New Old House Updates, April 2009

We worked worked hard this weekend on lots of projects around the new old house. A few of these projects we actually completed and I’m happy to have the pictures to show for it!
Last month, Mr. Marvelous and I snagged this solid wood table at a local antique store for just $55! I was specifically looking for a table to put in our foyer, and this piece was perfect: love at first sight. (If you overlook the hideous yellow/pea green paint and the fact that it smelled like cigarettes that were smoked in 1972).

We brought the table home and put her in place. I look more excited than the boys. Credit that to the wisdom that comes with age: I knew she would clean up well.

I cleaned the table thoroughly with a sponge and hot soapy water and removed the front doors and hardware. I painted the piece a neutral beige, followed with three coats of white paint. Then I distressed it, using a fine sand paper to reveal the beige paint beneath the white in certain random spots and edges.

Then, I went to town decorating with pictures and other fun things around the house.

I found these bud vases at Target on Friday for just $3. The golden rod was free (seeing that it is a weed) from the woods next to our house.

Honeysuckle from our yard gives a great pop of green and it smells amazing.

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Moving to the exterior of the house . . .

Our intention has been to cover the exposed concrete beneath our front porch with the same stone that is on the porch pillars. Unfortunately, the cost of that project was not in our budget this year, and we were desperate to cover the concrete that was weathered and tired looking from the long winter.

Quick fix solution? Paint! We bought two gallons of exterior paint, custom matched to the color of house trim and set to work.

We may still go back and add stone in another year or so, but until then, the paint is clean and fresh and makes the porch look finished. Next up I am going to yank the tired evergreen bushes and plant some taller perennials to fill in the space and cover up some of the white.

I am expecting a bunch of perennials to be delivered this week so that I can spend next weekend gardening. Already counting down the days until Friday rolls around . . .


  1. Oh, I love your table! How pretty! I love finding old things and making them new! I’m not quite that creative, though! What a wonderful ‘after’!

    The house looks beautiful too πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see the flowers!

  2. Your sidetable looks stunning! Really warm and inviting. The paint job outside was inspired too. Your house is my dream home! So pretty!! We just don’t have houses like that in Perth, Western Australia.

  3. I love the fact you took the doors off. I would’ve thought I needed the hidden storage to hide all my junk, but now you have me doubting that!

    Your home is simply stunning and so cozy feeling.


  4. Love that table. I like how you took off the hardware. I never would have thought to do that. Cool.

  5. Wow what a difference! Love the painted concrete– how funny — our house is the same gray/white combination with the wide, white trim around the windows and on the corners!! We have a boxish colonial though πŸ™‚ Thought we would paint the concrete gray like the house, but the white looks great! Thanks for the tip…

  6. Wonderful to make it yours, just a bit of tlc and some paint! πŸ™‚
    Makes me so happy to see that you are living a life intended.

  7. YOur house is just beautiful!! Would you mind telling me what the color is? We are getting ready to side ours, and this is what I had in mind. I just love it!

  8. could you please tell me the paint color you use for the exterior of the house, i just love it!

  9. could you tell me way color paint you used for the exterior? i just love it!

  10. Love your home, the porch looks so inviting. You are doing a beautiful job deorating your home in such a crisp, relaxed fashion. I look forward to seeing more of your design style and ideas.

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