Sunday, May 3, 2009

Met Monday!!! Family Heirloom Finds It's Niche!!

Welcome to Metamorphosis Monday!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch hosts
this fun event every Monday!! I hope you will
go visit her and check out all the other
Met Monday participants!!


As some of you know, I have a family
heirloom that is also part of Orlando's
history. It is a beautiful carving of a girl
with flowers carved from a slate chalkboard
that was salvaged from Orlando High School
when they tore it down.

My Mom graduated from Orlando High School.
My Grandfather bought it for my Grandmother,
who was an interior decorator/upholsterer. She
adored it, and it hung in her living room.

Upon her death, Mom got it, and upon Mom's
death, I got it.

I took possession of it in 2004. It has been stored
just awaiting it's place of prominence in my home,
and it has finally...

found it's niche!!

This paint color was here when we moved in
and as you can see, it did nothing for the
carving. So...with a little help from my bloggy
friends, I came up with a color for it!

The base color is Martha Stewart Spun Sugar
satin finish. It was too bright by itself, so I
decided to try this raw umber translucent
glaze on top of it.

It gave the niche a bit of a time-worn
look perfect for the Tuscan style I love.

All finished glazing

The slate girl's new home!!

I couldn't be more pleased
with the results!! I know Mom is smiling, too!

I do want to make an olive leaf swag
to hang above instead of this one, and
I will be adding and accessorizing a
console table below it.

Just have to find one!!!


Thank you for stopping by!!
Have a wonderful week!!



  1. Becky~

    Absolutely hit the tuscan look!


  2. Hey Becky !
    So great to keep something in the family with such a neat story ! I do really like the color
    changes you have made, it sure did deserve it (I am quite sure you are getting some smiles from
    Heaven ! ) Thanks for sharing !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  3. wow, becky! this is gorgeous! stunning! you really outdid yourself and i'm sure your mom would love it! who wouldn't?

  4. WOW...what a wonderful piece of history. I wish I could see a close up of the carving, I'd love to see the detail.

    Perfect niche!!!

  5. Wow! That really vamped up the eye appeal on it! Lookin' good!

  6. Becky, you did a great job! It looks beautiful. Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving me such uplifting words. I haven't been able to use the computer much this week but I was able to sneak in some time today. You are awesome!!!

  7. It looks so pretty! I'm so happy you painted the inside a different color so the "girl" could stand out! And how nice that it's been in your family also for all these years! Looks beautiful and you did a great job!! ENjoy your day!

  8. Awwwww...what a sweet treasure. It's gorgeous. I wish I could see her a little better. Maybe I'll come over and crash your place someday and see it in person. :) I love that glaze too. We painted two pieces of furniture with a blue one. It's a gorgeous, glamorous yet subtle effect.

  9. Very nice. The new color really makes your treasure stand out!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  10. Hey, how great to be going away! I've actually been to St. Simons Island and LOVED it. When hubby was down in Atlanta one summer we went on a vacation there and are planning on going back for our 25th anniversary. Sounds like so much fun to be going away for MOther's Day. I've never been to Jekeyl (SPELLING???) Island, but hear it's just as beautiful!! Enjoy!

  11. Wow, love that color and I'm glad your treasure found such a lovely home!


  12. What a precious treasure and I love the niche that it's displayed in. The color is just perfect. Hugs, Marty

  13. She looks just great there- and I LOVE your choice of paint! and the swag too!!

    I know your mom is smiling down to see you found a special place for this treasure:)

    Have a wonderful Monday!


  14. Wow, Becky that is just gorgeous! You are a very talented decorator. Have a wonderful day dear friend. Hugs, Elena

  15. It's wonderful Becky. It's as though it was made for the niche.

  16. Hi Becky,
    What a treasure, and you have done a remarkable job. Good luck with finding the swag. Blessings,

  17. It looks great. I know your mom is proud. The table will give it even more. Debbie

  18. what a unique way to display your treasure - and it looks so natural! Great job.

  19. Yes... That was the right color... it really boosted your art to a higher level!
    Really nice metamorphosis!

    ~Really Rainey~

  20. You've found a really nice home for that girl! I know your mom must be very happy looking down at you.
    Gracie at

  21. Your treasure turned out so pretty!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and always leaving such thoughtful, positive comments. I appreciate your kind words! I enjoyed reading several posts on your blog this so so positive and joyful. Thanks for the uplift!
    Have a joyful day!

  22. That is really beautiful and really compliments the lovely carving, great job!

    The Raggedy Girl

  23. Thanks so much for stopping by my Kit. Redo. I really appreciate the kind remarks. You asked about the paste wax working on your whitewashed cabinets. I think it works on anything. I would first try it on the inside of a door to see what it looked like. There are so many shades you would also have to consider whether you wanted it really dark, med or with a red tint. I used a dark color similar to a dark walnut. You can google dark paste wax and find lots of companies and shades. Good luck, it would be interesting to see what you do. Hugs, Marty

  24. Wow are so talented. I have another bathroom I need to redo and am always looking for ideas.
    I can remember seeing that slate girl on your blog a few months ago. She looks so great now, you did such a great job.

    To answer your question about the birds...the ones on my door all flew away and believe me, I was so ready for them to leave. I can finially use my front door again.
    The killdeer in the driveway is still nesting and hopefully the eggs will hatch soon. We have a stray cat in the neighborhood that will probably get them before they hatch. Last night my husband heard birds outside screeching so I think the cat was after them. Momma bird is still sitting on the nest so maybe the cat got the worst of it.

    Keep up the good work on your blog, it is so relaxing to come and visit you. Terry

  25. Hi Becky,
    Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.I have enjoyed reading through your blog. Your niche turned out beautifully and your "treasure" looks perfect in it. I will be back again to visit you.
    Enjoy your day,

  26. She looks so beautful Becky - I am sure she will love her new home! Hope you find that leaf swag! It's out there looking for you too I suspect! Love for the week ahead - and my heartful thanks for the loving and valuable lesson your 'teacher heart' has shared with me today. You are a true gem! Fiona x

  27. Hello Dear Becky...
    This is so beautiful...what a wonderful idea they had when they made these carvings! And you have truly given it a place of honor...stunning!
    It is, as always...a pleasure to visit you.


  28. It looks great! Sounds like you get your creativity genetically☺

  29. Becky~
    I love the slate girl. I've never seen anything like it. What a treasure!
    And I love the color you painted the niche it now hangs in. What a perfect place for such a special heirloom.
    Love you Sweetie!!!:)

  30. wow, just a change of colour- it gives it such a warmer appeal. Makes me think of coffee and a generous dose of peanut butter on my sandwich ..


  31. Great job, Becky! I know you must be pleased. It's so neat, and that new color treatment really sets off the art. Love it! Hope you find a console you just love, too! :-)

    Yesterday, I had a HUGE day with all sorts of stressful responsibility. It was so interesting that you said you had been praying because I felt complete peace from your prayers and the prayers of two of my friends... and everything I had to do went like clockwork. I was in charge of a meeting, handing out end of the year presents, saying two prayers, presenting awards, conducting the business part, asrranging notebooks to pass to two other people, getting two gavels decorated with fresh flowers, and appearing and being "on" at a very large banquet. Yesterday morning, I decided I hated what I was wearing (it looked like winter), and I ended up shopping a few hours before the banquet. The Lord found the perfect jacket for the perfect price and led me to it! God is SO good!

    Anyhow, I should have known you were praying for me, too. Thank you, friend!


    Sheila :-)

  32. She looks so pretty in framed by her new color. You did a great job. Thanks for loving thoughts and stopping by to check on me. Haven't gotten back to blogging yet, but making some attempts to catch up with my wonderful friends!

    Blessings and love,


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