I wanted to create a post so that I could participate in Petite Michelle Louise's "Grey Dey Thursdey" link party Truth be told.... these pictures are of my dining room prior to redecorating and going back a few years as there's not much grey going on in my home at the moment
I no longer have this farm table - I passed it down to my niece
The garden bench has gone through a transformation which you can see here
I was browsing the Internet for cowgirl boots (as I do most days in my spare time).... when I came upon these in an Etsy shop called The Look Factory
They were sold so if I wanted a pair they would have to be custom made. I didn't want to wait so I went on a hunt for used white cowgirl boots with the thought of making something similar on my own.
I found these on eBay - very little wear and tear and luckily my size. Real nice boots (Steve Madden) and it killed me that I'd have to cut them but it had to be done. (I went on YouTube and watched a couple of tutorials on upcycling boots).
So the first step was to take a pair of scissors and cut the leather right down the back. I cut them far enough down so that when they were folded over the flaps just reached the top of the heel of the boots.
I put some vice clamps on them for a few hours to set the folded leather and was ready to begin
I sewed cuffs out of FunFur and slipped them over the top - this way the flaps of the boots stay put without having to glue them down.
Then I decorated with old belts, scarves, leather braided roping and feathers. So that I didn't have to use glue (in case I want to changed things up a bit from time to time)....I punched extra holes in the belts so when they were wrapped around twice they could be fastened. I used the boot pulls that are now at the bottom of the boots to tuck in and keep the braiding in place. The scarf pieces were tied on the sides and the feathers secured into the knots.
I wore them with a pair of skinny jeans tucked in and a peasant blouse. I plan to also wear them with a short white gauze sun dress with a cropped jean jacket as well as a long white prairie skirt and an over sized caramel colored cotton sweater with lots of turquoise and silver jewelry.
I've been seeing this picture a lot lately.... on Pinterest especially
The chandelier is similar to the one in my dining room and of course I love the blue and white.
This is how mine turned out....
All but one of the balls are plastic...picked up at the Dollar Store (I was worried the chandelier wouldn't take the weight of too many heavy ornaments). I opted not to adorn it with ribbon on top... mainly because I didn't have anything in my stash.
I bought this green iron chair many years ago while on a "girls weekend" in Maine. It was my last find of the weekend and although my friend Cheryl's SUV was packed solid, we managed to cram it in....I was NOT going home without it! :)
I brought it up from the basement last week to give it a fresh look before it went outside to its rightful place under our maple tree. I thought of painting the entire chair with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Antoinette....a pretty light pink.
(Notice the rubber band around the can - I spied this idea on Pinterest - easiest way ever to swipe excess paint from your brush)
Once I started painting I decided to keep the arms green so as to give it some contrast. I like it...kind of gives it a 1950's feel
I'm going to give it a coat of wax, let it cure for a few days and then outside it'll go.
Hi, my name is Diane and I'm a lover of decorating with a penchant for anything white and worn. It's rare for me to drive past a yard sale or flea market and I'm not above going through others trash. Some of my best finds have been picked up on the side of the road..... a pair of beveled glass french doors, a white iron settee, window shutters, white picket fencing...to name but a few. I'm lucky enough to live within an hours driving time to the Brimfield Antiques Fair which, to my delight, is held three times a year.