Thursday, March 14, 2013

Have a Heart~ or Not?

You know the old country shelves,
the ones with cut out hearts.
I had many in my country style decorating days.
A few are still around and this one I use in my back staircase landing.
It has been a work horse,
 useful and a great display piece
 fitting perfectly between the narrow spot beside the closet
and below the decorator's gallery.
But it was time for an upgrade and so the redo began.
Fresh and new with the lighter color paint.
Minus the dust!! LOL
Now here it is back in it's home by the back stairs.
Filled with vintage books and treasures,
however, it still has the heart.
 I love hearts and have always decorated with them
but just not enjoying them on furniture any longer.
So back to the studio I go to find a way to cover the heart.
Using a stripe of burlap,
And a small graphic from the Graphics Fairy~
With a little paint floated for aging,
Next a few strokes with a sharpie~
Centered on the burlap and hot glued in place,
Sealed with a coat of Triple Thick over  the Graphic.
Next, I placed it over the heart cut out and glued in place.
Completed and in place,
with a fresh new look.
From the top of the stairs looking down.
Above the closet is a decorator's gallery
with window.
My grandmother's vintage Singer sewing machine is displayed here
along with my grandfather's shoe molds.
(he was a shoe designer from Italy)
No wonder I love shoes. LOL
Anyway, I added a few old spools and vintage school books from the 1930's.

In the end,
I think I had a heart
to keep the shelf
 and give it a  new look.
Now I am getting ready for family house guests.
They will be arriving shortly.
 I 'll be visiting you when I can.
Thank you for stopping by.
Happy Springtime!
Celestina Marie


Unknown said...

Celestina, this looks amazing! The display shelves look wonderful with their makeover, great idea with the burlap! Oh and I love the setting you have created with the vintage sewing machine and shoe molds how special they belonged to your grandparents!
hugs Alyson x

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Much better. I love the paint and heart cover up!

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a creative way to cover the heart and put your own style into it. It is funny how our tastes change over the years. My dad always told me that mine would when I was in my early 20s and he was so right!

How fabulous that your grandfather was a shoe designer! I hope you have some of his designs as keepsakes. :)

Unknown said...

My mom still has her shelf. It is painted with peach hearts and white ducks (or geese, not sure). I have a cabinet that was, 'gifted' to me out on the back porch. You're right, they are work horses! Great redo.

Patty Sumner said...

What a wondefu idea. I have a tall cupboard with hearts in the upper doors. I have been racking my brain trying to come up with something to update the look. Now I have one. Thanks.. Everything is beautiful. Blessings!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a clever way to cover the heart! The self looks lovely and how great that it fits in that spot. You are so creative!

Unknown said...

Love the shelf Celeste!! Much much better for your new style. It liiks like a whole new piece. I cant believe how perfectly it fits in that space too! Your grandma's sewing machine is awesome! As are the shoe molds. How cool that your grandpa did that for a living in Italy, love it!! That chandelier is gorgeous too:) And I see a little bunny :) I hope you have a wonderful time with your Michigan guests!! After being here, they will be in for such a treat with yout gorgeous weather :) Cant wait to see your farmhouse room and what you did with the paper too. I know you made something beautiful with it.
Have a wonderful time! Love you to bits,

cynthia lee designs said...

Love it...what a great makeover!! I love the view from your pretty!! I have several old sewing machines...2 in cabinets, 2 with wood cases, and 2 more that are just the machines...but none are from my family. However, we do have my hubby's grandfather's Jewelers cabinet and all of his tools that he fixed jewelry with. I love having family pieces.
Have a great time with your company.

Mari said...

Love the make over on your self, amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do....
My mom has an old singer sewing machine also, it's so pretty, wish they still made them that way.....
Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and your gorgeous home ;)


Dorthe said...

Dear Celestina Marie,
your display with your inherited Singer maschine, and the shoe molds, are a wonderful mix, of beautiful old pieces,I love the spools also and the chandelier.
And that little country shelve piece looks so great in white/cream, and your idea to cover it`s heart with the lovely image from G.F. looks gorgeous- you have a most beautiful entry now, my dear.
Hugs and happy hours with your guests.

1CardCreator said...

This looks amazing and no surprise! You have the Midas touch when it comes to turning something so so into something fabulous! I love your decorators gallery with your beautiful heirlooms in there! Enjoy your time with your family, I am sure they are happy to leave the cold and snow here! ~Diane

Laurie said...

Cute as can be!!! Great way to cover the old with something fresh and new.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

We've all got those heart cut outs to cover up, and you've come up with the perfect solution! I love your display area filled with family treasures! The old shoe forms are wonderful.

DeeDee said...

what a perfect fit.. I bet your home is just a treasure to look thru.. happy visit with your guests.. hope your feeling better.. :D

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,
Can't get over the fact that it FITS there like it's made for this corner! You did a great job on it and it looks new and interesting.
You got the same Charleston style doors (bi-fold) as we have. We got all bathroom and bedroom doors like that too and the indoor window shutters.
Hugs to you,

NanaDiana said...

How beautiful everything looks. I hope you have a wonderful time with your company and enjoy every moment of their visit- xo Diana

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I feel the same way about the hearts. What a great solution. Just so pretty.

Linda M. said...

Celestina, Very nice re-do on the shelf, thanks for the inspiration. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Unknown said...

Wow, such an interior design sampling!
Interior design in lucknow

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi Celeste!

Your Grandmother's Singer is fabulous displayed on your upper shelf! What a grand idea! My DIL has 2 upper shelves in her foyer that we love to decorate.
Yours tops any ideas we've come up with!

Love you, Sherry

Tina said...

so pretty and looks great

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..