DIY Copper Drapery Rods

My DIY Copper Drapery Rods!

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In my kitchen, I  display my collection of vintage copper tea kettles and coffee pots above the cupboards. I like the patina the copper gets as it ages. While wondering what I was going to do about drapery rods in the kitchen, I got the idea of looking into using copper drapery rods to coördinate with my vintage copper accents!

Here’s a sample of two of the areas above the cupboards where I display my copper pots.

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I looked online, but what I found was a fake copper finish and not real copper plus they were expensive. So, I  went to my local home hardware store to see what they had for copper pipe that might work.  

One problem I had to work around was that the windows were at a 45 degree angle to each other. There was not enough room to put two rod holders in that area. I needed something with a 45 degree angle to tie the two areas together. A custom rod was too expensive.

Also, I wanted to hide that the windows were not centered on each wall when they built the house. That has always bothered me so I hoped that the final product would hide that flaw. (why don’t builders think of those things?)

Deciding to use the copper pipe, but not wanting it so shiny, I researched online about how to give new copper that aged patina. I finally came up with a product that would do the trick in one application. Other ideas like hard-boiled eggs, etc. (yes, that was what one site suggested) were too complicated. The product I found is called, Liver of Sulphur Extended Life Gel. It came in a 4 oz. jar, but I only needed a small 1/2 tsp. to do all the copper. (If you need some, I’ll sell you mine. I don’t think I’ll ever use it up.) Perhaps contact someone who makes jewelry to see if they have something to give patina to the copper.

The 10 ft. length of 3/4 inch copper pipe was around $11.00. I also found a 45 degree copper fitting that would work for the bend in the wall.

The Liver of Sulphur aged the copper, but it was a bit uneven. It was hard to paint the product on a round pipe and then quick stop the aging with Baking Soda solution.

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My husband took some fine steel wool and evened out the patina. Yes, perfect!

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There wasn’t room to add a finial on the end so I just used copper end-caps to finish it off. My husband put the rods up with three drapery rod holders which I had painted with a copper color spray paint and it was perfect! The window placement flaws are hidden and I feel so much better about it and I love my DIY Copper Drapery Rods! They sure cost less than the standard drapery rods and far less than custom ones that were at a 45 degree angle! Total cost was around $25.00 for both windows. (not counting the Liver of Sulfur, but including drapery rod holders) 

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These diy copper drapery rods would go with many combinations of neutral decor as well. I am very happy with how they turned out! Have you thought of using copper pipe?

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Christmas Tablescapes 2015 Part 3

I’m bringing you more Christmas Tablescapes from our Christmas Extravaganza at our church. Different women volunteer to totally decorate a table. The creativity is amazing. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, please click on them to see my prior posts with additional ideas for your own table. 

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You can’t go wrong with the Christmas colors of red, green and gold! The centerpiece repeats the colors and uses accents of pinecones. Lots of festive texture and pattern are added to the table with the addition of the striped tablecloth.

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This unique table takes a hobby and turns it into a very creative tablescape.  A vintage sewing machine becomes the centerpiece attraction. Napkins, tucked into the goblets, have a scissor pattern in red and white. 

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Notice the tiny Christmas tree on the sewing machine. All the decorations are sewing notions. Not pictured are the various quilted runners over the back of each chair.

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Gold and black are stunning together on this table. Gold striped fabric is laid across the table for added texture and design. The napkins are simply rolled, folded, and wrapped with gold mesh ribbon. 

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Christmas trees with different textures are grouped together inside a large lighted wreath to form this centerpiece. Even the napkins are folded to look like Christmas trees. Notice the tree-etched goblets, too.

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Purple, white,  gold, and silver colors create a beautiful table. You see a lot of mixing of different metals now in decorating and this table does it well. 

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Highlight your favorite manger scene for a Christmas tablescape. Add a few extra details and place it on top of a mirror to reflect the candle light. Napkins angled in the corner of the plate, show the Christmas tree pattern on the china.

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Another nativity set is the centerpiece of this tablescape. The muted colors of the nativity are accented by the burlap table-runner. The napkins are striped kitchen towels! Great idea!

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The Christmas tablescape at this table revolves around a set of whimsical gingerbread china. The gingerbread house, in the center, lights up with cute characters all around it. Lots of details to entertain you at this table.  Christmas Tablescapes 2015 part 3 grandparentsplus.com

 

A little wooden  church, surrounded with snow, looks so simple, but lovely as a centerpiece.  Add a few greens, white floral stems and artificial poinsettias to accent this little church. The snow has battery operated lights under it so it gives light to the table.

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Notice the poinsettia accented clothespins that are attached to a little favor for each guest.

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Santa Lucia dolls, a Swedish custom, decorate the center of the table. Five tall, red votive holders surround the figures. (I apologize for the red candle that is blocking the second figure.) Do you know the story of Santa Lucia?

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The last one is the beautiful table decoration for the punch table. While it is not complete with china, I wanted to include it as well for more inspiration. Christmas Tablescapes 2015 part 3 grandparentsplus.com

 

I hope you enjoyed this series of Christmas Tablescapes with all these creative ideas. Whether it is fancy or plain, elegant or simple, new or recycled, you can make a beautiful table for your family and guests for your Christmas entertaining.

 

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Have a very special Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus!

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Christmas Tablescapes 2015 Part 2

Looking for some more inspiration for beautiful Christmas tablescapes ?  Well, you came to the right place. Individual women from our church created these tablescapes for our annual Christmas Extravaganza. The tables are amazing! Each year, I think that they really can’t come up with more wonderful ideas, but they do! The entire event is a beautiful Christ-filled celebration of the birth of our Savior. It’s a wonderful way to start off the Christmas season.

Ready to see Part 2? If you missed Christmas Tablescapes 2015 Part 1, be sure to click on it, too.

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You don’t always think of “pink” for Christmas, but this tablescape looks dreamy using pink, white, and gold. A soft feather boa with pink hydrangeas and sparkly gold trees all add up to a wonderful centerpiece display.

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The individual place-settings are beautiful and inviting.

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Here’s a blue and gold tablescape featuring a white tree with small blue and gold balls. It is simple, yet elegant.

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A poinsettia arrangement highlights this table along with gold and black china, goblets, and chargers. Napkins are tied with a pretty gold bow.

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White, silver, and blue are the color combinations of this table. Pretty silver floral sprays are placed in three painted bottles. Each place-setting has a different cup and saucer!

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Gingerbread and apples! The theme is carried through from the red and green apple china. Amber goblets look great with this china. Wooden Santas surround the centerpiece.

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Do you love cardinals? They are such a beautiful bird and the cardinal theme is carried throughout this tablescape. The table-runner has cardinals on it and at each place-setting is a cardinal tin with some home-made goodies for the guests.

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You see a lot of birch accents at Christmas. This tablescape is elegant with lots of woodsy accents. The napkin rings are made of wood, too. The combination of browns and blues look great together.

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Lime green poinsettia blooms really set off this table. The dark green evergreen plants around it are a nice contrast.  The napkins have a spring of evergreen tied with silver roping.

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Among the candle centerpiece, a collection of teacups and a teapot are nestled in the evergreens to welcome the guests. Looks like a tea party is about to happen.

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Each glass votive in this centerpiece is encircled on the outside by red berries. Sparkly silver pines with red balls create a colorful base for this tablescape. 

 

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I love the way the silverware, tied with a red bow, is displayed on the plate.

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Do you know the story of the icicle? This centerpiece is made of evergreens, gold painted branches, lights and icicles.

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This is the legend……

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At each place-setting, this little reminder of the evening is for each guest.

 

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I’ve said this before, but I think a lovely table not only creates a beautiful greeting for your guests, but also makes the food taste even better! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these Christmas tablescapes. Stay tuned for Part 3!

Have a blessed Christmas season!

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Christmas Tablescapes 2015 Part 1

Oh, the creativity of the women at our church event! Each year the Christmas Tablescapes on each table are absolutely wonderful. We have a Christmas event that everyone looks forward to called a Christmas Extravaganza. Besides a wonderful Christ-filled program, the ladies attending enjoy seeing each table decorated by individual women in such gorgeous ways. It is a wonderful, festive way to start the season.

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I just need to share these beautiful ideas with you. Perhaps it will spark some inspiration for your own tablescapes. Some are elaborate, some whimsical, and others are very simple and elegant. Some start with a china inspiration and others go with a centerpiece inspiration.

The first table centerpiece is four, graduated-sized milk glass serving pieces all tiered together.  It’s decorated with artificial pines, tuffs of pink, red and cranberry ribbon, and topped with a pillar candle. How clever to use some of your favorite pieces to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree.

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A burgundy tablecloth under the rose china makes a lovely vintage table setting.

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Lots of red and white balls accented with silver and red berries look great in the white garden urn. By placing it on a mirror base, the tea lights fill the table with light. Next summer, use the planter in your garden! Silver-rimmed, white dishes compliment the silver accents in the centerpiece.

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Not everyone lives in the northern regions that have snow, so why not have a Christmas table with a beach theme?

The circle wooden lantern has a candle inside surrounded by seashells. The artificial greens and flowers are typical of a tropical area, but do carry out the red and green of the season. Burlap on top of the table simulates the sand on the beach.

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Lovely shell napkin rings fit the flavor of this Christmas table. Notice the glasses……they have a sticker attached to them to make them tropical as well! It make be cold outside, but this setting feels warm and fun!

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This elegant vase has rhinestones glued all around it. It is filled with greens and tied with a large red bow that flows down on the table. Three red pillar candles surround it.The white dinner set is accented with red napkins.

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The two women that created this tablescape didn’t have enough place settings for eight people. However, each had a coordinating set with roses on them so they combined the two sets for this tablesetting. The centerpiece has roses held in the tall vase with pebbles. Distilled water is added up to the blooms with submersible lights added for drama. The graduated glass vases also hold pebbles, submersible lights, and floating candles.

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The centerpiece became quite dramatic when lit.

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This centerpiece is made from a gold sprayed box, filled with white tissue paper flowers, and accented with tall gold floral stems.

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A detailed embroidered runner, placemats, napkins, and small dolls from Guatemala make this table unique. Christmas is celebrated around the world! The vintage soup tureen holds artificial pines and a candle. The glasses are also vintage pieces from her grandmother. How fun to create a table around special memories.

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Even God’s animals celebrate Jesus’ birth! This is a whimsical, “beary” cute version of a nativity scene.  The figures are elevated on cuts from a birch tree. The woodsy table top adds to the theme. Notice the pine-tree glasses, too! 

 

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Five lit branches make this a festive, winter table. The centerpiece is tall, but guests can still see each other through the woods! Snowflake ornaments decorate the place-setting.

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The last table for this party was the one that I decorated for this event. It is from the 12 Days of Christmas carol and represents the “7 Swans a Swimming” part. The song is actually a religious song that has a meaning for each phrase. Read the information on the card below.

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This swan usually sits in my bathroom with towels rolled and tucked into the opening. As a centerpiece, I filled it with artificial green pines along with white and silver floral additions. The small battery lights add a sparkle. Six other small swans circle the big one on  glittered silver fabric. 

Small silver swan ornaments sit to the right of each place-setting.

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Did you know the meaning of “7 Swans a Swimming”?

 

I love to set a beautiful table, don’t you?

These are just some of the Christmas Tablescapes I have to show you. More are coming in Part 2 and

Part 3. 

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Vintage Trunk with a Nativity

This past summer, at a garage sale, I came across a small vintage trunk in terrific shape. The price was very reasonable and I knew that it was a perfect size to display this Vintage Trunk with a Nativity set for Christmas. Needless to say, I quickly snatched it up!

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I had looked for a small suitcase, but this was even better. The inside was in great condition and the outside was a dark green color. Perfect for Christmas! It measured 16 inches wide and 11 inches high. 

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I said that the trunk was in great condition, but it had an ugly duct tape repair job on the tray. When it was inside the trunk, it didn’t show, but when I angled it, it was pretty bad. A piece of cloth covering it, took care of that! Besides, I didn’t want the display way down low. 

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I had the little battery star lights from last year, so out they came and I gently taped them across the top, but not on the paper backing. I placed my little Italian nativity on the green cloth. It was a perfect size for the display! Because I angled the tray, it gave a space to drop the battery for the lights down in the trunk and out of sight.

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Ahh! My new addition to our Christmas decorations! I’ve had this idea from seeing a display in the Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 3  , but I wanted mine to be a Nativity display. 

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Christmas Idea House Part 4

Sad to say that this is the final post of the Christmas Idea House for this year. It has been fun to show you all the ideas included in this house decorated by many talented designers. Some ideas never go out of style so be sure to look at last year’s posts of the Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3  for more inspiration.

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This time we’ll visit the last four areas of this home: Den, Guest Bedroom, Sunroom and Living Room.

In the guest bedroom, three metal floral panels create this amazing headboard. For the Christmas season, lights are added for that holiday sparkle.

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In the black lanterns below, artificial snow and a couple of birch branches with battery operated lights make an easy, but lovely display. The stencil on the windows is the same one that we saw in the kitchen and bathroom only this is used on the windows with snow spray.  The window stencil is not permanent, but sure adds to the woodsy feel of the room. The curtain tiebacks, use small pinecone ornaments as another woodland touch.

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The Christmas tree has decorations of metal orbs and birch branches. The guest bedroom light is a metal orb attached to make a chandelier decorated with birch branches, batting for snow, and metal snowflake ornaments. The arrangement on the dresser uses a mix of metals, finials, and candles all highlighted by a star accent. Christmas Idea House Part 4 grandparentsplus.com

In the den, mini pallets provide a background for artwork and mini lanterns. A vintage dock makes a unique coffee table.

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The vintage pie cabinet stores games and books with lit stars shining out as a Christmas accent. Small twig wreaths and  picture frames decorate the tree. A little vintage wall cubby placed under a picture makes a perfect spot for seasonal decorations of skis, pine stems, small ornaments, and battery votive candles. This is easily changed for another season, too.

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The fireplace display is the first thing that catches your eye as you enter the living room. Small. assorted-sized red decorative boxes create a Christmas tree above the mantle. The boxes hold artificial pine boughs, lanterns, birch sticks, and ornaments.

The logs in the fireplace have white lights wrapped around them with some red pinecones placed underneath. It suggests a burning fire.

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The arrangement in the vintage metal bowl holds twig balls, wrapped with battery powered lights, along with pinecones and an array of other ball ornaments and artificial greenery.

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A large vintage wood rolling rack makes a one-of-a-kind wall shelving unit with lots of space for books, seasonal displays, candles, and baskets.

 

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The living room Christmas tree is decorated in red and white. White decorative lanterns hang from the Christmas tree branches with large balls adding a bold punch of red color.

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Adjoining the living room is the sunroom with an antique cabinet set on the radiator to create a bar.

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To the right of the bar, a vintage drawer is attached to the top of an iron stand to create a side table. Perhaps a vintage sewing machine stand would work, too!

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So many great ideas for decorating your own home both using vintage and new items. Did you find some ideas that you can use? The Christmas decorating season is upon us! I hope you enjoyed this tour and that it helped spur some creative ideas of your own. Be sure to go to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the 2015 Christmas Idea House, if you missed these posts.

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Christmas Idea House Part 3

Christmas Idea House Part 3

Christmas Idea House Part 3 takes you into 4 areas of this home which is full of inspirational ideas for your own Christmas decorating. A team of decorators  fill this home with arrangements using new decor, vintage pieces re-purposed, along with unique decorating ideas that can be done in your own home.

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The headboard in the master bedroom is a beautiful mirrored vintage window. (actually an antique ballroom mirror) A large wreath makes it special for the Christmas season.

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Notice the tables along side of the bed. They are metal garden urns turned into side tables.

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With a circle of glass on top and twig balls with Christmas lights inside, this garden urn makes for an unusual, but lovely bedside table.

Two more creative ideas in this bedroom are the salvaged wooded gate and a non-traditional Christmas tree. The gate has decorative metal added between the rungs to hang jewelry.

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In the corner of the bedroom is the non-traditional Christmas tree. Three birch poles, two wreaths of different sizes, various ornaments, and lights all arranged in a garden urn become a unique tree.

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Over the dresser, another vintage window makes a backdrop for a Christmas wall plaque.

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Hanging from the ceiling light fixture is a vintage wall frame decorated with ribbon, icicles, and ornaments.

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In the stairway, a salvaged frame with a wooden star, decorated with wreaths and ornaments, looks beautiful for a large space. If you want to know how to make an inexpensive star, go to $1 wooden star for an easy tutorial! Use it both for Christmas and 4th of July!

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The small upstairs bathroom is very tiny, but it has big ideas. The curtain rods are birch branches with a wood-slice garland creating a valance for the small window. To the left of the window is a small wooden sleigh turned into a wall shelf.

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The birch printed shower curtain has accents of wood ornaments and permanent pine stems.

Graduated pieces of wood tied together create a Christmas tree that fits perfectly with the Northwoods decor.

 

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Of course, to go with the woodsy feel, the toilet paper holder is a birch box with a dowel through it! Also, the salvaged wood with baskets attached hold extra towels and pinecones.  They sure packed a lot of ideas in such a small bathroom!

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The last room of this post is the office. On the wall, gold cubes attached to the wall create very interesting decorative shelving.  The hollow lamp-base on the desk holds pinecones and ornaments.

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On the opposite side of the room are an array of gold mirrors on the wall. On several mirrors, they used gold window markers to write “Joy, Peace, and Noël”. That’s an easy Christmas idea!  The hanging pendant light is actually a re-purposed bird-cage.

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The coffee table is a salvaged lobster cage with an added glass top.

A metal deer decorates the bulletin board. The backing of the bulletin board is a paper tablecloth.

 

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I hope you are inspired by the wonderful creative ideas in this Part 3 post. If you missed Christmas Idea House Part 1 or Christmas Idea House Part 2, be sure to click on them and see the decorating ideas there, too!

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Christmas Idea House Part 2

The Christmas Idea House is decorated by several designers and is filled with Christmas decorating inspiration! I love new ideas to make our home festive at Christmas. For this post, I’ll show you the dining room, kitchen, and small bathroom. Watch for lots of re-purposed vintage pieces used in fun new ways!

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As you enter the house, the dining room catches your eye right away with the wonderful buffet displays and vintage pieces re-purposed.

The  table is all set for a fabulous buffet. Notice the toboggan placed on top of the table (how could you not notice – ha) with two large metal reindeer leading the way for the beautiful array of food! 

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The desserts are displayed on another European sled on the built-in buffet.

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This is the cute little red sled that I use for decorating at Christmas. Sometimes it becomes the centerpiece and sometimes I use it on my coffee table.  It’s a great vintage piece that I really enjoy using.

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On one wall of the dining room, a display of Christmas wall hangings, wreath, lanterns, and winter decor all hanging from a vintage coat rack. Everything is changeable for a different season.

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I’ve seen many ideas for a crib bed-spring, but this is one tops them all, I think! Each small section of a birch branch hangs from the sections of the spring to create a tree. Don’t you love the little bird, too?

The sections of birch branches have a cup hook attached at the top. 

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A wooden star finishes off the top of the tree! I think this is outstanding! It’s certainly a conversation piece! I thought the Fall Decor Idea House – Part 3  had an unusual idea for a bed-spring. Now, this is totally different. I wonder how many ways you can re-purpose an old bed-spring, don’t you?

The kitchen wall looks interesting with  birch trees stenciled on the wall. Little red birds accent the birch trees and add a pop of color. This winter scene wouldn’t last all year, but by putting it in a large frame instead of on the wall, it would be changeable with the season. 

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The open kitchen shelving includes red and white Christmas accents among the red and white china.

On the wall, a unique piece of metal screen is re-purposed as an accent for a piece of Christmas art. Also, an old insulator attached to the wall, serves as an apron hook. 

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The island in the kitchen is a salvaged industrial cart. It gives extra storage below and can be moved anywhere.

 

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Salvaged wood with decorative wooden snowflakes create an interesting valance for the season.

 

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In the small bathroom just off the kitchen area, you see the same birch tree stencil. A simple wooden cut-out of a deer hangs as a seasonal decoration. He looks like he is running though the woods! The lanterns hang from metal twig hooks. 

Two metal suitcases, attached to the wall at different levels, serve as shelves and storage. 

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The small bathroom window also uses wooden snowflakes along with red wooden hearts hanging from the valance. The curtains are Christmas kitchen towels.

 

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All these wonderful ideas and this was just three rooms, but there is still much more to come in part 3 and 4! There’s eight more rooms to show you!

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Christmas Idea House Part 1

I don’t mean to rush Christmas, but now is the time to gather ideas that inspire your own Christmas decorating. This Christmas Idea House – Part 1 is a home that designers transform three times a year with current trends, new items, old vintage pieces re-purposed, and loads of unique decorating ideas. There’s so much seasonal decorating inspiration here!

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Let’s start outside….

A pair of birch reindeer with big red bows greet guests  If you have access to birch trees, these would be easy to make.

Now that your gardens are in their winter state,  reuse a trellis by filling it with large red plastic ornaments. One change I would make, is to add a large red bow on top! What do you think?

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This container winter garden display uses lots of greens, three birch logs, pops of red balls, berries, red twigs, and accented with cotton bolls.(yes, bolls; not balls) If you’re from the south, you may have easy access to these. Up north, you need to buy them. They make a nice white accent among the green and red. I, also, though they would make a great accent on a Christmas tree. I like to use natural items on my tree along with the ornaments. 

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The window ledge of the out-building displays white baskets filled with evergreens and red balls. Whimsical snowmen, fashioned from a birch log, peer out among the greens.  Notice the lanterns hung from the garland spell “JOY”.

The window boxes of the home look festive filled with spruce tops, red balls, bows, along with more accents of white cotton bolls. 

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This old house has an enclosed front porch. As you enter, to one side there’s a display of snowmen and trees  The trees are faux birch bark with lots of glitter added to make them sparkle. Behind the snowman display, Christmas knit stockings, clothes-pinned on a decorative rope ribbon, hang in the windows.

 

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On the other side of the porch, you see the same hanging stockings repeated along with another snowman display. A stuffed snowman toy sits on one pillow while a funny snowman pillow repeats the theme.

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Using a vintage shutter, lanterns and Christmas plaques create a unique re-purposed decor idea.

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Above the windows to the house, you see vintage skis used as a valance.

Christmas cards hang from the green garland.

 

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A  section of a vintage gate is transformed into a unique wall piece when a plaque and red bells are added. Decorated trees flank each side of this gate so it was hard to photograph the entire piece, but I think you get the idea.

Notice the chalkboard ornaments which are easily personalized with both art and words. Each year you can change what is on them. Now, that’s an easy project!

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Under the trees is a red vintage wheelbarrow filled with gifts.

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Sitting on the window ledge are faux birch bark planters filled with more spruce tops,  red berries and illuminated stems. A simple garland spells out “NOEL”.

 

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This is just a small sampling of ideas. More to follow..

Next time, we’ll enter the house with oodles more inspiration. You won’t be disappointed, I promise! 


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Vintage Jello Molds Re-purposed

Vintage jello molds go back to the 40’s and 50’s, I believe. Any good cook would make her jello combinations in these molds. Then, you would un-mold them and place them on a plate with iceberg lettuce. A dollop of whipped cream or mayo topped it off. They came in several styles such as plain, swirled, various shapes, and sizes. I remember my mom using them!

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While they are a thing of the past, I’ll show you several ideas that re-purpose these vintage jello molds for today’s use!

The first idea is using the mold as a planter for artificial succulents. They look great as a little greenery accent on a side table. Put  styrofoam in the bottom and cover with artificial moss. Stick the artificial succulents down into the styrofoam and you’re done! No watering, either!

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Next, they are perfect for a miniature garden display. You don’t need many items, but it certainly something eye-catching and cute. Once again, use styrofoam or floral foam, artificial sheet moss, and a few items to make the garden look great.

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Finally, here a two ideas for Christmas…..

The first one is a snow scene. I merely used some cotton batting, a small winter figure, and silver pipe cleaners. Just hot glue everything in place. Use as a small Christmas accent on a shelf or hang on your tree. Change the scene for another season.

 

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Another ornament idea is to hot glue two together and finish off the edge with silver tinsel pipe cleaners.  Glue another circle of the silver on top and finish with a loop to hang it. 

 

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Other ideas for re-purposing include using them as popsicle molds or individual serving dishes for mayo, condiments, pudding, etc. 

OK, do you remember these jello molds? Kind of reveals our age, right?

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Elegant Harvest Tablescape

An Elegant Harvest Tablescape….

I stopped by my sister’s house and she had her table set for a dinner she was hosting. It was so pretty that I had to share it. This elegant harvest tablescape was rich in shades of taupe, amber, brown, and gold. It’s perfect for any fall or Thanksgiving dinner table-setting.

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I love the textures of the tablecloth. The tone on tone pattern adds another dimension to the table.

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On the buffet, the same tones were repeated in the candle and turkey display.

 

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I’m sure the guests will be delighted with not only the food, but with this beautiful tablescape. It makes food taste even better when served in such a beautiful way.

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Redo a Damaged Frame

 

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This frame was a bargain for $4.00 at Hobby Lobby! Yes, a real find, but I needed to “Redo a Damaged Frame”  on this one. The frame was unique with some metal work on it, however, the front of the frame was badly damaged along with the ugly burlap for a picture!

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First, it was deeply scratched in several places. Because it is black, it is a bit hard to see. Also, there was a gouge in it where the sticky price tag had been. (along with some residue remaining). Lastly, the ugly printed burlap just didn’t do anything for it. 

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I removed the inside board. The burlap was glued on and tore off quite easily. I sanded it down and spray painted it black. That was easy, so I thought I could do the same with the frame. No problem, right?

Wrong!

After using goo-gone on the sticky stuff, sanding it down, and painting it. I still could see the flaw in the corner. Also, the scratches were very noticeable. I did it a second time and it still wasn’t perfect. 

If it wasn’t going to get perfect, I thought I’d try to camouflage it by doing a little sponge painting in a slightly lighter shade, but that looked bad! It looked like I was trying to hide something which is just what I was doing.

Finally, I got some black Textured Spray Paint. When I started to cover the metal with tin foil to protect it from the spray, I discovered some little screws and easily took the metal off the frame. That made it so easy to spray it. Just one nice coat of that spray and everything was taken care of. No scrapes, gouges, or mistakes showed through! Yea! Finally, the finish was textured and looked great! 

I decoupaged a verse on the inside board, mounted it, and now it is off to a fundraiser for the Children’s Shelter of Cebu. It took a few tries, but now I know how to redo a damaged frame! Next time, I won’t need to go through all those steps! Now, after reading this post, you know how to redo a damaged frame, easily, too!

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Fall Decor Idea House Part 4

Fall Decor Idea House Part 4

We’ve covered a lot of ideas in the three posts prior to this last one. The Fall Decor Idea House Part 4 probably has the most unusual re-purposed ideas I’ve seen in a long time. While interior designers have totally decorated for fall, many of these ideas work for any season. The two rooms left are the master bedroom and living room. Just wait…..as I’m saving the most unusual until last! Stick with me.

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First a look at the master bedroom…..

They used a spring from a crib for the headboard, but they dressed it up with a decorative runner and colorful rugs. (closer look below) You’ll find those same colors picked up in the pillows on the bed. Notice more of the same color accents throughout the room.

Along side the bed, stacked crates create the bedside tables.

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With a closer view, you can see how they secured the rugs and runner. Regular office clips hold everything in place.

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Opposite the bed, a vintage Scandinavian buffet serves as the dresser.

In the corner of the master bedroom, a suitcase outfitted with legs and glass top, serves as a side table. A metal basket, turned upside down, becomes a pendant light while decorative key rings, hanging around it, give it sparkle!

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On the way down to the living room, there’s one unique item I forgot to include. Don’t ever toss a stool with a leg missing or a part destroyed. Instead, turn it into a wall shelf using the good parts that are left. Above the shelf, is a salvaged wood piece with “thankful” stenciled on it. 

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Walking into the living room, you quickly focus on the fireplace. An ornamental elk horn decorates the mantel with pumpkins displayed around it. The top part of the fireplace looks like stacked stone, but it really is wallpaper!

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In a sitting area of the living room, there’s a wicker chest, draped in two runners, that serves as a coffee table. Beside the loveseat, is a floor lamp made from a vintage stair newel and a large candleholder.

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Hanging from the medallion in the center of the living room are wire cages filled with artificial stems and pumpkins. The table underneath is a re-purposed, circular greenhouse heater. A glass top turns it into a “one of a kind” table.

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In the sun-room extension of the living room, an old school desk becomes a plant stand. Also, on a narrow wall, a lamp is mounted on a long vintage shutter.

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Back into the living room, look closely to find the most unusual item that is re-purposed. If you were raised in the city, you may not know about these items.

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Did you find the unusual items? On either side of the buffet, there are vintage, wooden cow stanchions. A stanchion is used to lock cows in place while being milked. Who would ever think to use them as decor in a beautiful living room? They certainly are a conversation piece! Do you agree?

Within the stanchion, a re-purposed wooden shoe form braces the added shelf.

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Have you ever seen a stanchion used in this way? Being a city girl, I had to be told what they were and certainly could not have imagined them used in a formal living room arrangement! How fun! Seeing the entire area tied together with the colors of taupe, white, and silver used in the art work, frames, arrangements, and lamps, makes everything work. It’s a great look!

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This is the last look at the Fall Decor Idea House! I hope you have found some fun, new ways to decorate. This house certainly has an abundance of ideas for both fall decor along with vintage re-purposed items. Now, be on the look-out for those stanchions and let me know how you use them!

If you missed the posts on the Fall Decor Idea House Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3, you’ll want to check them out!

Coming up soon is the Christmas Decor Idea House so be sure to stop back!

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Fall Decor Idea House Part 3

Do you remember from Part 1 that this Fall Decor Idea House featured a lot of salvaged wood? Well, in this part 3 of the series, you’ll see more uses for it. Perhaps one will inspire you to do something similar in your own home. Part 3 takes you into the stairway, wine room, photo gallery room, guest room, and bathroom. Wow, that’s a lot of territory and ideas so let’s get started!

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In the photo above you see some ways they used salvaged wood.  In the stairway, they used salvaged wood planks that set off the art work . The stairway is very narrow and tall and this arrangement looked awesome.

Along with the artwork in the stairway,  they used salvaged wood for the window valance there, too!

 

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Salvaged wood makes an interesting display as wall art in the wine room. Look how they used pallets! There’s a large piece of salvaged wood on the top for the table with the wine storage between the pallets. Fall Decor Idea House Part 3 grandparentsplus.com

Look what they have done with wine corks! Bet you won’t throw any away again!

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There are wine corks glued around a styrofoam ball, displayed in a bowl and shadow box. They’re in a hanging cage with a lit wine bottle, too. Oh, don’t forget the salvaged wood with wine corks as hooks along with the interesting wine bottle and wood display. Enough wine cork ideas for you? Start saving the wine corks! Actually, I think you can buy them in bulk, too.

Next up is the photo gallery room! 

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In this area of the room, there are various mixed wood frames. The shelves, of course, are made from salvaged wood and the table is an old vintage barrel with a glass top. Artwork is incorporated in and among the family pictures. On one picture that has a background of wallpaper, they used glass markers to write phrases. Notice on the upper left corner how an old insulator serves as a wall hook. 

Two other areas of the photo gallery room look very different. One area uses all black frames.

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The frames are tightly grouped together to look like one big wall collage. Notice how some frames pictures are scrapbook paper; others are wallpaper. Stickers, also, create framed word art. Two frames are wheat pictures. Go to grandparentsplus.com/wheat-pictures  to see directions on how to make these. (They make a wonderful gift.)

The black metal lights tie in so well with the black frames.

The next wall is all mixed metal frames.

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Now to the guest room….

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In the guest room, the bookshelf takes the place of a headboard. Alongside of the blue chair is a side table which is a vintage metal workbench. Vintage shutters become interesting wall decor and the artwork is layered over salvaged metal expandable mesh. Fun to see unusual things reused in such interesting ways!

Finally, we go to the small upstairs bathroom…  Remember, these old homes have very small bathrooms, but it is big on ideas!

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The upper left picture shows vintage library card drawers turned into wall shelving! (Oh dear, I think I remember these in school!) To hold the toilet paper, a metal basket is hung on the wall with a piece of rebar to keep the roll of paper in place.

The salvaged wood piece, with three metal owl hooks, acts as a towel hook above the sink. 

On the last picture, this metal shelving unit serves as bathroom storage over the stool. 

Which idea did you like the best? Hard to choose, isn’t it! After seeing all the re-purposed items, you start to look at every vintage piece you see in a different way. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing these rooms with all the salvaged wood ideas along with many unique vintage re-purposed pieces. Remember, this is not the end. I have one more post with the living room and master bedroom. Some of the items you will see in Part 4 will amaze you, I promise! 

Did you miss Fall Decor Idea House Part 1 or Part 2? Be sure to check them out!

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Fall Decor Idea House Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Fall Decor Idea House! This time we are touring the dining room, kitchen, and small vintage bathroom off the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at some of the re-purposed items. Throughout this home, done by several decorators, you’ll see how they used old wood planks in so many different ways. You will even see how they used them in the dining room. You’d think that with such a formal setting, they wouldn’t work, but they do!

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Here’s a view of the dining room both to the right and then to the left. Do you see any re-purposed items?

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The buffet to the left is actually an old dresser. A door was removed (or perhaps missing) and they added baskets to the shelving. Also, the table has old posts for legs.

On the table they have used multi-layered fabrics along with placemats and large flat gold plastic leaves. It truly is a mixture of gold, silver, salvaged wood and glass. As an extra touch of gold, they wrapped the stems of the wine glasses with gold wire.

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There’s so much detail to this table that it’s hard to take it all in! Notice the candles that are embellished with upholstery tacks. Now, that’s quick and easy to do!

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#1  Use a recycled sheet of paper and folded it for the placement of the tacks. This way it will be even all the way around. Mark off where you want your tacks to go. I used 6 tacks for this candle. (8 works, too)

#2  Push the tacks through at the edge of the paper.

#3 Remove the paper and you’re done! Everything is even all the way around.

Upholstery tacks come in silver, bronze, and gold, along with other variations. I used the plain bronze ones. They used shiny gold tacks. Pretty easy, right?

 

Look at the old wood planks down the middle of the table. At first thought, you’d think it wouldn’t work, but with the pair of wooden finials, and other wood items, it all works together.

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A close look at the place-setting shows the large, flat gold plastic leaves (top left in picture below) that add extra glitz and texture to the table setting. Gold metal leaves adorn the napkin. 

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Next, we travel to the kitchen. Would you think to re-purpose old wooden car ramps? They used them on each side of the stove and tied them together above with salvaged metal for extra kitchen storage. The spice rack is re-purposed hardware drawers. Now that’s total reuse and re-purpose to the max, I think!

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The vintage wooden ironing board fits into the inset. The added hook gives a place to hang an apron.

More salvaged wood!  Yes, in the kitchen you find it used as window valances!  

The cute red-topped kitchen island is a re-purposed workbench. It sits on a wheeled car so it’s easily moved.

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The last room for this post is the small bathroom next to the kitchen. Both the ledge and what is behind the metal wall decor is salvaged wood. This bathroom has an old-fashion corner sink with the plumbing that shows. To hide the plumbing, they used corrugated metal for a skirt.

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Don’t think this is the end of ideas. We still have several rooms to explore with more vintage re-purposed items, fall decor, and salvaged wood. I  hope you got some new ideas from this tour. Don’t forget to come back for Part 3. Be sure to check Fall Decor Idea House Part 1 if you missed it!

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