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Fall Home Tour

4 Oct

Today I wanted to share a beautiful fall home tour from Lindsay at My Creative Days.  I  really enjoyed her use of historic pieces matched with newer items, and the round coffee table, which she found at a yard sale and gave new life with just a coat of paint! Let’s take a peek into Linsay’s home decorated for fall!

“Grab your favorite warm drink and let me show you how I added fall to our home this year.

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(Affiliate links are used in this post so you can find the things I am sharing in this tour. You can read my full disclosure here.)

As you walk in our front door and come up the stairs, you will be greeted by this vignette. There can’t be enough pillows or blankets around when the crisp, fall air comes to town. Extra blankets and throw pillows make a room feel cozy. The arrow pillow cover was under $3 from Amazon and it fits all seasons. The Hallmark pillow has the best message that I had to leave out for fall. I bought the burlap pumpkin at Target in the Hot Spot area and the rest of the vignette is yard sale finds and repurposed pieces.

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I kept it really light and simple this fall. I just wanted subtle hints of the season here and there.

You may notice that our coffee table has changed since the last tour (things change often around here). I wanted one of these tables for a long time and finally scored one this summer at a yard sale. After a couple of coats of paint, it works really well in our living room.

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The typewriter was another exciting find this summer. I have been looking for one for a few years and either they were too expensive or not old enough for what I wanted. This one fit the bill perfectly. Now, I can add fun messages to it whenever inspiration strikes!

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I get a lot of questions about our sofa. It was a clearance find from TJ Maxx! We got in for well under $300!!

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Like I said in my post about the Top 10 Things You Should Buy At Yard Sales, wood boxes can be so versatile in decorating. This shallow wood box was a great foundation for adding fall goodness to the coffee table.

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An old fan, another burlap pumpkin from Target and more yard sale finds brings the perfect amount of fall to this table.

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The other day on Instagram, I was sharing my dilemma about not being able to find real pumpkins anywhere. I was painting yard sale pumpkins to add to the fall tour. My dilemma turned out pretty well because I was able to get some pumpkins in beautiful colors this way.

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It was so much fun having you over for our fall home tour. I am hoping you will come back again real soon. Until then, I will be drooling over all the other blogger’s fall tours. Make sure to check them out!” www.mycreativedays.porch.com

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Were you inspired? I was! If you are now planning a project, give us a call to get some paint coming your way, we can mail it straight to your doorstep.  1-800-498-7687.  We’ve got some beautiful, creamy white, off-white and grey paints or glazes that you could use to replicate some of the pieces seen above.  Happy decorating!  Jenny

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Antique Furniture in 2 Easy Steps

30 May

We have a video for you today- but first we’ll go over the main steps.

For this effect we’re adding one layer of paint, to give the impression that the color we are adding is actually showing through the existing layer of paint on the piece.

  • Step One: Choose a base color,Picture Frame Cream, New England Red, Antique Yellow, Pumpkin Spice . . . Grab one from our online store! Paint your entire piece the base color.  Or, perhaps your piece of furniture is already a color– then– skip to step two!

 

  • Step Two: Decide what locations on your furniture would most likely show wear if it had been used for many years.  If you’re not sure, look at some photographs of a similar type of old furniture online.  The places that would show the most wear are the places you’ll want to apply the new layer of paint.  One great rule of thumb is to pay special attention to edges.  Dip your brush into your paint, and then, brush most of the paint off.  This technique is called Dry Brush Graining.  Use the almost dry brush to apply swift strokes of paint. (Watch the video to see this done!) Allow to dry and enjoy your newly “antiqued” piece.
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Paint A Spring Rocking Chair

14 Mar

A shot of warm weather hit our town this week, and I have thrown on my shorts and outdoor hat- I’m ready for a project!

What about you?  Yes? Warmer weather is on it’s way, so here’s a project you could complete outside, that will add to your porch-sitting all spring, summer and fall.

A painted rocking chair!  You can find a new one, or buy one used and spruce it up with some glorious paint.

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Here’s a rocker that I redid last summer.  This rocker is painted with Ohio Cupboard Blue, Laney’s Old Village Paint.

If you paint a rocker, or have some beautiful rockers to show off, send us a photo in the comments section, or on our Facebook page!  We love hearing from you guys!
I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.” – Benjamin Franklin To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php
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How To Get the Farmhouse Look

12 Feb

 

The “farmhouse” decorating style has become very popular in the last few years, growing even more well known due to the fun show Fixer Upper.

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If you’re interested in achieving this look in your home, here are a few ideas.

  1. Think neutral colors.  White or cream walls, with neutral furniture as well.

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A few of our paint colors that would work for this would be:

Colonial White or Picture Frame Cream

2. Use distressed wooden accents.  Notice both of the wooden tables and the kitchen shelves in the pictures above are made of wood that looks well loved.  You can look for pieces at antique shops and flea markets, or purchase a new piece and distress it yourself.  Here’s an older post to help you with this: How To Antique Furniture in One Simple Step. 

3. Creatively repurpose common pieces for practical use.  For example, use a wire or woven basket to hold mail, napkins or spices.  Avoid more modern materials like plastic and cloth.

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I hope these ideas have given you a starting point.  There are lots of blogs and websites dedicated to the farmhouse look, take a look through some more examples online and see what items you are drawn to consistently.  But be warned- this is a rabbit hole you could easily fall into for a couple of hours!  Get a few ideas, and then begin making small changes .  Over time your new farmhouse look will begin to emerge!

Blessings, Jenny.

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

 

 To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.oldvillage.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Paint a Beautiful Bookshelf

7 Apr

I love books, and because I love books, I have LOTS of them.  For many a love of books comes with the challenge of storing books.  So today we thought we’d show you a few beautiful or unusual options for book shelves.  With some creativity, you could create a new spot to hold your cherished friends.

1. Converted dresser bookshelf. I LOVE this one.  To convert a dresser into a bookshelf remove the drawers and drawer hardware.  On this piece they painted the interior a bright contrasting color, while leaving the exterior natural. Beautiful!!!!

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2. Old door bookshelf.  This bookshelf is amazing!  For this piece it looks like they removed portions of the door, and then used that material to help build the shelves.

3. Crate bookshelf. I’m including this one because you can find crates at almost any craft store, and this looked very simple!  They have obviously painted these for children’s usage, but a cream or white color could create a more shabby chic look.

Think about your space and choose the perfect color at our online store Colour Cupboard.

If you’re thinking about using a painting effect, here are a few we’ve gone over on the blog.

How to Antique a Newer Piece of Furniture

Pickling Effect or Crackle Finish

Antiquing with Goopy Paint

Happy creating (and reading)!

 

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How To Paint a Farm Table You’ll Love

6 Jan

What farm table style do you like the best?  Here are three different options and some supply ideas that can help you create a beautiful and functional space for eating, crafting, homework, sewing – and whatever else you do at your kitchen table!

1. Traditional. 

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For this look you could find an unpainted farm table, (or a finished one that you sand) and then rub it with our clear or colored Old Village Paste Stain.  One coat of paste stain provides a low-luster, hand-rubbed patina. Subsequent coats provide greater depth of colour, greater surface protection and higher gloss. Paste stain can also be buffed or polished. White provides a beautiful bleached-wood or pickled effect. You can choose from these finishes:

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For more directions on this process:click here!  (http://www.old-village.com/prod_paste_stain.html)

2. Shabby Chic.  This style offers a sealed but natural top and a painted base.  (I love this one! It’s what I have at my house!) For this you’d use the sealing directions above on the top portion, and choose a glaze, white pickle finish or paint for the bottom portion.

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3. Accent table.  For this table you’ll pick a bright color to add joie de vivre to your space!

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Choose from any of these colors:I think antique yellow, rittenhouse red or antique sage green might be fun for an accent piece!

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I found my farm table that seats twelve at an unfinished wood furniture store for a very reasonable price.  You can look for something similar near you, or keep an eye out at antique malls.  Do you have a farm table in your home? We’d love to see photos! Happy new year!

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To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

19 Ideas for Repurposing Furniture for Business or Pleasure

2 Dec

Repurposed furniture is a popular design choice in homes around our big, beautiful country.  Simply put, repurposed furniture is a piece that is taken from its first, intended use and reused in a different way.  For example, a dresser that is slightly altered and then used as an entertainment center.

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Photo Credit: reclaimed home on flickr.com

If you’ve been looking for a creative outlet, or a way to generate some additional income, finding and repurposing furniture is something to consider.  While you’re browsing yard sales, estate sales and storage lot auctions here are a few ways common items that can be given new life:

Doors/screen doors can become a coffee table top, a coat tree if given hooks, a photo display area by adding wire and small clips, a headboard, or a privacy screen.

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Photo by David Costa

Old wooden boxes, crates or baskets can become book-storage, side tables, a home recycling center, a charging station for electronics, toy or dirty laundry storage.

A Dresser can become an entertainment center, dish cabinent, bathroom vanity, a bar or wine rack.

Wooden chairs can become an outdoor planter or pet food tables when a hole is cut out of the seat to hold a container.

Pallets have many uses, from hanging planters, to daybed platforms.

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The key to this business is to find low priced items with great potential, and then spend the time and elbow grease necessary to create a new, and desirable (read sell-able) piece.  Experiment, try a variety of items and see which is most popular.

If you’re not interested in starting a new business, no worries!  Maybe you’ve got a space in your home that needs “just the right” piece or a friend of partner you want to surprise this Christmas with an amazing gift.  Repurposing found items can be great fun.  Enjoy the hunt, the process of cleaning, painting and revamping, and then, the satisfaction of your finished product.

We’d love to see photos of furniture you’ve repurposed and used at home or sold to customers!