Summer Porch Progress....

Friday, May 23, 2014

Last week I mentioned our porch and was hoping to paint all my mismatched Craiglist rattan finds.  Well, thankfully my dad came over and did it when I was at work.  Big score for me!
This room is tricky.  It was an add on to our very old house and is our main entry and exit.  It also  has a weird semi hidden staircase to our basement laundry. So it needs to serve some purposes storage wise and gets a lot of traffic. The prior owners, just had a chaise lounge in here, nothing else.  It mad me sad, because it is so nice during the summer and fall months. Basically, I want it to feel fresh and include lots of happy hours!
You can see that the rattan is in various shades and is not a complete set:
A close up:
It is hard to see in the photo, but my walls are a bright white and the furniture now has a slight chocolate tint to it. 
There is still a lot of things on the to do list:
For starters:
Replace Clyde's pillow with an ottoman or poufs.
I am debating about getting two ceiling fans.  There is no AC out here and the air flow gets pretty humid.
Also debating about some kind of roman shades.  There are 7 windows next to each other and I took off the metal blinds to make it more open.
Remove those hearts that are nailed into the bar cart.
Gets lots of liquor for the bar cart.
My hoarding of ginger jars:
The front end of the room that greats you when you come in:
Paint:  Walls-Behr Polar Bear White and Chocolate Froth
All Furniture: Craigslist
Ginger Jars: Thrift Store Finds and Lucketts Store
Starburst Mirror:  Lucketts Store
Ginger Jar Lamp:  Homegoods


Thursday, May 15, 2014

If there is one thing that is never a shortage on Craigslist, it's rattan pieces.  While I never thought much about them, they can be cheap, easy to paint and great for covered porches.  

I found this guy a few months ago for less than $100.  He is sturdy, the perfect size and will look perfect one our porch when painted.  


Bali  Open Bookcase/Etagere by Palm Springs Rattan
I plan to paint it, Behr's Chocolate Froth:

Behr Chocolate Froth - already in the guest bath, needs to go in our bathroom. Love this color.

It will hold my collection of ginger jars:


ginger jars, start collection

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I found a jar like the large one on the top shelf for $6.00.  Score. blue & white chinoiserie decor

I hope to show you the finished set on Monday!

Starting Fresh...

Monday, May 12, 2014

There have been several times over the past few months I have opened up a post and then walked away.  Most of the time something else needed attention or I got distracted, but mostly frustrated.  I started Smalltownstripes as an outlet for boredom and my love for decorating.  I made goals for this blog, nothing huge, but life got in the way and every time I returned I just saw the lack of attention I had given it.  So....I am starting over. Smalltownstripes will still be about house projects, decorating fun and life in between.   Enjoy!!

Starting fresh tomorrow! Re-boot here I come!!

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