Friday, March 25, 2011

Imperfections vs. Patina ~



When I first started decorating, I wanted everything to be perfect....

A perfect coffee table with no scratches, a perfect frame with no chipped edges, no distressed paint, no tattered edges, no staining...and certainly no rust!!

I only wanted perfection....

I look around me now and see that things have changed... 
Really changed!!

Somewhere down my decorating path

I started seeing imperfections as "patina"...

Here's a sampling of the patina from my family room... All these photos show vintage items that have the original patina that comes from years of use.... All authentic patina!!


Lovely lady garden statue that graces my family room,,,

She doesn't need any botox...
I think her weathered appearance is priceless...


Years and years of outdoor elements 
creates perfection
at least in my eyes.
Her paint looks chippy but is not flaky...

When bringing garden items in, if the paint is flaking off, you can get spray paint called "Clear Coat" which will preserve surface and keep the paint intact... Be sure to get "flat" not gloss!


Old wood table
probably Italian...



Scratched and worn from years of use...


It only gets better with time...


This concrete piece is an old column topper...

It is wonderfully decayed and while Restoration Hardware is now reproducing them,  you just can't beat the real thing!

I purchased this from my good friend Jennifer 
years and years ago...

You can see this in my mast photo which Jennifer took when she photographed my home for Cottage of the Month back in August 2010. CLICK HERE FOR A TOUR


I have lots of different sized candles on top that were all purchased at Target. I love their unscented candles and they are long lasting and cheap!


When I was a young bride, 
I would have never displayed dripping candles 
or thought wax fragments were pretty... 
but now...
PERFECTION...


These tattered book edges show history 
that they have been loved and well read... 

With all our electronic devices 
(Kindles, Nooks, iPad, Sony Reader)
I fear that books will be a thing of the past...

Please stop ripping the covers off of your books!


An old oil painting with some bumps and bruises...


and scratches....
only adds to it's charm!


Old brown transferware.... 
YUM!!!!


The staining and crazing may turn some collectors away...
but not me...

The more the better !!


I love using old chamber pots as plant containers...
Buy a topiary and slip it in...

when you water your plant, 
the saucer is already built right in!


Mine happens to have a big hairline crack...
oh well...

It doesn't show!


Wicker baskets at my house are not perfect
broken wicker is completely acceptable at my house...


My old door turned into a floor mirror...



Lots of chippy paint
but lots of character...


Rusty crusty hinges make it extra special
at least in my opinion!


Old pickle jar with glass bubbles and a crooked neck
sits on an antique floral plant holder...


Vintage tole with original paint is my favorite...


Another garden element...


This concrete dove is so sweet...


A chippy metal tole basket made into a lamp....


Tarnished silver holding a succulent...


This antique wicker table has loads of distressing 
which has happened naturally over time..


And a stained oak top is full of water marks 
and even has some cigarette burns (not mine!)


An old brass knob has a warm mellow patina from time...



A naturally rusted old bird cage...


Lots of rust and patina on this piece... 
I love to collect antique cages of all sizes 
and did a post on them that you can read HERE


This old chandelier was purchased for $20 
at my favorite Wednesday Flea Market


Very chippy and dirty
I did very little cleanup to it.

I like the dirt
who knew?

I added the vintage bulb covers which I found at a little thrift store. The bulb cover pack looked like it had never been used. I was really lucky this chandy only needed three bulb covers because the pack was missing one!


This is a 100+ pound metal pediment that I purchased to hang over my kitchen sink. It turned into quite a production to hang it. It was so heavy it required two men just to hold it up. A big wood support had to be bolted into the wall studs and then this pediment was bolted into the wood support. I didn't end up putting it over the sink... why? Well, I have been known to move things around (just a little) and once this pediment was up, there was no moving it. Ever. I wasn't sure about the kitchen location... so I had to pick a safer spot. It now is mounted on the wall over my family room hutch. It's hung at a height to make it looks as though it's propped on top but I assure you that in Earthquake country this thing is bolted! You can click the following photo to enlarge...




An authentic grain sack made into a pillow...
This beauty is from 3 Fine Grains


Years of real use 
makes this grain sack stained and worn 
but full of rich history....


I have some Restoration Hardware imitation pillows
but nothing compares to the real thing...


What do you know....
my old crate became another magazine holder...
I need a 12 step program for my magazine addiction!


Old antique pictures...


With old wavy glass
and sun drenched mats...


and chippy frames!!


There is a special story about this picture...  

You know when you are at the flea market and you are debating about buying something? Well, that was me with this picture. But I didn't buy it and I regretted it so.... I just couldn't get it out of my mind. Any flea market junkie can tell you a story about the "one that got away".. That night I called my friend, Cheryl, and I was telling her about the picture I didn't buy and how it was haunting me. I described it to her and she told me "I bought that picture today at the flea market, I have it right here".  Problem was, she wasn't ready to part with it...just yet... but Cheryl's an antique dealer so I knew that eventually she would be selling it... and she did... to me... and I love that picture!! It is my VERY FAVORITE of all my antiques in my entire house!!

Okay, this post is getting long so let's wrap it up...

So, as you can see there is a lot of chippy, worn, battered, peeling, rusty, weathered patina going on in just one room. I generally find that it works really well with smaller pieces and accessories. Most of my big furniture items, such as the hutch, coffee table, couch and chair are not antiques so the balance {for me} is just right. I'm not sure I would be comfortable having everything shabby and worn.  I like to mix old and new...

How about you? 
When you look at a vintage item

do you see 

PATINA 

or do you see 

IMPERFECTIONS??

Do you love rust or hate it?

Does chippy paint make your heart sing? 

Do you ever look at an item and think 

"That's not patina, that's just junk?"

Tell me !!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Waterfront Property ~

When you live in a City with the name 
Thousand Oaks
you take aggressive steps to preserve and protect 
the City's namesake...
the
OAK TREE...

Most Oak trees in my town are Large Valley Oaks 
which are estimated to be between 200-300 years old...

Here is our beautiful Oak Tree...


Anyone in Southern California will tell you 
these are gorgeous trees
with the most majestic large canopies...
but they are also endangered 
and highly protected!!

We've had rainstorm after rainstorm in California....

Just last weekend, 
Thousand Oaks received 5 1/2 inches of rain...

So much rain, 
in so little time...

turned my house into waterfront property!
(as my good friend Helene described it)

But not the good kind of waterfront property...


That's our Oak Tree...
sitting in rain water 3 feet deep!!


Deep rain water 
combined with fierce winds
 had me really concerned we might loose 
our gorgeous Oak tree...

Mr. AntiqueChase didn't seem too concerned
as he told me: 

"It's only a clogged drain"
"Oak trees don't fall" 
"Calm down"
"Relax"

But I didn't want to relax!!!

We just lost one of our Oak Trees last year due to disease...
I didn't want to loose another...

I urged Mr. AntiqueChase to look into renting or buying a pump....

He finally got sick of me complaining  purchased a pump 
which claimed to pump out 1000 gallons of water an hour...

But still, 
after and entire day of running the pump 
the water level never changed...

Probably because it continued to rain and rain
like nothing I've ever seen before....

There were plenty of wet clothes and lots of mud...


And torn up drain pipes...


And two sleepless nights 
of me worrying about that tree....

When Mr. AntiqueChase finally  found the clogged drain
I was so relieved...

but a tiny bit embarrassed that maybe
just maybe
 I over reacted...


I mean Oak Trees don't fall...

Right?


Are you gasping for air?

That's my poor neighbor's house and car
under their massive Oak tree...

Too much rain and too much wind...

Mr. AntiqueChase finally understands 
why I was freaking out so concerned!!!

We are expecting two more storms this weekend....
Holding on tight....

Wasn't it just January when I was bragging about our 90 degree heat?

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Out of Space ~

People have been telling me for some time now that my house is filling up...
looking rather full....

But that's not the type of "space" I want to address today...

When I was writing my post today, I was uploading 68 photos... 
Well, Blogger didn't like that 
and promptly told me 

I have NO MORE SPACE available....

So, pardon the silence while I try to figure out exactly what that means 
and how I am supposed to correct it...

I would love to hear your advice!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vintage Inspiration - Wine Bottle Holder ~

I have always wanted a Vintage Wine Bottle Holder... 
but the prices have always stopped me
dead. in. my. tracks...


Vintage or antique bottle holders can cost anywhere 
from $200 to $600 dollars!!

So sad... 
No way that's happening in my kitchen!

Until... 

I was visiting LoLo at The Adventures of Stig and Lolo.... 
LoLo was kindly enabling alerting her readers
about a HUGE vintage inspired wine rack she found
 75% off...

At Wisteria of all places....


Oh yes!!! 


The original price was $149
but with 75% off 

only $37.25 !!!

I could finally own one!! 
yippee!
Quick, where's my credit card??

Shipping this oversized item 
was almost as much as the item itself
($30.00)
but still totally worth it!
(Sad to report that Wisteria has now raised their price to $89.40)

I knew this bottle rack was gonna be tall
however....
I totally underestimated just how massive it would be!

The 3 1/2 feet of it completely overpowered my kitchen...
even when it was on the floor...


Not only was it too tall, 
but it was a bit too new looking for my taste...


There was no way, no how 
I was going to return it !!

It was going to work...
somewhere at my house!!


In person, vintage bottle racks are usually more of a Zinc color... 
a very muted grey
with a cool metal patina...

So, I drove really fast went to Home Depot 
in search of a ZINC colored spray paint. 

I figured I could spray the bottle rack, 
and then distress it 
(or maybe white wash it)

to get the vintage look I was after....

I didn't find a color called 'Zinc' 
but I did find another fantastic color!!


(amazon link ^)



GALVANIZED!!

Warning:
this paint can be hard to find...
is always SOLD OUT
and is very addicting!!

I went to Home Depot two times 
before they finally got it back in stock!

I sprayed one light coat...
and realized I didn't need to distress it at all 
because it dried with a great distressed look all on it's own...


Can you see all the dark areas??

A beautiful patina right from the can!!
No distressing necessary!

Galvanized paint is my new best friend!!

But the bottle rack never made it back into my kitchen!!!

It's seriously 
just 
too 
big!


However, I think I found a better use for it...


EXACTLY what I needed for my outdoor potting table!

It organizes my pots perfectly...
They are all on display and I can see exactly what I am looking for!
(did you notice the broken prong on the table? don't ask!!)

If I was to order again, 
I probably would order Wisteria's smaller bottle rack...

At $69, this one's a bargain!

For an extra 10% off 
try the coupon code 
"Welcome" or "Hello" 
at checkout...

(I have no idea if the coupon code still works 
but it's worth a try!)

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