Monday, May 4, 2009

Snippets from the weekend

I found lots of good stuff this weekend that I wanted to show you.
I got a great book holder that looks perfect next to the new rocking chair. It was green, but I painted it white.
I have a gallon of Cottage White paint, by Behr. You can get it at Home Depot and I repaint a lot of stuff with it. Sometimes you find something that you love, but you know it won't go in your home, and this is the perfect solution.


I also found a great egg print for our bathroom. I had the frame already, but it was brown. I painted it then went over it with sand paper when it was dry to give it a distressed look.

I found this little table that was waiting to be made into a footstool. It was the perfect height and I liked the legs. This is the before picture.



This is the after. I painted the legs, and wrapped the whole thing with two layers of batting and stapled it on with a staple gun. I made the slip cover out of utility cotton that I found at Joann's. It is displayed by the muslin. I also bought the ruffle there too. It is so much easier to but it by the yard than to make it yourself.
I got my inspiration from a footstool that I saw in this Country Living article.




I love this little cradle I got for Anna. Her birthday is in a month, so I am going to give it to her then. I am going to make a pillow and quilt for it first.






So many of you have asked about the chickens. Here is a sneak peek at the coop. We are almost done decorating, I mean building it. Ahem.
They will get here late next week. I promise, lots of pictures when they arrive!

34 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

What great treasures you found! I can't wait to see your chicky decorations....building....necessities!
Kris

dana said...

SO many great things! Thanks for the tips on the white paint.
And I'm in love with that footstool transformation...esp b/c it has ruffles.
Treasures indeed!

nicole said...

i'm in love with your finds!! my mom will be here in three weeks so i can get some good thrifting/antiquing in. for some reason my husband won't go with me...

JoAnn said...

What great finds! I love how your home is in whites and natural colors. How do you keep everything so clean looking with kids? I would have never thought to make that table into a footstool - what a creative piece!

Shannon said...

Great finds! I love the foot stool. What a brilliant idea...you are full of them!

Ravenhill said...

Wow, your little ruffly footstool is darling! I really love how you transformed the table. You made it all sound so easy too!

APA said...

You've an eye for tastefully and wonderfully decorating your home with the new or the old. Beautiful. The cradle is adorable. Your little Anna will be perfectly delighted with it, especially the doll quilt & pillow you'll include. Great spring days, these are.

I just may want to move in with your chickens! Looks like a lot of fun, before & after. :)

Nature Knitting said...

Oh my! You were busy this weekend! You must manage every second of your day in order to get everything done! I am starting to think you like white color :) I love your finds!

misschris said...

Wonderful treasures! That doll bed is perfect. And the hen house? You're killing me with the shingles, girl.

Atlanticsong said...

Our chicks arrive this week too. They'll live in the brooder for the first few weeks though since we get the one-day old and babies can't survive out in the coop.

Congrats on the treasure finds with your best friend.
Sara

Jessica said...

You are full of goodies today! I love that newly painted white rocking chair!

Kelsi said...

I can't wait to hear about the chickens. We are thinking about getting some next summer. Definitely keeps us posted!!

I LOVE the footstool with the ruffles!! So great!

martha - ca knitter said...

Them there chickens are gonna be living the high life...hahaha.
It looks like you had great luck with all of your weekend finds.
I love what you did with the foot stool. Perfect.

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

oh I love it all and cant wait to see those chickens in their new home.

Steph said...

Wow! That chicken coop looks luxurious!

TD wool design said...

great finds! love what you've done to them. looks like it was a good weekend!

Becky said...

Love all your finds! And your creativity!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Great finds! I especially love the footstool make over - very elegant.

Marcia said...

I LOVE the doll cradle. How fun it is to make all that little stuff. I used to make doll clothes, etc for my girls. You'll love the joy it is going to bring to her.

Porchlight Interiors said...

Just love the rocking chair - its amazing what a coat of paint can do! Tracey xx

tiennie said...

You have been busy with great projects! Love your creativity!

Rosa said...

Beautiful inspirations. Thanks for sharing each piece. A question: when you painted the chair and any other item, what type of brush or roller do you use? I want to buy an armoire at a thrift shop, sand and paint white, but I've seen some DIY painted wood and they are gloppy and thick--very unattractive. So if you could share your painting tips for furniture, I'd greatly appreciate it.

beki said...

Thanks for sharing! I have a wooden magazine rack made by my grandfather that I never knew what to do with - I don't why I never thought to paint it. Now I have one more thing to add to the list!!

Hilary said...

Wow, those are some great finds! Painting things white (and having the paint on hand) that wouldn't otherwise fit in is a brilliant idea!

melissa s. said...

what great finds! and that's just about the cutest chicken coop i've ever seen!

stitching under oaks said...

great finds! you really have an eye for treasures. that chicken coop looks awfully swanky! those are going to be some spoiled ladies.

FinnyKnits said...

CHICKENS!

I'm very excited for your chickens.

a friend to knit with said...

i want to go treasure hunting with you.
quite the eye you have!

lera said...

Love the coop. (We are going to call our the "hen house," because we already have an original 130-year-old coop on our property.) We got our chickies almost 1 1/2 weeks ago. It's an adventure, I'll tell ya. Now we have to start building ours.

cathleen said...

You've been beautifully busy I see! What a lovely job you did with all your projects!

amandajean said...

i LOVE love LOVE all your new treasures. that foot stool slipcovered is just perfect! and you are so smart to buy a pre-made ruffle. i'm going to have to remember that one. :)

Meagan said...

The coop is a palace! What a big job, it looks great and the egg print?!? Perfect!

Nantucket Dreams said...

wow! great thrift finds! and thanks for reminding us that things have other lives and potential...even if we do not love them as is...we can love what they will become

kim said...

Such great treasures. Reading your blog is like opening up my favorite decorating magazine. Thank you!