The Vintage Verandah

Farmhouse Love

We were over the moon to be invited to visit an old farmhouse south of Edmonton last week. We were given no indication as to what we would find….and even if we had come back with nothing,  the thrill of the hunt and exploring the beautiful Alberta landscape would have been enough for these girls! When we did finally arrive and turned into the driveway our hearts skipped a beat as we saw the weathered beauty of the cutest little farmhouse.


Uninhabited for many years, it was showing its age. The story & half, complete with a front porch, was probably the perfect little family home in its day. We are sure she served her family well & that many happy years were spent between her walls. But with being left forgotten it was hard to appreciate what once was.

What will our current day homes look like years from now? There will be no beautiful distressed wood siding as everything is either vinyl or cement board. All the more reason to be saving everything that we can, while we can!!

As we entered the side door it became very apparent that if left for to long some unwanted small four legged animals will invade! Evidence of this was straight ahead of us with the largest mouse nest we had ever seen! Also the smell of diesel from the heater in the basement was very apparent, this only set us back for a moment though. We forged ahead with our toques over our faces, thinking…note to self, next time bring a mask! The main floor didn’t reveal many treasures worth saving but the attic…that was a different story. It is such a happy day for us when underneath all the paper and boxes reveals a beauty of a cabinet BUT to find 3 pieces made us want to jump up and down. Can you believe that according to the owner they had been up in the attack since they purchased the house? Had we not had the opportunity to go in they would have been destroyed when the house was demolished. Stop and think how often this must happen, pretty discouraging actually. Here are some pics of the three pieces…..prior to cleaning & repairing of course but you can see their potential for sure!





Now we don’t have any pictures of the manoeuvring we had to do to get these out of the attic….but if you picture a very narrow, steep staircase with a 90 degree turn at the bottom & then picture the whole piece basically resting on me cause there was no room side to side. What a girl will do to get a piece of furniture out of an attic, we definitely rocked it!! After retrieving these larger pieces there were a few small treasures found as well as some exterior storm & screen windows. Unfortunately the actual windows couldn’t be salvaged until closer to demo day, but we will certainly try our best to get those as well. We did save the porch door, that totally looks handmade. As well as some screen doors and window frames to re-purpose.






With all the excitement of our finds, a small over site was whether it would all fit in the back of my truck! Where there is will there is a way and we were not about to leave anything behind. Leaving the tailgate open and straps were our only option in the back. Our partner in crime Jeri was squished in amongst the windows in the back seat. Thank you Jeri for doing that for us!


Thanks for taking a few moments to read our blog & sharing in our experiences! To all you vintage loving souls out there we love & appreciate everything you do to help save a piece of history!




T & C

P.S. Here is a closer look at the massive beehive on the outside of the house. The main reason we had to go in the winter!!



Save the World Use Reclaimed Wood

Our slogan at The Vintage Verandah is “Save the world buy Vintage”.  Falling into this category is using wood salvaged from the demolition of old buildings, for new purposes. Everywhere in the design industry you see reclaimed wood being used.  Such a relevant part of preserving history as well as the environment, reclaimed wood can be incorporated into almost any part of your home. Don’t be deceived into thinking its only for use in rustic, farmhouse style homes. Its uses can carry over into the very modern space as well.

Have you been dreaming of adding some reclaimed wood to your architecture in your residence, cabin or business? Do you have a potential feature wall, base of an island or a powder room that needs some instant character? How about a back splash, skirting on your basement bar or baseboards? Here are a few ideas to help your get creative.









photo found on pinterest


photo from pinterest


Infusing reclaimed wood into your space is easier than you think and NOW EASIER TO FIND through us here at The Vintage Verandah. We are so excited to now be offering a wide variety of Barn Wood Siding, shiplap, T&G Fir, Fir 1″planks and so much more. Take a look at some of these sample boards of what is available at the moment. Availability is limited on each and may very from board to board but this is part of the reason we love reclaimed wood.


Any of these catching your eye? Visit our store to view the samples in person and for ordering information & prices.

All of these wood samples have been reclaimed from buildings in Alberta and are ready to become a part of the history you are creating in your home. When you purchase them for your project they will be accompanied with pictures and history of the building prior to its deconstruction. We all love the story don’t we?

Visit us at 204, 208 1st street West, Cochrane, AB to find out more information.

See you soon!

Tanya & Caroline











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