Monday, October 16, 2017

From Roadside to Back Porch: Old Hutch Transformation

It's been awhile. Between hosting a wedding in my backyard, touring colleges and trying to get my son ready for his junior year of high school, I've been busy. However, I wanted to show off a project I did before the wedding (don't worry...a post about the wedding -- maybe several posts) will be coming in the near future.

I walk/run every day, which allows me first dibs on roadside finds if I'm fast enough. I happened to be walking past a house when a guy was carrying out this old hutch to set it at the end of his driveway. I promptly told him to put it back and I would be back in 20 minutes to pick it up! I had a vision.

Ever since reading the wonderful blog, Between Naps on the Porch, I knew I wanted a hutch to hold all of my outside glassware (actually plasticware) and items for the grill. So, after coaxing my husband to help me load it into the truck, I went to work.

I sanded it and primed it and used exterior black paint to match my wicker -- exterior so it would stand up to the weather as it's not really meant to be outdoors. I figured even if it only lasts a few years, it was basically free!

Here it is before. I meant to snap a photo of it with the glass doors on it, but I forgot!

I told a scrap piece of bead board (from our porch ceiling) and attached it to the back. I wanted it to pop against the black and tie in the color from my cushions. This blue paint did the job!

And, here it is...tah dah!!

I'm linking this to Metamorphis Monday on the very blog I told you about...Between Naps on the Porch! Click here to join the party!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bridal Shower Tea Party

Just last weekend, I hosted a bridal shower tea party for my future daughter-in-law. It was so much fun to plan and even more fun having it!! I tried some new recipes and with the help of one of her lovely bridesmaids, we actually pulled it off. Here are the results (I bet you'll be hungry after reading this!).
 Invites designed by my sister and me.

Everyone got to choose their own tea cup to keep! I've been collecting them for more than 30 years (time to purge!!)

Fun little game. Winner got to keep the pitcher and candy.

I designed these letters and created the tea caddy from an old toolbox.

I created the cake/cookie plates from candlesticks and dishes. Collected a bunch of vintage plates just for this shower. I love them!

Teabag shortbread cookies dipped in dark mint chocolate!

Apple and puff pastry roses...hard to make, but oh, aren't they pretty?!

Lemon curd blossoms. 
Easy as pie!

Lots of goodies!

The bride-to-be and me  (in our party hats!)
Linking to Make it Pretty Monday at  the Dedicated House. Visit here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Coming along slowly, but surely ...

Our screened in porch is structurally finished. We just need to add the screen and the screen door and I'll be able to unload all of the wicker stacked up in my family room (not that a screen will protect it from the elements, but it will cause a lot of dust so the less the better.)

I'm super excited to get to work on a few projects for the porch. Namely, a hutch that I plan on transforming with paint and some beadboard.
Speaking of projects, I'm starting to get ready for my future daughter-in-law's bridal shower, which myself and her maid of honor are hosting. We're having a tea party and I've been living on Pinterest -- so many ideas!! And those ideas give me my own ideas -- so much fun. The first project is to transform the old toolbox (right) into
a tea caddy. Working on that today.
Check back soon for a reveal !


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Unbelieveable Yard Sale Finds

I have had great luck this year with yard/estate sales. Bargains beyond belief!

First, an older lighthouse bed and breakfast in my neighborhood had an estate sale. I can't believe the buys that I got! These people just wanted everything gone so prices were $1-$5 on most items (most of the furniture was gone when I discovered the sale). Above, a whole truckload of goods. Old handmade toolboxes, an antique tractor wheel, a bench, heavy ceramic planters, tools...

We also bought this boat for $5; we are going to turn it into a drink station for the wedding (and maybe a planter after the wedding).

I have visions of making this wagon wheel into a table.

I also got these adorable (one solid brass) lanterns for $1 each...I have no clue what I will do with them -- they are none working, but maybe candle holders? Just decoration?

Finally, I got a whole wicker set at a different sale -- settee, coffee table, end table, rocker and chair -- for $50! And, it's beautiful wicker. Oh, and she threw in all of the cushions. It is stacked in my family room (the porch isn't finished yet). Since I spent so little, I elected to splurge and have them professional re-covered .... you will see them in an upcoming post.That's all for now!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Year, New News!!

Is anyone still out there? Readers, I think I am back. I have so much to tell you and so many projects going on it's just crazy. Believe me, I have so much to post!!

So...what is going on? Well, my oldest is getting married this spring -- in my backyard! There will be fun posts coming up. So, of course, in order to prepare for the festivities we are doing major renovations. A screened in porch, a patio, landscaping, painting! Nothing like having a wedding to get you moving! We got the patio and porch floor poured and it's stamped concrete! Cool stuff -- looks like slate. Above, this is before they added the dark stain and coating. For some reason I didn't take final photos, but you'll be able to see it in update photos.

So, here's how far we are with the porch...just the framing and trim so far (yes, I know winter is here, but contractors have failed to show up). So, looks like we'll be building over the winter.

Next blog...some amazing yard sale finds. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Finally, The Kitchen Reveal

Well, here it is. I am finally posting after 6 months...the kitchen was finished before that!! I'm just so busy with my job and life that I literally never have time to post anymore. Head back to this post to see The Befores.

Now for the afters:

I absolutely love my new kitchen. The white paint really brightens up things and contrasts well with the dark steel granite countertops - love these by the way!!!
We changed out the knobs with antique bronze to given it some warmth. And, don't get me started about this it!!!

We ended up taking out the desk area and put in a coffee bar and more storage. This way, I don't have to run back and forth to the family room to grab my mixer, waffle maker, etc. Way more useful space now.

My favorite thing in the kitchen is my transformed island. I love the look of the dark gray with the quartzite countertop. I must say though that the island countertop is quite a pain because it etches -- if you leave anything acidic on it, there goes the shine. We even have it protected with a sealant. It doesn't stain, though (unless you were to leave something on it overnight), so we just have to be careful. Using it to prepare meals is tough, but using it for baking works just fine.

I'm still debating on the painting the back of the glass cabinets a warmer hue. I just don't like the coldness of the gray so I'm thinking of picking up the light rust from the backsplash. What do you think?

Is anyone still out there?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Merry Christmas to everyone in blogland. So sorry I have not posted in a while. My new kitchen reveal in early 2016...I promise! In the meantime, have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!