Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bargain Outdoor Dining Area

Our deck leaves a lot to be desired. The boards are warped and the color is strange, but we're not quite ready to renovate it yet. In the meantime, I wanted an outdoor dining area that would let us use the deck, but not commit us to really expensive, permanent outdoor furniture.

After getting some inspiration from Scarlett, another designer at Julie Couch Interiors, I went to The Home Depot and bought a $99 unfinished pine picnic table.

I sanded it smooth and drilled a hole through the center for an umbrella. After that, the table needed 1 coat of outdoor primer and 2 coats of outdoor paint.

I went with Ralph Lauren Warwick Lodge, which is one of my very favorite paint colors. Luckily my grandparents had already given me an old umbrella stand (I love when things are free!), so I only needed an umbrella. Tuesday Morning ended up having the best deal in Nashville and I was able to find a neutral taupe one for only $39.99.

I'm really happy with the end result! It feels finished, but I like knowing that I can always change it out for something more permanent down the road.
But until then I'll enjoy hanging out under my umbrella! Are you working on any outdoor projects this fall?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Vintage Wedding Stamps

Man, I've been gone from the blog for a looong time! I needed some time away to appreciate the fun in it again. I hope all of you had a wonderful summer. I've missed you!
As some of you may know, I have an Etsy shop where I sell vintage stamps. I was so excited when one of the brides I worked with this summer sent me this awesome picture of her wedding invitations featuring my stamps. Thanks Michael and Jenn!
You can find my Etsy shop here.