When is Shabby too Shabby?

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!


Jenny said...

I know you could find many tables to choose from at my shop!! Head to Raleigh and I will give you a GREAT deal!! hehehe!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Say the word and I'll be there. Still looking to see you here soon! xoxo

Lisa said...

Too shabby? I think not. Gracious I would have to dispose of half my life and worldly possessions my friend. If I were closer I'd snatch that table away in a heartbeat for sure.

Have a lovely weekend and hope you find a load of treasures!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Your porch looks great, so cozy. I am putting tiny white lights in my birdcage. I am going to make a skirt around it so all you will see is light:) Have a great weekend, Lynn.
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Blondie's Journal said...

I like this post, Lynn! Your porch sounds like something I would love to sit on, have a glass of lemonade and talk!! Love all of your shabby things, I wouldn't have it any other way! I love your idea of using the birdcage as a lantern of sorts, I see them all the time but never had a use for one. Great idea!


Viva la Cottage said...

Lovely, Lynn! I say hang a bed. I've always dreamed of having one and when we moved the shop into the space I'm in now, the rafters in front were perfect for hanging a bed. You would love it... go for it!

Unknown said...

Tea & crumpets served at what time....? Very serene & beautiful porch.

Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Beach House Living said...

I like the table and would happily scoop it up from you. If it's too wobbly why not find a new base maybe in iron.

trash talk said...

I love all the layering you have done over the years. What a beautiful place to just relax....so much thought went into everything. It must wrap you in a hug when you're sitting there.
Your husband better be glad you love crusty and crumbly things...happens to us all including the menfolk!

Amy Kinser said...

I think your porch looks so pretty and cozy. Thanks for sharing the great pics.

Connie said...

WOW, what a great post, honey. You can never find something that is TOO shabby in my opinion.
Connie :-)

Nola said...

I have the perfect old iron cot I'd give you if you were closer. I've toyed with what to do with them (got a pair, dontcha know) for years; no place to put them, so they are visiting my cousin until I have a home for them.
AND, there is no such thing as too shabby! I'm getting a bit alligatory and wobbly, too!

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Lynn I love your porch! We can sit and have some sweet tea?

Happy PS,

dana said...

I LOVED this post of yours, Lynn! I LOVE that porch and every thing you shared about it!! You are even MORE creative that what I had imagined!! I can see myself sitting there with you and Bobby G and a glass of wine....and a battery operated candle in the birdhouse...no more fires!! (I nearly choked on my coffee when I read that you had torched the little wood perch/swing in it!!)

I hope you do have a good day treasure hunting. It's raining here AGAIN..but I'm gonna go out and see if I can find a treasure or two before my Grand Girl gets here. She's spending the night and I'm sure I will need to get home a little early so I can take a nap and get rested up for her!!

Happy Pink Saturday!! L, Dana

Dana and Daisy said...

i'm gonna copy your kindlier place saying. you don't mind, do you?

we're finally making the plunge and screening in our porch. Folks said make it a 4-season room, but I really just wanted a screened in porch.. like my whole life.

I like the new shabby look... or that's what I call it anyway. It's a more streamlined shabby. Less ruffles and pink, but still peeling paint and light colors. Some might refer to it as a cottage or coastal look. whatever! lol!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

So many pretty things in this post today!!

My neighbor has a door mat by his front door that says "Go Away". Ironically , he is a retired mail man!! LOL!!



Unknown said...

Thanks for coffee on the porch. We will redo our porch this summer and yours has given me ideas. And there isn't a Too Shabby because we all like different degrees of shabbiness! Great Post! Have a great weekend! meg

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bj said...

Yep...I'm with you. Things CAN be too shabby..at least for me. While I love rusty pieces, peeling paint isn't too much my style. :)

I would give anything for a screened in porch. Our weather here in West Texas is so severe...either really cold or really hot and not much in between so people don't enjoy screened porches too much. One of my fondest memories is having a screened porch in Dallas when I was little..we ALWAYS had a wonderful, soft ole bed out there. YES, I think you SHOULD put a bed out there...you will just love it.

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Every thing looks so fresh and nice .It is a good feeling when we are done with somethinglaura Q

Jennifer said...

I agree with you that some shabby things are just over the edge. For me, the item must be stable for it's use, and less than 25 to 30% chipped. Anything more so that can't be repainted or is rusty, I pass on...unless it is going outside, sometimes I can be a bit more forgiving for outdoor items. And one must consider the health hazards as well - old chipping furniture could be painted with lead paint, you don't want that stuff chipping away and becoming part of airborne dust in your home.

dana said...

I agree, Lynn, the "commenters" are falling by the wayside these days! I'll always come and visit YOU!! I just got back fro a little "treasure hunt"....didn't buy anything, but saw a bird cage with HENDRIX on it...it was missing its bottom, but it still had it's little wood perch/swing intact...not burn marks! Someone had also repainted the letters so they showed up. I would have bought it if they hadn't done that. As it was, they still had 20.00 on it...plus it was bent up a bit.

Gotta put groceries away...and brace myself for the grand girl!! L, Dana

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

your porch looks great now! so ready for summer or is it still spring? hehehe Happy PS!

Alison Gibbs said...

Your porch is oh so inviting. I do love that old table(not too shabby for me), maybe you could just do a few repairs to it to strengthen it.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Lynn I love this post today! All the photos are wonderful and are full of such great treasures! I absolutely love the "Go Away" sign!! I want one for my porch too!

Unknown said...

Lynn, the table is not too shabby, is shabby perfect. If that was my table I will have my husband take apart and tight it up. That patina is what my costumers will die for. I will look for a bigger table and keep that one too. All the little accents are awesome. Blessings, Marta.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynn, I love all the goodies on your porch! They are neat!

Are you sure you want to do away with your table? Can you just get some wood glue and tighten it up some and maybe coat it in some butcher's wax to keep the peeling down???

I think you ought to think about getting a mattress made for your bed that will hold up outside. Or sew it with a waterproof cover. In Florida, it would likely mildew in summer, even on a covered porch. We have to be careful with outdoor furniture, but I like that idea a lot, Lynn! I remember years ago reading "Southern Living" and finding a suggestion of filling outdoor cushions with dry cleaner bags because they don't mildew. It would take a lot, though, to fill the place of a mattress! ;-)

I want to come sit on your cute porch!



Sarah said...

Enjoyed the look around your porch. I'd find it a lovely spot to sit and relax with a cup of tea, a good book, or a nice visit. Just let me know when you are accepting guests. LOL
Happy Belated Pink Saturday on this Sunday afternoon. ~ Sarah

Unknown said...

G'day Lynn ~ I can tell the borders on feedsacks vs 50s pillowcases by the texture ... you can feel the fabric difference easily. If you want to send me a picture of any you are questioning I'll see if I can assist you.


Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Your porch looks like a wonderful place to while away summer hours...

Unknown said...

Happy Pink Saturday. I love all the pieces on your porch. A twin
iron bed full of pillows is a great idea. Have a wonderful week!

Unknown said...

what a beautiful blog you have created. love your finds. and the answer is -it can nver be to shabby!


Margaret Cloud said...

Your porch looks so nice and a bed to nap on sounds very cool. Happy Pink Saturday to you also.My Aunt had a bird cage like the one you have. I like all your post today especially the light covers.

My Grama's Soul said...

I don't think anything can ever bee too shabby, and if it is.......my motto is to move it outside to weather some more (O:(O:



Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Lynn.

I love your porch and all of the wonderful treasures. A porch is one of my favorite places, and yours is perfect.

Stacey said...

Your porch looks perfect to me. Definitely put a bed on your porch if you have room. I just love that look. It's so welcoming and old fashioned. Wish I had room for one.

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