Vintage Floral Barkcloth

Vintage Floral BarkclothYou know…I’m pretty sure my mailman thinks I’m nuts. A few days ago I was on my front porch, fluffing and fixing it up, when he happened by to deliver the mail. There I was, in between my bushes in several inches of snow, taking pictures. It doesn’t happen very often but I was truly at a loss for words!

Vintage Floral BarkclothIt was a beautiful, sunny day and putting out the flowered pillows made spring feel just a bit closer. The floral is vintage barkcloth and it’s backed with red ticking.

Vintage Floral BarkclothI’ve had these pillows for several years. The barkcloth has faded but I think that adds a little character. Barkcloth got it’s name because the texture is usually fairly rough…like the bark of a tree. Popular in the 1930′s and 40′s, it’s now pretty hard to find any that’s affordable. It runs around $30 per yard on sites like eBay and Etsy. When I was doing a little “shopping” I found that the floral barkcloth is the most readily available. The best prices are on actual window panels made from the various barkcloths. What housewives paid $8.50 per panel for years ago is selling for, depending on the condition, around $80-$100.

Vintage Floral BarkclothI also found this scenic barkcloth that could almost be classified as toile.

Vintage Floral BarkclothI want some of this so bad I can taste it. I have to keep looking for something in my price range but the hunt is on!

Vintage Floral BarkclothThis fabric was actually my first vintage purchase. I looked and looked one summer until I found just the right thing. The blue of the barkcloth happens to go perfectly with the blue of my enamelware pitcher.  When I was looking in my basement for these pillows I ran across a little lamp shade I had covered with the same fabric. It was sort of like finding a little treasure…unexpected and very fun!

Vintage Floral BarkclothI hope if you were in the path of the East coast blizzard that you are safe and warm. I’ll be back, hopefully tomorrow, with a wonderful giveaway from a darling Etsy shop.

Happy Sunday ~

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  1. Carole says

    Reminds me of the drapes and slipcovers my Grandma made for her living and dining room. She was the trendsetter of her time. Love your porch.

  2. says

    Well, I must admit that I am not familiar with the term barkcloth but I certainly do like your pillows and the porch is so ready for Spring. I’m going to start looking for barkcloth. I just stopped and looked at some images of barkcloth on Google.

  3. says

    Your pillows are so cute! My parents used to have barkcloth curtains back in the day. I have to see if I can find a photo of them. That stuff really has gone up in price hasn’t it.

  4. says

    Barkcloth has been a longtime favourite of mine. I have some that I think is barkcloth. It is just a small piece, it’s yellow with some orange flowers on it.
    I love your blue pillows and the little lamp, they are really nice! And yes, Spring-y. I hope you enjoyed your snow!
    Hugs, Cindy

  5. says

    Ha! When we lived in NY our mailman thought I was a crazy girl too! He would have lug big boxes to the door and finally began to ask what was in them. Imagine his surprise when I remarked “mayonnaise” “corn meal” “moon pies” etc. See our Southern Mother’s kept us in the Southern staples that weren’t to be found locally! Oh well, I am sure your photo shoot made his day lively!

    BTW, it looks gorgeous. I just happened upon your blog via Twitter and am charmed!