Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Couple of Hours and a Little Paint

I bought a few things at the school's silent auction the other night.

I really didn't want the items, but I bid on them to get the bidding going.

 As it turns out, no one else bid on them so they were mine.

Naturally, I didn't win the things I really wanted.

I knew that with a little paint, I could make them "mine".

As long as the paint was out, I grabbed an old checkerboard from my Americana days and a little pedestal from TJ Maxx.

I bought the pedestal yesterday not realizing it was chipped and hoped a coat of paint might disguise the imperfection.

"Hanalei Bay" is one of Steve's recent pieces 

I went with red on the candlesticks because red fits with most holidays.

When I put the blue and white striped candle on one of the candlesticks Steve asked me what I was doing.

I explained that I wanted to see what it would look like for a 4th of July display.

Now I just have to start searching for more striped candles - maybe green or yellow in addition to blue.

The checkerboard is refreshed from the faded blue.

This photograph doesn't show the nice distressing on the edges.

I know I need to redo the checker board, but this week I have to prepare for our upcoming party.

The pedestal is sitting on my favorite little green table in the dining room.

I can picture the pedestal in a lot of different vignettes so it was worth the money even if it is chipped.

Next up was the little basket.

I removed the decorative stones and thought about putting something else in their place, but I decided to leave it as is and let the basket rust naturally.

 In April, I moved the green bench outside, but never came up with a display that made me happy.

Now, the basket, flowers, and vintage watering look right at home on the bench.

All it took was couple of hours and a little paint to achieve 4 new looks.

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You can find me partying at

Cozy Little House - Tweak It Tuesday

Boogieboard Cottage - Masterpiece Monday

Twigg Studios - Sunday Showcase Party

Little Red House - Mosaic Monday


  1. I do love what a little paint can do for things. Love that pedastal. You're right, it's a very versatile item. Mimi

  2. I just love how colourful everything is. YOu have such a happy looking home!!!


  3. There you go!!! Great work you! I really like your vignette on your green bench! And the basket with the plant in it is wonderful! It is amazing how you transform things with paint! Just Awesome!

  4. I love what you did with all your new pieces...:) Your home is so bright and cheerful! I just love it. The basket does look like it belongs on that cute green bench! Love the new painting as well....gorgeous! Have a blessed week!

    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  5. I love the way you use color. It's so amazing and fun.

  6. Love all four looks. Paint really can change things up! It all looks so cheerful and pretty.

  7. How I feel so at HOME when I come here, Carol.

    First of all, paint is magic, isn't it? Paint covers things we don't want to see, it makes objects appear as we DO want to see them, and we even create a new piece as we stroke on the ideas. Your cottage is just divine my dear, and thank you for coming to share in my moment of wanting to share the work we have done over the last 17 years.

    The colors of your palate are so happy, and so appropriate for your blue and white cottage by the sea. HOW FANTASTIC! AND....thank you so much for this idea you mentioned about a " for my poetry class?" Hmmmmmmmm! I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE UP TO!

    Have a fantastic day! Anita

  8. LOVE your painted candlesticks on the mantel with the cute pails and new painting!!!!! Your cottage is just like a storybook that keeps getting better and better!
    Mary Alice

  9. Love how everything looks - please don't ever compare your place to your neighbour's again - you've created such a magical beautiful corner of the world here!!!

  10. That pedestal is a great piece! Of course, love the red candlesticks!

  11. And didn't you have such a lot of fun with your auction orphans? And with such charming results. Your home looks just so lively--and constantly changing, I suspect.

  12. nice work - creating something brilliant out of something you didn't really want - well done! You do lovely decorating.
    I love your "distressed" table! I can imagine it in all sorts of settings.
    Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

  13. Lovely! i wish our climate was a bit more dry so I could put these kind of accents outdoors!

  14. You worked your magic on them-now they fit in your home perfectly! :)

  15. Oh the dangers of a school auction. :) I do like the red on them and I bet you'll end up using all the goodies. Your husband's new painting is beautiful. I'd like to be there right now! I just love the pedestal with the jar and flowers. Love!!

    I just posted Nancy's Kitchen Tour. She's an old blog friend of mine...I hope you can visit. :)

  16. Wow! Everything looks so beautiful! You did a great job. I am now a Follower of your Blog. Have a wonderful week.

  17. Everything looks great. I am eyeing your sand pails very carefully. I love those things, even the reproductions.

  18. Your house and patio is so cute. You sure saved some ho hum pieces, love the red paint and the striped candle and that basket is perfect hanging on the back patio


  19. I don't know how you find the time to do all that painting! Love the candlesticks.

  20. It's very clear why your favourite green table is just that: pure charm! Of course, I also love the red candlesticks! All your makeovers have benefited from your magic wand, aka your paintbrush!


  21. Even though you didn't necessarily want these things, you've really made great use of them in your very pretty home.

  22. You did a wonderful job! I love the set up you have with your green bench outside :)

    I wanted to invite you to join in our weekly Meet & Greet Blog Hop! It runs Wednesdays till the end of Friday, come link up if you have some time :)

  23. Everything is so pretty and brightly colored!! I LOVE it!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  24. Carol, great post - love your green bench! Also, loved your article at Brenda's. Good job!


  25. Love your eye for the art work. You might want to add or consider lights to it for presentation. It is so lovely.

  26. I love your pop of color! You should join us for Rednesday on Wednesday over at my blog! Anything and everything Red is great!

  27. I just love all the bright beautiful colors in your dreamy little cottage. It just makes me so happy when I stop by for a visit :-)