Friday, January 17, 2014

A New Cupboard With An Old Window

Okay so don't be mad, I know I said that my next post would show our new family room but the ceiling part is taking us longer than expected and I don't want to show it until it is completely finished. In the meantime I have done some other things that I wanted to show you like my new cupboard.


Over the summer Neal built me this cupboard using the old window that I always placed on my mantel. Originally I thought about hanging it the new family room but I put a different one in there. I also wanted to use it to display some of my blue and white dishes that I had to box up when we took the wall down in the kitchen. It made sense to put it in the living room since I have touches of blue in there already. The corner between the window and the door seemed like the perfect place.


I put a table that my mom gave me that I had always loved in her house under it. And then under the table I put some of my old crocks. The larger crock is original to the house actually, my neighbor grew up in our house and the crock went with his family when they moved out, he brought it over to me one day and said "my kids don't like old things, thought maybe you would want it". I was tickled, not only do I love old crocks, but it was back in the place it belonged. The other one was a $7 thrift store find. And speaking of finds...I just found the little pillow on the arm chair brand new for $3 at my Goodwill, it is "Threshold" from Target and is at my Target right now for $25!


I painted the cupboard Glidden's "Whispering Wheat" because I love it with the blue, and because I just love the color. I figure I will change what I put in here a million times over and this soft wheat color goes with all of my collections.


I left the door unpainted and added an old rustic handle.






The feather edge platter was one of my very first "I can't believe I found this" flea market finds. I got it about 8 years ago at the Leeper, PA flea market for $10 and I absolutely love it. That is a good flea market if you happen to camp at Cook Forest State Park like we do.


A new place for my blue and white quilts...for now:)


Some other things that had to be boxed up when we started the kitchen demo were my cows. I found them a new home in the living room next to the step back.


They are in new frames that I picked up at the flea market for $2, the blue gray color of the frame compliments the colors in the cow pictures perfectly. Plus their size and weight holds up next to the very large cupboard.





I was excited to find a blue stripe grain sack (on the couch) on Ebay that I could actually afford, it was cheaper because it has some stains but that is okay by me because inevitably my son is going to wipe his Dorito covered hands on it. Which reminds me, some readers had asked me about the coverlet on my couch. That is also there because of the Dorito hands, it is much easier to wash once a week than the entire cushion slipcover, and because you know how I love layering. It is from Ikea and washes beautifully, I have had it about 10 years, but they still make them. Gotta love Ikea, one of the only places you can find simple staple pieces like that.






So here is what we are currently working on, this is the ceiling of the family room (that is what we have decided to call it officially).


We have it about half finished. I wanted it to be plank boards or shiplap so Neal was going to just cut down pine boards but then he found this heavy bead board at Home Depot that when turned over looks just like shiplap. It interlocks and cost us about $300 dollars less than just plank boards would have. Below is a picture of the bead board side.


And below is them flipped over,  I paint them (my dining room table has been covered with a rotating supply of these boards for two weeks now) and then Neal slides them into place. Hopefully we will have it all finished sometime soon and I will show the room in total, hang tight:)


Welcome to all my new followers and thank you to all of my followers that let me know they love what I am doing. Reading what you guys think often turns a "Serious Day" as my son calls it, into a great one:)

22 comments:

  1. Great use of an old window and I love all your decor in your amazing home:-)

    Have a nice weekend.

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  2. Luv the old window as door to a cupboard! Brilliant!

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  3. Love your new cupboard - and your collection in it! :)

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  4. Love the cupboard, can't wait for the big reveal. . . you sure know how to keep us all in suspense. . . lol. ..

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  5. You have given me a great idea! I have 2 old windows that I just couldn't decide what to do with. I'm going to ask my husband (also Neal :) to make a cupboard with them. I even have 2 matching old rusty handles I pulled from a barn we tore down this past summer. Hooray! Thank you!

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  6. That is an awesome cupboard and I really like how you have displayed the collections inside. That was very nice of your neighbour to give you the crock too. Your rooms are so pretty and liveable (and we cover our white slips with a coverlet too -teens and a dog lol.)

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  7. Your home is so lovely...and the idea with the boards for the ceiling is great!

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  8. I found you on Earthy Comfy's page and I have spent a couple nights going through your entire blog history. Love it. Sent it to all three grown daughters to show them what a 20 plus gal can do when she puts her mind and heart into it. You encourage me to keep simplifying and avoid too much stuff.
    I truly enjoy all of your photographs. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. I love the ceiling and what you are using for it, can't wait to see the end results! You are doing a great job on your home, love when you post!

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  10. Your rooms are so perfect! You have a talent and wonderful eye for decorating. You are also so lucky to have a handy husband; he did a wonderful job on the cupboard. I do have one question about the ceilings, what kind of lighting can you use with them, cans, cylinders, et cet? I hope to do the same when I start renovating. Some pics would be great. Looking forward to your next post!

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  11. Beautiful! I love your home! I live in PA too and I enjoy going to Cooks Forest and taking a canoe down the Clarion. Look forward to all your posts.

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  12. Absolutely lovely! Would love to see your blue and white quilts in more detail. Have you ever shared them in a post?

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  13. LoVe everything in the room! Gorgeous! Your home is so welcoming! I am loving your posts! You are giving me lots of prim decorating ideas:)

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  14. Megan, would you be kind enough to share your techniques on how you paint your furniture? There are so many ways including milk paint which I am hesitant to try and all, but I would want to go your route, with a regular can of paint! Thank you so much! Love your blog!

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  15. That spot is the perfect place for your new cabinet. I love how you have it styled too!

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  16. What a GREAT blog! I'm a new follower!
    My dream is to own a farmhouse!!
    Pamela

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  17. love the cabinet . . . love the decor inside the cabinet . . . love the quilts on the bench . . . love the entire room!

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  18. The cabinet is just gorgeous!! I'm SO excited to see the end result!! Your home is just absolutely beautiful! You've inspired me so much to want to do more in my home! Thanks--♥Angie www.feelthejoyinthejourney.blogspot.com

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  19. I love the cupboard and the use of blues. I think blue just says country and people have switched out black for blue, but blue makes my heart sing. Your blog is new to me. I found you through Pinterest and love your style. so excuse me I need to follow you and do much more back reading!!

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  20. Your house is lovely. I love all of your cabinets. I think I went way back into July looking at your house. I am following now and put you on my roll. Olive

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  21. With pleasure I watched the whole blog is interesting and provides a variety of aesthetic experience

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  22. I love what you did with your cupboard. Using an otherwise unwanted window is really clever. Now your cupboard has a vintage and rustic feel to it, which suits the porcelain wares very well. It’s interesting to know that your neighbor gave you the crock because his kids hate old things. Haha. Truly, someone’s trash is another’s treasure.

    Orlando Porter

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