How to decorate with primitives to incoporate primitive decorating ideas in your home without breaking the bank is something people like us want to know.
So you want to know how to decorate with primitives? For one thing, you do not always have to use “originals” or “antiques” in your decorating. There are fun ways to reuse old things and make them look new again or make them look older and more primitive.
I understand how you feel. There are some primitive decorators, who I sometimes call primitive snobs, who only use original pieces in their homes and that is their perogative but I think it is more fun to mix and max.
4 Primitive Decorating Ideas:
1) If you have more time than money this is the fun part. You can scour garage sales, flea markets, junk stores, to find something to turn into a primitive decorating idea. These items can consist of wooden bowls, wooden shelves and cabinets, quilts, and furniture.
2) If you have to have an “original” then of course you can go to estate sales or antique stores where you may be able to find an original primitive decorating item. Or you may find something in your grandmother’s attic that is just sitting there collecting dust. This is going to be more pricy but if you can afford it go for it. I personally like to decorate with both originals and reproductions, it is more fun that way.
3) I have been going to garage sales and finding anything wooden to paint and repurpose. One idea is to take wooden bowls that you can find at garage sales or thrift stores and paint them in a primitive color such as mustard, soldier blue, brick red, or my favorite black. You then sand them around the edges to make it look worn and then cover them with a dark stain and wiping it off giving it an old appearance.
4) Another idea that can contribute to the look of Primitive Decorating Ideas look is to take textiles; quilts, pieces of lace, cloth dolls, etc. and “paint them” with a mixture of water and coffee. This gives the appearance of making an item look older than it is.
Decorating With Primitive Decorating Ideas is not just about having the most expensive and original furnishings for your home. It is about creating the home that you want using items that you may find that others don’t want anymore. It is repurposing those long forgotten items that were once loved and used by someone else.