Friday, January 25, 2013

Junk Salvation

I have another show coming RIGHT up.  This one kind of sneaked up on me.  It's next week!

If you haven't hooked up with me yet on facebook, you should do that.  I'm way more on top of things over there!  I posted about this weeks ago.

Anyway, this is going to be a fun one for me.  It's close to home and really close to Hill's Theatre Antique Mall, where I peddle my wares between shows. 

Here's a coupon for $1.00 off of the admission for SATURDAY ONLY.

If you'd like to see photos from previous shows, be sure to check out Junk Salvation's Website or find them on facebook.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Penelope Ann Grows Up - Gossip Bench

When I was a sophomore in High School I had a bit part in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.  The name of the character was Penelope Ann. 
There is a song in the beginning of the show called the Telephone Hour.

When ever I think about a gossip bench, I hear that song in my head.

Well, I think Penelope Ann grew up beautifully!

The finish on this piece was in good condition.  I only applied some linseed oil to help reinvigorate it.

I think this modern color damask gives her a lovely and current look.


Penelope Ann is for sale.  See my Portfolio and Available Page for details. 


I will be sharing at:
Elizabeth & Co.'s Be Inspired  
The Dedicated House's Make It Pretty Monday 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Vintage Love - Ironstone Service for Eight

It's been a while since I showed you all some Vintage Love!

I recently was able to put together an entire service for eight in Johnson Brother's Ironstone "Heritage White."

I know I'm far from the only one with an ongoing love affair for vintage ironstone, and while we all love the mis-matched sets, it was a real treat to realize that I could put together a matching set.

It is also in very good condition.  There are only a few pieces that have tiny chips on the bottom.

Of course there is a little crazing, but that just makes me love it even more!

I'm still trying to decide if I should keep this one or add it to my inventory.  I have a show coming up in two weeks, and a table-scape featuring this set would be a an amazing centerpiece!  

Or maybe I'll just have a dinner party!

Either way, I'll take pictures!

Monday, January 14, 2013

My Faves from 2012

Wow.  2012 was a good year for Apple House Revival, even if it was a rough year for me personally.  I am happy to report that my health problems have been resolved, which is a HUGE relief.  I'm guessing 2013 is going to be an even better year!

I thought it would be fun to do a 2012 project round-up.  I'm pretty proud of some of these beauties. . .

Of course, Phoebe's Dresser was a popular project, and it isn't hard to see why.  This project was serendipity at its finest.  A great find, mishap, a beautiful fix.  She is one of my favorite renovations of all time.

Athena was a fun project.  Her patina turned out perfect.  She was also my first piece of furniture that sold at Hill's Theater!

My only real tutorial of the year and a very fun upholstery job complete with ruffles and custom piping.  I'm still in love with this little sweetheart!  

Everyone loved Loraine.  What's not to love?  Classic cream, a marbled finish, just the right amount of distressing.

Cara's dresser is ones of my favorite pieces I've ever done for a client.  Everything about it is beautiful.

Eliza.  What a sweet little rocker she it, and I love that she is going to end up with a friend of mine whose taste I greatly admire.  

I have some beautiful unfinished pieces waiting in my work space.  I'm betting a few of those will end up on the 2013 Favorites post.

Here's to a great new year!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Tall, dependable, beautiful. Perfect descriptions for both this darling dresser and my dear friend, Kerstin. It seemed appropriate to name the dresser for her!

Of course, "super star" knobs were the only thing that would fit!

I wanted this dresser to have a lot of depth and interest.  There are four colors plus a dark wax over everything.

I added more brown to the drawers than the body of the dresser for additional interest and some contrast.

I just love how she turned out!


Kerstin is for sale.  See my Portfolio and Available page for more details.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The CSI Project

Do you all follow The CSI project?  It is hands down one of my favorite blogs.  Every week is a new challenge, tutorials revolving around that challenge, and one of the best link-ups in the DIY online world.

I'm honored to be judging the entries this week.  Appropriatly, this week's link up is "Best Projects in 2012."  The entries are all ready amazing.  There's still tim

Be sure to check in tomorrow to find out which ones I liked the best!

Here at AHR, we are still trying to get back in the swing of life after the holidays.  An ice storm slowed us down today by canceling my older son's school day.  Ice storms are such strange and beautiful things.  And while I don't appreciate loosing my one kid free morning of the week, or the scraped up knee I got this morning when I slipped on the ice despite my extreme caution, I do appreciate the amazing images they bring.

I took this in my front yard this morning.

BTW- if you don't all ready follow me on Instagram, you should.  That is where I share sneak peeks, random silliness, and awesome vintage finds.  I'm megan_penny there.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Lisa's Chair

I don't talk a lot about my personal life here at Apple House Revival, but I have shared quite a bit about myself and my family in other places.  Some of you may know that my younger son was adopted.  I am an adoption advocate, and while I haven't been actively blogging about it for some time, there is a lot of information about adoption on one of my other blogs, Adoption FYI.

We enjoy an open adoption with Leo's birth family.  We love his birth mom and his birth siblings.  We call his birth mom Lisa when we talk about her in online.  It isn't her real name, we use it to protect her privacy because we are so open about our adoption experiences. 

Lisa is trudging through the last few weeks of pregnancy right now.  We are excited to meet the adorable little bundle she is carrying, but after three pregnancies in four years, Lisa's body is less than thrilled with the situation.  In addition, she has an energetic toddler to chase around, well, all you mamas out there know how hard it can be.  Lisa's doctors have told her she needs to take it easy (easy for them to say!)

I wish more than anything I could be there to help her through these last few weeks.  (She lives several states away from us.) One thing I would do if I could is bring her a nice comfy chair and tell her to SIT DOWN!

This is the chair I would bring her. 

Isn't it adorable?  I found it with the corduroy cover all ready over it.  (It was originally leather.)  It needed to be cleaned up a bit, but nothing my steam cleaner couldn't handle.  

 I painted the body a classic creamy white.    I love how it looks with the fabric!

I was heavy handed with the distressing on this one, particularly on the arms.  I wanted the dark wood to show through.  It now looks old and worn and loved.  I feel like she may have cradled many an expecting mama's tired body.

The back pillow is down and the frame supports your body while the soft cushions offer the perfect amount of softness for relaxing.

We love you, Lisa.


Lisa's chair is for sale.  See pricing information on my Portfolio and Available Page. 
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