Monthly Archives: September 2013

Newberry Oktoberfest: Liver Nips, Polka, and Puppets

Newberry Oktoberfest is the best Oktoberfest in the whole of South Carolina, in my opinion! You might say I’m biased as Newberry is our hometown but there’s a reason why Newberry is known as the City of Friendly Folks. We’re a small community of around 10,000 and it’s one of those old-fashioned places where everyone is quick to wave and smile and stop for a chat. And boy, do we ever enjoy a rousing oompah party!  If you ever come to Newberry Oktoberfest, you’ll see for yourself.
Newberry Oktoberfest
Newberry Oktoberfest is always held on the first Saturday in October on Main Street in the historic Downtown district. Pop by and see us at the EuroLux Antiques gallery right on Main Street. We’re hard to miss, in an Art Deco building dating to 1910, with a big sign that says “Antiques.” The 2013 event is on October 5 from 10 am to 5 pm, followed by an evening free outdoor concert.

OktoberfestBoothsThe celebration of Newberry’s German heritage packs Downtown with crowds of people browsing tons of arts and crafts vendors and enjoying delicious food. The 3 Dot Polka Band kicks off the live music at 10 am, followed by more musical entertainment from bluegrass to blues.

Newberry Oktoberfest Classic Car show
Children’s activities include inflatables and other fun in the Kids’ Zone. This year the  Columbia Marionette Theatre gives free puppet shows at the historic Newberry Ritz Theatre. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the new video game truck near the Newberry County Courthouse and by the annual Classic Car Show next to Memorial Park.

Rocktoberfest
is a new addition this year, starting at 7:30 pm in Astwood Park opposite the Courthouse. We’ll all be dancing the night away at the free rock concert featuring Tom Mackell of Charleston and the Rival Brothers of Columbia.

Newberry Oktoberfest foodOf course, you can’t have Oktoberfest without a lavish spread of German food and a Biergarten! Pile up your plate with bratwurst, schnitzel, German potato salad and sauerkraut. Try to leave some space for the oh-so-moreish home-baked goods.

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EuroLuxBeerSteinsWash it all down with a celebratory brew from the large selection of domestic and German beers in the Biergarten at the Newberry Opera House. If you don’t have your own beer stein or tankard, maybe you’ll find one you like in our collection of vintage barware.

Local chefs will also be cooking up delectable German dishes in demos on the culinary stage. Gasthaus zur Elli has been one of the top 5 German restaurants in America for some years and I promise that this German restaurant in Prosperity truly deserves the kudos! So don’t miss a chance to pick up some tips when Gausthaus Zur Elli chef Wendy Steiner gives a cooking demo at 1:30 pm.

Newberry Oktoberfest Liver NipsThe big question is: Who will will the Liver Nips Cook-Off? I have to confess I’m not a huge fan of liver nips. (I’m originally from Florida – we have our own odd local delicacies.) But the liver nips contest is an annual tradition hosted by the Newberry Chamber of Commerce and we take the liver nips rivalry very seriously. So seriously, the winner walks away with a $250 prize. If you don’t know what liver nips are, you can make their acquaintance at the cook-off at 11:30 am. Or if you can’t visit Newberry Oktoberfest, find recipes for the South Carolina delicacy here.

Happy Newberry Oktoberfest and Prost!

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Best of September 2013: Antique Dining Rooms & Elvis Fest

We covered an eclectic mix of subjects in our September blog posts, including spotlights on antique dining room furniture in two clients’ homes, a tutorial on how to mend broken ceramics, and a fun celebration of Elvis Presley. I guess that is fitting for the harvest season, as we gather in all the fruits and veggies and enjoy an abundant and diverse feast!

We certainly took inspiration from the wide range of creative options in our item on decorative stair ideas. Check out the photos in the post and tell us what you think! Let’s revisit some of our other most popular September posts.

Antique dining room furniture in our client's homeIt’s always great to see photos of our customers’ homes, featuring antique furniture and other home decor accents they’ve bought from us. Our client spotlights are a great source of home design ideas and beautiful ways to blend antiques into decor. This month we got a glimpse of Susan’s gorgeous red dining room, featuring 12 Renaissance dining room chairs she found in our gallery. Susan reupholstered some of the chairs and she also bought a vintage chandelier to hang over the dining room table. The red ceramic Hubert Bequet chandelier is the perfect finishing touch and it proves that a relatively simple decor accent can really pull the whole look of the room together!

Antique dining room furniture in our client's Victorian houseContinuing the antique dining rooms theme, we looked at the Victorian dining room of our client Sal S. in New York. Sal is a busy entrepreneur and he is restoring a Victorian house with the help of an interior designer. The designer suggested Sal check out our online antiques store. Sal went one better, and drove all the way to South Carolina to visit our gallery in person. Thank goodness the shopping trip proved successful! Sal added an antique French Renaissance Buffet, ten upholstered Hunting chairs, and a Renaissance style server or sideboard to his Victorian home.
ceramic-restoration-tipsFrom a Victorian restoration to ceramic restoration… In our blog post on How to Fix a Broken Ceramic, Kathy gave a video tutorial, using a broken ceramic figurine as an example. The figurine, a.k.a. Prudence, belongs to a friend of ours and poor Prudence had a broken arm. Kathy did her magic and repaired Prudence, sharing her ceramic-fixing tips in a short video as she worked. Those tips are also written up in the post if you prefer to read them.

 

Ready for the South Carolina Elvis FestivalWe enjoyed a celebration of Elvis Presley this month, as Greg and I recently visited Tupelo, MS, for a furniture show and stopped in to see Elvis Presley’s birthplace. You can see our photos of Elvis’ childhood home in the post. Whilst there, I bought these awesome Elvis jumpsuit pajamas in the gift shop. So when the South Carolina Elvis Festival came to our town of Newberry a few weeks later, I already had the perfect outfit to celebrate Elvis The King!

Thanks for sharing September with me. We’ve got lots more to say about home decor, antique furniture, and living it up, vintage style! Sign up here to receive our blog posts, and you can follow us on Facebook too!

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband and best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Our Lady of Victory

It is the life mission of our customer Robert R. to spread devotion to Our Lady of Victory. Robert lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and so far he’s purchased ten Our Lady of Victory statues from us. Our Lady of Victory is a title for Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary or the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the feast day to celebrate Our Lady of Victory approaches on October 7, it seems the perfect time to share Robert’s story!

Our Lady of Victory Madonna antique statue This is one of the ten antique Our Lady of Victory statues Robert bought from us. This French chalkware sculpture dates to 1900. It shows a crowned Mother Mary holding her infant son Jesus in her arms. The Christ Child is also crowned and stands on a globe, representing the world. Clouds swirl around the feet of the Madonna and son. At the bottom of the statue, angels smile up at them in adoration. Robert pretty much has a standing order with us for any other Our Lady of Victory statues that we find at markets in Europe, but you can browse a wide range of other antique religious treasures in our gallery.

Robert usually has Our Lady of Victory statues restored to reveal their former glory. He has just donated eleven Our Lady of Victory statues to St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth, TX,  for their Religious Education department. A statue will be placed in each of their eleven class rooms. Although Robert normally prefers to restore his statues, St. Patrick Cathedral asked for the statues to be repainted to match each other. So, this is what Robert did. Don’t they look wonderful?

OLV Statues

OLV Statue repainted
Here is a close-up of one of the repainted Our Lady of Victory statues. Robert works with an artist who has done a beautiful job in enhancing the gilded crowns and the blue on the Madonna’s robes. It is touching to see how the love poured into the antique statue by the original craftsman is continued all these years later by Robert’s own love and dedication in having her repainted.

As I said, the feast day to celebrate Our Lady of Victory is on October 7, although it isn’t strictly called that any more. Pope Pius V initiated Our Lady of Victory feast in 1571 to commemorate the victory of European Holy League forces against the Ottoman empire in the Battle of Lepanto. The feast paid honor and gratitude to the Blessed Virgin Mary as her name had been invoked in Rosary prayers throughout Europe on the day of the battle. Later, the feast name was changed to Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Do you have an antique religious object that you treasure? Do you collect holy water fonts, antique rosaries or Madonna or other religious statues? Tell us about it in the comments box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

French Castle Hotels: Live the Legend

View from Château d'Esclimont French castle hotelDo you enjoy visiting historic castles? Then why not go one step further on your next trip to France and stay in one of the many French castle hotels? These centuries-old castles offer a truly legendary experience as well as the chance to indulge your inner knight or princess! Many French castle hotels are family-run, and each one is unique. Rooms tend to be traditionally decorated with antique furniture and period details. The gardens are often gorgeous and you know the restaurant food will be fit for a king!

You can find a château to call home (at least for the night) in every French region. Castle Hotels of France is a helpful site to search, and the Bienvenue au Château organization is another great resource to find French castle hotels and other stately mansions. You don’t usually have to pay a king’s ransom. Room rates vary but are often very competitive with an ordinary hotel.

Here are some examples of French castle hotels that look pretty tempting to us…

Château des Réaux French castle hotelBuilding started at the Château des Réaux in 1435 on the site of an even older fortress in the Loire valley. It’s about 3 hours drive from Paris. The Renaissance castle is surrounded by a moat and gardens, and the five guest rooms include one with stained-glass windows. Another guest room is decked out with a hunting theme.


Château d'Esclimont is a fairytale French castle hotelChâteau d’Esclimont
is a fairytale château complete with turrets, a moat, and stone bridges. Built in 1543 by Etienne de Poncher, archbishop of Tours, the castle is set in 150 lush acres, less than an hour from Paris. The Renaissance château is handily situated as it’s midway between the Palace of Versailles and Chartres cathedral. That’s assuming you can ever bear to leave the grounds!

Château d'Esclimont French castle hotel suiteThis suite at the Château d’Esclimont is beautifully decorated with a dazzling chandelier and floral drapes and bed linens.

Château d'Esclimont

If you can tear yourself away from your room to visit the hotel restaurant, you can see that the attention to period detail is just as lovely. As mentioned in our previous client spotlights on red dining rooms, red always looks inviting, It stimulates appetite and conversation too. At the hotel, the red paneled walls are richly accented by the gilt chandelier.

Chateau de Montvillargenne French castle hotelChâteau de Montvillargenne claims to be the largest French castle hotel, with 120 guest rooms. Although not as old as some châteaux, it’s pretty spectacular! Built in 1900 by Baroness Jeanne Léonino de Rothschild, the Norman-style château is set in 15 acres of parkland in Chantilly, about 20 miles north of Paris. The four star hotel rooms include the pyramid-shaped Egyptian Prestige Room, decorated with reproductions of Egyptian treasures you can see in the Louvre.

We always enjoy our buying trips to France and we know many of our customers love visiting France too. Tell us in the comments box below if you’ve ever stayed in a French castle hotel, or if it’s on your bucket list!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: Red Renaissance Dining Room

We recently mentioned that our client Susan D. in Metamora, IL, bought a set of twelve dining chairs from us for her Renaissance dining room. In that Antique Chair Upholstery Makeover post, we said we sometimes find vintage or antique chairs with a beautiful frame but the upholstery is worn. These chairs provide a great opportunity to our customers to update the upholstery to suit their own décor and taste. Or they can just reupholster the antique chairs in the original style to give the chairs a new lease on life.

Renaissance dining room chair

Antique Renaissance Dining ChairThis is exactly what Susan did so beautifully with the Renaissance dining room chairs dating to 1900. Seven of the twelve chairs needed new upholstery. As you can see, Susan did a great job and she also bought a vintage chandelier from us. Now she has sent us more photos of her handsome red Renaissance dining room with the chandelier hung and all the finishing touches in place. What a feast for the eyes!

Renaissance Dining Room in our client's homeThe Belgian oak chairs feature regal lion carvings and metal handles and they look terrific around her dining room table. The formal Renaissance dining room looks welcoming and opulent. It’s a wonderful example of décor that evokes the spirit of the original Renaissance Revival style, popular more than a century ago. European nobility and wealthy families loved the classic Renaissance aesthetic that first flourished in 15th century Italy. So they filled their homes with impressive and heavily-carved furniture crafted in that style. That’s how these fine chairs came into creation!

Vintage Hubert Bequet ChandelierThe vintagBequet Chandelier Glass Beadse Hubert Bequet chandelier Susan chose from our collection of vintage lighting suspends over the dining table. Also from Belgium, the 1950 burgundy chandelier fits perfectly with the Renaissance dining room décor. At two feet high and two feet wide, the scale is just right for the dining table. The Bequet chandelier has a sculptural ceramic body and the wine red color, painted with a floral design, looks warm and rich in the red dining room. Each ceramic candle cup on the eight metal arms is adorned with glass beads for a jewel-like effect. Lavish and lovely!

Renaissance Dining Room in our client's homeSusan has decorated her sideboard with a tapestry style runner that enhances the authentic air of the Renaissance dining room. The wine rack, candelabra, pitcher, and punch bowl add more touches of antiquity to the room décor. They are also practical when Susan is entertaining.

Red is a classic choice for dining room décor as it stimulates the appetite and conversation.  Renaissance dining room furniture always inspires a mood of gracious hospitality. By combining the two, Susan has created an inviting room that we are sure will be the venue for many elegant meals.

If you’re tempted by this splendid Renaissance dining room, give in to temptation and browse the selection of antique Renaissance style furniture in our gallery!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: Victorian Restoration Dining Room

We know many of our clients are working on Victorian restorations and it’s wonderful to see how they bring their homes back to their original style and beauty. Here’s a case in point.

Our client Sal S. in New York is restoring a beautiful Victorian home that had been neglected through the years. He’s returning her to her former glory and doing a terrific job of it. Sal knows his own tastes but he is working with an interior designer to help tie it all together. He is a busy entrepreneur so he needs some help to get all the work done that goes into a tackling a Victorian restoration.

Sal’s designer found our EuroLuxAntiques.com website and sent him down to check out our gallery. He actually took a road trip from New York with his mother to come visit us in person in Newberry, South Carolina. He couldn’t make a decision between all of the Renaissance buffets we had in stock!

Antique Renaissance Buffet for our client's Victorian Restoration DIning Room

He ended up picking out a wonderful antique Renaissance Buffet in walnut wood. The antique French buffet is heavily carved with an acorn motif symbolizing strength, power, and endurance. How fitting! Anyone involved with a Victorian restoration needs endurance, and any entrepreneur like Sal is bound to be gifted with the qualities of strength and power! The buffet dates to 1900 and it is 9 feet tall with an ornate pediment, crown molding, and lovely brass handles on the two drawers.

10 Hunting Chairs for our client's Victorian Restoration dining room

Sal also selected this set of 10 beautifully upholstered Hunting chairs. The antique French chairs date to 1880 with fantastic carvings of leaves and grapes. Carved in oak with chunky barley twists, they are pretty heavy. Each chair weighs nearly 17 pounds! The physical weight is nicely balanced though by the visual lightness in the pierced splat. The floral tapestry upholstery works well with the French Hunting style frame and also fits nicely with the style of Sal’s Victorian restoration dining room.

Antique server or sideboard for our client's Victorian Restoration house

Sal finished his antiques shopping trip by choosing this gorgeous Renaissance style server in walnut with handsome grey-green marble.The 1900 French server or sideboard features rich carvings of leaves, crests, and rope, as well as turned spindles. The plate rail sits above the 4-foot-long veined marble top.

SalStrazzaeri Here’s how the buffet and chairs look in Sal’s Victorian restoration dining room. It isn’t spectacular? I love the decorated ceiling, and how about those elegant drapes? The aged patina of the walnut and oak looks wonderful against the pale green wallpapers. It all fits delightfully into the Victorian style. Obviously Sal took as much care in choosing the decor accents as he did in selecting the furniture from us. All of the wallpaper and curtains are new and I believe that is an antique chandelier hanging above the table.

The only thing this Victorian restoration dining room needs now is a dinner party to celebrate its return to its original grace and style. I suspect Sal might have taken care of that already!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband and best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

Things We Love Right Now: South Carolina Elvis Festival

Elvis Presley is coming to Newberry, South Carolina! Or rather, many Elvis tribute artists will descend upon our town for the South Carolina Elvis Festival. By coincidence, Greg and I visited Tupelo, MS, a few weeks ago for a furniture show. We stopped in to see Elvis Presley’s birthplace and really enjoyed our visit.

We’re delighted at the chance of another Elvis fix at the South Carolina Elvis Festival at the Newberry Opera House from September 12-15, 2013. The entertainment includes the Ultimate Elvis Contest. You can’t get more fun than dueling Elvi!

Young Elvis statue at Tupelo in honor of the South Carolina Elvis Festival

During our trip to Tupelo, we saw this sculpture of young Elvis outside the house where he was born. Who would have thought that this young man was destined to become a legend? Who would have thought he’d swap his overalls for fabulous spangled suits that you could probably spot from outer space? Denim overalls were all his parents could afford and apparently it put Elvis off denim for life. I imagine we’ll see some wild outfits at the South Carolina Elvis Festival. I can almost see the rhinestones flashing in the distance as the performers head toward Newberry!

Elvis Presley House, TupeloIt was amazing to see where the superstar Elvis Presley came from. This is Elvis’ house in Tupelo. His father borrowed $180 to buy materials to build the two room house himself. It just has a bedroom and a kitchen. Sadly, the house was foreclosed three years later as he couldn’t make the payments. The family drifted around Tupelo until Elvis was 13. They left in the middle of the night to go to Nashville in the hope of a better life – a true American Dream story.

Elvis Presley photo with parents

This Roots of Elvis photo shows Elvis with his parents and it hangs in the bedroom of the Tupelo home.

Elvis suit - ready for the South Carolina Elvis Festival

Ready for the South Carolina Elvis Festival

We enjoyed spending the afternoon touring the home, his boyhood church, and of course, browsing the gift shop! I have a kitschy souvenir collection so when I saw this awesome pair of Elvis pajamas that look like one of Elvis’ jumpsuits – complete with belt buckle – I couldn’t resist!

Fried Green Tomatoes CafeOn the way back to South Carolina, we stopped outside Birmingham, AL, at the Irondale Cafe, a.k.a. the original Whistlestop Café where the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed. The movie was based on Fannie Flagg’s terrific book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café. I had fried green tomatoes, fried catfish with hushpuppies, green beans, cabbage, and sweet tea. The fried green tomatoes were the best part!

If you’re going to the South Carolina Elvis Festival in Newberry, stop in and say hello to us at the gallery! You’ll find us at 1409 Main Street, Newberry and you can see a taste of our vintage style at the EuroLuxAntiques.com furniture and home decor accents online gallery.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

Decorative Stair Ideas

We’ve been looking at decorative stair ideas that give you the chance to express your creativity in this most humble and functional area of the home. Although our 1920s bungalow renovation is still in progress, I’m getting a lot of inspiration for my own decorative stairs! One of them might work for our upstairs area dedicated to Greg’s ‘man loft’ and the guest bedroom.

Check out these decorative stair ideas that we’ve pinned on our Pinterest page. They elevate (excuse the pun) a simple staircase from pure function to a unique design feature


Graphic and gorgeous! Music fans will enjoy these elegantly decorative stairs, painted with piano keys. This would be a fantastic way to lead visitors up to your music room.


Don’t neglect the stair risers! These decorative stairs feature a selection of pretty floral wallpapers on the risers. It’s a great idea for a country cottage or to enhance a Victorian decor home. You could of course use all the same wallpaper on each riser. But I rather like the unmatched and eclectic feel of this approach. It adds to the vintage mood.


Here’s a fine way to upcycle some old wooden rulers. You have to look quite closely to see that they are indeed old-fashioned rulers glued to the stair risers. The various tones of the wood and the styles of the ruler markings create a unique effect.


Tile on the stair risers might be a more tricky DIY job. You need to ensure the tiles are exactly the same height as the risers. But look how fresh and appealing the tile looks! I can picture this working beautifully in a coastal home, with the breezy blue and white tile, accented by one red riser. It could also be rather fabulous with Art Nouveau design tile.


This clever home-owner has used decals on the risers to create a butterfly and bird vignette. The surrounding walls and stair rail are kept quite simple and clean. I think this is generally a good idea so the decorative stair design is framed without too much other distraction.


If you want a simpler but still very decorative stair approach, the subtle gradation of color on these stair risers looks highly sophisticated. It’s a rainbow of blue!


Turning our gaze to the other side of the stairs, shelves on the underside of an open staircase are a great way to display your books, collectibles, and small antique or vintage items.

If you have any decorative stair techniques or ideas, we’d love to hear about them. Tell us in the comments box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

Ceramic Restoration Tips: How to Fix a Broken Ceramic

Oops… crash! Do you have any broken ceramic items lying around the house waiting to be repaired? We’ve got some tips so you don’t have to put the job off any longer! Greg’s mom Kathy is our Director of Restoration Services and she is a certified expert in fine ceramics restoration. Kathy made this video with tips on how to fix your broken ceramics.

The item Kathy repairs in the video is a broken ceramic figurine, a.k.a. Prudence. The large figurine was shipped from Europe to a friend of ours and it arrived with a broken arm. Our friend asked Kathy to take a look at Prudence and see if she could do a repair on the poor girl’s arm. Of course, if EuroLuxAntiques.com packed and shipped this figurine (or any other antique ceramics in our gallery) it would not arrive broken!

Prepare to Fix your Broken Ceramic

1. Kathy says that before starting with the glue, make sure you have paper towels handy as you will definitely need them.

2. Then she starts by looking at the broken surface to see what kind of glue is needed to repair it. She rubs the broken edge with a toothbrush and sees that some powder comes off it. She also sees a few little air holes. This tells Kathy that it’s a soft paste with a lower firing temperature than some other ceramics.

3. With that information she chooses a white glue. The scientific name is polyvinyl acetate (PVA). Elmer’s white glue is the brand Kathy’s prefers. It goes on white and becomes clear as it dries. Note that white glue is water-soluble. It is unlikely that anyone will ever need to put Prudence in water… she’s already suffered enough! But if you do fix a broken ceramic with white glue, you must remember not to soak it later otherwise it will come apart.

4. If there is already glue on the raw edge from a previous fix, you need to clean that off or the new repair won’t seat perfectly.

5. Kathy uses a cardboard box to put the item in and support it while she works. This trick means that gravity does the work for you. The broken ceramic remains stable as it is lodged against the sides of the box. Prudence is a large figurine so Kathy got a banana box from a grocery store. If you have a smaller item to mend, then you would choose a smaller box.

Now the stage is set… let’s get on with the show!

How to Repair the Broken Ceramic

Kathy places the figurine so it balances and is lodged perfectly in the box. Before placing the arm, she is careful not to scrape the broken edge of the piece around too much. She doesn’t want to loosen particles that will interfere with the seating of the piece.

How to glue broken ceramicNext, Kathy applies glue all around the edge of the piece. Some people say to put the glue on both edges of the break – the broken piece itself and the main body you’re attaching it to. Kathy doesn’t usually do that unless it’s quite a wide break. But she does recommend applying the glue all around the edges of the break and then putting some glue down just inside the rim of the break. Then when she places the arm back on the figurine, the glue will run down on the inside. It covers the break on the inside too and gives a little extra strength to the repair.

Once the arm is seated, Kathy wipes off any excess glue spilling on the outside. Then she presses the broken pieces together as hard as she can for about one minute.

“That helps it to heal,” she says. (You can tell that Kathy was a nurse in the U.S. Navy. She worked in that profession for 35 years!) Because white glue is water-soluble, she can go back later once the glue has dried and easily clean off any other excess glue.

So now you know how to fix your broken ceramic items. Let us know how it goes or ask any other questions in the comment box below. Kathy also gave some great tips on deciding when to leave antiques repairs to a professional and when to tackle it yourself in our blog post: When It Breaks: DIY or Professional Restorer?

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!