Sunday, June 8, 2008

Show and Tell Sunday...For Real this Time!

Allrighty then...here we go....Show and Tell Sunday...this week's topic: Trash to Treasure.

And Oh, do I have trash (Mr. Sunshine has another name for it, but we won't go there...he loves me and humors me for the most part)! I tend to want the things at the thrift and flea that no one else does...Allot of them don't change too much before I find a new home for them around the house. Clean 'em up and keep the patina is the way I like it!


Let's start at the front door...
No good, self-respecting military household goes without a bit of Americana at the front door....the chair was my best t2t find in this pic. I picked this up junking while we lived in Germany (the best junking I've ever had the pleasure to take part in- a couple times a year they would have bulk pick up and folks were encouraged to take what they wanted from the curbs- the funnest way to recycle!). If I were a little more on the ball this year, I would already have my galvanized wash tubs (that I also got junking in Germany) planted and would be showing you pics of them. But the weather in upstate NY really hasn't been great for planting...think that will be next weekend's project...



Anyway....the green Chippy paint came with and I have done nothing to this chair in the almost 15 years I've owned it. It always sits next to my front door with something decorative on it. The copper milk can was also a german flea market find. Those sweet little red galoshes? Ebay...


The t2t in this picture is this step ladder. Picked it up at an auction (I think)- couple of bucks, if that. But it matches my rustic style and looks great with small pots of flowers filling the steps (again...next weekend)...

Now in to the house...got a few comments last week about the clocks on top of my work bookcase, so I thought I'd share a close up. The shutter in the background is another auction/trash find. I got a pair of these pretty blue shutters that day for a buck. Can you believe no one else wanted them? Maybe it had something to do with the 50-odd coffee mugs you also had to take with the lot...



This little vignette sits on top of my painting hutch, which sits right next to the work bookcase. The globe, the shutter (can you tell I have a thing for shutters?) and the little chalkboard are all flea market finds.

The toy clock was mine as a child. I have always loved that clock....


More Shutters, a tarnished coffee pot that is dated 1862 on the bottom, a pretty old tin, a container of old glass beads, and a brush holder that my step-Mom saved for me when she was clearing out a relative's house. Just recently made enough room for that brush holder, so it's not full yet....The most expensive thing in this group was the coffee pot, coming in at a whopping $3.75...

A close up of the coffee pot and Helen Harrison Candy tin....

Just call my house the island of misfit antiques...I really tend to gravitate towards the pieces that aren't in the best condition....these cutter quilts are a perfect example...

Folded just right, you can't see the bad spots and the faded colors are something I just love....

I picked up this window in Ohio last year. I LOVE it! It's probably today's most expensive feature. I think I paid (gasp!) $30 for it. Have cleaned it up a bit, but have yet to figure out what I really want to do with it....until I do, I want to see it every day. So it sits propped against the wall in my living room.

And here you go, shabby cottage gals....this one is for you! The rest of my house tends towards American Country with some cottage sprinkled here and there but my bedroom is all girly! Unfortunately, my bedroom is very messy right now, clean clothes everywhere (I hate to fold!)... but this little display is in my bathroom. I got this great old frame at a thrift. It was a very tacky gold (not the good gold patina), so I painted it dark brown, used a candle to run over all of the great moulding details and the painted it a creamy white....took a little sand paper, sanded off the white where I had applied the wax and ....waaaalaaa....faux chippy paint....

The ironstone pitcher is in horrible shape. It's cracked and chipped in a few places, but I loved the line of it, so I just had to have it (and it was a steal!) ....

So there you have it....my trash to treasure....There are quite a few things I didn't show you, but we will just have to save that for another Sunday...

NOW...go visit Analise and her eye candy blog Sugar*Sugar (and if you have never visited her before, scroll down beyond Show and Tell Sunday and ENJOY!) to get your fill of trash-to-treasure....a whole afternoon's worth of t2t blog surfing goodness!

'Til next time....

14 comments:

Our Back Porch said...

Love all of your treasures. The shutters are great! I am a bunny collector, and I have that same bunny weather vane!! Thanks for sharing.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rebecca

Clever Karen said...

I love your clock collection and that window is the best!

just being crafty said...

Love your chair at the front door and all your clocks. Your window is beautiful and you did a wonderful job on the picture frame!! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

You have the most wonderful treasures ~ not a bit of trash!!! I too love faded chippy timeworn pieces. It doesn't have to be perfect, does it?!

I'm really lusting after your shutters, that awesome diamond pane window & your bunny weathervane! You have a great eye for styling pretty vignettes.

Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

All of your displays are great ... I really like that Americana display by your door. Have to ask - are you at/near Fort Drum? I'm near Syracuse and used to live up that way (Clayton). Loved seeing your things!

Di said...

I love the blue shutters and the window is to die for! Thanks for sharing today! di

Elly said...

Love it all!!! Great shabby-chic style! And you've a great way of styling it!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Wonderful finds! I especially love the wood window. Sometimes we have to pay extra for that special piece! Love it!

Jeanie said...

You have had terrific finds, especially that window. And I love your quilts. They've been on my mind lately and I finally took pix of mine to post sometime this week!

Nerissa said...

Hi Steph
I'm so glad you dropped by my blog. I LOVE yours & it's nice to find another military spouse. Your Etsy store is stocked with such lovely goodies. Of course, I love the Americana at your front door!
Take care
Nerissa

Tonya said...

Love all your stuff and you have such a talent for displaying it. Can't wait to see the rest.

Lisa B. said...

Great chair! Lots of fun stuff!

Monica said...

I have to know where you got that Rabbit Weathervane! I have been looking for one just like it for ages!

miss gracies house said...

Very cute vignettes! Everything is so homey!
I scrolled down the page and want to thank you for the sacrifice of your husband! I can not imagine...
Rene'