Friday, September 23, 2011

My favorite summer home improvement projects

I was feeling like I didn't get that much done this summer, 
because I never got my rose trellis done...
but when looking through my picture files, 
I surprised myself with the projects I did complete. 
My side porch came together when I grabbed
 these two rockers out of the neighbors trash
 (I'm never too proud) and painted them black.
 I paired them up with a black umbrella 
and hot pink toile pillows and filled my urn 
with pink geraniums~what a lift this space is now.
My favorite project was lining the bookcase shelves in this powder blue chintz.
I think I will be stapling it to the back and adding a trim to finish off the edges~
this is a look I am completely in love with!
I never shared this small makeover on an old victorian bench I found during the summer.
Here it sat in the back of an antique shop in New Hampshire.
 It was dark wood and totally UGH~
but I knew it would look great at my bathroom vanity table
after a white paint job and a matalesse cover.
Worked out nicely~
 Making new cornices out of old metal valances I found was pretty satisfying too. 
They certainly are different than anything else I have ever had for treatments.
I have been plugging away in our little family room making small changes as they come to me.
Originally I had planned on wallpapering this room entirely in the wood plank paper, and I still might do that. I like how the tennis raquets and other things look when they are "nailed" into the wood.  This room is kind of evolving as a summer camp theme~its cheerful and vintage sporty.
The Company C rug started the whole makeover 
and the coffee table was next getting a green paint job. 
This upstairs hallway got a striped and stenciled paint job this summer~
I was dying to use some pale purple in the house.
There were a few chandys I made over too~including this Belgian inspired number. As soon as it was madeover it sold in my Etsy shop.
I did this one too, giving it a white paint job and more crystals. 
Working on chandeliers is very fun,
and I can imagine being a chandelier designer if I had more time on my hands.
The third chandy I redid is hanging up over my front door now. 
I got my climbing rosebush in the ground, 
but have not finished the climbing structure yet. 
That is a fall project now I guess.
 I won't be too hard on myself because
 I really did get a lot of things done this summer!


  1. You did a lot of amazing things this summer Amy!! My favorite is the striped lavender walls!

  2. Hi Amy, I thank you because with your blog I get a lot of gorgeous ideas for my home, thanks, Flavia

  3. I've seen each of these posts individually but when you gather them up in one....OMG...where did you ever find the time!?!

  4. You've been soooOOOooo busy!
    Pat yourself on the back girlfriend!

    Loving that rug and your skirted vanity and new little stool, and the list goes on and on!

  5. Oh I love the lilac paint and the stencilling, it's fabulous!! but then everything you do is!! I have been keeping my eyes peeled for an old chandelier, I sooo want to do one up 'a-la-Amy' styles!! Have a great weekend chicky!
    jen xo

  6. Amy- You DID get a lot done-everything looks great, too...from the porch/deck makeover to the striped walls. I have to tell you though-MY favorite is the lined back of the bookcases....sooo very lovely! Now...deep can relax a bit! xo Diana

  7. Yes, you did get a lot done! I love the little bench redo you did for the vanity. I am working on a metal frame one for my granddaughter. Your home does look so should be very happy with it!~Hugs, Patti

  8. Gosh you sure did get alot done this summer! You should pat yourself on the back. I really love that bench redo. I can't believe how different it looked when you first bought it! Hard to believe that summer is over now. I wish Fall would get the message and hurry on up and start moving in.

  9. you did so much. it all looks beautiful! be proud! : )

  10. Hi Amy,
    Your a busy bee for sure. I love the little vanity stool. It's perfect.


  11. Well, I could have told you how much you got done this Summer, Amy! You put us all to shame! : )

  12. You did some great things, My fav is the bookcase as well.I hear you,Too many ideas not enough time. You defiantly could be a chandy designer!

  13. Thanks for making me look like a total slacker, Amy ;P You got so much accomplished! My favorite is your chintz-backed bookcase, too. I miss the eighties, when everything was pretty, and chintz was so, so popular!!! *sighs*

  14. I really love the bookshelf with fabric project....that one really changed your whole living room!

  15. You are amazing!! Summer is a hard time to get anything done indoors, for me anyway, but you really did a lot. I love the little bench you could you forget that?!! And I love the bookcase, too! Well done, Amy!


  16. Amy, Wish I could say that I accomplished half as much as you did! You must be a fast worker--me not so much. I think your home is lovely. The living room is really beautiful and still looks so comfortable and inviting. Your bookcase seems to be a hit and I agree that the back lining made it absolutely gorgeous.
    Maybe you can now get a good book and sit on that pretty sofa for a little rest.

  17. Wow, what a productive summer you've had creating such gorgeous things!!

  18. You need a rest from the summer break! lol I especially love the powder blue chintz & chandis.

  19. Amy, you are one of the most industrious women I know! Loved revisiting your projects! You are so creative and talented!

  20. You have created alot of beautiful things for your home this year. I have to say I am still working on ours. Your blog is an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Holy toledo Amy you did more this summer, than I think most do in a lifetime!!! I am so happy that I was "along for the ride" with many of those projects, I almost feel like I can brag about them too, haha. They are all really have set the bar high for anyone aspiring to a "do it yourselfer" project, each and every one was a smashing success!

  22. I love all of your projects! You are very creative and talented! :)

  23. You certainly did do a lot of wonderful summer projects! I still have many to do but having torn my rotator cuff in July, put everything on the back burner for awhile. Oh well, tomorrow awaits! :-D

  24. See, you really did get a lot done! My favorites are the dressing table stool and the wallpapered cabinet back. The things displayed look lovely and precious! Love, Linda

  25. Lady, you were really busy. Such a production machine you were. I love the wallpaper in the family room. I thought it was wood until I read the narrative. I had to go back up and look.
    Love your chandy's
    Very productive summer, you should be proud.
    hugs, Ginger

  26. I think my favorite of your summer projects was the bookshelves in the living room, and my second favorite is what you did with the hallway.
    It's interesting how sometimes we feel like we haven't accomplished enough, but if you look at what you actually did do, you think WOW, i accomplished alot!


  27. Oh, Amy, I don't know where to begin to share my favorite project of yours. Wow! You accomplished a lot, and thank goodness for pictures to document and journal everything. I loved the stripes in the hall; I love, love the chandys and the chintz used for the bookcase and the pillow. Please share where I might find something similar to what you used in the bookcase.

  28. Everything is so beautiful and inspiring!

  29. I know I've never seen those tennis rackets hanging before -- I would have mentioned them because I love them so much. they remind me of my childhood and look so great in your house.

  30. You did do a lot this summer. I can't believe you didn't show that little bench. It turned out so cute! Love all your projects but that little bench is perfection.

  31. All gorgeous projects. My favorite is the book cases with the fabric inserts. So lovely!

    happy week,

  33. You've gotten so much done this summer! I couldn't pick a favorite, your home is so pretty, it all looks amazing! Do LOVE your chintz wallpaper :)

  34. are one busy woman. Love all of your projects - the striped stenciling, the wallpapered bookcase, the tennis it all!!

  35. You sure did get tons done!! I love how you put all your summer projects into all one post-clever as always. I think I might have to borrow this idea...but don't'll get all the credit.

  36. our house looks lovely Mom! Great job, you truly define what an artist is. God bless.

  37. And you were worried about a rose trellis! Oh my goodness. You work circles around me. And everything looks beautiful. Like you spent a ton of time doing it. I just saw the above comment. That has to be the best I've ever seen! When your child compliments you, it's priceless.

  38. Hi Amy now that summer is over I am excited to see what you do this year for winters Christmas!

    Love all that you share and all that you inspire.


  39. Amy,

    So much beauty and inspirational ideas here. Your house always have this sweet vibe, everything that you design has some sweetness to it and I love it!

    I also want to thank you for what you wrote about my interview on Tina's blog. It was so nice of you!

    Have a fantastic Tuesday!


    Luciane at

  40. Wow that is a lot of stuff. I know you did even more than that too. I don't remember you doing a post on the metal valances. Did you post pictures of it? Now that you brought attention to them, they are so cool. Thanks for sharing!


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