Coke Case and Cola bottles. . . .What could say "Farmhouse" better?
Summertime is coming to the kitchen/keeping room. I've been stuck in the house so much with vertigo that I need a change in my surroundings. . . .The living room has come to a stand still since I'm not safe on a ladder. It's the pits. . . .I need to be creative!
I know I've said this before. . . .but, I'd like to say it again. . . .True Farmhouse Style only takes a "make-do" attitude. . . .Use what you have. . . .Make everything multipurpose. . . .Let's face it. . . .Though gratifying, farming has never been a glamorous occupation. . . .and neither were the farmhouses. . . .They had to be functional, with little money left over for frills. . . .That didn't mean the ladies of the house didn't decorate. . . .They did. . . .We DO. . . .but, instead of going to a shopping mall, I visit storage buildings and pantry shelves. . . .yard sales and thrift stores. . . .
Our barns are filled with "tons" of cola bottles--mostly from the 70s-80s--Cokes and Pepsi--some Dr. Peppers. . . .Now and then I find a few of the smaller, older ones. . . .They're tough to clean, since there's 40 years of dust, dirt and grime. . . .Yes, it would have been much easier to just go buy one at $5--or more. . . .But, remember, I'm in a make-do attitude. . . .When I found the old Coke case at a yard sale--already painted--I knew I had to visit the bottle pile. . . .I grabbed a few of the cleaner ones and headed for the house. . . .
The thing I didn't realize was. . . .our 70s cola bottles wouldn't fit into the cases's cubbyholes!
They were mostly king size. . . .The original colas were much smaller. . . .Who knew? Did you?
Back to the barn. . . .and the bottle pile. . . .
On my way, I grabbed some Queen Anne's Lace. . . .my favorite summer wildflower. . . .
From the pantry, a chicken or two (very "farmhouse"). . . .A piece of faded cotton feed sack. . . .
Now that I'm inspired, I'm ready to tackle the rest of the room!. . . . More Coke cases?. . . .More Cola bottles?. . . .of course!!!!
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
$1 Coke Case--Yard Sale
Queen Anne's Lace--Free
Black & White Rag Rug--Yard Sale years ago
$2 Chick and Rooster--Goodwill
$1 Chicken Plates--Goodwill
"Eggs"--Free (from artificial grapes)
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