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Monday, May 18, 2009

Vintage Cottage

What words come to mind when you think of vintage cottage? Pink, soft, shabby, overstuffed, pale green, lace, painted, garden, linens, charming, comfy, chippy, candles and definitely... roses. The list could go on and on with words that evoke a feeling of relaxed living - vintage cottage.

Maybe you like the look but have had difficulty finding "just the right" piece for that bare spot in the dining room. You can "make your own" vintage cottage look just by purchasing a vintage piece that you like and applying several coats of paint - an off-white, soft pink or pale green. Choose a piece of furniture with some interesting details that will "pop" when painted. To add that chippy look, take a little sandpaper and rough up the edges - just a little at first - until you get the look you want. You can get a layered look by painting the piece one color, applying a second coat with a different color and then scraping the edges with sandpaper.

Accessorize with a pale green painted tea cart and a vintage vase of soft pink roses and you're well on your way to getting the cottage look!