Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Outdoor Oasis


I've always wished for a place where I could string lights and lanterns from trees. I'm sure you, too, have seen pictures of huge trees with low lying branches filled with lights creating a dreamy outdoor "room" perfect for enjoying a beautiful evening.
Well, in all of our 7 plus acres we don't have any such trees to accommodate my desire for such a space. So, we took a trip to our home improvement store to improvise. 
We already had metal fence posts and my husband pounded them into the ground along the corner of the concrete around our pool. We used 5 in all. Then he attached 2 x 2's that we picked up at the home improvement store to the posts.


I wanted the posts to blend in with the backdrop of the trees, so I painted the wood & the metal with the color, Collard Greens, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company


We strung outdoor lights that I bought at Michael's around the perimeter of the posts and then alternated posts to form a canopy in the shape of a triangle.


It may not have big beautiful trees, but my oasis is perfect!



 And the view of my backyard is pretty dreamy during the day too!

Best of all, it was really inexpensive and only took a couple of hours to complete. The only problem is that every time I walk out to my new favorite spot, I start singing the song Midnight At The Oasis! And, yes, I know that is showing my age!


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pew Redo


I recently had the opportunity to buy church pews from a wedding venue. I bought two thinking I might use them both at the table on my screen porch. Pews can be a little low for a table so I decided I just wanted one for inside my house. The problem is that they were both 12 feet long! That's awesome, but I didn't have a spot for a 12 foot pew! So, my son, who gets suckered into helping me with lots of projects, cut one of the pews in half...
Then he reattached the end...
There were a couple of damaged places that I filled in with Swamp Mud. I let it dry, then sanded it smooth.

I painted the pew with the color Drop Cloth from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

My daughter made a cushion for the pew. Notice how I manage to get my kids to do things for me? I must have done something right.
The pew was a little too clean for my taste, so I added a little Grunge Glaze. Now it's perfect!

Now let's talk about that ironing board. It was my mother's first ironing board when she and my father married in 1934. It has been perfect as a sofa table!


I have a large open floor plan, so I placed the pew on the other side of the ironing board/sofa table so it faces my table and kitchen. It's perfect for when people gather at the table and we need more seating.


Now I'm in the process of covering my chairs with the reverse side of the fabric.


And, don't worry, the part that was cut away from the pew won't go to waste. I already have a plan for it!




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