Friday, October 29, 2010

A Star-Studded Attraction

Mom and I went to a local estate sale a few weeks ago and found this cute little table.

All of the other furniture in the room was loaded with plates, figurines and such but this little table was unadorned ….just sitting alone in the corner. Yep…..a rescue was in progress! I really liked the curvy style of the table. It had already been painted a bright white which I was not too fond of…..but I was especially attracted to the oh-so-neat star-shaped studs at the top of each leg.

With so many things needing to be accomplished before the Open House next week, I decided to stay with a lighter color…..just warming it up a bit with a creamy paint. Here it is with new paint….a little sanding….and some emphasis on those legs! The “before” and “after” is not that dramatic in the photos (sorry!) since the colors are only steps apart on the paint strip but if you could see it in person you would have stars in your eyes, too!

Out of this world!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Let the Transformation Begin

It might not be Halloween yet, but the Antique Mall is being transformed into a Christmas wonderland of glittering trees, shimmering lights, angel ornaments and all things merry and bright. The signs are everywhere……it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

With Open House just a few days away, all of the dealers are working very hard to make sure you have a festive experience and get lots of inspiration for holiday get-togethers and gift-giving. You ARE planning to come to the Christmas Open House on Sunday aftenoon, November 7, aren’t you?

Here’s just a few pictures to give you a peek of what you’ll see……

I will be posting several times in the next few days to show you more decorations and some of the special items that I’ll have available for you. So check back often and please feel free to comment…….. I love to hear from you!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Just Say No… Brasso!

Most of the time I just “pass” when it comes to brass. But I couldn’t pass on this little beauty. She had such beautiful swirls and curves, but she had seen better days!

She was a natural beauty but she needed a little lovin’. Not wanting to destroy her natural patina, I took her apart and polished her with a soft cloth. No brass polish on this one! And here she is, reassembled and looking good.

I even added a few jewels for a different kind of shine.

Now she's all ready for the Christmas Open House.....are you?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Couple of “Afters”

If you have read my profile, I describe myself as a rescuer of items that need a little TLC.
I was so anxious to get started on these two “rescues” (and I’m sooo new to blogging) that I forgot to take “before” pictures. Please forgive me!

Rescue #1:
I found this cute wooden tote at a yard sale a few weeks ago. It was stained a drab brown so I lighten it up with a coat of cream paint from Sherwin-Williams and distressed it with a sandpaper block. It’s the perfect size…..this one will be hard for me to let go!

Rescue #2:
This little plant stand was thrown over in the corner of the garage at a recent estate sale along with the usual “man-tiques.”  It sported a dreadful faded salmon color and I almost didn’t get it; however, it “spoke to me” and I had to bring it home. This teal blue color is much more becoming and you can see a little of that salmon color peeking out on the edges after I distressed it. It would also make a great table or stool.

I’ll let you know about some of my other “afters” soon…..and I promise to include the “befores.”

Friday, October 15, 2010

One Idea Leads to Another……..!

I’ve had this votive holder for some time and I’ve never found a candle holder that it properly fit into. So it has just been sitting around on my storage shelf for a while.

Then one day I noticed it and I turned it upside down.  Voila!  It looked like a mini-cloche. You know… of those glass domes with a knob on top. Laura at 52 Flea has several on her blog banner. But mine still looked a little funny without a larger knob so it sat around on my storage shelf a while longer.

Then a few days ago I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Mustard Seed Creations. Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) was showing how she created a cloche pedestal out of a couple of pieces of silver hollowware. Well, I didn’t have a beautiful cloche like hers, but I did have the “votive turned into a mini-cloche” and as luck (or fate) would have it, I had recently bought a small silver plate at a yard sale.

I wondered if they could possibly fit together? And as fate (or luck) would have it, they fit perfectly!

Great, but what about the pedestal part? Well, I dug around my storage shelf and in my “treasure” boxes and …....……I found the perfect silver candleholder!

So taking my cue again from Miss Mustard Seed, I got some Gorilla Glue and glued the pedestal to the plate and topped it with my “mini-cloche.”

Now I needed to address the knob thing so, in true South Mississippi style, I went to Hudson’s Salvage. Hudson’s buys out store overstock and they just happen to have a Hobby Lobby stock. I found these wooden candle cups that when turned upside down perfectly fit onto the “nub” of the votive, but they had a small hole in the bottom, er…top! So I looked around and found some small caps that would take care of the problem.

I glued the cap onto the candle cup and stained the resulting “knob” with paste shoe polish since I didn't have any wood stain.

And finally…here’s the reveal…….a mini-cloche on a silver pedestal!

I hope you like it and that my idea will lead you to another.......!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I’ve got the blues!

Lately I’ve been digging through my boxes of “treasures” looking for items for the upcoming Christmas Open House. Instead of finding objects in red and green, I keep finding items that are blue. Finally after uncovering so many blue treasures, I decided to price and display them now. After all, it’s hard to create Christmas displays in October when the temperature is 90+ outside!

So let me share “the blues” with you…….

Homer Laughlin covered casserole, blue and white crocheted hot pad

Glasbake Currier & Ives divided casserole, Fire-King cornflower loaf pan,
Anchor Hocking cobalt blue pie plate

Blue tilted ball pitcher, unusual Royal Haeger toothbrush/cup/soap holder

And for the toddlers, a too cute blue iridized duck bank

So if blue is you, I’ve got you covered……!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MAN-tiques - Real Men like antiques!

Men DO like antiques….....….objects they usually shop for are lovingly referred to as Man-tiques! Here’s a few of the typical vintage items that men look for…….of course, ladies like them, too.

Old toolboxes…..vintage do-it-yourself books

Tobacco tins and cigar boxes

Football/Sports items

Other man-tiques are old tools, box cameras, books, bottles, cast iron cookware and grilling utensils. What does your guy shop for?

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Christmas is less than 3 months away, but the annual Christmas Open House at the Southern Antique Mall is only 5 weeks away-November 7. Mark it on your calendar and get ready for some food, fun and great shopping. The Open House will be held from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  I hope you’ll join us!