Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Using White Decor in My Home

I want to join in the fun at Blissful Whites Wednesday, so I'm going around the house looking at places where I've used the color white.  My home is by no means "all-white", but I do use it alot throughout my home.  I'm on a blue and aqua kick right now, so there's no telling what I might paint next.    This post is picture heavy, so sit back and relax, and enjoy the white items in my home.  Be sure to visit the Blissful Whites Wednesday party for lots of inspiration!  

Lots of White in the Sun Room

This shelf in the dining area holds white dishes.

White Candlesticks and candles in the master.

White in the china cabinet

White in the entry

Lots of white in the bookcase

Frames makeover from bronze to white

White tray vignette

Off-white vintage bird cage

Wall gallery above the loveseat (family room) done in whites

Of course, my mantel, fire surround, and current decor is mostly white.

Old bookcase painted in ASCP Olde White

Made over old 1/2 hoosier cabinet with home made chalk paint.

Old plant stand made over with home made chalk paint in white

I use lots of color too, but still love having lots of white items throughout our home.

Do you use lots of white in your decor?


also joining:

What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Moving Dishes Around

One day recently, I started moving dishes around between the jelly cupboard, corner cabinet, and pie safe.  Recently the jelly cupboard held primary colored dishes, canisters, etc.  Now it holds clear glass items.  

I lined the white shelves with red/white gingham vinyl shelf liner, to match the red and white of the cupboard itself.

It holds some crystal, depression glass, cut glass, old S/P shakers, and some candy dishes.

The vase below belonged to my grandmother, and what would an old cupboard be without a rooster plate?

 I love these little dishes.  They belonged to my MIL.

These dishes belonged to my MIL as well. 

Isn't this a pretty relish tray? (Depression glass)

 Vignette on the top. (Love this old pharmacy lamp).

 Of course it sits in my shabby sun room! 

Hope you enjoyed seeing the changes in the jelly cupboard.  I always enjoy changing it up.  We love this old cupboard, and I'm so glad to have it in the sun room.

Sharing here:
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Thursday, July 25, 2013

No Cost Bread Box Makeover

I found this bread box at a yard sale in May of 2012 for $8.00.  The lady having the yard sale had done the crackle finish on it.

I liked it since the taupe and cream blended well with my counter top, so I've used it this way ever since I bought it.

This morning, I was in the mood to be a little creative, so I decided to give the bread box a makeover.  I had all the paints and supplies in my stash, so this upgrade cost me nothing.  You can see below, that the box had a low sheen. Since I wanted to give it a distressed look, I didn't sand or anything.  I wanted some of the colors to show through the new paint color.

I gave it a "messy" paint technique, not quite a dry-brush, but a look where the brush strokes showed.  

I painted the hinges and knob with a white acrylic paint then took some of the paint off with a steel wool.

Before the paint was totally dry, I used a fine steel wool to distress the edges.  

Notice how prominent the brush marks are, just like I wanted them. Some of the brown/white shows through.  The scalloped edge of the back was just begging for something, so I stenciled my favorite fleur de lis there.  As usual,   I didn't measure for placement of any of the stenciling I did. I'm bad to just eyeball something and if it's halfway ok, I just go with it.  Next I stenciled "BREAD" on the front.  I painted the 'E' first, centering it over the knob, then the AD, then the R, and finally the B.  It came out pretty good what with just eyeballing the placement.  

Not exactly perfect, but neither am I!  :)

While I had all my paints out, I went ahead and gave the knife block an update too!

I think this may be my new favorite makeover!!  I really like this color, and have been using it in lots of projects recently.  It's Redwood Blue Spruce/Valspar sample.  

I like the pop of color it adds to the counter top.

Have you done a frugal makeover recently?  It's so much fun, and is a great creative outlet, especially when you don't want to do a big project.  Give it a try, then share what you did with us!  

Sharing this project at:

Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 

Show Me Extraordinary Thursday Party @ The 36th Avenue

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

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

Party Junk @ Funky Junk Interiors

Ladies, Thank you for hosting!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

House Plants Thrive on Screened Porch

During the summer months, I move my indoor plants to the screened porch where they really thrive.  I try not to over water, but usually water about twice a week when it's so hot.  This summer my Anthurium has just thrived.  Right now it is just full of blooms.

It has been sitting underneath the ladder where it gets the benefit of the blowing rain, and drips from some of the other plants higher on the ladder, and I think that is why it has so many blooms.  It normally will only have about 2 at a time.

Here you can see how full it is, and all the blooms.

This plant came as a cutting from a friend/co-worker of mine.  It has done so well!

The blooms look waxy.  There are about 2000 different species of these plants, I discovered.

My Christmas Cactus is thriving, and so full!

The plant in the top pot is a clipping from my periwinkle.  It died during the winter, but came back strong in the spring.

The succulents are doing well.  I pinched off some of the spider plant, and the hens and chicks, and created the pot seen in the little white bowl.

Do your house plants thrive outside?  


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