Wednesday, December 12, 2012

White and Silver Christmas Mantel 2012

Our Christmas mantel this year had to be simple.  My oldest was driving me nuts on a daily basis, thinking I was going to color-code everything in rustic French!  So all I focused on was the mantel and let the kids and my husband worry about the rest of the decorations.  

This is why I'm only showing you this part of my house, lol!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"Farmers Market" Sign using Silhouette Cameo

Not too long ago, the hubs finally broke down, after my begging for weeks, and purchased me a Silhouette Cameo

I didn't need it for scrapbooking, but for making signs.  Sometimes using graphite tracing paper doesn't cut it and I wanted to try something new.  

New is the key word here!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Silver Leaf Glass Christmas Ornaments

After both gold and silver leafing some trays some weeks ago, I finally figured out today that "press and peel" silver leafing was simply MADE for Christmas ornaments!  I was so excited how easy this was today that I nearly forgot to pick up my youngest from school.

Let's get right to this now.

"Dairy" Farmhouse Sign

Another good find at a local estate sale led to this sign being made.  It would have been finished sooner except I was nursing my seven year old daughter after she fell a short distance from a tree and ended up with several stitches in her thigh.  She was a trooper though while I kept bordering on the edge of passing out nearly everytime I had to look at her wound.

This is why I paint and am NOT a nurse.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving and a French Bread Basket for the Occasion

This past month has been a mess!  Four kids and myself caught the worse respiratory infection and just kept spreading it back and forth between each other for weeks, despite quarantine efforts!  Needless to say, I am WAY behind for the holidays.  I barely got my turkey in it's Cider-Brine in time for the big day before I started on this basket project.

We are also celebrating mine and my father's birthday (same day of course cause things just have to be crazy like that in my life), and Thanksgiving in two consecutive days this week. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tray with French Grain Sack Image

Okay!  Got a "quickie" project you can do in your spare time.  This is gonna be one of those short and sweet, yet rare DIY posts too!

On occasion, I get hold of these really awesome trays and buy them in bulk when I can.  They are an all-wood, distressed grey tray that measures about 4 feet long.  They're perfect as ottoman trays or hanging on your favorite wall.  I usually sell out of them pretty quick when I do get them, so they are definitely a favorite of mine.

This time I decided to kick them up a notch by adding an image.  Of course it had to be French.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

An English Footstool and a side of Silver Leafing

Not much work has been done this week as I've been nursing an upper respiratory infection that first started out as allergies.  But I do have a few projects to show you that I managed to finish up before the tissues went-a-flyin'!

My fav is the antique English footstool that I picked up recently.  I decided not to mess with painting it since the wood is a warm rich color that doesn't need to be changed - just enhanced!

All the serious antique collectors just heaved a sign of relief.

Monday, October 15, 2012

French Script Dresser

Well, I made through three birthdays this past week - two of them belonging to my now 15 year old twins.  You know what they both requested as a "present"?

Their drivers license manual.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Paris Grey Coffee Table

It's been busy and funky around here for the past few weeks.   Along with getting ready for 3 birthdays that hit at once this time of here (the twins and the hubs!), half the family decided to take on allergies to Goldenrod and the tissues have been flying!  I was hit hard for a couple of days and about the time I got better, I thought it a good idea to dump 2 - 20 year old spice bottles of cayenne pepper into the trash at once.

A plume of dust followed.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Nashville Flea Market - The Good, The Bad, and......

So some of you know how bloody excited I was about heading out to the Nashville Flea Market a couple weeks ago.  When you have your itinerary scheduled down to bathroom breaks, this is a serious trip!  One of my kids was headed to Awa-Con that weekend with friends, so we packed - minimally - the other three kids up in the truck fully prepared to come back with a load and a half!

Then freaking reality hit when we got there!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Armoire Doors and Chandeliers!

I've been working on several projects.... at once, all while  making everything she's freaking wearing preparing my oldest daughter for Awa-Con coming up this weekend.  I do not E-ver want to make "Marceline - The Vampire Queen's" blade guitar again.  I went through two types of styrofoam before getting one that didn't  leave the entire house looking like a blizzard had blown through.  It not only had to be carved, but sanded as well.

Ever tried sanding styrofoam.  Don't!  Trust me.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Gold Leaf Vintage Wood Tray

I learned today that gold leafing is a very religious experience.  I swear I said "Help me Jesus", more times than I care to admit.  There were several prayers as well to hold onto my patience and give me strength to get through the process.

God just has that way though of making you work through a process until you get the hang of it!  This was no different.  He wasn't gonna let me give up and I wasn't going to have a half-finished tray on my hand.

So I persevered.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Vintage Dough Bin in RED!

Not sure if you're the same or not, but I am SO bad at taking before AND after pictures.  I get so busy with what I need to do: the kids, the housework, and the painting, that I totally forget about those all-important before pics.  I swear I promise to get better at it though.

I picked up this vintage dough bin - though I think it might be more in the antique range since the screws are old flatheads and not a phillips screw to be found on the thing!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Time To Get Organized!

School has started, business is picking up, and I'm.... A.... Mess!  Literally, this is what my work table has turned into of late:

What a Freaking Mess!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Hotel De L'Avenir" Side Table

Here's a simple little side table that I picked up recently at a local estate sale.  Nothing like a good, solid antique table with good bones.  Other than a little tightening of a leg, she was practically flawless.

Here she is before:

And here she is now:

Monday, August 13, 2012

"God Save The Queen" Chair

I guess I started this chair with the spirit of the 2012 Olympics in mind.  After I started it I began to have second thoughts since one of the pages I follow on Facebook suddenly announced that they were "So over Union Jack" now.  Well, I was already into it so I decided to press on and am ever so glad I did too.  She turned out great!

I found this cane back chair that had a whole in the cane.  Not experienced yet with replacing (I'm studying though), I decided to reupholster with a cushion instead.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

MORE awesome freebie finds..... and Cake!

So it's been a rather interesting week in the land of V.R.  School is getting ready to start, and thus having four children, I'm trying to get them clothed and outfitted with gear without dancing near the treacherous waters of bankruptcy.

The "freebie" gods were listening!

I wish they would pimp my ride into something like this when I go pickin though!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Few "Roadside Pickup" Transitions

Don't you love a good find on the side of the road?!  I'm itching for a ticket because I do so many U-turns for these things.  My latest was a pair of corbels on the side of the road on my way to Columbus, GA Monday.  My only question is "Why do people throw out the most usable things?"

"Because the Universe secretly knows who they actually belong too!!"

People Like Us!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nothing like an afternoon quickie!

Recently got my ASCP in "Florence" the other day and couldn't wait to try it out.  I had a bunch of stuff that was given to me by our friend in Florida and in that "pile" was this table:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

French Script End Table

The hubs was kind enough, one day, to stop by a little yard sale on his way home.  It was kind of late in the day and the lady was itching to rid herself of what she had left, so he ended up picking up a little wooden end table and about 20 picture frames for a whopping five dollars!

Whoo Hoo!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Victorian Rocker I FINALLY finished!

O.... M.... G!!!

Have you ever had a piece that you couldn't wait to get finished, yet loathed working on?  That was me and my Victorian Rocker which has now been dubbed "The Wedding Rocker" because of it's looks.  This was a project that was actually suppose to be very simple:  paint, make cushion, sell!  Yet the OCD side of me got ALL huffy and puffy and it just kept getting added onto, and going this way and that.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pin-Striped, Grain Sack Chair

I recently finished, and then sold, a chair that I found at a local thrift store in the area.  It seems people want to get rid of perfectly good chairs for cheap around here.

I win!

It was originally painted what looked like plastic blue which made the whole chair look "Blue Light Special" cheap.  I don't even know if the plastic ribbed vinyl cover on the cushion and chair back is even worth mentioning.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

French-Style Antiqued Architectural Cornice

A few weeks ago I happened on a couple of pieces in my neighborhood that nearly had me getting tickets for making illegal U-turns all over the place.  This piece - along with the two free columns a high school drama department had thrown out - was one of them.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Industrial Vintage "HOME" Letters

So I'm trying to write a little quicker about some of things I'm working on.  I am currently making 80+ cream colored rosettes for my antique platform rocker which I have lovingly started calling the "Wedding Rocker" since that's what it's beginning to remind me of with all these stinking flowers I've been burning my fingers off with making.  I just love glue guns.... don't you?

I did manage to finish a set of "HOME" Industrial Vintage-looking letters today.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Polyvore for Designing

My oldest daughter just turned me onto a really cool design site known as Polyvore.  If any of you are into paper arts or scrapbooking, you may be familiar with Somerset Studio Magazine and their sister magazine Digital Studio Magazine.  It was in the latest copy of Digital Studio that I found an article on Polyvore.  After mentioning it to my daughter, she screamed pleasantly reminded me that she told me about the site MONTHS ago.

I guess now was a good time to check it out.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Steampunk Vagabond Luggage

Found a set of faux vintage luggage the other day when I was making arrangements to set up shop in Angel's Antiques - where my stuff will be located from now on.  They were a steal and I just HAD to buy them not knowing what I was gonna do with them.

Keep them.... Sell them..... Keep them..... Sell them

Decisions, decisions!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

French Inspired Piano Bench

So my big news of the week is that I'm finally getting a retail space to sell my "stuff" in.  I've got it stashed all over the house and we're busting at the seams here!  You can find me and my wares over at Angel's Antiques in Opelika, Alabama.  For those of you who may be thinking that's a place just west of Mars; it's actually located right next to Auburn, Alabama. There are days it does resemble Mars though, so you're not too far off there!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bringing Garden Art into the Kitchen

I had this idea the other day that I thought I'd try out in my kitchen, and maybe you can give me a few reviews on it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My First Steampunk Adventure

Ever had one of those pieces of furniture your kids - or somebody's kids - got hold of and never looked the same?  That was me and a dresser that I bought for my youngest two girls who thought it was better used as a jungle gym.  I swear, the clothes were out of that thing more than they were in it because the "girls" liked to stand in the drawers and have a dance party(???).

I truly have strange kids!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Industrial-Looking Magazine Rack

Our office/workroom/kids-wanna-make-it-a-playroom is always in some state of disarray these days.  I can't even begin to tell you the mounds of supplies and paperwork that has accumulated in what should be a sunroom for relaxing.  I so hate small houses!

The hubs has been bugging me to death lately to get some sort of In/Out box for myself so that the paperwork he needs me to do for his business isn't usually accidentally sent to one of the kids teachers instead.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Making of a French Wine Barrel Lid

Even though I have about a ba-zillion projects on my to-do list, I literally found myself "bored" the other day as to what to do.

"Oh Please!"

We artist/crafters/junkers know we have no boring days, but I did, I swear!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Barn Wood-style frame, A Soap Dispenser, and my Kitchen Island Wanna-Be

So I finished up a couple of projects today that seems like they have been sitting on the To-Do list since last year forever! The first is the antique French grain sack that I wanted to turn into a hanging picture instead of using it on furniture this time.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Wicker Chair Makeover..... French-Style!

So we had this wicker chair that was from the hubs old office that eventually ended up in our living room. Looking a bit like the ugly stepsister in the room of late, I had an ADD moment and decided on a whim that she need a facelift.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

French Grain Sack Chair Reupholstery

Well.... after much drooling and looking around on the net, I made myself this little chair that seems to be making a “fuss” on Etsy these days. I've been coveting a French Grain Sack chair for sometime now, and after pouring over several more sites on how to put this together; I took on the challenge a few months ago.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Resurrecting the Old Fireplace Mantel

I guess you could say that my first major piece was the fireplace mantel of my house. I was motivated to do it after painting a little bird cage my daughter and her friend found in the woods behind the house Christmas before last. It sat around here for a while before I picked up a can of white spray paint and went to town on it. After setting it in my garden, my desire for taking the “unwantables” and making them loveable again began. I haven't looked back since!

Back to the fireplace though.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In The Beginning.......

The forming of Vintage Resurrections first started back when I was doing another blog. Some of you might remember my writings and rants over a Tales From The Trenches of Parenting. But writing about the family and it's up's and downs became – quite frankly – boring. There is only so much you can write about kids tantrums and the issues of married life cause a ba-ZILLION people are doing it already all over the world. The final straw came when I started “writing” about other companies products in order to make a buck off the blog.

It was time to close that chapter of my life's journey.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Online Market Place is now available!

Just wanted to drop a line that my online market  place is open.  Just click on the link to the left and you can see what I currently have for sale.  Check back often as fun stuff is constantly being added.  If you have any questions about what you see, just email me at


Friday, January 27, 2012

Welcome to Vintage Resurrections!

I'll be up and running soon on this new website that took for-E-ver to figure out a background that nine million other site users weren't using.  I'm cheap and so I'm learning to do background designing on  my own, LOL!

Meanwhile, you can find me on Facebook at "Vintage Resurrections".

I'm setting pages for my projects; current and past.  Plus, I'll have a store page for items - made and found - to sell.

I'm currently on Etsy as well if you want to check out my current stuff that I've done.

Check back often, share with your friends, and hope to have you share this journey with me....

Love to ALL and God Bless!!