Monday, June 4, 2012



A few weeks ago I shared with you some pictures of my La Chaumière de Briarwood and how most of the things my hubby and I have purchased for our home were bought second hand.  Something doesn't have to be old for me to love it or for it to have value.  I've uncovered some of the most incredible finds over the years and even though sometimes I walk away empty handed I never feel like a trip to the thrift store has been in vain.  

Today I'm going to show you two things I snagged at our local Goodwill early last week.  Both were great finds, one old and one newer!

The vintage chair you see above was at one time a fairly high-end chair.  I saw a pair sell recently for $275.  Sadly, this particular one was NOT well taken care of.  It was close to what I would call filthy and the back and front glue joints were popped.  The chair was heavily scratched, dinged and nicked.  Since it was originally painted and hand stenciled there was no way to restore it.  That made it a perfect candidate for a makeover.  Some glue clamps, sandpaper and a couple coats of my favorite paint and she was ready for some artwork.

Amazingly the Rush Seat was un-damaged.  I couldn't believe it!  It made the $4.99 asking price a no-brainer! :)  I gently distressed the chair after it was painted and added hand painted accents to the back using a mix of wrought iron black and deep brown paint.

The second thing I found was a fabulous medium sized stool.  It was in perfect condition with the legs still in their original wood finish with the seat a chalkboard black.  I sanded down the entire thing (removing the shiny finish) and then painted it with the same paint I used for the Hitchcock chair. 

This piece was actually a little harder to makeover.  All those spindly legs take time to paint!  But...I'm loving how it came out.  The stool cost me more than the chair did, but only by a couple of bucks.  Had it needed ANY repair work I'd have skipped on it.  Glad I hauled it home with me now!

I love old mail boxes, but generally I paint roses on them.  I haven't found one in a long time.  This one had a motif on the front I hated and when I removed it it left two holes.  So...I opted to attach a sweet rose floral applique to the front panel and skip the painting.  Sweet for a change!

After ten days my Miss K goes home today :...( and I'm kinda bummed.  I'll get more work done once she leaves, but I'm sure going to miss her.  We had so much fun!  Here's a picture of her Fleur-delis and Paris painting.  Not sure what else was going on here...but I always let her paint SOMETHING when I'm working on a new project!  Between the stories, the shopping and the endless giggles I'm

Hope your Monday is wonderful...

Blessings as you recycle, renew and repurpose...


pembrokeshire lass said...

Love the chair and stool makeover. I bought a mirror that I wanted at a carboot sale last Saturday and the woodden surround needs some tidying up but suits exactly where I'd planned and it was only £3. The mirror is perfect. Doesn't it make you feel good when you get a good buy. Sorry about Miss K going home. It is tiring but so worth it when you have the priviledge to spend time with them and show them some new things. Joan

Jeannie B. said...

I am always amazed at how easy you make it sounds to completely change up something! And so beautifully.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Isn't it amazing what you can find at Goodwill?! Love your finds and what you did with them:)

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca,
I just love everything you do and that's a fact. You are so talented and your art is everything I wish that I could create.

Your little one is adorable. I know you'll miss her.


Susan said...

Rebecca, I love your Frenchie stuff!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

My 3 year old granddaughter just left the other day and I was pretty done in myself, but, I love spending one on one time with all of them! Your makeovers are that chair!~Hugs, Patti

Theresa said...

Oh so pretty transformations:) Love Miss K's artwork too! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Jen said...

You are so talented. I think to have a vision of what a piece will/could like is a gift in itself!

I see that Ms. K has your talent already...lucky girl to have such a kind Nanna


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

You transformed some of your bargains into treasures. Glad Miss K was with you and enjoyed time together.
Love you and have a great new week!

Debby said...

Hi,Becky!! your works are always sooo's wonderful the way you share with us your life,your home and your projects!! thank you!! you know the Emblem under the word Boulangerie of your kitchen stool is the Emblem of Florence ,our beautiful italian town! ^_^ Hugs,Debby

Marilyn said...

Ii think Miss K has more talent with a paint brush than I do! I'm good with a spray can or a roller brush using one color! Maybe this will be the summer I actually paint a piece of furniture!♥♫

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Sweet, sweet picture...I really have got to show two my kids did...maybe I will do that later this week....they are like 20 plus years old now...but precious to me!

Kathy said...

Hello Beth,
I adore the transformation of the chair and the bench - tres' chic! It is amazing that the rush seat was not damaged considering the condition you described! Marvelous find - I hope you have a blessed week,

NanaNor's said...

Rebecca, You are simply amazing and one talented lady!!!!! Your creativity can be seen in every item you touch. I thought of you this weekend because I saw something that had a Fleur-delis on it. Hope you'll have a wonderful time creating more beautiful pieces. I so understand how men can have a negative impact of yard sales. It is never as much fun with my sweet hubby as it is with a girlfriend.
Hugs today.


How's business at your booth?! You certainly have pretty goodies that you have transformed!
Always appreciate the visit!

(Mustard seed faith, AMEN!)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Your creations are of course gorgeous! That chair had great bones!


NanaDiana said...

Love your furniture makeovers! You did a wonderful job on both pieces. I know that you will miss your little MissK when she is gone. The house just suddenly seems so QUIET, doesn't it? Have a great week-xo Diana

ps. Did you know I have a brand new baby grandson? I will be showing some more pics of him tomorrow- xo Diana

Mouse said...

ooo love your wee finds and your restorations to them ... your little GD is cute and looks rather like me at that age ... and she looks like she is taking after you with the painting talent too :) love mouse xxxx

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

LOVE, love, love your transformations! The picture of the chair, stool, and birdie house is so very charming! I so enjoy looking at your pretties. Wish I could browse through your shop. Have a delightful weekend.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Love your makeovers as always, Rebecca, but what I really love today is seeing Miss K's sweet face and artwork! I do believe she is gonna be an artist, too! Love her fleur de lis! :0) I sooo wanna come shop your store this summer!

Big TX Hugs,

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