Distressed Vintage Wallpaper and Old Buildings

Found this beauty on Pinterest.
After over a year of sorting out a deed problem and having 2 previous closing dates come and go, we finally closed on South & Main, in Dalton. Its been hard not to jump right into making the changes that we wanted to prior to signing papers. We painted and sealed up cracks, along with cost effective changes, but nothing that we would regret investing in, had the closing fell through. Did you ever have a dream of having your own shop or boutique? An old, historic brick building with a huge window front and lots a character that you could set up?! I invite you to join along as we turn this previous ag shop into an industrial inspired vintage shop nestled right along side several Amish communities. 
Our plans: replace the huge windows in front with double paned windows and install vintage, metal awnings inside in front of them, like this ----------->
Found on Pinterest
We don't have that long of awnings, but we have several mid sized ones to use. {hoarded away for several years just for this purpose} 

If I remember right, they are white with blue strips or vise verse. We will make the front area retail for antiques, vintage as well as a few lines that we trust and use, like Kromer caps & Clic reader glasses. I am currently shopping around for a couple other suppliers that carry inventory that will work in with my vision. Mocs and I also like to Re-Purpose odd objects and I have a long list of "to-dos" We have sectioned off a creative room in the front "where the magic will happen" as MaryJanes expresses.
I love the magazine Where Women Create, and inspire to nest something on those lines for that area.
Pinterest find
We always have a huge selection of vintage grain sacks, old bibles and books as well as heavy, old gears. I adore old suitcases and cement garden objects as well.  The back area of South & Main is for repair, and a sort of mancave! Right now we are living in our vintage glamper camper and make shift living which means, wood burner and a couple of recliners. We are making due in a cozy small area until we make changes to the upstairs which will become our home. This is where the vintage wall paper comes into play. The upstairs is wall to wall.....yep.....vintage wall paper dresses the walls. Some is distress, some is completely fine. I will save every little savable piece that I can and live with it! 

I LOVE IT! It makes me smile and dance! The floors are all slat wood which only makes me happier! I can't wait to share this project with you! We just need warmer weather to begin! {No heat upstairs yet} Here's a couple sneak peeks of what we will be working with upstairs in our future living area. I would love to share this experience with you and hear your ideas!

I hope you will consider sharing your thoughts and ideas, especially if you have always dreamed of doing like South & Main. You can team up with me and inspire me with your creative ideas and energy!  Visit us and give us a LIKE on facebook to hear more. Thanks for visiting! 
Hey, if you are in Wisconsin, check out our Fun, Funky, Festive Flea & Farmers Market held on May 10th, 2014. 




  1. Congratulations!!! The building is GORGEOUS. Your new living quarters are glorious and the wallpaper is fabulous and those cabinets are swoon-worthy! I can't wait to see what you do with the space. I agree about warmer weather...we're anxiously awaiting spring here in the Chicago 'burbs so that we can begin Phase 2 of the renovation of our French Farmhouse project. I'm looking forward to having new windows and some insulation in the walls before next winter...having ice coming out of the electric outlets in the bathroom for most of January has been just a little unnerving. Hugs, Kimberly

    1. Oh Kimberly, some girls dream of jewels and exotic trips.......and us, we dream of windows and insulation and wall paper!!! Ihope your electric is thawed!!! Hugs right back! Lisa

  2. OMG, I love vintage pealing wallpaper, I did this in my booth at the Pardeeville antique mall outside the cabin, I used vintage wallpaper and pealed it off because I love that look so much, and you are lucky enough to have the real thing, Im so jealous, and I love the magazine where women create, I hold a create club once a month at my house, we made vintage ornament wreaths, xmas pin trees in frames, chalkboard trays etc. I would love to help do that, I really love your style and have been to both of your sales, great building by the way. I make special tags for all my items using wrapping paper, netting anything salvage. Congratulations to you, this is absolutely one of my dreams!!!!! Marybeth

    1. Oh that cabin, did you know that was my vision? When we built Pardeeville Antique Mall, my husband and brother in law built that. I said, I want a hillbilly cabin inside the mall. {And so they did} The license plates on the front steps was the guys idea! I love what you have done with the cabin! I love your wall and your tags are killer! Maybe you should consider joining us for the Fun, Funky, Festive Flea & Farmers Market on May 10th! I would love to hear more about your creative club!!!

    2. yes Lisa I talked with you at the last sale you had and you told me that cabin was your vision, I love your vision, I want to be around you to soak up your vision, that cabin is amazing and I would love it as a chicken coop in my backyard!!!!!! I will never give it up unless I get my own place of course. I have considered joining you but I do not have a tent anymore so I was worried about the elements. I will come and visit at your first one and see if I can make the next one. I made a book of my create club and will bring it and show you. It really is good for the soul. :)

  3. Oh Lisa...congratulations on finding such a cool place and such a grand adventure! I so look forward to hearing all about it!

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