Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Old Jeans & A Tablescape


Recently I have had the "crud", so I  was housebound for a while. I decided to make a denim wreath that I saw on  PInterest from A Fish Who Likes Flowers
I used jeans, that were in the giveaway pile, for my fabric. I cut 8"X 2" rectangles. I forgot to take a photo of the form, but I used a 20" wire wreath form.  If I had this to do over I would use narrower pieces. The wide pieces were a bear to tie on the 20" form.  I used eight rectangles per row. My form had ten sections and four rows in each section; therefore, I needed 320 rectangles ( four pairs of jeans). Whew; perhaps, a smaller form would have been better! 
Recently, Susan, from Between Naps On The Porch, shared some weekend project ideas using denim. The napkin rings and jean pocket holders caught my eye. Since I wanted to make the wreath, I would have jean pockets and the buttoned bands leftover from all the recycled jeans. Big Smile! The napkin rings were easy!  Simply, trim the jean band and glue whatever amount you choose together so that a napkin can slide through it. 
The pockets were also easy! Cut out the pocket and add embellishments. I choose to make burlap, Ric Rac and drop cloth flowers. I used Beacon's Fabric glue to attach them.
I had the numbered buttons, one- four, in the closet. 
I added the wreath around my large cloche and set up a vignette of blue and white. 
A vintage plate, creamer, sterling ice cream spoons and 1800's book  were the perfect size for the cloche. 
Tablescaping isn't my strength, but I just had to share these fun denim recycling projects.
Thanks for stopping by today!

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A Stroll Through Life
Cedar Hill Farmhouse, The Scoop
Savvy Southern Style
From My Front Porch To Yours
Between Naps On The Porch



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Today I thought I would share a few Fourth of July decorations on the screened porch. I put these up at Memorial Day and use them until right after the fourth.
This enameled coffee pot was $3 and my first thrift store purchase several years ago.  The enamel dish pan was also a thrift store find. 
Recently, I cleaned out a storage area I have had for many years and found this enameled covered pot- way in the back, holding the unhappy Geranium. Mr. Geranium was much happier in the sun and not under the covered porch. 
I know those of you that follow me, know I use this vintage ironing board for a server. It's a great little size that adds just enough extra space for food and drinks.
My Christmas tricycle came out of storage for the fourth this year.   
I added Mason jars with Bachelor's Buttons, a patriotic scarf and a few flags to make this little guy more patriotic. 
I moved the furniture around and now have this glider settee facing the pond and waterfall. It's also a great place to bird watch because the bird feeders are close to this area. 
Last year, I added red, white and blue plants to this vintage, tin, picnic box; this year I opted for greenery and flags. Isn't it amazing how these inexpensive flags can make such a statement?

Thank you for stopping by today!
 Wishing you and your family a Happy Fourth of July!
God bless America! 




Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Updates to the Home Office Bath

Several years ago we added a home office. This is the vanity area of that room. 
Our home has black and white accents throughout it, so I decided to use them in this area too. 
Subway tile, 4"x 4' tiles turned on the diagonal and a frameless shower door make up the shower area.
I purchased these framed botanical prints when we first added the room, but I always thought they needed a little something else to complete this vignette.  I just found this re-purposed hanger plaque. Since it will be used in a wet area, I sprayed the piece with matt finishing spray. 
Don't you just love this vintage door knob? What a great idea to re-purpose vintage hardware and a piece of furniture  into a plaque.  I have some of the same hooks in the 1940's duplex I'm updating. I grabbed them and put them in a safe place because I love this idea.
This is a small collection of milk glass  in a carved wood cabinet. I had planned to paint the cabinet, but it was just too pretty in the natural wood. I'm happy the re-purposed hanging plaque complements this.
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

"We're Rolling Now"- An Update

As my contractor said,"we're rolling now"!
Before, green linoleum- The management company added this over the original tile- so sad. 
After black and white tile. New shoe mold and a fresh coat of paint will be added.
I used this in our home office and had enough leftover to add it here because the original tile was ruined. 
1940's floor furnace
For now, this has become and easy entrance into the crawl space to add the central heat and air conditioning. New hardwood flooring will be added to this area to be finished along with the other hardwood floors. 
The left side show the original screened porch.
Someone added a dryer here.
The new laundry room and home for the water heater have been dried in.
The management company added the washing machine pipes to the kitchen. You can also see the old water heater and rotten sub-flooring. 
The rotten sub-flooring has been replaced and the new line set for the central heat and air has been added. This wall will receive new cabinets and drawers to match the existing cabinets. The top will be framed in to match the existing top near the ceiling.

Notice the hole in the cabinets? A new dishwasher will be added there. The red laminate will be replaced and a tile backsplash will be added to this area, as well as the far wall that will have new cabinets. There is more to come in the kitchen too. :)
The hvac units will be set and the electrical wiring will be upgraded next week. The new windows have been ordered and should be here in ten days!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Vignettes

I thought I needed to share a little something different from the duplex renovation. If you have followed along with it you know it isn't pretty right now. 
I have been collecting milk glass for several years. Originally, I was going to sell it in a booth I had, but I never took it.  I'm so happy I kept it because the prices have gone up so much. I found all my pieces at thrift stores for a dollar or two.
Message in a bottle
These 100 year old spindles are my favorite candlesticks.
A summer vignette with a 1940's photo of my Mother at the beach.
I painted this silly fish some time ago and pulled him out of the closet for some summer fun.
Enjoy your summer!

 An Update: I gave up on finding shutters and bought these at Hobby Lobby for half price. They were blue and I painted them white. I'm thrilled with the extra height these added to the summer mantel.

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From My Front Porch To Yours
French Country Cottage
The Charm of Home

Monday, June 9, 2014

Demolition & Updates

 This is the "B" unit I have shown you in previous posts.
The water heater has been taken out and the rotten sub-flooring removed.  
The washing machine pipes have been removed an repairs are ready to begin! Funny thing the management company only wanted to paint the cabinets. This area will have new cabinets that match the existing ones.
Flooring removed- the new tile has been delivered. New laminate and a subway tile backsplash will also be added
The screened porch will become the new laundry room and house the water heater.
Making way for the central heat and air- woo hoo!

Here are a few things I have purchased for the update. On line shopping has really helped make this a breeze.  Both unit "A" and"B" will have these Baldwin door knockers with a lifetime finish.
Baldwin 0103

Whitehall house number plaque for the front door
Baldwin 2001 6" x 34" Kickplate
Brass Kickplate , lifetime finish



Outdoor lighting


Kwikset Montara SmartKey Polished Brass Residential Single-Lock Door Handleset
Entry Handset, lifetime finish


 New foyer light- I bought this and painted it black and added gold accents to blend black front door and brass accents.

Next on my agenda to order:

Black Rockport Double PVC Mailbox Post
A double mailbox set in all black.
This is PVC and no maintenance. The new windows and shutters will also be no maintenance. I"m trying to keep in mind these are rental units.

We have been waiting on the heat and air subcontractor, so not much progress has been made in construction the past two weeks.  Sad face!

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Cedar Hill Ranch, The Scoop