The Vintage Verandah


To say the last month has been busy is an understatement! As many of you have already visited our new location you know first hand the amount of work we accomplished in a very short amount of time. We were so excited to get into our new space and provide you with a better shopping experience, there was no time to lose!

Caroline & I thought it was important to share with you a few of the up-cycling projects we completed for our space. Like many of you thinking of renovating or changing up the decor in your homes there is ALWAYS a budget. We had a definite budget in mind, spend as little as possible!! So with our creative minds working together we came up with, what we think, were some very appropriate re-purposing projects for our space that saved us money & reused old items.

So for you to appreciate what we had to work with, maybe we should start with the before picture…..

Primary colors filling the walls & two different floorings covered the floors

Primary colors filling the walls & two different floorings covered the floors

It wasn’t the easiest space to have a vision for when all you saw was the red and blue! But this is what it looked like after we were done with it.


We started by painting those walls so the space could feel softer and welcoming.  Sherwin Williams colour matched Country Chic’s Sage Green for us which is a colour we both agreed complimented many of our vintage pieces and home decor. The white batons on the front walls made a natural frame for a wainscotting, which we decided would be reclaimed pallet wood. This was a labour intensive process of taking the pallet’s apart, cutting & mixing the boards up to curate a nice variety….thanks Rob! Our initial thought was to give all the boards a white wash with Miss Mustard Seed’s paint but once they were up, we fell in love! Hemp oil was all these pallet boards needed to bring out their natural, imperfect beauty.

Before applying Miss Mustard Seed's Paints Hemp Oil

Before applying Miss Mustard Seed’s Paints Hemp Oil

After!! Amazing what this product can do.

After!! Amazing what this product can do.



Next up was creating a focal point behind our cash counter. If you have been around Cochrane for a while you may know that our store space and the two adjoining spaces were once a General store. There are many doorways in our space that are sealed from both sides including a sliding door that was situated right behind our cash counter…the old track is even still there under a face board. We decided we needed to do something with it to liven it up…..our old 2×2 ceiling tins ended up being the answer.  Nine of them fit the door perfectly, creating a beautiful antique tin panel but we definitely needed something to frame them in to make it more like a piece of art. Thanks to Ben’s $5 pile of auction wood & Rob’s planer……and of course HEMP OIL we created this…..


Old wood before & after it was put through the plainer

Old wood before & after it was put through the plainer



We finished off each side of the panel with horizontal shiplap painted with Sherwin Williams Pure White and yes the tin is magnetic!!

Our space is quite deep, so we felt it was important to create a faux wall to break up the length a little. Carolyn had a vision of a wall of windows…..our husbands weren’t sure but you are never supposed to question the designer, right? These old windows come from various houses throughout Alberta and could have ended up in a landfill. Instead they are beautiful again as part of our collage.





We had a two openings that led from the front part of the store to the middle that needed a little something… was decided that curtains were in order but with neither Caroline or I being sewers we had to be very creative. Let me just say for this project all we needed was old barn wood, fabric, a staple gun and a little rope!!



Fabric purchased at Fabricland



Above these openings we painted smooth pressboard with Country Chic’s Liquorice to make a chalkboard. It will house chalkboard art through out the year and our “Save the World” buy Vintage sign we had made.

the space above before it was converted to a chalkboard

the space above before it was converted to a chalkboard







We also found a creative use for some of our vintage bobbins  in our Boutique area!





What would our space be without a couple barn doors? Ben covered two of our back walls that were royal blue with horizontal shiplap that we also painted with Sherwin Williams Pure White which left a perfect backdrop for an old barn door.


The doors from the original store made the journey over as well

The doors from the original store made the journey over as well

We have made our selves right at home in our new space and are looking forward to a busy fall, full of workshops and inspiration. Thanks to everyone who has come to visit over the last two weeks!! Your support means everything to us & there is nothing we love more than to see familiar faces walking through our door. Enjoy the rest of your summer!!

Tanya & Caroline


p.s…….here are a few more photos of the space full up with vintage goodness!








Natural Beauty

We have been busy bees around The Vintage Verandah lately. Whether it be out salvaging, picking or now harvesting for our newest adventure of wreath making! We definitely feel like we were meant to be out gathering beautiful, naturally existing elements to create beautiful art for you. Whether you are gifting them, dressing your front door or just needing to add some natural beauty and warmth to your space, wreaths are so versatile.  Not just for indoor use either, why not add them to your garden shed or fence post? Don’t let working with a larger outdoor space be intimidating, start with a small area or vignette and work from there. Incorporating height (like ladders or trellises)and variety just like you would in your indoor space.IMG_5993


We spent a day last week enjoying the amazing warmth of the sun, surrounded by the beauty of the Water Valley area & goats! Lots of Goats!! Our sidekicks (my daughter’s Megan & Samantha) were in heaven spending time with these week old babes, even getting to hold one that had just been born the day before.














It was very tempting to just bring a couple home & that may still happen because they were so fun to be around! In the meantime Caroline & I are busy enjoying our new pastime of wreath making. There will always be a supply of these handmade beauties in the store. Made with what is available seasonly…..from pussy willow & fall foliage to Christmas greenery. Your front door or fireplace can be dressed beautifully year round!




Our wreaths will be available in the store but also at our markets the first of which will be Vintage With Flair June 19th & 20th in Priddis and The Prairie Girls Vintage Market September 12th right here in Cochrane.




We are  set up and ready to go!

We are set up and ready to go!

Okay I just can resist sharing a few more photos of the goats……they are so darn cute!











Till next time!

Caroline & Tanya


New at The Vintage Verandah

Well this day is simply amazing! Not only is the sun shinning down warmly on us, causing dreams of spring & summer to become a reality, but I also have some exciting news to share with all of you!

As many of our ever so loyal customers know, The Vintage Verandah is a huge love in my life. This little business has brought so much joy to this girl over the last year and half & I cannot express how meaningful it is that you all have joined me on this journey.

A few months back as I was evaluating the growth of this business and the many exciting directions I wanted to take it, the reality was it was becoming too much for me to do on my own.  At first I thought of this as a failure…..but then the thoughts of how our journeys through other aspects of our lives are hardly ever alone. Whether it be our partners in love, friendship or our children, rarely as humans do we prefer to be alone.  So a decision was made that having a partner in my business would be an awesome way to share in this journey and continue to grow this little store the way it was intended. 

So please welcome Caroline!! She and I will now be running The Vintage Verandah together and we all know that two heads are better than one! Many of you will recognize her because she has worked at the store casually for a year. She is very familiar with the store already and over the moon excited to embark on this together! So look for some new & exciting changes and growth to our little shop.  Some of which have already happened with the expansion of our paint lines to include Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Fusion Mineral Paints and Country Chic Paints

Caroline brings an amazing artistic talent to the table that I am definitely inferior to. From her jewellery creations and beautiful photography to the art she can simply create freehand. Her eye for beautiful things is so complementary to my eye for junk!

Together we are committed to YOU…our customers! You will not be seeing less of me but more of both of us, as we know how important it is to connect with you all as we strive to serve you best.


So cheer’s to the “new” with our partnership and the “old” with our never ending commitment to infusing the time worn charm of  Vintage into our lives!!

Tanya & Caroline


Change is Good!

Sometimes on this road we call life we are faced with tough decisions, hard choices & changes. I am a firm believer, though, that change is good!  As our loyal customers, friends and fans it is important to assure you that this new and exciting news is for the benefit of YOU!! We have made an exciting switch in one of our paint lines.  We will now be carrying Country Chic Paint! Country Chic is a CANADIAN based company that offers a VOC FREE DIY paint with no harmful solvents. The same important qualities that you are accustom to finding in a paint at The Vintage Verandah are carried over with this brand with 2 very important exceptions………ready????……It will cost you LESS!!!…&….. It is BETTER paint!!! I know how important it is to provide a high quality paint but price is also important & now we can give you both. Look for our new brand to arrive later this week.  In the meantime ALL old stock is being cleared out at a very reasonable price!!!



Are you ready for more???? We all are in love with the addition of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint to the store! Well the same fabulous CANADIAN based company Homestead House has created a one step paint called FUSION MINERAL PAINT. Yes, you know where this is going! The Vintage Verandah will now be Cochrane & area’s exclusive retailer of FUSION. This paint will be our recommended “go to” for your kitchen cabinets as it has superior adhesion qualities and it does not require a finish. Not long after stock is received & organized we will be starting workshops with both of these new products!


10603430_710309709040876_8859048524663982818_nAs always! We are committed to providing you, our valued customers, with the best options out there for your painting needs. If you have any questions or concerns we are more than willing to talk with you during store hours.  If you have projects on the go with our current paint line, not to worry! We do still have plenty of stock & now is the time to get it because after it is gone, it is gone. Starting Tuesday all existing product will be available at a discount, call or visit the store for details!

We look forward to sharing these new & exciting times with you all!

Tanya xoxo

p.s. still some more exciting news on the horizon as well, that we can’t wait to share!!


2015 Workshops

A new year is upon us….time to start fresh, make more time for yourself maybe! How about learning how to express yourself artistically through paint? Did you know that painting your furniture can be a very therapeutic experience.  Taking away the sanding & stripping with both CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Chalk & Clay paints as well as Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints make for a truly enjoyable experience that anybody can do! Yes really, that means YOU to!

So let’s step outside of our comfort zone or take your painting to the next level with an advanced class. Below you will find a description of the classes we will be offering in January & February.  They are also listed on our events page.  Space is limited in each class to ensure the personal attention each student will need. Please phone the store to register 403-932-7703.


Advanced CeCe Caldwell’s

Using Glaze to create A Barn Wood Look

Thursday January 15th



This class will run from 12:00 pm- 3:00 or 3:30. You will be provided with the wood to paint as well as all supplies needed to create your barn wood look. We will all be using the same colours but the glazing application that you will learn can be applied in your other painting projects at home. If you have taken a beginner class or have substantial experience in painting with Chalk & Clay paints then this class is for you! Your cost for this class is $125 and must be pre-paid prior to the class to hold your spot.



CeCe Caldwell’s Beginner Class

Saturday January 31st



In this beginner CeCe Caldwell’s class you will be introduced to the concept of painting, distressing and finishing a piece of furniture that you will bring from home. You will be introduced to all of CeCe Caldwell’s Paints colours by making a colour chart to keep. Wax will be used as a finish in this class but you will also be told about what the whole line has to offer for finishes & enhancements. This class runs from 10:00am-3:00pm. Your cost is $125 which includes lunch as well as a 10% discount on paint the day of the workshop


Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Workshop

Saturday February 28th


We are so excited to now be offering Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint classes. This made in Canada VOC free milk paint comes in 18 fabulous colours. You won’t be disappointed with whole line of paint, wax, antiquing wax, white wax & hemp oil. More details to come on the particulars of this class but we are pre-registering for February 28th! Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed’s