Decorating with Found Items
I love mixing old and new pieces to decorate my home; I think it adds a bit of interest. I appreciate antiques, but generally don’t use them to decorate my house. I do, however, enjoy looking through an antique store, consignment shop, and even rummage sales occasionally for something that jumps out at me. Below are a few items that I have found this way.
-I found these letters at an antique shop and are old newspaper press letters. I looked through the variety of letters that were for sale to find mismatched fonts – to add a little interest. They are sitting on our mantel and spell out our last name.
Use old paperpress letters to spell your name or other words
-This doorknob plate and key I found at 2 different consignment shops. I bought the knob plate about a year ago and then stumbled upon the key recently. They are placed on a small wall in between 2 doors in our hallway.
-There are 2 of these sconces- one flanking each side of a window in our guest room. They were cheap and fake gold and at a garage sale, but I liked the shape of them. I painted them with a little spray paint and I think they look fairly modern and cool now.
-I was in a clothing consignment shop and I saw this piece of art hanging in the dressing room. I had been looking for something that was this size to fit in a small rectangular space above our headboard. The size and colors were perfect. The traditional feel of this piece balances out the modern print that it is on our bedding.
-I found this side table at an antique store. It was damaged with chipped and scratched red paint. I sanded it and put a couple coats of white enamel on it (leftover paint from painting the trim in our home). It fits perfectly next to the rocking chair in my daughter’s nursery.
-This wood vase was found at a garage sale.
-These canvases and frames I found at an antique store (going out of business and I got all 3 for super cheap). To buy this size of canvas and frames new you would normally spend quite a bit of money. They originally had crazy jellyfish painted on them, but I took some acrylic paints and made three simple swirl paintings. They are over our sofa in the basement family room.
-I found this clock at a consignment store. It was like new and from Pottery Barn, but I got it for about 1/4 the cost. It’s on a shelf in our guest room.