Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thriftin’ Time Tuesdays


I was on the internet the other day looking for some old porcelain faucet handles and came across this website  http://www.periodbath.com/ and was reminded of several old thrift/antique store finds I already had. Ones I had put to good use.

I live in a 105 year old farmhouse in Cheney, Washington, about 30 miles from Spokane.  And when I bought this house it had been a rental for many years, after being a farm home for even longer.  When I purchased it in the mid 90’s it was a very run down and had very little attention since it was built in 1906….a very good thing.  A fresh palette! It was a very plain interior, with little in the way of amenities, that we all love so much.  Hardly more than one plug in or light per room, no real heat source in many rooms, single pane windows, a lack of paint (so much so that some rooms had only one coat…the original milk paint) and one bath in a five bedroom house.  I won’t bore you with all the work I put into it (by myself) but wanted to share some of the little antique finds I use every day, that make this house so special.


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I really felt sorry for the guys who hauled this tub upstairs for me!  But I was lucky to trade it for a bath paint job…so I came out way ahead….free hauling too!


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I added a bath upstairs and then this little tooth brush and cup holder.

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Some necessities.


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Some of these items I had for decades…waiting for just the right place.


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Doesn’t this look like an octopus?


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I LOVE the patina on this knob and look at that wonderful vintage green paint on the edges!  This was on one of the exterior doors left here in the attic.  I just had to salvage it.


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I added these to the downstairs remodeled bath.


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And this toothbrush holder has a place for the paste.

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And my absolute favorite, in the living room…… the fireplace cover.  Isn’t it just something?  It’s all black and after seeing these pictures I can see that it needs a good scrubbing and that someone got paint all over it (not me!).  It will get a good bath this Spring when it warms up outside.  As you can see I don’t use the fireplace, even though I would like an insert I have a great deal of reticence in removing such an antiquity.


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  1. Wow! It's the detail that makes everything so special. I'm loving those doorknobs with the hardware mounted on the outside. The glass towel bar is wonderful and so is the detail in that fireplace. Very charming Karen. Your TLC has paid off big time!!

  2. Isn't it wonderful how older things can have such beauty! Even when they may have been worn down they make a comeback to shine!

  3. I want to come stroll through your lovely and interesting home....., but glad I can do it through your wonderful pictures.
    You've done so much to your home to make it a unique and beautiful home!

  4. Oh, I love the bathtub, I love the doorknob and plate (whatever they are called) and I really LOVE the fireplace insert! Gorgeous!
    Your words of support for my *mess* have encouraged me so much...thank you for sharing your heart with me!

  5. I really want to know all about the work you've done on your house! It's my dream to have a place like that someday!

  6. I love what you've done to your house. So gorgeous!! I love the girlie who owns it too! :) Let's do some junkin soon!!

    Farmgirl hugs!


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