Chalk Paint Withdrawal


I have been working on four different projects this week all using chalk paint. I believe I must have been going through chalk paint withdrawal. Well, not a problem anymore. Here is one of the projects I did this week.

Three of the projects I worked on are in this guestroom. First up is the lamp on the right. It looked nice like it was, but I attacked it with paint to give it a new or rather old weathered look.

I used Old White for the first coat and then a wash of Old Violet in places and then some Old Ochre, too for a worn wood look. Then it was waxed with clear wax and buffed. Then dark wax used in random spots and buffed again.

So what do you think? 
Other projects to be shown soon so stay tuned.


Fourth Inspired Features from the WUW Party

What a super turn out for the Wow Us Wednesdays party this week. Thanks so much for joining. There are several features with great ideas for the holiday coming up this weekend so I thought I would go ahead and share these just in case anyone wants to use any of these ideas.

Fireworks cookies by Red Couch Recipes.

Cute outside decorating ideas at Opulent Cottage.

How to make this banner can be found At the Picket Fence.

Beautiful dessert idea at Libbie Grove Design.

Hutch all decorated for the Fourth at Selep Imaging.

Love this "Old Glory" sign by That's My Letter. You must see what she made this from.

Find out how to make this patriotic humming bird feeder at Artsy Va Va.

Great tablescape idea at I Have a Big Story to Tell.

Learn how to make this wreath at Southern Scraps.

How about the recipe for these cute cherry pies found at The Enchanted Oven.

Pinky always sets over the top tables and this patriotic one is no exception.

Aren't those some great ideas?

Thanks to these bloggers for some great inspiration.

Now go out and make some of these!

Also one of my sponsors Farmhouse Wares is having a 15% off sale on everything through
midnight July 4th. Just use code "happy4th" when you check out. She has lots of great things to choose from.

The Tablescape That Finally Got Completed


I shared some new plates and glasses with y'all a good while back and have finally got a table setting put together using them. The table has been partially set for some time waiting for this and that. First I was waiting for the new flatware I ordered and then I kept putting off getting flowers for the centerpiece. Finally it all came together.

I used three vintage mason jars for the centerpiece. I filled them with a variety of flowers. Some from the store and some from my yard.

The gigantic hydrangea bloom is from my bush. It and the smaller one to the right are the only blooms so far this year.

These are the plates that started it all. I saw these at Home Goods and they hopped in my cart. 
The green woven place mats are from World Market several years ago.

I love the colors and pattern of these. Great for a casual summer table.

The new flatware is another purchase from One Kings Lane with credit that I had. It was a very good deal. I ordered two four piece place settings and the order came wrong. It came with two place settings. I called customer service and they made it right as soon as they could. They were very nice to work with and emailed me with the progress of my order.

I purchased these glasses the same time as the plates at Home Goods.

I have had these napkins forever. I bought them at The Tabby House in St. Simons Island, Ga. I don't know if they are even in business anymore. The napkin rings are from a local shop.

Now we just need a meal to go with the setting.
Maybe a nice brunch.

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Wow Us Wednesdays 20

Welcome to Wow Us Wednesdays #20. I sure missed our regular party time last week. Thanks to all of you who linked up to the summer blog party. That was one huge party!

Let's start this party with some highlights from two weeks ago. Y'all rocked it out as usual. So much inspiration to be found throughout blog land. Here are just a few.

Check out this cute chair transformation at Saved by Suzy.

Wonderful kitchen remodel at The 2 Seasons. I really need Lulubelle to come live with me.

Adorable ottoman by Midwestern Sewing Girl. Love the photography, too.

I don't know about y'all, but I love nutella and this recipe has it in the icing. Yum. Grab the recipe at the

Anita tells us how to make and insert to add to a regular tote bag to protect our camera for traveling.

You won't believe the before of this kitchen transformation at A Sense of Design.

Isn't this the cutest setting? You can find it at Olla-Podrida. Look at those cute little boots.

I do believe my mouth dropped open when I read what this coral is made from. 
Find out what it is at The V Spot. Unbelievable!

If you were featured I hope you will grab a featured button from my sidebar.

I hope you will take some time to check these out.

Now it is time for this weeks party.

Party guidelines:
Link your intended post and not your whole blog.
  You must have a link back to this party in your post. If you find your link deleted then I didn't find a link in your post. Just add a link back in your post and try again. Others may want to join the party when they see the link in your blog. Please no inappropriate subject matter.
Please visit some of the other links and you may find some great inspiration and some new blog friends.
If you are new here I hope you will become a follower.
 Please no advertising.

Plenty of Light


The other day I showed you a vignette on the chest in my great room that all started because I had to move the fern in the copper pot from the breakfast room to the sun room. Here is where the copper pot and fern ended up.

In the morning this table is bathed in sunlight.

The succulents are doing very well in here.

I saw this bird on someone's blog the other day(can't remember where) and then remembered I had one, too. I found it in the abyss in the bonus room.

Yep, I think there is plenty of light for the fern in here.

Now if I can just water it correctly and not kill it.

Have you had luck with ferns? Do you have a green thumb or a brown one?

Hope you join me tonight for the Wow Us Wednesdays party. I missed not having it last week so I hope you have lots to share this week.

The winner from the summer blog party for the bait bucket lantern from Farmhouse Wares
is The 2 Seasons.

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