Monday, July 20, 2009

What I Rescued This Weekend, Monday

This is another one of the times I'm showing the "after" photo first, because the "before" photo is pretty icky. This little chair is a good example of Eastlake furniture that I had mentioned last week. Victorian, but more linear. Originally, I'm sure this little chair was part of a set that was most likely mahogany or walnut, probably with a dark velvet upholstery.





At some point it had been painted gold, 70's or 80's I imagine, because it was very chippy. I love the square inset that has carved bees, one on each side. I just did a creamy-white wash over it, so some of the gold still shows through.



This is a child's bedroom dressing screen. It is really old and had been covered with multiple layers of wallpaper, but then badly discolored due to water damage. It had probably been in someone's basement or cellar.



I stripped off the wallpaper and then found I really liked the patina of the wood with it's aged look. It was pretty rough and uneven so I gave the panels a little dry-brushed cream paint to even it all out.



My helper is in the background on the table.



Before shot, showing the gold paint. The upholstery is a new heavy linen,
good quality. I would have done a natural linen, but this will stay, for now.


You can see the details easier of flowers and bees.




And then, this is the scary screen.





After shot, so you didn't forget.
I think they turned out pretty sweet, and I didn't have to put a
tremendous amount of effort into them.
Here are some other items I found. Some old white dishes...
and does anyone know what these little rose paper thingies are?
They are embossed heavy cardboard. I assume they are some sort of pad,
maybe a paper hot pad or pad for an iron? I'm not sure.
Sweet, but I don't know how practical that would be.
Let me know if you know.



I love this little set of white camillia prints with a gold metallic frame,
very 40's. A little purse that has lost it's chain and a button,
but has a "tuxedo" design to it.
And a huge cutwork tablecloth with napkins trimmed in taupe.




I'm trying to keep on the lookout for fall things.
Darker colors. These little decoupaged trays, one in flowers and one in fruit,
are so cozy looking, maybe with a little after dinner sherry or appertif.



This is a little Belgian tapestry, only about 12 inches square.


And a petite print.




Sorry that my bigger finds are all in a dirty garage, but that's where I have to work on things, and it's just easier to leave them there to photograph.
I guess all of us junkers have a spot like that.
We like to call it the "staging area".
My husband had his car in the garage for the first time in a couple of years
and he was just so so happy, but then I found a few bigger pieces
that I had to paint, so now he's outside again.
I do have a goal to get things organized and out,
so maybe he can be back in by winter.
Ahem... OK, maybe sooner.
Be sure and say Hi to Polly over at Sassafras Stuff
and check out all her finds from this last week.
Debra

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