Thursday, March 19, 2009

Show and Tell Friday At Bellamere Cottage!

A bit of the living room at Bellamere Cottage.

Also, part of my collection of tole trays..........I have LOTS of them! :-)

I am always amazed at what a little bit of paint can do to an old, yukky piece.....I'm also surprised to see how small this chest looks in these pictures. It looks so's really not.

I bought this little number on Craig's list a while back for thirty dollars. It was NASTY. After some TLC and large glass knobs I truly love it. I bought it as an interim piece because I couldn't find something that I really loved. As everyone knows, as soon as you buy something you find the PERFECT, about a week after I had finished this I found a vintage piece that was just perfect. I may have mentioned that my garage is full??? Well, I didn't have a place to re-do another piece so I'm sticking with this one temporarily. I hope that eventually another PERFECT piece comes my way.

Can you tell the walls are a very pale blush pink? I LOVE 'em!

Not easy to see in this shot, but I filled the original holes from the pulls, added the appliques and several coats of black paint........VOILA'!!! comes the original picture from the ad on Craig's List!

This is a girl who could use a makeover! :-)

The pitchers and platter are old......the vase is from Michaels.

One of my favorite lamps........a thrift store find: $15.00.

I bought the shade at Marshalls on clearance: $6.00

I LOVE these vintage pitchers. I have a "thing" for pitchers.........I only have a few of the white ironstone ones though.

Ahhhh.......those little appliques (I bought them on eBay).......and those delicious glass knobs.......(also eBay).

Sorry for the lousy shot..........

Thanks so much for coming by and seeing my Show and Tell. I so enjoy peeking around all the lovely homes in blogville........I hope you've enjoyed mine too!

More great Show and Tells............

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Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. You did a great job on the chest; I've never tackled a project that big.
    I also like your tray collection. Very pretty.

  2. I love what you did with it all! Everything is just so perfect.

    My show n tell is all about afghans this week. Do stop by if you get a chance. Happy Friday.

  3. Very pretty items. I love the way you have they sitting out on display!

  4. What a transformation! I love eBay too. Here's my post:

  5. I love seeing your pictures, but I must tell you that the lamp in the last picture reminds me so much of a lamp my grandmother used to have in her home before she passed. Thanks for sharing that one and bring back a precious memory for me*! _Ashley*

  6. The before and after pics of your chest are great, but oh that lamp with the flowers is what caught my eye! It reminds me of one I had growing up:)

    Thanks for visiting me and leaving birthday greetings for my girls!:)

    Linda C

  7. Everything is so beautiful. I love all the pretties on the dresser. And the dresser itself is so nice. Great job. Thanks for sharing this and for your nice comment on my S & T post. Blessings, Jax in Alaska

  8. What lovely pieces, Spencer. I really enjoyed all the pretty items on the dresser. And you did a wonderful job on the dresser, I might add! Thanks for sharing and thanks for your nice comment on my S & T post. Blessings, Jax in Alaska

  9. You have some beautiful items. I especially like the pitchers. I'm a pitcher fan myself;-) You did a marvelous job refinishing the chest. Hard to believe that it's the same piece of furniture. Thanks for stopping by Marigold Manor and commenting on my tiny stove.

    Have a Blessed weekend.

    Mary Anne

  10. I just love your collection of trays. They are so pretty. Your chest turned out beautifully.

  11. I love those white pitchers!!! Everything is beautiful!

  12. Beautiful. I love the chest after all your work and the trays over it are perfect. It is really quite lovely!

  13. I enjoy restoring furniture also. I have several pieces that I still have setting around that need to be finished.
    All of those pieces are lovely.

  14. just beautiful! my dad used to refinish furniture and i have a couple pieces he did that I just love! it means so much more when you fix it up just the way you want it. i'd love to get a peek inside your garage. maybe a photo of that next week???

    There is always room for you in The Shadow of the Cross. Feel free to visit anytime.

  15. That dresser looks fantastic. really cute. plus it is black so i love it too. mishelle

  16. Hi Spencer, Hope you are having a good weekend!
    Wow, nice make over on the chest of drawers!
    And doubly love your tole trays on the wall.
    Really nice!

  17. Great make over on the dresser! Jen

  18. Thanks for visiting my Shabby Cottage. I love your chest makeover. What kind of black paint did you use. I have a newer dresser that I want to paint but don't know what kind of black paint to buy. Warm wishes, Esther

  19. Hi Spencer......your chest turned out just beautiful and I love all the pretty things you have on and around it! That is a gorgeous lamp!



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