Asked on May 7, 2017

How do I get that old colonial look thru-out my home?

18579179Jean ThompsonSeethebeauty


4 answers
  • Judy
    on May 7, 2017

    If you can get channel 44, there is a remodeling program prog., on daily. This restores homes, and gives lots of hints. One that is great, is Save it or Loose it, and there are others. There is one that is from TX, that is great, tho I don't know the web site for that one. If you can't get channel 44, perhaps a friend can get this for you, and they will show their web site. Her name is Joanna, I can't recall his name. Maybe someone else will tell you, as they read thru this site. Best wishes, J.
  • Seethebeauty
    on May 7, 2017

    Okay, you're looking to sweep the whole house into the colonial times. You'll want to start with a clean pallet and paint your walls a neutral color. White and off white would be the most authentic, but you can also go for a light greige or soft latte color throughout leaving the ceilings white. Of course, hardwood floors would be the next giant step. You can do these yourself with minimal trouble and add large woven throw rugs or tapestry type area rugs. Beadboard, white wooden trim (over six inches tall, and white trim around the doorways and tops of walls add to the theme. Try enhancing your fireplace mantel with repurposed wood and brick overlay or redoing your fireplace with white wood surround. Ceiling beams and long, solid drapes are nice touches. In the bathroom, vintage tile, claw foot tubs, built-ins. Simple furniture. These are some major upgrades but if you are serious about doing your whole house, these are great starts. Imagine the fun you'll have a flea markets and antique stores finding accessories. Take your time, you don't have to fill your house in one week. The slower the better in finding the right piece for your taste. The biggest thing is paring down what you already have that doesn't fit into your new style.
  • Jean Thompson
    on May 7, 2017

    Use old style braided Rugs on Wood Floors, Sparse Wood Furniture, Country Style Curtains ( my grandmother just had white Sheer lacy curtains on her Bedroom windows, White Cafe style curtains on Kitchen windows. Wooden Treenware ( old wood Bowls, Wood Trays, ) Pewter candle sticks ( you can fake it by painting ones you find at Yard sales and Thrift stores), Wood Blanket chests, Wood Dry Sinks, Stencil designs on White painted Walls, Simple needlework samplers to hang on walls. Find old Crocks and Pottery... Old Wood Hutches and Pie Safes. Look up colonial Colors at Paint stores, check out Pinterest... There are books and Magazines about colonial Decorating.. Start off Simple and try your hand at decorating your Bathroom - Stencil around the woodwork , use Wood Towel rods, Braided Rug on the floor by Tub and in front of Sink.. Corner Cupboards and Little Wall cupboards.. Good Luck...
  • 18579179
    on May 9, 2017

    Updating all your trim (base molding, crown molding, window and door trim) to a nice bog colonial trim will really help the whole "look" come together.

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