Vintage Market Design

Vintage Market Design

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God does have a sense of humor, after years of infertility, we adopted 2 beautiful babies, I later had the "surprise baby"! In the very spare time I have, I love to decorate, paint, and make all kinds of things. I do repurpose old furniture and custom paint furniture for clients. I work with all types of vintage items. I love to make our house a home. I like to see how others do it and share what I do also. Contact me at alittlecountryhouse@gmail.com if you are interested in any products I have posted or if you are local to Atlanta and want a furniture face lift! Love your old junk again!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Break is over....back to work!




The picture above is a vintage compote bowl?? (that is what I call it), it came from my aunt, who got it from my grandma??? Anyway, I think that is the source. I love it, always have, always will. When I look at it, I think of them. I like to put apples in it, as you can see....

I have not posted since coming back from Thanksgiving break, because when we got back, I discovered, one of the children had lice, Yes.......I said LICE....Are you itchy now because I said lice.... I have 5 kids in school, it happens. So, I have taken a flame-thrower to everything.....JK, I have done 42 loads of laundry and treated everyone and furniture etc....I am now, getting back to work on A Little Country House.  My "mom work" never ends.  One of my favorite blogs is designindulgence.blogspot.com. She is great, check her out. Anyway she is having a give away of some items that are green. It got me thinking, about all my green. It is one of my favorite colors. I sometimes think, no...I am getting out of green, but then, it sucks me back in....  I have some projects coming, to share with you! Keep watchin! Love!  In the meantime, check out my green......



Yes, I still have toile, i still like it!



My computer desk, but really we all wind up in the bed or on the sofa with the laptop-true?


My sister added this mudroom on for us, which opened our entire kitchen. I helped her install this wood plank ceiling!
I am very proud of the mudroom, even though it does have mud in it, usually!








 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Horsey Cabinet Face Lift Finale and Happy Thanksgiving!

Okay. Finally got her done and hubby got her hung! I am so in love with this piece. I was gonna sell, but I can't tear myself away now. She is the jumping off point, for turning the dining room back into an eating/entertaining/gathering spot. Thanks Mom and Dad for letting me rummage thru the barn! This is it for this week, I am headed to the parents for Thanksgiving week. No painting or working this week. I am just gonna Thank the Lord for his goodness, love on my kids, and enjoy my family and eat until I'm in a coma Thursday!  I can just smell the pumpkin bread, and sweet potato souffle and cornbread dressing! Hee Haw Yall! Happy Thanksgiving! See Ya with more goodies soon!

Oh, for cryin out loud!

Yeah, Baby!






Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Horsey Cabinet Face Lift!!

I've told you I grew up on a horse farm. Well, I went out to my parents old barn to shop.  No, they don't make me pay for junk, I just pretend I am shopping.... The barn is next door to me. Low and behold, I found some cool stuff.  Remember the old doors?  I also found a dressing screen, and an old cabinet that used to hold horsey supplies, like fly spray, etc.... Okay, the cabinet was pretty disturbing. It had some serious problems,  like, dirt daubers, dirt, and more gross things, I will spare you....Still, I could see something cool behind it all.  For 2 days, I scrubbed, bleached- yes, bleached! I sanded, I pulled a rotten shelf off the bottom, and painted. She is almost done.  Hubby is makin me a new shelf ( out of old wood) for the bottom.  I still have some sanding and wax to apply.  I think she is going in my dining room to display my pretties. I am becoming attached!  My dining room used to be a school room. Yes. I home schooled.  I am glad I did, but now, that everyone is in "real" school (ha ha)....I am going to make an actual dining room again. We have a big family and it is nice to have another room, to use when everyone is over.  We can split people up, between the kitchen and dining room. I will show yall the slow transformation back to dining room, as we do it.....For now,  here is horsey cabinet face lift, enjoy!!

Eeeeek!
in the scary barn!!

about to start re-hab!


after much cleaning and sanding


She is wearing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre

Painted inside back, pale blue, (left over wall paint)....top is stained in a minwax, walnut

More to come, when she is done!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Grain Sack Inspired Table

Well, this table started out as something else, entirely. I worked it and, tried to make it be something, it did not want to be. Yes, furniture can be funny like that. So, I gave it some time off, then when I got the itch, I went back to it, inspired, and it has taken on, the life it is supposed to have. I really have to love something when I am done, or I can't let it go. Sometimes it takes days, after finishing a table, etc.. that I realize, NO, Not Right. So, I start again. This table would be a great, little kitchen table, or a desk. It has a little drawer. This table, I really love.......I hope you do too!

It's almost Friday people! Hang in there!

Inspired from a real french grain sack




I want to sit here and drink cafe au lait and look out the window at the beautiful fall!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Don't Let The "Country" Fool Ya....

So, like I said before, I was painting all weekend, and when I come home, the laundry is sky high and the place is pretty gross.  Hubby was doing the best he could.  I had to get on the chores this morning. I was thinking about the term,"Country". It  describes many styles now, urban country, French country, English country, Americana, and so forth.  I like a little of all those. I love Swedish country design....I wanted my style to encompass a little of all those, but really I am probably more a farmhouse "chic", kind of girl.  I grew up in the country, on a horse farm. That being said, my parents, did raise my sisters and I to have a sense of style and to enjoy nice things. My mom always made sure we had comfortable surroundings. She always had an eye for design. She exposed us to fine restaurants and theater, so we wouldn't be total rednecks, but at the end of the day...I have some redneck brewing inside. I love Bar-B-Q!  I love sweet tea, country food, and banana pudding and pound cake!  My husband feels the urge to kill a big buck, about this time every year. We watch SEC football! Go Dawgs! In the spring, we are at little league and softball. If you saw me in the car-pool line, in my painting clothes, and hair in a ponytail, you would think..she needs some serious help....Underneath, all that, I like to create. I like to make things that are warm and accessible. I love the relaxed, inviting, feel of an old pine table. I love gingham and ticking and burlap. I love an old tin, wash-tub, turned into a planter. I adore bead board! I love the sign in my kitchen that says "Grace".  Anyhoo, I was thinking about style. How people perceive different styles and promote a style as their own.  A Little Country House, is "my style". It is a place to unwind, feel peaceful, get creative, cook a good meal and feel like you are home. What tops it off ?  I get to enjoy it all with my sweet family! Here are some things that, I am inspired by, and really love right now....simple.






My Dream Kitchen, check out that island!


a chocolate check


vintage grain sacks from France

a grain sack fabric from Ballard, in my favorite green!


You Gotta Love, Right?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Total Re-do!!

Well, I have been painting for 3 days at my "client" friend, Marcie's house. I love Marcie, she is great! She has 4 kids, so we share a lot with each other about the challenges of motherhood and other life issues. She also, has a totally awesome house. They built a couple of years ago, It is craftsman style, but she is more eclectic inside. There are a lot of farmhouse and cottage elements on the interior. All styles I love!  I am so honored, she let me face lift some of her old furniture. She had an old, "south west style" pine table. Not bad, but just not her, and some bedroom furniture that was in great shape, just needed to fit in more with her beautiful new bedroom. I love when people aren't afraid to jump off and do something exciting, like paint over wood!! Ha Ha... So, here are the before and after pics...

TA DA!!!!


french farmhouse


I love how it almost looks like an old door...
 




no glaze or stain, just chalk paint and clear wax


 Oh, I have to show you her bedroom ceiling...It is gorgeous....


This is going to look lovely in her cottage chic bedroom!!!!


One last thing, I had to show how pretty ,her front stoop is and her fabulous front doors!



I adore these doors....they speak for themselves!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Open Doors!

Today I was at a client's house painting her bedroom furniture and her dining room table! I will post the before and after pics. It is going to be beautiful, can't wait for you to see. She has an awesome house! Here is a little venue I made with those old doors! I'm still trying to decide what they should be, maybe a headboard, maybe just wall art....They look so good, they are about 100 years old! I will let ya know when I get the inspiration for them! I really like them as they are.....anyway,  I have some great things coming to show you...keep checkin here!  If you have any furniture that needs a facelift and you are local to the Atlanta area, you can reach me here or alittlecountryhouse@gmail.com!! Happy Friday Everyone!