Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall on the Front Porch

Yesterday I dressed up my porch for Fall and I felt a little silly.

My neighbors must have thought I had gone crazy too.

You see,  Nate (the hurricane) pushed up some very humid air up from the Gulf and interrupted our warm, wonderful weather with cool nights that we had been enjoying for several weeks.
I mean, who in their right mind would put a throw blanket with a bunch of pillows in the middle of 80 degree weather with 80-90% humidity?
Seriously.
I was sweating as I set out everything out.

Ah, but I persisted.
And even though I felt silly fluffy pillows and setting the throw just so,  I continued to taking photos as cars drove past my house.
I didn't even turn around and wave as many in our neighborhood do... I just pretended I didn't hear or see them.

Oh, don't tell me you don't do the same thing when you're outside or at the grocery store when you didn't put your make up on. I can't be the only one.

Anyway, it's going to get cool here sooner or later and my porch will be ready for the cool evenings of Fall.


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Tablescape In The Breakfast Room

The weather is still warm here and I'm loving it. 
Reminds me of Fall in Southern California.
Short sleeves for warm days and a light jacket for the cool nights.
The weather is just right...

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Sweet Memories And Fall In The Family Room



Hello Friends!

Is the weather still hot where you are?

The summer heat is still hanging around here, but the humidity is lower and nights are cooler - which makes for nice evenings out on the screened porch. The sounds of cicadas have given way to chirping crickets and that tells us that things are about to change and cooler temps are on the way. 
It will soon be time to break out soft cable knit sweaters and colorful scarves and warm cozy blankets out of big woven baskets.
Which brings me to decorating for Fall in the Family Room.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

How To Install Crown Molding On Full Overlay Cabinets

We spent a week at our Mountain Cottage a couple of weeks ago and one of the projects he finished was installing the crown molding on the cabinets. The cabinets we chose have a full overlay door style, which means that the doors and drawer fronts cover almost all of the 1 3/4" cabinet frame. 

Full overlay cabinet styles require a bit more work when installing crown molding.
Yep, that's just what Mr. DIY needs - more work.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Maintaining A Gravel Driveway - Mountain Cottage Upkeep

Owning a second home is all fun and decorating...

said no one ever.

There's mowing the lawn, painting, roof repair, fence repair, tree and shrub trimming, septic tank maintenance, and if you have a gravel driveway; driveway maintenance.
We looked into having asphalt installed, but it was $15,000 to $20,000 because our steep driveway is about 300 feet long with a big parking lot at the top. 


We haven't won the lottery yet, so we have to do  maintenance on our gravel driveway.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

How To Dry Fresh Basil



Drying fresh basil is super easy!

Don't let that fresh basil you purchased for a special recipe go to waste in your fridge! Preserve it by drying it!
If you have an herb garden with fresh basil growing in it, preserve it now because the plant will die off when the weather turns cold!


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How To Make A Wood Drawer Organizer

Unorganized drawers drive me CRAZY.  


I hate highly dislike when you need a pen or pencil and you have to rummage through a pile of supplies until you find what you need. 

Maybe it's just me.

I love perusing The Container Store's website  dreaming of having perfectly organized drawers and closets.

Maybe it's just me.

The problem is...
Drawer organizers  don't always fit your needs perfectly and can be expensive!
I'm going to show you how we made a custom drawer organizer easily and how you can to- even if you don't use power tools. All you have to know how to do is how to use a hammer and pound in a nail!
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bridal Shower Inspired Tablescape In The Dining Room

Last week I showed you the Bridal shower inspired tablescape in the Breakfast Area-
The beautiful floral arrangement in the Dining Room were calling for a tablescape too.
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Mr. DIY took out the leaf so the table was back to it's regular size. I left the tablecloth, the burlap runner, the wood round with candles and my grandmother's salt and pepper shakers.
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I just shopped the house for placemats, dishes, utensils and wine glasses. The china is our wedding pattern Limoge Artois Green. The salad plates are from HomeGoods, as are the placemats, napkins and wine glasses.
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Oh, I love those flowers...
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If you missed the Hosting A Bridal Shower post, you can find it HERE.
The Breakfast Area Tablescape can be found HERE
The post on the Fabulous Flowers can be found HERE.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fabulous Floral Centerpiece

Last week,  I shared the Bridal Shower our daughter (and a friend) hosted for a friend at our home a few Saturdays ago.
It was so nice to celebrate a happy occasion in our home.
I really had fun with the flowers and they were simple and relatively inexpensive to do.


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When Jenny and I went to Trader Joes to pick up the flowers the day before the shower,  half of the flower section was empty as they were having their 50 year celebration - 11 years in Charlotte. I was a little worried.

Even with less to chose from, Jenny found some really pretty bouquets and they were only $2.99 and 3.99 each. She picked out 2 Stock, 2 bouquets of Eucalyptus branches, 2 mini bouquets of roses, and one bouquet of pink carnations.

I thought simple bouquets in white pitchers would look great on the food and dessert tables and would be quick and easy to do.
This is the bouquet for the food table...
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...and here's the bouquet for the dessert table.
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I wanted a fabulous centerpiece for the Dining Room. Since the dining room table was extended to 9 1/2 ft, so the centerpiece needed to be rectangular.

The metal container I use to hold art supplies in my office was the right size, but it was painted black.  I've been wanting to paint it white for a long time and this was the perfect time for a new paint job. 
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When I first bought it, the metal container looked like this:
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I used a  Valspar Interior Latex Ultra white in satin. This would be the 2nd time this container was painted.
Once painted, I set four - One Quart Mason jars in the container and cut the flower stems so they looked good in the jars.
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A photo just doesn't describe how gorgeous this centerpiece is and the smell is divine!
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Here, you can see the Mason jars with the moss pulled away.
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It took about 4 small bouquets to fill the 4 jars...1 Stock (tall white flowers), 1 Eucalyptus, 2 mini bouquets ($13.96 total) and some green Spanish moss. A custom arrangement this size could have easily cost $200 or more.
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She spent a total of $23.93 (I already had the moss, the jars and the containers) for all of the flowers for the shower. I always love the flowers at Trader Joe's, especially the low price.
Do you have a favorite place where you like to buy flowers?
Please share!

Pam


You can find the post on Hosting A  Bridal Shower HERE
You can find the post on the tablescape in the Breakfast Area HERE

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Post Bridal Shower Tablescape

Pretty flowers are grea inspiration for a tablescape in the Breakfast Area. 
The day after the bridal shower, there were so many beautiful flowers in the house, I just had to take advantage of them and set the breakfast table.
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I kept the white tablecloth, burlap overlay, votives and wood round made from a tree trunk that Mr. DIY cut down at the Mountain Cottage. The woven placemats, dishes, napkins, utensils were shopped from the house.
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Because of the beautiful flower arrangement in the Dining Room, I couldn't help setting that table, as well.  But, I'll save that tablescape for another time.


Pam

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hosting A Bridal Shower

This past Sunday, our daughter and her friend hosted a bridal shower for their friend Emily. 

This was only the first second party we've had in our home since Jenny's graduation party in 2011 and the first  second event we've had in our new house. (I forgot we hosted a Christmas Party the last two years for our newly married group- how could I forget them???)

The girls planned out everything. I just helped with the decorations.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

How To Design A Gallery Wall

We've been working in our office lately and we had one empty wall that would be perfect for a gallery wall. Rather than just winging it and nailing holes in the wall randomly, I decided it would be far better to plan things out.
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I've had a large roll of pattern paper for 30 years, so I used some of it. You can use a roll of brown paper. If you order from Amazon, sometimes they crumple up some brown paper when packing boxes and I've been known to recycle those for when I do small painting projects on my work table.

Whatever paper you decide to use, just lay out your frames on the paper how you like it.

When you get everything where it looks good to you, trace around them.
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Take the frames off and mark where the hook will go.
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Tape the paper on the wall where you like it.
I used a level to make sure it was straight.
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Adjust any frame you think needs adjusting.Once the paper was on the wall, I felt that my bulletin board needed to be a little lower so I could reach the top better. 
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Nail or place the hooks where you've marked.
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Hang your frames on the hooks and you're finished!
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It's as simple as that!

Pam

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Distressed Finish Farmhouse Bed

The Farmhouse Bed is finished and our daughter is enjoying sleeping in it in her new apartment. 

If you remember, our daughter asked Mr. DIY to make her a queen sized bed. He made one for her in 4 days and it took me at least 10 days to finish it. 

We have dinner with our daughter once a week and take turns between her place and ours. It's pretty awesome having a grown up daughter who invites you over for dinner. 
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Friday, August 4, 2017

How To Create A Distressed Finish On A Farmhouse Bed

Mr. DIY built our daughter's Farmhouse bed in 4 days. I wish I could say it only took me finishing it! Even though I started on the finish the day after Mr. DIY finished the bed, it took me a good 10 days to get it the way I wanted it.

Getting the perfect distressed finish takes a lot longer than just painting it. There are so many distressed finishes out there, so I thought I'd finish a few samples and let our daughter choose one.


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I started out with two different wood stains. The one on the left is Minwax Jacobean. The one on the right is Rustoleum Driftwood with a little Jacobean mixed in. One of these would be the base coat.
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Once the base coat dried, I applied a thin, watered down paint (Lowe's Signature Ultra White in Satin). The sample of the right doesn't have any stain under it. I was hoping our daughter would pick that one since it would be a lot easier. I used some fine grit sandpaper to distress the samples. 
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 I thought I'd do one more  sample. The sample on the right is full strength paint over Jacobean stain. It looked a little more chippy.
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I was surprised when she chose the left one.


The funny thing is, (and I didn't realize it until just now) that I should have stained it with Jacobean and instead, I stained it with Driftwood, mixed with Jacobean. Oops!

The first thing I did was stain the back of the headboard...
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Then, the front.
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I didn't take a photo of it, but despite applying the wrong stain, I managed to finish the back side of the bottom of the headboard (the brace) and it turned our pretty close to the sample she picked. 
I don't think she liked the finish on the headboard though. When she saw the finish on the headboard, she said that she could always paint it white at another time.
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I took that to mean she'd like the paint to be whiter. So, I applied 2 thin coats of watered down paint, plus a dry brush coat. I applied this to the frame of the headboard and what I call the brace (below the headboard)
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The frame has 2+ coats and the center has only 1.
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It almost looks like the headboard has just been painted at this point, but the grain of the wood still shows through a bit.
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Once I got the right brightness, I started distressing with fine grit sandpaper.
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After sanding and removing all the sanded bits, I applied more stain to the sanded spots.
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I didn't like the stain on the paint, so I sanded a bit more, 
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Then, applied more paint over those spots using a very small amount of watered down paint and with a dry brush.
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Perfect!
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I finished the headboard with a coat of clear Polycrylic Satin.

I applied the same technique to the side and foot rails. The whole process took about 10 days. 
Even though the finish on the bed was a little different than the sample, it turned out great!
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Hope you'll stop by next time to see how the bed looks in our daughter's apartment!

UPDATE: you can see the finished bed HERE.

Pam
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