♥ Say no to bare, boring walls!  Give your walls character! ♥

I’ve been slightly envious of those families that grace their walls with descriptive phrases and words, beautifully presented, ever since I first discovered that you could do such a thing as decorate your walls in such a way.  You see, I love words.  I’m a bookish girl, one that loves to write and express my thoughts with words.  So having words or my favorite quote on the wall appealed to me greatly.

Why was I envious?  Well, if you’ve ever searched a local store like Fred Meyer or some place like that, you know how difficult it can be to find exactly what you want.  You’re pretty much stuck with whatever they happen to have in stock, if they even have anything more than pathetic little wall stickers.  Little did I know how easy it is nowadays to find exactly what you want – and you don’t even have to sacrifice an arm or a leg for such cool and unique wall decor!

Enter Old Barn Rescue Company’s wonderful online store full of wall graphics.  Heaven!  Whatever you’re looking for, they are sure to have it.  They carry full quotes, personalized graphics such as “_______’s Room”, monograms, and much more!  If for some reason you can’t find what you want, they’ll work with you to customize something for free!

My Review: Thanks to Old Barn Rescue Company, I received the following quote from the bible for our walls:

I love this verse, and the way they have made it into a work of art.  Stunning!

So, the ordering process.  With each wall graphic and quote, you are able to choose colors, sometimes more than one, so that your wall graphic will coordinate with your current decor.  The color palette is extensive – I had a hard time choosing!  We don’t really have a color scheme in our home yet, so I just went with the colors I thought would look great.  Colors that will pop but also blend well into the background.  I went with Nut Brown.  The colors you’re able to choose from currently are in the picture on the right here.

Here is what I received:

It came rolled up nicely and is simply beautiful!  I have not placed this on the wall yet – I decided that I needed to find a big canvas to put this on so that I can take it with me wherever we go.  We live in a rental right now and I can’t bear to have to tear it off the wall before we leave since it’s not reusable.  So I’m on the lookout for the perfect piece of canvas or wood to place this on.  Note that Old Barn Rescue Company will do this for you if you don’t have smooth walls! When I am able to find canvas and put this verse on it and hang it on the wall I will update this post with the final photos.  :)

Placement: The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.  You can find them here online, but they will also send you a paper copy of the instructions with your wall graphic. Old Barn Rescue Company’s decals can be placed on any clean, dry, smooth, nonporous surface like your walls, windows, tiles, doors, or plastic.

Final Thoughts: I am loving what Old Barn Rescue Company has to offer, and I love the people I was able to work with, too.  Everyone is very nice and helpful – they’ll bend over backward to help you get exactly what you want.  I recommend them highly!

Interview with Adonna, Co-founder of Old Barn Rescue Company:

Please introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
Old Barn Rescue Company is a two-woman show. Jan is a wife and mother of 2 very sporty kids and I am a wife and mother of 3 very musical boys. We became fast friends while doing pilates religiously for 2 years.

How did you get started designing and selling decals?
When Jan’s dad had to take down their childhood barn we had him save a bunch of the wood (thus the name Old Barn Rescue Co.) and we just started creating in Jan’s basement with scabble tiles and buttons, old faucets and hooks that we found at estate sales. Along the way I started lettering on some of the wood. There was one simple saying that people couldn’t get enough of but I got tired of lettering (No more monkeys jumpin’ on the bed). So we looked into the whole idea of cut vinyl and were excited to have such a natural outlet for my lettering. I have been a freelance lettering artist for 20 years, working for American Greetings, Gibson and Current. So, one of the things that sets us apart is that most of our designs are not made with a typeset font but are actually hand-drawn making them little pieces of art in and of themselves.

Do you have a favorite decal?
My favorite design that we sell would have to be the “No more monkeys…” because I’m so glad I don’t have to hand-letter it any more! I know that Jan’s is “if I had a flower for every time you made me smile or laugh I’d have a garden to walk in forever” because out of all our designs that is the one she chose to put on her family room wall!

What is your greatest honor or accomplishment?
I think our greatest accomplishment will be when we hit 1000 sales on Etsy (any day now!). That, and the lifelong friendship we have forged along the way. We are a great team! We are so lucky to have each other to share ideas, frustrations and laughter . We definitely spur each other on!

Do you have a day job or hobbies that keep you busy aside from your Old Barn Rescue Company?
This whole endeavor is definitely our day job now. It is so fun to create we really have to force ourselves to go make dinner or go to bed! We love making one-of-a-kind pieces in this world of mass production. Our customers get that. They are always commenting on how fun it is to find our booth at a show or shop our website (www.oldbarnrescue.com and www.oldbarnrescuecompany.etsy.com) because it’s always full of fun surprises. We are thrilled every time we read our customer’s comments or see pictures of our vinyl on their walls. We really like to make people happy so we try to fulfill their orders as quickly as we can.

Tell us one little-known or interesting fact about you. :-)

In September of 2009 I moved from St. Louis to Spokane, Washington to be nearer to family. So now we do most of our work long distance using email, ichat and the occasional Southwest flight!

What would you like to share with my readers about your store?
We have recently updated our online store: www.oldbarnrescue.com where our wall graphics can be purchased and ideas of our upcycled wall decor can be viewed. Our upcycled merchandise moves quickly, between the art shows we participate in and a few stores in the St. Louis area that carry our items. We are also searching for a few stores in the Spokane area for these wonderfully vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Now for a giveaway!

Old Barn Rescue Company is offering a decal of winner’s choice (up to $32 value)!

{Prize} Decal of winner’s choice from Old Barn Rescue Company (up to $32)
{Eligibility} Open to the US and Canada.

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Giveaway will be closed on August 23, 2010 at midnight PST and winner notified by email and posted on this website (either in this post or in a new winner’s announcement post).  Winner will then have 48 hours to reply to my email or I will have to re-draw another winner.  Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure:  I was provided with the product reviewed above so that I could share my thoughts and experiences with you.  This post is 100% my own opinion and written in my own words, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products.


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