Friday, August 31, 2012

Cute as a button

I just love buttons! Are they not the cutest little pieces of plastic you've ever seen? I was so excited to find these precious little jars of buttons in the bargain bin at Michael's craft store. Only $1.50 each – I couldn't pass them up!

And look how cute the lids are – sigh. Attach a little tag to the ribbon or a label to the jar and they would be perfect parting gifts for a crafting party. Or a little gift for anyone, just because.

I love that there are all different sizes in each jar.

Now, what am I going to do will all these little buttons? I have some ideas. Here is just a bit of inspiration I found from other bloggers.

The Little Housewares Company gives this idea for re-purposing buttons as part of gift wrap.

And Lauryn at Love Notes by Lauryn has a whole blog post of button DIYs. I love these two ideas of hers below. So pretty and lovely and cute!

I think I need to start a button collection. I would love to collect some pretty, vintage buttons as well as some more cute, coloured ones. This will require figuring out a way to store and organize my collection. I love a good storage/organization project! 

What are your ideas for using buttons? Do you have a button collection? What is your favourite way to organize and store them?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Front porch reveal

Well at long last, I'm finally ready to reveal our porch makeover!

When we moved into our house just over two years ago, the front porch was, you could say, less than inviting. When house hunting, we almost didn't even go view the house because of the porch photos we saw online. It was basically a pine and plywood box and didn't exactly scream 'Home Sweet Home' if you know what I mean.

Here are a few shots of the original porch in all its glory. Check out the LOVELY Christmas wreath (it came with the house and we got possession in June!) and the charming (cough!) wooden mailbox – as if there wasn't enough wood going on already!

We decided that even though untreated pine wasn't our thing, the wainscoting and trim did have some potential. So we (okay, mostly my hubby) when to work with some paint and new black fixtures and ended up with this. Definitely an improvement. Bright and cheery. No more pine box.

And the above is how it sat for nearly two years. Nicely painted, yet lacking in charm and character. This spring/summer I finally got around to hunting down just the right d├ęcor pieces to achieve the look I wanted. It involved scouring several garage sales and making numerous trips to the thrift store, but I did it! Here is how it looks now.

You can read about the chair makeover and DIY wall art in previous posts. I had fun with these projects and I think they give the porch a personal touch.

Everything on this table (and even the table – which I painted white) came from a thrift store, dollar store or garage sale. I love a goooood bargain!

I adore this little tea light lantern with coloured glass. I considered spray painting it black, but I just loved the aged patina too much. What do you think, did I make the right decision in not painting it?

I am happy with the doormat I purchased for only $12 at The Home Depot.

There is a little story to go with this doormat. I looked around so many stores and finally found this one on The Home Depot's website. The site said it was in stock at the store, but I had looked and it definitely wasn't there. So I went back to the store again and this time recruited some help from customer service. Well, half an hour, three sales people and a forklift thingy-ma-bob later, the doormat was retrieved from a box up in the rafters. Totally worth it!

So that concludes the porch makeover tour. Thanks for taking a look! 

Linking up with these parties:
organize & decorate everything
{aka} design

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Simple wall art

Here is another sneak peek of what's going on with my porch makeover.

I was in need of something interesting to put on the wall and I got this great idea from my friend Melody who did something similar in her daughter's nursery. It's so simple – I love it!

Simply use different-sized round cross stitch frames and stretch your favourite fabric in them!


I painted the frames white to match the rest of the porch.

The best part is, you can easily change out the fabric depending on the season. I'm already thinking of what I can do for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Stay tuned for the full porch reveal – coming soon!

Linking to these great parties:

Beyond the Picket Fence

Organize and Decorate Everything

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Porch chair makeover

Our front porch has been a work in progress since we moved in two years ago. It has gone under a total facelift, but I'm saving the big before and after for a future post - there are still a few little things I need to finish up before the big reveal.

In the mean time, here is one of the projects I've been working on. I bought this metal chair for a great price at a thrift shop. I loved the style, but it definitely needed an update.

I bought a can of black spray paint and I found this great outdoor fabric for 50% off!

So, with a couple of coats of spray paint and a newly upholstered seat, I have a great looking piece all for under $20! It looks charming in our little porch.

Stay tuned for the full porch reveal coming soon!

Linking up with:
Beyond the Picket Fence
October point of view link party