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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Welcome To Our Back Porch



Come relax awhile with me on our back porch.

I've been fluffing it up for summer. 










 Did you notice that I'm in this photo.
Look in the mirror . . .
there I am with my camera.
 

This is one of my favorite projects this year.
I purchased this dresser mirror for $5.
Painted it white with crackle medium underneath.
Then I hung the frame that the mirror swiveled on upside-down on the wall 
with the mirror setting on what should be it's bottom.
Next I added the little shelf  (after painting it white) that I purchased for 50 cents at another yard sale.
Can you see the silver that is worn off the back of the mirror?
The candlelight makes it sparkle.
I love this piece :)


This is a croquet set that I purchased at Wal-Mart 
in a plastic zipper bag.
A few years ago when my brother was visiting,
 he and Steve were out in the shop tinkering around, 
when I went out with a sketch 
and asked them to build me this stand. 
You can't see the wheels in this photo, 
but it has wooden wheels and can be rolled out to the yard. 


These paper lanterns have fairy lights stuffed in them,
and they look so pretty at night.
I purchased them at the dollar store, 
and used white fairy lights from our Christmas tree. 


I can't take a photo shoot of my back porch
 without including my vintage fridge.
love that old fridge, 
and it is always filled with drinks and watermelon in the summer :)


Can you guess what this is?
If you guessed Gypsy Rose . . . You are right!

Go visit Steve's Blog at:

http://woodworkinandgoodeats.blogspot.com/


And see his latest photos.
We are almost ready for launch day :)


Stay happy and please leave a comment and let me know you were here.

 Your blogging sister,

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56 comments:

  1. I love your back porch--it looks so inviting and like such a nice place to just sit and drink ice tea and relax. I love it!

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    1. Hi Sandy, if you lived closer, that is just what we would do. I would even bake a pie or slice a watermelon.
      It would be fun sitting there chatting and getting to know each other better. Have a lovely week.

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  2. Well, first, I love the little round table with the pale green legs, I bet you painted the whole thing. I adore the big cabinet, that was a kitchen cabinet I think. Wish we had a porch like this. I grew up with a big screened in front porch, there is just nothing like one for childhood memories. I do see you in the mirror! Did you just take a mirror frame and put a chalkboard in it? I think it would be harder than it looks. WHY didn't I think of putting Christmas light in my lanterns?? I used to have a freezer like your fridge, sure do miss it. Boat is beautiful!

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    1. Hi Ginny, that frame that is a chalk board, was a mirror that I bought for $3 at a yard sale. I took the frame out, cut a piece of smooth plywood the same size as the mirror and gave it about five coats of chalkboard paint. Then I just put it into the frame where the mirror had been. Oh, it was gold before I painted it white. I love taking cheap yard sale finds and decorating my home with them . . . it works great on our budget too, LOL. Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by.

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  3. I love your porch- so vintage!

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    1. I'm happy that you like it, I wish that you lived close enough to come over and sit a while and relax with me :)

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  4. I so enjoyed visiting your back porch today. I love the idea of paper lanterns filled with fairy lights, and your vintage frig (fridge, as we say here), is beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing it with us

    Lesley x

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    1. Hi Lesley, that's how that say it here too. Typo that I didn't catch . . . thanks I'm going to fix that now. Thank you, too, for the lovely comment. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, I always enjoy having your company :)

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  5. What a cozy porch! I would be out there all the time curled up on one of those comfy seats. :)

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    1. We enjoy eating breakfast out there and it is a glorious place to sit during a rain storm. If you lived closer I would invite you for lunch and a relaxing chat :)

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  6. Morning Connie, Your back porch is darling! I LOVE the sitting area with the round table and the different types of furniture (chairs)around it!! The paper lanterns are too cute above the table!! I would love to see those at night. And I can't help myself.....your vintage fridge is my favorite! LOVE the color too....is that original or did you paint it? Well, I'm going to see the gypsy rose! Have a wonderful and blessed week~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, when I bought that old fridge the owner before me had painted it pink, so I painted it this vintage green. I'm sure it started out white. It gets used so much in the summer when you need room for extra drinks, watermelon and big bowls of potato salad :) I love summer :)

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  7. I could just see myself chilling out there on your porch with a long glass of something cool!

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    1. Hi Anne, it is so nice to see you and congratulations on your weight loss . . .great job. I would enjoy relaxing with you, out on the porch. We could have cool drinks and cucumber sandwiches :)

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  8. Wish my back porch looked like this!! mine gets filled up with muddy boots and greasy tools. Love your hutch.

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    1. Hi JoAnn,
      during the winter months that porch gets stacked up with boxes and all things that we don't want store outside. It can look pretty messy and cluttered, but it sure is nice during the spring, summer and fall :)

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  9. What an awesome back porch you have Connie. Thanks for sharing.

    Felicia

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    1. Hi Felicia, thank you for the sweet compliment, I am happy that you like it.

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  10. oh wow Connie..you have it fixed up as cute as can be (:)
    Love- love it all..and I saw u in the mirror(:) hugs..p

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    1. I had no idea that I was in that photo until I was typing the post and inserting the photos . . . it surprised me when I saw it, LOL.

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  11. I sure do love your back porch!! Everything about it is so quaint or (marked by cleaverness, ingenuity, or refinement, different in character or appearance, pleaseingly old-fashioned) When quaint popped into my head, had to look it up to make sure I was using the right word.......sure enough, I was. If you didn't live so far from Wisconsin I'd come visit.....I like your style girl!!!

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    1. It is always a good feeling when another woman compliments your home, thank you. It's just a little ranch house built in the 1950's, but to us it's our cozy haven from the world :)

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  12. Your back porch looks very inviting and I would love to have a porch like that. I don't think I would ever go back in the house....lol

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    1. When the weather is nice, it is my very favorite room of the house :) Thank you for your endearing words, you put a smile on my face :)

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  13. What a lovely place to be! I love it! xx

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  14. You're so lucky, I live on the third floor and no porch at all.... yours looks fantastic, can I come visit?? :)

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    1. My welcome sign is hanging on the door and it's just for you . . . drop in and I'll make lunch :)

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  15. Your back porch looks great, Connie. I love the mirror idea-with the hanger part upside down....very clever. I already visited Steve and the boat!!! It's looking good! xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, We have put many hours into that boat, but now it's almost done. After work tonight Steve was installing new sheets and halyards (working ropes). It has been sitting for so many years that all the ropes were rotten. There are a lot of details . . . and a bit of a money pit, but when we are finished she'll be ready to sail for many years to come. Thanks for visiting. I always enjoy seeing your lovely face :)

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  16. Hi! Your back porch looks so inviting!! I bet you spend many hours out there. Love your redone mirror! Gypsy Rose is looking great! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, thanks so much . . . you are such a sweet lady. I wish you lived closer and we could get together and have lunch. Of course we would eat it out on the porch :)

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  17. Hi Connie...Loved the back porch. You've done a great job getting it all spiffed up.

    And that mirror project? Fabulous. Oh, it looks SOOOOOO nice.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Loved your visit. Always do. Susan

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    1. Hi Susan, I wasn't sure what kind of reaction my up-side-down mirror stand would get . . . it was just one of those light blub going off moments. I always know if I don't like it, I can take it apart and start over, no problem, but this little idea works for me :) It's usually, but then I'm a little bit unusual, too.

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  18. I love your cozy and quaint back porch! Very cool Connie!
    D~~~~

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  19. So cozy and charming Connie...just lovely and I love your chalkboard picture!

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    1. Hello Deann, so nice of you to stop by and thank you for the lovely compliment :)

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  20. I love your porch, thank you for letting me visit :). It looks really cozy and I understand that is your favourite room during summer. Your picture in the mirror looks lovely, by the way :). Have a marvelous week end!

    Blessings/
    Maria

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    1. Hi Maria, I'm so happy that you like the porch. It's a great place to put your feet up and relax :)

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  22. Hi Connie!!!
    Seems like your back porch will be filled to the brim with all of us wanting to visit there!!! Thank you so very much for your beautiful comment on my blog...it warmed my heart! I would love to follow you as well for more visits on the back porch...lol!

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    1. Hello Patricia, I am excited to have you as a follower . . . I am doing my happy dance, thank you. It will be fun getting to know you better through blogging :)

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  23. Hi Connie, your fluffing has turned out beautiful. What a warm and welcome place! Oh my sweetie, I am drooling over the vintage fridge! I would have loved one like that for my farmhouse basement kitchen. Instead they are delivering a new one tomorrow. Love the mirror and what you did with the base. I put an old dresser in our basement bath that has a mirror on a base like that. Of course, I had to use it the right way. lol!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann, It took me a while to find that old fridge, but it works great and looks good on the back porch.
      The down size to having a vintage fridge is that it has to be defrosted. It's not my favorite job, but because it's outside, I don't have to worry so much about the mess I make :)

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  24. What a beautiful porch! Looks like a lovely place to relax and enjoy all the beautiful surroundings. The vintage fridge is so cool, too. :-)

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    1. Thanks Melanie :) When summer gets hot we use it more in the mornings and the evenings . . . our temperatures get pretty high in the summer and the A/C feels good in the middle of the day :)

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  25. What an inviting place to hang out! Love all the beautiful things to see!

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    1. Thanks so much . . . it a nice quiet place to sit and rest :)

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  26. Oh I love your fluffing. Thanks for following me. I'm your newest follower.

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    1. Hi Melissa, I am excited to see that you are following my little blog. Thank you so much, I appreciate the encouragement and the friendship :) It will be fun becoming good blogging friends and sharing ideas.

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  27. Connie, I LOVE your back porch! Bet you have lots of fun with family and friends there!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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    1. Hi Mary Jane, it is wonderful to get a visit from you.
      Thanks for the lovely compliment.
      Happy 4th of July.

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  28. such beautiful treasures..
    Have a great 4th..

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    1. Hi Lulu, thanks so much . . . you are a sweetie :)

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  29. You have a very interesting a fun home. So many treasures to see. :)

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