Sunday, May 2, 2010



 A couple of weeks ago I shared with you some of the things my Mr. AGPMan and I hauled back from Tennessee.  Remember this POST from mid April? Part of the treasures we brought back to Oklahoma included the sweet vintage chest and the newer mirror you see above...

Although they didn't actually 'go together', I loved how the two pieces looked  when 'married '! :)

You may not believe me but they actually called out to me and said...
"Rebecca~please take us home.  We've been sitting here in this nasty cold and lonely antique shoppe for sooo long now and have been waiting for many months years for our long deserved transformation!  Won't you PLEASE help us?  Won't you at least TRY to make us beautiful?"

Well now...what could I say and do?

They came home with me and LOTS of their friends, too! :) :) :)

Now...when I have furniture waiting for a transformation I can hardly wait to get started.  But...with the reopening of my website last week (I added some new pretties today!) I had to put off the much needed makeover(s).  At least this gave my guy a chance to get started on the MANY repairs that were needed.  Old stuff ALWAYS seems to need fixing...especially the drawers and runners of vintage chests and dressers...

I have a thing for tired, worn out stuff.  Even when an old find doesn't really qualify as a true antique, I believe nearly anything with good bones can be transformed.


Take this old chest of drawers from the 1960's...

Hiding inside this fairly decent looking solid wood piece was a multitude of damage.  Nearly every drawer was loose and the entire frame had to be clamped and glued.  Ugh!

Here she is with her totally pink, shabbilicious makeover...

Now...I'm going to remind you again about ZINSSER Primer! 

Give your furniture a couple of good (but not thick) coats of this amazing stuff before painting!  I use a sponge brush because when they get yucky I can toss them out.  I also love the Satin Finish on almost any house/interior latex paint (Behr at Home Depot is good and so is Signature Traditions at Lowe's).  Just remember to lightly sand in-between coats.  This will keep any nubbies down to a minimum and help to give your piece great coverage.  If you are going to distress your piece I recommend you wait at least two days for your paint to cure.  This will help to keep it from 'rolling' up and embedding itself into your sandpaper!

If you are local you can see these sweet old  pieces in my booth at The French Quarter Antique Shoppe located on Britton Road in Oklahoma City! :)  I'll also be uploading pictures of them on my website sometime tomorrow in case ANYONE wants to pay the enormous shipping costs to bring them to their doorstep! :)  

Might me better to do what we did...plan a trip out here and pull a U-Haul Trailer back home!  Probably cheaper! :) 

Blessings for a lovely day...


Unknown said...

Ohhhh! You've done it again, sweet Rebecca! How romantically gorgeous these beauties have been once again brought to life.

You are so fortunate to be gifted with such exquisite abilities to create.

Have a beautiful Sunday, Rebecca.
Hugs in love, Marydon

myletterstoemily said...

i love your new website and will
definitely be making some purchases
in the next few months.

but, seriously, furniture talks to you?
that is like your x-men gift!

you transformed a dresser that i
would not even SEE into a work of

Anonymous said...

Oh my! Love these pieces! Love you too, lovely lady! ♥

Deanna said...

Dear Rebecca,
You have a delicate touch with your decorating that's so pleasant and pleasing!!!

Really like your decorating style.

It must be the God in you that goes after the tired pieces of furniture and revitalizes it to new life! Just like God going after tired and weary people desiring to give them new life and beauty.

Love your blog and think your website is lovely.

So glad to know about A GATHERING OF THOUGHTS.

God bless and shine on,
d from HomeHaven

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Dear Rebecca, I love the 'marriage' of the two pieces. I believe they were meant to be. I am sure it will be sold from The French Quater before you know it. Some one will be very lucky indeed!! Creativity at it's finest, Maureen.....

Anonymous said...

Hi Most Beautiful Rebecca! Oh, you're so very good. Your pieces are so lovely and your painting of the little roses just makes them smile!
So glad you can take those olden pieces and bring new life to them!
Thanks for popping in!
I'm having a party on Friday, May 7th. Wanna come? It's a Bathroom Snapping Diva Party! There's a little button on my sidebar where you can find out about it. If you can get away from your painting, come by!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

VM Creation Atelier said...

Oh,my Godness Rebecca!!!-)*
How do you do these great work?!

My very,very,very talented Friend from these magic blogland,you can truly SO much with you inspirational mind and with you brilliant hands,my dear!!!

You make over is totally breathtaking and SO unforgetteble romantic...LOVE you creations,my sweet Rebecca!:-)))

My Love and hugs for you,

Julie Marie said...

Hello Rebecca... oooh, these are both just gorgeous! I LOVE vintage furniture and you have given these a new life, and so very beautiful... I would want to take a U-Haul if I went there too! xoxo Julie Marie

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

What beautiful transformations these have gone thru! I know who ever purchases these will treasure them for years to come! Before I paint furniture I use the Zinsser Primer :) Thanks for recommending it!

Victorian1885 said...

Again Rebecca..lovely! I have so many pieces I could be painting & you inspire me to get busy! Off now to check out the new pieces on your web site. Take care..


Nancy's Notes said...

Rebecca! I want to be like you! You know how to truly make anything look so wonderful, thanks for sharing.


Vicki said...

Hi, Rebecca,
You have that "magic touch" that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary!!! Congratulations on these beautiful wooden pieces and also on the opening of your new on-line store. Everything is amazing. Love and blessings, dear friend! Vicki

Carrie Cooper said...

Carrie @

Hi, Rebecca!
This is my first visit to your blog. I noticed you live in Edmond, Ok. I lived there for 2 years before moving back to TX. We loved it there! Your work is beautiful, keep inspiring!

Rita said...

Oh, you do beautiful, beautiful work. Wish you could teach me to paint those roses!!!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

You are just too darn good. Look at all the pink loveliness. Love it all.


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh gosh.. that is one pretty dresser & chest of drawers too! love the handpainted roses! beautifully done!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Everything is so lovely that you already transformed!! I can't wait to see what you are going to do with your U Haul It full of goodies!!
Thanks also for the tips on the primer and sanding!

Tanza said...

Hi my Sweet Beautiful friend,
BEAUTIFUL !! My daughter wants this dresser, and wants to know if you would be able to send for her room .. She's loving the mirror on top !! Now, that's a compliment, when EvEn a young adult wants pretty and made-over !! I told her the u-haul doesn't cme to Cali ... :(:( Can you EvEn imagine if I lived close to you ?! I would go broke my friend .. Loving all you're hands touch .. Missing you my friend ~
hugs ~tea~ xo

Unknown said...

Love your work, those are gorgeous furniture!!!

joey said...

Dear Rebecca, how clever you are ! The furniture looks simply darling. I love your blog altogether, hugs, joey

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

And, as always.....they are sooo sweet. sure can accomplish a lot... I was thinking of you today while it was taking the entire DAY to make two pillows. I can't figure out how you do it.


Deanna said...

Hi Rebecca!
Getting back to you about the movie.
The Billy Graham Movie was at select Theaters about 2 years ago and I missed it. Daughter ordered it on NetFlix and received it through the mail. I want to watch it again...liked it. A very good and easy to watch film.
If you check out the net site for the movie you can watch some of the movie. Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham

God bless,

A Southern Rose said...

Your furniture is so beautiful. I love the mirror on this one! It really looks like it was meant to go together. I tried to go to your website but it would'nt let me. I've not been visiting many blogs for the last couple of weeks. I'm glad to be back among all of you. I've missed it. Can't wait to see your website.

Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my son Cole's singing. We are not sure what is going to happen with everything. He has his hopes up. I know that if this is what God wants for him, it will be.

Lee Laurie

Dolores said...

Thanks so much for sharing the products and the how to for re-finishing. I've written them on a piece of paper and wish I could do something just 1/2 as good as yours.

Your work/art is so beautiful!!!!

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

hey Sweet Rebecca the dresser looks stunning as always & the mirror does match perfectly. Some VERY lucky person will be taking this quite green here....

Hope you had a great weekend Hun...

Lyn xxx

Cinnamonstitch said...

You are definitly the queen of transformation,,Just beautiful, you Inspire me all the time. I inherited an antique dresser from my mother in law but it is the old brown stain, Its sitting in my garage calling out to me to give her a fresh pretty paint job, but my hubby cringes at the thought, but why let it sit under a tarp for 20 more years when Ill use it , if it is all prettied up? Im Just going to put it in my painting booth with the rest of my junkin stuff and PAINT IT. She wants to come in the house anyway :)
Wish I could come see your booth, but a bit of a drive from So.Calif. so Ill admire from afar
Thanks for sharing

Rebecca Nelson said...

Cynthia...Thank you for your comment! I tried to access your blog via your profile but it says it's not available! :(

About the furniture...

Nothing makes me more sad about old finds than to see them languishing alone, dusty and worn and covered up. We all have our own ideas of beauty and certainly not everyone loves painted finds. But...I'd much rather paint something old and worn out than let it stay unused and unloved for years and years. I think you are GOOD TO GO! Your hubbs will come around. I know it. Thanks for writing!


Mari said...


Ginger said...

OH Rebecca how yummy that union made. And with your roses painted on it, well, there are no words. Just exquisite. I can't wait to get my latest order from you, that pedestal is to die for beautiful. Love it sooo much.
Love to you friend,

Unknown said...

Rebecca the chest and mirror is a match made in Heaven. It turned out wonderfully. I think you are the queen of recueing and restoring. I love how you bring new beauty to forgotten pieces.

Debbie said...

Hello Rebecca, I came upon your website and found the same 1960's dresser that I have and had as a little girl. I would like to redo it with a black distressed look to match a bedroom that I have redecorated. Will I need to primer it first? Don't want to use white primer when I am painting it black. Is there a a black primer that I could use in the place of the white? Thank you, in advance for a prompt response, Debbie

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