Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ridge Riding With Mom

vintage finds, junking trip
My mom is having back surgery this week so last Friday we took off for a junkin' trip - riding the Ridge from Trenton to Johnston to Ridge Spring and back.

She has been looking for vintage aluminum chairs to take to the lake.

We found three.

She liked two!

Not old signs but funny signs.

The middle one:


A box of handmade doll clothes and a silver what's-it.

A concrete cherub from the forties with many layers of paint.

In fact the paint may be holding him together.

Just kidding - he's a heavyweight!

Two single family homes.

Two aluminum pitchers.

We ate lunch at Juniper in Ridge Spring before shopping.

Bought the drop leaf kitchen table in good condition but needing a paint job.

The toolbox opens on the front.

A carom board from the thirties - the lady who sold it to me received it for Christmas when she was young.

Lovely graphics on both sides of the board.

The front folds down on the toolbox.

Willie loves to sit in the front window and watch me unload.

I need to train him to help!

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Treasures From Eddie's Barn

vintage finds, chairs, suitcases, restaurant china
Hello!  I'm ba-a-ack!

Missed my regular Friday Finds post and will explain.

Three posts in a row with finds.

Last Saturday I stole Chuck's pick up and money.

Headed to Eddie's barn.

You remember Eddie - he is the one who took my last few dollars on my trip to Magnolia Ridge.  (Read here)

My impression of the Clampett's!

Everything bungee-corded on the back - piled high!

Eddie was in a bargaining mood.

I was in a buying mood.

The perfect junk storm.

Two aluminum steamers.

Eddie had found me another tool display.

 Tiered wire basket.

Eddie gives away the dust and spider webs for free.

One tin suitcase.

Two identical blue suitcases.

Three brown Samsonite suitcases.

Stacks of restaurant ware platters and plates.

Including these heavy divided plates.

I have several barrel pickle jars, but none this size and shape.  

No lid unfortunately.

The large white vase is not marked and has a chip inside the rim, but I love it!

A collection of lovely tins.

I have absolutely no business buying tins, but I did.

Now for the stack of chairs.

On the right is a restaurant chair.

Until I washed it I did not realize the seat is some sort of composition plastic material.

On the left is the wonderful library chair which is the treasure in my booth this week

Underneath the seat is stamped:


As you can see it was checked by Carson and signed!

Four large student oak chairs in various conditions and of various ages.

And finally the Queen - a French provincial chair in pretty good condition. It sits as if it has never been used. Made in South Carolina!

You can visit Eddie on Saturday's in Bogeyville, South Carolina, halfway between I20 and the turn for Ridge Spring on Hwy. 1.

So where in the world has Distressed Donna been?

Last Friday my hard drive died - on a holiday weekend!

Thanks to Joel at 4 T's in Aiken, all data has been restored to a new hard drive.

Maybe after all this angst I will remember to back up.

I have been busy shopping, painting and rearranging the booth.

Get ready for a flurry of posts.

I missed all of you.

See y'all!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Finds

vintage finds, rusty and crusty things, Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art GatheringThis week's Finds features what I bought last Saturday at Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering.(HERE)

Piano casters - rusted!

Old can - rusted.

Primitive bench with a touch of blue left on it.

A turquoise birdhouse with three apartments inside.

Eighteen large spools.

A red bench.

Thanks, Dale!

Old cotton basket in red - it has a hole but I still love it!

A large white basket that held ...

Child-sized vintage hangers!

A bunch of miscellaneous casters - rusted.

A stepladder - quite distressed.

Two Pepsi carton crates.

Black Flag Insecticide sprayer.

A flag.

A wooden and metal handmade scoop.

Thanks, Millie!

A tin of buttons.

A print of twins - a boy and a girl.

Thanks, Millie!

Black wrought iron plant stands.

Small pots on one side - larger ones on the other.

Thanks, Millie!

I really liked shopping with Millie.

My haul from Maddie - the Rust Princess. 

Thanks, Maddie!

Tin tiles.

A bird cage.

A feed sign.

Thanks, Olive!

I had just a few dollars left in my pocket when I started for home.

Then I met Eddie on the side of the road.

I wanted the white metal shelf, the chisel store display, and the brown suitcase.

I told him I did not have much money.

He named a price.

He must have ESP - it was exactly what was in my pocket!

Thanks, Eddie!

There is so much going on this weekend, I am not sure which direction to go.

Just point me towards the rusty, crusty stuff.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Green Over Blue And Yellow

dresser makeover, American Decor Chalky Finish Paint, serene blue
I am green with envy over this sweet blue and yellow dresser.

I saw through the faux woodgrain from the 1950's.

It is one of those pieces you can use in any room.

However there was a secretive side to the dresser.

Some of its history could be seen by the drawers.

More in a few minutes.

If you have ever created faux woodgrain - old style, then you know it takes multiple layers of paint and a whole lot of patience.

However, if Santa brought you a new hand sander for Christmas, then you can take those layers right off.

The sides were sanded down through a couple of layers.

I almost forgot the before pics - see the blue.

The drawers and the long wooden pulls after sanding.

I left the back unpainted so the new owner could see the dresser was once upon a time an oak dresser.

Inside you can see the original frame of the old oak dresser.

Long side panels were added to make it modern - MCM, that is.

The top drawer had part of the brass lock.

There were double holes under the wooden pull bars where the old drawer pulls had been.

Serene in Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint.

The dresser sat in the driveway for three hours while I piddled about other projects trying to decide about the top.

I could not paint over the distressed yellow top.

I buffed and applied Ultra Matte Varnish.

The sweet blue and yellow dresser sits waiting for a new home in Booth W-10, Riverfront Antique Mall.

$78 !

If I am there, ask for a discount.

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