A New Obsession Is Born…

If you know me then you know that “pickin'” is my addiction! I am always looking, keeping my ear to the ground, scouting out possible locations or day dreaming about what may lie behind the front door of every old home.

Since opening Rusty Romance Antique Boutique I have been very privileged to be approached by many lovely people looking to downsize, clean out or just clean up their lives. I have done quite a few house calls and have been honored to pick some local area barns.

You can truly find just about anything in old barns! It is like Christmas morning for me when that big old door starts to roll or creak open. The moment the dust meets the incoming beams of sunlight I feel at home.

More than just what may be lovingly preserved and waiting for me in the shadows, there is the Barn itself….my new obsession!

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My most recent experience was at this fabulous and shockingly HUGE barn! Built in 1934, it is on the Historical Registry and for good reason!

Every Proper Farm must come with a sweet old Lab to keep you company during your adventures and serve as a tour guide. This lovely old man was the perfect host!

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There is no real way to put this picture into the proper scale and show how massive it is! In the center is the old Antique hay pulley, which looks tiny from where I stand but in actuality is the size of a VW Bug!

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The architecture, craftsmanship, acoustics and construction is simply awe inspiring! I wish they could bottle the smell of hay, grain, dust, rust and years of hard work and aging wood. I would buy that essential oil by the bucket full!

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Barns shelter animals, house equipment and keep the secrets of first kisses in haylofts. They are the best place for big adventures for small boys, perfect for hide and seek and serve as a social gathering places. Their old wood slats make the best dance floors. Barns stand tall and strong, silent sentinels that watch over their Farms.

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The next time you drive down a back road or by one of these sun weathered beauties take a moment to daydream about its life well lived.

Warmly~
Reece

I Heard the Call

From the day Rusty Romance opened I heard one similar statement – ”Where is the Chalk Paint?”

The business that had occupied my space before me had been a chalk paint haven, selling chalk paint and chalk paint accessories, and even teaching chalk painting classes.

My customers’ want for the product and their desire to be able to purchase it locally rang out loud and clear. I was on it!!

I have been making my Chalk Paint, using my own “Secret” Formula”, for years, and now I had the opportunity to share it with my community! I rolled up my sleeves, burned the midnight oil and Rusty Romance Chalk Paint was born!

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Over the years I have worked hard to find the perfect colors: A cream that wasn’t too yellow, a white that wasn’t grey or blue, a pink that wasn’t too Pepto-colored, etc. I believe I have achieved just the right balance and I hope you do to!

My Rusty Romance Chalk Paint line features 19 curated colors, lovingly crafted for the perfect finishing touch to your unique piece.

I put my paint to the true test in my own store. I have a tiny bathroom in the back of my shop that was painted in a very old high gloss paint. Nothing would stick. It left brush marks and was an overall mess!

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I used an 8 oz. jar of Longview Haze, which is a lovely medium grey tone, and the result was far better than I could have dreamed – one coat, full coverage, no brush marks and a lovely soft matte finish!

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I painted the cute shabby table in my “40’s Farmhouse” green, and the old wood floor I did with a durable outdoor patio paint.

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I love the end result! Just a cute simple little bathroom that is clean, fresh and charming!

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Stop by and we can chat about Chalk Paint!

Warmly,
Reece