Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vintage corner

 I wanted to do some temporary decorating in an extra room, that will eventually become a small craft space for me. It's just a small corner and I already had the  round 60's chair that I needed to decorate around. I don't have anyplace else for it, so I decided to focus on a turquoise theme to help  pull it together.  Since I wanted to do this at minimal cost, I pulled together some things I already had and also created some papercraft projects.  

I have to admit that I rarely paint furniture. I love all the painted furniture I see everywhere, but I don't have any extra space to do any painting and I don't really enjoy it anyway. I knew I could tackle this small table and add some turquoise to set it off. 




 This is just a small end table that has seen better days. It was originally unpainted, so I did a base coat of gray craft paint then added the turquoise. No matter how small your project is, you should always do the prep work before painting. I was in a hurry and didn't sand the table very much and since it had a coarse grain, it could have turned out better. But this is just a practice piece anyway so I'm fairly happy with the result. 


I added some minwax stain to the top and I liked the contrast of it with the turquoise. I had a couple of baskets, clearance at Joann's, and decided to use those. I thought they had a vintage appeal to them. I don't consider myself to be a hoarder at all, but I do love my magazines and I tend to keep older issues because I like the articles. I added a turquoise frame with one of my decorated cards. 



Decorating the walls was rather challenging because I just didn't know where to start. With a limited budget and different styles of furniture, it turned out to be an eclectic mix of things. These pictures probably represent my decorating style the best in this room, because they are a mix of victorian and farmhouse.



I decided on a theme with the stamps I already had and put together a victorian style display. One of the craft stores had a great selection of scrapbook paper on sale, so I found some that looked vintage and added some lace as well.  


I really enjoyed putting this victorian lady project together. I should have stamped a few more designs on it, to set off the lady better, but I was short on time. I like the simplicity of it. My favorite phrase!  The french background paper is actually tan, not pink like it shows here. I really like the green brocade as well. 


The frames are just laser cut plywood, I'm not sure I like them that well to be honest. But I thought they would work for now. I painted them a soft white and added the vintage cards I made. I really love this feminine corset on the stand stamp. I thought it went well with my victorian lady silhouette. 



I love anything involving dress forms and wanted to add this dressmaker pattern stamp as well. I accented it in brown and cream lace. 






I added a cream throw to my chair to help tone down the turquoise and match the pictures above it better. 



I decided to use different versions of my lady in repose with my turquoise cards. 



I really like this turquoise scrapbook paper, because of all the stitching on the edges. It actually looks like fabric. There are so many choices with this reflective lady stamp. This is stamped in sepia.  


I don't want to waste my stamps and buy images or print graphics when I have so many stamp choices. I have a combination of older stamps, that still  look current, and newer styles. I love the look of the sepia with the turquoise. 



The scrollwork on this frame is similar to the laser frames and helps pull it together



I know this looks like a young romantic girl's decor. I don't think we ever lose that little girl inside us no matter how old we get.





The cream colored throw really softens the look of this room and makes it look light and airy. This room is rather small so I keep decor to a minimum. I'll share a full room reveal later.  I hope you enjoyed my little vintage corner.  Thanks for stopping by.




19 comments:

  1. 'Love the turquoise and white. I have one of those '60's round chairs also, and love it :)

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  2. What a sweet little corner! I am visiting from Elizabeth & Co. link party.

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  3. I think it's really pretty. I love the blues and pinks. The table is very sweet.

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  4. Very nice and I enjoyed viewing all the details. That is an amazing chair and looks good with a throw to cover it but I also liked it in its full turquoise beauty. Nice work with the stamping and pictures for the wall and the little painted table!

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  5. Blue is your color! Love your decorating! I posted DIY Doily Jacket this week:) Swing by:)

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  6. Very cute little corner! Love the blue :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  7. What a fun and lovely corner. Love your frames, but I especially love your saucer chair. I had one of those once. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Very pretty corner, love all the soft colours!

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  9. I love both versions with the throw and without. The eclectic simplicity with the pink, white, and turquoise looks Swedish inspired!

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  10. Love, love, love!! Very pretty corner!

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  11. The turquoise is lovely and I must say I am impressed with your wall art! Great job! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF.

    Linda

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  12. I really think you did a wonderful job matching the color of the table with the chair. The chair is very nostalgic. Nice artwork too.

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  13. So very pretty. Such a soft touch of charm added to your space! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  14. The table turned out great. Love the framed art. Those stamps are lovely! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  15. Well, then. You did a wonderful job with this table and the graphic/stamps are marvelous - really like what you did - the reflective lady is amazing! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  16. How cute! I love the framed pictures - what a pretty idea!
    Jennelise

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  17. Hi Diane, I think you did a great job of pulling it all together. The little table turned out so cute and I love all of the stamped images! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. Love your little corner of heaven, the blue is perfect! Your framed art is amazing. Everything looks great.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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