Monday, April 24, 2023

Spring Refresh On The Dining Buffet

Hi y'all! The weather sure has been a rollercoaster here in Northern Kentucky this spring. We've had days near 80 and days in the 40s and every thing in between - often on the same day. Ha! Just when I feel spring is here, we get a frost warning. How are things in your neck of the woods? 

Today was chilly and breezy, so a cozy candle was in order. The cool temps put me in nesting mode, so today was a decorating day.

Despite the up and down temps, spring is definitely on the way. I've taken down all the Easter decor and decided to work on adding some warm weather touches around the house. 

I started with a little rearranging of our dining area buffet cabinet. 

I've had this rooster lamp from Kirklands for a few years now and always keep it in this antique basket.

I'm planning on replacing this sign I bought at Hobby Lobby years ago, but haven't found quite the right piece. It used to hang in the foyer of our old house and when we moved to this house it fit the space but truthfully, I never cared for it in this spot.  I finally figured out what look I want - now I just need to find it. I'm getting close! The "welcome" sign will get a happy new home with my daughter.

I just picked up this very heavy green metal bowl at an Ohio antique mall. I think it looks so cute holding some china pieces. The little creamer was a $1 St. Vincent DePaul find.

Come back soon for more spring decor inspiration.

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Monday Musings

Hi Y'all!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well as a very happy Easter. We had a great day, starting off in the morning at church. Our daughter, son in law and grandson came over for our traditional Sunday dinner together. Of course, it was made extra special with Easter baskets, eggs and treats as well as an old fashioned supper of ham, scalloped potatoes, carrots, asparagus, deviled eggs and butter pecan cake

I dont have a lot to share today, as I've been busy taking down the Easter decor and getting the house put back in order. I feel like my house has been sporting holiday decor since October and I'm ready to get back to the basics and let the house breathe a bit. I'm looking forward to sharing my everyday decor with you. 

I will share a few snaps today  of my Easter dining decor and a cute picture of our grandson. Unfortunately, the sun wouldn't let me get a clear picture so please excuse the poor quality. Still cute though!


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Friday, April 7, 2023

Lamp Refresh Reveal

 Hi y'all!

I finished up my lamp refresh and I'm so happy with how it turned out. You can see the before here. It's amazing what just a little Rub n Buf  can do to change the appearance of a finish. 

I've had these lamps for years and while they aren't really my style any more, as I said in my previous post, I just can't part with them. There's just something about them that pulls at my heartstrings. That being said, I decided a change in finish would help them fit better with my decor. 

The Rub n But in Spanish Copper gave the lamp bases a more realistic finish and the darkened copper look blends so much better with the finishes in the rest of the room. 

I let some of the original finish peek through for a more authentic look.

Here's a picture of the lamp before.

And this is after the Rub n Buf. Just a little refresh with big results, don't you think?

Thank you so much for stopping by today and as Holy Week draws to a glorious close, I wish you and your family a very blessed Easter.

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Monday, April 3, 2023

What I'm Up To Today - Lamp Refresh

 Hi y'all!

Hoping your Monday is off to a good start! 

It's a cool and drizzly morning in northern Kentucky, so I thought it might be a good time to work on a project I've been itching to do.

I have a pair of lamps that are sort of a faux brass finish. They are made of resin. I picked them up years ago for $6.99 each. They don't necessarily "go" with my style, but there is just something about them that keeps them hanging around in my decor. They definitely need a refresh and I think I can make them look better as well as helping them "fit in."

So here is where we are starting. This is what they look like with the light turned on.

This is a more accurate picture of the color. My primary colors in our house are green and copper. These lamps actually do have a hint of copper, but primarily they look more brass to me and just aren't living up to their potential in their current finish.

I've been wanting to bring more copper and rust hues into our great room space. These lamps seemed like a great candidate to do just that. So I gathered up Rub n Buf  in Spanish Copper and a bit of Apple Barrel craft paint in Chestnut. I like to use a cheap makeup brush to apply Rub n Buf. 

First step in the refresh was a very light and random coat of the Chestnut craft paint. I was not looking for complete coverage, just enough to tone down the brass but still allowing some of it to show through. This will give the final look a more layered, aged and authentic look. You can see the lamp on the right already looks more coppery with the paint layer.

After the paint dried, it was time to go to town with the Rub n Buf. Again, the lamp on the right has the beginnings of the Rub n Buf treatment. The Spanish Copper color gives the look of an aged penny. Once all of the Rub n Buf is applied, I'll let it dry and follow up with buffing using a soft cloth.

Come back soon to see the finished lamps and how I styled them!

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Sunday, April 2, 2023

Sweet Easter Centerpiece

 Hi y'all!

I thought I'd share my centerpiece today. We host Sunday dinner each week for our family, so I love putting together a special table.  This week it's a few bunnies, mixed with magnolia leaves and pussywillow branches on a stone ware platter. I added a little string of fairy life's to give it a magical feel at night. The bunnies are new this year from the Christmas Tree Shops and the floral came from Hobby Lobby.

Wishing you all a blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

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Saturday, April 1, 2023

Welcome To My Easter Entry

 Hi friends!

I've been missing from blogging lately, but I'm here to give it another try. Truthfully, our new house has kind of confounded my decorating inspiration. The house itself - the bones, if you will - is just not my style and I've been trying to make friends with it, lol. Don't get me wrong, I'm so very grateful for our home and there are many nice features. I am starting to feel inspired and what better time than this time of renewal? 

With that said, I've got several posts coming up this week featuring what I've done for spring. I pretty much used what I had and tried to reuse find a few things as well.  Hope you enjoy! 


The sofa table was a $35 goodwill find many years ago. The mirror belonged to my parents and was originally part of a dresser.

I made these cute carrots last year from yarn and Dollar Tree greenery.

The sweet bunny couple were from Hobby Lobby last year. I think they brought them back this year as well.

I added these cute candle lamps to my lanterns. They are electric and I have them on a remote.

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