Little House of Four - Creating a beautiful home, one thrifty project at a time.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How to Refinish and Restore a Vintage Card Catalog

An 18 drawer vintage card catalog gets refinished with new stain and hairpin legs for a fresh modern makeover. 


This post is sponsored by Crates and Pallet.  As always, all opinions are my own 

I've been able to find and transform some amazing pieces throughout the years, but scoring an authentic 18 drawer vintage card catalog is definitely at the top of the list.  Ever since I can remember, I've been searching for a card catalog that wasn't crazy expensive or too far away.   It wasn't until a recent late night search on Facebook Marketplace that I FINALLY lucked out.  You guys, I actually found a card catalog that was less than $100 and only 30 minutes away!  I messaged the guy right away then woke up bright and early the next morning to snag it before anyone else could.  

Refinished 18 drawer vintage card catalog

Can you believe this beauty was saved from a dumpster?  The guy I bought it from just happened to pass a house that was cleaning out and hauling stuff to a dumpster.  He saved this gorgeous card catalog as well as a few other amazing pieces.  It wasn't in the best of shape when I bought it, but it was beautiful and had so much potential.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August Back to School Sale at Sweet Clover Bar

Tour our booth in a vintage barn packed and styled with lots of cool tones and unique vintage decor!

Yesterday, in the blazing heat, Cassie and I moved furniture, staged and took photos for the last Sweet Clover sale of the summer.  I was a sweaty, hot mess, but it's always fun styling and staging our booth.  This month, we brought in more of our favorite cool tones and accented with warm colors to transition into fall.   We added lots of new furniture and vintage decor that I'm excited to share with you today.

vintage crocks and ship art print

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Coastal Blue and Wood Vintage Dixie Dresser Makeover

A vintage Dixie dresser gets a two-tone makeover with Coastal Blue milk paint!



White and wood will probably always be my favorite furniture combination, but wood and Coastal Blue are quickly becoming a close second.  The deep dark blue is neutral enough to go with almost anything and a little more interesting than traditional white or black.   

Just recently, I bought a vintage Dixie dresser off Facebook Marketplace that was in good enough condition to keep the drawers original and just update the body.  I love wood furniture and I love painted furniture, but the combination of the two is definitely my favorite.   


two tone vintage MCM Dixie dresser makeover

Sunday, August 5, 2018

How to Make Green Apples From Dollar Tree Jars


Dollar Tree storage jars get turned into adorable green apples perfect for fall and back to school teacher gifts!


It's August, which means it's practically September and time for back to school and fall decor.  It's also the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for another Dollar Store DIY

This month, I decided to get a little crafty and make an adorable little green apple jar.  I initially planned on making a red apple, but my mom insisted I make the apple green.  She said everyone makes red apples, so it needed to be green.  I guess mother knows best because when I searched for green apples I could not find a single project.  Crazy, right?

Considering I'm not a fan of red (except at Christmastime!) I took my mom's advice (ahem, demands) and painted the jar green.  I have to say,  mom was right.  This little Dollar Tree jar sure did turn into the cutest green apple.

Dollar Tree glass jars turned adorable green apples
You can fill these adorable little jars with candy for a cute and affordable teacher gift for the first day of school.

Monday, July 30, 2018

How to Make an Affordable No Vacancy Farmhouse Sign

The easiest way to make an affordable farmhouse no vacancy sign without fancy cutting machines! 


Last year I bought a fancy Cricut on Black Friday.  Have I used it yet?  Umm, no.  I'm sure I'll eventually knock off the dust and figure out how to use it, but until then, I'll just keep making signs the 'ole fashion way.  It may take more time and effort, but making signs without fancy cutting machines is my favorite (and cheapest!) way to create custom DIY signs. 

affordable farmhouse No Vacancy sign

Monday, July 23, 2018

8 Big Decorating Mistakes and How to Correct Them


Do you get overwhelmed when you think about decorating your home?  Are you frustrated that it's not a space you love?  Chances are you're making decorating mistakes that you don't even realize you're making.  The good news is, these mistakes are easy to fix with these simple decorating tips!


Unless you're a seasoned decorator or have a degree in interior design than chances are you've made a few decorating mistakes that you'd like to forget, I know I've made my fair share.  I hung curtains too low and covered my windows, I chose paint colors that were all wrong (bright teal anyone?) and had no real plans.  I was so excited to start updating and decorating our home that I just dove right in.  Sound familiar?  The good news is, making mistakes is a great learning experience and there are easy solutions for correcting them.  Today, I want to talk about some of the most common decorating mistakes and solutions.  My hope is to help you solve decorating dilemmas and create a home you love.
8 big decorating mistakes and how to correct them

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sweet Clover Summer Fun Tag Sale


Unique vintage decor and hand painted furniture featured at Sweet Clover Barn.


Before I get to the preview of our space for the July Sweet Clover sale, I want to thank you for the incredibly sweet e-mails and comments regarding the Better Homes and Gardens Feature.  Your genuine excitement and kind words mean more than you know and I can't thank you all enough for your support.  

It's time to share our space for the July Sweet Clover sale!  Cassie and I cleared out the red from last month's sale and brought in more black, wicker and our favorite cool tones.  We sold a lot of our large furniture pieces, so this month also brings fresh new custom painted furniture. 

Vintage lockers and black painted antique dresser