Monday, May 18, 2015

What a difference a color can make

For months now, I have been contemplating on painting our front door.  It has been black for years and after replacing the door knob and lock, it looked a little shotty.  A few nicks that showed the previous red,  just wasn't appealing to this shabby chic gal.  I love distressed, but it has to be the right colors.


Also, see how the door get's lost?  That kind of drove nuts!

It's like it wasn't really there...


And of course when it is open, I really didn't like how dark it made this corner even with the light coming in.


Now look at the difference!  I think it gives that cottage welcome, don't you?


I had to lighten this photo to actually see the wreath.  Now look at the after...


Look at how it can be seen now...it is really one of the prettiest wreaths I've had on this door!

I lightly distressed the door to let the black come through.  
Oh how I truly love this door now!


And I think Louis approves of it too.


After rearranging the living room, I knew I had to paint that door.  It just didn't go with what I call my Easter colors.

So that's my little project for Monday even though the door took 3 coats of paint, lol!  Shew, I don't think my knees can take much more....

Thanks for visiting and until next time, have a blessed week!




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sweet Memories

When my Aunt Judy passed away, her daughter gave my Mother a piece of furniture that Judy had held onto since the passing of her late husbands sister, Francis.  I guess it seemed to be in bad shape to both of them because Mom gave the piece to me.  All I saw was how beautiful is really could be and visioned an island from the beginning.  I already had a kitchen island that my husband and I had built many years ago when we remodeled.  It was a pretty good size, but it took up too much space and made it hard to maneuver around during the holidays.


This shows the size pretty good to give you an idea of how big it was.


This is the cabinet that was passed down to me.

It definitely needed some TLC.  Sprayed with bleach, wiped down, painted with added new pulls, this is what it looks like now!


How beautiful it is to me...and what sweet memories I have to look at every day.

As I was painting the inside, I noticed a piece of paper lodged into the joists so I carefully pulled it out.  This is what I found...


It was  Valentine that Mammaw had given to Judy's sister in law, Francis from her and I.  I used to live with Mammaw, so that's why she signed my name and hers.  I sat in the floor and teared up, thinking of all the years that has passed and how this piece ended up in my home.  Now if that wasn't a sign that this piece was meant to be mine, I don't know what it was!


I turned the island another way which excites me now to be able to move it.  Just look at all of the floor space now!


We were able to re-use the old island top, just cut down and touched up with paint.  Not a dime was spent...I even re-used the pulls from the other island.


It is the perfect size too!


Remember the laundry room and that table I had in between the washer and dryer?  Well....


We used one of the cabinets in it's place.  I still had the aged bronze pulls stored away and used them.  Of course I painted them white with chalk paint.


And more storage....now that's always a PLUS!


I really do have lot's of sweet memories of my family throughout our home.  It definitely makes it ~Home Sweet Home~


And if you all are like me, one project always turns into many.  This plastic frame was so detailed and pretty after painting.  I've always has issues with under this window...so I am pretty content now with this grouping!  Now I'm off to take a Sunday afternoon nap...I am one tired chick!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Has it been a month since my last post?

I couldn't believe it when I saw that my last blog post was almost one month ago.  Have I been that busy?

YES! 

It seems like eons ago that my heart was racing preventing me from doing anything.  The fear that it may go even faster scared me to death.  After having a racing fit while working in my flower beds and mowing, I decided to take it easy for awhile.  So I didn't dare work outside last summer.
This Summer, I am doing the things I used to do, it makes me happy!  I've had a few fast heart beats, a little dizziness and some sleepless nights, but all in all, it's been good for me.  As for the thyroid problems, they're proving to be a pain in the butt (oops, did I say that?).  But that's another story in itself...still trying to find a doctor that takes this thing seriously since I'm getting older by the minute!

 Between painting, gardening, mowing, washing down the house, cleaning porches and decks...this is just a few of the things I've gotten accomplished.   Remember, I've not blogged in a month, so a lot is being skipped over, lol.


We have a huge cement pad in front of our home with a large graveled driveway.  I wanted some greenery around our home, but with all of that cement and gravel, it proved to be a daunting task to figure it out.  Most people have shrubs and flowerbeds around their home, but we can't.  I do look forward to Spring for the flowers in the planters for some green.  I decided to plant some trees in these black urns for the front....they did the trick!  Once I can buy some more flowers, I think the front of the house will look great with the garage door that I painted.


Some Mother's Day flowers from my sweet little family.

I decided to do a white theme this year...gasp, no pink!  Can you believe it?!


I found the little sign in the garage the other day while cleaning it out.  One of those sweet surprises I forgot all about.


Our front porch....truly a gathering spot for everyone.  The breeze all year long is quite nice sitting here and relaxing.


I love this little table and I moved the window to here instead of at the bottom of the stairs.  The double impatiens will do better in the shade.  A perfect welcoming to any guest.


Can you remember this window being inside hanging over a sofa?


On an outing with my Mom, I found this gorgeous heart wreath...the beauty of the pink roses definitely over rode the "white theme" I had planned.


My snowball bush is overflowing with blooms this year.  I usually never cut my flowers and use them because I always feel so guilty.  But this year, I decided it had plenty to share with me.


I think this is my favorite for the porch...it's definitely a reminder to me and any that visit.


I've had this little sign for over 10 years...it has weathered well.


And my other favorite...our swing.  I grew up with a HUGE porch and a swing.  There is something about laying and swinging in the evening that is so relaxing to me.  This swing used to be on Mammaw's porch so it's near and dear to my heart!


Now isn't this a gorgeous grouping?!  An old jar carrier with some blue mason jars are a perfect place to showcase some clippings from my flowers.


On the way to the back deck, we'll say hi to Gabe taking a rest in the new soft mulch.  He's such a good ole dog!


The weather sure does beat this space to death making it a task to clean it all up for Summer!  The white turns green and brown....

Nothing a little scrubbing and fresh paint can't take care of!


See the chippy bench...I still need to paint them.  But the petunias sure do look pretty in this French stand!


 A few clippings made their way to the old insulators.  I made them into a little stand that can hold candles or flowers on the table.

See the birdhouse in the back?  I just made it the other day from an old post and a light fixture.  


An old bed spring holds an insulator that sits with an angel my Mom bought me over 20 years ago.  Sweet memories inside and out!


And one for the road...one of the rugs I finally painted!  I spilled paint on this one years ago and haven't gotten to it until today.  It was still drying in this photo, but I wanted to share it with you.  I have another one coming soon but I ran out of paint, lol.

Please excuse the flowerless flower boxes...this gal hasn't had the time nor money to buy what I want!

Thanks for stopping by.  I sure do hope you all have a blessed weekend!




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How To Make a Chandelier Pendant Light and My Birdhouse Picket Gate

I thought I'd do a tutorial on how I made my light over the dining table.  I had another chandelier and wanted one over the office desk we have.  

Here is the chandelier that originally came from Home Depot.  It is the perfect size to make these lights from.


I have this same chandelier over our sink.  When I saw them for sale on a yard sale site, I knew I had to buy them!

I went to Home Goods and found a shade that was the perfect size for $20.  After making a slipcover for it from the British Rose fabric, I began to put it together.


Take the round loop from the top and put the shade onto the metal screw bar after threading through your cords.


Thread your cords through the loop finial.  Then screw it onto the top making sure to get it tight.


Then add a cord cozy if you'd like the cord to not be seen.  I added a plug to mine, so I prefer a cord cozy.  Here is a link on how to splice wires the correct way.  I forgot to take photos, but it is so simple.  


I really love this type of lighting!


I had individual shades on the candles.  The barrel shade softens the light a little bit better.


See...

And this is what it looks like from underneath.


I hope this helps a little on how I made my lights.  Having a smaller type chandelier really helps because large and narrow shades are hard to find and expensive.



The individual shades worked perfectly on the chandelier over the fireplace.    

I have so many pots in the fire right now.  With the pretty weather we've had.  I am wanting to get the outside finished.  
Our new dog, Bella, chews everything to pieces and is a clutz, lol.  But she is the sweetest thing ever.  Very smart...but she has no clue she's as big as she is.


So I had to put up fencing around the rest of the deck and make a gate.  The dogs have made it such a muddy mess.
My sweetie found some old posts out in the woods last Fall and brought them home to me.  Someone had tried to burn them...can you believe what people think is trash?  Solid as a rock but needed some new paint.  We had to cut off the burned part which made them short...perfect for my birdhouse picket gate!


Pardon the shabby, chipped paint.  Everything will get a fresh new coat of white paint once the weather stays dry.


I saw an idea on Pinterest last year and fell in love.   It was a picket fence, all sorts of levels, that looked like birdhouses.  That made me think....


Now this will keep the doggies off of the deck this Summer and my white will stay white. 
Wink Wink

I hope everyone is enjoying their week and that it is a blessed one.