Sunday, June 30, 2019

The French Chef and a Patriotic Church Pew

I'd had so many things stashed away in the bar area downstairs that I'd lost track of them all. But as I packed them up earlier this Spring, I tried to make mental lists of paint projects and things I wanted to work on once we unpacked and settled in. One of my projects on the to-do list was to give a paint update to my Little French Chef. He'd been living downstairs in obscurity. 

Here he is... still a pretty cute guy, but I knew he needed a little fix up to go with the new lighter look here at the new place.

The small chalkboard needed something fresh too.

Easy to guess that he would get hit with the magic paintbrush.

The chalkboard was now too dark and stark, so I just painted over it.

Then I printed out a frenchy menu graphic to cover the chalkboard.

Last week I started adding a little Patriotic color to the Garden Room, without going overboard here on the tabletop.  I bought this wonderful vintage demi-john that had been painted white, last year, and used these flags to give a nod to the 4th. The demi-john had been on our coffee table at the other house, but didn't work here because it was too big to see the TV for hubby. It came out here on the table instead.

I've been using this little tray to keep things organized here on the table, 
since there's always some little something added to the mix.

I snipped these Hydrangea blooms and knockout roses for a small floral display. These little Hydrangeas started out white and are now changing color, slowly going thru blues and lavender. 

My old church pew had also been downstairs in an area that was basically "glorified storage", but now I get to decorate it for holidays and the seasons. I also changed up the large vintage floral print above the pew for my red toile "Aviary" canvas. 

I really cannot believe that it's almost July... JULY!  It's been such a wacky summer with all the gloom, rain, and bad weather. August 1st I secretly start my countdown to Fall. You all know me, and know how I love Fall and the fun decorating that goes with it. I may be a little more patient with Summer this year, because things are so green around here. But we're running way behind on getting work started on the landscaping, so that job won't be done anytime in the very near future. Oh well, it takes time and we have a lot of projects.

Hope you're having a good weekend, friends!

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  1. Debra,
    Your French Chef transformation is c`est magnifique!
    Love the American Flags tucked within your demijohn!
    My limelight hydrangea hasn't bloomed, but has promise with huge amounts of buds!
    I love how the blossoms change hue as they mature.
    Limelight goes to a green/tan, then a soft rose hue.
    Projects are piling up here on the Prairie, also.
    Wanted to paint and stain a h u g e furniture piece,
    but not the heat and humidity have cranked into full swing.
    The area with the pew is charming!

    1. There are several Hydrangea bushes here, neither of the ones in the front are very old. The other one hasn't bloomed yet. A big one on the side of the house is an Oak Leaf Hydrangea and it is huge and "woody". I want to cut some branches and share them, just not sure yet how to do it. The blooms are monstrous! When its hot I just put off big paint projects, it's too hard to ventilate fumes when it's stuffy. Hope you're having a good weekend!

  2. I would have painted the "chef" too! Looks great. I've never seen a demijohn painted white -- love it! We have over 30 hydrangeas and I can't wait for them all to bloom (yes, I'm a bit obsessed!)
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    1. thanks Kathleen, I hadn't seen a painted one either. I wouldn't have ever done it myself, but it looked cool. It was pretty chippy, so I think it had been awhile.

  3. Your decorations are so pretty, Debra1 I also have a chef painted white, but mine is missing the sign. I'm always putting something in his flags lol. Happy 4th to you!

    1. so smart! my sis has a big one that has a wooden spoon. Have a great 4th, Linda!

  4. I love how your little French chef turned out, Debra! I have a few things I am thinking about painting, too. I am actually thinking of painting my dresser... It really got beat up sitting in storage. It's time!

    Have a great 4th of July and SYS will be back up next week. Taking a break to enjoy the 4th and focus on getting through the last of the boxes.

    Barb :)

  5. The chef looks so cute and I love all of the decor in this post! I am happy to feature you this week at TFT!


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