Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I have a special fondness for bean pots AND old tin!! I know…you may think that is a strange combination, and perhaps it is, but somehow it WORKS for me!!

I LOVE the short, squatty shapes, the dark brown or two-toned color of the pots, and the dulled patina and interesting shapes of the old tin pieces!!

I love to display them around my home and have gathered a small collection of both of them!! They have been relatively inexpensive too, with the most expensive piece being under $20.00, so that makes it really nice for me!

Recently, I found that I had accumulated enough pieces to display together in a nice grouping but found I had a big problem……WHAT to display them IN?? After all, they would look so much better TOGETHER, right??

I knew I needed a large shelf or cupboard for that purpose, and so I decided I would have to keep my eyes open in the hopes I could find it!

Do you ever go somewhere and suddenly the very thing you are looking for is right in front of you?? There it was, an open set of shelves, with the look of a bucket bench, primitively painted, with beadboard on the back side, and best of all, A GREAT PRICE!!! In a word….SOLD!!!

It sits in the entry way of my town home…a long hallway of sorts…hard to decorate, but the perfect spot for just such a cupboard!! It has LOTS of extra room too, so I was even able to add some similar colored crocks I have, and some little favorite bowls too!!

The bench has 3 shelves, and since the hallway is narrow, I tried to take lots of pictures at different angles, so you could get an idea of how it fits!!

What do you think?? Above the bench is a black shelf with old door knobs and old coat hooks, that I have used to hang some little birds, hearts and a sawdust flag I have made. On top of the shelf is a collection of old bobbins that I was not able to get in the picture!! I guess that will be in another post!!

Here is what it looks like straight on and as you can see, it is quite roomy, and would hold more, but I didn’t want to crowd it too much!! Don’t you just love the old pudding molds, and the tea and cocoa tin??

Here is a better view looking from the kitchen to the stairway, back by the framed quilt squares. Notice the old wooden ironing board, complete with an old linen towel and two wooden clothespins!

This is what you see as you come in the front door and I couldn’t be happier!! I think it looks like it has always been there, resting beside my old chair (found by the side of the road one day), with redware crock, piece of homespun, and the old sifter above!!

I hope you have enjoyed this little “peek” inside my home, and that you will be inspired to find something you love and START COLLECTING!!! After all, it all begins with ONE PIECE!!!




Falling Leaf Woodworkers and Primitives said...

the old tin and beanpots look great together. Love the display.

HomeSpunPrims said...

LOVE your new bench Julie! Everything shows up just great on it. You did a wonderful job on this whole space. Thanks for sharing.

Penelope's Beehive said...

Oh my, such a welcoming spot! The bench is perfect for your treasures. Collections are such grand fun! Thank you for sharing your cozy home Julie.

Gentle hugs...Judy

Beckyjean said...


Your new bench is wonderful. Love seeing all your old tin pieces. I too collect tin. It seems like I'm always picking up little pieces of it here & there.

Enjoy your day~Becky

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Hi Julie,
What a fun post.
I loooove tin and your bean pots are wonderful...I don't have a single one but love them too.

Thanks for sharing such great treasures with us.


Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Thanks Ladies!
All your kind comments mean so much!! It is always so much fun to decorate with our "favorite things" isn't it??
Hope all of you are having a lovely Spring Day!!!

Primsue said...

Julie, you have a wonderful collection of crockery and tinware. I love the shelf and the way you have everything displayed.


Joanne said...

Ooh Julie - love your collection and your new bench - the perfect find for it! I'm so itching to get out to the flea markets and yard sales to find some new "treasures!"

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

What a nice collection Julie. LOVE LOVE LOVE the bucket bench. What a great find! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Thanks so much for the kind comments Sue, Joanne, and Jenn!! I LOVE it too and am so happy it was in "the right place at the right time" or perhaps I WAS!! Either way it worked out great!! Hope you all have a lovely week!!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

What a fantastic collection and new bench! Your molds are wonderful too!

Thanks for sharing all your primitive ware!

:) Carolyn

Speckled Hen Country Store said...

Thank you for sharing your home, Julie! So cozy and welcoming~ and happy collecting!