Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tole Tales


Tole trays always remind me
of my mother.

(She is a tole painter, if you remember.)

Garage sale find from this week.

When see a nicely hand-painted one
 I just can't pass it up.

This navy blue one was next to the gold one above when I found it.

Here are several similar ones hung as a large piece of art.... clever! (Pinterest)

I used to have several of them
hanging in my old kitchen.
Still have a few,
but have sold the others.

Love the mixture of shapes on this wall collection. (Pinterest)



Little black one that I have had forever.

This vignette..... courtesy of Pinterest

I am selling this very, very old crackeld wooden tray table and iron stand on Ebay right now, in case you are interested!?!
Link to Ebay

Do you have any
old painted tole trays
that you decorate with?


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I love Tole trays! I think they are so beautiful and a nice touch to anyones decor. My favorite photos is the kitchen with the silver trays hanging on the wall!

Have a great day. Elizabeth

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Tole trays are classic. I like it when I find an unusual color or shape. Unfortunately, some of my favorite finds I've sold. I had an oversize one I still think about. Oh Well, nature of the business. I love that last piece.

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

About 7 years ago, I was really into tole, and I purchased 3 trays. (I know, quite the collector, aren't I?) I really, really wanted a tray table like yours, but instead I got a faux one from Bombay Co. I still have the tole scattered around the house. I think it's timeless.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I love tole trays! Funny how I could pick out the pics from you house from the pininterest ones :) I didn't know you were an ebay seller. I had forgotten you are in the Chicago area, too. Send me an email and let me know where? I have family in the area, too.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love the trays, but never seem to find any?

Pamela Gordon said...

Tole trays are so beautiful but one needs the space to display them and I don't have many walls for them. I do have one on my counter top backsplash and a huge heavy antique one in our family room. It may have been a tray table (no legs or base now) as it's too large to hang! I must post it sometime. Remember the pretty flowered tole t.v. trays of the 60's and 70's?

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I do love tole trays. I have been wanting one of those tray tables for my sitting room, but will wait till I find one at a steal. Yours is quite nice though. I'm not positive I am going to go that route. I just know I am tired of the cheetah ottoman and looking for something else.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

The trays you got are beautiful!!! I don't have any but they remind me of my Grandmother. She had several, I wonder what happened to them???? I'll never know. XO, Pinky

The enchanted home said...

Love tole trays. Have more tole planters than I do trays but have a few trays (always plenty of room for more..haha) these are all beautiful. I love that first picture..wow!!

michele said...

i've never collected them but have admired them and grew up with some. my taste has evolved through the years. i love the mix of old and new but have been less drawn to traditional. i wouldn't be surprised if i am completely a modern freak within a few yrs!


under spanish moss said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog today. We are so excited to have found your blog! We look forward to reading your posts.
Angela and Renee

Our Hopeful Home said...

Beautiful trays. I didn't know your mother was a painter! No wonder you're so artistically talented! :)


AntiqueChase said...

Love tole trays! I have them in my kitchen (over the cabinets) ... I collect the cream ones and I use to collect the soft faded green ones... I have a HUGE stack of those in the garge waiting to be sold and loved again.... they just don't go in my new house... :(

Calypso In The Country said...

I love Tole trays - I don't know why I don't own any because I like the way they add such character to a space! Enjoy your day!

Amy Chalmers said...

I have an addiction myself...I just bought one off of ebay two nights ago, a turquoise one. I found one that was turquoise in a barn and sold it in my Etsy shop, as I wasn't in love with it, but my new one~yes love! I showed some tole trays last week in a post, and I have them in my kitchen as well. I sell them on esty too! I love that tray table of yours...and it it were antique green I would be bidding right now!

The French Hutch said...

Beautiful Tole trays Alison. I love them too. I have one and its showing its age but I still love it. Great post.

The French Hutch

Pamela said...

Love tole trays and i stupidly gave mine away when i was in my twenties!!!


Beautiful Tole trays! Yeah, my mom had one too many years ago. I love the table you're selling, really pretty. I love the wall with them on it, so lovely. Hope you come over, I did some shopping latelt that I posted. Love, FABBY

afternoon tea said...

I love Tole trays, but the only one I own was done by my Grandmother. It's not very fancy, just a wood and wicker tray with poinsettias for Christmas.

Yours are fabulous.

Sarah said...

Alison, I've long admired tole trays. I started a grouping of them many years ago, but found I really didn't have a good spot for them. I gave them to a young friend who was recently married and wanted to begin a collection of her own. Fun to see yours, and I love the one on the stand as a table. Wish I had a spot for it.

Karen said...

I too have always loved toile trays. I wish I could find some that are priced nicely. The really nice ones can get so pricey I've found. If you saw my posts on The Lake House I have one my mom made back in the late 40's hanging above my kitchen sink (it is actually one of 2). Lovely post. Thanks Alison.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh. I love that tray with the red roses on it!! Yes, I do have a lovely tray. It looks Indian looking, and Nel liked it so much, that I gave it to her. She now puts her necklaces on it. Your tray selection is wonderful.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Mary Anne said...

I adore your posts and I just love this one on TRAYS. Great job and great inspiration.

I love trays of all kinds and recently did a post on TRAYS. I used to have quite a few of the tole trays and sold them in my shop. Why did I do that!?

Mary Anne ox

Debbiedoos said...

What neat inspiration for these trays. I do have a few myself, in fact I have them packed up somewhere. I may have to get some out. Have a great day!

laxsupermom said...

Love tole trays, and I love the more casually displayed ones. Leaning behind a tabletop vignette is a fave look for me, because it looks like it might be grabbed and used. The tray table you're selling is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Upscale Downhome said...

Love, love, love your tole trays. Your new finds are treasures. I've always loved the look of them, too, but do not have any.

Ruth said...

I love your home and your taste. Thank you for posting all the lovely photos. I have several old tole trays. What is the proper way to treat areas that are chipping? Is it okay to stabilize with something like Renaissance Wax or should I just leave as is? Thanks in advance for your advice.
Best regards, Ruth

Ricki Treleaven said...

What a pretty post. The light kitchen from Pinterest with the different shaped trays is stunning. I love tole trays, and I have a friend who collects them. her displays of them are stunning, too.