Friday, March 6, 2015

Moving furniture around the house . . .

In January, a neighbor asked if we could help him out by taking an old bench off his hands.


It has been sitting next to the garage, but this week it finally got a permanent home.


I can't believe how long it took me to move the bench to the backyard.


The first thing I had to do was find a new home for the enamel topped table.


After 17 years of living in this house, it finally occurred to me to put my grandmother's farm table in the kitchen.


Steve is loving the extra work space.


The patio has a new look


as does the kitchen.


The living room also got a new look - this cabinet came out of the kitchen to make room for the table and as soon as I can settle on a color, it will get a fresh coat of chalk paint.


But, it is difficult to think about painting when it is so gorgeous outside.


I will end with a great big THANK YOU for all the kind comments and well wishes about my hand problem.

My computer is back at home with a brand new screen and the time away from the computer helped a lot.

I see another specialist today and hope to know more about solutions.

66 comments:

Vicky Hunt said...

I am happy to hear your hand is doing well and I hope you get some answers today. All your changes look great. I love those old enamel topped tables. I look forward to seeing your paint choice for the cabinet in the living room. Have a fantastic Friday.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

It is fun to change things around, and you have made some lovely changes.

I hope your hand gets better.

FlowerLady

Kirby Carespodi said...

You have SUN!!!! I cannot tell you how jealous I am. And we have an enamel-topped farm table in our kitchen and I LOVE it!!! Your house is so bright and cheery. AND YOU HAVE SUN!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WELCOME HOME, CAROL!

I am so thrilled to see you here, back to your fabulous craft and gifted talent to arrange a house into a home. Your grandmother's table looks PERFECT in the kitchen and the bench has the most appropriate place. Now you can really have another sitting view in that special garden of yours!

I am happy to hear you are back in the saddle in front of the computer, and that your hand is getting a bit better. Hoping that more therapy options will get you back to normal.

So good to come here with you! Anita

Julie's Lifestyle said...

It's always fun to change things around in the house. Your house is so nice and the bench is so nice and hope you both enjoy it. Have a nice Friday and weekend.
Julie

lynn said...

so glad your hand is a bit better, carol:) LOVE your gmom's table in the kitchen vignette!

Sue Silva said...

I love changing things around. Enjoy the sunshine!

ANNE said...

So glad to hear your hand is feeling better. Love the new kitchen corner and the bench is stunning! Get outside - painting can wait!!!!! xox

Kim said...

Carol, your pretty colors always make me smile. Enjoy the weather and good luck with the hand!

NanaDiana said...

I love love love looking at pictures of your sweet home. It always makes me dream of living in year round warmth and sunshine. Love it- xo Diana

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I love the bench, you are lucky to get it. Love what you are doing to your home.

Stacey said...

Your home is just so sweet and inviting. I love it all.

I can't imagine what it's like for someone as creative as you to have a hand that isn't 100%. Take care of it and do as the doctor says. :)

September Violets said...

Funny how the acquisition of one new piece makes everything else fall into place. That bench was made for your patio. But that little table couldn't have found a better spot than where you have it now! Of course it belonged in the kitchen, and it looks so cheery with the red striped bowl and all that colour around it. Great rearranging :)
Wendy

Kelly said...

I love where you placed everything! It makes complete sense to use those pieces there too. I bet it's difficult to try to rest your hand. Guess it makes you realize how much use your hands everyday. I hope that you get some good recommendations from your doctor so you can get all healed up!

Sam I Am...... said...

So sorry you're having hand problems....I hope it's just too much use and will heal. I'm wondering how long it will be before you're painting that bench! LOL!
I adore your enamel topped table. That's the prettiest I've ever seen and love it with the shelves above. I "pinned" it to my kitchen board. Love your decorating.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love the enamel top farm table! Hope your feeling better!

bobbie said...

19!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))

Melanie said...

What a nice neighbor to give you that bench! I'd love one like that to put in the backyard by my butterfly garden. The enamel-topped red table looks perfect in your kitchen. I love that it belonged to your grandmother. Hope all goes well at the doctor today!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I like the farm table in your kitchen. Looks great!
Glad the hand is improving. Take care!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It is so true that bringing in one new thing continues in a trickle down effect throughout the home. Love the table in the kitchen! So glad to hear your hand is a bit better and wishing continued healing. I would be outside if the sun was shining here also!
hugs,
Linda

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

You have such a wonderful knack for design and color. I adore your home and love reading your posts!

Connie said...

Hi Carol, I am so happy to hear that you are seeing a specialist today, I waited too long with my hand. If I had gone to a specialist I am told that my hand would be like new. There are so many nerves endings in the hands and unless they're a specialist, they really won't totally understand the importance, and as we get older, we do not bounce back like youngsters anymore. Your changes around the house are wonderful. Isn't it funny how bringing in one new item, means that every thing in the home has to move over and make room. I really like your grandma's table in the kitchen. It looks like it found a great new home there. Your Steve may never want you to move it again :)
Here's wishing you the best doctor visit ever . . . we'll all be anticipating a good report :)
Connie

By Neymes said...

Amiga,sua casa é muito fofa.Bom fim de semana.Beijo.Valéria.

Acorn to Oak said...

Your home is adorable as always! I love it! I love the enamel top table and how you arranged everything around it. Looks great and very useful. Good luck at the specialist! And, yay that your computer is back! :-D Have a wonderful weekend!

Dawn said...

Love the farm table in the kitchen, what a brilliant idea. You sure have friends with great things to give away, looks great all decorated up.

Rita C. said...

Oh Carol, your home and garden are JUST what I needed to see today! Our snow is already starting to melt, the river has receded a couple of feet, and I just know that spring is coming - soon.
Rita C at Panoply

Pamela Gordon said...

Carol, I love that table in the kitchen! It's just perfect. How nice to have the new bench and fun to move things around. Change is always good. I'm glad you got your computer back and hope your hand will improve soon. Enjoy that California sunshine!

podso said...

I love the changes. Amazing isn't it, what a few tweaks will do? Look forward to seeing the new color of the now living room cabinet. Glad your hand is improved.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Part deux of the bench will enrich your cottage and its placement is perfect. Love the changes in your kitchen (table looks perfect in its spot) and the cabinet being moved. But best of all is that you are back in Blogland with a computer repair and I'm sending you kisses to your hand, Hope the specialist can offer you much relief.
xoxo,
Vera

HWIT BLOGG said...

Love your post...
Have a happy week!
Titti

Merlesworld said...

I'm fond of moving stuff around a new look is always good.
Merle........

Consider It All Joy said...

You were so kind to take that bench off your neighbor's hands, it has found a lovely new home! I LOVE that red/white bowl on your grandmother's table, it's gorgeous, I kind of have a thing for red/white bowls!! Hoping your doctor appointment went well and you were able to get a new treatment plan put together! Blessings for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend! Cindy

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the bench and your grandmother's farmhouse table!!
~Cindy

Laurie said...

Hey Carol, love the bench. It looks great in it's new home. I have a farm table like yours, just a different color. I have mine sitting on the porch to our shop, flanked by a rocking chair. Seeing yours makes me want to paint mine. Oh, and it looks great in it's new home, too. Hope you get good news on your hand. Talk soon!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Carol, you have the prettiest little cottage with oh so many artistic touches - everywhere!
Your eye for colour and detail is incredible.
I love the bench and you've found the perfect spot for it!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Hi Carol - I came by to tell you that you won the Heart to Heart giveaway !
Oh my gosh - where to begin here - that table is gorgeous - I can't believe you had it outside - what a perfect work station for the kitchen !
Every time I come here I want to paint my house in vibrant colors - it's so gorgeous - you have such beautiful taste -
The garden looks like somewhere I'd like to be today :)
Drop me a line with your address? ( I had it and don't know what I did with it! )
Hope you're doing better - hugs
Me
xoxoxo

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

I just love changing things around, what fun. I love your new bench and just adore your Grandmothers enamel top table. Everything looks so pretty. Enjoy your sunshine!!!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, Love the changes you've made moving the bench and table around. Both look amazing in their new spots. Hope your appt. goes well and you are on the road to recovery too.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs, CM

Kathy said...

I love how the farm table looks in the kitchen. Isn't it fun when something prompts one of those ah-ha moments!

Cynthia said...

Good luck with seeing another doctor. Everything looks great and send some sum and warmth to NJ

Cindy

Sally Somervill said...

Oh, your outdoor pictures look so sunny and gorgeous! It will be nice to have that cute bench to lounge and soak up that beautiful weather! I've just done some shuffling around myself, still not sure where everything will land.
xo Sally

Sue said...

How did you make those fancy red thank you letters? Anyway, the table looks perfect in the kitchen. Now you have me wondering what color the cabinet is going to be. Nice neighbors to give you that bench.

Renee said...

The table looksgreat in the kitchen. I love the way you move one thing to a new place, another to another new place and just come up with such nice looks :)

I hope you got some good news.

My Garden Diaries said...

Hope you got some answers to help you with your hand Carol. And your grandmother's table looks stunning in the kitchen! And what a score on the bench!! Looks perfect outside in your garden! Amazing when things fit in perfectly isn't it??!!? Thinking of you...take care buddy! Nicole xoxo

Cream Linen said...

I love the colours and the decorative style of your house. It is so cosy and welcoming!
Good luck with your hand , I hope the specialist to give you the advice and solutions you
need.
Have a nice Sunday.
Tina

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Loving the changes in your charming little cottage!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

How fun! I love moving furniture around and am always thrilled when I realize that I have gained more space or that a piece should have been in this or that place all along! Glad your computer is up and running again! Saw your win over at Suzan's...sweet!

Ellen Thompson said...

I love the way you have created the effect of a hutch with that table by going up the walls with shelving and using a basket underneath. My Granny had a table like that, but I think hers was white with red trim. Being the red lover I am, I really love yours red!

chateau chic said...

What a wonderful garden bench!! Who could have turned that down? It's so fun to be able to move a couple of pieces around to get a fresh new look.
Mary Alice

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I love your grandmother's table in the kitchen and your outdoor weather as well ! :) And that bench....who wouldn't want it? :) Take care / hope the specialist has an easy plan for you.

HWIT BLOGG said...

Everything looks fantastic....lovely!
Have a great week, take care!
Titti

fiona anderson said...

I wish I'd been able to hang onto an enamel topped cabinet we had when I was a child, I guess I didn't appreciate old furniture enough then. The changes you've made are great and the bench looks so welcoming.
I'm glad the rest has helped your hand and hopefully you'll have some good news soon.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Good luck at the doctor's appointment. I hope your hand is well on the way to recovery. I am so impressed by the changes you keep making. You are very artistic and have a wonderful eye. I can't wait to see what colour you paint your chest of drawers, though I think it looks wonderful in its original distressed off-white colour. I look forward to seeing what other changes you'll be making over the coming months.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carol, you have such a bright and cheerful home. I like all the changes you have made and it makes one feel good to move things around. Change is as good as a rest, they say! Glad you have your computer back and I hope your hand will be as good as new soon. Have a wonderful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Diane said...

Love that new bench, Carol! What a nice gift! The farm table looks wonderful in your kitchen and I am sure the new living room addition will be redone in no time. I am sorry that I missed reading, about your hand problem, but was glad to read that it is improving. Have a lovely week.

Susan Clayton said...

Enjoyed the tour and am now daydreaming about your lovely weather. Although it has warmed up a bit (20s & low 30s) here on the other side of the continent we are majoring in gloom today.
Your grandmothers table looks like it has found a perfect spot.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love what you did with your grandmother's table. It's perfect inside your kitchen.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love what you did with your grandmother's table. It's perfect inside your kitchen.

Poppy said...

Sometimes all a space really needs to make it feel fresh, even before paint or artwork or flowers is simply relocating furniture. You pretty home always looks so fresh and airy, regardless, but the changes you did make added that extra touch! I so hope your hand is getting better, Carol. Take care!!

Poppy

Lowcarb team member said...

Wow, what lovely weather and it's nice to see around your home. I really like the bright colours.

I do hope when you've seen the specialist about your hand you may have some more solutions.

All the best Jan.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

My husband and I both have arthritis in our fingers, in January we had the shots...thank God for them but I'd rather have labor pains than to have those shots, so painful !!!
Your home is beautiful and I'm always amazed at the colors and how well they go with everything!

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Admiring all the changes!
Envy for the enamel table ... If I ever land one- CENTER ISLAND!!!!
I do watch out for them. It's nice you have your grandmothers.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I hope your hand will get better so you can paint again! Obvisouly the buffet next to the sofa is in need of some colour (you know I love it as it is and I know you'll want some colour!)

Carla said...

Sun? What's that? It's been so long since I've seen sun it's depressing. I love that enamel topped table from your grandmother. It cracked me up when you said "I never thought about putting in the kitchen"
As always your home is warm and inviting.

Rue said...

Your grandmother's table just gave me an idea of what to do for an island in my kitchen. Hopefully I can find one as nice.

I hope your hand is doing better.

xo

Newcastle Manandvan said...

Looks really lovely - I am a big fan of the outside chair - nice!