Outdoor Living Room + Deck Update at Hathorn Hall

An upcycled art piece that the hubby and I made for the new outdoor living room. Stay tuned to find out what this "HOME" sign is hiding.

An upcycled art piece that the hubby and I made for the new outdoor living room. Stay tuned to find out what this “HOME” sign is hiding + what we used to make it.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation projects + tips to random road trips. Today on the blog, I am giving a quick update on the new outdoor living room project + showing off what I wore to a meeting (I am taking a little inspiration from my daughter’s blog.)

I have had so many asking and emailing about what is happening with the new deck that I decided to get out there and snap a few photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5–because I am not cool enough for the S6 *wink* It is not that I haven’t wanted to give y’all an update. Bless! Between travels and the weather, there has not been an opportunity to finish the deck or to take nice photos.

Outside view of the deck walls--before the paint.

Outside view of the deck walls–before the paint.

When I got home this afternoon, the sun was shining brightly; and I immediately whipped out my phone and got y’all a few photos. Please excuse all the shadows and such. Y’all know that I am not a professional *wink*

The walls are painted and the floors are stained. Waiting on a few dry days so we can seal the cedar shakes on the columns. Fingers crossed that it will be soon!

The walls are painted and the floors are stained. Waiting on a few dry days so we can seal the cedar shakes on the columns. Fingers crossed that it will be soon!

I am planning a big blog reveal with all the details about the colors we used, the furniture the hubby built, and more. So, stay tuned!

We wanted to have as much light as possible without blinding the neighbors at night *wink*

We wanted to have as much light as possible without blinding the neighbors at night *wink*

A sneak peek at one of the furniture pieces that the hubby built...actually, you can also catch a glimpse at the bar.

A sneak peek at one of the furniture pieces the hubby built. You can also catch a glimpse of the bar–made from pipes we found in the alley behind our house and pipes from Sloss Castle. We believe in saving and reusing as many materials as possible. #savethejunk

A storage area for all the hubby's grilling things. The deck design allows for a kitchen area + living space.

A storage area for all the hubby’s grilling things. The deck design allows for a kitchen area + living space, and the furniture the hubby built allows for us to rearrange according to the occasion. Shhhh! I am about to spill all the beans *wink*

There is still a little work left to do, but I am thinking that we are getting pretty close to having a deck christening party *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a peek at the latest happenings on the outdoor living space + deck.

The outfit that I sported to a meeting today. Details below the photo.

The outfit that I sported to a meeting today.

Kimono–Molly Green, Birmingham

Green Blouse–Express, Johnson City

Black Pants–Chip & Pepper, Belk

Necklace–handmade by BluKatDesign

New Door for the Utility Room + Deck Update

Happy Spring, y'all!

Happy Spring, y’all!

Happy Spring! Are y’all as excited as I am that spring has sprung?! This is definitely my favorite of all the seasons because it is a time of rebirth and new birth. Speaking of new birth, there is a little bird family building a nest on my front porch–despite my best efforts to shew them away. Don’t get me wrong–I love birds and nests and baby birds…just not on my front porch…where their poop can easily be stepped in + it is in the dining area…yuck!

Dear little bird family, please understand that as much as I love birds...I would really love for you to build your nest somewhere else...or even somewhere else on my front porch...away from where we eat and sit. Much love, Chasidy

Dear little bird family, please understand that as much as I love birds…I would really love for you to build your nest somewhere else or even somewhere else on my front porch away from where we eat and sit. Much love, Chasidy

I will try to keep y’all updated on the bird drama *wink* Anyway…today on the blog, we are continuing the mudroom + utility room + deck (outdoor living room) update. Currently, everything is a hot mess because the deck project is taking over the mudroom and utility room. I’ve almost given up on sweeping up the sawdust off the floor *wink*

The hubby was testing the TV to see if all the wiring and such was working...Bless his loving heart--I do love him dearly--but the TV is still in the mudroom--propped against the wall. P.S. notice the beginnings of the very large coat/hat hanger--it won't be long, and it will all be back to normal and organized *smile*

The hubby was testing the TV to see if all the wiring and such was working. Bless his loving heart–I do love him dearly–but the TV is still in the mudroom–propped against the wall. P.S. notice the beginnings of the very large coat/hat hanger–it won’t be long, and it will all be back to normal and organized *smile*

Today on the blog I not only want to share an update, but I also want to share a few home renovation tips + a story about the “new” utility room door. If you have been following my blog and/or social media for a bit, you probably know I am a huge fan of repurposing and upcycling. The hubby and I try to reuse as much materials as possible–not because we are stingy or following a trend, but because we think it is foolish to toss out something that is perfectly good that could be reused or repurposed.

Now about a year or so ago–I honestly lose track of time–the hubby and I bought a 1980 fixer upper and totally renovated it from top to bottom–inside and out. It was a massive undertaking, but well worth the time, hard work, and money. Long story short–the master bedroom in “Sloss Castle” had three doors (not French doors–all individual) separating the main bedroom area from a little reading nook of sorts. It was awkward. Hmmm, the hubby and I must have this thing for houses with awkward spaces haha. Anyway, we decided on the very first walk through that the doors had to go–the space had to be opened up. Because of this decision, we gained some old doors to reuse and repurpose.

FLASHBACK TO SLOSS CASTLE

The three doors separating the main area from the reading nook. Only one of the doors opened...yep, just one of them. The other two were like windows!

The three doors separating the main area from the reading nook. Only one of the doors opened…yep, just one of them. The other two were like windows! *This photo was taken just before the demolition.

When one door opens, the other two stay closed--never to be opened. Removed, yes. Opened, no. *smile*

When one door opens, the other two stay closed–never to be opened. Removed, yes. Opened, no. *smile* –This photo was taken on our first walk through. I apologize for the poor quality–I am not a photographer!

BACK TO THE PRESENT AT HATHORN HALL

The door that is separating Hathorn Hall's kitchen and utility room came from the master bedroom in Sloss Castle. I am so happy that this old door found a new life *smile*

The door that is separating Hathorn Hall’s kitchen and utility room came from the master bedroom in Sloss Castle. I am so happy that this old door found a new life *smile*

The old door was not tall enough for our opening, but the hubby did not let that stop him. He added a little bit of this and that--and tah da! Perfect fit!

The old door was not tall enough for the opening, but the hubby did not let that stop him. He added a little bit of this and that–and tah da! Perfect fit! During the modification process, the hubby allowed room for the new floors that will be going down as soon as we decide on what we want. We have to be a bit picky in choosing new floors because we want to keep to the era of the home + have floors that are dog-friendly (no “soft” woods). SSL TIP: Be sure to check the hardness rating on wood floors. Be sure to ask the salesperson if the flooring can stand up to dogs and heels *wink*

With any home improvement project--no matter how big or small--expect a mess. My tip is to try to clean up as you go along. Always keep a broom and dust pan on stand by!

SSL TIP: With any home improvement project–no matter how big or small–expect a mess. My tip is to try to clean up as you go along + always keep a broom and dust pan on stand by!

SSL TIP: If you can't afford to lose any natural light, but still want to create separation between rooms, opt for a door with glass.

SSL TIP: If you can’t afford to lose any natural light, but still want to create separation between rooms, opt for a door with glass. It might encourage keeping the adjoining space organized and clean *wink* P.S. notice Ziva…she does not like the new door that separates the kitchen from her dog food room *wink*

Ziva protesting the new door by having a stand-in.

Ziva protesting the new door by having a stand-in.

As much as I would love to snap my fingers and the projects be done and the messes be gone, it just isn’t realistic. The hubby and I believe in getting it right and doing it right–no matter how many tries it might take or how long it might take. The biggest tip I can offer is to be patient because no matter how well-planned a project is something will always happen to interrupt the schedule. Mother Nature seems to be the number one interrupter–so always have an alternative plan for those days when it is too wet or too cold or too hot….

Deck Update

It is still a work in progress, but the overall design is coming together nicely *smile* In this photo you can see where the TV is going to hang. I will give y'all are the details on the deck reveal blog--which I will have the hubby take those photos *wink*

It is still a work in progress, but the overall design is coming together nicely *smile* In this photo you can see where the TV is going to hang. I will give y’all all the details on the deck reveal blog–which I will have the hubby take those photos *wink*

Outside view of the deck walls

Outside view of the deck walls

I am totally crushing on these columns. This is one of those must-have-patience projects *wink*

I am totally crushing on these columns.

The new railing for the backdoor.

A sneaky peek of the new railing for the backdoor. I cannot wait to tell y’all about the colors we are using!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the latest happenings at Hathorn Hall. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about the front porch Easter decor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mudroom + Deck Update

View from the deck last night

View from the deck last night

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home improvement projects to gluten-free goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Hathorn Hall’s mudroom + utility room(s)–it is hard to explain the space, but it is two separate spaces…yet one space because there is no door between them…it’s complicated *wink*…and we are chatting about the deck project–which is currently happening. Don’t tell the hubby where I am…he thinks I am on a water break *smile*

View of the utility room from the kitchen.

Before photo–view of the utility room from the kitchen.

I really love my old house–it has character and quirkiness that can’t be found in new construction. Now, these charms do offer some challenges when it comes to home improvement projects, but the hubby and I accept and embrace them.

We chose to put the laundry room upstairs and to use this space as a catch-all for the downstairs. The hubby added the countertop because every miscellaneous room needs a place to work, sort, or just pile stuff on top of it *wink*

We chose to put the laundry room upstairs and to use this space as a catch-all for the downstairs. The hubby added the countertop because every miscellaneous room needs a place to work, to sort, or just a place to pile stuff *wink*

I have had the mudroom painted for a few months now…I just did not have the nerve to show y’all the color because it is a bright and fun color. Not the Pinterest gray and white palette. Not the popular colors you see on other blogs…and in magazines.

The color has a coastal + vintage feel. It has personality, and it demands to be noticed–to stand out. Not fade away into a sea of grays and neutrals. Why would Valspar offer so many colors, if it did not want us to embrace and experiment with hues?!?

Before--view of the mudroom space from the utility room area. I have decided that I want to keep the chair bench an the vintage bench, but I am going to be creating more useful organization for coats and dog leashes.

Before photo–view of the mudroom space from the utility room area. I have decided that I want to keep the chair bench and the vintage bench, but I am going to be creating more useful organization for coats and dog leashes.

Part of me wants to apologize that I went so far with my color choice. Part of me feels like I have done something wrong as a blogger and a designer–but the artist in me…the adventurer in me…says I should not apologize for daring to be bold, daring to embrace color, and daring to be me in a world of gray.

This door leads to the deck that is currently under construction. This space is long with a

The door leads to the deck that is currently under construction. This space is challenging to organize because it is long and a bit narrow with a catawampus ceiling. I want to take advantage of the large blank wall…and I have a few ideas up my sleeve…

After sorting through many paint samples, the hubby and I decided on this shade of coral.

After sorting through many paint samples, the hubby and I decided on Coral Reef. This shade of coral brightened up the entire space–and it needed it because there is only a door and no windows.

First things first, clear the space and paint the outside lines *smile*

First things first, clear the space and paint the outside lines *smile*

There was a lot of brush painting in this space because of all the character and charm. This room was once a porch--many moons ago!

There was a lot of brush painting in this space because of all the character and charm. This room was once a porch–many moons ago!

Experimenting with ceiling colors. We finally picked "Stillness" by Valspar. It is a whisper of sky blue and perfect companion to the Coral Reef.

Experimenting with ceiling colors. We finally picked “Stillness” by Valspar. It is a whisper of sky blue and a perfect companion to Coral Reef.

Progress being made--and the space is so much cheerier *smile*

Progress being made–and the space is so much cheerier *smile*

We removed the utility sink to make it easier to paint. I am on the look out for an old galvanized wash sink. As soon as I find it, the plastic one is going bye-bye *wink*

We removed the utility sink to make it easier to paint. I am on the look out for an old galvanized wash sink. As soon as I find it, the plastic one is going bye-bye *wink*

I just wanted to share the mess with y'all. Home improvement projects take over every room *wink*

I just wanted to share the mess with y’all. Home improvement projects take over every room *wink*

Now, that is all I am going to share of the mudroom + utility room because I am currently revamping them both because of the reality of winter and the new deck project. I realized that being cute + colorful wasn’t enough…I need more places to hang coats, dog leashes, and the hubby’s hat collection. I need a place for muddy boots and umbrellas. Don’t worry. I will show y’all the before finished and the new finished rooms *smile*

At the end of the day, home improvement is a not only a learning experience, but it is also an on-going one. My best advice is to be yourself and to not be afraid to admit that a brand new space isn’t working. Just sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and make a new plan!

The beginnings of the columns.

The beginning of the columns.

It is bright and sunny, and we are working like mad to get the job done before more rain gets here!

It is bright and sunny, and we are working like mad to get the job done before more rain gets here! I am 100% certain the rain will be here before we are finished haha

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It is a hot mess on the parking pad and in the backyard!

It is a hot mess on the parking pad and in the backyard!

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The hubby came up with a genius plan to keep the concrete steps...we wanted to take them out...but as I have stated before...this is an old house (built 1920) with lots of quirks.

The hubby came up with a genius plan to keep the concrete steps…we wanted to take them out…but as I have stated before…this is an old house (built 1920) with lots of quirks.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about a couple of projects at Hathorn Hall. It wasn’t easy sharing the bold color choice with y’all–but I do hope y’all love it as much as we do. I encourage all of you to go for bold and bring some cheer to your homes *smile*

We have the most gorgeous sunsets here in Northeast Tennessee, and our deck will be the best place to enjoy them *smile*

We have the most gorgeous sunsets here in Northeast Tennessee, and our deck will be the best place to enjoy them *smile*

 

Birmingham Home + Garden Show 2015

There was a fabulous crowd at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show on Saturday, February 14.

There was a fabulous crowd at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show on Saturday, February 14.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from special events to gluten-free goodness! Today on the blog, we are chatting about some of the happenings at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show 2015. My goodness! There was so much going on that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do first *wink* Now, let’s take a quick tour of what I found delightful and come back tomorrow for my top picks from the show.

The Home +Garden show definitely was not lacking on inspiration to get us started *smile*

The Home +Garden show definitely was not lacking on inspiration to get us started *smile*

Abby and I had a fun time visiting the show. She stopped and posed with her favorite diet beverage for a few folks. I admit that I am torn between Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Pepsi. They are both pretty fabulous *smile*

Abby and I had a fun time visiting the show. She stopped and posed with her favorite diet beverage for a few folks. I admit that I am torn between Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Pepsi. They are both pretty fabulous *smile*

I love this Dr. Pepper display! Two thumbs up!

I love this Dr. Pepper display! Two thumbs up for a sweet upcycle.

The Birmingham Home + Garden Show took over the BJCC for four days with nationally renowned experts in landscaping, outdoor living, home improvement, interior design, instructional how-to-seminars, give-aways, and more. The Western Supermarket was on the upper level of the BJCC, and it had some pretty delicious treats–from ice cream to sweet tea. This year the garden portion of the show was held on the upper level of the BJCC, where the garden designs were enhanced by natural light. Local design experts from Southern Botanicals, Trimm Landscape, Backyard Paradise, and Williams Landscape Services created gorgeous yard and garden displays to inspire the visitors. Hurry up, Spring!

Window World always delivers a great exhibit + knowledgeable folks to chat with potential customers about their window and door needs.

Window World always delivers a great exhibit + knowledgeable folks to chat with potential customers about their window and door needs.

I am thinking that Hathorn Hall is going to need a few window updates. Even though I absolutely adore the old windows, they are not very efficient.

I am thinking that Hathorn Hall is going to need a few window updates. Even though I absolutely adore the old windows, they are not very energy efficient.

Look at this cutie that was working at the Window World booth. Who wouldn't want to stop. sit a spell, and chat windows with this sweetie!

Look at this cutie that was working at the Window World booth. Who wouldn’t want to stop, sit a spell, and chat windows with this sweetie!

Lake Guntersville Pool & Patio had some gorgeous outdoor furniture. I am totally loving this sectional *smile*

Lake Guntersville Pool & Patio had some gorgeous outdoor furniture. I am totally loving this sectional *smile*

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So the hubby wants to create an outdoor space to accommodate a few of these, and I am thinking that it is a wonderful idea! Hurry up, Spring!!!!

Look at all the colors available for storage buildings from Star-Tec Builders. Guess which color I am crushing on? "Here at Star-Tec Builders we take pride in our quality and make it our primary goal to please our customers. We set ourselves apart from the competition as a leader in the portable building industry by having over 15 years of professional experience, using the highest quality products like Premium #1 T1-11 Pressure Treated Siding on all our treated buildings, providing outstanding customer service, while still offering our products at a competitive price."

Look at all the colors available for storage buildings from Star-Tec Builders. “Here at Star-Tec Builders we take pride in our quality and make it our primary goal to please our customers. We set ourselves apart from the competition as a leader in the portable building industry by having over 15 years of professional experience, using the highest quality products like Premium #1 T1-11 Pressure Treated Siding on all our treated buildings, providing outstanding customer service, while still offering our products at a competitive price.” My goodness! Superb quality + pink as a color choice = perfect option for that new garden shed *wink* Do y’all think the hubby would go for a pink garden shed? Hmmm

The cooking demonstrations were very popular at the show. I saw a lot of happy customers walking away with their new shiny pots and pans *smile*

The cooking demonstrations were very popular at the show. I saw a lot of happy customers walking away with their new shiny pots and pans *smile*

I was super excited to see all the pest control vendors because y'all know how much I hate bugs and spiders!

I was super excited to see pest control vendors because y’all know how much I hate bugs and spiders! Did I tell y’all the story about how I converted a regular light bulb to a mini Edison one? No? Okay, I will have to tell y’all that hilarious tale very soon–stay tuned and make sure you’re not drinking while reading it!

Just a little peek at one of my top picks.

Just a little peek at one of my top picks.

Be sure to check out the Facebook page to see a video of my demonstrating the Lady Ratchet Lopper from Ironwood Tools.

I had so much fun demonstrating the Lady Ratchet Lopper for Ironwood Tools.

The hubby needs this.

The hubby really needs a Little Giant Ladder System–because Christmas 2015 we are going ALL OUT!!!

"Beef, It's What's For Dinner"

“Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner”

Look at these beauties!

Look at these beauties!

No outdoor living space would be complete without a way to cook up some deliciousness .

No outdoor living space would be complete without a way to cook up some deliciousness .

Are y'all ready for warmer weather and cooking out with family and friends? I know I am!

Are y’all ready for warmer weather and cooking out with family and friends? I know I am!

The Home + Garden Show offered everything a renovator or new home builder needed.

The Home + Garden Show had so much to offer. Durante Home Exteriors was there inspiring passers-by with its incredible products–from siding to decks. Be sure to check out their website for more details. Click here.

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The Western Supermarket Food Pavilion was hopping with happy visitors sampling everything from ice cream to sweet tea.

I so want to tour Mayfield Dairy.

I so want to tour Mayfield Dairy in Athens, TN. Someone please tell the hubby that I promise to be good, if he will take me *wink*

This is a sneak peek of one of the top picks. Shhhh, that is all I can tell y'all today.

This is a sneak peek of one of the top picks. Shhhh, that is all I can tell y’all today.

John and Whitney Spinks from HGTV's Flipping the Block chatted with their attentive audience about 2015 design trends. Stay tuned to this blog and the sister blogs (VIP and S&S) for more photos and an exclusive interview with the Spinks.

John and Whitney Spinks from HGTV’s Flipping the Block chatted with their attentive audience about 2015 design trends. Stay tuned to this blog and the sister blogs (VIP and S&S) for more photos and an exclusive interview with the Spinks.

Posing for a few photos after the interview

Posing for a few photos after the interview

One last sneak peek of one of the top picks.

One last sneak peek of the top picks. I cannot wait to reveal my favorites!

More than 300 companies were represented at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show–many of them offered exclusive show-only deals. There were vendors showcasing everything from home improvement to speciality cookware. From what I witnessed, a lot of folks took home some great deals and ideas! Be sure to stay tuned to the blog and social media for the SSL’s Top Picks from the Birmingham Home + Garden Show 2015.

Abby and I before the show.

Abby and I before the show.

 

Transformation Tuesday: Ugly, Shiny Laminate to Farmhouse Ready

I must confess that projects are fun and addicting. IT feels good to transform the bland into something fabulous *smile*

I must confess that projects are fun and addicting. It feels good to transform the bland into something fabulous *smile* P.S. please ignore the hot mess in my basement…I have been on Pinterest looking for organization inspiration!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from random road trips to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, we are chatting about a transformation that took place in August–but just recently received its last coat of paint…I think…it’s complicated…Where was I? Oh, yes! Today, I want to give the reason why I made the change + the details on the how. So, go grab that cup of coffee and sit a spell!

This is the first photo of Hathorn Hall's kitchen that I took. I immediately fell  in love with the tall windows and ceilings. The countertops were not so grand, but an easy fix.

This is the first photo of Hathorn Hall’s kitchen that I took. I immediately fell in love with the tall windows and ceilings. The countertops were not so grand, but an easy fix.

I love the color of my cabinets. Normally, I  like painted/glazed cabinets--but this kitchen needed the warmth and anchor of the rich wood.

I love the color of my cabinets. Normally, I like painted/glazed cabinets–but this kitchen needed the warmth and anchor of the rich wood.

I knew the island and the kitchen needed a bit of personality when I first toured it. It is going to take time to get it to where I want it to be...but that is perfectly okay because I heart projects *smile*

I knew the island and the kitchen needed a bit of personality when I first toured it. It is going to take time to get it to where I want it to be…but that is perfectly okay because I heart projects *smile*

The countertop is just too shiny...I know...I just said too shiny...but there is a time and place for shiny *wink*

The countertop is just too shiny…I know…I just said too shiny…but there is a time and place for shiny *wink* P.S. Do y’all see Ziva’s furry paws? She loves to be everywhere I am!

I love all the storage my kitchen has and the layout works well.

I love all the storage my kitchen has and the layout works well. It just needs some color, organization, and a bit of wow!

Problem: ugly, shiny island countertop Solution: wood (as in farmhouse table)

Problem: ugly, shiny island countertop
Solution: wood (as in farmhouse table)

I decided that I wanted my bland, stock kitchen to look more farmhouseque--so I set out to create that look by transforming the island into a farmhouse table.

I decided that I wanted my bland, stock kitchen to look more farmhouseque–so I set out to create that look by transforming the island into a farmhouse table. The hubby is so great at interpreting my random thoughts into a beautiful product.

This was an easy and affordable transformation project.

This was an easy and affordable transformation project.

I love this wood glue.

I love this wood glue.

Tool of the trade--and totally worth the investment if y'all do a lot of projects.

Tool of the trade–and totally worth the investment if y’all do a lot of projects.

First we glued, then we nailed the tongue-and-groove planks directly to the old countertop. No reason to tear out + we wanted the extra height.

First we glued, then we nailed the tongue-and-groove planks directly to the old countertop. No reason to tear out + we wanted the extra height. See how shiny and reflective that countertop is! Blinding!!! P.S. we used two different kinds of glue…we ran out…and then improvised with what we had! #renovatorprobs

Making progress

Making progress

Now it is ready for trim.

Now it is ready for trim.

Nothing fancy--think farmhouse.

Nothing fancy–think farmhouse.

Ready for paint...and this is where it got tricky...because I love so many colors!

Ready for paint…and this is where it got tricky…because I love so many colors!

First things first--decide on wall color.

First things first–decide on wall color. P.S. We filled in a few of the larger “knots” with wood filler + the nail holes.

This is the color I thought I wanted because I loved it so much at Sloss Castle.

This is the color I thought I wanted because I loved it so much at Sloss Castle. See next photo for all the details.

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Long story short–transforming the island was easy…picking a color was not so easy. Honestly, I painted and glazed it over eight times…I lost count, but I think I finally got it…stay tuned for the final…well, final is a strong word *wink*…color reveal *smile*

Be sure to check out all the fabulous happenings on Instagram and Twitter. Don’t miss a random thing *smile*

 

 

 

 

 

Re-decorating Hathorn Hall’s Front Porch + Dining Room Sneak Peek

IMG_8040Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. If this is your first time visiting, we would like to extend a warm Southern welcome *smile* The rules of SSL are simple–grab a good cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea and sit a spell with us. That’s it *big smile*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about several things–from a sneak peek of Hathorn Hall’s dining room to the front porch fall decor I had to replace and fix due to some severe and blustery weather.

Now, it is time to sit a spell and enjoy the randomness of today. To be honest, most of my days are random and scattered, but that is perfectly okay because I am alive and kicking *cue Simple Minds*

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans.

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the details on paint, fabric, and more *smile*

I cannot wait to tell y'all all about the wine rack/buffet table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

I cannot wait to tell y’all all about the wine tasting table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y'all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y’all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a bit of severe weather here in Northeast Tennessee. The wind was terrible, and it took a toll on my cornstalks and other front porch fall decor. After the storms had all passed, I got busy with salvaging and re-decorating. Check out the original post about the fall decorating here. I did not want to invest too much into the project because I did not want to take from my winter plant or Christmas budgets.

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile*

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile* Notice the blue cooler–I finished the re-decorating and clean up just a couple of hours before we had a Saturday Football party *whew…cutting it close*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y'all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y’all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink* Notice that I did salvage the corn from the cornstalks and used them as “filler” for the pots + a few of the corn “leaves”–are they called leaves? Hmmmm….

I was super relieved  that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

I was super relieved that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the sneak peek of the dining room + more fall decorating. I really do love this time of year. Fall puts on the best color show *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

 

 

 

Building a Bookshelf with Crates, a Cabinet, and a Drawer

It is a work in progress.

Caution: Work in Progress. *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and explore the randomness of my home renovation and decorating. This time around, I am not focusing on a project list or a must-do-this-now list. Nope. I want styling this house to be fun–to be inspired. No plan. This time around, it is not just a house that the hubby and I are flipping–it is our home. Our home. And we want to decorate it with soul. I am on a mission to conquer the odd corners and awkward spaces at Hathorn Hall–starting with the bedrooms. Both of the guest rooms upstairs are similar in size and shape. Both have a wall of windows, tall ceilings,and the character of a house built in 1920. I really don’t want to do “period” furnishings…and I do not like everything to be all matchy-matchy. I adore junk…old junk. But…I do not want my home to look like a flea market…or one of those flea market finds magazines. Nope. I want my home to have a soul. And in order to accomplish that, I must incorporate personality, family treasures, and functional art pieces.

Lately, I have been on a mission to find old crates. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I knew that I wanted them. I used one in the "bookshelf" that I "built" for the guest room--which the hubby and I named Winston, after our home county in Mississippi.

Recently, I was on a mission to find old crates. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I knew that I wanted them. I did use one in the “bookshelf” that I “built” for the guest room–which the hubby and I named Winston, after our home county in Mississippi. The others will find a special place soon. *Old crate from Sampson Mountain General Store, owners Jeanie Braden and Greg Cash

I also had a collection of new crates that I got from Home Depot last year. I was using them in the master bedroom closet because I have no idea how I want it to look or be organized. The crates were basically working as laundry baskets. Believe me, the master closet is a hot mess...and it is really a hot mess since I took some of the crates for Winston's bookshelf!

I have a “collection” of new crates, which I was using in the master bedroom closet because I had and have no idea how I want it to look or be organized…the crates were basically working as laundry baskets. No real purpose. Believe me, the master closet was and is a hot mess…and it is really a hot mess since I took some of the crates for Winston’s bookshelf! I digress. As stated earlier, I do not like matchy-matchy, so finding different pieces to make the bookshelf was important. *New crates from Home Depot

At first, the hubby and I were going to build traditional bookshelves for the room. We had priced lumber and paint–the total for what we needed for the space was just over $250. Not bad…but for ordinary bookshelves…it seemed a bit much + I wanted more for less. So, I went shopping in my basement, other rooms in my house, and Sampson Mountain General Store in downtown Johnson City for pieces to create a bookshelf + display for my childhood treasures.

At first, I had all crates--different sizes and ages. It was pretty awesome looking, but lacked a wow factor. I took the crates down. No photos were taken. I should have taken some to show y'all--but when I am creating, I am in the zone *smile*

At first, I had all crates–different sizes and ages. It was pretty awesome looking, but lacked a wow factor. I took the crates down. No photos were taken. I should have taken some to show y’all–but when I am creating, I am in the zone *smile*

I am not sure how many times I stacked and re-stacked these crates. I just could not get the look I wanted…so, I went to my go-to place for junky treasures–Sampson Mountain General Store, which is literally two or three minutes from my house. Too close for the hubby’s comfort *wink* At the General Store, I found salvaged kitchen cabinets. Perfect. The one I used in my display still has the old cup hooks! I could not bear to take them out, so I just slid books in between them.

I wish I could give y'all great tips about stacking crates and cabinets, but I don't have any. The truth is it was trial and error. There was also a lot of standing back and thinking...shaking of the head...rubbing of the forehead...walking away. In the end, you just stack and re-stack until you are in love with the result *smile*

I wish I could give y’all great tips about stacking crates and cabinets, but I don’t have any. The truth is it was trial and error. There is also a lot of standing back and thinking…shaking of the head…rubbing of the forehead…walking away. In the end, you just stack and re-stack until you are in love with the result *smile* P.S. Do you see that cute, little clay house? It is by Beth Macre from HeartHomes on Etsy. I love all of her darling clay houses and owls…well, I love everything in her shop *smile*

This is a drawer from a dresser that the hubby converted into the vanity for the master bath. He had to remove a couple of interior drawers in order to get the plumbing to work. I will tell y'all about it on another day...anyway, as I was hunting in the basement, I stubbed my toe on this drawer. I took it as a sign to include it *wink*

This is a drawer from a dresser that the hubby converted into the vanity for the master bath. He had to remove a couple of interior drawers in order to get the plumbing to work. I will tell y’all about it on another day…anyway, as I was hunting in the basement, I stubbed my toe on this drawer. I took it as a sign to include it *wink*

All of the crates, the drawer, and the cabinet are in their original states. I did not paint, stain, or even sand. If I did, I would be removing their souls, their marks and their histories.

All of the crates, the drawer, and the cabinet are in their original states. I did not paint, stain, or even sand. If I did, I would be removing their souls, their marks and their histories.

I have enjoyed filling the crates and the cabinet with my favorite things. Good news is I still have space for more treasures and books!

I have enjoyed filling the crates and the cabinet with my favorite things. Good news is I still have space for more treasures and books; however, I am not sure if that is good news for the hubby *wink*

I am still debating on wall color for the Winston room. It needs to be a sweet and rich color. Something to bring out the whimsy in the room. I also want to add art above the crates...not necessarily paintings or framed pictures...but something that reminds me of Winston County and my childhood....

I am still debating on wall color for the Winston room. It needs to be a sweet and rich color. Something to bring out the whimsy in the room. I also want to add art above the crates…not necessarily paintings or framed pictures…but something that reminds me of Winston County and my childhood….

Each and every item on display has a meaning and a story. These little things keep me connected to my roots. They make me smile. And that is what decor in one's home should do *smile*

Each and every item on display has a meaning and a story. These little things keep me connected to my roots. They make me smile. And that is what decor in one’s home should do *smile*

I did not nail, screw or even glue these crates together; however, the "bookshelf" is sturdy. I like to change things up too much.

I did not nail, screw or even glue these pieces together because I like to change things up. During Christmas, there will be a tree in this corner…shhh, don’t tell the hubby *wink* Even though there is nothing holding the shelves together (except laws of Physics…I think it is the laws of Physics…Newton, perhaps, mentioned something about things sticking together…or was that Einstein…)–where was I? Oh, yes! The “bookshelf” is sturdy.

My collection of paper dolls.

My collection of paper dolls.

IMG_6824 Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about building a display/bookshelf from crates + cabinet + drawer. I encourage all of you to get creative with your furnishings and create something with soul. Now, I am off to work on my writing area. It is definitely a work in progress!

So far, I have decided to use a vintage ironing board as a magnet board. I also found an old window frame and a louvre door...but I am not sure if they will make the final cut.

So far, I have decided to use a vintage ironing board as a magnet board. I also found an old window frame and a louvre door…but I am not sure if they will make the final cut. P.S. I cannot wait to tell y’all about that lamp–it was a fabulous find!