Farmhouse Chair Makeover: Shabby Chic Plant Stand

Shabby Chic Chair Makeover: Into A Plantstand

This chair had been lingering around for a couple years. It’s pretty small; my niece is the only one who can fit in it anymore. Some of the joints were a little wobbly too. It lived outside for a while, spent some time collecting dust in our clubhouse, then somehow survived the move out here to the farm. It blended in and sucked the joy out of whatever corner it lurked in.

Farmhouse Home Decor! Wooden Toddler Chair Repurposed As a Shabby Chic Plant Stand

I’ve been on a decorating kick lately. I’m obsessively arranging and rearranging furniture, and busy filling my greenhouse and sunroom with plants. (The long term goal is to make my own jungle.)

Farmhouse Chair Makeover

I changed my color scheme in the new place so I’m finding tons of junk to paint. Did you see my dollar store lantern refashion? I thought this chair would make a great plant stand to add some height and color somewhere, so I got out the paint again! I’m not a furniture or home decor guru. In fact, it’s quite out of my element. But this is so easy, anyone can do it. It’s just slopping paint on old crappy stuff; to make it look less crappy.

Farmhouse Chair Makeover

Toddler Chair To Farmhouse Plant Stand

I started with a hunter green base coat. I used a sponge, and when that got annoying I just started wiping it on with a towel. But it was blah and boring.

Farmhouse Chair Repurposed: To Shabby Chic Plant Stand

So I added a coat of grey, so light it’s almost white. I was real careful to paint sloppy, because shabby chic is in vogue. I wanted bits of the wood grain and base coat to show through. If you want things to look rustic, just paint like you don’t give a damn. It usually works out fine, in my experience.

Home Decor Idea! Farm Style Chair Makeover: Into Rustic Plant Stand

It turned out like this. The light color is a perfect backdrop for greenery or bright flowers. Don’t you think?!

If you like this project, you may want to visit some of my Pinterest boards!

Garden & Outdoor Decor

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DIY Antique Painted Lantern from the Dollar Store

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

So we just finished up remodeling the living room, and I just have a few more touches before the big reveal. I’ve been distraught because I haven’t been sewing much and didn’t have any blog posts to share. I just realized, I can just show you some of the other stuff I’ve been working on. Duh!

DIY antique painted lantern

Check out my DIY antique painted lantern- it’s from the dollar store! It was red and it’s made of some sort of thin metal with glass doors. This candle burner was in a box of stuff that doesn’t “fit in” here at the new place. It’s not the hardcore authentic railroad lantern I’ve been eyeing, but like I always say…

If you can’t afford it, fake it!

Valspar paint samples are about $2.50 and they're great for crafts and remodeling!

I used Valspar paint samples that cost $2.50 each. These are a life saver when you’re remodeling, btw.

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

I started with the Butternut Tree and used a small paintbrush with an angled tip to brush on the first layer. It was a real nasty brush stroke; uneven and jagged.

DIY: How To "Antique" Paint a Lantern

I slopped the Sea Air on top once it dried, and then patted it with a paper towel. After that I fingernail scraped some of the edges so the original red would show through, and cleaned up the glass with a Q-tip. I could’ve done a little bit better job with cleaning it…but I’ll get around to it:)

Faux antique painted dollar store lantern

This project took about 30 minutes including dry time. Wanna see a sneak peek of my next paint project?

"Antique" painted lantern from the dollar store

Yup. I have lots of stuff to paint; including this junky old chair. What color do y’all think?

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Antiques at The Big Round Barn : Part II

The around Barn Rendezvous

Tour of The Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66photo credit to Arcadia Historical Society

Right off historical Route 66 sits the Big Round Barn in Arcadia Oklahoma. It almost fell to ruins, but Luke Robison & the Over The Hill Gang restored it it it’s former glory in 1992.

The Round Barn Rendezvous on Historical Route 66

In my last post about The Big Round Barn, I showed you some old farm equipment, an outhouse, and the beautiful barn loft which was built to host dances. I fully intend on going to one soon!

Today let’s take a look downstairs. There’s a gift shop and lots of  antiques to look at.

Antique Book Press

The Big Round Barn is full of treasures that give us a peek into another time. Fun fact: it was built round in an attempt to make it more tornado proof. I haven’t heard of any research to back up this theory…but it’s still standing.

Antiques on display at The Big Round Barn on Route 66

I’m not exactly sure what this piece of equipment is above. A loom? A giant pencil sharpener? (Just kidding) Any idea, guys?

Antique Copper Canning Kettle

A canning kettle, or boiler as they are sometimes called; is oblong shaped to fit a wood cookstove. They accomodate about ten 2 quart jars. They were made of copper and had wooden handles.

Early 1900's Frigidaire wooden ice chest

This early 1900’s wooden ice chest is the one of the oldest I’ve seen made by Frigidaire. It was a less expensive alternative to the full sized “ice box”, and could travel more easily. I’m sure they had some version of a tailgate party even then…

Antique wooden ice box

And here’s a refrigerator before electricity. It’s called an icebox because chunks of ice were placed into the bottom. Ice was harvested from lakes and ponds in winter and placed in an ice house. The “ice man” would deliver it to homes in a wagon. Later, clean ice was produced year round in industrial plants, and delivered the same way. It looks like this ice box may have had the hardware replaced. I’d sure love to display one of these in my house someday!

Antique Grinding Stone

I’d like to have one of these grinding stones too. The wheel is called a millstone, and they were used to sharpen tools and knives. Its made out of natural stone and if you find the complete rig, it usually works as good as the day it was built. Lots of collectors use these old millstones in their gardens. I think I’d put mine in my sewing room and have sharp pins and scissors for the rest of my life.

Tres Suenos Winery, Luther Oklahoma

As soon as I get a chance, I’ll tell you about our trip to the Tres Suenos Winery & Vineyard. There are so many things to do in Oklahoma off Route 66.

And….

We plan to put an offer down on the farm this week. Fingers crossed we can make a deal!!

 

Until next time.

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The Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66

Tour of The Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66

I did some sightseeing this weekend and wanted to give you a tour of the Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66. You can see more photos and read about the Big Round Barn’s history at ArcadiaRoundBarn.com. The old photos and restoration process are beautiful.

Tour of The Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66photo credit to Arcadia Historical Society

We’ve listed our house in the city and the place we want is minutes from here. We got an offer this weekend and we went for a Sunday drive to mull it over. I’ll tell you about while I show you iPhone pics of some interesting things at The Big Round Barn.

Katy Railroad baggage wagon, found in the Katy Depot on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma
Katy Railroad baggage wagon, found in the Katy Depot on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma

It’s really scary to sell our house without being sure that we’ll get the farm we want. There will be a period of time in between selling our house and buying our new house where I’m not sure where we’ll live.

Antique Corn Sheller : The a Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66

Sometimes I wonder if we’re crazy to uproot our lives. Construction is heading this direction, so it makes sense financially.  We’ve been feeling like we want a slower, simpler life. Tired of the hustle and bustle.

John Deere horse breaking plow at The Big Round Barn on historic Route 66

I can’t wait for my little girl to be in a classroom with 15 kids or less.

Horse Drawn Potato Planter at the Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66

And you know, the airs smells different outside the city. It’s so fresh and clean! I’m also trying to be funny; because I’m about to show you photos of a restored outhouse.

Outhouse, originally on Main Street in Arcadia Oklahoma
Outhouse, originally on a Main Street in Arcadia

Outhouse at The Big Round Barn on Route 66

Now we climb upstairs and go inside The Big Round Barn. This is the ceiling:

Ceiling of The Big Round Barn in Arcadia, Ok

Hubby had to sit down and admire that for a minute.

Admiring The Big Round Barn on Route 66

As a craftsman, you’d have to appreciate how it was constructed. Green wood was soaked and placed into special jigs at the sawmill that was built just for putting up this barn.

Loft area of the Big Round Barn

It reminds me of the old adage, “Anything worth having is worth waiting for.”

View of Route 66 from The Big Round Barn in Arcadia
View of Route 66 from The Big Round Barn in Arcadia

Anything worth having is also worth working for.

Saw
one of the original saw blades that built the Big Round Barn

Here is a framed photo of the Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66 before the restoration:

Framed photo of The Big Round Barn before restoration

I’m so glad someone thought it was important and beautiful. I still have the downstairs museum and gift shop to show you, but I’ll save it for another day. It’s been harder to sew lately, and I might need an excuse to come say hello if I have to pack up my sewing machine.

Until next time!

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Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book From The Late 60’s

I have a new Saturday addiction. It’s shopping at Bad Granny’s Bazaar. It’s not a thrift store, not quite a boutique, and not quite a craft show either. But it’s definitely somewhere in between, with items ranging from vintage clothing and patterns, vintage Barbies and toys, to custom painted ceramic tiles and antique furniture.

This is what I found!!!!

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Then, when I opened it up, I found all these handwritten notes and resources tucked inside!!

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Reading through the book, (which was wonderfully cared for) I realized more than ever that we live in an era of “disposable” clothing. Clothing is made so cheaply in foreign countries, ( often by children and indentured slaves) that it’s cheaper to buy that than to make your own.

Fabric is expensive. Sewing takes time. Time and money are two things that many of us don’t have. That’s why I love giving a handmade gift. It’s my love language.

But just 40 years ago, women made their clothing and home decor. It was practical and economical. They made clothing to last. (they made everything to last back then!) Check out this chapter.

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“Designing Clothes That Grow”. A whole chapter on how to get an extra year or two out of your garments. When a garment couldn’t be let out anymore, it still didn’t go to waste. A shirt would be turned into a pillow or book bag.

Nowadays,sewing is an expensive habit. Especially if you love designer fabric. (guilty!) I love repurposing old clothing, but now I’m going to make an even bigger effort to repurpose, reuse, and upcycle things around my house. If I can pinch a few pennies here and there, great. Maybe Bella can pick up some tricks of the trade too.

Keep coming back this week, and I’ll find some creative “penny pinchers” we can try together.

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