Our house has an absolutely delightful sunroom that was being sadly neglected and under used. Here’s photographic proof:
I visualized a lovely, cozy retreat for myself with a funky vintage, shabby chic feel. Where to start? Naturally with a request to my go-to girls, the get-er-done gang: my mother Linda, my best friend since 1977 Tam, and Tam’s mother Wanda. Three days later they were in my driveway Sanford And Son style:
Tam immediately proceeded to chalk paint an old, brown, cobwebby desk she had dug out of her barn and this fabulous chair from my mom’s supply of vintage pieces.
That Tam is one cool not-so-shabby chick!
Mom and Wanda began working their brand of magic by bringing in pieces they had brought from Tam’s and their homes and a few gems they drug out of my garage and attic and some fantastic finds from Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, and my newfound addiction At Home. Have you been to an At Home store? Find one! Bargains galore!
The AFTER shots:
I enjoyed my special space for three hours after the Dream Team headed out on their two hour trek back to Kentucky. Angus likes it, too.
It’s also the perfect morning spot.
Organizing with Old Stuff
I adore antique, vintage, retro, old things. Pieces of history with character that bring back memories or stir my imagination. Where did this jar come from, what stories could this crate/bowl/chair/etc tell? Here are a few of my favorite old things I use in my kitchen.
Old jars hold my cupcake papers, black beans, popcorn (no microwave corn for me, please), and straws. That sweet rabbit planter belonged to my Gran.
This throw back coffee can serves as the perfect container for my coffee filters. The Bob White syrup jar is great for creamers or sugar packets.
Vintage jars are great for holding snacks. Pecans and almonds stay fresh and crunchy!
This totally fab Cudahy Cheese box is the perfect place for tea bags.
I love it when a small, inexpensive purchase turns into a big, invaluable way of life. Some of my favorite dishes were precariously stacked and crammed in a cabinet making them awkward to maneuver, remove, and put away. I guess I didn’t realize how oppressed I was by our lack of kitchen cabinet space until a couple of $6 wire racks came into my life and gave me new reason to live. Yes, these things are everywhere – Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Target, amazon.com – I mean, not elusive like the skunk ape or Brad’s sunglasses. So this knowledge begs the question, “How have I wandered aimlessly without wire rack shelves for my cabinets???”
It was with unbridled enthusiasm that I stacked dishes and organized that clutter-y cabinet. See how attractive everything looks on the wire racks? I may or may not have peeped in there a few more times for the thrill of seeing my vintage Fire King casserole dish beaming proudly from its new perch. So?
It’s the little things. Like a lone Fire King milk glass cup adorned with the lovely Bonnie Blue Carnation found at a junk store for two bucks. This cup has a new home on my kitchen sink and makes the perfect nest for my pot scrubby thing. Yes, life’s little things make me happy. Even little blog posts.