A Dress-form, a Drawer,and a Paper Back book

What would you do if you had a plain old dress form, a large vintage drawer, and a bunch of old paperback books?

I have had a lot of new visitors to my blog lately and I want to share with you how the name of my blog came to be. From the time I was a little girl I wanted my name to be Anne (Annie). My given name is Joanne ( Jo Ann), there are so many different spellings but I was always told that I was the only one who spelled it right. lol Just ask my Instagram friend Joanne. lol  I am called Jo by almost everyone. So I took the part of my name that know one uses and incorporated it into my business name. I remember as a young girl walking into my grandmother’s attic, and seeing so many wonderful vintage and antique pieces. So, Anne’s Attic – design was born. Because you are all my wonderful friends you can call me” Jo”, and if a Anne happens in that’s okay to, because I love the name.

Now on with the show!

As promised here is what I did with these items, plus a little glue and paint.


As I was browsing around my favorite shop Lost and Found Thrift I came upon this dress form in the basement of the store and knew just what I was going to do with it, the same with this amazingly chippy drawer. I was shaking with excitement.

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Here are some great ideas that you  can do with old drawers and there are so many amazing other ways as well. Stop by and visit my Pinterest boards.

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This sweet drawer was one of my first attempts. What would you do to an old drawer?

Are you ready for the reveal of the drawer?

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I loved this drawers chippiness so I didn’t want to cover up to much on the front. The camera just doesn’t bring out the best of the drawer but I’m sure you can get the idea.

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You can use this lovely drawer/book case/shelf/night stand for just about anything, or put it any where. I painted it with Vintage Market and Design paint in Heather.

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I then distressed it a little around the edges. Using some old paper back pages I decoupaged them to the shelves. I didn’t add a lot of frills because this sweet shelf can go into any room of the house, and the buyer can add a Romantic look through the vignettes on the shelves if they chose.


Now for the next reveal.

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She is stunning, just ask her! She loves her new look.

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It was really fun to fix up this old gal. Sorry Chloe, vinatage gal. lol  Know body likes to be told they are old. lol  I used some vintage paper back books, and some fun pics out of magazines and a few that I found on the net. I have been trying to decide which bow looks the best, what do you think?

I have two more ladies to fix up and I’m going to do one very Romantic. I have decided to let my readers design the next dress form! (Please be a follower to join in the fun). So please leave your comments so I can get started on her, I will even let you set the price. Then we can see just how long it takes for her to sale at my shop!

This will be fun, what I am going to do is take each individual comment and use it on the dress form. When she is complete I will label each idea with the person who commented on it. I wonder what she will look like? lol

Thank you so much for all of your comments! I adore everyone of them and you will always get a return reply from me. It is very important for me to let you know that someone is on the other side.

♥ It won’t be long before I will be celebrating my second year of blogging! So check back often for a free give a way. If you love Romantic Farmhouse designs you will love the prize.♥

xx Jo

I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home


The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm

Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose

Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Through Life


Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure

WOW @ Savvy Southern Style

Moonlight and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss

What’s it’s Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants


Thoughts of Home Thursday @ Poofing the Pillows

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner

Idea Box @ Mila’s Little Things

Vintage Charm @ Blue Willow House .com


Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai

Simply Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Friday’s Furniture Fix @ Patina Paradise

Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique

Five Star Fro Fro @ A Tray of Bliss

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage


Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk

Inspiration Spotlight @ Dear Creatives.com

Best of the Weekend @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Share it One More Time @ Shabby Fufu


Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice

Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies

Submarine Sunday @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

29 thoughts on “A Dress-form, a Drawer,and a Paper Back book

  1. Your dress form and drawer turned out great, Jo! I know that someone is going to really love them both! I can think of so many great ways to use the drawer. The inspirations you found are neat too. I love Pinterest too and could spend way too much time there:)


  2. You’ve been a busy woman Jo! Loving your creativity and repurposing. I purchased a piece of art from Germany recently that was made out of a drawer. I have my Spring post up but following one will show the drawer “Le Salon”. Still in customs I guess. It’s very fun. Keep your creativity flowing my friend it certainly delights us all.


  3. Now I’m hopeful of finding a drawer because I have just the right spot to put one! And – my vote for which flower looks better?….the burlap one caught my eye because it’s different.


  4. Hi Jo! Enjoyed the story of how you arrived at your business name. If I ever start a business, I would use Philomena because it is what my Italian-born mom called me and was my grandmom’s name, but somehow the American version got on my birth certificate.

    Loved the idea of repurposing the drawers as dioramas or 3D collage boxes, especially the one with the vintage bunnies. I may never pass up an old dresser placed out as garbage or throw out a shoe box-would love to repurpose them for each holiday!

    So many ideas come to my mind for the dress form! It would be great to take old broken dishes and cups to turn the form into a mosaic wonder or cover her up with a mosaic of seashells. I can envision covering her up with pebbles/stones and making a moss covered chicken wire skirt for her, as well, and have the moss go up into parts of the form and between the stones. I also would not mind seeing her turned into an angel with wings and angelic pictures decoupaged onto to her and maybe a pretty feathered chicken-wired skirt!


    • Hi Phyilis, I love your story about the name that you love. That is so precious. The name Joanne was suppose to be given to my mother. When my grand mother was expecting her her best friend was expecting as well and they both wanted the name Joanne for their babies if they were girls so they decided that the first to give birth to a baby girl would get to name her Joanne. You can see my mom didn’t get the name, so she gave it to me!
      I should send you the dress form, your ideas are amazing! Thank you for being ever supportive of my blog. xx Jo


  5. You have the sweetest creativity, my friend. Oh, how I adore seeing what you make and as always everything is beautiful and charming!

    It’s truly a joy and blessing to have you at Roses of Inspiration. Thank you for taking the time to link up. Much love and sweet hugs to you!


  6. I love your fresh dressed mannequin, such a clever idea! I pick up old drawers here and there…love what you did with yours. Thanks so much, Jo for sharing at Talk of the Town. Pinning!


  7. You work wonders with the simplest materials. Who would have thought book pages could look so glorious! Thank you for the inspiration!


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