Mar 152015
 

Last year, I picked up a basic but functional bar cart at an estate auction for less than $50.  As I said, it is basic but I think it has potential and could become a welcome focal point when we entertain.   I noticed over the holidays bar carts were a very popular topic, inspiring me to do something fun with mine once the nicer weather arrives.  

Currently  the cart is sitting in a corner in our dining room without any definitive purpose.  I have been using it to display / store the cut crystal pieces I own and those I have also acquired at estate sales. 

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Estate Sale Bar Cart in need of a New Look

 This cart does need some work because it is partially covered with an over spray of latex paint.  Meaning: I obviously need to do a better job protecting my stash inventory when spray painting in the garage. 

I have always planned on painting this piece but I am not sure what type of finish.  I do know I don’t want black.  I also think it will be moved around and possibly brought outside to the terrace or the deck.

Should I add a splash of colour? 

  • Yellow
  • White
  • Turquoise
  • ??

Or should I go metallic? 

  • Copper seems to be making a big comeback
  • Bronze:  the chandelier and sconces in the dining room are bronze
  • Nickel
  • Chrome

I went to the internet and Pinterest to get some inspiration.  There are lots of similar, simple carts out there but wow! They can be expensive!

Lolita Bar Cart, Gold

One King’s Lane $499

Emile Bar Cart, Nickel

One King’s Lane, Emile, $259

Chrome Metal with Black Tempered Glass Bar/ Tea Serving Cart

Overstock, Chrome Metal with Black Tempered Glass, $143

Safavieh Bar Cart - Gold

Target, Safavieh Bar Cart, $240

Pier 1, Lucette, $330

 I will admit right now that all of these look much more substantial and perhaps sturdier than mine but still, I could not find anything similar for under $100.  So even if I decide to get some fancier glass, I would be way ahead of the game.

I also saw some great practical ideas of how to styleize bar carts.  Once I decide how I will finish this one, I can’t wait to incorporate some of these ideas.

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Love this little corner

 

So, I am open to suggestions as to how to re-finish this little gem. 

Add colour?

Add metallic?

Add different glass?

Be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts. 

The weather here in Toronto is improving and I will soon be able to get outside and paint this baby!

 

Joan

Sep 182014
 

This afternoon, I was taking pictures of my front garden and I thought I would share it with you.  I take pictures every fall so when spring comes, I know which plants need dividing.  All the plants in this garden are either perennial or shrubs or evergreen. 

I am far from a green thumb type of gardener.  It has been trial and error and a lot of research along the way.  Our front yard faces north and it is difficult to find great annuals that do not need much attention.  So I turned my interest to perennials.  When our kids were toddlers, two of my neighbourds and I would talk about our gardens and share perennials and ideas.

Now, many years later, I do “diddly squat” in the garden thanks to the perennials I have chosen.

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Right now, my favourite perennial is at its best.  You may find my favourite to be unusual.  It is a sedum called Autumn Joy and I just love it.

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I love it for it’s diverse offerings of colour and contrast which changes with the seasons.

In the spring, the foliage grows quickly.  It is a succulent and it’s foliage has a blue hue which I love as a contrast to the true green foliage of the other plants.  Then it produces some flowers that start out green, change to white, then in the fall, change to  the wonderful rose colour you see above.  Lastly, it is a hardy plant that sticks around in our Canadian winters.  In the winter, the flowers turn a dark brown.  Sounds rather ugly but against the snow and the evergreens, it looks like a true “survivor” when everything else is dead and wilted.

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long view

ful view

 

Do you have Autumn Joys in your garden?

Do you have a favourite perennial or shrub?
I’d love to hear what it is!

Joan

Jul 142014
 

Earlier this summer, I decided I would give Container Gardening a try on my second story terrace.  After doing some research, I came up with some great ways to re-purpose containers I already had.

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I wanted to try my hand at growing a  tomato plant, a pepper plant and a bunch of herbs.   In the past, I tried to grow herbs in my little garden behind the house but because we live on a ravine, critters got into the tasty plants.  Ground hogs just LOVE herbs as do deers.  So a container garden on the upper terrace was the answer.

About the same time I was planning this little garden, my neighbours put two large fiberglass plant pots out on trash day.  As one who does not like to pass up FREE stuff, I wandered over on the pretense of taking my dog out and had a look.  They were big and blue and had no drainage holes.  The latter two features could be easily remedied!  They became MINE!!  One of them would be perfect for the tomato plant which I understand needs good soil, space and lots of light.

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Big and baby blue.

 I also remembered I had a RED Christmas-y wine bucket in the basement that I was using for a garbage can.  Being oval and with a medallion on the front, it would add some interest.  It was part of my Spray Paint to the Rescue post and it looks great in it’s new colour.

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Red to Dark Bronze in minutes!

Lastly, knew I had large EMPTY Rubbermaid bins in our storage area.  These are left over from dance costume and dress up clothes storage.  A phase in our family life that is now sadly long gone!

Using my drill I made holes in the bottom of these containers.

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Made good use of my trusty drill

The best find I came across was at our local Dollarama (Canadian dollar store that is EVERYWHERE!) !  They had these PERFECT flower pot supports with CASTERS for $2.50 and $3!   Bargain!

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These pot stands were PERFECT and so affordable!

So, I used the big, previously blue pot for the tomato, a saved poinsetta pot for the pepper and the ice bucket and Rubbermaid container for my herbs.  Best of all, they are now all on wheels!

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I love this little plant corner!

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If these end up ripening, they will be pricey but de-lish!

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This is such a tiny plant! Not sure how big these peppers will get!

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The herbs are doing great!

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The time is a bit skimpy but I added compost recently so hopefully these will florish.

So now I have TWO two natural vignettes to look at while I rest my broken tibula, drink my tea and read the news and my books! 

I am LOVING this space more and more this year.

I have been very successful with my perennial gardens but I am not too sure about this new adventure with containers.  I don’t think the terrace gets quite enough sun for the tomato but the herbs with the exception of the thyme are thriving. 

Do you do container gardening? 
Do you have some suggestions for successful container gardening. 
I plan to try it again next year too.

I love comments and read each and everyone so drop me a line!

Joan

 

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Jul 042014
 

In June, before my bad luck break, I spent some time working on sprucing up our walkout deck. 

Installing an outdoor mirror was such a brilliant idea.  Not only does it fill in rather boring brick wall, it now gives the illusion of a window or moving painting.  We just love it!

When I spray  painted the mirror frame, I gussied up a few other things too.

I have had this cute little plant stand for many years and it has really rusted over time.  For the past few years, my super adorable cement and resin owl has been perched on it.  As you can see, the owl was sitting in moisture and has begun to crumble.  I currently researching how to repair it.  If you have any experience with BONDO on cement, please contact me and let me know how it went.

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Love this owl.

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Rusting Plant stand

In addition to adding my usual flower pots to this walkout, I am going to try  my hand at container gardening.  Stay tuned for a post on what I used and how it is progressing.  In my search around the the house for cool containers to use, I spotted a RED ice bucket of sorts with a medallion on the side.  Very Christmasy.

I love the Rustoleum Oil Rubbed bronze and since I seem to like to use colours from nature to decorate, I decided to use it to spruce up the stand and container.

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Don’t they look amazing! Like new!

While I was at it, I painted up our VERY RUSTY wheelbarrow.   I didn’t take a before picture (must remember this!) but basically there was very little paint left inside the tub.  It’s also sporting a new NEVER GO FLAT wheel.  Looks like new! And at a fraction of the cost of a new item!

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Spray paint makes things look like new!

Be sure to pop by and check out my container garden post coming up soon!

You know you are a real DIYer when you are excited about painting a wheelbarrow!!

Regardless, it just feels good to see items that are often
Nicer Than New!

 

Joan

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