What’s Old is New

What’s Old is New
I think I’m finally conquering my inner OCDness. In the past, I would typically freak the freak out at the sight of distressed furniture, chipped dishes or anything but perfect symmetry. Having kids definitely helps, especially when they are kind enough to add their own distressing to the furniture. But thanks to many of you too, I’ve started to embrace things that are weathered, slightly shabby or imperfect. “It adds character!” is something I have started to believe rather than say through gritted teeth.

So here are a few redos, or maybe we could call them ‘undos‘ that took something newish and made it old! The old me would be breathing into a paper bag, ha!

This bookshelf from Patrice at Duplicity Furnishings went through one heck of a painting process to get it looking that bad (as in, good!) Paint, primer, sand paper, mod podge, wax, spit, gristle, ok, maybe not the last two, but you get it.

And Erin from Cultivating Home did a DIY job on these votives to produce one of my favorite looks, mercury glass! Mercury glass is a favorite look at Christmas time, but I think it is lovely any time of the year. Like, a big mercury glass vase used to plant white tulips in the spring or somesuch. Thanks ladies!




  1. January 6, 2011 / 8:13 PM

    I think the link for Duplicity Furniture is incorrect. It links to the earlier kitchen cabinet (white to green) posting.

  2. January 6, 2011 / 9:35 PM

    I definitely love most shabby chic, but this might be a little bit too shabby for my taste. However I definitely appreciate taking new or old furniture and making it your own 🙂

  3. January 6, 2011 / 11:30 PM

    Um, I’m really not so into the first one! But to each their own.

    However, I LOVE the mercury glass. Super pretty.

  4. January 7, 2011 / 2:35 AM

    Hmmm, I can’t say I love the book shelf one either. I think it looked much nicer before. The glass is very pretty and I think would be fun to try.

  5. January 7, 2011 / 4:05 AM

    yikes! to that first one. although, maybe in the context that it was used, it looks good. okay, honestly, i’m trying to be charitable, but it is beyond me how that could look good.

    but as long as they like it…(said through gritted teeth ; )

  6. April 21, 2011 / 7:40 AM

    I’m all into re-doing, but OMG, I would never have done anything to that beautiful cabinet. It’s almost sacrilege!

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