Yes, I did mean backdating. Most people update their spaces, but I wanted a vintage look that might have been here in the original house...and I had to do it with a non-existent budget.
It's funny how one little thing can jumpstart a whole series of projects.
For me the catalyst for change was tongue and groove boards from my grandparent's house. If you remember, I took a board as a sample to get paint mixed then found, at Walmart of all places, a swatch that was an exact match, "Grand Smoky Mountain" in the ColorPlace paint. I painted my living room french doors and windows with that and fell in love with it.
Then the kitchen cabinets...
I really wanted to give the bathrooms more vintage flavor like the other rooms were getting, but I wasn't sure where to start.
I finally just decided the cabinets had to be painted first as the starting point. I would love this wood if it were stained dark, but I did not want to strip off the factory finish to stain it, so I painted. First, I sanded just to rough up the finish.
I painted one coat of latex (satin) paint, then sanded the corners and "high" places with my electric sander after they were dry.
I only sanded the places where it looked like natural wear would happen...which is a very important detail to me. I then coated with dark Minwax finishing paste wax. They do not carry this anywhere here, so I had to order it online and I was really pleased with the finish. I have used stain before, and I liked this better, plus it was easier.
The finish is exactly like the old boards, and that's what I wanted...an authentic vintage look.
After the cabinets, I finally decided on pink walls. Really, I went through so many colors from blue to grey but decided pink was what I wanted. I used "Sandy Rose Marble" Color Place paint, again from Walmart, in the satin finish. It is a peachy color, which is closer to the vintage shades of pink I have found here from the old house.
I actually had some help painting!!
...and they did a great job:-)
Then I had to get on with finding vintage accessories...
I wanted a vintage chrome towel holder, but could not find one at my parent's and realized they are kind of expensive to buy, so I came up with another idea. I have these squares that came out of the old house, so I added two plant hangers and came up with this. I love it.
I "borrowed" some gorgeous vintage botanical prints and vintage towels from my mother, and added a fern to the corner of the tub. The iron piece holding the fern was one my grandmother always had outside with a plant inside the same black iron pot. I'm not sure exactly what it would have been originally, but it makes a great plant stand.
These prints were passed down from a family member and they really are beautiful and framed so nicely.
I found this sweet floral and made new curtain panels.
I went out on a limb and painted the two little mirrors pink and blue, which I ended up loving. The antique wool rug was brought from China by a relative who passed down the whole set to my parents.
A tray my dad made holds some of my grandmother's prettiest accessories and perfume bottles.
Lilies from my garden in a blue Mason jar I found in the old cellar here.
...and I cannot forget my favorite locally made soap from Hazelwood Soap Company. We love their liquid and bar soaps. They are all natural, do not dry my hands and smell so great.
So you can see the transformation from the beginning...
...to after. I could not make big changes since this was a low-budget makeover, but I achieved the vintage look I wanted and only spent money on paint.
I promised my husband it would not be too pink for obvious reasons, and I really think it did not turn out too feminine. He likes it and I just love it. It really has the feel I wanted and I'm happy to have gotten that with very little money spent.
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