House Tour: Decorate with Vintage Finds
The dining area echoes the playful, repurposed spirit in the rest of the home. A red tool caddy on top of a salvaged cheese-crate side table serves as a beverage bar during gatherings. Large casters elevate an antique farm table to counter height and make it easy to move. Becky tops the table with flowers in a metal laundry pail.
Becky couldn't resist hanging a vintage print that reads "Wallser" in the dining area--even though it adds an extra L to the family's name.
A vintage water filter fills a nook in the dining area.
In the living room, bargain chipped-paint furniture brings low-maintenance style, while one-of-a-kind finds take on new, fun uses: An enamel casserole dish becomes a flower pot; patchwork feed sacks cover a pillow on the sofa.
Upholstering vintage iron patio chairs with red-and-white feed sacks makes them indoor-ready. "Heavy upholstered chairs were going to be too much in this space," designer Cathy says. "These are visually lighter."
A salvaged postcard holder becomes an instant display area for family photos. A fun way to organize: Fill each column with photos from a different year or event.
Mixing modern with vintage
To extend the colorful, vintage vibe to the kitchen, Cathy mixed salvaged pieces with modern stainless-steel upper shelves and appliances.
A rusty metal sign propped against the countertop-to-ceiling tilework takes the place of a traditional backsplash behind the range. Instead of another cabinet door, vintage fabric hung on a tension rod creates a curtain to hide supplies. A red cup dispenser mounted on the window frame lets kids quickly grab drinks. A rusty 6-foot iron gate becomes unexpected decor on cabinet fronts.
Becky's tiny galley kitchen gets bonus counter space from a marble slab on one end of the dining table, where daughter Ruby enjoys breakfast.
Instead of piling fruits in a basket, the Walsers save counter space by suspending a grocery scale from a ceiling hook.
Light and bright bedroom
French doors separate the master bedroom from the dining area. A window flanked by built-in bookcases takes the place of a headboard.
Bath color and creativity
For creative molding in the kids' bathroom, Cathy applied yardsticks above corrugated steel wainscoting. To coordinate with the soda-pop-cooler sink, she mixed red and green sticks.
Scale hooks serve as towel holders in the kids' bath.
Vintage boat oars give custom bunk beds in the boys' room a lakeside look. Though beds are suspended by steel chains, framework below the bottom bunk prevents them from swinging.
The home's add-on porch extends living space.
DESIGNER Cathy Iverson (email@example.com; 612/850-8660).
THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE: Paint color (On first-floor walls) S3005-B20G. Fine Paints of Europe (800/332-1556; finepaints ofeurope.com). Vintage pieces Cathy Iverson (see Designer).
KITCHEN Backsplash tile Tile By Design, Plymouth Showroom, 1720 Annapolis Ln., Plymouth, Minnesota (763/551-5900; tilexdesign.com). Cabinetry Custom. Into the Woods (intothewoods.ca). Countertops Black soapstone. Affordable Granite and Stone, Hopkins, Minnesota (763/450-3700). Faucet Four-hole kitchen faucet with cross handles and sidespray, U.4775X. Rohl (800/777-9762; rohlhome.com). Range Viking (888/845-4641; vikingrange.com). Refrigerator 24-inch refrigerator/freezer, CS1360. Liebherr (liebherr.us). Shelves Stainless. Ikea (ikea.com). Sink 440233. Blanco Supreme 1 -3/4 reverse bowl. Blanco (blancoamerica.com).
BOYS' BUNKROOM: Bunk beds Custom design by Cathy Iverson (see Designer) and David Fick.