That's So Primitive
So, what exactly is Primitive Décor? Primitive décor is a little Americana, country, shabby chic, flea market finds and make-do. It's open to interpretation and not really restrictive. You get the country rustic feeling when you see it, but you know it isn't exactly country rustic. You're reminded of an old country cabin, only a bit more upscale. Clear as mud, right?
Something Old, Something New - Buy It or Make It
This style of decorating could find you exploring junk stores or antique shops for a piece which you will take home and fix up to usability, then put on display. Conversely, you may have a spot in a room that needs something, so you go out and buy it new then "age" it with antiquing, stain or sanding. There is one thing Primitive Décor is not, and that is "new."
Up Country, Primitive Style
There are different forms of Primitive Décor, one of which is currently evolving and is called "up county", which is upscale primitive. Pieces for this type of décor are created from the finest wood and craftsmanship, then the pieces are distressed to look old by using paint techniques, sanding, tossing the piece against a wall until it is battered, or hitting it with chains to leave dents and marks. Sounds quite extreme, but it's being done. Pieces created like this look fabulous in a room with new-old antique signage or new, but rustic, looking hardware.
It's Easy to Make, and Inexpensive as Well
Primitive Décor pieces are easily made and, especially if you're on a tight budget, they are inexpensive to produce. The most popular finish is cracked paint with wear spots and that can easily be achieved by using a crackle paint treatment and some sandpaper to create worn spots in logical places. For a really authentic finish, go for the porcelain crackle paint, it gives a "crazed" finish, like you see in antique china.
Treasure Hunt to Find the Perfect Piece
A trip to a flea market, the local second hand store, garage sales or auctions can garner you the pieces you love to love. After you get them home and make some repairs, you can finish them with finishes easily acquired at a home center or hardware store. Before you know it, you've got the primitive feel you want, matched exactly to your taste and your color theme.
All You Need is Love...
This type of décor doesn't require a degree in house design. All you really need is a love of decorating, a love of the style and a willingness to step out of the mold. You can begin with some home decorating books and magazines and then add your own style to the mix. If you love to do things with your hands, Primitive Décor can't be beaten for facilitating that passion, and the end result is a home filled with your own personal treasures. You'll find folks will love to visit and check in on your next "fix-it" project.