Friday, January 6, 2012

Before Blogging

Although I've been buying and selling for nearly 20 years, before I started blogging, I seldom took before and after photos of my redesigns.  I only took photos to keep track.  They were usually group shots that included finished redesigns, and finds.  I came across a few, and thought it would give you a good idea of just how much I go through in any given year.  I'll share more in another post.

The mirrors, and table in this next photo had a dull wood finish. I painted them with soft shades of white. I added the applique to the chest, and painted it a soft blue. The large cloche was vintage. In hindsight, I wish I'd kept it.




Gesso painted tables, frames, oil paintings, etc.




See that rusty galvanized piece on the left in the photo below?  I used my Splendid Transfer method to add the Eiffel Tower and Paris to it's surface.







I added the weathered stone finish to the pedestals, and the swan.



I painted some of these pieces, and recovered the bench.



I've used soft blue on many pieces, and occasionally black.





I painted most of what you see in this photo, and covered the chair seat in burlap.




Iron and stone are definitely constants.





My white painted tables are always popular.





The lion, plaque, and chest received a white washed treatment. I recovered the seat of the bench with grain sack material.



I painted the mirror and table.  The other pieces I left alone.






You can see my Splendid Transfer on the table in front.






Now I have to get to work on the finds, and redesigns waiting in my studio, and garage.  See ya soon.



32 comments:

Geneva said...

Wow! It's so impressive to see everything you've done. You are so inspiring ... keep up the good work!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

good grief, I'm banging my head on the floor over that fabulous shield mirror...so wonderful!! just what I need! xoxo

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

You have been rockin for awhile Rosemary! I enjoyed seeing some past projects.

Kate said...

Rosemary
You talent is endless. What beauties that you have had and restored. Its in your blood for sure. Have a blessed week!!!

xoxo
Kate

cityfarmer said...

woulda'coulda'should'

I feel your pain

Karen said...

Wow that is a lot of fabulous redesigns. You are so talented, I love the things you find and redesign.

The Vintage Barn said...

Wow! Those are some awesome pieces!!! You are so lucky to find an re-do so many great pieces. I always forget to take before or after pictures! I usually have to do everything in such a hurry to get them loaded into the trailer for the shop!
Nancy

Tammi Evette said...

Such beautiful things Rosemary! I want each and every piece!!

eclecticrevisited.com said...

love your group shots of all your lovely items...what a lovely "shop" you have..!
best,
maureen

Sherry said...

I always enjoy your tours...and I love your explanation of each. You have so many lovely pieces. I'm glad I stopped by.

rachel@Acts of Life said...

Wow so many fabulous pieces! I love them all!!

Melissa said...

Everything looks amazing, but I especially love the frames in the last photo.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, I didn't realize you have been doing this that long. You do such good work. Nice seeing some older work.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I am always jealous of all the frames you have--beautiful! All your stuff is great. Thanks for sharing.

Bama Girl said...

Your work is beautiful and unique! You never cease to amaze us, Rosemary! Did you make the appliques, and if so, how? I have a piece that I need to make some appliques for and I thought about using clay for the mold, then pouring plaster into the mold. Do you think that will work? Have a nice weekend! Blessings from Bama?

Kelly said...

You have been one busy girl! It's nice to see it all out there like that. Love what you have done.

Kris said...

Goodness gracious! I can't even imagine trying to accomplish as much as you have shown in these photos.

Each piece an exquisite work of art! You've been doing this for quite some time.

Kris

Gracie's Cottage said...

There's just one word for you:
over-achiever
( or is that 2 words?)

:)
Jan

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Rosemary I am so glad you shared this with us! Girl you are so talented!! I loved that cloche too.

thistlewoodfarm said...

You are right! That vintage cloche was absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Pamela said...

I continue to drool!

ReFresh ReStyle said...

I see several dozen things that I would want to live with! You go girl!
Debbie

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Wow, so many unique and beautiful pieces with the Villabarnes touch! I saw so many that I LOVE and sure wish I owned!
Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Such a talent you have! I never took before pics before blogging either...or many afters! I love seeing your finish work.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my goodness, you have a no ending talent my friend, everything is amazing! I love the mirror, but everything else is gorgeous too! I have a giveaway for my first year of blogging, all you have to do is visit me and mention the giveaway. That's it! Hugs,
FABBY

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

What wonderful finds...and you are so talented. You better get to work in your garage...Have a nice weekend. Mona

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Beautiful! I hope that your 2012 is off to a great start! Happy Saturday!...hugs...Debbie

Peggy57 said...

Rosemary everything is lovely as usual I always look forward to your post they are so inspiring. You must work like a demon every day! lol Thanks for sharing.

Help! Mama Remote... said...

These are some amazing pieces!!!!!!

Revi said...

Woman, do you ever sleep?!!!
I knew you produced lots of work, but I get tired just looking at the amounts of work in your photos! You know what to paint and what to leave alone. Nice work.
-Revi

Vintage Rose said...

You have the most interesting and exciting collection! honestly, I am sooo envious.

lvroftiques said...

Eye.....candy......OVERLOAD! Dang girl that's a LOT of projects! I'm so glad you at least took the afters (They're the best part anyway *winks*)Hope you don't mind if I pin ya? Vanna