Thursday, May 30, 2013

Just Paint It White

Sometimes I just need a TJ's fix so last week I stopped in and picked up a few things I didn't need.


I love the three tiered wire shelf - it's perfect for my creative space.

Lucky me - I've been looking for some galvanized tin to hold flowers at my upcoming retirement party.

 Pink caddy - hate the color, love the design, and, oh, the possibilities for the chalkboard.


I decided to follow the advice of Fiona whose blog is  - Just Paint It White.


A little color change was all that was needed to work with my color scheme.


When I saw the caddy at TJ's, my first thought was "great container for utensils and napkins for the party


 Where should the caddy go until the party?


It ended up on the dining room table holding flowers.


And why the one?

School is over in exactly one week!

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41 comments:

My Garden Diaries said...

YEAHHHHHH!!! One week!?!?! That is awesome!!! I love what you have done with that caddy in both of the pictures!!! How flipping adorable is that!!! I just have to say that you have inspired me with the paint lately...every time I look at something in my house I think...Carol would just paint it! And you know what..I have started to do just that!! Great work here!!!

Acorn to Oak said...

You found that box at TJ Max? Its really cute...now that you've painted it white. Awesome transformation! Wow...one week! So exciting! :-D

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I'm gonna look for that box at tjmaxx I think it is so sweet and can be used for so many things, love the way you painted it, you are right everything looks better painted white...

beachcomber said...

really cute! i love it both ways you've used it.
looks like it's warming up at your place.
x

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That turned out so cute :) I am a believer in the ability to transform almost anything by painting it white. White really shows off all your primary colors. :)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Great finds at TJ's. Love the box and I like it painted white so much better. Yea yea yea - only one week to go to retirement. Your going to love it.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

So excited for you! I love the caddie and need to get myself to marshalls or tjmaxx soon! I love it on the table...rustic chic!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Carol dear, YOU ARE RETIRING FROM TEACHING!!!!!!! I wish I could be there with ya!

Good idea to paint this white. Oh your cottage, it is just the homey, cozy place I love. HAPPY WEEKEND, and enjoy the sunshine! Anita

Dawn said...

Love your new caddy. It looks so charming with flowers in it. Congrats on being free in one week. I am ready for school to be over also. Our kids have one week too.

chateau chic said...

Your caddy is ADORABLE!!!!! Love the chalkboard on the front...oh the endless possibilities and fun you'll have with this!
Mary Alice

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is absolutely adorable! I can see why you brought those things home, and I love how the caddy turned out. Cuter than cute silverware, too, plus I love the flowers in jars and the celebratory "one". Let the countdown begin!

XO,

Sheila

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is just too adorable on your table in your cute dining room.

Mary Clark said...

You are so bloomin' artistic - I can't believe what you did with that caddy. And the utensils are the cutest stinkin' things I've ever seen. Love that you only have one week left - and if the caddy is any indication, that's going to be one great party!

Anne said...

Beautiful! Love it, I have one of those caddies and I love mine too!!

Happy Friday :)

Renee said...

Love the caddy. Great finds.

Paula said...

The caddy looks great! I love the picture of the mason jars with the flowers! And the utensil idea is perfect. You are so creative, Carol!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

How adorable! Love the chalkboard paint on it! Just love everything in your home!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Carol,
Wanted to thank you for dropping by and for your sweet comments. Yea, I know what you mean we were beginning to think we were never gonna have any grandchildren. All our friends have them, but much to our great surprise......finally.........my son and his wife who just had their 2 year
anniversary in May were expecting.....so what a thrilling time, course, not near as thrilling
as having her here nearby. That is nice you are retiring and that you have a sweet friend who
will let you practice for your big day on her grandchild. We practiced on a cute lil long haired
chijuajua named Rosie for years. We called her our grandaughter dog. lol
We sufficiently spoiled her............so we are now ready for the real thing!! lol

Like your caddy painted white with the chalk board paint on it too. It looks great on your
table.........and quite unique. Love all your color..........looks so summery!

Blessings, Nellie

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol,
I love the utensil caddy. That is going to be a hit at the party! Wow I am going to have to see if I can find one of those caddies that came out adorable One more week. How exciting! Woo hoo!
Kris

Anne said...

What a great find Carol!Love how you transformed it! Yes great for a party but really great to have out all the time.And it can be changed out for other things.Even for craft supplies!
xx
Anne

must love junk said...

Cute finds! I'm really loving that wire shelf!
Susan

Carolyn ♥ said...

Lucky day for you and you dressed that caddie up so sweetly. Love the blooms!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I always enjoy stopping by your blog, Carol. Your use of color is just so much fun! It always cheers me. Love the first sentence of this post ... "and picked up a few things I didn't need." LOL. Glad I'm not the only one who does that! The caddy is just adorable and I love that it has a little chalk board on it. So cute with the festive flowers. Congrats on your upcoming retirement!!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

LOVE your blog and following you via Bloglovin'. So glad you stopped by my blog so that I could return the favor and find this fun place to visit. Love your TJ's finds! The caddy for your party is perfect!

Laura Turner said...

Hi Carol,
LOVE the caddy! The chalkboard front is such a great idea. I have enjoyed browsing your blog-love your colors! My husband is a composer and a mountain guy-hiker-so we have dirt and leaves rather than sand, lol! Do you live in Ventura County? We do. I just became a follower.

Best,
Laura
laura.sundayview@gmail.com

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Carol, I love the change in color, but of course I love pink too. What a great idea with the chalkboard to change up messages..Really cute..Happy Weekend..Judy

fiona anderson said...

Thanks for the shout out Carol, you just can't go wrong with white !!
Love your caddy, so versatile and it looks really pretty against the Felicia (?) in your garden.
I have gardening on my mind a lot at the moment, but no time to do anything. Work is unbelievably busy and tiring - I envy you your retirement, so much time to do more stuff, but definitely well deserved !!

Anne said...

Love the caddy! Its amazing how EVERYthing can look new when its painted white, esp with chalk paint! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, its nice to hear from you. I forgot to tell you, I am still having trouble seeing the full sidebar on your blog...

The Tablescaper said...

I host a weekly link party called "Seasonal Sundays". This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I'm having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I'd love to have you join the fun!

- The Tablescaper

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love that caddy! It looks like it is perfect for holding utensils and napkins outside, with the way it is sectioned off. I like pink, but I like it better white.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh how cute it looks with the little jars of fresh flowers! I'd like to pin it....if I can figure out how! haha! Enjoy your Sunday and Happy June! I just put your blog on my favs list so that I won't miss any of your posts! Sweet hugs!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Wow. It really is amazing how paint can totally transform something. Looks fabulous now! Like you said, so many cute possibilities!
Karen

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love it on your table with flowers. And how cute is that "Attention chien bizarre" sign on your door!

Poppy said...

So creative and colouful and those sweet blooms, just taking in the sun, it's all TOO charming!!

Poppy

Linda at French Hollow said...

Isn't it fun to find things you weren't even looking for! I love what you did with the caddy - thanks for sharing!
Linda

My Little Home and Garden said...

Upcoming retirement? Congratulations!

Melanie said...

Love the 3-tiered wire shelf and what you did with the caddy. Did you find the caddy at TJ Maxx, too? Looks like something older that would've come from a resale shop.

Stacey said...

I bet you'll come up with a million ideas for the caddy. Doesn't a chalkboard make everything fun?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

You know your house is so dang cute that I sometimes wonder if I'm reading a storybook. That caddy is wonderful and will be perfect for about a jillion things.

Ana said...

Great finds...Love, love, love the "after" of your caddy...and so versatile. Awesome job.

❤Ana

Carla said...

Love the caddy/chalk board. Too cute