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Vintage Vignette In the Hall Of the New House

Hall vignette using old, oak chest, antique landscape prints, chippy drawer and other odds and ends. Things that wouldn't necessarily go together, but seem to work.

I’m ever so slowly getting things put together here in the new house. I’m talking about turtle slow. Slower even!! Some days I’m all gung-ho and others are… well… not. There are, however, a couple of vignettes – vintage vignettes -I’m fairly satisfied with, but I find myself over thinking everything. Plus, I don’t have all my stuff here. A ton of it is still in storage. So I’m working with what I have and buying new things along when I fall in love with something. That’s happened 3 times so far. 

Anyway, I’ve always loved this old, oak chest. (The color’s a little goofy in the picture below.)

Oak chest with old, mint green paint showing in the grain

The chest has a history. I found it at an estate sale over 20 years ago. The daughter and I had gone to school together from kindergarten through 12th grade. Her dad had been one of the local obstetricians. Her mother and I had become friends later through sewing. This was in the basement, covered in thick paint just like the inside of the drawers. They, wondering why anyone would want such a thing, were asking $6.00 for it.

Paint color on old, oak chest

Back then, you have to understand, this… paint… wasn’t as desirable as it is today. I wish now I’d left it alone, but I’m not unhappy with the outcome, either.

I started stripping it and gave up. It sat under the carport for several years before Ricky, God bless him, finished it for me. He wasn’t able to get all the paint out of the grain of the wood, but I really like it like that! I’ve been using it ever since.

I tried to put it somewhere downstairs in the new house, but it just didn’t seem to really fit anywhere. So upstairs it went. You’ll be among the few people outside of family to ever see it.

I thought I’d like to use the landscape prints with it. They have a history as well. Another friend had given us his parents’ stuff. Yippee! I kept a whole lot of it. These prints were part of that.

(At the bottom of this post is a list with links to similar products used in this vignette.)

Vintage landscape used in a hall vignette

But I couldn’t decide what to pair with them on the table. I “overthunkit.” They and the chest are pretty country. Would the metal bust and floral painting vignette work? Should I go with country/primitives? Could I add color? What to do? What to do? After much gnawing and gnashing of teeth, (I mean come on! It’s not that big of a deal!) I decided to try the green chippy drawer, just as I’ve always used it — with the metal bust, the marshmallow tin full of old, crepe paper flowers and the naive floral painting.  It wasn’t unpleasing. I’d use it. The green paint on the drawer, in the floral painting and the print all kinda match, too. A pleasant surprise!

Chippy drawer, metal bust, floral painting and crepe paper flowers in an old, marshmallow can.

But what else? I just started trying things and came up with this box and stuff:

Vignette using an old box, candlesticks and florals

Yes? No? Maybe???? Awww. Sure. Why not? I’m okay with it. Yes, it could be better, but I’ll do the best I can with what I have here. 

That chippy paint thing with the flowers and bottle on it? It’s an old, plaster, lamp base. The flowers around the neck are antique… I don’t even know what to call them. I don’t really think they’re millinery flowers, but that would work I guess. The dried rosebuds in the bottle were from an arrangement I got for my anniversary or something years ago. The candlestick between the box and the drawer was one of a pair. They’re metal and the other one broke. Italian, I believe. The tall candlestick is newer. Probably from somewhere like Hobby Lobby but I picked it up at a yard sale and have had it at least 5 years. The box? Just a wooden box I picked up somewhere. They’re fairly easy to find.


Vignette using almost all antique and vintage items found at yard and estate sales.

The pillow was made by my friend, Melanie.
I have plans to change out all the builder grade wall fixtures. To what, I haven’t a clue.
It looks like I need something on the wall above the chair.

The rest of the hall is bare.

View of hall

As you can see, I have a long wall on the right to play with. I have a few ideas. I guess it will get whatever I find first.

To the immediate right is a bonus room (that we’re actually using as a grandchildrens’ bedroom) that has an alcove going into it. 

View of hall #2

Since the doors open inward, I can probably use some little something along that short wall.

To the immediate right in the above picture are the stairs going down.

So where do you find similar products used in this vignette? I collected mine over the years, mostly at estate and yard sales. I always recommend shopping those places as well as thrift stores and antique malls, but more often than not, that takes awhile. A quicker way is to check out eBay and Etsy. Here are search links for some of the items (Some brought back too many or zero results) with the pertinent info already filled in for you.  These links are affiliate links meaning if you buy something, at no extra cost to you, of course, I’ll get a super tiny cut of the money. We’re talking pennies, but those pennies help keep things going! I’ll never pass up a penny!

Pins are always appreciated! …….

Vintage vignette in the upstairs hall using old, oak chest, antique landscape prints, chippy drawer and other odds and ends. Things that wouldn't necessarily go together, but seem to work.

Moving has been good and sad. I don’t regret it, but it seems to have made my bouts of melancholy rear their ugly heads more than usual with a lack of productivity being the result. But I’ll snap out of it! I always do.

“This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” 

5 thoughts on “Vintage Vignette In the Hall Of the New House

  1. Ooh, love it! Your blog disappears from me for awhile (I never get email updates though I just tried subscribing AGAIN, it looks like maybe a different mail program now?) then I find it again. I think I last saw you when you were getting to move out of the other house….and now you’re in the new one! What a lovely wide hallway. I love a good hallway. I haven’t had one in ages.

    Hope you’re well!


    1. Hey Bettye. And thanks! Not getting my emails? Well…. Um…. That could be because I haven’t sent any. I’m terrible at sending out emails! I used to recommend people follow through Bloglovin’ but it stopped updating my feed. It hasn’t picked up any of my posts in months! Contacting them has done no good. I keep trying to push myself to be a more diligent blogger, but it’s not happening yet. Your comment might be just the spark I needed. 🙂

      1. I meant post update emails – usually when I subscribe to a blog, I get an email whenever they post something new.

        Hope I sparked ya!

        1. Yeah, that’s what I meant too. Sigh. If the emails were done and sent automatically I’d be in like Flynn. But nooooo…… I have to actually *do* something. And getting a new post up has usually taken the “doing” outta me. I always think I’ll send an end of the month email but obviously, I haven’t in awhile. Maybe I’ll get it all put together soon.

  2. They *should* be done automatically! Mine are and I’m on WordPress, too. Maybe it’s just a setting you have to turn on, I don’t remember but I can look.

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