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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Old English window cornices

Hey there gals! Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. 
 We were non stop and It is catching up with me big time!
Sometime back, I had shared with you a snippet of a score we found at a local antique shop.
It is a small shop, with some wonderful finds here locally.
I spied these cornices right away, and knew my first thoughts as to what to do with them.
Fearful to look at the price...I had to because I really wanted them, but of course would not pay a lot, because I am cheap like that.  After all, it is called thrifting.

Well....much to my shock, they were $50.00 a piece. GASP!
This poor woman has no clue what she is selling..was my first thought. However, 
what she did know is that they came out of a very wealthy woman's home in England, and that they were old, like from the early 1900's. She never thought they would sell, as they are custom to size and not every home would really work with these.
I knew from eyeing it alone, they would fit. I never measure, my bad, I know...but I have an OK eye sometimes.
"OK great", we are outta here with these babes.
Mike and I have since tried finding any history, and come up with nothing.
If you were to have something custom made, it would be atleast 500.00 a piece, and of course not an antique.
Mike truly loves them in his Old English pub room.
So there you have it, you never know what you can find, when thrifting...
we never set out for these, but they found us instead.
They certainly will make their own history. And I realize these may not be for everyone's liking or taste. But we love them and that is what counts.
What have you found that is pretty old and cool lately?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH!...I've been patiently waiting to see what you created and you have not disappointed!...these look absolutely fantastic, yall did a great job!
The pub is looking good!!
I'll have a root-beer float with whip cream toppping please!!

July 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

What a great find!! The pub looks great!

July 5, 2011 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Amazing! They look perfect in the pub they should have been there all along. Great find!

July 5, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Debbie they look great, what a perfect place for them... Now what time does happy hour start? great find.


July 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Debbie, those are perfect for that room. Love the look of them. Great find!

July 5, 2011 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Great score, Debbie! The cornices look perfect with the tin ceiling! The pub has such character!!!

July 5, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Pam Kessler said...

Mike is right. They are perfect for the pub! You would think they would be a heck of a lot more than $50.00. Great find.

July 5, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I absolutely love these! The detailing is great. I would say you got quite the deal!

July 5, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

They are beautiful, Debbie!

July 5, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Connie the crafterbug said...

Wow! What treasures! You definitely scored on these babies.

July 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Becca Bertotti said...

These truly are super cool and perfect for your awesome pub room, Debbie !! You're right in that sometimes what we don't set out to find, actually finds us !! Love 'em.

July 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Ann from On Sutton Place said...

It's not often you find something so perfect and for a particular spot. Well done. Your eye is a little more than just "OK!"

July 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know when something just clicks and this is one of those,, look like they just belong,, beautiful,, hve a happy 5th of july

July 5, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Leovi said...

I love delicious photos are light, beautiful. I wish you a happy summer.

July 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

They really do look wonderful in that room. So neat that you hung them below the window top too. I've never seen that done before. It looks like you have transom windows now. Very pretty!

July 5, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

They certainly fit in well in the room!

July 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Little City Farm said...

What a great deal. I think they look amazing. I never measure anything either, but I seldom come out on the good end of that bad habit. Lucky for you you're better at it. :)

July 5, 2011 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Debbie I love them and they are perfect for your pub room! i always loved cornices on windows, I think it just gives them a finished look. Great find! Martina

July 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Our Hopeful Home said...

WOW, what a great find! You really do have an eye, Debbie! This would be perfect for my Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva Party going on right now! Hope to see you there!


July 5, 2011 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Just perfect in your pub room.


July 5, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

Debbie! Those are AMAZING!! Seriously gorgeous and definitely a good deal when you consider, like you said, how much it would cost to custom design something like that. Great job friend!

July 5, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Love the pub and WHAT a great find those were! You're right-she had NO idea what she was selling there...but I'm surprised noone had snatched them up earlier. Maybe they thought she had them priced at $500! xo Diana

July 5, 2011 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Ricki Treleaven said...

Debbie......*wow*.....the magazine guys are gonna start emailing you again if they have any sense at all!!!

July 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Daniella said...

EEK!!! What a fabulous find!!! If you find their history, I'd love to hear it!!
I had 2 cornices in my old house. One in the living room, the window was 9 feet wide, and one in the dining room, only 6 feet wide. Carl used crown moulding and cornice squares and they look awesome! I brought them here, but only 1 will work here. It will go on my sliding glass door in the master bedroom. This weekend, the bedroom gets painted, and the curtains, bedding, cornice and all the other fun things go in/up!! It has been 5 months of mayhem! Only a few rooms aree finished. This being the one I just can't live without!! Horray for both of us!! LOL!!
I will be sending you an email in a sec. expect it!!
sorry so long!

July 5, 2011 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

What a gorgeous pub room, Debbie! The tins ceiling is fabulous. You made an incredible find with your cornices!

July 5, 2011 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

What a fabulous find for your pub room. They look great! Peggy

July 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Debbie, I love them! Of course you know what color I would paint them...Of course then they would never work in the pub room! I haven't had any great find lately!


July 5, 2011 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger ~Mary said...

Oh my gosh Debbie, those are gorgeous! You really lucked out finding those. And they go so well in the pub room. You sure have a great eye!

July 5, 2011 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

I have been giving some thought to doing my kitchen ceiling like that.... yours is beautiful!!!! It has helped to persuade me....

July 5, 2011 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

I LOVE them and they are perfect there!!!!

July 6, 2011 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Great find. They are perfect for the pub room.

July 6, 2011 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

You have quite an eye, Debbie! They are, of course, perfect...and an excellent buy! The pub is fabulous!

July 6, 2011 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger CailinMarie said...

wow! look at that shot of the pub room! way too cool. Those cornice pieces are really wonderful. Good for you for saving them! They needed to be found :)

July 6, 2011 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an awesome find! And this room is beautiful with so many wonderful details! I love to put together a room a piece at a time! ♥ Can I put my drink order in now? ♥

July 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger linda said...

wow what a great find they look like they where made for the windows of the pubthe perfect touch:)

July 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Blogger said...

Nice pictures.The interior designs are just great!

July 6, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger foreverdecorating said...

Normally I'm not a huge cornice lover but these are fantastic and they are so cool in this room. Great find girl!

July 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What a brilliant find. I have to smile when you write "I knew from eyeing it alone, they would fit. I never measure, my bad, I know...but I have an OK eye sometimes"

because, you want to know something? Me too.

July 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You know I adore your bar. Can I come over and belly up... Time got away from me too, just now able to breathe...

July 6, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Like them? OMG I LOVE them Deb. You lucky girl - what a score! I totally would have arm wrestled you for those. So unique, so one-of-a-kind, SO beautiful!
Green with envy ova hea!!! LOL!

July 6, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I just found your place through Daniella at Layers of Creativity and I am so glad I did! I love finding a fellow thrifter! We aren't cheap, we are just saavy! I am going to be your newest follower.

July 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

That fabulous pub room now has the PERFECT accents!!!1 Great find!!! XO, Pinky

July 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

They are fantastic! What a wonderful find. Looks perfect in the room...and I do love the room.


July 6, 2011 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

They are fantastic! What a wonderful find. Looks perfect in the room...and I do love the room.


July 6, 2011 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Savannah Granny said...

These are awesome. So beautiful with your pub room. Thanks for sharing. Ginger

July 6, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Good Grief! How did I miss this post! What a spectacular find Debbie! Can't believe the price, and they look wonderful in their new home.

July 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, those are some beautiful cornices.......and $ almost stole them lol. What a great deal!! There is probably not another room anywhere that they would look so excellent in......take care, VBg

July 8, 2011 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Isn't it fun to know you got a good deal AND they look good in the room? What a great purchase to accent yours and Mike's pub room. :-) Sue

July 11, 2011 at 7:33 AM  

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