Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Befores and Afters with Faux Bamboo, Bentwoods, and a Bench

I don't always remember to take a before pic, but here are a few that I did.  
Paint and fabric and a little imagination=transformations.

Faux Bamboo Chinese Chippendale Side Chair  and Bella

After priming, I just used Benjamin Moore Cloud White in a high gloss to update.

Pair of Updated Chinese Chippendale Side Chairs

Vintage Bentwood Chair

I used the same BM paint for the chairs, cut a replacement seat, and reupholstered.

Pair of Updated Bentwood Chairs

I added blue and white fabric and purchased cording.
To see my previous post about how to make matching cording and attach it, go here.

This has to be one of the worst fabric choices ever.

Top of Vanity Bench

I added designer fabric by Lee Joffa.  Checks have made a come back so I made my cording with black and white checked fabric.  It's fun to experiment with contrasting fabric cording. 
 I also added over sized nail heads to the legs.

Vanity Bench for Sale at Sweet Clover

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Gardening Guru

When I was a new mom in my first home I was fortunate to have a lovely neighbor, Rhoda, who was an avid gardener.  I could always see her tending her garden when I was outside with my kids. We became friends and she taught me all I know about plants "over the fence."
I learned names of plants, which liked shade and which for sun.  She told me when to prune (never after July 1), when to plant, and most importantly how to divide and propagate them.  I"ll never forget how with her help and a little patience I turned a few liriope plants into a long border along a wall.  Over the years, the flowers in her garden spread over into mine.  She just wasn't my gardening guru, she was my friend, my teacher, my mother's helper, and a third granny to my children.  I've moved several times since then, but one of the things that always comes with me are my plants.  I make sure I have some cuttings from the garden before I move on.  They become the foundation for the gardens in our new home as well as a memory of friendship.

Some of these images are new to the blog and to my garden and others are long-time friends.