January 9, 2014

Fabulous Finds

It's been a good week for finds.  Brenda a local blog reader emailed to say she was cleaning out some treasures and asked if I was interested in taking a look.  I have the nicest readers, it's so fun to meet them in person!

I could not believe when she offered me a whole bunch of porcelain flowers  that had been chipped off nick nacks.


I use these on all sorts of projects, like on the top of my Sweet Shabby Cabinet 


The tutorial on chipping flowers off Nick Nacks is HERE


Brenda also had some linens

  
And at one time she was a wedding coordinator so, she had a huge collection of candle holders.

  Those of you with booths have probably seen the trend of brides and their Moms shopping antique malls for items to use in their Vintage Themed Weddings.


Brenda and I had a huge conversation about this antique rocking chair.  I told her I didn't want to buy it because I knew I would need to paint it for resale.  She said she wanted to paint it too, but just could not bring herself to do it.  She said "Go for it".  She was given the chair from a friend who had it sitting out in her backyard and was going to throw it out....So, I will upcycle and save it!


My last picture is finds from my new Honey Hole!!!  

I mentioned on a previous post that my Mom had recently moved into her 5 star independent living digs......OMG....They have a thrift store open a few hours a week!!!! 


I'm envisioning the gold cabinet painted in heirloom white with French blue drawers....What's your vision for the cabinet....Be warned, I might steal your idea?

Happy Creating!
Carol

60 comments:

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Wowza what a fabulous haul! I think I am envious now of your new honey hole. :)
Looks like you have some fun projects just waiting for your wonderful touch. We finally snagged a space downstairs at our antique mall so moving is our project over the next week. I certainly won't miss hauling furniture up to the 2nd floor.
Gail

Rosie said...

Great finds! Your mom's new place has a THRIFT STORE?? Luckeeee! Can't wait to see the transformations!
rosie

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I bet you're mind is just spinning with all of the things you will be creating soon! // Oh my, what a fun secret shopping spot you've found... Hugs!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You are a very lucky lady!!! Congrats on the treasure trove of goodies...You're the perfect one to upcycle everything that you found!
Can't wait to see how you use all those porcelain flowers!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I would have gone nuts over those candlesticks! And those flowers are right up your alley! Lucky duck, you. (I would use the same colors on the dresser, can't wait to see it finished.) xoKathleen

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, Brenda had lots of things for you to pick from, Carol! Love the linens and those candle holders are all great.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Aw, lucky you! I'm glad for you.

Let's see, how about robins egg blue with black knobs for that dresser? :)

Little Miss Maggie said...

Great finds, Carol. I do love those porcelain roses on furniture. They make great embellishments.

Laurie said...

I never knew you could take the flowers off those china ornament, wow, thats why you are the Queen, that new honey hole is amazing!

Recycled Rita said...

Those are wonderful finds! I like your idea for the cabinet. I have sold a couple of chairs like those painted white and one french blue and they sold quickly!
Happy New Year! karen....

Recycled Rita said...

Those are wonderful finds! I like your idea for the cabinet. I have sold a couple of chairs like those painted white and one french blue and they sold quickly!
Happy New Year! karen....

Bella said...

Hi Carol,
Well wowy you have been finding the goodies!! I love those porcelain flowers and the pair of chairs, can't wait to see the dresser all fixed up!
Hugs,
Bella

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm so jealous!! I know you'll turn every one of these items into something unique and wonderful. Your idea for the cabinet sounds like a good one to me.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

What fabulous finds! You lucky girl you! Now I know you won't listen to me and NOT paint that cabinet, but it looks like vintage Italian Florentine to me. I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole! LOL! xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love that gold cabinet! WOW! It would be beautiful with that gold leaf paint effect. (I'm not sure what it's called! lol) Love the porcelain flowers you got from a friend and the tea pot linens caught my eye. You've had a good time lately! If you see the sun....send it our way! lol Sweet hugs!

Marilyn said...

I love the two chairs in the last picture. Once a upon a time I saw some at a thrift shop...wish I would have brought them home. Next time I see one or two I will! Looks like you struck gold!♥♫

Nora Miller said...

Great stuff Carol! I love your idea for the chest, and add some crystal knobs :). I wish I had a friend like Brenda, she had awesome stuff.

Sue

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Oh wow so many wonderful treasures.

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Oh you did good! Drooling over those porcelain flowers on the cabinets! The thrifts up near me sell chipped porcelain flower ornaments for $10! What a total rip off, so I've never bought them to use on mirrors (which I LOVE btw)! I too kinda like that cabinet as is...and I paint everything!

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Marlynne said...

Oh my! What a fun collection to play with! I'm sure you'll have them looking beautiful in no time!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

What great finds and what a good friend to give you dibs. :)

Enjoy your projects!

Pam

NanaDiana said...

Carol-OMG-You hit the mother lode! Unbelievable!!!!! Good for you! That last photo with the chairs. I have a whole set of those chairs and have piecemeal picked them up over the years. I use them in our dinette....um....mine do NOT have plaid seats!:>) xo Diana

Createology said...

How kind and generous of Brenda to share her treasures with you. Brilliant that Mom's new home has a thrift store! How glorious for you to find great items to transform in your beautiful style. I love White with French Blue!!! Blissful Transforming Dear...

20 North Ora said...

Love the porcelain flowers! You could do so much with those. Great bunch of goodies.


Judy

Kathy said...

Oh boy do I ever need a good junk fix! Great finds and I had never thought about taking the porcelain flowers off nick nacks, what a great idea.

vintage grey said...

Such beautiful finds! Love all the gorgeous linens and beautiful furniture! And, the flowers are so pretty! xo Heather

Mimi Sue said...

Love all your pretty treasures! Great idea with the ceramic flowers. I'll be on the look out for them! You are sooo inspiring! Mimi

Perfectly Printed said...

Isn't it nice when friends know exactly what we like and what we'd use? Lucky lady!

Kelley said...

Fabulous x Fifty-five! Wowza! I can't wait to see all the fun you're about to have!

Happy highways,
Kelley~

Debbi said...

great finds Carol! You must watch American Pickers--hummm I love those "honey holes" too. Looking forward to your transformations on these pieces!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

What wonderful finds! And wonderful that you can make something beautiful out of them! Love that one chair she gave you. Have fun! Nancy

Melody Shingler said...

Ahhhhhhh -- but I am looking at those delicious chippy angels with just the right amount of age & coloring! I have a collection of chalkware angels (heads/busts, too) hanging over my sewing room door.

And I love that your mother's new residence offers you a "honey hole." Can't wait to see how you transform that lovely vintage console!

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Carol, wow what great finds. Your touch will make them fabulous. Sure love your idea for the little chest with the French blue drawers. You have lots to keep busy with. Have fun.
I just got your post in my inbox from follow by email. They always arrive a day later. Not sure why they arrive this way. The Prairie posts part 2 and 3 just finished.
We had a great time.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs

A Paris Flea said...

WOW Carol, what wonderful finds...envy your new honey spot for shopping. The gold cabinet looks like Italian Florentine if it's the real deal you probably should leave it like it is... I collect the little boxes (or I should say I use to collect the little boxes) the price has sky rocketed the last few years. Keep us posted on what you find out...Please

The chairs...just do your wonderful magic.

Melodee said...

oh man, I can't wait to see what you do with these finds :) haha! happy new year Carol :)

Melodee said...

oh man, I can't wait to see what you do with these finds :) haha! happy new year Carol :)

Sopa Azul said...

Amazing!!! I really enjoyed your post. Have a nice weekend! :D

Debbie said...

I thought Christmas was over?!?

Really, you found some wonderful treasures, and I'll be waiting to see what you do with them. Ever since that first post about the porcelain flowers, I have wanted to do something like that. Have I? Not yet.

And I love the pieces from the thrift shop. Yes, I am thinking an heirloom white for the little gold cabinet would be so pretty. But now, if I were to find a piece like that right now, I think I might want to give it a little coat of taupe. Just sayin'...

Amy Jo said...

How wonderful!! The flowers were a real treasure. I can't wait to see how you transform all of your finds,

xoxo,
Amy Jo

Cynthia said...

Boy Carol, what great items you got. I am loving those flowers, so many things you can do with them.

Cynthia

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Looks like lots of wonderful goodies, Carol! The cabinet looks like Italian Florentine...it's probably worth a lot in its original condition...check online!

Donna said...

Wow, what amazing finds, Carol! Those flowers are so pretty, I never would have thought to repurpose them like you do. And what a neat place that thrift shop sounds like! I agree, that cabinet would be gorgeous painted an heirloom white. I envision the top either stenciled or decoupaged with a pretty damask print. Be sure to share with us your transformation!!

Nancy's Notes said...

What treasures! I love your thoughts on colors regarding the cabinet, sounds beautiful! I'll be back to see what all you create!

Ros Crawford said...

What amazing things ... I love the roses on the cabinet ... can't wait to see your next projects!

Sisters Treasures said...

Carol, I'm late in reading this but I love all your great porcelain flowers. I was at our local thrift store the other day and saw a knick knack with those flowers and thought of you.
As for the Italian Florentine cabinet, I agree with those who said if it's the real deal in wood, leave it! Italian Florentine tables, trays, cabinets, etc. are hot items in antique stores here in Texas.
Happy New Year!
Betsy

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

OH my goodness, that is amazing! The finds, that French cabinet drawer thingy! LOVE IT! Good job, Carol.

Jillian

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Jealous of your "honey hole"!! I think the chest in the white will be the best bet!
Nice blogger with lots of nice goodies for you!
Happy creating! Looks like you will be busy!
Warmly,
deb

Cheryl said...

Whoa... your one lucky girl! What treasures you've gotten hold of. What a sweet friend to let you get first dibs on her items!

Debbiedoos said...

I would say it was a very good week for finds. I have not been thrifting in forever. I really need to with Spring around the corner I need some fresh old stuff LOL!

hopeandjoyhome said...

Great finds! My gramma had chairs like those with the rose backs. I'd paint the cabinet a creamy white with pale grey drawer fronts as that seems to be the hot color lately. I would trade the handles for glass ones or paint them an aged metallic gold and do some distressed gold on the scalloped edge of the top between the drawers and that bottom bit that sticks out. Style it with a mercury glass vase with bright or pale pink roses..bam! I'd do the chairs white with a greige glaze and do the seats in heavy burlap or a drop cloth "grain sack" with Frenchy graphics.

hopeandjoyhome said...

just to add..I'd probably just leave those gold bits as is and maybe even sand them further..they are already gold..no need to paint the same color!

Lynn Gibson said...

Love your finds Carol!! I just sold a dresser like that and I used oops paint from Home Depot that was a light mint color and I put Antique rod iron hard ware handles on (sold in 2 days) Carol thank you so much for the info you post, it's helped me tremendously!!!!!

Lynn

Lynn Gibson said...

Carol I do have one question to ask, I am getting ready to make my own Chawk paint for a few furniture pieces and I have found the recipe to do that but it doesn't say if you get flat latex, satin or semi-gloss paint. Does it matter what type of paint you get to mix plaster paris with for the effect if chawk paint?

Teresa said...

When Carol doesn't find the findings find Carol, it seems ahahaha
I saw a bunch of those flowers in an antique market and thought "Carol would make an awesome something of it".
And your friends seem to think so to. The fact is that your art and creations are so inspiring that people can't help but see what you'll come up with.
Thank you for sharing with us,
T

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn Gibson, I have no way to contact you, I am not on Google + so in the off chance that you would see this. I make my chalk paint with with any paint, it does not seem to matter


Carol Turner
www.thepolkadotcloset.com
http://thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com/

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

how about silver?! :) How are you Carol...I have been remiss in visiting blogs lately, but I'm here now. It was fun catching up. You are so clever and talented. xo

Victoria said...

Holy heck...SCORE!!! I love those porcelain roses! How fun about the thrift shop too:)