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Shabby Chic, The Finest Oxymoron You’ll Ever Meet

​“Shabby chic” is a perfect match for Old House Depot. What is shabby chic? It’s an interior design style in which furnishings are chosen for their appearance of age and signs of elegant wear and tear. Shabby chic even distresses new furniture to fit the antiquated aesthetic. Roses are common motifs, as is an overall Rococo style. Think French countrysides and English cottages.

Despite mimicking antique decor, shabby chic sets itself apart by having a cozy appeal that is eclectic, unique and very livable. Just search for “shabby chic” on Pinterest and you’ll have thousands of pins on your hands! Though the term was coined in the 1980s and the design was popular in the ‘90s, the style shows no signs of slowing down.

Vintage trunks and suitcases make for great storage and displays well within the shabby chic style.
Vintage trunks and suitcases make for great storage and displays well within the shabby chic style.

One common characteristic of shabby chic furniture is many layers and many colors of paint, where multiple colors can show through in worn places. It’s an effect that some even mimic on new furniture with paint and sandpaper. At Old House Depot, however, you can find authentic pieces that naturally have this aesthetic.

These beaded board frames are $50 with glass and $40 without at OHD. We make custom frames, too!
These beaded board frames are $50 with glass and $40 without at OHD. We make custom frames, too!

The old is vital to shabby chic. While it’s often a traditionally feminine style (with ruffles, lace and roses), modern shabby chic sees a palette beyond white, beige and pastels. Darker colors, richer textures and sturdier materials add a more masculine side to the style (you can call it “rustic”). Be bold!

If you’re looking to make something, check out our pine bended board! It comes in plenty of colors and unpainted. Perfect for walls, ceilings or frames. $1 per linear foot, plus a volume discount.
If you’re looking to make something, check out our pine bended board! It comes in plenty of colors and unpainted. Perfect for walls, ceilings or frames. $1 per linear foot, plus a volume discount.

If you’re looking to capture some modern shabby chic or rustic charm for your home, look no further than Old House Depot. Fall in love with the charm of all things old. We sure have.

Come on down today!

Customer Creations

Tawny Minton sent in some great photos of her beautiful new mantel, crafted out reclaimed cypress from Old House Depot.
Tawny Minton told us, "Thank you for all of your help selecting this beautiful pecky cypress, brainstorming, and giving advice — here is my mantel, and I love it!" We're in love too, Tawny! Glad to help any time.
Tawny says that this is, "my first woodworking project and I hope to do more." We hope so, too!
Just in time for the holidays! Gorgeous work, Tawny. Keep building more beautiful things! 

Customer Creations

It's always a pleasure to see what kinds of things our customers create with our products. Check out the newest batch:
Customer Jason Smith made this incredible banjo. He used Heart Pine wood that he got from OHD to build the neck. Wouldn't you love to hear how it sounds?
Customer Jason Smith made this incredible banjo. He used Heart Pine wood that he got from OHD to build the neck. Wouldn't you love to hear how it sounds?
Check out this awesome ice chest that one of our customers, Ron Dill, made. Ron said,
Check out this awesome ice chest that one of our customers, Ron Dill, made. Ron said, "I made this ice chest, using vintage heart of pine and hardware from Old House Depot!" Do you love it as much as we do?
Here's another customer who's done something great with items he's gotten from us. Brian Mullins bought a harrow, and as you can see, he's using it as a pot rack. How creative!
Here's another customer who's done something great with items he's gotten from us. Brian Mullins bought a harrow, and as you can see, he's using it as a pot rack. How creative!
Check out this table one of our customers, Paul Boackle, was able to upcycle! Doesn't this look like a fun piece of furniture?
Check out this table one of our customers, Paul Boackle, was able to upcycle! Doesn't this look like a fun piece of furniture?
Customer Lucas Simmons says,
Customer Lucas Simmons says, "New mantel made from an old beam from the Old House Depot!" We think it looks great, don't you?

Jim and Ann’s Kitchen

Here's our antique pantry door from Egypt, which is White Pine with iron work.
Here's our antique pantry door from Egypt, which is White Pine with iron work.
Custom made cabinets re-sawn form ancient cypress beams
We used antique brick for the walls. The counter top is white marble, and the shelving is ancient Cypress shelving. The cabinets are custom made from re-sawn form ancient cypress beams.
Custom wine rack, ancient cypress, Custom shelves made with ancient cypress, White marble counters, Antique brick
Here's a picture of our custom wine rack made with ancient Cypress. The custom shelves were made with ancient cypress. White marble counters. Antique brick walls. 

This is our 3” x 3' x 8' ancient Cypress island top.
This is our 3” x 3' x 8' ancient Cypress island top.

These are antique cast iron grates and exposed antique Heart Pine wooden beams.
These are antique cast iron grates and exposed antique Heart Pine wooden beams.
Our floors are antique wide plank Heart Pine flooring. The cabinets are custom made with ancient Cypress.
Our floors are antique wide plank Heart Pine flooring. The cabinets are custom made with ancient Cypress.

Customer Creations

We stripped the paint off this door for Renee Smith Mader. She says,
We stripped the paint off this door for Renee Smith Mader. She says, "This is the most loved pantry door in the world! Thanks for working so hard on it!!"
Customer Barbara Summers says,
Customer Barbara Summers says, "My outdoor kitchen cabinets were designed using salvaged tin wainscoting from Old House Depot!"
Customer Kyle Lewis made this coffee table from pecky cypress, salvaged cypress spindles, and antique tin ceiling tiles from Old House. Didn't this table turn out beautifully?
Customer Kyle Lewis made this coffee table from pecky cypress, salvaged cypress spindles, and antique tin ceiling tiles from Old House. Didn't this table turn out beautifully?

Customer Stephanie Dwyer got this old liquor dispenser from us and turned it into a home for her Betta fish! How awesome is this?
Customer Stephanie Dwyer got this old liquor dispenser from us and turned it into a home for her Betta fish! How awesome is this?

Customer Ginger Robbins made this wall sign with old boards and some door hardware from Old House! We love it!
Customer Ginger Robbins made this wall sign with old boards and some door hardware from Old House! We love it!

Customer Creations

Customer Dana Burrell Lipsey says,
Customer Dana Burrell Lipsey says, "I love my sink! Found it at the "depot" and had you guys get it refinished for me. I then added a troth faucet and soap dispenser:)" It looks beautiful, Dana!
Mike Hardy says,
Customer Mike Hardy says, "I came in about a month ago from Memphis and bought an old 4x4 that you guys cut into 3ft pieces. Just wanted to share this with you to see how it was put to good use. I'll be back soon I'm sure. The other wood and hardware was all salvaged from a cabin trip we took to Mississippi a few weeks before coming down to Jackson." Thanks, Mike!

From Customer Ellison Belt: “Coffee table with legs made from posts purchased at Old House Depot.”
From Customer Ellison Belt: “Coffee table with legs made from posts purchased at Old House Depot.”
Customer William Maynard says,
Customer William Maynard says, "Made this gathering table with cypress and pine from Old House Depot." 

5 Creative Ways to Reuse Household Items

Old Luggage Suitcases & Trunks

1. From an old suitcase to a chair or table:

Do you have a vintage suitcase lying around? Open it, screw legs on the bottom, and pad the inside and voilà! a chair. Or, you could leave it closed, put legs on the bottom, a glass sheet on the top, and make it into a bedside table.

2. From an unused drawer to a shelf:

Take drawers from an unused dresser or armoire and use them as shelves throughout your house. They can be positioned vertically or horizontally to give you more room to display valuables or just to add some spunk to a ro

3. From a headboard to a coat rack:

Do you have an old headboard that you’ll never use again? Paint it a fun color, attach some hooks, put it on the wall, and you’ve got a new coat/backpack/purse rack for your house.

4. From a ladder into a bookshelf:

Take that old, rickety ladder and mount it on your wall to use as a bookshelf! This adds an interesting element to any room plus gives you more space to display your books!

5. From a bathtub into a couch:

You can turn an antique bathtub with feet into a couch by simply cutting out one side of the tub and having a cushion made for the bottom of the tub. To spice it up even more, paint the tub with vibrant colors. 

bathtub seating

If you want to put some of these creative ways to reuse household items to the test, but you don’t have any of these items lying around, Old House Depot is the place to go! Check us out on Facebook and Pinterest or give us a call at 601.592.6200! 

5 Ways to Use Reclaimed Wood for Home Decor

Reclaimed wood is a popular material among carpenters and do-it-yourself types. Because it tends to come from interesting sources such as barns, wine barrels, or even boxcars, it has a history and unique character. It's  environmentally friendly to reuse existing lumber rather than buying it new, and old growth wood tends to be sturdier than new growth wood.

You can save money by constructing furniture from reclaimed wood yourself, or you can hire a carpenter to build it for you (Old House Depot takes custom orders). Here are 5 ideas for using reclaimed wood for home decor:

1. Tables

Add a conversation starter to your dining room by adding a table made of reclaimed wood. Your chairs can be more simple and inexpensive when you have a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind table. Reclaimed wood is also a great material for coffee tables, kitchen tables, and end tables. 

2. Headboards

Imagine waking up to a beautiful wooden headboard every morning. The design potential is unlimited -- you can mix wood panels in different shades and configurations, or you can go for a traditional look by sanding and staining the wood. 

3. Wood paneling

Reclaimed wood paneling adds a remarkable decorative touch to any room of your home. Frame the fireplace or panel the kitchen island. Add texture and warmth to your walls. Apartment Therapy features how-to posts on using distressed reclaimed wood panels for a quirky look, or smoother reclaimed wood panels for a rustic look.

4. Bookshelves

Book lovers will find reclaimed wood bookshelves as romantic as the tomes they support. Even better, if you custom build your bookshelves, you can design them to fit any space. Try floating shelves above your bed, or shelves in the living room that fill an entire wall. 

5. Picture Frames

Add an extra warmth to photos of your loved ones, or your favorite pieces of art, by framing them in reclaimed wood. You can size your frames to fit pictures of any size, and the rustic look of the wood contrasts well with any colors. 

Find reclaimed wood in various shapes, sizes, and hues at Old House Depot. If you love reclaimed wood but not DIY, call us at 601-592-6200 to ask about our custom builds!

New Uses for Old Things

​We love when our customers share photos of what they've done with items they've found in the store! Here are a couple of examples:

From Eleanor Mathis:
From Eleanor Mathis: "State string art by Curiously Wrought made on reclaimed pine from Old House Depot."
Reclaimed wood table made by Doss Kevin Dingli and Bonnie Dickerson. Bonnie says,
Reclaimed wood table made by Doss Kevin Dingli and Bonnie Dickerson. Bonnie says, "We dig the old wood with our modern furnishings."