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in my kitchen

I’m in the kitchen a lot.  Probably because I cook a lot.  We are not a family that eats out-I think the last time  we ate out was Mother’s Day lunch.  Meals at home just taste better and we know exactly what we’re eating that way and it is definitely cheaper.

I like being in my kitchen.  That wasn’t always the case.  The cabinets were originally gross discolored knotty pine.  I painted them white when I was 8 months pregnant and Randy was out of town.  My nesting instinct extended beyond just the nursery!  There was also lattice wallpaper with strawberries all over it.  Pretty.(that was typed in a sarcastic tone)

There was a boring light fixture, so I replaced it with this vintage italian tole chandelier that I got while working at an antique store.

I love this little recipe box.  I think it was 1.99 at Goodwill.  I keep handwritten recipes that Randy’s mom gave me one year for Christmas in there.  Randy already had the yellow crock that we use for our utensils-his mom gave it to him,too.

That clock really cracks me up every time I look at it.  It’s an old guy selling flowers off a flower cart-so funny!  It was a $2 junk store find and it works! You can see how I made my personalized spice rack here.

One of many vintage pyrex mixing bowls that I have.  This one reminds me of the Partridge family-remember the opening of that show?  The little nesting partridges pop out and line up on the screen.  I guess I’m giving away my age now!!  But, at least I don’t have a crush on David Cassidy anymore!

My kitchen does have another side to it- the sink, fridge, microwave-there must have been dirty dishes in the sink the day I took these pics!!  Just keepin’ it real!! So go on and get happy!!  Have a great Thursday!  -amy


While I’m waiting for my eggs to fry out on the sidewalk, I’m daydreaming of decorating our little house.   I love this boys’ room at Contented Sparrow-all the vintage goodies and those hanging beds are pretty cool too.

So,this is what I’ve come up with for Wesley’s room:

We have a metal pendant like this somewhere in the storage barn only it’s white.  Of course, I am lovin it in this turquoise though!

Would love to find a vintage pull down map similar to this.  The ones I have found so far are a little pricey for me, but, I’ll keep looking.

I love this vintage teacher’s desk.  I kinda hate to use the word vintage here because all my teachers growing up had these type of desks.  Guess I’m considered vintage!  Love the pullout writing area!

His bed is very similar to this one.  I’m thinking of maybe painting it a fun color.

I think we might have a dresser like this in the barn as well.  There’s a lot of stuff up there!! Would be great in maybe a pale gray paint?

Since Wesley loves to read (and has a lot of stuff), I have to include some shelving.  I like the industrial feel of these shelves.  I know they are really intended for the garage or shop but, I think they are kinda cool!

Wow! It feels good to get all these ideas in one place!!  What are you daydreamin’ of these days?  Vintage industrial boys’ rooms?  Cooler weather?  Vacation?  Leave a comment and let me know! -amy

dining room is done

Yay! Finally got the dining room makeover project finished! Wanna take a look? First, let’s do a little recap of my original ideas.  I wanted a more modern vintage look for this room.  I also wanted to spend as little as possible because 1) I’m cheap and 2)it just makes it more fun this way and 3)you have to be a little more creative and open-minded.  So, here’s the before:

I had already moved the bench at this point to start painting. The walls were a cream color.  The table was a little rickety and always had to have a tablecloth on it-not good if you have a 14 month old ! There was also just too much dark wood in the room.

Here’s the after:

First, the walls got a fresh coat of white paint(leftover from other rooms). Here’s the breakdown for the rest of the room: The table was $24 at Goodwill.  The chairs were free from my friend, Sara.  I did buy white spray paint for them though-that was $20.  The fabric on the chairs was a clearance tablecloth from Target for $6.  The chandelier got a fresh coat of yellow paint for the price of 97 cents. The turquoise banding fabric on the curtains was 49 cents at Goodwill.  It just happened to be the perfect match for the chair fabric!  The black and white fabric was already in my fabric stash-yay, for hoarding!  We already had all the art,  it was just in other areas of the house.  I decided to do an art wall above the bench.  It really changed the feel of the room! The large blue pillow on the bench was $7 from Goodwill and it has a down insert!! So, total for makeover: $58.46!!  Not bad! And, if you’re wondering what Ollie does while I’m recovering chair seats, maybe this will answer your question.

Doesn’t he look happy that he figured out how to get in there? Getting out wasn’t as easy!! Would you like help with any of your problem rooms?  Send me an e-mail, I’ll try and help! -amy


my obsession continues

Okay, my name is Amy and I am a turquoise-a-holic.  There,  I admitted it,  I feel so much better now!  Well, apparently I’m not the only turquoise-loving freak out there!  I found this awesome blog called House of Turquoise.  This site has so much eye candy you’ll probably get a sugar high!  Erin, your turquoise loving hostess takes you on a virtual tour of gorgeous turquoise rooms found all over the web and the world.  Photo after photo of beautiful rooms to inspire and dream about and drool over!  Take a look for yourself:

These are just a handful of awesome images that were in the turquoise and orange category.  Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Great, Amy, but what does this have to do with you?”  Well, I’m glad you asked!  I was looking for some inspiration for my dining room project.  Yeah, I haven’t forgotten about it-I’m sitting about 6 ft from it right now as I type this!  This is the problem, I have too much furniture in the space! But, if I make Randy take one more piece of furniture to the barn to “store” for later use, I think he’s gonna send me to the barn for “storage”!  Yikes!  So, I am at an impasse.

I did find this fun tablecloth at Target  that I’m going to recover my chair seats with-that’s some progress!!  I really love the geometric print and for only $6 bucks it’s quite a bit of yardage!  I guess I should get crackin on those instead of staring at these pretty images all day!-amy

*first four images courtesy of  House of Turquoise

for the love of turquoise

I’ve been at it again!  Stretching the limits of my bottomless turquoise paint can!  I just can’t help myself, the color is just so awesome!  I’ve been looking for more organizational ideas and that’s where this little elephant hook comes in.

Do you remember when they sold these at Pier One? I bet it was like 15 years ago!  Anyway, this one was at Goodwill for $1.99.  I thought I could breathe some new life into this little guy with some paint.

I hung it just inside our door on the side of the cabinets.  Hopefully this will keep stuff from accumulating on the counter top!

Next up, is this cute little owl bookend.  It started out very brown and a little boring.

Now, he’s happily holding up Ollie’s books on top of his armoire.  I am on to a new turquoise paint project now but, more on that later! Are you obsessed with any particular paint color like I am? Would love to hear from you about your painting projects! Happy Wednesday to you! -amy

free finds, a new friend, and great food

Here’s a few great things that happened this week! My friend, Sara, from church, saw my dining room makeover post on facebook last week.  She commented that she might have some chairs that I might want that her landlord was getting rid of!  I was soooo excited-FREE Chairs!!!  I hope I didn’t scare her too much with my enthusiasm!

I love the chairs, they are vintage 1948 Sears and Roebuck.  They are gonna get a fresh coat of paint, as soon as the sun comes back out in TN.  Thanks again, Sara!!

Meet my new BFF!  And another great find from this week! A vintage dressform that I found at Goodwill.  Wesley and I named her Gladys and she was a whopping $4.99!!  She’s missing her  stand but, Randy is gonna make me one-Yay! I think I am also going to cover her in muslin-somehow.  Still need to figure out how to do that!

This is what we had for dinner one night this week!! Randy raised the chicken at the farm AND  made this delicious fried chicken himself!!  (Just a side note, these chickens are not our “laying hens”, these were specifically raised for food) It was the best I’ve ever had!! Yum! Hope your weekend is full of great things! -amy

write on, dude

Oliver, Wesley,  and I have been spending a lot more time outside lately.  I have been trying to think of fun stuff for us to do on the porch that will entertain Ollie and keep his attention.  He’s a very busy boy so, this is a challenge.

the table "before"

This is the first project that popped into my head.  I had this coffee table outside, it was already painted this funky green.  I thought why not make it into a chalkboard? I mean, all the cool kids are using chalkboard paint, I should too!

border taped off

So, I started by taping off a border about 3-1/2″ from the edge.  I actually did use a ruler and measure this, this may come as a shock for those of you who know me really well.  I usually just “eyeball” things!!

I, then, just started brushing on the chalkboard paint.  First, in one direction, then the other direction.  I did about 4 light coats altogether.  It didn’t take very long at all to dry.

Then, I just had fun and started drawing!!  I think this project is actually more for my entertainment and Wesley’s  than Ollie’s.  He does like to put the chalk in his mouth, though.  I’d love to hear about your plans for this summer to keep your children outside and entertained!! -amy

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