Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Blog

Look for my new blog which I hope to have up and running in the next few days!  I hope you will check it out. The new name is Bella Vintage. 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Light Fixtures My Latest Passion! Did you miss me?

I apologize for not posting for this long.  I moved into a new antique store and it has kept me really busy.  Lately light fixtures have been my passion.  Let me share a couple.  First I found these lamps at an estate sale at $25 each they were a risk. They were giant 1960s or 1970s lamps with metal bases an antique brass sort of look and at one time would have had prisms.  The original lamp shades were in fairly good shape but were black. 

I spray painted them flat white.  I then stripped the material off the lamp shades and simply wrapped with burlap and hot glued.  It only took me about 1 hour for each shade.   Sorry but I cannot find the before.
  You can see one of the lamps in the picture on the right.

Here is another picture of the table lamp. The shade is a little crooked here.  I don't have an up close shot but I used rub and buff in an antique gold the accent the carvings.  I sold the pair of lamps within a week of putting in my booth.  Above the table lamp you can see another lamp I made.  This was just an antique brass piece that I saw and thought it looked like a barrel shade.  I have no idea what it was was about 11 inches tall and 13 inches across and it had three little hook type things that I tied the rope to and I cut a piece of luan for the top.I used the copper patina rub and buff and the antique gold on the metal.  I then simply put a light kit and hot glued the burlap inside the metal frame and trimmed it out and then hot glued a matching ribbon inside.

Here is a picture up close.

This lamp took a little longer to sale but it did sale! 


I will be sharing this at:

 Saturday Night Special@ Funky Junk Interiors

Monday, September 10, 2012

New Space and unique re-make!

Hi everyone!  Things are still busy around here but the rain has let up and the weather is cooling down so I am gettig caught up on projects. I wanted to show you my new re-do.  I was inspired a piece that I saw at a local antique store.  It was an antique french looking clock whose guts had been removed and shabby white with a rough looking board inside.  There were glass shelves and a light was added and it was a curio cabinet now.  The inspiration piece was 7 or 8 foot tall and I fell in love with it.  It wasn't a terrible price.  $350.00. It was out of my price range.

One day I am browsing craigslist and I see a grandfather clock for ....well let's just say a low  low price with no guts in guts I mean the clock parts were gone.  I went to see it.  It was a made in China one abut 6 foot tall made with a cherry wood stain. It looked cheap but I said for this price I don't have much to lose.  I have seen some amazing makeovers with white paint so what the heck.

Here he is to begin with.

Taped for painting with the bottom door off.

The painting begins and here is where it gets weird.  I did not use primer.  I hate using primer and it is so more for paint with primer.  Well as I am painting the out side the white is turning pink.  I put on two coats and let them dry but it is still bleeding pink through.  So I prime it....yuk.  The inside bleeds through the primer pink....see below.

Nice if you are putting it in a little girls room!   I called a friend and asked what should I do turn to my other best friend....burlap and line it with burlap? She suggests using a different color and then I remember I have a pale gray.  Thank goodness this works.  I just painted the inside gray.

This clock was tricky to paint.  So many nooks and crannies and corners.  I had to use a q-tip to get in some of the little spaces.  I still found two more little spots I need to touch up.  I did not shabby it because I was not sure how the cherry would come through.  It is not perfect but I think someone will appreciate the unique idea.

Here it is.......

Don't look at the surrounding mess in my kitchen!   I added a light kit.  This one is flourescent.  I wasn't sure about it but I think it works. I simply drilled a little hole in the top to run the cord through and attached the round light with little screws. 

I had 3 pieces of glass cut for it but I think I only need two.  There is a niche in the top where one piece will sit and then I screwed in some molding for one half way down the bottom.   The glass was ready today but a friend who lives near there is picking it up tomorrow so I hope to get this to the shop then.  I have to figure out a price. 

Here are a few other pictures.

What do you think?

I also shifted to a bigger space at Alyssa's and I am so happy with it.  It is open and bright and more space to cram in my finds.

Sorry this picture is a little blurry.  On the right is a full dor with the top chalkboard.  In the middle a partial door....I have used this door to make a coffee table and it did not sell so I went another direction and made all the pieces into chalk boards....two were small.  This had 4 panels and was setting on the dresser.  You can also see the clock face that I pulled out of the clock here.

This is to the left of the picture above.  A door with no class backed with burlap and I hung a mirror on it.  In front of that small side tables stacked up and wrought iron in the corner.

You can see a bit of the dresser here but you can see more of it above.  It is topped with a french looking mirror with white shabby frames and silhouettes.

Love love love this metal table with a mirror top that I found a week or two ago at a yard sale!

Thanks for stopping by today! 


I am sharing this at:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogie Board Cottage
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Share the Love Wednesday @ Very Merry Vintage
WOW Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Monday, August 13, 2012

Great finds and new location!

I have really missed blogging this summer.  I haven't even had time to visit some of my favorites like Coastal Charm and Savvy City Farmer.  My classes were crazy for summer.  Two new ones without advance notice!  Summer here has been very hot and very rainy.  Hot and rainy equals steamy here in Florida.

Here is what I have been up to.  I have a booth at a second locations.  Alyssa's Antique's is my new location and it is awesome.  Everyone there is friendly and helpful and it is a beautiful place full of inspiration!

Here are some of my recent finds and creations. 

This table I picked up a while back.  I have a guy now who does some of my painting. He does an awesome job.  He also painted the char which is really nice.

This little dresser is cute.  I have since shabbied it by sanding it down and roughing her up. On top you can see a little vintage board that I found some old antique brass hooks which will make a good place to hang coats, hats, and purses.

Here is my Snow White dress.  It is a handmade vintage dress  found recently.  I love the old picture next to it also. The glass in it is old and has bubbles. Below you will see the cute little table that was my idea and Darryl put it together for me.  It is an old cabinet door with the handle and lock and old hinges.  I originally painted the Farm Fresh to make it a sign an then I had the little table base and decided to put it on top to make a table.  I think it is adorable.

Tucked under the Farm Fresh table is a little table I painted a light gray.  It was a cherry looking wood and I think it turned out nicely.

Here is another angle of my booth at Alyssa's.  I like to cram it full!  In the back to the left is a vintage door with chelkboard.  To the right an old door with the glass out that  backed with burlap and hung the round mirror on.   In the middle is a great table that would work as a console or a desk.

This little chandalier I found at a yard sale.

Found objects in glass containers is my new obsession.  I am not sure anyone else is getting it because I haven't sold any of my glass containers.  Next time I will share my shelf full of glass in my booth.  Here are old player piano rolls.

Nice to be back....thanks for your patience in my absence.


I am sharing this at:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Share the Love @ Very Merry Vintage
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Thriftin' On a Thursday @ Savvy City Farmer
Time Travel Thursday @ Brambleberry Cottage
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Crazy Life!

I want to apologize to my followers for my long absence. Where have I been?  Well first it was here.

Recognize it?  This is the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida where I went for a conference. A great example of architecture for the late 1800s.  You must see it when if you visit the area.  The Florida Historical Society. I also did some research on a project on WPA artist George Snow Hill and his wife who was also an artist.   I found their home.  See the pictures?

And here....

And here is a picture of his art which hangs in the Tampa International Airport.

And then I came home from this trip and my work load went crazy.  New classes with new material to familiarize myself with.

And then a trip to Opelika, Alabama to Resurrect Antiques and Angel's Antiques. If you are near you should go!

Here are some pictures of Resurrect.  This is a very inspirational place. Warning don't hit your jaw on the keyboard.

I didn't even show you any pictures of the industrial stuff they have! Awnings, metal industrial stairs, metal carts and tin roofing shingles.

Angel's Antiques is huge.  It took us all day to get through it and pic our treasures.  We fell in love in one booth with chippy, primatives, industrial, architectural items.  We got to meet the vendor Ben Herndon who offered to take us to his Dad's barn to pick some goodies.

This picture has some of the goodies I purchased.  Green blue corbals, chippy primative side table, industrial light covers, and architectural elements.

There were 3 of us and we hoped Ben might bring us the goodies but we had to do another trip...this time in one day.  It is about 3 hours from Pensacola.  

And then there is keeping up my booths....oh yeah I didn't tell you. I have a second booth at Alyssa's Antique Depot.  So I hope you will forgive me.  My work load is still heavy.  Changes in my class that we were not aware of causd twice as much wor for me and we are waiting to get it revised.  I hope by the time my next one starts that it will be corrected in August.  Please bear with me.  I miss you all so much.  I haven't even had time to be inspired by you all.

Hope to see you soon.


I am sharing this at:

Masterpiece Monday @ Boogie Board Cottage

Metamorphasis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

White Wednesday @ Faded Charm

Share the Love Wednesdday @ Very Merry Vintage

WOW Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Monday, May 7, 2012

Garden time!

Hi everyone!

I have been busy at home creating a garden area on the concrete slab at the end of my house. I moved my sink/potting bench to this area. I added this little table I purchased a few months back at an estate sale. I use it as well for a potting bench and I keep my terra cotta pots and decorative items. 

To create some height I sat this pot on top of an old galvnized bucket.  I have some different size galvanized trash cans that I store potting soil, newspapers for  flower beds and other garden items. 

I also moved my whisky barrel water feature and cleaned it out and set up the pump.  I just love the sound of water. 

This old wrought iron chair I picked up a few years ago at the dump for free!  Now we cannot take anything out of the dump.  You would think with all the concerns over recycling this would not be the case.  Behind the chair is a metal planter I found a couple weeks ago at an antique shop.

As you see I have a small strip of dirt at the end of my house between the slab and house.  I covered it with gravel a couple years ago and I fill different types of planters with my favorite flowers.  Red Pentas, red Geraniums, begonias, and Mexican salvia.  I recently picked up this large airplane plant (a free curb pickup) and put it in this galvanized wash tub and on this galvanized base with wheels.

The two concrete planters I bought for $20.00.  I have some plants to fill them in with. 

Here is my potting bench made with an antique cast iron sink. 
I just saw where someone planted one of these with plants and made it a planter.  It would be cute with succulents.  Only problem is that I don't have much luck with those.  I guess I over water.

You see the two pallets in the pictures?  These two pallets I found on the curb.  I am going to use them to create a wall.  I am watching for some free 4x4's and stack the pallets vertically and attach them to the posts.  I will be abe to hang garden art and plants from it.  I would like to find a couple more and create a second one and put them on the corner.  I will keep you posted on that project. 

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my garden.


I am sharing this at:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogie Board Cottage
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Share the Love Wednesday @ Very Merry Vintage
WOW Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I'm Back!

Hi everyone!  Boy have I missed you all.  I have been very busy with my antique booth and I have added a second booth and of course I have filled it to over flowing.  I recently found  a great oak Sunday School table at a church sale which I sanded down, painted white and then stained over it.  I think it turned out great. It is 3 feet wide and 6 feet long.  It can be used as a dining table or a work table/desk.  I topped it with this great white cottage style hutch. 

Sorry it is not a better picture but if you check out all the picture you will see bits and pieces of it.  Of course it is loaded up with goodies.

As you can see I am using red, white, & blue in this booth and more true antiques.  I used my two matching vintage doors as a back drop.  One of course is now a chalkboard.  I also recently found an old  game tabletopd with red which is hidden behind the hutch. 

I found this great walnut washstand at a yard sale several weeks ago. I topped it with a small white pitcher and bowl, a watering can with red geraniums, a green piece of Rowe Pottery, and a little red glass oil lamp.   Underneath the table is an old picnic basket with a red plaid bow. 

As you can see I covered this wall with old book pages.  I just used  photo mounting stickers to attach them to the wall.

The shelf on the wall is very primative.  I purchased it for myself but it did not work for what I bought it for.   Sorry none of my pictures show under the washstand. You can see in the picture above also the old ladder back rope seat chair which I hung a wreath on and sat a great book on planting window boxes.

Below the dining table is a great white chippy table I found this past weekend at an estate sale. 
Sorry  it is a little blurry.

Here you can see the dining table  again and I tucked other tables beneath it.
The red table I also scored at a yard sale. It was alreay painted.  To the right you can see anothe ladder back chair.  It is a pale blue green color and the seat is a weaved thatch. I filled it with a red white and blue mirror and a white wood vintage box filled with a child's book about the flag and a red and white small plate with our forefathers signing the Declaration of Independence.   To the right you can see the lower part of the washstand and the picnic basket with a red plaid bow.

To the left is the bottom of a flag pole.  Here is the top of it.

This great plant stand I also found this weekend and I topped it  with this metal planter filled with some artificial greenery.  This was a find when a friend and I had a garage sale two weeks ago.  (Now you see why I haven't had time to blog! )

Here is a great pair of Raggedy Ann and Andy puppets.  I always loved my Raggedy Ann doll.
This little elephant pitcher is so adorable.   It was another estate sale find!

This past weekend was the best in terms of the number and quality of yard sales for the year thus far.  You can tell by all my great picks! 

This vintage ladder back chair with the rope seat I found along with 2 other chairs, two old table legs,  and a turquoise lamp. I found these at a little thrift store I regularly visit.   Below you cn see the old legs.

They were on a huge old dining table.  I had this table top which is sofa table size.  I plan to attach them sand down the top and shabby chic white paint it.

This is one of the other chairs.  Great color huh? I am going to put some chicken wire in the seat and it will be ready to plant.  It would be great on a porch.

I will be sharing more of my finds soon.  Hope you enjoyed your visit.


I am sharing this at:
Share the Love Wednesday @ Very Merry Vintage
Thrifty Nifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
WOW Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style