This is what it looked like before. UGH! I can't even believe I'm showing you this photo!!!
This chair went to Habitat for Humanity.
And so did this sofa minus the sofa cover that was on it. I'm expecting one of you to buy either piece for $10 or so and make something beautiful out of them and tell us all about it at one of our future blogging parties! :=)
Okay. Here comes the good part. Remember the post Rhoda at Southern Hospitality did on bead board wallpaper? Well, as soon as I read it, I knew that's what I wanted to do in this room. If you think this looks good, just wait! We don't have the chair rail and trim up yet!
Here's a close up with the chair rail. I just love it! It is so much more economical and time saving than real bead board. I covered the light switch plate with cardstock.
We even found a fan with bead board blades! Installing this fan was MUCH more trouble than putting up the wallpaper!
I'm still working on parts of the room, but come on in! I can show you a few things. Stay tuned; I'll share more as I complete it. This is our old table we use as a desk. We bought it when we were first married. It was an antique even then. HA! It's first service to us was as a dining table, but it's had lots of functions through the years. I would never part with it.
To the left is an old oak filing cabinet that I picked up years ago in an old warehouse of a company going out of business. Above the cabinet is an old buoy, we picked up on a trip to Maine.
To the right, is an old Larkin desk and above it is a wooden printer's tray that I'm using to store my rubber stamps.
We've had the Larkin desk for many years too, but I just covered the back with fabric to compliment my room. The desk stores various cardmaking supplies. One of my Longaberger baskets serves well to hold more rubber stamps.
An old Planters Peanut jar holds stamp letters on top of the shelves.
And an old wooden crayon box holds more crafting supplies.
On top of the other bookcase is another basket and an old Daisy butter churn. Not sure what this little jewel will hold, but I'm sure I'll think of something.
Canning jars hold buttons that I've sorted by color for easy use.
This old poplar cupboard was a companion to the old table you saw earlier. We've had it since we first married also. Again, I've used it for lots of purposes in the past several years. Can't part with it either. All of the items I've showed you I've had for several years and were bought at a bargain for one reason or another. We've never had a lot of money to waste. I've always loved vintage or antique pieces and have tried to buy wisely and bought pieces that I loved. I've found if you do this, you will not get tired of them and be able to use them over and over again.