Sunday, September 10, 2006Mary of MaryMo fame and I had a convo not long ago about antiquing and some funky finds I found here in Phoenix at a little place called Sage...it got me thinking about how many things that surround me that are old in age, but that have become new things in my home. Things that others may have discarded, but things that I truly love and treasure....here are some of those old-new things:
This is a chalkboard from an old schoolhouse in Kansas...it was salvaged and was cut down to a smaller size and handpainted with "Today's Special" on top...this hangs on the wall between my dining room and kitchen and when we have company I like to list out what I will be serving in pretty colored chalk to add an extra special touch.
This is an old cabinet door from a Craftsman bungalow. It was painted over, hung on it's side and says, "De Bain" on it...which in French means "The Bath"..this hangs outside our guest bathroom.
This is an old ceiling tile that was aged and handpainted with "Aubon Marche Paris"...which in French means literally "To the Good Step"..or "A Good Market"...meaning a wonderful place...
The next 2 pictures are of pieces of ceiling tin that were salvaged from a gothic cathedral and soldered together to form this piece that hangs in our dining room.
This is an old claw foot from a Ball and Clawfoot Tub...I turned them upside down and use them as bookends.
This is a closeup of a lamp that sits on my nightstand...it is made from old iron garden fence and painted to look antique.
This is an old Dutch shoe form that was originally used to stretch shoe leather into particular sizes...this one being a size 8B. I have a pair of these that sit on top of a hat box on top of a bookshelf in my bedroom.
This is an old porcelain glove form...kind of the same idea as the shoe form really..to stretch the leather to a particular size. I use mine to hold necklaces.
And last, but certainly not the least is another claw foot from an old tub that we turned upside down and made into a sconce in the master bathroom...I can take NO credit for this idea because it was completely the Mr's...he rigged it up and I LOVE it.
I'd love to see some of your old, but new to you treasures that may be living and adding character to your house. :)