Share Your Style Link Party #67

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to another week of Share Your Style!  I'm so glad that you decided to join us again. I'm Kelly from The Essence of Home and I am your host this week.

Remember when you link up to this party, your post is seen on all five of these blogs at the same time.  So, you get a lot of exposure!

Last week, there were so many great posts linked up.  It was difficult to choose just a few to feature this week.  

First up, is Simply Designing.  She shared a delicious recipe for chocolate bundt cake with salted caramel sauce.  It doesn't get any better than that, does it? 

Next, Common Ground shared the basics for building a tabletop vignette.  I thought it was so interesting to get a formula that almost guarantees a well balanced vignette.  Sometimes, following a plan is easier than "winging it".  

Cabin & Cottage shared her new blue transferware collection.  I love blue and white transferware!  She found some amazing pieces.

And last but definitely not least, was Twelve on Main with her amazing farmhouse laundry room reveal.  Oh my goodness!  It's everything I could ever want in a laundry room and more.  She did an amazing job and has some great money savers mentioned in how she made it all happen.

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So, now, if you weren't inspired enough already, by those features alone, lets see what everyone is featuring THIS week! 

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Share Your Style Link Party #66

Welcome to Share Your Style! I'm Julie from Little Farmsteadand I'm your host this week. So happy to have you join us! 

When you link to our party, your post will be seen on all five blogs below!

Recently on Little Farmstead, I shared:

Now on to the features from last week's party! 

What Rose Knows shared her reclaimed wood and black pipe TV stand. Very Cool.
(And those windmill parts have me starry-eyed!)

Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV Stand

Garden Therapy was a bright spot in our party with her tutorial on mason jar solar lights...

 In case you're experiencing a little wanderlust this May,
Flavors and Frosting shared some pretty pictures from Lisbon! 

Thea's Kitchen shared her recipe for these beautiful and delicious-looking lemon madelines...    

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Now let's see what you've been up to this week!


Simple Wine Crate Chandelier

This project for our back porch was so easy and fun to do. I used a simple wine crate I picked up from my local liquor store and then since it is going to be outside, I coated it with a polyurethane. 

Four eye hooks were screwed into the four corners of the crate with  "S" links looped through the hooks. Then attached to the links where four equal lengths of chain.

The chains were slipped through the four holes of a floor flange and hooked onto 2 hooks screwed into one of the porch's transverse beams.

Flameless candles with 4 hour timers were added to the inside of the crate and then moved around to create a balance.

I think I may go buy a few more candles!

Easy, Simple and Fun.
Hope you are enjoying a great start to your week!



Share Your Style Link Party # 65

A big welcome to all who come and make the Share Your Style party such great fun and inspiration.  We have five hosts so when you join in,  your ideas and inspiration will be seen by many.  Me, Lynn, of The Vintage Nest blog, is tickled to be your host this week. Please add a link back in your post so that new party goers can find us. :)

  features from last week!

Design Life Diaries shares with us her pizza making recipe and process.  It's a fun read and yum yum recipe.  Friday nite is pizza night at The Vintage Nest and I am definitely trying her version.

Jan of  the Just Jan .blog set a gorgeous table for Mother's Day.  Who doesn't love pink roses and this table is full of memories

Petticoat Junktion  does a shabby chic reclaim from a thrifting/junking day with her friend.  Love it!

Moving outdoors, Twelve on Main updated her picnic table for a farmhouse industrial look and check out the chairs that go with it.  Wow! 

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A Roadside Find Transformed into an Outdoor Beverage Cabinet

Sometime around mid March, as I was on my way home from one of the kid's basketball games, I came across this little cabinet sitting all by itself on the side of the road. Immediately I stopped the car and jumped out for quick inspection. It seemed to be in pretty good shape despite the worn finish and ridiculous number of spider webs and spider's eggs.

The piece sat in our garage for about a month or so until I finally decided to pull it out and take a really good look at it. I took the sander to the top and sides and made the happy discovery that this poor neglected cabinet was solid wood! Now I love painted furniture just as much as the next DIYer, but for some reason I kept thinking 'leave it o'natural!'

I also needed to determine where to put my new little cabinet. My mind quickly went to the thought of using the piece on our screened-in back porch because I was so desperately in need of some storage space there. To be honest I hated the fact that I had to run in and out of the house with my plastic plates and cups every time the kid's asked to eat outside. So while this cabinet is primarily the centerpiece for serving outdoor libations, I am also using it to house my outdoor dinnerware. 

I also made the decision to do away with the top drawer after seeing a few beverage cabinets on the internet.

The drawer was replaced with a sheet of pine I picked up for around $10 at my local Lowes, and then Mr. Rosemary Lane cut the sheet to fit perfectly in the cabinet. It was easily installed by removing the back of the cabinet and sliding the wood in place. I attempted to stain the pine to match the wood of the cabinet but that didn't work, it came out way to cool, no where close to the warm color of the cabinet. Next I tried to paint the wood an almond color which ended up looking really awful, even worse than the mismatched stains. Then, while rummaging through my countless cans of spray paint in the garage, I found a can of pounded metal paint in a silver color I had bought a few years back to make a Halloween costume for Michael. This turned out to be the perfect color because it totally tied together some of the other industrial elements used in the space. Square shaped drawer pulls in a bright, brushed nickel were purchased to replace the nasty ones that came with the piece. The hinges are the originals, I just sanded off their already chipped and rusted surface to reveal the silver color underneath.

The entire piece was sanded down inside and out, and both a clear poly acrylic plus several coats of polyurethane in a satin finish were applied. I already had the two polys, so the total cost of the project was roughly $15. Ten dollars for the wood and about $5 for the drawer pulls, plus a good three days of intense work, is all that was needed to create this beautiful storage showpiece for the screened-in porch. 

Now, the natural wood finish I felt compelled to use actually works to help break up the white of my wicker furniture by giving the eye a place to land while taking in the visual of this space.

How about you...have any furniture projects you are in the throws of???
Would love to hear about them!!!
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