Thursday, May 12, 2016

Repurposing Junk Into A Potting Bench

I am always looking to get rid of the "junk" around my yard,
but in a purposeful manner.

So, we took an old window, some fence boards
and my father-in-law's very old (and falling apart) work bench,
put them together and, voila, a potting bench!

I can now organize and take stock of all my
pots, gardening tools, mulch...

I also have a few less items in my junk pile.

And it's pretty to look at!

Added bonus: it helps disguise an ugly shed,
but that's a story for another day!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Cleaning

As I was doing some Spring Cleaning and getting ready for a
family weekend, I also put up some
simple Spring decorations

I wanted to keep it simple this year,

eggs in a nest, birds and birdhouse, sprig of cotton
on the entry table;

all white mantel,

lavender and vintage Easter cards,

bunny and flowers and large birdhouse,

and an egg in the Quimper dish,

all fill the living room;

dried hydrangeas,

and white tulips are all I need for the dining room.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Cottage Bedroom

True to form, the master bedroom in this
House with Potential
is the last to get attention!

When we first moved in, I painted the walls a soft
Robin's Egg blue, put up the black four-poster,
added a few pictures and called it a day.

But when I updated the family room, I was missing
those cottage-style touches, like the red-checked curtains
and Mount Vernon family tree.

So, I decided to finally work on my bedroom and add
those cottage touches in here.

The red curtains looked great with the wall color
and the family tree worked well over the bed.

I also painted the bed white and took down the footboard posts
to make the room feel larger.

Next, I needed bedding.
I wanted something simple, but it had to bring
together all the colors and work with the cottage theme.

I looked everywhere, to no avail, until I realized
the solution was right under my nose!

I brought in some quilts and pillows I already had
and just played with the combinations until I was happy.

To tie it all together, I went to my fabric stash and pulled out
this Waverly fabric I bought years ago for $1/yard
(that's right, $1)!
I glued a strip of the red checks to the bottom and,
viola, a bedskirt!

Then, I just raided my stash pile and other rooms in the house
until I had a collection of frames, old windows,
white plates and other miscellaneous items
for the walls and tables.

I framed a baby dress that had belonged
to my grandmother for one wall.

I liked it so much, I hung another one
on this old window.

I was painting this $5 dresser to sell
when I realized it was the perfect size and style
to hold the tv, and what could be easier
than hanging up an old window and
some empty frames?

This wall was already decorated,
and it fit right in!

I have a few things left to do, and probably
a few tweaks along the way, but overall,
happy cottage bedroom!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Aprons Made From Drop Cloth and Scraps

When I was getting ready for my last market, I decided to use up
some fabric scraps and make a couple of aprons with
big pockets to hold cash, pens, etc. during those
times when it's so busy, you can hardly take a breath!

I started with some dropcloth left over from a slipcover.

Then I made straps from other leftover slipcover fabric.

I didn't bother to sew them right sides together, just folded
in the edges and topstitched.

Then I cut out details from the fabric to add to the aprons.

I used regular glue and ironed them on.
No sewing!

This is the second apron.

I used the fabric as an accent on the pocket as well as
the waistband.

They came in really handy
and I had a lot of compliments!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Recycled: Turning a Headboard Into a Bench

This was a project I have always wanted to try,
so when a friend brought over an old headboard, I thought, "now's my chance!"

Actually, I decided to use the footboard rather than headboard
because it was a little shorter and I thought the dimensions would be better.

See the pretty acorn finials and carved lines?

Can you see the bench under all the other things?

I took lots of pictures when we were building the bench
and before it left home, but apparently they are lost
somewhere in computer-land.

 There it goes, off to its new home! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Getting The Weathered Wood Look

This could not be easier!

I had my son make this box for me out of a new leftover fence board,
then I set about making it look old and weathered.

First I dry-brushed some grey paint on.
That just means you wipe your brush off before putting the paint on the wood
so it doesn't cover completely.

Keep a rag handy to wipe even more paint off.

Next, do the same with white paint and blend it with the grey paint.
Don't wait for the grey to dry.

You can sand it a little, but the wood is already showing, so you don't need much.

That's it!

Cute as a button!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mantel and Living Room

January is always a great time to do something new in the living room!

Once all the Christmas decorations and wrappings
are put away, and the room is cleaned,
I seem to want to move the furniture around!

With a new couch in the family room,
the old one moved in here right before the holidays.
I didn't have any time to play with arrangements then,
so now was my chance!

For Christmas, I put the couch facing the fireplace,
with the back facing the entry. This was so the Christmas tree
could still be in the window.

 It worked okay, but it really closed off the living room,
so I tried a new spot after the holidays.

I moved it under the front window and started moving
around the rest of the furniture that I was determined
would stay.

It was a little better, but still feeling pretty crowded,

and the two wing chairs were giving it that closed-off feeling again.
I knew something was going to have to go, whether I liked it or not!

As soon as I moved the table out of the corner by the bookcase,
the room made sense again!

It opened up and felt more spacious.

(I moved the table to the family room, which meant
something had to go in there, too, but that's another story!)

Once I had the furniture figured out, I was able to move on to the mantle,
which is where I usually like to start!
 I loved this new chalkboard so much, I brought it out again!

 This time, I paired it with the usual white pitchers,
as well as silver candlesticks and an ivy wreath.

The final product makes me happy!