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I’m so excited to share a little home update with you! I picked up this wonderful Thomasville faux bamboo server for a steal off of Craigslist about two years ago. We use it as a console table.  It holds the “key box” to stash the car keys, and our stereo that we can’t give up because we still like a good ol’ CD once and awhile, and the Bose Soundlink.  There is a lot going on there.

Thomasville Server / Pursuing Vintage

It had already gone through one re-paint with its previous owner – a light brown/tan color.  Nice and neutral.  But faux bamboo doesn’t really scream for neutral.  It doesn’t deserve neutral.  It longs for color!

And color is what it got!

Faux Bamboo Thomasville Server / Pursuing Vintage

I wanted a coral color to accent the beautiful rose medallion lamp (as well as other coral accents I have around the room). I used Clark & Kensington Warm Coral paint.

Clark & Kensington Paint / Pursuing Vintage

I replaced the “key box” with this adorable hobnail bowl that I got in a previous Vintage Swap from Shelly (ConfettiStyle).  I also replaced the old drawer pulls with these amazing acrylic & brass pulls that I found on Etsy.

lucite & brass drawer pulls / Pursuing Vintage

I think the piece gives a great “pop” of color to the room and has become more of a statement than it was before.  The faux bamboo is happy.

Thomasville faux bamboo server makeover / Pursuing Vintage

(By the way – there is usually a mirror above the server, but I’ve swapped the mirror temporarily with the painting for my fall mantel.  Check it out if you missed it!)

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Before summer began, we participated in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge linking event.  We tackled our outdoor living spaces – transforming and updating our porches.  Part of our plan was to paint and install shutters to the exterior of our home.  Time got the better of us, and we had the shutters painted but just couldn’t get them hung on the house in time for the big reveal.

Well guess what?! The shutters are up!

I really can’t take credit for this project.  My husband thrifted all of the shutters for our home.  He actually salvaged them from the numerous tear-downs that are occurring in our neighborhood.  He’d drive by a house that was doomed for the dust, and he’d stop and check out the shutters.  Right material?  Right size?  Most shutters now are plastic.  We really wanted wood shutters, and love the satisfaction that comes from thrill of the hunt and then salvaging a perfectly good piece of architectural detail.

As part of the porches makeover, I repainted our doors using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  We just loved the color options, and were so pleased with how easy the paint went on, that we wanted to see how the paint would work on the shutters.  We chose Elegant from the Front Door Paint Collection.

 

Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint in ELEGANT

The painting part was seriously the easy part.  Hanging shutters is the not-so-easy part!  But they are up, and they look FAB-u-lous!

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door & Shutter Paint by Modern Masters

Modern Masters Front Door Paint on Shutters ELEGANT

The shutters really add that last bit of charm to our home that we were searching for.

My husband even found long shutters for our back porch door – something we’ve coveted on other homes for awhile!

Back Door : Modern Masters Front Door Paint : Pursuing Vintage

The shutter paint color looks wonderful with both of the door paint colors we used (Peaceful and Sophisticated from the Front Door Paint Collection).

We are so happy with how it all looks – and we’re looking forward to some cooler weather around the corner so we can actually enjoy sitting on our porches again!  (Humidity in DC in August is horrrrrible!).

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint by Modern Masters

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This is a sponsored post.  Pursuing Vintage was compensated with product by Modern Masters.  The company did not tell me what to write – all opinions are mine.

vowed last year  that I would add more vintage to my holiday decor.  (If you blog about it, it has to come true, right?  Now that’s accountability!)  Well, I’m happy to tell you that I’m following through.  I’ve stashed away some great winter vintage finds throughout the year, and now I’d like to share with you this incredibly easy winter decor project.  And if I say it’s easy, it is!  I am NOT Martha Stewart!

Vintage Holiday Sled : Pursuing Vintage

You’ll just need a few supplies for this project.  I found the vintage sled and skates at estate sales earlier in the year and stashed them away.  Craigslist and ETSY are also great resources for finding these items.

  • Vintage sled
  • Worn or vintage ice skates
  • 4 yards of ribbon (I used what I had on hand)
  • Small pine wreath or centerpiece (a Pine Centerpiece from Trader Joes works perfectly!)
  • (optional) Extra string to attach wreath

Vintage Sled Tutorial : Supplies : Pursuing Vintage

First, I took the old, grungy laces out of skates and re-laced them using approximately 2 yards of ribbon for each skate.  I used some red satin ribbon that I had stashed away from gifts-of-years-past, but you could use any type.  You can really adapt the look of the whole project depending on the color and texture of ribbon you choose.

DIY Vintage Sled Tutorial : Laced Skates : Pursuing Vintage

Once you’ve re-laced the skates, hold them together and let one fall about a foot lower than the other.  Tie a knot half-way between the skates and the end of the ribbon.

DIY Vintage Sled Tutorial : Ribbon Skates : Pursuing Vintage

Next, I attached the pine wreath just below the sled yolk.  My wreath had a wire attached to the back, which I just twisted around the metal part of the sled.  If your wreath doesn’t have the wire, you’ll have to attach some string (or leftover ribbon) to the back of the wreath and tie it onto the sled.

DIY Vintage Sled Tutorial : Wreath : Pursuing Vintage

Then, I took my newly laced skates and threaded the ribbon through the metal part of the sled under the yolk (where you attached the wreath), and tied a knot to secure it.

DIY Vintage Sled Tutorial : Affixing the Skates : Pursuing Vintage

Finally, I tied a bow with the length of ribbon that was left hanging.  I used what was left because I wanted to keep it simple and inexpensive.  Another option would be to trim the extra length of ribbon, and construct or purchase a large bow to affix to the wreath.

DIY Vintage Sled : Pursuing Vintage

There are so many ways to customize this project to fit your needs and coordinate with your existing decor.  I wanted to keep it simple and inexpensive, so I used what I had and tried not to purchase anything extra.

DIY Vintage Sled Holiday Decor : Pursuing Vintage

I placed my vintage holiday sled in front of my home – it looks great with the stone front and red door.  I love the vintage feel of it, and am so happy that I gave new life to a few forgotten winter toys!

Easy DIY Vintage Holiday Sled : Pursuing Vintage

For more wonderful vintage finds that are ready for a new life, check out the Pursuing Vintage Shop.  I’m adding unique and beautiful pieces daily!

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