It’s still super hot here in Texas but I can’t wait until September 22 (first official day of fall) to start transforming my decor.  Fall is my FAVORITE time of year.  Did you notice the emphasis there?  I’m telling you my house looks like Hobby Lobby threw up all over it during the fall months.  I can’t help it.  It’s the cooler weather, the leaves, the clothes, the not sweating just after you get out of the shower, and of course, the decor!  So in honor of fall being on it’s way, I’m sharing how a store bought pumpkin gets a vintage vibe!

I want this pumpkin to be unique and different so I can’t just leave it in its original orange.  That doesn’t say decorator/blogger/fall goddess.  And it certainly doesn’t say vintage farmhouse fabulousness.  So here is a list of what you’ll need to achieve this unique vintage look.

Supplies:

Store bought plastic pumpkin
Fabric Doily
Knob or drawer pull
Paint of choice (I used American DecoArt in a chalky finish)
Sponge paint brushes
Fabric Glue (Crafter’s Pick was my choice)
Hot glue gun and glue stick

Supplies needed for a vintage inspired pumpkin

Directions:

You’ll want to first remove the stem.  Each pumpkin is different but with this one all I had to do was untwist it.  Now you can start the fun part of painting it.  A vintage pumpkin doesn’t have to be white.  It can be cream, gray, pale blue, green, pink or even yellow.  I want white so it took about 4 coats of paint.  I could’ve purchased white pumpkins but they were double in price and since I am painting anyway, I went the cheaper route.

Paint a store bought pumpkin white for a vintage look

After you are happy with how the paint looks and it’s fully dry, it’s time to glue on the doily.  Put fabric glue in the most solid areas of the doily and on the edges too.  I dabbed a little all over the entire piece but had a solid line of glue on the top, in the middle, and on the edges of the doily.  Try not to overdo the amount of glue.



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When you lay the doily on the pumpkin, line up the center hole from the doily with the hole where the stem use to be.  Don’t forget to gently push the doily in the creases of the pumpkin.

Glue on a fabric doily or a vintage looking pumpkin

The finishing touch is to add the knob.  You can simply insert the knob or hot glue it in if you want it to be permanent.  Isn’t it fantabulous?!  It has the vintage vibe I was striving for and a softness even with the added texture!

Vintage inspired pumpkin wiht a doily and knob

Below is another video for my new library!  I wanted to name it “Look Ma, no man hands!” because you don’t see my man hands like in the first video.  But I chickened out.  I feel it isn’t very professional and someone might come across it one day and think it’s about a girl who replaced her hands with doll hands or hooks or something.  Not about a vintage inspired pumpkin.  Anyway, let me know what you think and don’t forget to like and share it.  You know – since I’m vying for Internet Sensation!  😉

Here’s the Video!

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Everyday centerpiece with vintage bottles

Who doesn’t like fresh flowers?  I actually know one person who is allergic therefore isn’t a fan – poor thing.   I feel sorry for her.  You can see from the picture below I like all kinds of flowers, even weeds/wild flowers.  And that I prefer to keep the table centerpiece fairly simple for an average day.

Centerpiece with vintage transformers, antlers, and wild flowers

Well I checked out Courthouse Antiques in Anderson, TX last weekend and picked up a few vintage bottles.  I’ve decided to use them as my new everyday centerpiece on the table in Navasota.  It’s my excuse to have fresh flowers all the time – wink wink and a smiley face.  If you could see my face right now trying to wink, you’d laugh and think I was having a spasm of some sort.  I’ve never been able to wink.

Anyway, I gathered a few more bottles I already had around the house and purchased $4.00 flowers at the grocery store.   Placed them in a cluster on the galvanized table (DIY found here).  Voila – a new everyday centerpiece with vintage bottles.  Seeing them every time I walk through the main thoroughfare makes me smile.

vintage bottles used as an everyday centerpiece on table

When deciding to cluster the items together, make sure and choose an odd number of pieces.  I’ve used seven.  Keep them varied in height as well.  Both of these tips will keep your centerpiece more appealing.  But if all of your items are the same size, just cut the flowers in various heights.

vintage bottles with flowers



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In this collection there are old vinegar jars, apothecary medicine bottles, a soda bottle, and a magnesia bottle that still has the stopper/lid.

Vintage Citrate Magnesia bottle with stopper

The soft colors, the unique shapes, the stretch marks and air bubbles – I love each imperfection.

 

Look at these other ideas for vintage bottles!

In this post she painted them making the labels really stand out.

This wall vase shown here in this post seems like an easy DIY.

You can embellish them like she did in this post even though it starts out giving you ideas for vintage jewelry (other fab idea).

You could even decoupage them like in this video!

 Do you have a collection of bottles?  Do you place them all together or in different places around the house?  How do you display them?  Are they being used?  I’d love to know!  

 

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Repurpose a Vintage Milk Can

A couple of weeks ago, the Mister and I thought we’d head to Gainesville, TX to check out Lavender Ridge Farms.  By the time we got there, we sat on the road to enter about 20 minutes just barely inching up.  We finally rolled down the window and asked someone going the opposite direction what the hold up was ahead.  She told us that from the point we were sitting on the road we’d have about another hour of waiting before we got to the gate!  What the monkey man.  No lavender farm is worth an hour and a half wait on a dusty road.  We hadn’t had lunch yet and we had no provisions!

So we turned around and decided to check out the local square instead.  Walking thru we heard lots of people saying they turned around too.  This made lunch options dismal.  We finally found a place that could seat us called The Main Street Pub.  Even though it wasn’t my first or fifth choice, I was glad to see it.  The air conditioning was working, they had empty tables, sweet tea and the food and service were great.  You could tell they had been swamped and a little overwhelmed by the crowds but I give them a 2 thumbs up rating for sure.

Now that our bellies were full, we checked out a few antique stores and came across one that was closing down.  The only thing I found I really wanted was a vintage milk can.  It didn’t have a tag on it so I was going to pass.  I totally hate having to ask for a price on things.  If you don’t know this about me, here it is, I hate disappointing people.  If the price is too high I’ll have to say no which I feel disappoints them because they want a sale.  I know, it sounds ridiculous but I cannot help it.

   Rusty vintage milk can before painting

vintage milk can handle with rust before painting

Anyway, Mr. Wonderful swayed me into asking.  It took about 5 minutes to get up the courage but I did.  She walked outside to see what I was talking about and said it’s $20.00 so you can have it for $10.00.  I said with a big cheeky grin – I’ll take it!  The rest of the day, the Mister kept saying – aren’t you glad you asked?  Yeah yeah, enough already.  I’m glad, I’m glad.



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It had several dents and a ton of rust but it had potential. After a good cleaning I used a Rustoelum spray paint to act as a primer.  Then after drying I used the left over Fat Paint in Mountain Haze.  Same paint I used on the DIY galvanized table in this post.  That stuff really goes a long way!

Vintage Milk can after primer paint

Here is what the vintage milk can looks like now.  I could have sanded it or used a steel bristle brush to clean it but I like the added texture.

Vintage milk can after using Fat Paint

The mouth on the can is large so adding a tray and using it as a side table was ideal.  It holds my magazine, popcorn and lemonade perfectly.

tray used for a side table on vintage milk can

There are so many ideas for using a vintage milk can.  I’ve listed several below and hope you can find inspiration on repurposing one for yourself!

Ideas for repurposed vintage milk cans:

Hope you can find a vintage milk can one day and turn it into something fabulous!

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Our bedroom in Navasota

This last weekend I made a visit to my BFF and we went to the grand opening of The Painted Tree Vintage Market in North Richland Hills, TX.  They describe it as a community of shoppes.  It has new and vintage items, home decor, handmade things, art, antiques, furniture, etc.  I’ve decided it’s a new favorite!  I controlled myself and purchased only 4 things but could have certainly walked away with waaaaaay more.

I’ll share the other wonderful things later but today I’m going to show you the item that’s been added to our bedroom in Navasota.  It’s a vintage baby cradle!  I don’t know much about it except that I find it A-DOR-A-BLE!  And that it has to be old because it’s obviously before people worried about babies getting their heads stuck in between the slats.

vintage baby cradle makes an great addition to the farmhouse bedroom

I wish you could feel the old chippy paint and see the original wheels and springs – so cute!

Mr. Wonderful knew it wasn’t for a baby so he asked what I was going to do with it.  I couldn’t believe he didn’t know.  I had to actually say duh – it’s for quilts and throw pillows.  He just laughed and said of course it is.    It’s a win win really.  I don’t like putting our throw pillows on the floor when we get into bed and he doesn’t like throw pillows at all so now they’re out of his way.  😉

Let me show you the rest of our little piece of heaven.  The original door knob was wobbly so I found this one made of mercury glass at Home Goods.  I feel it gives our bedroom a little more elegance.  Remember the post about my “names” for this place?  You can read about it here if you didn’t but just like in that post, sometimes a girl needs some elegance.

Mercury glass door knob in the farmhouse bedroom

As soon as you open the door you see my desk on the other side of the room.  It’s not like it’s a big room or the desk is far away.  I’d describe it as cozy.  You know like when you read about a home for sale and you see the word cozy and realize it’s small?  That’s it.  But it’s an old wonderful farmhouse.  Built when people didn’t care about king size beds, large TV’s or heavens… closets!  The closet was added years later and it’s about a 4 foot by 2 foot.  Not the ideal situation but I’m okay with it.

Desk made from a dining room hutch with a chalkboard top

This is where I blog and day dream watch the cows walk by and the butterflies outside the window.



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The actual desk was my moms old breakfast room hutch.  I’m sure y’all know exactly what I mean when I say fake butcher block top.  I painted the desk top in a chalkboard paint and covered the back with black burlap by using a spray adhesive.  Super easy and what a transformation.  Found the chair in the shed.  It’s kind of rickety.  The Mister says he’ll fix it but I think he’s waiting for me to fall first so he can get in a good laugh.

vintage chest of drawers with chalk paint

 On the opposite side by the door, is our only real source for storage.  Sitting on top is an old blue bottle with real cotton.  It took a while to get the stems all cleaned up but it was worth it.  Finishing it off is an old jar of white buttons and a frame with the chorus of Come Thou Fount.   I often sing that all day long.  It never gets old.  Ha, now it’s stuck in my head already!  Oh well.  The column is a repurposed project that you can read about here.

Last but not least is our beautiful bed.  I’ve mulled over whether or not to paint it white.  I think it would look fabulous painted and distressed but the Mister says he likes it just the way it is.  The shutter is from Germany and I have no plans to do anything to it.  I love it just the way it is.  What you can’t see is how high the bed is.  Gracious me, I need a stool to get in!

Antique bed wtih old shutter hanging above

Well now you’ve seen the farmhouse master bedroom.  No en-suite, no large walk-in closet, nothing fancy.  Just sweet simple goodness that gives me a feeling of peace when I stroll in and put down the suitcase.  I really don’t know why I enjoy it so much.  I’m seriously a New-York-is-where-I’d-rather-stay-I-get-allergic-smelling-hay-I-just-adore-a-penthouse-view-Darling-I-love-you-but-give-me-Park-Avenue kind of girl.

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Vintage Inspired July 4th Decor

Now that I have a farmhouse to take care of I can’t go all Hobby Lobby or chain craft store on it.  I decided this year when decorating for July 4th, I wanted something different and something with vintage charm.

Whatever I found needed to be inexpensive, fun and festive.  So Macy (our middle child) and I went to Tomball, TX which is about 35 minutes east of Navasota.  My goodness I think we visited 5 or so antique shops with some of them having 15 plus rooms.  It was awesome!

The best part is I found a my vintage inspired July 4th decor!  I bought a couple of vintage tea towels, a sugar sack and a piece of vintage fabric all in shades of red, white and blue.

Vintage fabric swatches for different July 4th decor inspiration

Because of the fabric sizes, I decided to make pillows out of them.  I love pillows.  The Mister does not.  He doesn’t understand that in order for my feet to touch the ground, I need a pillow behind my back – oh the life of a girl who’s only 5’4″ with shoes on (insert rolling eyes).

I decided to sew the edges but it’s just as easy to use fabric glue.  I’ve found that works very well.  When the edges were sewn, I stuffed them with poly-fil and viola… super cute pillows.

Here’s my vintage inspired July 4th decor:

Here are 3 of the new pillows I made.  Aren’t they cute?  I added things we already had like the red vintage books, an old crock and my son’s crazy middle school project (not vintage but loved) in the tray.

Sofa with vintage pillows made for the July 4th decor

July 4th decor made with vintage fabrics for pillows, vintage books in an old crock

 

The table behind the sofa has a framed vintage flag for added color.

July 4th decor with vintage flag and books

 

Here’s another pillow.  This one is a blue and white striped ticking fabric.

White slip covered chair with blue and white ticking pillow and July 4th decor on side table

 

I used more of the red vintage books (can you tell we have quite the set of red books) and added a ribbon around the cowbell.  The hand stitched cloth in the frame was made in 1952 for the Misters dad.  I’m crafty but definitely do not have enough patience or crafty genes for that – I’m super impressed though!

vintage books and cow bell with hand stitched cloth in frame for July 4th farmhouse decordecor

 

Here is another pillow.  It’s paired with a vintage quilt and an old pitcher with gardenias.

July 4th decor with vintage books, old crock and vintage insulator

 

vintage books, old pitcher with red flowers and a vintage insulator for July 4th decor

There you go, my vintage inspired July 4th decor for a beloved farmhouse.  With the touches of red, white, blue, vintage charm, and old pieces that mean a lot to the family, I think the Mister’s great grandmother, grandmother and mom would enjoy the festive pops of color – I know I do.

I hope you decorate for July 4th and if you have the desire for a farmhouse look, check out places that don’t have 20 of the same thing sitting on the shelf.  It’s fine if you want that look.  I actually have several pieces from a big box store.  Just don’t go all crazy!

Anyway, I love the colors so much and because I put forth an effort, albeit small, I’ll probably keep it up through summer.  😉

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Moonlight and Mason Jars Link Party
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making it in the mountains linky party
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