Monday, August 1, 2011

Vintage Inspiration

I've been in a rut.  It's not really the best place to be, but I think we all know it can happen.  I've been letting some things pile up and the other day, I decided to take charge.  I had some wonderful old jugs that were from my Dad's collection that my Mom gave me during the winter.  I put several of them on the hearth and they looked fine until the season changed.  So what to do with the influx of approximately a dozen new jugs??  I decided to see if I could put some in the study.

First, I decided to make a mess.

Things always have to get worse before they get better.  Does it happen like that for you?

I threw out.  I organized.  Mr. Clean Magic Erase was a friend.  I polished and vacuumed every inch of the room.  If I could move it, it got moved and cleaned.

I had to find a spot for seven more jugs in a room that I already liked the way it was and one that already had jugs in it!

Here are the results.

Here's a new home for a jug.

I slipped one in behind this picture.  Check out the fire extinguisher lamp my brother made and give me a long, long time ago.

Three more jugs by the door.

There's another jug by this chair.  I made the pillow when I was in my early teens.  It still looks great today!

Now I know this will be a shock...but I am the only gal in BLOGLAND that hasn't painted her furniture (and my decorating style is warm-not white).  Yes, I know it's shocking.  I started refinishing furniture when I was 13 and I really love wood.  I would love to try some chalk paint. Gotta find something to paint. 
I refinished this piece of furniture about 14 years ago.  I belonged to my husband's grandmother.  It had been painted different colors over the years and when we got it, I was very excited to see that it was oak.  It is put together completely with pegs.  When our family saw it refinished, the sister who gave it to us wanted it back!!  I was glad she didn't really mean it.

It already had jugs on the top, but I hid one in the back.  It's the same color, but you really can't see it.

This is a really cool duck decoy that belonged to my Dad.  It is wooden and it folds out on a spring to reveal three different ducks.  It still has the rope and weight attached.

I'm glad I got those jugs placed and the study clean and organized.  I'll show you my reward later.

I'm joining these link parties:



Boogieboard Cottage

Good Life Wednesdays

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

I love the jugs! They make such great conversation pieces.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Marsha, You have a wonderful collection of jugs! I really like them grouped on top of the armoire. Thank you for joining the Open House party.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, you do have such a wonderful collection. They are just gorgeous. I spotted the fire extinguisher lamp too. It is wonderful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty