Friday, July 17, 2009

SHABBY CHIC SEWING and MORE Hand Painted Pink Roses

VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE COVER

Hello cottage lovin' friends! Do you remember my post for a couple months back (May 2nd) when I shared with you about finding this sweet vintage sewing machine cover in an antique shoppe in a neighboring town? I chatted about how I hadn't seen one in many years and even though it was painted with cheap black paint and sloppy purple roses I decided to bring it home with me. Well, I finally finished giving it a repaint and I couldn't wait to show it to you. I'm a tad bit crazy about nearly all vintage finds that are sewing related and I'm fortunate to have some sweet old treasures scattered about in my home...this darling old Cover is now my very favorite!

A couple weeks ago my Mr. AGPMan and I stopped at several antique stores and second hand shops to do some treasure shopping while traveling north. Guess what we found??? Yep! At least FOUR of these Covers and they were all in amazing condition! For years I didn't see even one and then within about 2 months (and without any effort) we discover five...

PERFECT FOR MY COTTAGE HOME

AFTER BASE PAINTING

I finally got around to painting my wonderful old find last weekend. I haven't decided where I going to put it yet, but I'm thinking about using it in a display above my TV Armoire (Cabinet). It is truly a charming piece and one I'm happy to keep...

Now...don't forget~ When you decide to refurbish vintage finds with paint, especially if they are wood, PRIME FIRST! Use Zinsser Primer which is available at Lowe's...it is fantastic!!!

For this Cover I first primed and then base painted using Behr Cottage White Paint from Home Depot (I LOVE THIS PAINT). Hand Painted Roses were added using acrylic Folk Art Craft Paint in several colors. Sealed with a hand-rubbed wax finish... DONE!

Blessings to you as you continue to discover new ways to display those treasured old finds...Rebecca

27 comments:

Connie said...

Lovely, sugar! I'm finding that as I near 70 yrs. of age that I'm having to scale down. Eeeeeeeekkk!!!! But I simply can't fit any more "fluff" into this house that Love Bunny says we will live in forever—as in DIE here! I've furnished a granddaughter's apartment so far and several trips to thrift stores. Gads, this is tearing my heart out! Where in the world do you find space for all th' "fluff and froufrou"?!?!
xoxo,
Connie

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Beautiful!! Rebecca, only you could turn an old sewing machine cover into a magnificent work of art! Lovely!!

n said...

This turned out so beautiful, Rebecca. I love that Zinsser primer, too. Haven't tried the Behr paint, though, have always been stuck on Ralph Lauren's whites. Thanks for the tip.
--nelda ream

Marilyn said...

Hi Rebecca!!
I am in Love...... What can I say??? Your art & vintage finds work so well together. I love it!!
Have a wonderful Weekend!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

blushing rose said...

... and the sun is filtering thru to a beautiful day!

As always, Rebecca, there is nothing like waking up to view another exquisite creation as I sip my cup of tea & drift away in your rose designs. Breathtaking ... I wish I now had my Mother's 'cover'.

Blessings, TTFN ~Marydon

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Rebecca. That is just to die for. How beautiful is that? I can't paint, so God truly gifted you as those roses are exquisite. I am so pleased for you. Just beautiful honey, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing this beautiful morning. Stop by and say hi. Country Hugs, Sherry

~~Deby said...

It is beautiful ....you do such a beautiful job..I don't blame you for keeping it...
deby
what brand of wax do you use..can I ask?

Shelia said...

OH, Rebecca! I love this sewing machine cover! It's wonderful! Will these fit any machines? I would really be interested in purchasing one of these for my machine. I have a Kenmore free standing (well, it's not in a cabinet and just sits on my desk). Let me know if you'll be painting and selling the other three.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

common ground said...

You did a beautiful job on this cover. I have found several of these, and sadly, have re-sold them. Now I know how they can become real treasures.
Debra

Tanza said...

Ooohhh ~r~,
I'm in LoVe AGAIN !! This is gorgeous !! Okay, If this is YOURS !! You bought 4 more !! Does that mean one is MINE !! Ooohh you know how I can't stand when you have one thing more than mee..You will have to let me know.. I've told you a thousand times, BUT, you NEVER CEASE to amaze and entice my creative thoughts !! Just BEAUTIFUL my friend !! Have a happy, sunshiney kinda day !!
Big huggers ~tea~xo

Rebecca said...

Sheila & Tanza & Deby...

Whoops...I wasn't clear! I FOUND more of the covers, but I didn't BUY them! The places we stopped had tons of gorgeous things but they were all sky-high in price. I paid only a few dollars for the cover I'm keeping. The ones we saw on our trip were $75-$125. We were SHOCKED! So....I passed on them. Now I'm SORTA wishing I'd at least bought one! SOOOOO Sorry! If I ever find more I'll be sure to let you know! OK?

About the wax...if your item is non-white in color you can use paste wax or even floor wax (this is great for outdoor signs, etc.). If it is a white item try Beeswax. It's big bucks though and oly available on-line as far as I can tell.

xo Rebecca

June said...

As usual Rebecca, it is beautiful. I love this machine cover and can see why you are going to keep it. It will look perfect in your cottage.
Hugs,
June

Tanza said...

Oohh ~r~,
WHAT !! baaaaa baaa..sniff, sniff,.. Okay, pick myself up, and I gotta it, I'll wait til you tire of yours !! Yep !! I'll just wait !! Don't you LoVe a whiney friend..hahaha.. Love to you as always..xxoo
hugs ~tea~

Deanna said...

What a pleasant way to add charm to an item and decorate with.
Very informative.

Liked this read.
Have a great week-end,
~D~

Karen Valentine said...

WooHoo!!! Party day is just a week away! I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's creative spaces. I have a request... I thought it would be easier for everyone to leave comments if we all turned off comment moderation and word verification during the day (or maybe week) of the party. To do that, go to customize, settings, comments...then scroll down to turn off comment moderation and word verification.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous week. See you next Friday!!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

VINTAGE BLISS COTTAGE said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. IT IS SO NEAT TO WATCH YOUR WORK GROW AND CHANGE OVER THE YEARS, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, I HAVE PIECES FROM A FEW YEARS AGO, THEY ARE JUST AS GORGEOUS, BUT YOUR ROSES TODAY ARE AS IF THEY WERE PUMPED FULL OF CONFIDENCE, LIKE OH YEAH, LOOK AT THIS...LOL. LOVE SEEING ALL THAT YOU CREATE, YOU INSPIRE ME. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, ENJOY YOUR EARLY MORNING HUNT AND P.S... YAY FOR ETSY! YOU GO GIRL!

Sares said...

It looks gorgeous! Thanks for the tips about the paint as well. Have a terrific day!

Rebecca said...

VBC/Heather~ You know what girl? I've missed you soooo much! I forgot all about how witty and humorous you were! You totally make me smile.

I've got new things for Etsy this weekend and a couple even for eBay. We'll see how it goes.

About the roses...gosh did I pray for some serious help. Just couldn't find my own way until I was almost ready to quit. So...I asked God to help direct my path (He promises us HE WILL)~ And you know what? He did!

xoRebecca

Brushed By An Angel said...

Rebecca - This is a real beauty. I thought I had posted already but it didn't show up. Your roses are beautiful. I have never tried the cottage white paint but when I get back from the Art Expo I plan to buy some. I want to try painting my roses a soft as yours - your blog has so much info in it, I love reading it.

Sandra said...

Rebecca, it looks very pretty! I love Cottage White paint. That's the paint I use too. :)
Blessings,
Sandra

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Lovely as always Rebecca. I have a question for you, when you do the handles they are usually a plastic or some other product. Do you prime the same way as you do the base on the object itself or do you do anything different?

Love the roses!!

Martha's Favorites said...

Wish I had your talent to paint roses, the cover came out beautiful. You are very talented. Have a great weekend. Martha

Rebecca said...

ASITIME/Tammy~ I paint EVERYTHING with the primer first. If it is something plastic then you will have to use some sort of paint that will adhere to that kind of surface or it will just flake off. I rough metal up with sand paper first, then prime. The handles on ALL the covers I saw (as well as on mine) have all been wood with metal trim. Hope this helps my friend. Happy painting!

xoRebecca

palepinkandroses said...

I absolutely love these, they are beautiful.

Lisa

VINTAGE BLISS COTTAGE said...

REBECCA,
YES, I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO BE WITTY IN MY TIME LOL SARCASTIC TOO, PROBABLY TOO MUCH FOR MY OW GOOD. I JUST RE READ YOUR COMMENT ON MY BLOG, I DIDN'T REALIZE YOU ASKED WHEN I WAS DUE. MY DUE DATE IS NOV.9TH. MAYBE SOONER, WE SHALL SEE IF I CAN MAKE IT THAT FAR! DAVEY WAS ESTIMATED AT 11 LBS 4OZ, I HAD HIM 2 WEEKS EARLY AND HE WAS 9 LB 10 OZ YIKES, HOPE THIS ONE IS HEALTHY, BUT LITTLE LOL.

Sheila said...

You site i always so beautiful. The posts are soft, colorful and sweet.

Lee Laurie said...

I think that you did such a beautiful job on the sewing machine cover! I wonder if my Mom still has hers? I'll have to ask her. I didn't know that they were that expensive. WOW

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

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