Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Merry Christmas from Bella Rosa Antiques

Merry Christmas from
Bella Rosa Antiques!
We are enjoying time with family and
friends this week... hope you
had a wonderful holiday!
I hope to be back in the new year with more
updates on my latest vintage finds
and adventures in antiquing.

PLUS I'll still be hosting
"Let's Talk Vintage!" on my
brick and mortar shop's blog:
Even though it is Tuesday we are taking
a break this week and will be posting for LTV
next Tuesday...
See you in the new year!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage is Now Hosted Over at My New Blog Vintage & Co!

Just a reminder that the "Let's Talk Vintage" Link Party is now hosted on my other blog Vintage & Co.

Today for Let's Talk Vintage #111, I'm sharing some of the vintage ornaments I've been selling... they are my favorite Christmas decoration.

Especially the ones that were original to my family.

Stop by, check it out here.... and link up if you want to!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recent Vintage Finds and Some Found Me!

When life sends you mid-century china

You make a table display!

It seems these days my latest finds are finding me. I didn't realize customers would be bringing their things into the store for me to purchase! So one day I went against my better judgement and purchased a box of mid-century china.

I think it was the pink and aqua that sealed the deal. I'm a softie for pastels.

This pretty winter wonderland painting also found its way into my shop... one of the gals who help me out at the shop brought in some of her Grandma's things. I couldn't say no to this beautiful piece.

And while I was in a mid-century mood, I refreshed this pair of mid-century end tables that the Hubs brought home. I chose gray chalk paint to keep the palette in the shop neutral for the holidays.

And while this bird cage doesn't look old, it is a great piece for filling with natural greens and ornies. Don't you think? Found at a recent local sale.

 And here is another totally awesome piece...

art nouveau/art deco brass lamp.
Found at a different local sale
last month.
She is being packed up tonight and
heading to a new home tomorrow morning.

Even though I'm completely busy...
I still find time to hunt down vintage finds...
and I've been blessed when 
sometimes they find me. 
Thanks so much for following along!
I'll be back soon.

Just and FYI:

My Let's Talk Vintage Link Parties
are now being held over at Vintandco.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #107: NEW Link Party Home & Upcycled Mail Sorter Turned Craft Room Storage

*****NOTE: Let's Talk Vintage is moving!*****
The link party is now available at
 Specifically for linking up
your blog today the link is:
Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
This is where bloggers and sellers alike can
gather together to share their latest finds,
vintage inspired projects, old family recipes,
junkin' hauls, etc!
Last week we added this super fun old wooden
mail box sorter... like maybe from an old school
or Church. 
Gave it an updated staining and then black 
industrial wooden legs were added.
Now it is a craft room wonder!
Just think of all of the paper and
supplies you could store in there!
Now it's your turn.
Let's Talk Vintage!
Link up over at my new blog,
Thank you for sticking with
me through this transition!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #106: Popular Side Table Makeover Colors

Hello and welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!

This is where we (vintage lovin' folks) gather together to share our latest projects, vintage finds, junkin' hauls and more!

If you love vintage too, feel free to link up your latest blog post or even a vintage item you sell!

This week I'm still playing catch up after participating in a store promotion... then we went to our lake house in the Adirondacks to close it up for the winter. I'm not caught up yet so there will be no features again this week! My apologies!

Today I'm going to share one of my side tables in what seems to be a very popular shade of aqua.

This table sold almost before I was even finished working on it. A customer saw it in the store in the "still need to paint the drawer, sand and wax" mode. She decided it was the perfect table for what she needed it to accomplish. My Sister also saw it online and wants us to find another for her! (Although she is thinking in the colors of white/gray.)

Which brings me to some of the other popular colors.

White or off white are big sellers, of course! Neutrals are always a winner.

I don't have as much luck with black.

They eventually sell but the lighter neutrals are IT! I'm sure this was no surprise to anyone.

I'm waiting to find the right person as well for this two-toned white/wood grain piece.

I can't help but love this beautiful shade of aqua. It is actually the color named Cascade in the folk art chalk paint line. And this table sold not long after I put it in the shop, too!

Thank you for checking out today's post on side tables!
I'm linking up with the Vintage Charm Link Party here.

Now, let's see who else is talking vintage today:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #105: A Vintage China Hutch Makeover

Hello, hello!

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!

This week I'm working in my brick and mortar shop during a very busy and intense store promotion so again, just for this week, I'm just offering the link up and a quick photo from the shop.

And I apologize for no before photo. I know I took one but due to lack of storage on my iphone, I may have deleted it.

My dear hubby worked on this china hutch in his spare time... it was a labor of love! It was in good condition but it was in the dark colored, mid-century style. Chalk painting the entire thing means you have to sand it down after it has been painted and then rubbing and buffing wax, too!

He did a great job.

 We had just sold a curio cabinet that was filled with vintage china so this couldn't have come at a better time into the shop!

I love it and think if it is still around after Hallowee, I will decorate inside with Christmas goodies, too.

Now it is your turn... Let's Talk Vintage!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #104: The Big Store Promotion

Hello fellow vintage loving friends!

I'm in the midst of a store marketing event/promotion.

 The idea of it is to help stores like mine that are small and boutique-like, to get noticed.

(This half moon table is my latest, completed project)

It is a very big undertaking for the shop... I will fill you all in on the flip side as my hours are 9 to 5 every day but Sunday.

So here is the link for the Let's Talk Vintage party and enjoy your week! I'll be back in full swing in two weeks!

Go ahead, show us your vintage finds, projects, stories, or even things you sell!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #103: The Store Tour & Our Latest Upcycled Furniture Projects!

Hello, hello! This past week just flew by, from last week's LTV, didn't it?
Well, if you love vintage feel free to join in the fun this week! Link up your blog posts or link to vintage things you sell, we don't mind.

This week I am gearing up at my brick and mortar shop for a shopping tour which is fun and exciting, but it is also a lot of work on the shop's part.

We anticipate lots of new faces and customers stopping in so I will be reporting all of the events that take place, back here on my blog, as well as my Vintage & Co. blog. My hours will be extended and we will not be closed at all during the tour so I will need to "eat my Wheaties" to keep up the energy!

Before the tour starts this Thursday, I will give you
'a peek into the projects we worked on recently.

This "pie crust" table, (minus the crust) was
literally yelling at me every time I raised my
brush to paint the top. I kept hearing "Nooooooo!"
I must have raised the brush about 3 or 4 times.
After the last time I turned to my hubby and said, you 
know, I'd like to keep the top a nice wood grain and just paint the bottom with chalk paint. I really think the top of this table is its redeeming quality.
He agreed and he somehow found time
to fit in his busy schedule to work on
stripping the top and re-staining and
varnishing. Then I finished the lower half
and brought it to the store.
I just love how it looks now!

These sweet little stands were kind of drab before, in your typical dark brown stain. I love them now, too!
And the last project was my hubby's.
We had a Singer sewing machine base
with an ugly wooden trunk attached to the top
of it that was hand painted but not in a good way.
Really didn't go together at all.
He decided to make it into a table.
Perfect for a lamp, a sofa table
or even in an entry way.
Oh, and by the way, the
dress form we found out by the
side of the road waiting for
the trash man? Her name is
"Carmella." I chose it because of
her base color... like a caramel candy!
Now let's see who is featured today:

Tarah from Grandmas House DIY showed
us another one of her furniture pieces that
she refinished. And not only that, she takes
pieces that were handed down from her
family and finds a new use for them.

and Penny of Penny's Vintage Home
showed us her weekend treasure hunting
finds. This three tiered stand is
pretty cool and lights up too!

and Jann of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
shared her galvanized front porch. Love the
mix of textures and some creative styling.
Lots of neat ways to use metal containers!

If you were featured, feel free to use this graphic on your next blog post or on your blog side bar. Thanks so much for linking up and for stopping by to check out LTV each week!

Now it's your turn... Let's Talk Vintage!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #102: Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!

Every Tuesday at 9 am EST, I get the party started with something about vintage ... either projects I'm working on for my brick and mortar shop or new vintage finds that I have gathered, etc.

Today I'm sharing a fun find from JUST LAST NIGHT! Yes! We were on our way back home from a quick trip to our local mall when driving through the neighborhood we saw this amazing piece out by the side of the road, waiting to be picked up this morning with the trash.

My husband and I both yelled "DRESS FORM!!!!!" and he hit the brakes.

We actually had to back up and double check that we hadn't seen a mirage. And sometimes I feel like a nut stopping in our neighborhood to pick up something cast aside, waiting for the trash.

And then sometimes I don't.

We kept saying ....who would throw this out?  Now, I do realize there are people who just aren't that into vintage but seriously. We couldn't get it in the car fast enough. 

Thinking of a name ...

Dressaforma? Trashina? Hit-the-brakes-ette?

I am joking but I just have to give her a name. What comes to your mind?

One thing I do know, she is coming to the shop with me tomorrow. I'll be bringing in some vintage clothes that might inspire folks for their costumes in October.

I'm also bringing this desk I worked on last week. The chair was a loner that had nothing to go with it so we decided to leave it the original color and just change out the seat.
The fabric was part of a bunch of fabric rolls (bolts? bolsters?) my hubby found at a sale for 1.00 each.

We already had a couple come in and look at it and I was pleased to find out they had seen me list it on Instagram. Good to know social media does help to bring in customers!

We're all decked out for Fall in the shop but as soon as Halloween is over, it will be Christmas until January. We have a ton of things to bring in and it will take a lot of my time just getting everything priced and set up.

Thanks so much to all who stop and read my LTV posts and for those who also link up... your dedication helps keep me going!

Let's See Who Is Featured This Week:

Debbie of Debbie Dabble Blog, shared her Fall décor out on the porch. I need all of the inspiration I can get to break out my Fall décor at home, so her enthusiasm is contagious!

and Amy of Brocante Treasures went to England and had an amazing trip!

and Kim of Camp and Cottage was baking up creative vintage signs while showing us how easy they
are to make! That's my kind of project!

IF you were featured feel free to grab this LTV graphic for your blog post or side bar.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #101: Our Own Flea-Market Flip: Old Sideboard to Chic Wine Bar!

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
We gather here every Tuesday at 9 am
 to share our blog posts about
our vintage finds, DIY home décor,
projects we are working on,
collections we have, and even some
 of the things we sell.
Today I am going to share a
project my hubby worked on.
He turned a small, vintage
sideboard (or is that a buffet?)
into a working wine bar.

It was neat seeing it come together after
he purchased the stemware racks on

... and built the wine bottle
sections to store several
bottles at a time.
I really like it... he used
a paint pen again for the elegant
lines in the cabinet doors.
The brown paint pen over the
black didn't turn out exactly
as we had planned but it
still has a great look to it.
And this piece is so cool but we have no idea who created it. We found it at a town-wide sale last weekend. Just look at the layers of distressing! I have no doubt this one won't last long.

Another cool find is the Pepsi crate.
It is in such great condition! We were thrilled to find it as well at a "by appointment only" house sale. So many people walk into the shop and ask us to come take a look at their vintage items. We are happy to help as they usually also want to get rid of some of it.

And last but not least, I found out I was listed in a collection of other antique blogs ... named one of the Best 47! (Not sure why the number is uneven, but hey, I can't wait to check out all of the other blogs.) I also saw Diana of Adirondack Girl at Heart on there! Congrats Diana!

Now let's see who is featured this week:

Diana of Adirondack Girl at Heart shared her desk makeover with us. I am working on a black desk this week as well and think hers turned out terrific!

and Sharon of Blue Willow House showed us how she decorates with vintage teacups. Some good ideas here, we all see teacups wherever we go hunting... see how she
creatively displays them!

and Amykins Blog shared her new Fall additions around her house. She is a little bit like me, waiting until summer's end to start decorating! Love her enamel bowl.

If you were featured, feel free to
grab this "My Blog Was Featured"
graphic for your blog side bar or
blog post.