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Mirror, Mirror...The Cozy Porch Part 4

I've had a few e-mails asking about the mirror on the porch. 
This mirror was found about five years ago at an Estate Sale for $20.  It wasn't a pretty color... But, underneath that verdigris was a beautiful mirror.  I just knew it! The transformation was easy.  Three things were needed:  tape, newspaper, and a can of white spray paint.  You know the rest.  
The mirror was now pretty!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for stopping by the Cottage - and come back again soon!
Other Cozy Porch Posts can be found here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3


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Paint-Stirrer Flag

Hi All! I'm back with a Pinterest-inspired project.  This one is just in time for Summer and Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day!


Don't you just love it??
Here's how you can make one for yourself:
First, go to your local home improvement store and ask for some paint stirrers.  I received a handful with a smile!
Please note, you need 8 paint stirrers.   One will be cut in half to support and hold together your flag!
In addition to the 8 paint stirrers, you will need: newspaper to cover your workspacepainters tapeacrylic paint in red, white, blue, and goldacrylic antiquing mediuma paint brushsandpaperglue - I used E-6000Start by laying 3 of the stirrers together and tape off the section that you want painted blue.  I painted both sides and then took them apart and carefully painted the edges.


When the blue paint is thoroughly dry, retape the blue side of the stirrers and paint the rest of them red or white.  Remember, your top stick will be blue and red.  Continue painting …

Cozy Porch - Part 3 - The Rocker & an Old Quilt

It all started with a flea market rocking chair and the desire to give the side porch a 'Shabby Chic' look.  I had acquired an old quilt that was, shall we say, pretty humble.  Take a look:

The rocking chair was a real find, but seat was damaged. Fortunately, it was reinforced underneath.  It was calling out for a seat cushion.
I decided to see how much of the quilt could be salvaged.  I spread it out and cut out all the pieces with the least damage.  There was one section that was in pretty good shape and was the perfect size for a cushion. I already had an old chair cushion:
And I purchased a yard of cotton fabric from the bargain bin for a $1.50.   Here's where it gets interesting.  I cut a piece of cotton fabric to match the quilt piece and sewed them together on 3 sides.  Then I proceeded to "eyeball" the curve of the cushion.  I marked it with a pencil and started sewing.  Yes, I'm real precise like that!  LOL The seams were trimmed and the cover was turned ri…

Cozy Porch - Part 2 - Those Walls

Welcome Back!  If you missed The Cozy Porch - Part 1, you can find it HERE.

Let's talk about the walls on the porch today.  When I first saw them, they looked like they had been left out in the weather for a long time.  They were brown and the grain was deep.  Take a look:

I really wanted to lighten them up and started to do some research on how to 'whitewash' walls.  I found SO many opinions on how to do it - Mix 2 parts water to 1 part paint OR 1 part water to 2 parts paint - Use a foam brush, no, a regular brush - wipe it off - don't wipe it off!  YIKES!!  I decided to use my own instincts and here's what I came up with:
I used some leftover white paint from the basement project.  If you missed that post, you can find it here.  By the way, the bar is going to be whitewashed next!  Sorry, I digress!
The paint was mixed with water - 1 part paint & 1 part water.   We ( my hubby painted with me) used old paint brushes that were lying around (not foam) and started pai…

My Cozy Porch

This post was a Best Pick at Oh My Heartsie Girl's Wordless Wednesday!

We've been pretty busy with projects around here and I wanted to share the work that's been done on our little side porch.  I think it's my favorite spot in the whole cottage.  Last winter when the temperatures were in the 20's, this room was 75 degrees - just from the sun streaming through all those windows!

Here's a peek:


There are a few projects to tell you about, but, for now, I wanted to give you a view of whole room.  
Be sure to stop back to hear more about the walls, the rocker, the mirror....you get the idea!  
Happy Monday Everyone!  We'll talk soon!


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