Saturday, May 2, 2015

little by little . . .

 

Little by little,


I am ticking off things off the list.


The yard looked like this last week


but you can see that I have made some changes.


The first change was to move the yellow cupboard from the porch to the hallway and give it a new paint job.


This old cabinet has been many colors over the 35 years I have owned it and this time I created a mint green using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes, Pure White and Marine Blue.


A touch of yellow peeks out on the edges


and a little bird knob graces the front of the cabinet.


We are planning to paint the walls white, but for now I am content with the green cabinet against yellow walls.


The reason I wanted the cabinet inside the house was to store placemats and table runners - the pottery was added for fun!


The removal of the cabinet from the porch led to moving the baker's rack from the side yard.


I tried a lot of different items on the shelves until I settled on pottery.


While I was painting the cabinet, Steve was working on another project on the list.


A friend gave us this bench in January and Steve freshened it up with a couple of coats of polyurethane.


Another project on the list was to spice up the vintage window hanging on the wall.


My hand is healed enough that I can sew once again and it took just a few minutes to sew up a little  banner I stenciled.


The area was finished off with an old ladder that got bumped from the living room.


The curtain for the garage door is finished and


 tomorrow I am tackling the "jungle" in the garden.


With only 7 items left on the list and 2 weeks to go before JP's graduation party,


life is definitely good!

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67 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love what you did with the yellow cabinet. All of your changes look nice and it just shows how one can change a look by moving things around.

Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

Lowcarb team member said...

So good to hear your hand continues to heal well.

Love a 'to do' list especially when things do get ticked off the list.

Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My heart smiles every time I come here, Carol! I love every change you made and the soft blue of the once yellow cabinet is perfect. A cool ocean feel, this little cabinet is READY to charm your guests....and that cute bird knob is PERFECT! The pottery on the baker's rack is lovely in all the pristine white. And to hear that you hand is healed is great news! CAROL IS ON THE LOOSE, EVERYONE! You are going to have a perfect garden party.

Well my friend, thank you for the poem you sent me. I will be using it as part of my final for French! YES! Poetry wakes up the spirit, but old and young.

Have a marvelous Saturday! Anita

JoAnne said...

Your little banner is really sweet, Carol. It always feels so good to check things off the 'to do' list. Love the new color of your cabinet too. Have a great weekend!

podso said...

You are making great progress. Nice color on the refreshed cabinet.

Laurel Stephens said...

I'm in love with your new linen cabinet and your cute little banner. I'm so glad to hear your hand is healing enough to sew. Great news!

Kathy said...

Everything is looking beautiful. You are an inspiration!

Anne Davis said...

I love that bird knob!!! It looks so pretty in the blue. That bench looks fab too, I need to get outdoors!!!!!!!!

xox

bobbie said...

Love the new color on the cabinet ~ it looks good enough to eat! And all your styling's are so adorable ~ guess I'll have to come back and see it anew!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the color of the cabinet and every thing is looking GREAT! Love the little bird handle and the window treatment.

Junkchiccottage said...

Love all your changes Carol. The cabinet looks awesome. That bench is a great addition love that. Always love to see your special cottage by the sea. Just makes me smile.
Have a great week end.
Kris

Little Vintage Cottage said...

It looks beautiful, I love the new cabinet color and the bench looks great!

Tania

BeachGypsy said...

The graduation is almost here! And everything is looking GREAT!! Even your LIST is pretty!! Lol! You know how i LOVE that pretty little curtain!! How many guests coming to the graduation?

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks great. I love the new shade on the cabinet, it's one of my favorite shades. xoxo Su

Susan Clayton said...

Glad your hand is healing. Don't overdo. Everything looks lovely but I usually like the 'befores' as much as the 'afters'

Laurie said...

I love your new changes, especially the color of your cupboard and the curtain. It's looking great already and you haven't crossed everything off the list yet!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You sure are getting a lot accomplished and your hard work really shows. I love how you've styled your painted cabinet, and your curtains are just adorable. Good news that you can finally tackle your sewing machine again. I think you deserve a break now:-)

Pondside said...

What a lot you've accomplished! Well done! I always find something to take away with me from your blog, and today it was the little step-ladder.

NanaDiana said...

I am so glad that you are able to do things again! Whoo Hooo! Love your blue/green cabinet. It looks great in its new color. The porch looks nice too with the pottery on the baker's rack. xo Diana

chateau chic said...

So much accomplished already, and looking so pretty!!! Just painting the yellow cabinet would have been a week long project for me. Looks like you're having a lot of fun sprucing things up, Carol.
Mary Alice

Kim said...

You are a very busy lady! I love seeing all of your pretty projects and pictures go by on Instagram, Carol! You brighten my feed for sure. Enjoy your lovely yard.

Jeanna said...

You are making great progress on your list. The bird knob has my heart.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Always good to mark things off the list. I love that cute fabric for the curtain.

Debby said...

So glad that your hand is getting better. You are getting so much done. I need a list, hah. It's going to look so nice that no one will want to leave. Take it easy and enjoy.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, you accomplished so much and it looks wonderful. I love the painted cabinet and wanting to do one of mine that color. So glad your hand is better and that little banner is darling on the window.
Love the little curtain finished too.
Have fun and Happy May.
CM

Ana said...

Wow Carol, you are going through your list pretty quickly. You'll be done in no time at all. Everything looks great. Glad to hear your hand is feeling better.

Hugs.
❤️Ana

cynthia lee designs said...

Love all the changes that you made. Also love your little banner. I still have the one you made for me on my quilt in the dining room.
~Cindy

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

You amaze me Carol, I wish you could bottle your energy and send some across the country to me!!! I am very happy to hear your hand is healing. All your painting and rearranging is going to WOW your son and all your guests for the garden party. How do I know that? Because you wowed all of us with the sweet colorful changes in this post.
xoxo,
Vera

Consider It All Joy said...

I always love to visit your place, Carol! You always inspire me to 'get to work' and check things off my list! Although, it might help if I actually wrote a list to check things off of, but you know what I mean! Love the new paint on your cabinet and that little birdie is so cute! Enjoy your Sunday! Blessings, Cindy

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I'm so happy you found our Best of the Weekend party, Carol! I just love what you did to your front porch - it all looks so cheerful!

Sylvia said...

Carol, The curtain for the garage is done! Good for you. I'm glad to see your recovery is coming along. Enjoy the party in a couple of weeks. Sylvia

Cynthia Arneson said...

Love, love, love, everything you have done! I'm in awe of you that you have gotten so much done in such a short time especially during your recovery from hand surgery. I especially love the new color of the former yellow cabinet. I may have to try and get just the right color of mint green using your colors...hope you don't mind, if your friends stop by don't tell them I copied you! ;) I enjoy looking at your pretty linens, I love old table linens. Keep a steady pace and you'll have your list completed in no time. Take a rest now and then though!

Jann Olson said...

Carol, I am so loving the color of that cabinet! The prettiest shade of mint. You have really gotten a lot accomplished and everything looks fabulous! Love the cute banner on the window! Your linens and pottery are all just lovely and I love the curtain!
hugs,
Jann

Cream Linen said...

I so much like your style and the upcycling of the items you already have at home.I love your color palette and the way you arrange things to look their best.
Have a nice Sunday!
Tina xxx

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Isn't it amazing the new life given to old treasures with just a coat of paint! Love seeing your decorating eye and touch at work. Keep these posts coming!! Hugs, Jackie

Dawn said...

The curtains are so cute. I think I have the same table cloth somewhere. I like to keep a list too. It keeps me organized and makes me feel like I'm accomplishing things. Your gardens are looking wonderful.

handmade by amalia said...

It's one of life's little-big pleasures to cross off things from a to-do list. You've been busy!
Amalia
xo

Suzan Sweatman said...

I wish I had your talent with color Carol - every time I come by I want to paint my window frames blue !!!
Everything looks beautiful - loving your little banner !
xoxo

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Great news! Glad your hand is better. I lLove the little garage door curtain! Hope your party turns out great. Have fun!

Daytona Damsel said...

The curtain is great, love the fabric. Love the little bird handle on the cabinet. You have given me some inspiration for my back porch which I have just started decorating.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Having a reason to tick things off your list sure helps!! I just love the look and feel of your cozy home. How fun to shop your own home and change things around. Looks great! Spring has just arrived here so I have lots to catch up on. My gardens still look like winter!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

What a darling cottage, love the paint on the little cabinet....what a pretty color!

Margarida said...

Hi Carol. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog with such nice color, art and beautiful ideas. Glad to know that you have such nice plans to redecorate your space and that you're getting better from your health issues. Thank you for your inspiration to create! Hugs from Portugal.

Poppy said...

How CUTE is that little curtain?!! So glad your hand is on the mend, Carol, and allowing you to slowly, slowly enjoy all your creativity!

Have a wonderful week!

Poppy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I adore the colour you created to paint your little cabinet!

Melanie said...

Your home and gardens are always so delightful! Glad to hear your hand is feeling better enough where you can do some sewing once again. Good luck on tackling the jungle...that will be a big project. I love how you stacked the placemats and runners in the cabinet and then put teapots on top. So pretty! Love your garage door curtain, too.

Cathy, 1929 Charmer Cottage said...

Wow you and Steve have really been ticking projects off your list. With only 7 left on the list and two weeks to go you've got it made. Glad you hand is better so you can see...but it does seem like its taking a long time to heal? We've been getting lots of rain so my gardens are turning in to jungle too...doesn't seem to take long. Love the curtain on your garage door.

Vicky Hunt said...

Everything looks great Carol! I absolutely love the curtain...it is perfection in your house! The new color you created looks great on the cabinet. I love changing things around....makes everything feel different and new without spending any money! Good luck getting more things checked off your list. Mine is super long too but I have been getting things done....slowly but surely!

Leslie Harris said...

Two more weeks until graduation! Carol that is so exciting. You guys have really been busy. I need some of your vitamins haha
I hope your healing is complete....

My Garden Diaries said...

Look at you completely rock it Carol! I knew you would! That banner is fantastic and I love the color of your cabinet!!! I can't wait to see more! And YAY on a healing hand! Happy week friend!!! Nicole xoxo

CatieAn said...

wow you are really going gung ho. Great job. I love the cabinet and the baker's rack relocated and the pottery on it. Your bench is so pretty and the redone window is wonderful. You will get it all done and it will be beautiful.

Julie Bagamary said...

Impressive changes and getting it done - woohoo!

Kelly said...

I'm so glad to hear that your hand has healed now. I know you must be enjoying finally being able to do things around the house now. Your changes look great. I like the color you used on your cabinet.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Yeah for healing! The vintage linen curtain is wonderful. I can't resist buying those colorful linens sometimes, but I haven't done anything with them. The newly painted cabinet is reading a beautiful blue on my computer, but I'm sure it is perfect. Enjoy.

Cathy Carroll said...

Carol, your to do list looks a lot like mine and I love checking things off as I get them done. I love your cabinet - the color is so pretty and everything you have done is wonderful. Cathy

Susie said...

Carol, I love the little cabinet makeover. You are a talented bunch. I like the changes. Blessings to you, Hope you are feeling fit. xoxo,Susie

Debbiedoos said...

Carol coming over to your place always makes me smile. I love your little cabinet makeover. Everything looks so charming and inviting.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - You have so much going on in your garden, and pretty colors thanks for sharing it all with us.
Thanks for stopping by.

Renee said...

Glad your hand has healed. The new color looks great. Good for you getting so much done on your list.

Jen Kershner said...

Well, I love that cabinet no matter what color it is! Love all your changes. You are fired up! Please send some of that energy my way.

Laura said...

I enjoyed reading your list!
What would we do without our lists?

You have done a great job, but I know how it feels to work that hard.

Take it easy if you can.

Enjoyed visiting,
Laura
White Spray Paint

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Look at you! Getting it done! Everything looks pretty Carol. I love the new blue color on the hutch. It's a perfect place to store linens. The pottery on the bakers rack is so spring like and I love the little banner on the window. Yep, you're getting it all spruced up. Be careful out there taming the jungle! Watch that hand, my mom was raking last week and had to put her brace back on... it takes time to build those muscles back up I guess.

Down by the sea said...

I'm so pleased that your hand is getting better. I love the new colours on the cabinet and the bird knob is a wonderful finishing touch! Sarah x

fiona anderson said...

I love the colour you created for the cabinet, it looks great, and the window with the banner is making me think about two small windows I have in the shed........yours looks so good.
It also looks like you're well on the way to ticking everything off your list !

Harriet said...

I love all the photos! Your place is lovely! Thanks for sharing! :)

Rue said...

Hi Carol :)

Although I think the before was great too, I love what you did. That little bird knob is darling! And the new color looks great on the cupboard. The banner turned out cute and so did that curtain. You've inspired me to get back on my sewing machine :)

xo,
rue

Sweet Auburn Life said...

Love the new look cabinet. Your home is so colourful, I love it. There's nothing as satisfying as checking things off a to-do list, is there?