Old, Worn, Crackled, Rusty, Faded, Patina…
These words are a vintage lovers delight! In fact we prefer it to something new and flawless. It’s the chippy, flaky paint, the softness of worn and faded fabrics, and the rusty verdigris of hinges, knobs and pulls that comes from years of use and adds a lovely patina to furniture and home décor. It makes you wonder about the history of a piece and it’s previous owner or owners. It is also something we designers try our best to recreate in newer furniture to achieve a similar patina.
My ponderings on this today came to me, as my body has been feeling a little rusty and creaky lately. My joints in my hands and shoulders and sometimes my hips ache and certain movements are almost impossible without causing sharp pain. Our joints are our hinges to our body and I was thinking, as much as I love rusty old hinges, I do not particularly care for them on me, especially, the patina of crackling skin and fading hair color. Knocking on the door of fifty- (Yikes!!), “old” seems to be looming. Growing old gracefully is a lot easier said than done. I wish that I could appreciate antiquity in myself as much as I do in a piece of furniture. I suppose that I might have more of an appreciation, if it didn’t hurt so much at times. I never even contemplated arthritis even though both my grandmothers had it. My mom has had very little joint issues, amazingly. However, I’m sure I have contributed by lifting and moving heavy pieces of furniture around whenever my husband was not available. And I’m always doing something with my hands. It is the nature of the beast in this business I’m in. I ignore it and tough it out for the most part and I sure don’t let it slow me down. I suppose that’s how you do this thing called “growing old gracefully”.
It is interesting to me, though, how people appreciate this type of aging in furniture, but for the most part, not in people. I guess there is a certain amount of respect that is gained with age from the wisdom it brings. But again, feeling like the Tin Man from the “Wizard of Oz” wasn’t something I bargained for.
Well anyway, that is my musings and ponderings for today. I will leave you with some pictures of the loveliness of old, worn, crackled, rusty and faded. No, not of me…
Feast your eyes, or what I like to call a bit of visual therapy…
|Old table legs salvaged and used as candle holders
Below is a closeup of these wonderfully chippy candlesticks…
|Old porch posts used as candle holders
The original crackle of the paint on these is fabulous! It was hard not to keep these for myself!
|Awning designed and built for local retail boutique from old painted wood and rusty roofing tin.|
|Doesn’t it look grand in her shop!!|
|Original old and worn finish – perfect!!|
|Perfect patina on this old chandelier|
|Not a lot of rust on this old watering can even after years of use, but it’s lovely galvanized metal has an industrial appeal.|
|This old screen door, minus the screen, is a work of art in itself.|
|Love the worn leather seat on this chair! Vintage pieces put together to make a lovely vignette.|
|Beautiful old leather bound book.|
|Is this not the prettiest old book you’ve ever seen?!!|
|Vintage eyeglasses are a nice added touch to this vignette.|
|Vintage bark cloth – Nicely faded!|
|Antique dress form on a rusted stand.|
|The grey flannel covering this old dress form is a little boring. I might recover this with burlap or paint the Union Jack flag on it. Wouldn’t that be cool?!|