not sure what the purpose was, but there were holes drilled into the frames all the way through to the front of each frame. Perhaps they were used to screw the prints to a wall at some point in time. I had these in the booth and in my opinion the price was marked low at $30 for the entire set. I thought for sure someone would snatch them up, but they didn't sell, so I decided to bring them home and do some work on the frames.

R & R - Repaired and Refurbished

I filled the holes in each frame and painted all the frames black for a unified look. That looked good, but I thought it was flat, so decided to add more dimension by dry brushing multiple layers using graphite black and primer red. As I was working on the frames and later taking photos, they started to tug at my heart strings, and I fell in love with them all over again!

Before: Holes were drilled all the way through the front of the frame.

During: The holes were filled and then I added multiple layers of Graphite Black and Primer Red using a dry brush technique.

The finished product.

Should they stay or should they go?

Did I mention I love these prints? OK so I let them go once, but now that they are back I'm thinking they will look great in MY house! But I'm not in the business of furnishing my house, so back to the booth they will go. And if they don't sell, well then they will just have to come back home again! I am undecided about pricing though. Retail/new they sell for about $50 each. And I saw a listing on ebay recently for a set that sold for about $160. I could auction them on ebay but frankly don't want the hassle of packaging and shipping. Again, I'm surprised my set didn't sell previously at the bargain price of $30 for the set. This time the price will be higher to cover the cost of refurbishing. I'll think over the asking price, and if they don't sell I will happily bring them home. Update: I took the prints to the booth today (9/24/2014) but I hid them in the back; I think they will look great in my house. I would buy them, but we'll have to see if the right buyer comes along.

Please don't sell, please don't sell, please don't sell. . .

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Footstool - Farmhouse Style (SOLD)

Here's another small project I just finished. It features a gorgeous rooster with french writing and a postmark in the background.  I will take this to the booth on Friday or early next week.

The graphics were from The Graphics Fairy's website (link below). This site offers a wide variety of vintage graphics as well as DIY tutorials. It is a great resource!


Close up

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shabby Chic Serving Tray (SOLD)

A fun project to do outdoors on a beautiful Fall day.

I've been recovering from some minor surgery, so this week I've been working on smaller projects which I will highlight in my next few posts.

This wooden tray was old and tired. But with a little time and effort it was transformed into a useful and decorative piece. It was such a fun little project and I think it now has a second chance.

(Graphic obtained from The Graphics Fairy's website The Graphics Fairy).




Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage Side Table (SOLD)

Elegant side table.

This was a fun piece to work on and the finished product is very elegant! I bought this side table at an old farm house in Ohio. It was stripped down to bare wood and painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) Old White and Duck Egg. There is light distressing to accentuate the details of the edges. The piece was hand waxed and buffed for a smooth durable finish. It is a versatile piece that can be used for a living room side table, entryway, bedside table, or in a home office. It is now available for sale at The Lebanon Peddler's Mall, ROW 5, Booth #139 in Lebanon, Ohio.

It measures approximately 28" high x 18” wide x 18” deep.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Small Vintage Cigar Table (SOLD)

Small Vintage Table.
See below for more pictures.

This vintage cigar table was originally produced as a humidor to provide airtight storage to keep cigars or tobacco moist. (I cannot detect any tobacco or smoke odors). When I obtained the piece it had about 3 different coats of paint some of which were already partially removed. I completely stripped the exterior and repainted it in ASCP Graphite Black. Hand waxed and buffed to add a smooth durable finish.

The interior has a metal lining which at some point was painted yellow. I did not attempt to strip the yellow as I wasn't sure if that would damage the metal or not. Instead I applied a dark wax to give it an aged look, but I wasn't happy with the result. I felt it looked dirty and didn't feel it complimented the exterior color, so I repainted the interior in a contrasting red.

The original hardware remains intact. This piece is very versatile and can be used in a foyer, a gentleman's study, as a side table in the living room, or as a bedside table.

The overall condition is good, nevertheless it is a vintage piece and has some wear on the top from use over the years (see photos below). In my opinion this does not distract from its beauty but rather adds to its charm. The door is in good working order and requires a slight tug to open/close in order keep the inside airtight as it was designed.

It measures approximately 18" wide x 28" high x 13 1/4" deep.

Based on the look and feel of the wood, craftsmanship, and hardware I would date this piece circa 1920s or 1930s. Please leave a comment if you can date it more precisely.

It is available for sale at The Lebanon Peddler's Mall, ROW 5, BOOTH #139. Credit cards accepted.

Lebanon Peddler's Mall, 920 Columbus Avenue, Lebanon Ohio
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am- 8:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Interior: After -- much better!

Interior Before. Ugh!

Small spindle legs

Large spindle

I love the hardware because it is unique.
The top with a hint of red peeking through.
Close up of top to show some of the wear.

Close up of detailing.

I almost forgot to get a close up of the feet before I took the table to the booth.
Another view of the door and the hardware.
Close up of the hardware.