It has happened to most of us. You are at an estate sale and find a wonderful vintage/antique furniture piece and ask yourself…..do I just polish it up and enjoy it in the original state? Or….do I slap a coat of gorgeous paint on it and enjoy a “new” creation? This is also a question many of us agonize over when we are lucky enough to inherit a family heirloom.
Painting Antique Furniture Ideas: Things to Consider
This question is often a topic of discussion in the junking community. There are those who just stop short of saying it is a crime to paint an old piece of furniture, while others do not hesitate to cover Grandma’s old cedar chest in a vibrant hue of pink! In talking to many devoted junkers, there seems to be somewhat of a consensus in that it really depends on the piece. There are many things to consider when trying to determine to paint or not to paint. For instance, is it a sentimental piece? If so, you must ask yourself if a paint transformation could cause regret. If painting Grandma’s cedar chest will cause you to “miss” the piece the way it is burned into your childhood memory, you might not want to paint it. Many of us have experienced “painter’s remorse,” and it isn’t pretty! On the other hand, if you have no firm emotional attachment to the piece, then you just have to ask yourself if painting will bring a more versatile function or perhaps make it more appealing. For those of us who sell wonderful old treasures, it is also a decision that affects our bottom line.
Condition, Type of Wood to Consider When Painting Antique Furniture with Chalk Paint
Many of us would be less likely to paint a walnut or mahogany piece, but might not mind painting a more common one made from pine (I’m not hating on pine, it is just a less expensive wood!) There are some amazing paint products out there that can reduce and, in some instances, eliminate the need to sand and/or strip before painting. A personal favorite of mine is Dixie Belle paint. Safety could also be something to consider because many older pieces have a lead-based finish and could be harmful to small children and/or animals. In that case, you might want to enlist the services of a professional.
Antique stained wooden Hall Tree
Popular Antique Furniture Painting Techniques, Trends May Not Last
You might want to be cautious of furniture redo trends that have come and gone throughout the years. Some are good and some are memorable, but not necessarily in a good way. For those of us who were around in the 1970s, “antiquing” furniture in avocado green and harvest gold was all the rage. That is a trend that I personally hope never comes back! I’ve seen some pretty cool pieces with stenciling and gold leafing, but just know what is popular now, might not be something you will love a few years down the road.
Best of Both World Options: Paint some, Leave some Original on the Antique Piece
If making this decision stresses you out, consider the options of painting, then distressing to let some of the original wood show through. This allows you to enjoy the new as well as the old. Or, before you make the leap to paint, try a product such as “Restor-A-Finish or my favorite, olive oil to spruce up a wood finish. This will allow you to judge the piece more adequately by viewing a cleaned-up version. I really struggled with this decision with my farm table and chairs, so I opted for both! I left the original stained wood on the table top and the seats of the chairs, but painted the table base and the backs/legs of the chairs. Yes, this is an option! It is “the best of both worlds.” However, I would never even consider painting my hall tree. And if any of my kids paint it after I kick the bucket, I will come back to haunt them! A few years back, I had a weak moment and let my daughter paint my great-grandmother’s brass bedframe, silver. I do regret agreeing to that, but it is okay. It is still a family heirloom and I love it just the same!
Original stained wood farmhouse tabletop. seats of the chairs, painted table base and backs/legs chairs
Of course, if you choose to paint an old piece and experience “painter’s remorse,” you can most likely strip it and re-stain, but understand that stripping (especially multiple stripping), is very hard on furniture and may cause damage in some instances. Sanding is often a necessary evil when it comes to redoing a piece and it can also be very hard on furniture, especially antiques.
Just give some careful thought to gage your emotional attachment, the condition of the item and the desired function of the piece. I personally have painted some antiques, left some of them in their original state and have certainly experienced some regrets along the way. You will make the right decision! And if you don’t, it is okay! You will find more treasures on your junking journey.
What kind of emotion does the word Pyrex conjure up in your vintage heart? For me, it takes me back to a time when my grandmother used various Pyrex pieces as a vessel for serving or storing her amazing meals. Long ago, this special glass was called borosilicate and was used in science labs because it stood up nicely when intense heat was applied. In 1915 this unique glass was acquired by Corning Glassware and the name Pyrex was born. The use of borosilicate glass was used until 1998 until it was replaced with a less costly glass that was even better at performing under heat. Prior to 1947, Pyrex was basically clear. But, in 1947 colored Pyrex pieces were introduced and their popularity is still strong today!
Eventually, the Pyrex market expanded to include various shapes, sizes, and patterns. Many pieces are considered standard and are still very popular today, but the most sought- after pieces are the ones that are considered “promotional” ones that were in production for a short time. These promotional pieces are generally more costly to acquire. According to an article atwww.shared.com/pyrex-patterns-worth-money/ the following is a list of the top 8 collectible patterns that can be valuable to collectors:
“Lucky in Love” – (1959) A pink heart and shamrock pattern
“Butterprint” (1957) also known as “Amish Buttercup”, “Farmer’s Wife” and “Rooster & Corn” –
“Gooseberry” (1957) – A botanical pattern in pink/white, black/white, black/yellow
“New Dots” (1968) – orange, blue, yellow or green dotted pattern
“Rainbow Stripe (1965) – Striped set in pink, sandalwood and blue
“Snowflake” or “Garland” (1972) – Blue and white snowflake with pouring spouts
“Pink Daisy” (1956) – Pink floral pattern
Look for Pyrex at many of the Wonderful Texas Antique Shops
Luckily for collectors or for those that just enjoy adding some of these lovely Pyrex pieces to their own kitchens, they can be easily found. Look for Pyrex at many of the wonderful vintage shops found within TexasVintageShopper.com!
ROUND TOP, TEXAS – If an antique show had secrets, what would they be? The October 27-31 Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas spills some secrets here. For instance, did you know that shoppers can actually enter the show early on Tuesday, October 27 at 8 a.m.? And did you know that those very early birds will find complimentary continental breakfast, coffee, and shopping in the early Texas buildings at the show’s Tuesday Tailgate Breakfast? Not to mention early parking and an opportunity to swap tales with top interior designers who are part of the Designer Dream Spree tour.
What other secrets? Marburger exhibitor Susan Wheeler from Susan Wheeler Home in Seattle shares this surprising secret: “Never shop with a plan. Be open to what you find.” Where has that led Wheeler for the fall show in Round Top? To pink! Pink? Yes, amid the pearl gray and black upholstered French and Italian furniture for which she is known, look for Wheeler’s pink in Mid-Century Modern art, in antique dishes, in pillows made from vintage Indian saris with gold thread, and for the first time, in a selection of 1960s-80s designer clothing by Lanvin, Pucci and all their friends.
More secrets? “If an antique speaks to you, don’t stress over whether it will work in your house. If you love something, it will work with all the other things that you love because of you,” says North Carolina exhibitor Joanne La Poma. Exhibiting in Marburger’s air-conditioned General Store building, La Poma deals in the secrets that emerge from the earth. In addition to collections of Victorian jewelry and sterling baby gifts, her inventory includes fossils and mineral specimens, most about 150 million years old. “When they dig a vein, you never know what they will find.” La Poma will offer copper specimens from old Michigan mines, as well as ammonite fossils that display well in many settings, from homes to offices to commercial spaces.
More dealer secrets? Getting a trade secret from Bob Bixby of Farm & Factory Interiors in Missouri is a big deal. Bixby and his wife Becky run one of the largest UL Certified repurposed lighting companies in the United States, serving interior designers, homeowners, commercial and restaurant customers with large scale industrial chandeliers, sconces and other lighting. “My secret is simple,” says Bob Bixby. “Offer unusual pieces and great design at a fair price.” How will that translate in the fall show? New designs are coming in response to shopper requests for sconces and other wall lighting, such as industrial vanity and porch lights. Plus, massive steel chandeliers will be displayed in a context of antique furniture, old advertising signs and a huge Iowa step back glass-front cupboard. Throw in some fall garden furnishings and you have antique-industrial paradise.
Another version of paradise will arrive with Charleston, South Carolina exhibitor Letha Polk of Le Petite Tresor. “Everywhere I go, I’m always searching for vintage rattan and a funky mix —everything from unusual old-school pieces to Mid-Century Modern.” That’s her secret: “It’s the mix that makes a home work. Buy across different styles and eras.” This show’s mix will include a pair of six foot tall rattan chairs with backs that curve high up over the sitter, plus a metal Chinese Chippendale fretwork coffee table turned into an ottoman, a sleek Danish Modern sofa and a pair of Milo Baughman metal chairs with cane backs that Polk describes as “killer crazy good” —antiques dealer secret language for the best of the best.
The final and best secret comes from Texas dealer Rodney Cooley of Urban Habitat. Along with his wife Shonte, Cooley will offer a 15 foot farmhouse table from Pennsylvania, an industrial table/kitchen island with metal locker topped by a huge chopping block and a collection of Victorian cast iron outdoor furniture (porch season starts in Texas around October 1). His secret? “Those of us who buy and sell and live with antiques love what we do. We all really love this. We could shop seven days a week and never complain.”
Never complain? Now that’s a secret worth knowing!
Come shop with the 350 exhibitors at Marburger Farm on 43 acres of fun. Look for every style, era, and price point, from antiquities to Mid-Century Modern to the select artisans with original arts. Join us this fall, October 27 – 31, 2020
The Fall 2020 Dates and Times:
Tuesday, October 27, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Early Buying Special, 10 am – 2 pm, $25.00 per person (Gates open at 8 am)
General Admission, 2pm – 6pm, $10 per person
Wednesday, October 28 thru Friday, October 30, 9 am-5 pm
General Admission Shopping, $10.00 per person
Saturday, October 31, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
General Admission Shopping, $10.00 per person
Gates open at 8:00 am Tuesday, Shopping begins at 10 am
Gates & Shopping begins at 9:00 am Wednesday – Saturday
All tickets are good for the entire week of the show See information on travel, maps, vendors, prizes, special events, lodging, on-site shipping, and the Marburger Cafe at www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799.
Follow show news on Facebook and Instagram @marburgerfarm.
The Huntsville Antique Show is held each September in historic Huntsville, Texas in the air-conditioned comfort of the Walker County Fairgrounds located at 3925 HWY 30, 77340, just three miles west of Huntsville on Highway 30 (Exit 116). Huntsville is located an hour north of Houston, on I-45. There is a $7.00 Admission fee and Children under 12 get in free. The Huntsville Antique show hosts more than 65 quality dealers from across the U.S. offering a wide array of antiques to suit every budget and taste.
Huntsville Antique Show Offers Something for Everyone: Guns, Jewelry
Shoppers will find items from furniture and fine estate & costume jewelry, gold, coins, glassware, vintage Boots for women, turquoise, Roseville, Weller, and linens, Transferware, Stoneware, Fostoria, Guns, Royal Daulton, Sterling of all kinds, Tartan Ware, Baccarat, Lalique, Lladro, Sabino, Kitchen Collectibles, Books, Postcards, Primitives and Art.
There is something for everyone, and you never know what you might find.
Shoppers are encouraged to check out photos from prior years as well as the Huntsville show dealer list. These photos offer an idea of the fun and variety that are the hallmarks of this show, which had a record Crowd in 2017! Photos can be found on the Huntsville Antique Show Facebook page.
Huntsville, Texas: Numerous Activities For Weekend Road Trip
In 2016, the Huntsville Antique show had a great year with a crowd of over 2100 shoppers & record booth sales. Anyone who would like to be a vendor at the next show should send an email to email@example.com. The Huntsville Antique show staff is always happy to answer questions and visit with their antiquing friends.
Huntsville is a historic town with an old-fashioned courthouse square, surrounded by antique shops and specialty stores. Along with finding unique treasures at the Huntsville Antique Show, visitors can also visit the home of Sam Houston located on the ground of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum complex. Huntsville is home to Sam Houston State University, the Raven’s Nest golf course, and Huntsville State Park so there is no shortage of activities to fill a weekend.
The Lone Star brewery acquired WWI Army surplus propellers from Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. These were repurposed and distributed by the brewery from 1941-1942 with a clock or shield. The porcelain shield was produced in 2 sizes. There were a few variations with neon or painted letters on the blades. The propellers were originally used on the Army Air Corp. training plane Curtiss JN4-H and later JN4-J (Jenny). Over the years peopled removed the signs and kept the props.
According to a letter written to all Lone Star Distributors by Harry Jersig, Vice-President In Charge of Sales on March 19, 1941, these signs were 23 years old (at that time) and originally cost the United States government $125.00 each. They were in the shape of a propeller and measured eight feet, three inches long and made of wood with an enamel sign and a special type of electric globe with flasher attached.
Charlie Staats August 12, 2018
Lone Star Beer Propeller Signs Installed in Retail Outlets
These Lone Star Beer propeller signs were highly finished in oak or mahogany and were in absolutely new condition. These propeller signs were installed in the retail outlets by means of a chain hanging from each end of the blade and attached to the ceiling or wall.
According to the letter, these propeller signs were limited to a small number of outlets and only in outlets opposed to putting up any other Lone Star point of purchase material and had stucco or a similar type of finished walls.
The propeller signs were sold to the outlets for $35 with a deposit of $3 required to be paid by the outlet to the distributor before shipment was made. These propeller signs were considered to be the property of the brewery at all times and were subject to being returned to the distributor on demand. The $3 deposit was refunded if the propeller sign was returned to the brewery for any reason.
How to Spot a Lone Star Beer Propeller without Sign
Look for the hanging screw holes on the edge of the blades. The holes will be about half way between the hub and the bottom of the prop.
Tina Melonakes assists Steven Porterfield with vintage clothing, hats, handbags and jewelry, at his antiques store “The Cat’s Meow” in Midland, Texas. Steven said all of these vintage items are selling well in his store located at 408 Andrews Highway in Midland, Texas.
Tina also assists Steven in restoring and repairing antique, vintage clothing and accessories.
Renell Moore July 8, 2018
Trends with Younger Clientele is Taking Old Stuff, Recreating it
Tina said the latest trends with the younger clientele is to take the old stuff and recreate it. For example, taking an old enamel stove and recreating it into a wine bar. The vintage prom dresses are also a popular fad.
“All the kids like the upcycled stuff. They like the old farmhouse look.
As for fine china, “If you can’t put it in the dishwasher, they don’t want it. Silver – they don’t have time to polish it.”
Certain Vintage Hat Styles Popular
Steven said a lot of women are wearing hats now. He is currently selling a lot of vintage hats.
“I have 300 to 400 in the back room that I need to bring out for display.” Certain styles sell well, like the big outrageous hats for the Derby parties. Fascinators are a big fad. Fascinators are little cocktail hats. The little girls love these hats and they sell for $15 in his store. The fascinators are also being used as wedding veils.
Another popular trend is to use vintage jewelry to make a wedding bouquet out of vintage brooches.
Vintage Clothing: Purses, Furs Back in Style
Other popular items are vintage purses from the 1970’s and furs are back in style for the fall season.
“I buy tons of stuff from all over the world – Americans have more stuff than most other countries do.”
In the past, Americans were fascinated with royalty and other cultures so they would purchase Chinese antiques and bring them back to America.
More Chinese Antiques in America Than China
“We have more Chinese antiques in America than in China.”
Masses of Chinese people are coming over to buy antiques to take back to China – I have about 5 young men who come through the store several times a year. They will purchase any Chinese antiques they find.