Sunday, June 8, 2008

SHOW & TELL SUNDAY ~ TRASH to TREASURE!


SHOW & TELL SUNDAY ~ TRASH to TREASURE!

Sweet Analise of Sugar*Sugar is our hostess this week for an installment of Trash to Treasure! What fun!! Please go to her blog here to get a complete list of participants in today's Show & Tell!

I've got lots of things I've "tweaked" over the years, but didn't always have the foresight to take "before" pics.

Since I'm in the business of selling antique mirrors on ebay here, I always have an eye out for mirrors. When I found this mid-sized shadow box mirror from the late 1950's, it was in sad shape. DH did NOT want me to buy it. Said it was in bad condition, it was too large to ship, no one would want it, yadda, yadda, yadda.....But it screamed for me to take it home, peach colored frame & rusty roses & all ~ it was the epitome of puky shabbiness that would have made even Rachel Ashwell cry. I brought it home, dusted it off, sanded down the rough places, added a little filler into the cracks, then painted it white.
Now, DH thinks I should sell it. I THINK NOT!!! It is the perfect place to display some of my favorite little trinkets & baubles!
Now, if you know me at all, you KNOW I have a slight weakness for lighting. Some dare call it an addiction. I spied this ugly table lamp in all its blackness with a mustard colored dented shade at a sale & I snapped it up. I could see something beautiful just waiting to happen. Luckily, I made "before" pics of this one.

Took it all apart piece by piece to clean it (note to self: always ALWAYS make a diagram of how the pieces go together) first! Painted it white, of course. Had DH re-wire it as it was from Europe. I also added crystal bobeches & crystal beaded chain, new candle sleeves & a new gold pull chain.
Angelic Accents version of a tabletop chandelier

Added pink beaded light bulb covers from Lowe's. This has already graced two different rooms in my home & I can't wait to show you what I've done with it now, but that will have to wait for a bit. Aren't I such a tease?!?! After my moderate success with that first lamp, I tackled a bigger project. My first ever floor lamp built with vintage pieces. There were no before pics of this one. Just piles of pieces to put together. This was so much fun & I even added a nightlight to its base. In a weak moment, I sold it. How I regret that now. Guess I need to scrounge up some more parts & make another one just for me.


I think I've shown this picture before of a corner of my kitchen, but it shows my favorite little silver teapot lamp. This was really tarnished, I mean we're talking purplish-iridescent hues ~ so I polished & polished it til it was sparkling. Then my dear daddy sawed off the topper on it, drilled a hole straight thru to the bottom, hubby wired it, & I added a little bell shade. Now it brightens up a rather dark corner & I have so many happy memories of Daddy, hubby, & I planning it all out together. We also made one for my sweet Mother.
This long sofa table was another one DH & I fought about!! We were at a small local auction & this really dark ebonized wood table with splitting & peeling veneer came up for sale. I wanted it so bad! DH said no ~ & you can see who won out ~ it has the most adorable little appliques on each base of the legs. I will try to get a better picture of it soon for you.
Well, I could go on & on about all my trash that I have primed, painted, fou-foued up, & now love, but I must make the rounds & see what all of you have been up to! I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my favorite trash to treasure pieces.
Hugs,

45 comments:

The Rose Room said...

What a great eye you have, do not sell that shadow box,you will never get another and as for that lamp, who would have thought!!!! Rachaelxo

just being crafty said...

The mirror is Beauitful!!! And your table lamp priceless.. Love the table and that mirror on it I want one. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy

Karen said...

Lovely lights! Another type of treasure to paint!!! I love your white table in the last photo ~ just beautiful!!!

Karen at ciderantiques

Beverly said...

Good morning, Stephanie.

I love all your trash to treasures. It is so much fun, isn't it?!

I believe my favorite is the silver teapot. It looks just perfect on your counter.

I see lots of things that will hopefully be a feature on future Pink Saturdays.

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Hi Stephanie,
Love...Love...Love....your Chandelier....I have always like BLING....and you sure did it for me with your lamp...."Fabulous".
Have a wondeful Sunday.
Hugs,
Mo:-)

Judy said...

Step,
I love your trash to treasures. my kind of gal. You would love the old house. I have probably 30 different mirrors so far and to many lamps to mention. also have one of the shadow box mirrors. watch for them on my blog. I to love the liquor cabinet and don't drink.
Hugs,

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

I love your mirrored shadowbox. I remember those from my grandma's friends living rooms - great transformation!

Kim's Treasures said...

Love your mirror!I still regret not buying one like it several years back. Thanks for sharing your treasures!

Kim

Alisa said...

Wow, those are some amazing and beautiful lamps!
Alisa

Joanna said...

I love the little white table too! You have everything decorated so nicely. (I see we have been participating in a lot of the same challenges. LOL). xoxo, Joanna

Connie said...

Oooooooooooh, Steph, although I've seen your home many, many times I'm always astounded!! I LOVE that little lamp you created, sweetpea! I doubt I would have thought of that. You are the Mirror Queen, too!!!!!!!
Smoochies for mum,
Connie

Elly said...

Don't sell your shadowbox mirror!!! It's so unique and lovely! Your lamps are beautiful too (very imporant to make a home cozy!)!

Lisa M said...

Nice job on the lamps! My husband and I cobbled together a couple of lamps from several we found at a thrift store a few years ago. Making your own unique lamps is so much fun! LOVE the teapot lamp; it's terribly sweet. (I want one!)

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I've been wanting some of those lightbulb covers!! I didn't know they were from Lowes, great tip, thanks.

Great redo too! I'd never have thought of a diagram either.

Counting Your Blessings said...

Ooo that floor lamp is delightful!! LOVE it. Blessings... Polly

vickie said...

You did an awesome job on each piece! That table chandy is so pretty, I might just have to come over and get it! The mirror is just beautiful! Love what you have done!

Margo said...

Okay - I must know how you tackled your veneer table! Please check my post to see the veneer sideboard I want to paint. It sounds like you're the expect I've been looking for!
Margo

Di said...

Hi Stephanie! I love all of your ideas and trash to treasure! Especially the table top chandeliers. What a cute idea! Have a fun Sunday! Di

rosechicfriends said...

Steph....
Your lamp redos are amazing! Where do you get those fun bulbs? And I love you little vanity table...I have one of those tables with the top veneer crackling and have not done anything yet..what did you do to yours?

Just love everythings sweetie!
Hugs..Lorena

Christa said...

What beautiful treasures you have on your blog. I really like the shadowbox mirror. Very nice.....

Smiles -

Christa
Chloe Rose

http://chloerosedesigns.blogspot.com

sherry@mymothersdaughter said...

I love how you take the old lighting and revamp it to create something new and exciting. I like to take ceiling chandeliers and turn them into hanging swag chandeliers, for people how want to be able to move, adjust and change things around. I don't have a single picture of any I redid, I have either sold them, or they are in the process of being sold. thanks for sharing today.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

hey Stephanie your shadow box is so pretty and I love your lamps you done over.I have never redone a lamp before. I might have to try it. HUGS

Mya said...

you have some wonderful treasures there. Wonderful Job.
-Mya

Vanessa Greenway said...

Wow!! Lots of treasures! I love that chandelier! Have a good week! Vanessa

Laume said...

I think I would have loved that mirror/shelf even before it was painted white. The black lamp - I can't believe how you transformed it!!!

Joy said...

I love that mirror about you fireplace and all your wonderful accents!

leesiebella said...

Hi Stephanie~
Okay, I a swooning over your shadow box mirror! WOW! It is just stunning!

Thanks again for sharing!
xo
Analise

karin@creativechaos said...

Love the chandeliers/lamps....just beautiful!

bluemuf said...

Stephanie, All I can say is OH MY!!! You really have the magic touch. So many beautiful items. I love it.

Hugs Karen

Cami said...

I adore lamps too. I am @ Lowes twice a week I think and have never noticed lightbulb covers. Oh, the sparkly goodness. I learn something new every single time I make the rounds. Thanks Stephanie. So much style in Texas!

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Just love the shadow box I would have kept that one too! Actually loved reading this whole post, its great fun to see what finds can be turned into!
alicia ~ time worn style

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I do so enjoy your decorating style! AND, I have to check out those beaded lightbulb covers. Fabulous!

:-) Rosie

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Look at those lamps!!! I love them :)

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

You are a tease! LOL! That shadowbox is amazing, and those lamps! What a difference! I have to take pics of stuff I take apart, (like the computer) all the time, ha!
You can view my flickr alums from my sidebar on my blog, but here's a link to my gwtw collection. There are many albums, and to see a photo larger, click on "all sizes" above the pic.
Flickr is great once you learn the ropes, go for it!!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/85469550@N00/collections/72157603836154323/
Yes, gwtw blog week would be awesome! I wonder how many would join?
We'll think about that tomorrow,
Nikki

Diana at Chloe's Chic Boutique said...

Stephanie, I was just browsing, and thought I'd stop by to see what you've been up to. I enjoyed this post so much, and your pictures are great!
The mirror is really beautiful,I agree with you... I could never sell that! I also love what you did to that first lamp! What a gorgeous transformation!!
Before, and after photos are always such fun, thanks for sharing!


Blessings,
Diana

Heidi Ann said...

Good Morning Stephanie, Thank you for adding me to your favorites...I will add you to mine as well!...Have been reading your blog! I love mirrors too, they just add so much reflective light!...And your mirrors are just lovely!...Have a great Monday! Heidi :)

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Gorgeous! All the work is well worth it!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi Stephanie! I dropped in to view your porch party post, and WOW, I have so enjoyed my visit here! Your home and furnishings are just beautiful! My Grandmother had a curio/shadowbox very similar to yours and I always thought it was so pretty! I absolutely love your lace tablecloth on your "porch table"! I have a taste for pink lemonade now! It looks so refreshing! Everything is just lovely!

Take Care! ~Rhonda ;)

TattingChic said...

Wow that Shadowbox mirror is beautiful you did such a nice job with it and it is displayed so nicely. A treasure for sure!

Jeanie said...

The mirror with shelves -- WOW! And I loved that teapot lamp! (And those jewel bulbs from Lowe's!) Thanks for visiting the Marmelade Gypsy -- I'm so glad I stopped by here!

Mary Isabella said...

Loving it all...Mary

Sweet Treasures of Home said...

I have just had a minute this am to visit a few on the Show and Tell Sunday list and I just had to stop by and see you and I am soooo glad I did. Everything is so beautiful as I knew it would be. I love your shadow box mirror and what you did with it. My Mom has one almost the mate to it she diplays some of her small teapots on. Your lamp finds, oh sooo sweet. Don't you just love to find something and make it more beautiful and special? You sure know how to. I just enjoy so much visiting your blog. Blessings and enjoy your Monday.

miss gracies house said...

Hi Stephanie,
This is my first visit! Great stuff!
Those 2 lamps turned out so well~good job! I loved your porch post-so cheerful-all thd pink and white just makes me smile:)
Your husband sounds like mine-not always seeing the vision-I just say-trust me:)
see ya next week!
Rene'

shirl said...

Hi Steph, I just love all your trash to treasure! Love the lamps, I have two just like your first one you show in the kitchen. I have them painted and wanted to put crystals on them and I thought about using little lampshades. I love the lightbulbs you used.Thank you for all the ideas.
Love You!
Shirl

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You are the queen of bling! Beautiful shadowbox and table. IT is all so gorgeous, true Stephanie style!