Thursday, July 21, 2011

Re-Purposed Old Door And New Yard Decor

Wow it sure has been hot here in New England this week, and they say the next few days will bring no relief. I know others are having it worse than we are, so I will be grateful for our 90 degrees!  Before you know it the leaves will be changing and the snow will be flying so I will savor each day for what it brings to us. I have a few new finds that I have turned into primitive yard decor so I thought I would share them with you. Best of all they were found items in our garage!  The door and grape crusher were found up in the rafters and have been there according to hubby for a LONG time. He said he remembers asking his Mom what the crusher was when he was a little boy and he is ummm......58 so yeah it's old. haha. It has some great old green paint on the base and traces on the wheel!  I put a plant in the bin and it is decorating the front of the house now along with a lot of other items.  The door was the origninal door to the old outhouse on the property. When he pulled it down it was covered with mud wasp dirt... I ran like heck. lol  But, I cleaned all that filth off it and I just LOVE the patina of it. The old green over the cream color paint is perfect in my eyes.  I hung a twig wreath and the metal sconce holder which came with 3 glass vases in it and I replaced with the old clay pots.  That was a yard sale bargain this past weekend for a dollar. I figure I can change the wreath and decor on the door with the seasons.  We put the door leaning up against the side of the house where the driveway is.  It was always a blah plain spot, so now it has a bit of charm.  So, if you like this look don't overlook those old doors!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Freebie Curbside Cupboard Redo

Hi everyone,  It has been a while since I have posted, but you know how it is in the summer. (busy busy busy) A few months ago I had blogged about my husband coming home with a neat cupboard top he found on the curb for free. It looked like a man had used it as a tool cabinet as it had the holes in the shelf for brushes etc. First I took those old shelves out and hubby put a new shelf in for me. I had this circa 1990's colonial style cabinet that was in a high gloss pine finish with a painting of flowers on the doors. It was pretty and all, but screamed " I need to be primmed up" I meant to take a picture but I was so excited to finish this that I forgot. lol  So I painted both pieces in Valspars Dark Kettle Black (flat finish) after sanding them down. I then resanded to distress and gave it a rub down with Minwax special walnut stain. I let it sit for a few minutes then wiped the stain off with an old soft cloth.  I put the found cupboard top on top of the cabinet bottom I had and came up with the "step back" style cupboard look.  I think it came out very well and looks nice with the old crock bottles, tole tray and pewter pieces.  I am sure I will be fooling with vignettes for it for a while :)  I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July and the summer is going well so far!
Here are two pictures of the completed cupboard followed by the picture of the cupboard top before it was made over in case you missed that blog post from a few months ago.