Tag Archives: finials

Chippy Vintage Outdoor Dining

We gave away our old outdoor dining set the other day.

I have no photos of said same, which is just as well.

Meanwhile, one wonders at this point:

what are we to do when we want to dine al fresco?

Luckily, I had a light bulb moment when I spied this table,

languishing unused in our cellar hideaway.

IMG_2052

I thought — wouldn’t it make an unusual + charming outdoor table?

IMG_2055

People.  That very shade of green is crazy in style now.

IMG_2054

And who doesn’t  love the enamel table top?

IMG_2058

Within minutes, G.O. + I carried our table outside

+ set it in front of our garden shed.

Please allow me to point out a couple items.

That DOOR remains in its awful before state, which I hate.

img_20441-e1506040277172.jpg

Fingers crossed we’ll re-do them yet this year.

 And please may I point out our shed’s roof finials?

IMG_2044

I was after a colonial Williamsburg vibe at the time.

But back to the table.

IMG_2043

Soon I started gathering a few things,

hoping that a quaint vignette would ensue.

Check this out.

IMG_2041

It’s one of those weed/cedar trees that are all over the yard!

IMG_2025

I thought it would look great in a pot,

 but shockingly, G.O. predicted it would never live.

So far, so good, but there is winter, looming.

IMG_2038

Next — these vintage folding chairs were languishing unused in our garden shed:

IMG_2042

I have to say that I love a good chair project

+ I’ve done plenty of them.

IMG_2047

For these chairs, I decided that I’d sew some simple cushions,

using my go-to fabric — the blue ticking stripe cotton.

 I had hand-stenciled them with my go-to motif,

the red circle + white plus sign.

IMG_2032

You can just see a peak of the pretty pale blue liner fabric:

IMG_2047

I decided to attach the chair pad with ties

that I’d sewn with the same blue + white ticking stripe.

img_20321.jpg

IMG_2047

IMG_2048

IMG_2028

IMG_2035

IMG_2033

IMG_2026

I’ll be sure + keep you posted re: our shed doors.

Stay tuned, later this wee, I hope!


She Said She Shed

Today’s perfect weather left me no choice.

It was a great day to work outside, so I (we) did!

First thing, I mowed — on the diagonal, like at the ballpark.

DSC09966

Oh, how long have I waited for a re-do of that porch of ours

+ for the chance pop a few (dozen) plants into the ground!

Today’s project, however, was to turn our garden shed into a she shed.

Yeah.  That’s a thing.  She sheds.

Here’s what it looks like now:

garden shed blue with open door

Here’s what it looked like when we bought our house:

garden shed before

OMiGosh!  How nasty!

First up in the re-do — a new roof:

To charm things up a bit, I ordered a pair of metal finials

from architecturaldepot.com:

garden shed finial close up

Ta da!

garden shed 2 finials

Much better, am I right?

garden shed 2 finials 2

Yes, they’re just what that shed roof needed!

Oh, + I forgot to mention — at some point, we painted the exterior

Benjamin Moore’s Blue Spruce.

Those hiddy original doors still await their makeover,

but I know what I want, + I will share soon, promise.

So.  Today we worked inside.

Exhibit A:

DSC09946

HORRIBLE!

DSC09948

These shelves held (just a fraction of) G.O.’s “valuables”

+ if I was to have myself a she shed, they had to move to the garage.

He offered to give me one of those Rubbermaid masterpieces,

but I said I couldn’t possibly take one!

Given the choice, don’t we always go with something vintage?

Yes, we do, + here we have it —

some really swell old shelves from my old booth space.

Got ’em from the curb!  Score!

Check out the chippy white metal shelves!

DSC09947

Here ’tis, sporting some of my gardening supplies.

Disclaimer: It doesn’t look like this now, as I’ve tweaked it a bit.

DSC09962

Updated photos in the a.m., promise.

My next storage item is made from yet more vintage happiness —

these wonderful yellow metal saw horses:

DSC09964

Aren’t they great?

DSC09963

Disclaimer, the sequel:  it’s all been redone a couple times.

That’s how I roll!

See you in the a.m. for some updated snappies!

 


4 Befores + Afters In My Head

#1

Look what I discovered at the Dutch Colonial just this morning!

IMG_1332(1)

  How adorable is that charming little window in the gable?

My steel trap-like mind immediately raced to a ‘before + after’

involving a transformation of this boxy room . . .

IMG_1337(1)

B E F O R E

. . . into something far more wonderful, like this one!

A F T E R

A F T E R

Sure, we’d have to vault that ceiling.

Is there a problem, she asks?

G.O. assures me that there IS.

(Stay tuned.)

* * * * * *

#2

More do-able is our next ‘before + after’,

which is actually already underway.

It involves our front porch’s light fixture:

B E F O R E

B E F O R E

That Craftsman-style light fixture might look divine in someone’s dining room,

but not so much our front porch.

No worries . . . I’ve already ordered its replacement:

A F T E R

A F T E R

It was on final sale at Pottery Barn when I ordered it a few days ago . . .

. . . but I just checked, + it seems to be sold out already!

So glad that  I (for once) ordered in a timely fashion!

* * * * * * * *
#3
And speaking of our front porch,
here ’tis, in the first weeks after we started our project:
IMG_0755(1)
You just KNOW that it wasn’t originally enclosed like this!
Currently, it’s in its mid-demolition mode,
en route to its ‘after’:
IMG_1334(1)
Fingers crossed!
Here’s what I’m envisioning:
Houzz.com

Houzz.com

Can’t wait!

* * * * * *

#4

And, finally, here’s an ‘after’ which took place on Sunday:

IMG_1324(1)

Our new finials have been attached to our garden shed roof!

IMG_1323(1)

Love them!

IMG_1322(1)

Not loving those plywood doors,

still in their ‘before’ stage!

Once again, stay tuned!


THE CAVENDER DIARY

2 GROWN MEN vs a 40 YEAR OLD HOUSE

Earnest Home co.

The New Traditional

down to earth digs

life in and around the garden

bubblewrappedblog

Poppable Reviews of Books, Movies, and Beauty

Lifestyle & Design Online

Sharing our life, our style, & design online.

Hooked on Houses

A Fun Place to Get Your House Fix