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Friday, March 13, 2015

Repurposing Vintage Architectural Pieces

I am so thrilled to have Kris at Junk Chic Cottage here today.  This lady can take a piece of "nothing" and turn it into "something" better than anyone I know.  She is totally amazing.   If you don't already know her you are going to be in for a real treat.  She is one of the most gracious and talented ladies in all of blogland.


Hi Everyone.  I am Kris and blog over at Junk Chic Cottage.
I am honored and excited to be here doing this guest post for Marty.

A big part of my cottage home decor comes from repurposing old vintage architectural pieces into my home.
If something is vintage, rusty, chippy and has lots of history and character you will find me repurposing it into my home. 

 Today I thought it would be fun to share a few of the old pieces that I have re loved into my decor.
This is the front of my office area.  I have repurposed many old chippy pieces into my creative space.  I put the old porch posts up with an old door piece for a header over my office window.  My profession is registered nurse so when I found this old nurse's office sign at a flea market I knew I had to have this in my office.


You can see the old porch posts and piece of old door used to frame out my office window.









This is an old kitchen cabinet from a 100 year old farm house tear down.  Makes for a great storage cabinet in my office.  It was too chippy and beautiful to be thrown into a dumpster as they torn down the home.  
Used some old locker bins for magazine storage in this cabinet.
These old french doors became a divider wall to separate my office from the dining room.  I live in a small downsized home and every inch of space in this house I utilize.  This area at the back of my dining room was a storage closet at one time.  Now it makes for a perfect office space.  

Vintage, chippy windows and doors are my passion.  I love the history and character they have and incorporate them into my decor whenever possible.




My husband was able to take these old vintage cottage doors and make headboards out of them for our master bedroom and guest room.
A little crown molding and three vintage doors and you have yourself a great headboard.

Guest Room Head Board

Yep, gives sweet character to the bed.

Give me a sweet chippy door and a wall and I will unite them.  There is just something so sweet and special about old doors.  Love the history behind this door.  It was from an old lake cottage.  I just think of all the fun summers at the lake for the families that passed through this old door.

I recently repurposed my old china cabinet with these three old windows I had.  They made for great new doors for my re love of this cabinet.
Old unique shutters can make for a nice focal point to your decor.  Put a chippy arched window in the middle of them and you have yourself a pretty wall feature.
I framed out this guest room window with old chippy shutters.  Just love the texture and character they give to the room.

Gates are another fun way to add some uniqueness to your decor.
This one made for a great headboard in my smaller guest room.

Old chippy gates make for great plant hangers in the garden too.

Old cabinet doors hang in the garden along with two french doors behind my lounge chair for some outdoor decor.  After summer last year I brought in those french doors and attached them to my entry into the dining room.  I love to keep inventing new uses for these old pieces.

The doors after summer were a great addition to my entry into the dining room.


Yep give me an old window and I will hang a plant on it out in the garden.
An old door made into a bench.  Above the bench I took an old twin headboard and made this chalk board hanger.  I love taking old things and re loving them into new and purposeful items.

Using old vintage door knobs as dresser pulls gives this dresser some fun character.  I brought in a piece of old garden fence to hang on the wall above my dresser.

An old door can make for a fun focal point on a wall.
This old cottage door with the mail slot made for a great back drop to my bathroom sink.   I just added a mirror to where the window of this door was originally.  



An old horse barn door can make a great decor piece around chippy old plates.

Also to hang a sweet angel on at Christmas.




This was fun to share some of my use of old vintage pieces I have collected and given new life in my home decor.   I would love for you to stop by and visit my blog.  Thank you Marty for having me here today.


Kris

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                   Aren't you as impressed as  I am? 
Wow, thank you Kris, you have so much talent, I am always amazed.  Be sure to visit her Blog and be sure to check out her Spotlight Feature every Saturday where she shines the light on another fabulous blog.
                             Junk Chic Cottage
Thanks so much Kris for being my guest today and for such a great post.  You are such a dear friend.  Now if you don't already know and follow Kris, by all means, rush over and click that follow button, she is always up to something fabulous and you don't want to miss anything.


I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove , 
The Charm Of Home , Chic A Shoestring Decorating,
 FindingFabulous ,  Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo ,
 Redoux Interiors



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46 comments:

  1. Great choice for a feature! Kris is amazing!

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  2. i love every little thing kris does! thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Lynn. That is such a great compliment coming from you my friend. :)
      Kris

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  3. Thanks Marty for the nice invite to guest post for you today. This was fun.
    Kris

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  4. Lovely post Kris and thank you Marty for having Kris share her gorgeous home.
    Kris, I love it all and everything you create from old finds is simply charming and filled with reloved style!
    Hugs, CM

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    1. Thank you so much Celeste. Have a great week.
      Kris

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    1. Thanks Su. Your visit and comment is so appreciated.
      Kris

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  6. Kris, I also love architectrual details in a home. your home is amazing as you find creative and interesting ways to re love old pieces into your home! You and your hubby are a tLented duo! This was a great topic and fun guest post!

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy for coming by for this guest post. I really appreciate your lovely comment left here. I do love to re love old vintage things back into my decor. Thank you again for taking time to visit Marty's feature of me.
      Kris

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  7. So great to see you here at Marty's corner of the blogosphere Kris! Marty, I totally agree "this lady can take a piece of "nothing" and turn it into "something" better than anyone I know" - she sure can.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Wow Marie thank you so much. You are pretty good at Re Love's yourself my friend. Thanks for visiting my guest post and leaving your sweet comment.
      Kris

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  8. I just luv Kris' style!! The way she reluvs things is just amazing!!
    Hugs ladies.
    Gee

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    1. Thanks for coming by and reading my guest post today Gee. You are the sweetest thank you.
      Kris

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  9. Nice to feature in a guest post. Kris, she is one of my favorite blogs and her style is always evolving and exciting. Kris your architectural redo's with Terry inspire us all, leaving us wondering what will be the next reinvention to your charming cottage.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  10. I just love Kris' style and unique take on items! Her blog is always a fun and inspiring read!

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    1. Hi Kim,
      Thanks so much. Have a great rest of the week. Thanks for your sweet comment.
      Kris

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  11. Kris, you and your husband are the best at repurposing vintage architectural pieces. It's such a wonderful thing, too, keeping these pieces out of landfills, but giving them new life. You've really given your home personality with these pieces.

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy. I love that they have so much history and can be re loved into a new purpose. Thanks for your sweet comment.
      Kris

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  12. Oh Kris - everything you do - and I mean EVERYTHING you do is always magazine worthy - just beautiful !
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you my sweet friend. You are my best cheerleader. Have a great week end.
      Kris

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  13. Marty, She is just absolutely amazing. She has so much talent and her love for all things soft, romantic and chippy are so evident in her style. Thanks for a great feature. Love Kris's blog.

    hugs
    Sissie

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    1. Sissie,
      Thank you so much for leaving your wonderful comment here. Soooooo sweet.
      Kris

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  14. Every inch of your home is delicious, Kris. Simply delicious.
    Great guest post for Marty!

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  15. Kris is a master designer. LOVE EVERY THING WHITE! And her mastery of composition of the pieces is top-notch. Thank you, Kris! Anita

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  16. Kris certainly has a great sense of style. And she is such a kind, supportive blogger friend. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Ron. You my dear have such great style that is why I love your blog and you are my hero with being a teacher to the future peeps of this country. Love that you get so many kids so interested in science. That takes a lot of courage and effort. Thanks for your sweet comment.
      Kris

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  17. Kris, I really loved the tour of your home and the way you used all of those great vintage pieces. You are just a inspiration. Thank you. Jo

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    1. Thanks Jo. Have a wonderful week end.
      Kris

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  18. Dang, Kris, your doors, windows and gates REALLY get around your home and garden. As I was reading of all the fabulous ways you use and re-use the architecture, I thought how fun it would be to just follow the afterlife of one piece, to know just how many different places and looks it has taken on. It looks like every piece has been used more than once throughout - truly inspiring. You should be featured more than you already have been in publications! Great stuff you & Terry put together.
    Rita

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    1. Ha Ha you know me Rita. Things do not stay in one place very long in my house lol! So happy I can move these old vintage fun pieces around and give them new purpose. Thanks for your sweet comment.
      Kris

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  19. Kris is a doll! I absolutely adore her home and her talents!

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    1. Right back at you!!! Thanks Deb. Have a great Friday and wonderful week end.
      Kris

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  20. Hi Marty, thanks for having Kris guest post on your blog! Wow Kris, what amazing things you can do with doors! I really LOVE your chippy decor in your house and the all white is beautiful. Thanks for this lovely tour of your amazing house.
    Julie xo

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  21. Thank you Julie. Have a wonderful week end.
    Kris

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  22. Oh how I love Kris and her beautiful home!!! Her blog is an inspiration. Kris, I look forward to reading each and every one of your posts!

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    1. Thank Lisa so much. Have a wonderful week end.
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  23. So happy to see Kris guest posting for you Marty! Love everything about her beautiful home...my absolute favorite piece is the hutch her and her hubby just transformed!!

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    1. Thanks Martina so much. That was one of my most favorite transformations too. I loved that those old windows fit perfectly for new doors. That piece is a keeper. Thanks for your sweet comment.
      Kris

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  24. Kris, you give so many of us new and beautiful ideas on how to repurpose these old pieces! I have some old posts and I just got an idea on how I am going to use them...thank you for sharing! Thanks for guest posting too...now I found another blog to look at and swoon!

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  25. Kris is the queen of salvage for sure. Thanx for having her over today Marty!

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  26. Beautiful! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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