Sunday, March 11, 2012

The sunny sitting area in The Maple Valley Farmhouse with all of the thrifted details!

We have been adding tons of color to the walls and more here at The Maple Valley Farmhouse.  I also am decorating for SPRING! 
Everything in this photo of course is thrifted.  I have collected these objects throughout the years on my "twist-tie" budget.  The key to thrifting for me is if I find something I truly LOVE I purchase it immediately if the budget allows me.  I might not have a spot for the treasure just yet, however eventually all of the pieces "fall" together.
I love to incorporate burlap into by decorating. The colors above on the large cupboard were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and set with dark wax (I used very little) - The colors are Old White and Duck Egg Blue (This cupboard was also a treasure left behind in a barn at another house)
 I love this old scale even though it is large and cumbersome.  I move it in and out and around the farmhouse in different areas

The cedar chest above is a family heirloom.  I did paint it with Annie Sloan chalk paints-Graphite (top of piece) with clear wax over it and old white (bottom of piece) with dark wax applied.  I then distressed it
I bring out the vintage bunnies in the spring.  The furry one is one of my favourites and it was my mothers when she was a little girl!  
One thing I do love about thrifting is I can truly decorate family friendly.  I would never want my home to have areas off limits to my most prized possesions, my loved ones of all ages! They are welcome anywhere in The Maple Valley Farmhouse as long as they have their Carhart clothing off first... :)
 A favourite painting of mine is the tulip picture above bottom left. It was painted on glass and I purchased it at a tag sale in Leelanau almost 20 years ago - it is an antique.  All of the other pictures in the photo were .50c up to $3-
fabric, fabric and MORE FABRIC! I have stashes everywhere to make pillows, cushions aprons and more. If I love it, I buy it immediately and fold it neatly to sew and create later, usually in the winter months...  The black and paisely pillow was only $3- and I have about 6 of them in different varieties...
I found the green beans sign in our green house. I have found many treasures left behind when we purchased Maple Valley Farm in the various 11 outbuildings.  Do you see how I covered the UGLY and cheap curtain rod on the door with burlap?  EASY and very inexpensive
And last but not least, the paint I used on these walls is Valspur (from Lowes) "Concert Hall" - Signature -Interior Matte.  I really love this red in this small area!  

I hope you enjoyed this tour of the sunny sitting area in the Maple Valley Farmhouse!

Share a room or two with me, will you?  I would love to link to it in the comment section below!

The Sophisticated Agrarian - HomemakerAng and Co.


Beautifully Veiled said...

Absolutely love it!! Would love to come sit in your sunny sitting area!

Julia said...

It looks so warm and cheery! Love your style:).


Lena ~ JOYfilled family said...

Very welcoming and definitely family friendly!

My country dreams are still not within reach so I settle for a little French Country in my home.

Pax, Lena

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

So pretty! Is that the area off the kitchen?

Who would have thought that the rich red would look so lovely? Well, I guess you did, LOL! Grand design!

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Mrs. Mac said...

I'm glad I came back for another peek to see all the pictures you posted. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question about the wax you applied to the chalk painted furniture.

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