Tuesday, December 31, 2013

An Antique Empire Farm Table

I picked this goooorgeous table up at the July Brimfield flea market for $45. That's more than I like to spend on furniture, but I found this piece utterly irresistible, and knew I would be keeping it for myself. look at those legs. The piece is American Empire and probably dates to about 1850 or so. There was a big hole in the drawer, which I patched, and other wise it was in nice condition. The surface was an ugly tacky red, but I painted the base is Benjamin Moore's Sweet Pea, and did the top in pine boards with a mix of pickled oak and dark walnut stain, then poly. I had just the spot for it in my kitchen after re-arranging and removing the Christmas tree. I also added the antique yellow cupboard above it. I picked that gem up at a tagsale a few months ago. I hope you have a happy New Year full of fresh starts!

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Antiques for Christmas

I came home from my parents house with a few absolutely beautiful antiques that I wanted to share with you. I've already taken my Christmas decorations down (confession time: Christmas is my least favorite decor season) and Spring is up and looking fresh and new. I'll snap some pictures of all the new stuff up as soon as we have a sunny day. It's cloudy today, so no good. Hope you're having a great Sunday!
My parents got me this amazing antique french mirror. It's about 3 feet tall. LOVE.

A close up of the carving. Sooo pretty!

And I couldn't resist this smaller antique mirror when I was our antiquing with my mom.

I love the age and wear on the frame.

And here are the two mirrors together!

A collection of smalls I picked up while antiquing. 

This antique french wire basket was irresistible- and I think it was only $12. I had to have it.

I also got this sweet little antique shelf.

And my amazing sister in law made me this stunning sign. It will hang in my workshop!

My parents gave me this incredible 19th century oil painting. It reminds me of the shire.

close- up. So beautiful.

And I bought this antique oil painting while out shopping. The daffodils are so cheerful!

I got this antique 19th century trade sign of a harp for Christmas. A musical themed antique trade sign?!
 Be still my heart!

And finally I got a great antique seller bottle and olive green soda bottle. Yes there is still liquid in the seltzer bottle. I've got to try and get that out because, ew. 

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top Picks: Garth's Americana Auction

You may or may not know, but I have a serious obsession with Garth's Auction in Ohio. In my humble opinion, they have the coolest most unique antiques in their sales. I always love to peruse the upcoming auctions for inspiration and fresh ideas, and am never disappointed. They're next sale is coming up January 3rd and 4th 2014. You can view the entire catalog here. As usual, I spent a pleasant hour or so going through the whole thing and picked out my favorites. I hope you had a wonderful holiday! I've got some great furniture protest I'm finishing up, and I'll be photographing what I got for Christmas, so stay tuned!
How beautiful is this bottle green paint on this antique trencher!

A spectacular green dry sink

This antique miniature chest is so adorable. It would make the perfect jewelry box!

A stunning antique quilt

The grain painting on this blanket chest is superb. It's so sunny and cheerful!

I love this candle holder. It would make a great centerpiece on a dining room table!

A lovely blanket chest in the softest shade of powder blue.

Easily my favorite thing in the sale. These antique garden ornaments would be a welcome addition to my home.

These little footstools are sweet as can be.

The color combinations on this stepback cuboard- bottle green and bright blue-
 really make me want to paint my cupboard.

I love work tables like this. So charming!

An apple green knife box

and another apple green knife box!

This antique table has really wonderful form.

how cool is this antique weathervane template!!

A fantastic early weathervane with gilt surface.

and finally a pair of 19th century bottles in the most delicious deep shades of green.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Matching Hutch and Dry Sink

This is a custom set I just completed. Both pieces are vintage. The dry sink is oak, and probably from about 1970. The hutch is rock maple, and likely dates to the 1950s or early 60s. Both pieces were in great shape, but desperately needed a face lift. I painted both in a creamy light brown, then added a brown glaze, then hand waxed them. I only have a "before" shot of the dry sink, but the hutch was a boring old maple finish.

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