October 21, 2014

I have a bucket list.  Rather, I have a list of things
I could do with an old galvanized bucket. 

Let's pause in our busy schedules to consider
the unlimited uses of the humble bucket.


Flea Market Gardening
Of course, bucket feels right
at home in the garden.

Gypsy Farm Girl

Forget about fancy planters - just grab a bucket.

Zsa Zsa Bellagio
A bucket of wildflowers is as beautiful
as any florist's bouquet.


Buckets adapt well to the interior of your home, too.

You can store just about anything in a bucket.

Sugarpie Farmhouse
They welcome the opportunity
to display holiday decorations.

Nana Moon
A bucket of under-lit pine cones
gives off the mossy scent of Fall.

Buckets like to be dressed up. . . . . 

Life Should Cost Less
. . . .but they're just as happy to sit on your
front porch in the Winter and hold salt.

Never hesitate to shine a light on your bucket.




Yes, you'd be hard pressed to find anything around the house as handy, serviceable, and adaptable as a galvanized bucket.  Like old dogs, they just want to be of service.

October 20, 2014

It's that time of year to feature a Repurposeful
Monday of Halloween Decorations.

Pallet wood was used to construct a spooky fence.

My Repurposed Life
Yup, those are just painted blocks of wood.  Adorable!

A piece of plywood is the canvas that became instant Halloween art.

Black duct tape + canvas drop cloth = huge spider web: 
Vintage painted funnels make an adorable
stack of metal candy corn.

When you explain to the squirrels that you want to use
acorns as mini pumpkins, I'm sure they'll share. 

Don't toss out old light bulbs.  They can
be (carefully) painted as pumpkins, left:
Dukes and Duchesses                                                                               Dollar Cross
And a regular basketball, right, can temporarily
substitute as a Jack O'Lantern.

Need an emergency Halloween decoration idea? 
Nailed it!

So many everyday household items can be turned into decorations
that can be tossed into the recycle bin after the holidays.

 If you're packing someone special's lunch, add
a little Jack O'Lantern face to their tangerine.

Isn't this spider bun creepy and cute?  Black pipe cleaners,
a black pompom and googly eyes are all you need to
make this Halloween hair do.  Spider Power!

Imagine the reaction of the recycle guy when he finds
these bottles in the bin the week after Halloween!

Next time you're in a thrift shop or at a flea market look

for an inexpensive tarnished silver plated tray.  Chalk
paint allows you to write holiday messages on them.

And, lastly, here are two darling reasons to keep
a stash of discarded wood scraps:


Have a spookacular Monday!

October 17, 2014

Welcome to another Before & After Friday.  It's so
much fun to view the results of others' hard work.

Let's start with one of the hardest working rooms in the house:
The new sea blue wall paint is so cheerful.

Just wallpapering the wall behind the washer and dryer
made such a difference in this laundry room:

Yikes.  This home office was a chaotic mess:

Now they can get some work done.

In its before condition I can't even tell what
room of the house this is:

Oh, it's the dining room.  Nice.

This bathroom's before condition wasn't bad
at all but the after really is nicer:

The dark valance, left, makes this room look boxy:
Before                                                        After

Look what a difference these drapes make when
they're hung a foot over the window top:

This apartment went from painfully bland to beautiful:

This family room was given a much needed update:

An apartment in Warsaw, Poland, was redecorated
with several pieces from IKEA:

Rotating the dining room table accented the length of the room.

A room always looks better when you let in the light:
Before                                                                 After

I don't know if I'm on board with the dramatic two-tone
wall, right, but I definitely like the wainscoting:

Painting the cabinets gave this kitchen an updated look:
Love the chandelier!

It's almost impossible to believe that this is the same kitchen:

The bar cut this kitchen in half and made it look small:

Removing the bar completely changed
the dynamics of this kitchen:

Painting the cabinets and framing the mirror
were a quick fix for this bathroom:

A little bedroom that was tucked under the eaves: 

. . . . was turned into a darling retreat:

Painting the walls a cheerful yellow makes the molding pop:
Before                                                After

This bedroom was painfully bare:

The results of the makeover were enchanting
even before the artwork was hung:

I'm going to close today's post with a truly amazing renovation project.
A couple in Atlanta took on a 100+ year old former trolley depot and
turned it into a unique, contemporary home:

Exterior before:

Exterior after:

 Backyard before:

Backyard after:

Design Sponge
I hope that the young couple who transformed this historic
building won an award for their dedication and hard work.

Have a fun Fall weekend, friends.