Monday, May 28, 2012

Antiquing & A Little More Rust Removal

I found this amazing carved-wood upholstered antique chair on eBay last week and really wanted it.  I convinced myself that I didn't need it (even though I have a perfect spot picked out for it).  Well, I decided to try to work with the seller on the price and see if it was still for sale (although it's a three hour drive from my house, I was obsessed, end of story).  Well, after almost five days of trying to get the seller to answer me-they finally told me their husband had sold it to a friend...Grrrrrr.  So the search continues...


To assuage my need for a mini-road trip I decided to travel to Western MD to check out an Antique mall I'd heard about.  I'm not usually an Antique mall fan (due to their higher prices) but it was definitely worth it to check it out. 


Below are my finds:

Four rulers-One fold up ruler (it was covered in rust and patina-I cleaned, scrubbed, sanded (steel wool and wire brush)-I even used my new rust remover cleaner stuff...more on that later.  One wooden store ruler with cool measurement equivalents on the back, one wooden ruler with black/white/red printing and finally one metal printmaker ruler. 

I also found this really pretty mint and white plastic beaded vintage necklace (my favorite color combo at the moment) and a beautiful antique book on Marie Antoinette-blue with a silver filigree pattern on the spine and covers. 

Total at the Antique Mall:  The necklace was on sale for $2.40, the book was $8.95 and the rulers were a splurge at $26. 

The silver Sheffield compote was found at the same Antique store where I bought my linen cabinet...if you want to check out that post

It needed some polishing and has a few war wounds but I love the shape and cut out design.  It was on the 50% off shelf for $12.50...not bad.






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 Here are all of my finds in their current locations :)



 I think the compote looks great on my mirror-topped coffee table with my other vintage silver bowls and dishes.  I haven't decided what it's going to hold yet though...


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Below is another shot of my antique scale (Dear-Rust-You-Dont-Scare-Me) I bought some rust remover on Amazon to try to get more of the gunk off so we could reveal the original beauty...well...we're just not there yet.  The stuff is pretty caustic and it leaves a white residue to 'resist' any more rust forming.  So...for now it's still a work in progress.  I would just spray is silver and call it a day but it's from the late 1800s and I have a feeling that might horrify most people :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dear Rust...you don't scare me!

For my birthday my grandmother gave me an antique scale / micrometer-I think it would have been used in a general store to weigh stuff-apparently it belonged to my great-great uncle (I'm pretty sure we would have been BFs judging by the stuff he liked to collect).  The 'newest' patent date is 1898.  So it's definitely old...and covered in rust and cobwebs. 



I've tried vinegar, windex (just to clean off some of the dirt), wire brushes and steel wool.  I've succeeded in getting most of the dirt off at least...but the rust remains.  So I'm taking a break for now and I've placed her on top of my antique armoire in my dining room...mainly because I know it can handle the weight (she weighs a ton).  In other words...to be continued...




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Now on to the fun stuff...I hit THREE estate sales this weekend and a couple yard sales.  Didn't find anything I couldn't live without at the yard sales but the estate sales were another story.  I was suprised because I was actually going to skip the sales this weekend since I didn't see anything interesting in the pre-sale photos.  What I really wanted to do was go to Luckett's Spring Antique show this weekend but it was just too far away, didn't have anyone that could go with me AND I knew I'd fall in love with something FABULOUS and not be able to afford it.  Maybe next year? 

Until then, check out my TREASURES and how I incorporated them into my house.


Antique Wizard Fan-$5!!  I was walking back through the house to make sure I didn't miss anything and spotted this beauty on the hearth and it wasn't marked.  When I asked for a price they told me they found it in the attic crawl space and I could have it for $5...I kept my cool but I was pretty estatic inside.  I've been looking for an old metal fan like this for a while but they're usually so expensive.  I cut the cord off it (it was falling apart into pieces in my hand) and sanded off some of the rust (the parts I could get to).  I have it on top of my carved wood box from Target (back when they were doing the whole Global Bazaar thing). 



Next to the Wizard fan is part of my milk glass collection.  The tall compote in the back I scored at the last estate sale for $1.  It has some marks that won't come off (even with a magic eraser!) but I still love it (especially for $1)

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At the second estate sale I found these great old movie reels and storage tin-$2 for the lot.  I haven't decided where I'm going to put them yet so I just stacked them on top of my printer as decoration for now LOVE the colors and different shapes (that glass vase next to the pile used to be a lamp shade with etched dots-now it holds all of my USB cords).

The tin I'm using as giant coaster on the arm of my couch.  I also found these stunning vintage rhinestone earrings for $2. 




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At the same estate sale in the smelly basement I found a great ruler from a company that used to be on the street I live off of and a cool old red yardstick.  50 cents and a dollar respectively.  I found the black metal yard stick ($2) at the first estate sale and added it to my mercury glass vase in my dining room:



I spent a total of $13.50 at the three estate sales...not too shabby.  I'm simply in love with that fan...

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I also put together a quick DIY project-I made a little tray for my console table in my 'foyer' with a frame I already had and some foreign silver coins...couldn't be easier-you just set them out the way you want on the glass and then put the back of the frame back on.  I might change the frame out later to something with higher edges so it can hold more but for now I think it works pretty well...now I can see & enjoy them!





Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

DIY, Treasure Hunting, & Bday in Boston!

Busy couple of weeks around here!  I did manage to squeeze in a few DIY projects and visited a hoarder's paradise (aka a jam-packed estate sale in CP).  I got there on the first day - a weekday at that...started at 10, I got there around 11:30 and I was #96...I've never in my life...but it was worth it...amazing selection of old tools. 

My finds-2 levels (1 all metal, 1 mahogany with steel sides), 4 rulers (1 folding with brass ends, 1 Coca-cola one that says Do unto others..., 1 metal, 1 wood one with black writing that was actually used to measure oil-absolutely LOVE), 1 vintage Brownie camera, and finally a matching set-rhinestone brooch and earrings in fantastic shape.  Total for this sale:  $65 (the most I've ever spent at a sale and they even charged tax...good grief :)




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DIY Basket Lamp

I decided I really loved the giant basket (it's the larger size of the one I have hanging on my kitchen pendant) and wanted to jazz up my bedroom floor lamp (from Ikea and a bit shakey).  I took off the shade and found a glass globe at Lowes for about $10.  Put everything back together and voila!  Not the sturdiest thing ever but I love how it looks.



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Nightstand...take FOUR. 

So my Mom found this nightstand in a dumpster a million years ago (litterally probably close to 20 years ago) and she painted it white and velcro-ed on a flowery skirt.  In my teens I painted it electric blue.  A few years later I painted it black (drips and all-you have to learn somewhere!). I also changed up the seat fabric quite a few times.  I sanded everything down and primed and painted (MANY coats) it high gloss black.  I recovered the seat in a gray upholstery fabric I found at JoAnns.  Love. It.  I'll have this thing forever :)




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Ikea Boxes-I've redone quite a few of these in my time--see below:



But this one didn't turn out so well and it's been hanging out in my parents' basement since I moved out (over 4 years ago).  I decided to give it another shot and pried all of the mosaic tile off and as much grout and mastic as I could. 



A whole lotta sanding later...





I went with a really dark ebony stain and some vintage pulls I found on Etsy.  I also added these cute little buttons as feet to give it some additional style.  I super love it now and I'm glad I decided to give it a makeover!

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Biggest announcement is that I made it to the Brimfield Antique Show on my birthday!  

My wonderful Mom made the road trip with me.  We arrived at Brimfield on Friday May 11th (hence the name of my blog Five Eleven) and spent a few hours checking out some of the vendors.  The next day we went on a whale watching cruise.  Sunday we made it to the Cape and the SOWA festival where they had whole building of vintage and antique vendors.  On our way home on Monday we stopped at a Salvation Army (had to check out the local scene) and made a detour to Coxsackie, NY (you heard me right) to visit an antique mall I'd been wanting to check out.

My TREASURES

Brimfield-2 vintage books for about $3 each, an amazing rhinestone brooch for $5 and 3 beautiful skeleton keys for about $11


Cape Ann-how freaking cute is this little whale?  I was going to silver leaf him but I think I'll just leave well enough alone :)  Not so sure it would stick to rubber!

SOWA Vintage Market-Amazing illustrated book for $5 and a great vintage mirror-I sprayed metallic silver and added black paint to antique, I hung it on my bedroom door. 


Anthropologie-clearance mercury glass vase, ceramic berry basket, and 3 more of my favorite knobs that were also on clearance for $3 each. 



1154lill (where you can design your own handbag-I picked up this ready-made tote on sale and also designed a couple bags that will be ready early June)


HomeGoods (always have to check out the local HG)-little gray box made out of slices of bone or shell or something like that


SalArmy-heavy silver dish-Rogers $3.99, white milk glass bowl 99 cents.


Coxsackie Antique Mall-Old vintage starburst frame with a portrait and an old yard stick attached to another piece of wood. Total $23 (both we're on sale!)  I took the portrait out and sprayed the convex glass with looking glass spray to turn it into a mirror. The frame was also sprayed silver with a little black paint to really bring out all of the details. 



Everything in it's place...there are a few things I might move around but for now I love everything as is...













Phew that post was LONG & overdue...

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Alisa