Friday, November 11, 2011

Their old is my new

Don't you love giving a piece of trash a new home?

I love it and would prefer to do that than buy new any day.

Every thing in this post had years of wear and had already lived a lifetime before 
I acquired them.
Many people would never give them a chance to grace their
Maybe many reading this post would even wonder what I could possibly see in them. 

Like this old scratched up mirror propped up here inside this old frame. 

 This Summer while shopping a flea market with my daughters, I saw this 
dilapidated old pink dresser.
I fell hard...not for the dresser itself, but for the awesome aging mirror it had.

You can't tell in these photos, but the mirror has beautiful veining and crackling. 

I didn't bring it home because I needed another chest of drawers, 
because I DON"T.
I brought it home strictly for the mirror.

Then there's this light fixture in my bath.
I finally got it hung after years of tripping over it no matter where I stored it.

I love that someone painted it pink

 I love that it is scrolly

 I love that it is hopelessly old-fashioned

and I love that it came with a friend!

 This one escaped the pink paint and has it's original finish.

 It is smaller in scale and hangs over the bathroom sink.

I fell in love with this style of light when I first saw some hanging in Robin's (Magnolia Pearl)
kitchen years ago in a magazine. 
About a year after seeing the magazine feature of her beautiful home, I found these in a 
cardboard box at a yard sale and there they sat until recently when I finally 
had them re-wired and hung.

 for all those who have ever looked into this scratched up, chippy little mirror...  

  thank you for passing it on so I could add it to my own collection of 'new to me's'.


Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

I love your new, old treasures.
The little pink dresser, the mirrors and light fittings are all such wonderful finds. No wonder you are happy with them as they really do look great in your beautiful home.

Have a great weekend

Paint Me White said...

Oh June, that dresser is the most gorgeous shade of pink. You have such a great eye for things. Love it all Sandy xx

joanne said...

I'd rather shop at a thrift store over any other store on earth. (something that irritates my MIL to no end!)

Katherine said...

I love that saying 'new to me'. It's like a promise of 'you will be loved once again'.
These are truly romantic pieces.


NanaDiana said...

I'm with you- I love the old! Maybe because I am getting OLD TOO? June, those are beautiful finds! Now..I have to ask you- do you know what the fabric is that are the curtains I see next to the pink dresser? I think I am in love with it! xo Diana

Terra said...

Your treasures are very pretty, and the hue of pink is delightful on both the lights and the dresser.

oldgreymare said...

Nice to see you here this evening. Love those fixtures.
very cool <3

Ticking and Toile said...

Oh my goodness....I would've flipped for that dresser too!! And the light fixture...oh man....they are both so sweet.

But what I'm really flipping for are the horses on your sidebar...I didn't know you had horses!? Now I really really really need to come visit you!!!!...:o)

Beautiful post!


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

June, I may have told this story before here..but I have a good friend who is NOT an antiquer..but I love her all the same..she said to me one day." Why would anyone want to buy this stuff.."it's all been used" ! I laughed so hard.."that is actually the VERY reason I want it I told her, it has "history" behind it."
She looked a bit puzzled...I forgave her, because she just did not UNDERSTAND...the love we have for these forlorn treasures.
Yours are most precious.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi June, I love the the old anytime over something new, and I love your pink dresser and your gorgeous light fixtures. I've been saving antique light fixtures for years too and I'm fixing to start taking the ones we have now out and adding antique fixtures. I think it will make a great difference. I also love the look of an old mirror.... the more crackling and veining the better. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Anonymous said...

I can see why you fell in in love with that chippy mirror...oh my! Your pictures are so beautiful June:)



Crystal Rose Cottage said...

You found some really great stuff! All of it has character and its own uniqueness!~Hugs, Patti

Shabby soul said...

Darling June you had so nice finds, and they fit so good in your home! You had a great eye: I always think that beauty is in the eyes of who is able to see her. =)
Have a beautiful sunday

Tricia said...

Oh my goodness, the dresser, the mirror, the box and the faded flowers...the whole thing is just so gorgeous together.

stefanie said...

oh, all is sooooo beautiful!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hello, my dear June, like you I prefer buying old over new for our home. These worn things have so much more character and soul than new items. I love each of your fantastic finds. For us vintage lovers all the pieces are just in perfect condition.
Have a wonderful weekend :-)!
Big hugs and warm wishes,

Candylei said...

They are all so pretty! The colors are perfect as they are. I love Magnolia Pearl's clothes. So fun!

Debra@CommonGround said...

just perfect, June! always love your gorgeous photos. xoxo

BECKY said...

What a charming post, June! I, too, treasure that which has been cast off, forgotten, overlooked, or just the object of disdain. I love finding new purposes for those pieces, and giving them life again!

They have character, and a story...and I just love that! I'm not into cookie cutter anything!

The lighting is sooo wonderful!!

Thank you for sharing!!
Becky said...

Hy June - this post is so charming! And the mirror goes perfect with the hanging lamps - the colours are so specials and the lights wonderful!
Even, if I am not a flea market fan, what you have find there, is really special and has certainly an old story!
Have a cosy weekend, love, Barbara

mudderbear said...

You make me want to gather up everything I've ever owned, or not, and just Hug it. And I so regret letting things get away. This will sound daffy, but you inspire me to KEEP everything and Thank YOu, because it is so easy to think you should just give it all away.

Felicity said...

I can hear that little mirror sighing from here as it now gets to reflect the most glorious aspects from your beautiful home and garden.

Happy weekend Lovely You!


debi said...

Your post is so dreamy. I love your heavenly could never find anything new that would compare to those beauties.

Your photos are stunning!

Dorthe said...

Dear June,
what can I say, other than I would have RUN home with those beautiful old schratched and fantastic pieces. I love them all, and would feel so happy if they were actually "living" in my home.
Happy week-end

Monica said...

Just fab, June! I'm so glad you brought it home, it's sure to give you joy, each and every time you look at it! Moreover, it is 'so you'... Well done my friend!
Monica xo

Angela said...

Hi June! Very nice and verrrry pretty! I just love that chest of drawers and it's mirror. Some people have a gift in knowing how to reuse and beautify someone else's cast-offs! Have a blessed weekend!

Pondside said...

I love your header - so you!
Old treasures are so much homier than new. Rewiring and rehanging an old light fixture gives a room depth and so much more interest than a new and sparkling chandelier.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Sweet June,
Everything here - the mirrors, the carryall, the light fittings etc. all look perfectly right for your home. I can never bring myself to buy new when there is so much charm from old weather beaten, preloved, shabby furniture - they just have "soul"! Those roses WOW! are they from your garden and did you dry them yourself. They look so gorgeous in that carry all.
Thank you for visiting me lately and leaving such a lovely comment. I think it is time for me to post some Spring garden images!
Love and hugs,

the old white house said...

I love that we speak the same language and have the same way of thinking! Now if only I could make my home as effortlessly beautiful as yours and take breathtaking photos like you,we could be twinkies! The pink dresser is sooooooo sweet and the tool box with your beautiful flowers is just perfect on it. have a wonderful weekend! t.xoxoxooxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

There is PROFOUND beauty in the aged elements of our lives.....simply beautiful my dearest one. Thank you for coming to engage in a little bird poetry!!! Fly away........


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
I think there is nothing lovelier than the patina that occurs over time on old mirrors and light fixtures. Yours are so pretty.
Some people just don't get it when we ooh and awh over old stuff and I often feel sorry for them that they are missing out! LOL!

Thanks for the great post.


Beehive Needleworks said...

Oh June...I do love, LOVE your "new" treasures! The stories that are revealed among the chips, dents, cracks, scratches, and missing pieces are simply delightful. I am so pleased that you shall add another page to the ongoing story.

Happy weekend to you...


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my goodness I just LOVE every single thing in you pictures!! They are all so beautiful!!

betty jo said...

What an incredibly gorgeous dresser and mirror. I love the toolbox holding flowers too. June you have a magic touch when it comes to decorating! ♥

Alaina said...

I am very much like you June, not very many items in my home are new, they have had a previous life. I enjoy taking something and seeing what I can do with it. A dresser for a bathroom vanity. Frames as wreaths. It also helps when something gets nicked or chipped by the kids because I know that it was never perfect when I bought it.
Your flowers are beautiful. We had the first small snowfall and I think the roses are finally done. I hope you are enjoying the Fall weather.

My name is Riet said...

Hi dear JUne. I love that little pink dresser with that beautiful old mirror. I love old mirrors and I have several in the house.
Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

Claudia said...

You're a girl after my own heart, June. I totally get it. Hurray for the worn, chippy and previously loved!


Unknown said...

that first photo should be the cover of a magazine!!! ADORABLE!!!!! Amazing pink dresser and love the pink light fixture!!!

Julie Marie said...

Hi June, I just love your vintage finds and especially your beautiful mirror... my thoughts are already conjuring up visions of the lovely ladies whose image it once graced... and now another lovely lady (you!) will catch your beautiful reflection in it... I always choose old over new, just like I will always follow an old dirt road over a paved one... whenever anyone asks me why I love things like this, my answer is always the same... "if you even have to ask that question, you would never understand"... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Unknown said...

dearest June, i am convinced that even a plain, brown paper bag would look simply elegant, in your enchanted cottage!
thank heavens for "one man's trash, is another man's treasure"
i really think it's all about the perspective of a "beautiful eye's" , is in the eye of the beholder.
and let me just say, that YOU, have one beau-ti-ful eye my dear!!

xo, Rosemary

Queenie Believe said...

Beautiful treasure. Think of all the faces that have gazed into those mirrors...
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Junebug said...

Oh June, I was looking at all your wonderful pictures and knew I had to write this morning. But then I drew a blank, imagine me with nothing to say! But them I realized I was swooning over that mirror and chandelier. Yep, speechless for I was in love! Then the most incredible thing happened. I remembered my chandelier I've been shuffling around and you have inspired me where it need to go. Have a great week and hugs my little Junie friend! Love Junebug

Louise Marie said...

There is nothing more beautiful than something from the heart. It could be an oil painting on canvas or a home-made meal with all the trappings or a vintage vignette, each piece lovingly placed. I love your creativity. Thank you for sharing such beauty.

Susi said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh my dear.. sooooooooooo lovely pictures.. sooooooooooo beautiful..
Many many hugs.. and kisses Susi

A Whole Lotta Magic said...

So pretty, June.

Just found you this morning; so glad I snooped! I`m a new follower.



Your treasures are phenomenally beautiful and so much more interesting than new. Isn't it funny how those who get it, get it, and those who don't wonder what's wrong with us and our love of "junk". But you know what they say about one man's junk being another man's treasure...


Unknown said...

oh and i would have been in a "tug of war' for it for sure! j'adore!! perfectly imperfect and ever sooo lovely! your photos, as always, take my breath away! ;)

Olive said...

June, I find new things to be poorly constructed and boring. Vintage items are interesting, have a past, a patina, and sometimes even a mystery. Your pinks are wonderful and you would enjoy a softly pink and purple 1950's tablecloth I have soaking right now that I bought today. olive

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Hi June ~ lovely pictures of your treasures! My husband has one of those lights hanging in his office. It's a little bit larger in scale which suits the space perfectly. Love your pink dresser and mirrors too! So enchanting! xo

Anonymous said...

I'm the same way. I don't think I own very many things that were "new" when I bought them. I prefer them with all of that beautiful patina that only age can provide. Everything is so pretty here, June! I especially love those vintage light fixtures... fabulous finds!

time worn interiors said...

I love your new old treasures! I only have one or two new things, and I love all the stuff that no one else wants! I don't care if it's stained, cracked, peeling, you get the picture!

I love seeing photos of your lovely house! And you never let us down on the flowers! Love them as well!


Anonymous said...

June, I so love the fixtures and I think they do belong in a Bath. The pink one is to die for..Always, someones throw- aways is someone elses treasures. I was either born to late or not early enough. My grandmothers home was always my favorite place to be. She did not have fancy things but comfortable things to me...I so look forward to your blogs...

Diane said...

Your pictures are exquisite as usual June. I love your old things and your light fixtures are so pretty. I hope you don't think I'm a copycat but I think you gave me an idea for my blog. Your flowers are so pretty, too. Blessings, Diane

Carole said...

"new to me's" that should be a weekly post from you.
I'm swimming in visions of pink right now.....ok I'm back.
Gosh I could just stay here all day.
I think you would find a lot of us agreeing with you that we love the old over the least our kindred spirits here in blogland do.

I have to say that I have a few friends that go for the new....silly billies!


flowersandhome said...

Love the mirror and the wooden basket with flowers in front of it ;-)

Cindy said...

Awesome! The scratched, chippy mirrors are the best! I love them too. What great finds... And omg, those light fixtures are priceless.


Heaven's Walk said...

Amazing how beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it, June? And I truly believe that we "repurposers" see beauty in everything around us, and can give it a second life. Awesome finds, girlie! :)

xoxo laurie

Celestial Charms said...

Some of the prettiest things came be found in their second life. We just need the eye to see it. You definitely have the eye! Have a lovely weekend.

Deb said...

such fabulous finds June ~ the colours are beautiful ♥

Jane said...

Old treasures are the best!! You have some gorgeous pieces and they are displayed beautifully!

piccolaceleste said...

Ciao complimenti il comò e bellissimooooo!!!! un abbraccio che Dio vi benedica a presto lù..

Sharing with Sherri said...

Your treasures you rescued are wonderful June, you have such a great eye for seeing the potential and charm that a piece posesses!

I developed a love for rescuing other peoples toss aways back when I was a little girl and my grandmother would give me 50 cents to go shopping down the street from her house at a small thrift store. I would spend hours choosing the perfect treasure. Little did she know what she had started.
Hugs back from here:)

Barbara said...

You have to have an eye for finding gems like these, June. And you do. Other people don't see the possibilities and pass right by.
After looking at your light fixture, I remembered a twin fixture I have in storage. We had two, and one just didn't fit where we planned. It's old and charming. I'm going to dig it out and see if I can't use it someplace now.
Have a lovely week, my friend!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi your new treasures!
My daughter is looking for her very first place and I can't wait to go treasure hunting with her. She isn't ready to embrace everything vintage but does want a good mix! That's my girl!!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh June,
There is nothing nicer than giving an old piece a new home. I love the thought that someone else owned it and I wonder who they were and what their lives were like. I love your pink chest of drawers and, you could never get that finish, even if you distressed it, it never looks the same. I love the mirrors and the light fittings but, you know that I love everything that you own !!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment. You always say such lovely things.....I'm sure that I don't deserve it !!
That post has been up for over a week now so, I must get cracking and get a new post up !!
Have a lovely Sunday June.....much love. XXXX

Anonymous said...

Oh sooo lovely, June! I do love pre-loved vintage items so much. They all have their own little story and add so much charm!
Hope you have a lovely Sunday!

Victorian1885 said...

Good morning Dear June
Your Pink dresser is perfect! I too love the vintage pieces that are so charming when reused and repurposed. I am really having to pull back when I am out and about as I used to drag everything vintage home and I now have to really think if I can use it. Your light fixtures could not be any more perfect in your home and you know how I feel about your photography of florals!! Your home is so warm and inviting I wish we lived closer and I would invite myself to tea... ; ) Have a wonderful week ahead my friend!

Maison Beldecor said...

Hello dear June,
wonderful treasures you have find, they have so much character and a lovely patina. I love things with a past. Wishing you a great week!
Hugs, Bine

Deborah said...

Oh your treasures are so beautiful June!
Im like you..I love the old and used rather than the new now.
The dresser and mirror are so gorgeous and zI love that they are pin.
The chandys are the sweetest!

Deborah xoxo

jill said...

Hi June, I always look forward to your posts they are always so pretty and you always find such lovely things.Pink my favorite colour,dresser is wonderful.Love Jill xx

Brenda Pruitt said...

June, you have impeccable taste! I too admire the old, the tattered, the scarred, the blemished. They have character. New furniture or baubles in a store holds no manner of fascination with me. I'm so glad you see their worth! (I've looked everywhere for a dresser for my socks and gowns since I moved here a few weeks ago!)

Alina said...

And i love and adore the fact, that You want to love those old,forgotten things, and bring them home to once more making them important and cherrished...
I hope You see in that mirror, how lovely Your soul is...
It is always a pleasure to be here!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

June what beautiful treasures! I love what you did to beautify them. Your pictures taking is stunning and I always love to come visit. You always make me feel wonderful!

Lots of love,

Christmas-etc... said...

You are just amazing! Your home is beautiful but mostly your mind that recognizes treasures no matter where they may be found! These are really special finds too. Those, what history has been reflected in them though the years...
So glad, as always, to visit with you in this very special way!
Blessing to you and your whole family,

Villa König said...

Dear June, your images are breath taking! I love your new old treasures! The mirror is gorgeous!!! Hugs Yvonne

Ann Marie said...

oooh! I love the dresser as much as the mirror!

I agree with all of your sentiments! I love old things more than anything new...

Love ya.

Ana said...

There is so much beauty in an old vintagey, chippy piece...How some people don't get that is just beyond me :-) So much history, love and memories...If these pieces could only speak, the stories they would tell :-) Your dresser and mirror and light fixtures are absolutely beautiful June. Sending you a great big hug.

Much love,
♥Ana said...

Wow! Yet another gorgeous inspiring post June:) I love everything you bought. I know I buy things that no one even gives a second look. lol I too appreciate the old pieces more than the new. Give me vintage over new any day:) Have a wonderful week:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

wendy said...

You KNOW, you KNOW I love everything about your house. It is just magical.

Tracy said...

June, perhaps that should be our motto; their old is my new...I like that! and I love the photos...

koralee said...

So much joy in these lovely treasures...hugs dear one. xox

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

It is a good thing that not everyone loves things with some age on them. Less competition for all of us who do!

That is a great dresser!

jewels in the garden +: ) said...

Dear June, I wish I could find trash like that. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough or maybe You just have the touch!! Love it all!
Blessings to you dear friend,

Ivy and Elephants said...

June, what a beautiful sentiment that could not have been said more eloquently than that. I too have that passion and love of the old and worn. Love how you have used those lucky finds throughout your home so you can see them everyday.

Weisser Traum said...

oh june traaaaaumhaft wunderschön deine fotos.
die kommode der spiegel die rosen davor einfach himmlisch wuuuuunderschön.
umarme dich daniela

Rebecca said...

Hello Sweetie
Love those lights! They are perfection in our world, are they not? And I do not know how anyone can pass up a wonderful patina on an old mirror... you are so right.
How are you these days, I hope you are back to your old self and feeling wonderful. Are you sad all the flowers are going away? I actually love this time of year, my nesting urges kick in and it is just nice to snuggle in for the winter. Although it has gotten warm again here... weird.
Wishing you a most lovely day my good friend

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Junie....... :-)

Nope, no matter what you do, it's over the top yummieness....... I would take you shopping to pick out pretty little things for my home any day...... and isn't recycling "in"?? :-) Love your NEW pink chesty-mirror.

Hugs to you sweet chickie...


sweetpea said...

june, don't you love to wonder about whose reflections have been in old mirrors over the years? your pics always leave me wanting more. your home is dreamy.



Anonymous said...

Hi June, I absolutely adore your pink dresser and I love the light fixtures!!
I just love your blog and have so enjoyed perusing through your past posts! Your photos are spectacular!
Hope you have a wonderful night.

☼ Carolina ☼ said...


Catherine said...

The pinkdresser with the dried flowers is just wonderfull! and i love your lamps, very nice too. Catherine

Farah said...

Beautiful Oldies and more pretty than some new one... Specially the dresser...I am also in love with it... so elegant and what a perfect feminine touch... simply lovely
Happy if you come to see me at
with love from

Lisa said...

LoVe!!! just no doesn't need them!


Junebug said...

I just stopped by again and you amaze me. How in the world do you read all your wonder comments from blog friends. I would get nothing done, well I already do that hopping around blogs. I can spends hours visiting favorite blogs and then finding new ones. So here's to a great weekend, stay warm for I bet you have your first snowfall! Hugs!!!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear June
It's gobsmacking beautiful here today.. It always is!! Just catching up as I've had some internet woes..

Love love the aqua touches in paint and cushions on your last post!! .. I really NEED that blue cushion with the yellow trim!! haha.. I NEED this gorgeous lightfitting in this post!!.. How greedy I am

Hope you and yours are well.. Have a lovely weekend. ciao xxx Julie

sevencherubs said...

June, this is just gorgeous and I love how you take old objects that so many of us would pass over and make them look new and beautiful again. You have a gift my friend. Just gorgeous. N x

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

I Love that old Mirror (Dresser Too) filled with tons of memories ~ could we even begin to think of all who held its gaze.... While I am at my daughters, I am taking the time on the computer to catch up on all & to Wish You & Yours a Happy Thanksgiving~

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

WOW!!! You have sooooooooo much talent my lovely friend..your photos are stunning! I love your finds each and everyone of them! x0x0

Miss Gracie's House said...

I have *heard* that their are people like this...:)...the dresser is gorgeous...I love how you layered the mirrors.
Have a sweet time of celebrating and giving thanks with that sweet family of yours...

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hi June!
Lovely finds, new friends really. There is always room for one more dresser! Fantastic post, just what I needed.

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Your old new treasures are awesome. Love those pink chandeliers. I hope you have a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving.



Old is always better than new :). Don't you just love the trend of appreciating the old and tattered items from the past. Love your lights and treasures. Your style of decorating is so fresh, old :), and beautiful!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
~ Julie

Lisa said...

What beautiful finds June. I'm with you, keep me away from the mall, uggg. Unless it's an antique mall. But lately I'm into thrifting & garages sales. Everyday is like a treasure hunt, you never know what the day will bring, I have a real thing for crusty mirrors myself.
I thought of you today June. I was at the grocery store & bought peonies. I wonder if you need to add anything to the water.They smell divine. I'm going to try to dry them.
Hope your holiday was wonderful!

Privet and Holly said...

Girlie, you are singing
my song....I'd rather see
made in the USA over
anything else, these days!

xx Suzanne

Cindy said...

I know why you bought that dresser you didn't need with the crazy old mirror.. because you're smart, and you know what's beautiful... everything you touch gets more beautiful... you're like a magic fairy godmother, with a sweet spirit that makes things pretty and flowers grow...
And good grief, you are an amazing photographer!


Rostrose said...

Hi dearest June - I didn't read all those other comment, so I'm not sure if someone else said exactly the same but I have to say it: That's no trash, these items are treasures! (But if you prefere it you may call them beloved trashures ;o))
Sending lots of Advent-Küschelbüschel to you, xxx Traude

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