2.16.2013

Vintage Ethan Allen in the Breakfast Room

This has been one wet and gray winter. We get a couple days of sun and then bam it is cloudy again. I have been inside painting this and that since I didn't want to go out, but I had not been to the antique mall since early December. That is way too looooooooong. I was going into withdrawals. I really am supposed to be saving as much money as possible for my trip to France in September, but I had to go. I wasn't expecting to really find anything and was almost through looking when........

......there they were. This perfect pair of sconces for my breakfast room. I figured I would find something when I am in France, but I knew these were perfect. They were in a booth that I generally never find anything in.

I looked at the tag hoping they weren't too expensive. Price was good and the tag said they were vintage Ethan Allen. There is a stamp inside that says made in USA for Ethan Allen.

I think the bushel of wheat is perfect for my French country kitchen.

This is how the wall looked before.

And after.

Now, should I put candles in them or leave them plain?
Oh, and I could paint them or leave them in the brass finish.

Decisions, decisions.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


55 comments:

  1. I vote definitely for candles. Glad you are going to France. We go every year for a few weeks and just can't get enough of it. We bicycled from the top to the bottom two years ago, and last year cycled around for two weeks, and then I stayed on a week by myself. My favorite way to enjoy the country now is solo. My husband gets bored with the museums, etc. I have been going off and on since we were married 40 years ago and spent our first new years together in Paris.

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  2. Great find Kim! I can see why you could not walk away from those!I like them without candles.
    xx
    Anne

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  3. They are exquisite Kim. I wanted to go out today ... but the Mr and I stayed in and had a quite lazy morning . Company came by for a nice coffee and cake at 11, and more at 3. Broke up the day nicely. Now we are snuggling in getting colder out for a nice quiet night in.
    To paint or not to paint?? That is a hard one. They look so beautiful in their original classic brass. Live with them a bit??
    Have a wonderful rest of weekend.
    Hugs, Gee

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  4. I say leave the brass and no candles... you could always pop a couple in to change the look later. Great finds! REady for some sunshine!
    xo Heidi

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  5. I think brass, no candles! Beautiful find!

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  6. They are lovely and finish off that spot so nicely. Good brass is popular again, but I guess you will live with them a bit and then decide paint or no paint. Love that they are wheat sheafs -perfectly Provence and a good omen for always having a bountiful harvest. You will have a lovely time in France.

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  7. Perfect! I love these, Kim!

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  8. Kim,
    I like them the way they are they look good with that great picture. Painting would be good too.I would be torn on this one too. Painting them may make them pop a little more off the wall color. What ever you do they are a great addition.
    Kris

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  9. I would say yes to candles. I love candles anytime.

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  10. Awesome find, Kim! They were meant to be in your kitchen. And, while they're gorgeous as they are, I know you well enough to know that your paint brush can't seem stay away from *any*thing. LOL

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  11. Don't paint them, Kim. The brass color pulls out the golden shades in the painting. Looks pretty!

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  12. I am sure you will paint them but I would not. I like them "AS IS". You can add candles seasonally but leave them plain for now...my 2 cents!

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  13. Just "live with them" for awhile. They will tell you what to do. BTW I really like them the way they are. Very nice.

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  14. I like the brass. It pulls out the goldish line around the frame. Candles wouldnt be bad, but you would need to find the perfect color. I don't even know where you can buy tapers now.

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  15. I think they do not need candles but
    oh so pretty.
    Good find.
    Sandy

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  16. Beautiful find...and EA too, even better. I can picture them with short-ish chubby candles. Was out at several antique malls in Pasadena all day today...found nothing! Looking for blue and white pieces...nothing except $2,000 pieces...too expensive. I think your antique malls are way better than ours.

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  17. You might try some taper candles. And then drape some pearls or something from them. Just an idea.
    Brenda

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  18. They look great the way they are but theres no convincing you whether to paint them or not!

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  19. Wow-What a great find. They look like they might be 50's or 60's? I vote for candles but think the shorter chubby ones might look as good/or better than the tall tapers. It will be fun to see if you paint them. YOU? Paint something? Seriously????? xo Diana

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  20. I love these! I think they look perfect just the way you have them now.

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  21. HI Kimmie! OH, I love these and they do look perfect in your breakfast room. I know you love to paint things, but I don't think I'd paint these. I love how they look! Poke a candle in them!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  22. Kim, a beautiful find. I would keep them brass and use the short chubby candles off and on. The Root Candle Co. makes lovely ones. I read the itinerary of your trip to France. What a shopping paradise.

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  23. Great find Kim! They're so pretty just the way they are!

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  24. I like them the way they are~ but what ever you do will be beautiful!

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  25. Those look wonderful!! Love them. You'll have so much fun in France.
    Karen

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  26. These sconces are beautiful....everybody is going to France this year..are you going to PAris or other parts of the country as well...Linda from A La Carte will be there in September also maybe you will run into her....and it's a great month to go...I learned that by going in December..,the worst month to go..LOL

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  27. I love these. I vote for no candles and no paint.

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  28. I vote for some antique looking, hand dipped candles in a natural beeswax. They are the perfect sconces for that room!

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  29. What a find! I'm casting a vote for no candles. I'd also leave the brass. HOWEVER....you tend to be quite handy with a paintbrush, so I'm kind of curious to see how you can spice them up.

    Warmly,
    Meredith

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  30. There very nice! Great find. Add the candles.lol

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  31. What a great find! Very pretty.

    Jeanette

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  33. Hi Kim ~ beautiful sconces. The color they are now looks really nice with your painting. I would put candles in them that have already been partially burnt down and melted some rather than brand new looking candles. I know they will look gorgeous whatever you do!!

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  34. I LOVE these - so tempting to say paint them, but they are pretty now too! I haven't found a good antique mall where I live now and seeing your find makes me want to get busy looking!

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  35. Great finishing touch to that wall, Kim. Love the wheat and it does work perfectly in your kitchen.

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  36. Great find. The brass is so perfect, it is really making a wonderful comeback, so I would definitely not paint. Hugs, Marty

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  37. Great new find Kim:) I like the plain with no candle. Can't wait to see what decision you choose.

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  38. I vote for no candles and as they are. Since they are vintage EA, plus they aren't really BRIGHT brass, I love them with that picture. XO, Pinky

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  39. Those are so pretty! I love the wheat design. I think they good just as they are. It's probably one of those things you will have to live with for a while and decide.

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  40. Oh they are so unique! What a great find. Burn some small candles down and use those. They are just wonderful next to your painting....great find...
    Nancy

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  41. Those are great and they really add to that wall! LOVE them!

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  42. Great find...they look perfect next to your picture....I like it with no candles..

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  43. Such a cool find! Love them in their current brass finish. These are so pretty with or without candles, but if you do use candles, how about ivory beeswax honeycomb tapers? I've seen them quite a bit in France.

    Have a great Sunday!
    xo-Lisa

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  44. A great find! Leave them brass and no candles- my vote! You certainly have an eye!

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  45. Perfect the way they are with an addition of candles! You found a treasure!! Happy Sunday,
    Kathysue

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  46. Keep them in their original finish, but add some candles. How about some that are decorative, have a nice wick, and are battery operated? That's what I use. :-)

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  47. I would not paint them they go with the brass inside the frame. I would do candles muted color so they didn't take away from the picture and wonderful sconces

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  48. Wow! What a great find! I love them! They look perfect with your picture!

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  49. Kim they are so unusual; being in Australia I have never come across anything quite like that, and I am always looking! and I think for special occasions gold candles would look amazing. I think because they are "wheat" themed, the gold/brass look suits them. Aren't you lucky to find them?

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  50. well, by now, you've heard it all! I'm late to the party. I vote to paint the sconces and the picture frame, since you didn't ask!
    We've had wonderful weather recently. We could use some more rain, so we'll see how the rest of winter turns out.
    Good find!,
    Barbara

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  51. Candles no..painting NO....love the sconces just as they are...they are gorgeous....but then again, it is what makes you happy...they are perfect for the room!!!...

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  52. What a great find! I like them as they are, no paint and I think (since I am a candle nut) candles. That is my opinion for what its worth....but since everything you do looks great I will await your decision! Have a great week :)

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  53. OMG! Vintage made in USA Ethan Allen? The wheat sheaves are sooo Country French. Leave them brass I say!

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  54. This is the first time I've left a comment. I love your blog!! I'd leave the sconces as they are. The color matches your painting. I'd put white candles in the sconces because the dogs are white. Flameless candles might be an interesting choice as well.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I do appreciate all your lovely comments...Kim

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