Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Primitive Home Tour! Come See My Friend Val's Place!

If you LOVE primitives!  And I mean the truly good, old and original pieces right out of the early 1800's you are gonna flip as you tour my friend Val's house with me!
I've been wanting to go see her place for quite some time and today my friend Sue and I took a little road trip and Val so graciously invited us to stop by!
And Oh My Word!!   Great old pieces displayed as if we were looking at pages right out of a favorite primitive magazine! 

Old wooden bowls are a favorite of mine to collect and Val had some DANDY  ones!  Each with a story as many of her pieces had to tell!

I love the simple and primitive linens displayed on a wonderful make-do shelf! 

Val loves the original as- found finishes on each piece! 

Even the old floor boards in her old farm house bear the time-worn original finish! LOVE!

Val opens a drawer and explains how some of the pieces were constructed! She's very knowledgeable and we loved hearing the stories and accounts of how she acquired such an impressive collection of primitives!

Another thing this kind lady possesses is talent to construct a useful piece from old things she has found. She made this wonderful table from an old crate and old boards for the top! Just like the pioneer back in the day would have done with things they had! 

This old cupboard was layered with pink and several colors of newer paint when Val found it! Did I mention she has the patience of Job as she dry scraped all the layers to get to the original traces of red paint!  I did that once on something small.... ugh... it is painstaking hard work... but as Val describes it exciting to see what's beneath each layer... the final outcome well worth it am I right?

Old brooms and iron latches pose in the morning sunshine for a perfectly primitive shot!

I wanted to take this old wood box with the salmon colored paint right home with me!!

Our gracious and most talented host!!  Thank you for letting me photograph your marvelous home Val!  Thank you too for being the keeper and preserver of these pieces of history which we are lucky to be able to touch and lay our eyes upon!
The simple life.... shared with good friends today!

It doesn't get much better than that!!

Cathy G


  1. What an awesome home tour. I am trying to dry scrape a bucket bench right now and I agree...UGH. Janice

  2. I once did all of the cabinets in my very first kitchen, when I was 22. I just don't think I would want to do it. I did refinish furniture too, but I juts like looking at it now. It is filled with wonderful treasures. Thank you so much for the tour. I do love the cabinets and the wooden bowls.

  3. Oh wow,,,lovely pieces, thanks for sharing!!

  4. Such an amazing home!! Beautiful prim pieces!

  5. Wow! An amazing collection!
    Loved it all!

  6. Yes, an amazing home. Thanks for the tour

  7. Oh wow, I wonder what story each piece holds. To me the story behind the piece is what holds interest.
    I love the wooden bowl.

    Thanks for the mini tour of your friend's house.

  8. You are right...right out of a magazine but she gets to live it!
    Just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Wow, wow, wow! Made my heart go pitter patter just seeing the pictures of Val's wonderful primitive home! She sure has some great pieces and an eye for putting them together just right. Thanks so much to both of you for the tour, Cathy! Loved every picture! Hugs, Lori

  10. Hi Cathy,
    Ditto to everything just said!!!! Your photos really captured her home!!! I know you loved every minute of your visit and thanks to you, so did I!!! Just wonderful!!!! Thank you for taking us along!!!
    Enjoy your week!!
    Warm Hugs~

  11. Thanks for all the wonderful eye candy - I enjoyed seeing all those beautiful pictures - what a great collection she has!

  12. Drooling!!!! What a wonderful primitive home, I love her decorating style. Thanks for taking us on the prim home tour, loved it.Blessings Francine.

  13. Beautiful primitive pieces! God willing and the creek don't rise I will be going to the Antique Show at the Applachian Museum that the Simple Life Magazine is sponsoring in Clinton , TN. So I hope I see some beautiful pieces like these.

  14. Thanks for the tour. Lots of ideas and inspiration!

  15. Love, love, love Val's home! She not only has beautiful primitives, but a beautiful friend who takes awesome pictures. Thanks for the tour!

  16. I really love antiques, so this is such a refreshing sight to see! Val’s home reminds me of the old times when life was much simpler and uncomplicated. Thanks for sharing photos from your friend’s house, Cathy! Good day!

    Devin Newton @ Indy Market Homes

  17. Thank you for the wonderful and interesting tour of your friends home.She is talented with the way she decorates and collects her primitives. Such a treat!

  18. Thought the homes prims were perfect! Love table that was made , it's amazing what you can do and have with some that old time ingenuity! thanks for wonderful tour.

  19. Wonderful! This is just what I needed to see to inspire me to continue stripping an old wood table. It's from the 1930's with too many coats of paint. I'll leave it slightly distressed. I love those old bowls too.

  20. Very very primitive wonderful!!!!!!!!
    Wish I could make her tour.


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