Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Backyard Art Project - Part 2

Last week, I shared the beginnings of our backyard art project with a curbside table Dave found.  After seeing this post at Granny's Attic, I knew our curbside find would make a great chalkboard table for the kids! 
We bought a can of chalkboard paint from AC Moore using a 50% off coupon (love those coupons!).  Dave painted the table top according to the directions on the can.

After a few days wait, the table was ready for the kids to enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cool Mint

My poor mint plant has just about succumb to this oppressive Carolina heat!  I clipped off a few unscorched sprigs and leaves, put them ice trays, covered with water and put them in the freezer. 

A COOL, minty treat for these HOT summer days!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Say Yes to the (Yard Sale) Dress!

Molly New York halter top dress - $5

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was HOT.  And filled with yard sales!

This first yard sale buy was something Dave bought for me.  Actually the seller insisted he buy it for me!  Not only that but she insisted I try it on right over my clothes because the brown and pink colors of the dress would look so good on me.  Kind of awkward, but I tried it on.  And I said "yes!" to this Molly New York yard sale dress for $5! 

Nightstand $5

I loved the detail on the doors of this nightstand and the drop down handles reminded me of our trash to treasure armoire.  I have already started painting the nightstand in the same Hush White color of the armoire. 

Leaf plate - FREE!

The seller of the nightstand agreed to give us this leaf plate for FREE.

A large basket $2

Four cobalt blue glass containers - $2 for all

Bolts of check fabric (for all the sewing I don't know how to do!) - $1 from the dress lady

Small mirror - $1

Large shell - .25

Books for Ashleigh - .25 each

Dave also bought a circa 1980-something Nintendo system with games for $5.  I think the seller misread Dave's nostalgia over playing Mike Tyson Punch Out and Super Mario as being interested in actually buying the system.  She was so nice and sweet it was kind of hard to say no at that point.  Dave did have a little buyers remorse when we got home.  It only came with one controller and while it worked it kept freezing up.  Our neighbor, who is into all things electronic, suggested a can of compressed air to clean out the dust.  The air seemed to do the trick, and Dave and the kids played Super Mario all weekend! 

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Market Day - June 26th

Just needed a few items from the Midtown Market this weekend:

1 dozen pastured eggs & 1 whole, pastured chicken -
S & L Farm
Tomatoes & eggplants - Cloverfields Farm
Onions - Cedar Rock Farm
Fresh cut flowers - Blue Dragonfly Cut Flowers

Friday, June 25, 2010

I remember Principal Hart saying prayer in the mornings over the school's intercom system.

I remember the big sign in the front of our Piggly Wiggly that said, "See you in church on Sundays".

I remember riding in the back seat of my Momma's Buick, in a "safety" seat that would be the equivalent of today's restaurant booster seat.

And yes, I remember drinking water from the garden hose!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Seeing Red

Two grape tomatoes ready to be picked from the garden.

The Better Boy tomatoes are being stubborn (or I'm being impatient).  They still have not turned red!

Do you let your tomatoes ripen on the vine?  Or do you pick them before they turn red?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cheap Summer Thrill - Backyard Art Project

Dave and I thought we'd let the kids get involved in our latest trash to treasure makeover.
It's a large table with leaves.  We have an idea in mind for the table, but the kids don't know yet :)

Reed painting his table leg

Ashleigh at work

Clayton cheesing for the camera!

I thought having the kids wear oversized t-shirts would be enough to keep paint from getting everywhere.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Trash to Treasure Glaze Projects - Chair & Mirror


Inspired by Brooke at All Things Thrifty, I decided to take the plunge into glazing.  My first attempt was this trash to treasure chair Dave found.  The cushion was dirty (made even moreso by our cats sleeping on it) but the chair itself was in good shape.


And here she is now!  I went back and forth on a color for the longest, but decided to go with Rust-Oleum Aqua in a satin finish.  For the glaze, I used Ralph Lauren as Brooke recommends in her Glazing 101 tips

Detail on the chair

I covered the cushion with a damask fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics.  With help from my Mom, who knows all things fabric - thanks Momma!

After I placed the finished chair in the dining room, my attention was drawn to my trash to treasure mirror hanging over the dresser next to the chair.  It seemed to blend into the wall.  It needed some color.


So I took out the spray paint and glaze and went to work!


Here is the mirror with its new color and glazed finish!

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Brambleberry Cottage - Time Travel Thursday

More Yard Sale Toile Goodness!

Two Toile Storage Ottomans - $8 for the pair

Our yard sale adventures brought us more toile goodness this weekend!  We found two black toile storage ottomans (only one pictured above) as we drove by a yard sale that was just closing up.  One of the ottomans is on casters; both are in serious need of a good cleaning!  With elbow grease, Oxi-Clean and our Bissell Little Green cleaner, I'm working on getting the toile clean.  For the bottoms, I'm planning on covering those in a solid black fabric.

Our other yard sale buys:

Wooden cafe sign - $2

Three nesting baskets - $2

Square, wooden candle plate - $2

Silver tray - $3

Various baskets and urn - FREE!

We picked the freebies up from the same lady we bought the ottomans from.  She had them sitting by the road, which is what prompted us to stop in the first place. 

The urn has a chip in the back, but I love the relief accents and its overall distressed look!

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