Monday, April 27, 2015

Displaying Vintage Kitchen Utensils

I have quite a collection of vintage kitchen tools so I gathered them together in this enamel pan for a display.



two small vintage plates, potato mashers, an old grater, biscuit cutter, an ice pick, a flipper

I placed them on this kitchen step stool we found a couple years ago in the shed.  It was rusty, but I painted it white.


I added an old rolling pin, juicer, flower pot, and canning jar filled with votives and tea lights to the steps of the stool.  (I'll let you in on a secret.....the next time we come down, something in the above photo may get painted white).  :)





The ice pick says "Use our Party Ice". Here I added  tarnished silverware to the aqua flower pot, and put it inside the pan, placing the potato mashers and larger utensils in an old jar which I sat beside it.
 Some of the silver is so tarnished it is a black color, but it's so appealing to me!
 Love this tiny strainer, and the old rolling pin.  
Having all these vintage items on display in the kitchen at the lake house brings back sweet memories. They are such utilitarian pieces, but they carry lots of history with them.

I love the patina they have acquired from years of use.

Do you collect old cooking utensils?


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Friday, April 24, 2015

Decorating With Repurposed Trays and Boxes

I love decorating using old wooden boxes, trays, drawers, and items that are old, and formerly had other uses.  Like this old wooden box I found a few years ago. It's a simple shipping box that has Made in the USA on it.  I believe it originally held some type of Military supplies.  I've been thinking about giving it a light gray wash. I think I could do that without interfering with the engraving on it.  Here it holds a plant and two repurposed Mason jars I did recently.



I have this old tool box that I've filled with bargain flowers and it sits on top of the jelly cupboard in the sun room.  This box has been green, white, blue, and now it's pink!  Versatile to say the least!!




Here I've used a tray to corral a group of items for a Spring vignette.


Here this wooden trug (I made over by painting white and adding label) holds florals from a yard sale that were a dime for each pot.


I made over this bamboo box by painting the inserts turquoise, and adding tulips from Michael's to it.  It also holds a blue vintage Mason jar.




The old 8 track tape box made by a friend about 45 years ago is no exception.  I've decorated it in all kinds of ways since I painted and placed Graphic's Fairy graphics on it.  Here it holds my collection of vintage kitchen utensils.


There are all kinds of ways to decorate using old boxes, trays, etc.

Old sewing drawers can be painted, and dressed up to hold lots of neat items.  Here vintage mason jars and old silver spoons are decorating this one.
 You can use them for any occasion.  You're limited only by your own imagination.

The tray below started life, hot pink and white, but I bathed it in turquoise, and glued pretty scrap paper to the inside.  It's great for spring decor.


Sometimes you just have to think outside  inside the box, and get creative!!

How have you used boxes and trays in your décor?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hydrangeas and Spring Time at the Lake House

Last year, my husband was given some cuttings of hydrangeas from a friend across the lake.  I can't believe how healthy they are already, and that they are blooming.  I don't know if these will change colors or not.  I don't think the white ones do, but I'm not sure of the exact name of these, so I'll just have to wait and see what happens.  I'd love to have some that I could play with the color on by changing the soil's pH.  But at any rate, I'm just so happy to have any at all.

We arrived here on Monday, and the first thing I saw was this single bloom on a bush beside the back steps.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

How to Update a Room Without Spending

Recently I posted about how I've lightened my décor throughout the house, all except the guest room.  That had to be changed, and I figured out a way to do it without spending a dime.

BEFORE:

Fine for the Autumn/Winter months, but a little too dark for the Spring and Summer.

Here's what I did.

First I swapped out the dark brown curtains for these breezy, lacy toppers that I've had for a long time.



To lighten the comforter, I simply reversed (flipped over) it to the solid taupe side. The winter side has swede inserts which the back doesn't have, so this works out great for the warmer months.


Just pretend you don't see my reflection in my PJ's in the mirror!  :)