Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Projects!

Between spray paint, sand paper, chalkboard paint and a little ambition, we've been busy this summer.  It's nothing seriously dramatic, but we did a couple of make overs and made some new projects.  I think it's been my favorite summer so far! Behold:

Ever since my sister and I rediscovered the magic that is chalkboard paint, I have been painting everything.  Cory's dad had an old window frame and my wonderful husband cut out three squares of wood that I painted with chalkboard paint.  We hung it on the back porch and while I hope people will leave messages for us, it mostly gets used for the girl's artwork :)  An old, very weathered Longaberger basket hangs below to hold chalk, and a super cute star-hook picked up at a yard sale for $.50 adds to the country charm!  I love it.  It feels very welcoming on an otherwise bland porch, badly in need of renovation; but that's for another post!
Since Cayla's bedroom doubles as the guest room, I longed for her to have a cabinet large enough to fit all of her trinkets, gadgets and gizmos that tween age girls love to collect.  So my father in law built this amazing vintage style pie cupboard.  It was haaaard to put it in Cayla's room because I wanted it for myself.  But I reluctantly gave it over to her.  The grey primer, put in place to quickly get the cabinet to us prior to company arriving one weekend, didn't quite work for a girl's room, so we touched it up a bit.
Some sky blue paint and swirly knobs from Hobby Lobby made it the perfect accoutrement for a guest room/child's room.

We've been on the hunt for a while now for a cute little bedside table for Autumn's room.  She needed something with a drawer to hide her treasures, and a shelf to store books and whatnot.  We found this grey nightstand at a yard sale for $5.00 and I knew it would be perfect.
Autumn loved the light blue we used for Cayla's cabinet and insisted we use it for her night stand.  The handle, while a bit fancy for her room, went from tacky gold to bright white in no time.  It's a pretty cute table and it looks right at home in her girly pink bedroom!
I'm sure I picked up this basket a hundred years ago (literally, over 15) at  a yard sale for a couple bucks at best, and I remember spray painting it white.  After years of sitting on the porch being weathered, I've nearly thrown it out a dozen times.  But due to my love for repurposing and renewing, I knew all it needed was a new coat of paint.

Navy blue compliments the red of my house and the white trim along with the various other patriotic pieces found on my home's exterior.  Don't ask me how I'm going to make it work during the other holidays, but for 4th of July it's amazing :)
Last year at an after-Christmas sale I bought this vintage styled garden spade.  It's actually a door knocker and it really works well on our back porch.  Now, if we could only get those incredible screen doors I'm anticipating.  One thing at a time right?!  Happy Summer!!!

1 comment:

Clare said...

I am jealous of your cute furniture finds. Our garage sales around here are terrible. I did find a cute night stand at Goodwill that we spruced up with spray paint. It turned out great. I <3 spray paint!