Tag Archive for antiques

One Plus One = Fabulous!

So many times we hear, “I love this but I don’t know what I would do with it or where I would put it!” Finding creative ways to use the items you fall in love with gives them a place in your home. That is our goal!

 

 

For instance, one of Nancie’s favorite one plus ones is to pair a cute plant with an even cuter item one wouldn’t immediately think of to plant in. (Between you and me, I think she looks at everything as a possible planter!!!) Teri used a dust pan as a planter!

 

 

 

Another one plus one is to add a table top to a barrel, in this case I used a vintage nail barrel, and create an instant end table for a small space! Add your own touches like a small lamp, picture frames, or seasonal decor to create a cozy corner.

 

 

 

 

 

Crocks, vintage metal pots, and vases are perfect containers for kitchen utensils. Loretta chose to house her collection of wood rolling pins in a metal pot that may not be suitable for cooking but is absolutely perfect as a display piece!

 

 

 

 

Come on in and find your perfect one plus one pieces to take home to create your cozy displays! When you fall in love with an item but think, “What can I use this for?,” just ask! We love to chat about fun uses for our beloved antiques!

Carolyn along with Nancie, Winston and Ziggy

 

 

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover!

We have all heard the adage “don’t judge a book by its cover.” We generally think of people when we use it and that’s a perfect time to apply it! I taught that to my students for the 21 years that I worked in the classroom. Now, as someone who spends her days surrounded by antiques, I have found a whole new use for the saying!

Antiques are often found in their worst possible shape, rusty, broken, missing pieces, and they are overlooked as unusable. For instance, we had this old blue metal doll crib. It was rusty and wobbly. As I carried it outside for people to see as they passed by, I kept thinking that it had a purpose and could shine again, so I bought it and took it home.

Here is the crib before and after:

I spray painted the crib with copper paint. Then I added an old wood drawer. I spray painted it a bright turquoise and added vintage hardware. I added a container of flowers and a chicken waiting for a place to roost, and I turned a rusty crib into a flower container. I could also see it in my house holding books or toys for my future grandchildren! (Just a side note, all of the items in the “after” picture came from the store except for the flowers.)

Another item that we often see that is definitely not usable as it was originally intended is the wood ladder. We see them in many sizes! I decided to use mine as an outdoor display unit. I didn’t change the ladder at all but I do change what goes on the ladder by season (or whim!). Here are two examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can decorate with a theme like red, white and blue or birdhouses or things you love to collect – for me, it’s small animal figurines made of stone or iron.

There is a great deal of satisfaction in taking the rusty and broken antique and turning it into a treasure that brightens up your home, inside or out!

As always, we want to see what you have done with the items you buy here in the store.  Send us pictures!  We would love to feature your “don’t judge a book by its cover” projects! Don’t forget to take before and after pictures!  I sometimes get so excited by my project, I forget the “befores”!!!

We’ll see you when you stop in to say hi!

Carolyn, hanging out with Nancie, Winston, and Ziggy

Funky Vintiques has Expanded!

We have had a little movement in the store lately and Funky Vintiques has expanded her space. You can also check Funky Vintiques out on facebook!!

Check out the new stuff she has brought in – Some cool mid-century!!

Take a look at some of this new primitives she brought in!

Man this pink metal cabinet is sooo sweet, and look at that rotating musical cake carrier – near mint shape!


Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Winston & Ziggy

Vintage Whimsies @ Lafayette Antiques

It has been a while since I have shared complete area pictures of our vendor spaces. Things change around here so quickly that sometimes it is hard to get new pics. 🙂

Autumn of Vintage Whimsies has been a good friend for years, and had decided to do a little downsizing of her collections. Boy does she have some cute stuff!!

 

 

Next week we’ll share pics of another vendor’s space.

Have an awesome day!

Nancie & Winston

 

 

What I am Thankful for!

Since November is a month to be thankful, I thought that I would share some of the things that I am thankful for. I am thankful for my family, friends, my health, & my customers. I have been very blessed with a wonderful husband, children, friends & customers.

Lafayette Antiques & Home Decor has received such wonderful support from our customers and the community of Lafayette. We are happy to be able to provide you with a unique gifts, home decor for you home, quality antiques, hard to find mid-century & retro, and plenty of primitives!

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 Please share some of the things you are thankful for!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston