Screen Porch Reveal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


It's a wrap - isn't that what they say on a movie set when filming is complete?  Well, that's what I am saying for my screen porch makeover - it's a wrap!  Seeing that it's almost the end of July, it think it really needs to be "wrapped up" - so there's time to enjoy it while we still have some summer weather!


The colors are a bit bolder than what you normally see from me, but I really like it for an outdoor space.  I initially was going to go with a navy and red Americana look, but  saw the bird pillow at Target and immediately knew I wanted to bring in some bright orange!  


If you missed my post about the curtains, you can find it here!  I have been in love with everything with a cross pattern and decided to make a bold statement in this outdoor space with the curtains.   



In the right hand corner, I created a little beverage station.


I used an old cabinet door to make the relax sign and found the vintage metal picnic baskets at a local barn sale.   They got an update with some  turquoise and orange spray paint!  


This tray table was a fun find!  The table base is a discounted outdoor table from Target that I picked up for $11 on clearance (it was gray and I spray painted it white)  and the round tray was also a clearance Target find for $14!  I married the two together to make a tray table.  It's perfect to hold magazines and a place to sit your drink.




 The outdoor poof on the left is another clearance Target find for $24!




Here's a look at the porch swing.  I made the cross pillow with more drop cloth and used the orange/red paint for the cross design.


 What's prettier than a bouquet of fresh flowers from the local farm stand!  


I'm so happy this project is finished so I can move on to the next - and so we can enjoy this updated space for the remainder of the summer!   Thanks for stopping by today! 


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Summertime Peach Ice Cream

Monday, July 21, 2014

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I've finally put the finishing touches on the back porch and to celebrate I decided to break out the ice cream freezer and make some old fashioned, homemade ice cream!   Since it's peach harvest time here in Pennsylvania, I knew I wanted to make peach ice cream.  


I found a fantastic recipe from Southern Living that had 5 star ratings, and now I know why it received such high reviews!  It's so yummy and full of fresh, peach flavor and is super easy to make!  At the end of the post, I'll share the recipe with you!


Just look at those fresh peaches - juicy and delicious, but a bit messy when cutting them - I made sure to have a canister of Wet-Nap hand wipes nearby to clean up my sticky fingers!   If it's been a while since you've purchased Wet-Nap hand wipes, you can find them at Walmart in the napkin aisle!  Just look at the new, pretty packaging - and they are soft, strong, and now moisturize with aloe!  For me, Wet Nap is a much better option for outdoor entertaining than a paper towel or napkin!


I love breaking out the ice cream freezer in the summertime and don't do it often enough!  There's nothing better than homemade ice cream on a hot summer day!


You may think that making homemade ice cream is too hard and takes a long time!  But, that is not the case - after about 30 minutes in the electric freezer and you have this peachy ice cream goodness!


I got a some bright striped dinnerware for serving out on the porch - I thought the colors were super fun!    It can be a little messy when serving up the ice cream - so once again, I had the Wet-Nap canister nearby - just in case!


As promised, here's the recipe for Summertime Peach Ice Cream!  You are going to want to give this one a try!  


And, here's a link for a .55 coupon from Wet-Nap that you can print and use on your next trip to Walmart -  http://wetnap.com/coupons/  (while supplies last).


Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back tomorrow for the full reveal of the back porch!  It's bright and cheery, and I can't wait to show you all the details!  


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Traditional to Cottage Style - A Dresser Gets a Makeover

Friday, July 18, 2014



Today my husband is a happy man!  There is one less piece of furniture in the garage than there was a week ago!  I tend to bring home furniture that I find for super cheap and then it ends up sitting in the garage for - well, a long time!  I am currently  banned from bringing home anything new until I do something with what is already in the garage!  So today, I want to show you how I transformed a very traditional style dresser to a cottage style beauty!  


It all started with the paint color - Maison Blanche Mardi Gras and Oyster.  With a little experimentation with the colors, I got the effect I was going for.  I started with a base coat of the Oyster (which is a shade of white that I love)!  Then I added two solid coats of Mardi Gras (I would call Mardi Gras a traditional vintage shade of green).  


For the top of the dresser, I decided to distress or blend the two colors to create a weathered effect.  After applying the second coat of Mardi Gras, I used a damp cloth to carefully remove and blend some of the green paint to reveal the Oyster base coat color.  I continued the process over the entire top of the dresser.  What you end up with is a nice blend of both colors.


I also used the Oyster to highlight the details on the dresser and to paint the original brass hardware.  This paint will stick to any surface - even metal!  After I painted the hardware in Oyster, I lused a sanding block to distress it just a bit. 


The beauty of Maison Blanche paint is the variation of color you can get from one can of paint depending on the finish you choose.  For this dresser, I wanted to keep the color light and bright, so I chose to finish the piece with Maison Blanche matte varnish.  If I had wanted the color to be a deeper, more rich green, I would have used a dark wax.




It's amazing how a little paint can completely transform a very traditional dresser to an updated cottage style!


So, tell me - do you have any furniture in your garage that is waiting for a makeover?   Today I'm joining with my "partner's in paint" to show you the wonderful ways you can transform furniture with Maison Blanche Paint!   Below are links to each blogger's post - you won't want to miss a single one!   






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I would like to encourage you to visit the Maison Blanche Paint website to view all of their fabulous products.  This brand has so many options in terms of beautiful color to amazing finishes!  There you can also find a list of retailers where you can purchase from the Maison Blanche line.  

This is a sponsored post.  That means I have been compensated with product and/or payment to review and share my opinion with you.  I will always give you my honest opinion and won't share anything with you that I wouldn't use in my own home.


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