One of the oldest homes in our lil’town, our beautiful Queen Ann style two story was built-in 1903 by Sam Craig, who was the owner of Old’s longest family run business, Craig’s Store. After being used as a rental for close to 65 years, we purchased the property and have spent the last 2 years converting the ol’girl back into a single family dwelling to raise our lil’family in. Completely renovating the entire property ourselves, the journey with this beautiful house has certainly been a labour of love. I have tried to bring in elements true to the age and character of the home while giving it my own bit of style. Most all of the furniture and decor elements in my home have come from salvaged finds while out hunting garage sales, second-hand stores and auctions or are pieces I have handmade myself. It has taken a few years to gather my collection of decor but I believe that you don’t necessarily need a big budget to have a beautiful home. A little paint and some elbow grease has done the trick for me. Be sure to follow my blog to see all my posts first! Simply head to the bottom of the page and hit the follow button. Add any of these images to your Pinterest by hovering your cursor over the corner and clicking the icon or heading over to BVintage Pinterest
Exterior Paint Colour Benjamin Moore Oxford White
The bench swing was made using an old headboard and footboard. Painted with Country Chic Chalk Paint in Simplicity.
My coat rack is originally from an English school-house in the 1700’s, the large mirror above it was a headboard for a bed that I converted and painted using Country Chic Chalk Paint Simplicity. Boxwood wreath is from Homesense.
This is a DIY stair runner that we made using West Elm jute rugs.
This kitchen was in poor shape when we bought the home. We replaced the floor and went over the enamel counter tops with concret. I painted the walls and cabinets in my favorite Oxford white and I LOVE my little cozy kitchen now. The chairs in my sitting room I bought at an auction and then painted and refinished them with a canvas material. Tin ‘M’ can be found at any Micheals location.
We had looked at a lot of heritage homes before we bought this one and one of our favourite features in this home was how open it was! The main floor of the home flows so well and is so full of light.
We built the dining room table out of lumber that came from a feed lot in the 1800’s. The wood is full of saw marks and salvaged goodness! The wall colour is Benjamin Moore Grey Cashmere.
My hubby and I made the large barn wood EAT letters as well as the light fixture that is made out of a salvaged ladder. Chairs are the Remy Side Chair from Restoration Hardware and large jute rug is Ikea.
The large chandelier in our sitting room is from Home Depot and the wall color is Benjamin Moore White Whisp. I salvaged the barn door above the fireplace and then white washed it to lighten it up. The corbels came from a big ol’Wisconsin mansion built-in the 1860’s era in that had over 150 of them on it! I bought them from a lovely Etsy shop named RosesnmyGarden . The rug is a Brazilian cowhide I found on Etsy as well from a shop called WholesaleCowhides, however similar ones can be found at Ikea for a more affordable price.
Our canvas slip covered couches are from Ikea as well and I love that I can take off the covers and switch them out. I have two different sets of covers, one in a cream and one in a crisp white and I cover the couches with linen sheeting to help cut down on laundry too. The floral pillows are from Homesense and the lovely ‘Stay Awhile’ pillow is from So Vintage Chic on Etsy. The spool clock was made by me.
This stunning cabinet was just giving a face lift to this beautiful blue. The DIY tutorial is using Country Chic Chalk Paint can be found here.
Our bedroom is one of my favourite rooms in the house. The huge headboard adds such a statement to this french country space. I purchased our hand-woven turkish linen bedding from a very talented lady on Esty, her shop is called Nurdanceyiz. Wall colour is Benjamin Moore Grey Cashmere and the light fixture is Home Depot.
Add cozy decor elements, like this DIY robins egg nest, help to make the space cozy and homey.
My craft room is the one space in the house that is FULL of colour. I love how bright and cheerful it is, helps to inspire me when I’m working. The wall colour is Duck Egg by BeautiTone.
The back entrance of the home was in very poor condition when we purchased the home. It was the stairwell into the basement, which we will never use for anything more than storage. My talented hubby built a series of three trap doors that open into the basement and we hand painted a compass onto the 2’x12’s that we used as flooring. We built the closet out of all salvaged doors and windows I had collected and add this pretty Canadian Tire chandelier.
The backyard was nothing more than a huge parking lot when we bought the home. We put in everything from sod, all the trees, fencing, and the giant back deck/pergola. We built the farmhouse table for it using lumber that was originally the beams in a barn on the farm my hubby grew up on. The barn was built by my husbands grandfather so the table has a very special place for us. I built the huge chalk board and stained/polyurethane all the outdoor furniture using outdoor products. Yes I still have to touch them up each year when we first bring them out but it keeps everything looking beautiful.
Chandelier is from Home Depot for only $109.00 and the string lights are from Homesense. All the furniture and pergola is painted in Oxford White.