Vintage Things….

I am not a decorator. I think I would do it more if we owned our own home and I had more control of what gets repaired….for instance, this is my sewing room wall…

SewingRoomShelf-wall

When we first moved to this house 15 years ago, the walls in this room were covered with very dated mismatched wall paper….three layers of it.  I decided to strip the wall paper off, thinking that what is underneath the wall paper has got to be better.    The walls were in terrible shape so I patched and repaired the cracks the best I could and then painted the walls a marbled yellow using two different colors of yellow.  That was okay and we had the walls that way for several years.  Then painting walls dark colors became popular and I thought this room would be a perfect candidate, thinking the dark color would make the cracks and patches disappear….wrong.  It doesn’t.  The cracks and patches are still very visible.

Knowing I can’t disguise the walls poor state, sometimes puts me in a decorating funk.  I figure why decorate and draw attention to the walls.

SewingRoomShelf

Then I go thrifting and find a goodie and I decide to get out of my funk and give decorating a try…Being our house has very little storage, I try to decorate in a practical way so that the decor is functional too.  The huge jar on the left holds my binding strips.  The jars to the right hold buttons.  The box to the right holds my safety pins and other sewing notions.

My latest find was the black dress form.

SewingRoomShelf-2

It was a thrift find for 25 cents.  It technically isn’t vintage…but it looks kind of cute with my other vintage jars and cheese boxes.  When I do decorate, vintage/antique is my favorite.

Today I am hooking up with The Colorado Lady and her Vintage Thingy Thursday.

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8 thoughts on “Vintage Things….

  1. mary

    For years while we were military we rented and lived with everyone elses color scheme…to include pink carpet! It felt grand when we bought and I chose colors and finally got to decorate for me. I hope someday you will own that is a long time to rent. I love a good thrift buy but dont make alot of effort of going…I should!

  2. Eden

    Its cute! I have that same Sewing Susan needle case in a sewing basket at our summer place, along with a bunch of other vintage sewing stuff.

  3. Michelle

    The previous owner of our house covered just about every wall with paneling or wall paper — she said that it “covered a multitude of sins” and I’m in no hurry to find out what’s behind it. I’m betting on crumbly plaster and lathe, like we found when we took down a hunk of paneling in our last house.

    I don’t think your decorations call attention to the wall’s condition at all – it looks great!

  4. Elizabeth S.

    We had walls like that in a rental during graduate school. We had a neglectful landlord who didn’t care what we did to the place (luckily for him, we wanted to make improvements). When we painted the kitchen walls which were covered in those wall blemishes, we did a technique that involved putting crinkled tissue paper on wet paint then painting over it. It pretty and effectively concealed all the blemishes.

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