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Wood Signs For Back Porch

Now that I have the porch all refreshed, I wanted to add some wooden signs to it. Of course, I have my arrow pointing to it, declaring it to be a "Happy Place".

This one was easy to make. I started off with an old fence board cut to the length I wanted, then cut a point and "feathers" for it, glued it together, then when dry, painted it.

For the post, I used an old spindle a friend gave me. It's just been sitting in my wood stash waiting for the perfect use for it.

Next I made a "Welcome" sign. I had my "EAT" sign from the dining room I was no longer using. I took the letters off,

repainted it red, and painted my words freehand. I like how it turned out. Perfectly imperfect!



Next up, I made a "porch sayings" sign. I nailed several old pickets together, painted the background with a Sun motif then again free-handed my words.

Just need to hang it up next visit and it will almost be time for a party. Well, as soon as I finish the drin…

My Happy Place

I have a "Happy Place"

- the back porch at the farm. It's pleasant to sit out there and watch the birds, soak in the quiet, and enjoy a cold drink.

But it hasn't looked its best lately. It's needing a make-over. Let's give it one!

Here's what I started with:

Not very exciting. The white paint on the Adirondack chairs was getting dingy. And the red metal table needed a fresh coat of paint too. The black chairs needed their own table and some cushions. The wooden bench left behind by the previous owners - just ugly, but at least useful for holding the dogs' water pan.

 I started by removing everything and sweeping it really well. Next up, was painting the chairs and tables.

Found this little table in the garage just waiting to be used. Perfect for the metal chairs!

Hm, what color for the chairs? Why, red, of course, to go with the red bench. And the tables? Let's do yellow - that will make for a bright, happy spot! And here we are, several cans of sp…

A Trip Down the Decor Memory Lane

Hey there, my friends! I thought it would be fun to take a trip down Memory Lane today - a trip back in time to see how my decor taste has changed over the years. And I'm apologizing in advance for bad pictures - I didn't know a thing about photography and had a cheap-o camera. Plus let's face it, some are over 30 years old. :o) So, are you ready? Let's go!

Let's start with college/early marriage days. We basically had hand me down furniture and posters or cheap artwork on the walls. It was fun starting off our life together and to be honest, I didn't know a thing about decorating.  Seriously. I was surprised shocked when we went over to a friend's place and her kitchen was all coordinated. What?!? You can be coordinated?

Then we went from an apartment to a duplex, bought a waterbed (remember those?), my father-in-law made us a coffee table and suddenly I felt grown up.  From there we bought our first house, my FIL made us a wall unit with shelves for the T…

Painting the Dining Room Chairs

My week long stay at the farm was very productive. I cleaned the closets (if you missed it, you can read about that here),
and I painted all my dining room chairs. I had always meant to; they were all mismatched with nothing in common except they were cheap! Somehow, I never got around to it but all the different looks kept bugging me. Anyway, it was way past time to paint them!

 First I started with my bench. I was just learning about painting furniture and it didn't quite turn out right. Time to redo it!

I mixed up my recipe for chalky paint (2 Tbls sanded grout with all the lumps mashed out mixed with 2 Tbls water, then added to 1 cup of paint. Mix well) and started painting. This recipe covers well and goes a long way. Plus it's a good way to use up those sample cans or leftover paint!

Finished the bench then moved on to the yellow chair. Yay! No more dirty-looking, yellowish chair!
Painted the golden oak, pressed back chair next (had to mix a seconded batch of paint), fol…