Happy Pink Saturday y’all! Not too long ago I posted about my Spring time annual cleaning I have to do and one of the jobs was cleaning the screened porch, which is a big job! I love it when I am finished and have pretty new ferns hanging everywhere. I said that I would show you photos of my porch once I had it all put together. Ta dah!! Here it is! There’s bits and pieces of shabby faded pinks in here so I think I can use it as my Pink Saturday post. Thank you Beverly! In the course of the big clean up I decided my shabby coffee table had become just a bit TOO shabby. Is that possible you ask? I think so. I purchased this old duncan phyfe table just as you see it, out of a storage shed at a yard sale. It has been painted green, then white and had become very alligatored and peely. And that was 10 years ago! It’s become quite wobbly and I think it’s time to go. That will be one of my missions this summer while out treasure hunting……..to find a suitable replacement. Give me a holler if you see one I might like. Our screened in porch is quite large. I think you can really call it a sleeping porch and I am toying with the idea of putting a single bed out there and piling it up with pretty pillows and a summer weight vintage cotton bedspread. What do you think? I saw in one of the decorating magazines where a lady had hung just a plain ol' box spring on her porch and covered it with a mattress. That looked pretty cool too. Maybe I can do that. Save an old box spring from the landfill! Most everything on our porch has literally been found at yard sales, consignment shops or were hand me downs. This old croquet set I found at a church yard sale. I sold the croquet balls on my website long time ago but kept the mallets. My SIL and brother gave us the cute little wagon.
I painted this "Go Away" sign on an old piece of galvanized tin. It hung on the front porch for a long time and the FedEx and UPS man always got a kick out of it.
The old metal tole floral chandeliers just scream cottage. I found this one at a yard sale but it was orange so out came the paints. It's now a pretty pink and green with a touch of elegant rust. :) And it hangs on an chippy porch post that came from an old demolished country home out here.
I love the old Hendryx bird cages. This one hangs on the original old stand and I keep candles in it when we use the porch at night for company. The first time I used the candles, I burned the little wooden swing that used to hang in it. My bad! :)
I painted the lettering "Is there A Kindlier Place than A Porch" when we repainted the porch a couple of years ago. I saw that saying somewhere but cannot remember the poem it came from.
"Meet Me In The Garden" is the embroidered saying on a vintage table runner I found. I made it into a cushion cover for the old wicker aqua rocking chair.
When I was part of a brick and mortar antique store Bobby G. used to make big decorative bird houses for me to sell out of the old pasture fencing around the place. I would paint them and add old bits and bobs such as vintage door back plates, vintage prisms, antique ceiling tiles and old jewelry. I am thinking about making them again to sell in the boutique but they are really heavy and cost so much to ship. I loved making them. One time I found little tiny porcelain bird baths which I put on the "front porch" of the bird houses.
This was my latest acquisition I found early this Spring at a consignment store. An original lake painting. Don't you just love those colors? Since we live on a lake I thought it was very apropo. A painting on a porch........why not? And the price was right.
This poor old garden fountain is shabby, faded and crumbling but I love it so. (kind of reminds me of me) Bobby G. cannot understand why I haven't ditched it in the woods. No way! I love it's faded elegance.
One time we rented a cottage at the Bay for a year and I spent most of my summer there with the boys. They were just 7 and 10 then. There was an old storage shed on the property and one day I went exploring. Inside it had a complete set of wicker furniture. I asked the lady if I could buy it. She gave it to me. Woohoo! And on the way down to the Bay one weekend I spotted the these two old cast iron floral ornate garden chairs literally sitting on the side of the road. There was a cardboard sign sitting on one that said $5.00. SOLD! Daddy made new seats and backs for me and they have lived on my old sun porch and this screen porch for 20 years now.
We have just gotten some more of the wonderful and unique hand crafted light switch covers in the boutique. They don't last long so hurry on over. I just had to keep one for my self. It shows an old porch rocker and has a piece of a vintage heart locket on it. Probably my most favorite place to be is rocking in my old rocking chair on the porch so this cover was so appropriate.
Here are some of the new ones. Another beautiful lady with a crown of vintage jewelry. A garden fairy image with a real brass fairy and jewelry charms. That one would be adorable on a porch too. And I love this pink one, perfect for a cottage bedroom. It's shows a bed all made up in pink stripes and toile with a bedside vase of pink roses. Gorgeous old vintage rhinestones march across the bottom of this piece. Can you say charming?
To start my weekend early this morning I attended an estate sale. It was in an older section with beautifully manicured lawns and fabulous detail rich homes and this home had been owned by a lady who had a well heeled antiques shop and accessories shop. I had high hopes that I would find something special but nope.....not this time. The prices were actually very good but the piece I wanted was welllll....let's just say.....too much! And I didn't find my porch "new" coffee table either. So maybe at the yard sales in the morning. I hope your weekend is a beautiful one and don't forget to click here for the Amazing Cottage Give-Away going on the whole month of May. There's so many give-aways you're bound to win one!