When we were building our home over 15 years ago I had two must haves, a farmer’s porch and a fireplace. They are my two favorite features to this day and it is not just for decorating. There is nothing like relaxing by the fire in the cold New England winters and sitting on the porch swing or rocker with a good book and a glass of lemonade in the Summer. I bought this armoire when I first got married in 1988 and I still love it, although lately I’ve been thinking of painting it. I am obsessed with the armoire in Blue Egg, Brown Nests bedroom, but I don’t think I could accomplish that yet. I added this cool berry wreath and some burlap to the front and one of my signs and berrys to the top. Simple, but makes a statement.
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I have been busy decorating the past two weekends. I did the outside last weekend and this weekend have worked on our main living areas. I started with my new kitchen hutch that I refinished (see prior post Annie Sloan Old White). For this I made a Halloween theme with a Spooky Banner and various pieces (that candy bowl was full last night and it wasn’t me!)
I found the most beautiful color pumpkin at Walmart and it was a steal at $5.98. I had this old toolbox that I found on the side of the road, cleaned it up and gave it a quick whitewash. I wanted to fill it with all natural elements, so I added gourds and mini pumpkins, plus some dried hydrangea as fillers. I made a quick no sew burlap table runner and love how it turned out! I also picked up 2 glass vases and candle holders from the dollar store using E6000 to attach then filled it with faux leaves and pumpkins. Happy Fall!
I have been busy with some signs as I had a bunch of pallet boards and leftover wood I wanted to use. Mostly, I just like making them. I am most excited about this old board I found in the woods behind my house. No idea where it came from or how old it is, but I didn’t want to cover up the signage. Plus it has a wine theme and I thought it would look cool in my dining room. I just cleaned it up and gave it a quick glaze. Love the chippy goodness of this sign!
Like so many of you, I love fall decorating and my favorite place to decorate is my farmer’s porch. I spend a lot of time here at least until it gets too cold. I saw these adorable pumpkin topiary’s all over blog land and was psyched when Michael’s had the pumpkins 50% off. I used old 5 gallon bakery bins as the base and covered them in burlap. I love, love them by my front door!
My friend Elaine, who I have literally known since I was 15-(that’s a lot of years) asked me to refinish the top of her beautiful cherry table. I was a little nervous because it is a beautiful piece of furniture, however, the top had a large stain. She wanted a white finish, but wanted some of the cherry to show. I had so much fun with this technique. I took a dry brush and slowly started with old white, then distressed with sandpaper (hoping Santa brings me a sander!). I then added Annie Sloan clear wax, let that dry then buffed it out, added a little Annie dark wax, went over again with clear and buffed it out in the morning. It almost looks like marble. It really is so cool what Annie’s paint can do.
In this day and age with school bullying rampant, I speak to my daughter all the time about being true to herself and not a follower. My daughter is definitely an individual. She loves clothes from Hot Topic, which means lots of skulls! Living in the country, this sometimes does not blend in with the Abercrombie crowd and she sometimes takes some heat. What I love is, she is who she is and has not changed. As she is a senior this year I find myself getting nostalgic and already preparing for the changes College will bring. Anyway, I saw this be.you.tiful wording on Pinterest and wanted to make this for Amanda’s room to remind her to always “be you”