You can see coming in the doorway is a huge French armoire. It fits nicely in this little nook and even though it’s big, it doesn’t get in the way. You’ll see more of it in a minute. The new chest just fits on this wall and I really love how they all work together. 1880’s French armoire and probably this chest is from around the 1950’s. As I mentioned earlier, when we picked the piece up, on the back is a tag from Thomasville. No date, but I think it’s at least 50-60 years old. Great condition. I just can’t stress enough how much I love these old pieces of furniture. If there’s one suggestion I could make to any of you younger gals starting a new house….build your bones with antiques. You won’t be sorry!
These older pieces are made SO sturdy and SO much better than anything out there new today. As I’ve said before, what could you get NEW for $400?? Not much, that’s for sure. Some crappy furniture, no doubt.
Check out the new lamps! I just love these cute little things. Have you ever seen something in a store & couldn’t get it out of your mind? That’s what happened with these lamps. I had some on our nightstands that I got 3 years ago, not expensive lamps at all & thought that I would eventually replace them. I was shopping a few weeks ago at Homegoods and spotted 2 of these lamps on clearance for $25, a great price. I didn’t get them, decided I didn’t need to spend the money. So, while I was out last week shopping for my client, there they were again. Still didn’t get them. But they kept nagging at me, so the next day I jumped in the car to see if they were still there. One was…for $18! Of course, I snapped it up, but was bummed there was only one, so I called the other Homegoods and they had another one. Turns out it depends on the date on how the mark-downs go, so that one was only marked down to $25. That’s fine too…regular price on them were $50 each, so I did get a great deal. Look how wonderful they look in here. It really makes a difference in the room just putting these lamps in too.
Nightstands are old too, probably from the 40’s or 50’s. They have 3 neat drawers inside that close away. Did I mention I love the new lamps? OK, I did.
Just in case anyone needs an idea on how to cover a boxspring on a sleighbed. This is fabric that I bought just enough of to sew onto a fitted sheet. It covers the boxspring perfectly so that when it shows, it’s not ugly! Mostly it’s under the coverlet, but a little of it peeks out.
Looking from the bathroom. You can see we don’t have a lot of walking room in here, but it’s cozy and works for us. I could shoot the builder who didn’t push the outside wall out in that corner. They could have easily made the house square over there to accomodate more space in here. And I really hate only having one window in here.
There’s enough room in this little corner for a chair and ottoman. My mom sewed this slipcover several years ago and did a great job. Luckily the fabric I chose goes with a lot. I’d love to do a cream slipcover eventually, although with sitting here and lounging, it would probably have to be washed all the time. Found those 2 plaid pillows at a yardsale for $1 each. Mom made my window treatments too. All the oil paintings in here were found at yardsales.An old china cabinet is perfect for hiding the TV. I did a makeover on this one last year and posted it here. You can see the changes it went through from when I first found it at an antiques place, all beat up. I used fabric on the doors that are from the pillow shams. Closeup of window treatment.
Closeup of the painted armoire. I used some leftover wall paint from one of the test quarts from my downstairs blue bathroom. Went over it with a little woodstain to tone down the blue a bit. Added a few stencils too.
One of the yardsale oil paintings.
Here’s the top of that French armoire. This is one of my favorite antiques. It’s a monster and really a pretty piece. You can see how close to the 9′ ceiling it comes.
Again, you won’t find anything like this brand new.
The vanity where I put on my makeup, another older piece. Do you see a pattern here?
Closeup of the mirror detail. I love this piece too. Drawer detail. I just can’t get off my soapbox about buying antique pieces. I really did think when I was younger that antiques were way outta my league, but I found out they truly are not. You can get a nice older piece for about the same as a junky newer piece in many cases. If you haven’t tried antiques, think about it! Using old and new is what makes a home have that collected over time feel and not like you’ve gone furniture shopping in a weekend.