Wednesday, September 8, 2010

~Come & Sit Awhile~

I must confess to my negative attitude toward my house. 

Why? 

Back in the about me post I said....I did not get the craft gene, or creative gene for that matter.  My mom did not pass that on to ME. There is not much in this house that is me { or how I wanted the finished product to be } Funny side note:  I don't even know who "me" is yet SO~~might the two go together...house not "yet" what I want it to be and neither am I?  We will figure it out as we go.

What I "think" is being shown to me is this
"I AM A BLANK SLATE...do with me what you wish"

REALLY? looking over my shoulder...ME??
Time to see if you have any craft/creative gene in you!

To make a long story short and move on...this house has the bones {I can dress it to my liking} the main floor is all on one level...{for when I am old} and it has a covered deck off the Master {where I can see trees and birds...sign of age? and drink my coffee in the morning} That is all I need right? 


I am starting to hear my House of Belonging speak to me {not literally}  She has an old soul...much like me.
and I long to bring as much of that to life as I can.



We don't have lots of money to spend and we do it all without charge cards :) which means if I am going to decorate I have to be thrifty AND still pay bills.



The whole house needs a paintin but that is on my " honey do list " for another season so we started with the front door. My husband is in construction so he has lots of leftover paint from jobs so I first looked there and found some leftover paint. It is a Sherwin Williams color mixed in Behr.

Tea Chest.

Color Number: 6103




We painted the door first.  Just doing that made a big difference.  It is not the color I "ultimately" will paint it but IT WORKS for now!  Baby steps AND it was FREE.  {Note to self: learn to be content with what you have NOW...not what you wish for}



The big pots next to the chairs came with the house and were painted the color of the house trim and we thought...paint those Tea chest too!



I had to have some chairs...I am a big sitter outsider coffee drinker and that was one thing I thought would bring the inside out and add " Come & Sit Awhile" feeling.



I went to thrift stores for a couple of weeks but NOTHING.  I had some chairs that went with a patio table but just not the " look" I was going for. 
World Market had some Adirondack chairs that I loved but even on sale...ugh...couldn't spend it.
At the end of summer last year Home Depot had the knock off's on sale and my hubby picked up two for a surprise one day because I wanted some RED ones.
My daughter suggested we use those...we tried...nope...red just didn't work

SO~


She suggested spraying them with plastic spray paint...DON'T THINK SO! I LOVE my red chairs and plastic paint??
Dragging my feet we bought the Krylon......




I bought 1 can first and that wasn't enough to do one chair so I bought 3 more cans.  @ 4.34 a can {@ Wal-Mart} X 4 = $18 for two chairs!The spray paint is FABULOUS!! I was totally amazed and would highly recommend it. 

It dries lickety split.

My only CAUTION:  The winds we've had here lately blew a chair off the porch and it scraped off the paint some.  It touched up fine but it will scratch off in extreme situations=) but it does not get sticky and come off on you in heat!!



Then ~ the gene just went crazy.  We {my daughter & and me} got the itch.  We had sooo much fun doing the front porch. It's funny how once you start, things can just FALL into place....now I am going to fall into one of those chairs and write tomorrows post on my Fall Front Porch how to's.

and

to all of you with no craft/creative gene mull over this awhile.....



" it is never to late to be what you might have been"


Tomorrow I will explain how I created these...


Always Building~
Tiffini

6 comments:

Amy Kinser said...

I, for one, can't wait to see how you created those wonderful goodies. To not have a decorating gene, you sure did do great on your porch.

Lori said...

Glad you found the gene. It must have been recessive, but your porch is beautiful.

Vee said...

So many of us are in the same boat...not using plastic and pinching pennies. You've done a beautful job and free paint...my goodness...what a good thing that is! Here's to the day when we're all in better financial shape.

fabulousfindsstudio said...

Starting with the front door is a perfect idea, sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference! I love how the chairs turned out and the front porch, too!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Julie

CurlyQuinn said...

Again, so happy I found you! Love all that you have done with that porch. I am lacking the crafty/decorating gene myself. I steal from blogs all the time b/c of that reason. I have a feeling I will be stealing some ideas from you!We are pinching pennies like so many others, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with on a tight budget! :)

Shannon @ Hase Haus said...

Umm...hello!? You most certainly have a creative gene Tiffini! Look at that porch...it's just wonderful!

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