Antique Door Converted to Headboard with Sconces

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And another great idea shared by my friend Jess Powell of Pink House Marketing! She converted two matching antique doors into a headboard and footboard. After a fresh coat of paint, the doors were halved and received hinges that allow folding for easy transport. The headboard received a trim treatment across the top for a clean cut look, followed by sconces. Although they’re normal sconces from the local Lowe’s, these particular ones are far from normal–the antique doorknobs below control the lights! They push for on/off function, and twist to dim the sconces!!! It does NOT get any cooler than that–this is officially my most favorite use of antique doors!!! Thanks, Jess for sharing!

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Jenny

Another Use for Antique Doors

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I’m often asked for ideas on how to incorporate antique doors into home decor–I have a full Pinterest board of ideas! I saw this idea today and had to share. For folks who don’t necessarily have many vintage looking items in your home but still admire these beautiful doors, this is the type of project that would be a happy medium!

Natalie, at A Turtle’s Life, posted this creative project. Thanks for sharing, Natalie!

And guess what–I have a whole shed full of antique doors, barn doors, windows, and screens. I’ll be selling them at Hope Heritage Days in September! Be sure to stop by and snag one.

Jenny

Red, White, & Blue, and Handmade Too!

It’s been too long since I had some “me” time, so tonight I’m treating myself with blog hopping. I wanted to share the inspiration, so here’s tonight’s top picks!

Firecracker 4th of July cake @ The Bakery Spot

 

Silverware organizer converted to shelf @ Going Home to Roost

 

Enjoy The Ride pillows @ 36th AVENUE

 

Garden Markers @ Michelle Not Shelly

 

DIY Painted Bottles @ Beach House in the City

 

Porch Makeover @ A Beach Cottage

 

Milk Paint Tutorial @ Miss Mustard Seed

 

And with that I’m literally falling asleep! Guess that’s all for tonight.

Jenny

Salvage Soiree–A Rustic Approach to Decorating

So maybe I’ve been watching too much of American Pickers, but I love junk. Junk is my style–it makes me happy, mainly because it’s most often free (or almost free). But also because it gives a nod to the past and often adds texture to today’s shiny, polished trends. But junk isn’t the prettiest term for this style of decorating, and after standing at the store’s magazine rack for an hour tonight I found the perfect term for my style of decorating–salvage finds. Not too much more glamorous, but a little bit better than junk, a little less formal than shabby chic, and a little less confining than country. So salvage style works for me.

 

 

The magazine that inspired me most was Flea Market Style. It had a feature about popular blogs that feature decorating with salvaged goods. Most of the blogs I frequent already but it gave me the idea to share them with you too. So here’s some top picks for those into the salvage style:

Miss Mustard Seed

Home and Harmony

Garden Antqs Vintage

Heather Bullard – Home and Lifestyle

It’s the Little Things

Serendipity Chic Design

• Margo’s Junkin’ Journal

Just Something I Made

Perfectly Imperfect

My Sweet Savannah

Primitive and Proper

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Emerald Cove

The Feminist Housewife

A Beach Cottage

Jenny

Thanksgiving Mantel Decorations

I came across this beautiful fall mantel decor on the blog It’s the Little Things. What a neat way to decorate your fireplace for Thanksgiving!

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A big detail that sets it off are these cutesy letters that spell “Happy Thanksgiving.” I probably would have used a uniform font and it wouldn’t be as cute as hers!

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I love how she spares no attention to details.

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Even the wood is incorporated into the design!

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I think another favorite is this whimsical grapevine that wisps across the mantel. And the family has tied paper leaves that display what they’re thankful for.

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Very cute! Check out her blog for more ideas.

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Jenny

Cheapo Tiki Torches Get Custom Makeover

 

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Outdoor entertaining has hit new levels–and not just in the decorating sense, but also on the wallet. My mission was to find one-of-a-kind lighting for around our back patio without breaking the bank. Solution? Buy the cheapest Tiki torches and upgrade with a can of spray paint!

RustOleum has a line of multi-purpose satin sprays that feature hot colors. I used the Green Apple, but it was a tough choice between the grass-like shade of green, Aqua and Seaside Green. We scored a 15-set of resin chairs on Craigslist for $100. Slowly, the back patio is coming together. I loved how the torches turned out!

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Jenny

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Country Kitchen

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Yesterday I helped my mother decorate her house. She loves stoneware, and I placed a collection of blue stone pitchers on the china cabinet. Showing off a large collection can really be visually stimulating for your eyes. I love looking at these blue pitchers, which go perfect in her country kitchen!

Jenny