Pallet Project

I was flipping through a Sunset Magazine and found this article on making a table out of old Pallets..I thought I would try making a coffee table to start..This is my September project!

We’ll the coffee table didn’t turn out the way I wanted so I made it into an advent calendar..


Fall Colors!

Fall Projects 2010

Fall is my favorite season and I love all the fall colors especially Burnt Orange! I wanted my cottage to have that feel all year, So I chose Benjamin Moore burnt caramel for the door, shutters, the wicker rockers and outdoor furniture. I used Ralph Lauren’s tea stain glaze over the top to give it a aged look…..

Grass Seeds, Flag Stone Path and Stone Flower Beds…

Spring/Summer 2010

We sold a old log cabin on Highland Drive a few years ago and I got these old adirondack chairs and tables for free…just needs a fresh coat of paint!  The flag stones were left overs from a neighbors project and I got the stones for the flowerbed walls at lowes…

French drains and the start of a yard

Summer/Fall 2009

   So after a couple years of a wet wet wet yard, I had saved enough to fix it! I hired someone to put in a curtain and a french drain and 4 loads of fill so I could plant grass seed!

My new Deck…

I finally got my deck a few years later! It was worth the wait…I used a metal roof because I like the sound when the rain hits it!

Fixing up the outside

Replacing shingles and painting the outside…Got my window boxes at Restoration Hardware Outlet and My dad and I made the shutters…

Picking out Paint Colors

Silver Sage Paint Collection

I love all shades of Greens so I found this collection at Restoration Hardware.  Silver Sage Paint Collection

I went with Blue Sage for the wall with my front door and windows and Silver Sage on the rest of the walls….I like the way it looks with the white bead board and kitchen cabinets

Shown (clockwise from top) in silver sage, sea green and blue sage.

Color Options

  • Pale Silver
  • Light Silver Sage
  • Silver Sage
  • Sea Green
  • Blue Sage

Clearing for a view

After a day of clearing, my Peekaboo view turned into a full was a nice surprise!

A Loft, New Doors, Windows and a Fireplace

Took out the low ceilings to open it up and put a loft in...The low ceilings made the cottage feel even smaller than 400 sq ft so I raised them and put a loft in with a little window.

I love my little fireplace! I had bookcases built around them and used bead board again for a cottage look..

As much as I loved the original dutch door, it was off centered and needed major repairs..So I found these ones at Lowes and they have little side doors that open..

The Start of a Kitchen Makeover

The Kitchen Before…Red Formica counters, pink cabinets with red handles and a old wood cooking stove.. Oh My! That was the first to go…

I knew I wanted a apron sink, I think it gives any kitchen a cottage/farmhouse feel and look.  But the prices of them were anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000! So after months of searching I finally found this one on e-bay for $300.00.

The cabinets I found on Craigslist from a home being torn down in Queen Ann.  I got them all for $100.00!  They were a periwinkle color so I painted them with Restoration Hardware bright white Paint and got all new hardware from their outlet store.

I love the look of carrara marble but couldn’t afford it at the time so I got some tiles from Lowes that has the same kind of look…I did my kitchen counters and bathrooms walls for around $200.00 instead of a $1,2000 (someday I will replace it with the real thing)

I got my little range on Craigslist for $50.00 I mostly use it to boil water for tea!

I got the shelf above from pottery barn for $99.00 to hold cookbooks and mugs..I like the look of open shelves gives more of a cottage feel as well as the bead board