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Country Saltbox Houses

Saltbox houses; I’ve been painting them for years.

Filled my old farmhouse with prints of them saying “Home Sweet Home”. I even had a small but pretty collection of 2-3″ high lit saltbox houses – but that was before the fire…


Still, I can’t believe I’ve been writing about country decorating on this site for nearly 10 years and somehow I’ve neglected to mention the sweet and simple saltbox.

The saltbox styled house was one of the easiest frames to build in the early days. Once mills started up in North America and wood was converted from logs to lumber, people started putting up taller houses of simplistic construction. Of course they didn’t seem simple back then.

This primitive country painting of a weathered white saltbox house is certainly one of my favorite prints. At less than $10, it's a steal too!

Today the old-styled house is revered as a farmhouse – hundreds of mornings of little hands holding that 200 year old banister, coming down for breakfast. Folk art painters revere these houses as well since they are easy to paint on a landscape and match the primitive styles of artists so long ago.

Today you’ll find plenty of these houses in a wide variety of heritage colors. Muted green, washed out navy, sun-kissed gold and, the old standby, weathered white.

I know you’ll find one to fill that empty spot on your wall or table.

This painted saltbox is in the primitive red color. To view all available saltbox selections, click directly on the larger white saltbox house below (a new window will open).

This painted saltbox is in the primitive red color.

About Laura Childs

Country Living enthusiast Laura Childs was a downtown city girl for many years before heading to the hills to live a sustainable lifestyle, raise her daughter, get back to the land, and learn the time tested traditions of a simpler era. Throughout her farm life adventures of raising animals, working from home, home schooling her daughter, and being more green, Laura Childs has been sharing on the GoodByeCityLife website through articles and personal musings since 1998.