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Turning Junk into Jazzy Treasure!

Well….okay it maybe wasn’t actually junk but it was buried under a pile of old rusted pails and tools when I found it. I wish I had a picture of it that day as I found it.

Anyway…I saw a very ‘rustic’ table sitting outside of an antique store that was basically blocks of 2 x 4s nailed together with an old picket fence nailed to the back.

Here are a couple photos once I got it home and cleaned up.

 

 

 

Nothing pretty that’s for sure. It technically was put together to be a gardening bench. A old rusted shovel and bin attached to the back for the dirt.

I painted the base “Smokey Blue” by Sherwin Williams and left the picket fence top distressed in white. I spray painted primer on the dirt bin and shovel and then a couple coats of white paint.

It has turned into the best beverage station on my patio! I have used it a couple times now for entertaining and it not only is the perfect size, it adds charm to my back yard.

 

 

The old dirt bin has become the best place to hold napkins. And the old rusted shovel now holds a cute message.

 

 

Keep your eyes open to the piles of ‘junk’ you see at flea markets and antique stores. One person’s junk is another person’s jazzy treasure for sure. This is my treasure!

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Fireplace Tables are Hot! Hot! Hot!

 

Yes, that pun was intended.       Outdoor gas fireplace tables are all the rage and you see them everywhere.

It started out that you saw them on the patios of upscale restaurants. Then you saw them on the patios of most restaurants. Now you are seeing them on many residential patios.

They have become so popular that furniture stores are selling them adding competition for the fireplace stores. I think they have become so popular because they are an added extension to your outdoor living space.   For a lot of us our outdoor summer season is short and we want to be outside as much as possible. With the gas fireplace table, your outside season just got longer!

The wood burning fire pits are nice don’t get me wrong. They smell SO good! But they can be a pain. You need to have them on a  surface that won’t burn or scorch, you have to buy or cut the firewood and then you need to make sure the fire is completely out before you walk away and leave it.

A gas fireplace is a quick turn of a switch and you have instant beautiful flames and when you are ready for bed you turn the switch off.

They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and price ranges.

I have to admit I got one a couple months ago. I really wasn’t sure if I would use it that much, especially in the heat of the summer, but I can honestly say it is my favorite area on my patio. Even on sunny warm summer evenings I have it on low for ambiance. When the cool nights move in this fall I will crank it up and I may even bundle up and sit around it on a nice winter day.

 

 

If you are drawn to the fire tables at restaurants and are thinking you have a spot to enjoy one, I wouldn’t hesitate if I were you!

Sit back and enjoy. I am….I am sitting on that chair right in front of you typing this blog post!

 

A Laundry Room Makeover

In my previous post I showed the incredible transformation of a mudroom. Check out “A Mudroom Makeover” if you missed it. Now I want to show the transformation of the laundry room right next door that was done at the same time.

Laundry rooms do not need to be boring and just for function.  In fact, in home sales buyers are loving having a laundry room that doesn’t feel like a dungeon and can make laundry time not seem like such a chore.

The mudroom looking into the laundry before:

 

 

The entrance alone makes a statement now!

 

 

A very dated and underwhelming laundry room was the starting point.

 

 

Not many words are needed to explain this after shot!

 

 

The basic footprint was kept so moving the plumbing was not an issue and saved a lot of money.

 

 

Who says a laundry room light fixture has to be boring??

 

 

Cabinets were added to not only hide clutter but to give the homeowner so much storage!

 

 

The floating shelves added charm and character so there just wasn’t two walls of cabinets.

 

 

Check out the rolling utility cart for the dirty laundry! The homeowner found that online at ULine and it is perfect.

 

 

 

 

The decor items add warmth and personality to the space, especially by adding family photos.

 

 

 

And shall I just say “that paint color!!” I am so happy the homeowner’s were open to a something different. The color is Drizzle by Sherwin Williams and is one of my favorites. It’s such a happy color and what better place for a little cheer than in the laundry room!

If you are selling your home in the next few months a renovation like this is not something you want to do. (But you will want to remove the wallpaper and paint). If you are staying in your home for a couple years then go ahead and update it now, enjoy it and then bowl over the buyers when you put it on the market. This laundry room will be a huge selling feature!

Always get expert advice from a Home Stager or Designer whenever making updates to your home for the best return on your investment.