Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, November 19, 2012

What A Difference A Little Paint Makes

When friend Sally and I were last down in Pittsburg, we stopped at a favorite
Flea Market

Marked down from $45 to $25 to $15
was this

wicker ash tray.
Perfect for the porch where Husband Jim smokes his cigars!

Because cigarette smoking and cigarette accouterments were
big in the 20s, 30s, 40s and even into the 50s,
I assume that this little wicker treasure
dates from that time period.

It was painted red and appeared to be the original paint.

Perfect next to Husband Jim's porch chair

Except . . .

it was RED

and didn't match the traditional whites and greens of the front porch.

A coat of paint (or rather two)

Now it looks as if it belongs on the porch (and not some stray who happened by)
 and Husband Jim can have his cigar
And watch the world go by!
Flicking his ashes into a proper receptacle
with matches hand for a relight!

It's Monday and my paint job is joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday


Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Looks good! Great makeover. My mom had many vintage cigarette "stands." I remember then...throughout the HOUSE! Boy times have changed.

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely little cigarette stand, especially with the fresh coats of paint. My MoMa smoked! It led to her early death @ 78 years of age. I never wanted any of her ashtrays, but I would have loved to have had her crystal (heavy) lighter! Have NO idea where that might have gone!!! Husband Jim should enjoy having this piece close at hand,indeed!!!

Pondside said...

What a great find! I'm sure that such small items must be rather rare as they'd have had a lot of use.

Bookie said...

This painted up so nicely! Just righth for your porch.

I made your chicken in cream this morning. This is wonderful stuff, and it will be a new favorite! Thanks, Martha.

K&B by the Sea said...

What an interesting little piece of furniture. I've never seen one before. it was nice in red, but stands out much better on your porch in white :-)