Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday Display Chain~ Patina~

Each Tuesday Misi, of Gable House Musings, chooses a theme and invites bloggers to play along with her Tuesday Display Chain. "This weeks theme is ~ Patina ~ old finishes or new surfaces... patinas that you just LOVE."

I am thrilled to be participating in the Display Chain again! It's always so much fun to peek into each others homes and share our treasures. It was a little tricky for me this week as we are still painting and rearranging rooms to make more space for my studio/sewing area. I can't really complain...I am truly blessed to have my own creative space. But it does make photo ops a little more difficult for the time being. Anyway, here goes:

My first real primitive antique, this old tool carrier was a gift from my Mother-in-love almost 30 years ago. I spotted it while we were shopping and it showed up under the Christmas tree for me that year. I love the big chunk cut from the end...and of course the great patina.

My Gram's old sewing box, atop an old blue bench in the living room. The perfect place to put your feet up and stitch. 

  In the same room, this craigslist find keeps my sewing needfuls close at hand. I think this is a new piece, made with old wood. Either way, it has a great old finish. I've aged the walls using a rolled rag technique...still trying to decide if I like it. I'm thinking it may be the wallpaper that needs to go. The old basket on the floor has a great green painted finish. Love it!

 Mr. Kattywhompus & have attended Indiana's Covered Bridge Festival every fall for over 30 years. We found this old pie safe in deplorable condition "a long time ago". After stripping away layers of (gross) old pain, reinforcing the interior shelves, and repairing the doors, it became one of our favorite pieces. The tin is original and the sweet punch needle heart is from Ronda Tedder at Simple Thyme Prims.

A stack of old wooden bowls atop the kitchen drysink.

 Pewter salt & pepper, a gift from my Mom.

This Old Hickory Ottoman is part of a set I found at a garage sale for $25. The sisters I bought it from thought it was ugly. My motto? The uglier the better! I love the finish on both the wood and the woven seats. 

 Early morning sunlight casts shadows on finishes both old and new. I like the way the red faux finish on the pewter cupboard compliments the "attic" finish on this old trunk. An elderly friend who knew I "liked junk" gave me the trunk many years ago, and the cupboard was a tag sale find, $50. I scurried out of a thrift store in Galesburg, Illinois with the lavender and gold coverlet for $7. It's big enough to fit a queen size bed and in perfect condition. I love the unusual colors, especially for springtime displays.

 Old spoons at rest in a newly painted spoon rack.

Lots of patina here. A great old firkin sits among old green and brown spatterware on the buttery shelves. See the little spice cabinet to the left? The one with the great distressed finish? In my enthusiasm for faux finishes, I painted over the original finish, complete with stencils. Yeah, don't do that. To redeem myself...I did  find the wonderful little yellowware bowl on top for 25 cents at a garage sale.

And speaking of patina...
Until next time...



  1. oh girl.....you have captured some great patina........don't know which is my fav....maybe the curly hair...(cause i am a curly too, except alot of grey in mine!)....love ya......blessings~denise

  2. You crack me right up! LOVE it!! But truly - you have some awesome pieces!! I love it all - WANT it all!! There's just something about old wood, old paint, old pewter and old tin that makes my heart sing....Love your old pie safe especially well - and I can't believe you stole that coverlet for $7!!! YIKES!! Wonderful photos - wonderful patina - yup, especially on you! Have a great week! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  3. Rhonda~ Too cute~ Love your Patina~ only you would think of that~ LOL!!!
    Also wonderful displays~ pretty pie safe!!!

  4. Well hello GORGEOUS!! Beautiful patina pieces!!

  5. On occasion, we make it over to Galesburg and always hit the thrift! That's one beautiful coverlet!
    I think you did an awfully good job of catching patina in your mid-decoration home!

  6. Hi Rhonda~

    Simply beautiful patina!!


  7. As always, gorgeous photos. The salt and pepper shakers are my favorite. I can imagine them serving up spices on many a table. And the pie safe makes me miss the one I gave up during our last move ~ so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Looks like we like the same things!

  9. Rhonda, Wonderful patina's... your pie safe, LOVE IT!!! I have such a soft spot for them! I wish I had more room! Love that you put a patina perfect picture of yourself too!!! OLM

  10. Lovely patina pics!have a greta week!hugs michelle

  11. Patina in all it's glory! Truly love all you pieces. You are gorgeous!Hugs,Jen

  12. Happy to meet you, Rhonda! This post especially shows me we have some things in common -- wooden bowls for starters :) I look forward to future posts and maybe catching up a bit...