Sunday, June 30, 2013

No Cost Centerpiece

One of my favorite things to do is browse through antique and consignment shops.  A couple of weeks ago, I saw a centerpiece for a table made from a jar holder from an old canning pot, filled with jars and flowers.  The cost was $40.00!  I thought, "I can do that without spending any money".  This afternoon, I decided to make my version.  I brought up the jar holder from an old canner I had in the basement.  I had my Ball jars in use in another project, so I just rambled through the cabinet where I keep some empty jars, and got out some old spaghetti sauce jars.  First I painted 2 of them with ASCP, and 2 with a Valspar paint sample.  After about 15 minutes they were dry enough to complete my project. I already had the flowers from DT. Here is what it looks like.

 Cute, huh?

I placed it on the table in the sun room.

I already had everything needed to complete this project.

It blends well with the other items in the room.

Easy, easy project!

You like??  Go ahead, make one!!

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Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Screened Porch Face Lift

Goodness, have we had a busy week!! Our screened porch was in need of a makeover!  It has kinda been a hodge podge of "stuff", things we've had for a long time.  I had been using some "ugly, tacky" Good Will cushions in the hunter green chairs and had the old originals in the loveseat and other chair. Nothing matched.  You can see, it had become quite the mess!!

This is how it looked when we started.  

We started by removing the screen!  We had not cleaned it this year, so it was really dirty.  Pollen, dust, and smoke had gotten the best of it!  There were a few holes in it, so we trashed the entire lot!  

Here it is without the screen.

We don't have steps going off the porch, so to keep from tracking through the house with all the dirty furniture and screen, I handed the chairs down to my husband who was on the step ladder below.

We finally got everything off, except the table, which I knew we would really need.  (plus, it was too heavy to lift and hand over the railing)!

Hubby got the pressure washer going, and handed the wand up to me to pressure wash the area.  After a good wash, we were ready to let it dry overnight.

Wednesday morning, we got ready to water seal.  Hubby placed a large tarp beneath the deck to prevent water sealer from dripping down and staining the concrete below.  I taped off all the metal framing that holds the screen.  After a while we were ready to start water sealing.  I sealed the railing while hubby "cut in" around the edge of the porch.  Then I rolled the sealer on the remainder of the floor.  Hubby climbed the ladder and got the outside of the railing, and the front board.  What a job!!  

We had planned to try to replace the screen ourselves, but decided that we were so tired, and have never done that, so we called the gentleman who enclosed the porch in the first place.  Luckily, he came over today and replaced the screen.  It looks fabulous!

New screen in place!

You know, this facelift called for some "pretty"!!  We made another run to Lowe's where I purchased spray paint called Leafy Rise, a Valspar paint sample (Blue Spruce), and matching cushions for all the seating.  FINALLY!!  

One of my favorite items in this entire makeover is a short ladder. We've had this small ladder for a number of years.  I think the hubby already had it when we married.  It was a little messy looking, so I used part of the Valspar sample to give it a makeover.  (Blue Spruce)

Love this!!

 The perfect place for all my plants!
 and a bird house, a bird,

The spray paint I purchased was for the two hunter green chairs.  I wanted a turquoise color, but was not able to find the color I wanted, so I bought Rustoleum Leafy Rise spray paint and primer in one.  I am well pleased with the color, and think it blends pretty well with the new cushions.

All we have left to do on this makeover is screen underneath the porch.  This will keep bugs, etc., from getting inside.  We have to do that here in the South, especially living in the country like we do.

I am excited to get to start enjoying our "new" space.  

Do you have an outdoor space you love?

I will share at:
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Decorating With Bottles

I love the look of altered bottles.  Whether old bottles, or new, they are easily changed and add charm to your decor.  Here are some that I have recently decorated.  

 L: Old bottle found on our property.  R: Syrup bottle
I used a tag on the brown bottle at first, but changed it to the lace, and heart shaped locket below.

 The syrup bottle has a piece of burlap ribbon, and my MIL's Bible bookmark attached.

Here is a vinegar bottle.  I used items from Michael's and the Dollar Tree to decorate it, and tied a piece of lace around it.

Bottle below, purchased at HL.  Raffia and a key decorate it.

The green bottle is also from HL, an old key is tied on with twine.

Here is an old vinegar/oil bottle wrapped with french ribbon, lace, twine and a button.

Another oil/vinegar bottle with a graphic label, twine and button, and a lace ribbon.

This is a simple, easy project, and very low cost.  I only bought two of the bottles, at $1.50 each.  

Below are some of the bottles from Pinterest, that I used for inspiration.
Altered bottles
(source)  (no name/Pinterest)

Altered bottle
(source)  Yitte

Altered Bottle
(source) The Rustic Victorian

altered bottles By: Suzanneduda
(source) (Suzanne Dooda)

This is a good way to use those small bits and bobs you have in your crafting stash.

I will be sharing at:

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Some of My Favorites

I love shopping antique/consignment shops, and usually come home with small items that I work into my decor.  I know I should get rid of something when I bring new items in, but I don't.  :)  Today I am sharing some of my favorites around the house. 

Found curbside: mosquito/insect trap, cost zero!

Hand me down: vintage sifter

Hand me down: basket, vinegar bottle
Yard sale: goose

Consignment: runner, plant, pink roses
Made by me: pedestal
gift: white rose
good will: cheese dome

Consignment: cloche
Antique: flowered vase

Antique:  Sewing drawer

Antique: Table

Antique: Platter

Antique: Crocheted table cloth

Consignment: Vintage Victorian Tray

Consignment: quilt

Consignment: Another Sewing Drawer

Consignment, Good Will: Blue canning jars

Consignment: Picture

Hand me down: Gordon's Snack Jar

Hand me down: Candleabra 

Michael's: painted, and added transfer

Consignment: Large planter/tool box, painted & added graphic

Consignment: tray; Red McCoy bowl (hand me down)

Antique: table, picture, (gift)

Just a few of my very favorites!  I just noticed, I have lots of white and aqua spread throughout my home(s).  I tend to gravitate toward these calming colors.  What colors do you use?

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