Repurposing an Old Gate

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are throwing it back to a Sloss Castle project–one of my favorite repurposed projects. So, grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell with me today as we chat about repurposing junk.

If you’ve been following along with my house adventures,  you know that Sloss Castle was a hot mess when we bought her. She had all kinds of junky gems hidden under a thick blanket of leaves…and one of those treasures was an old, chain link gate.

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I have a confession to make. I love old, rusty junk. It calls me. It gets me. We get each other. The hubby knows about my love affair with junk. He gets me. I also love flower gardening and being outside in my gardens. So, the hubby had the grand idea of combining both of my loves together into an arbor for the wisteria vine I was trying to tame.

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At first, I was going to leave the wood and gate in their natural colors, but they just faded away…I couldn’t have that!  So, paint to the rescue.

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Whew! Looking back over these photos is making me tired! Bless it…We conquered and tamed a lot at Sloss Castle,  and I’m so glad that Hathorn Hall is not a hot mess! I’m still trying to figure out HH’s odd spaces…and waiting on inspiration to strike…but thank goodness…the hubby and I only have to personalize her and not give her a full body–inside and out–makeover!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my love affair with junk. Go out and find a junky treasure to call your own *smile*

Come Sit a Spell in the Parlor

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine.  Today on the blog, we are going to sit a spell in my parlor and chat about its character, old Southern charm,  and its potential. I’m thinking we should serve sweet, iced tea in the parlor *said with a Southern drawl*

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When you enter through the massive wood front door, turn to your left to see the gorgeous, restored pocket doors that lead to the hubby’s office.

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A little collage of crosses…I’d like to make a few more…find a few more…time will tell *smile*

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Another view of the pocket doors. I just love them! I wish I were a better photographer so I could capture better details of them for y’all.

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Once you step inside the house,  the fireplace greets you. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep the chair in that spot, but I needed somewhere to put it…and the basement didn’t seem like a good idea!

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Another perspective of the parlor and its layout.  It’s a big room…and it deserves attention…I’m just not sure how to decorate its awkward shape. But I’m trying *smile*

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This corner has me bumfuzzled…I like the Walter Anderson paintings on either side of the fireplace…but I’m not sure what to put on the blank wall….

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I love, love, love the curved walls…but with what do I adorn them…if anything? Suggestions are welcome, so please feel free to share ideas or your own curved wall challenges. *smile*

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A little close up of the curved baseboards. I love the dark, rich stain against the warm stain of the floors.

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Cute little wall sconces…they add just the right amount of light for evening sitting…with a good book.

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Ziva, our Giant Schnauzer and big baby, insisted on napping in the parlor while I snapped photos for y’all.  It was thundering outside, so she decided to stick close to her mom.

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I stacked up a couple of old trunks and added a Walter Anderson painting to the space by the front door.

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I love this old dresser…I started to refinish it, but decided I loved it as is. It just needs gussin’ up with some pottery…Note to Self: look for a local pottery artist.

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Y’all know I love windows…big windows! This set of three overlooks the wraparound front porch.

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Warm meets cool…white ceilings would have been too stark for the room…I needed to cozy up the space…bring the height down a bit and highlight the mouldings.

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today in my parlor. There’s still some work and decorating to be done, but I don’t want to rush it because this charming space deserves pretty things *smile*

Easy DIY Using 4 x 4 Posts

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Hey, y’all!  Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about a super easy DIY using 4 x 4 posts. So, go grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell.

During the renovation of my last house, I found lots of old posts underneath my back porch. It was a total score because I’ve used the posts from everything from wooden presents to support posts for counter tops.

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Now, that is enough chitchat–here’s the deets on making your own wooden presents.

1. Purchase new posts from any home improvement store or use old posts.

2.  Cut them in various sizes using anything from a miter saw to an old-fashioned hand saw.

3. Leave them natural or paint them. It is totally up to you.

4.  Top off your wooden blocks with bows–just like real presents!

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Luckily, my posts were weathered white...so I just added a little twine, fabric roses, and burlap.

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Old posts + burlap = adorable

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about an easy DIY that has limitless possibilities! 

Fence Weaving and Painting

The hubby used treated deck boards to create the basket-weave fence.

The hubby used treated deck boards to create the basket-weave fence. I helped a little, but he did most of the work *smile* I did enjoy using the nail gun…gotta love a girl that can handle the power tools *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Today on the blog we are going to chat about the fence project at the new house and take a peek inside my mudroom, which is a work in progress…but then again…my entire house is a work in progress!

The hubby decided that the fenced area needed a little bit of lighting. It is just enough to light the perimeter and the gates. After we finish the deck, I am going to create some upcycled, fun lights for the fenced area and the deck.

The hubby decided that the fenced area needed a little bit of lighting. It is just enough to light the perimeter and the gates. After we finish the deck, I am going to create some upcycled, fun lights for the fenced area and the deck.

Once the fence had properly dried, we headed to Home Depot to pick up sample paints.

Once the fence had properly dried, we headed to Home Depot to pick up sample paints.

Sweet Sorghum Living Outdoor Painting Tips:

1.  Use leftover pieces of wood from your project to test the paint colors.

2.  Don’t be shy about getting several paint samples to test.

3.  Once you have your test pieces painted, live with them for a few days.

4.  Check them at different times of the day in order to get a feel of how the color will change throughout the day.

5. Poll your neighbors, friends, and family for their color picks.

6.  If you live in a historical home, check out colors that would have been used during the time period of your home.

6.  At the end of the day, pick a color that makes you happy and works well with the surroundings.

The hubby applying Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing All-In-One Wood Stain and Sealer in Chocolate. Whew! That was a mouthful *wink* I love this color...but I am thinking more deck than fence.

The hubby applying Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing All-In-One Wood Stain and Sealer in Chocolate. Whew! That was a mouthful *wink* I love this color…but I am thinking more deck than fence. *P.S. I think the hubby would make a nice hand model *smile*

Creating more test pieces because the first two sample paints we brought home just did not have the wow factor for which we were looking.

Creating more test pieces because the first two sample paints we brought home just did not have the wow factor for which we were looking.

The sample paints we picked out to test were all Behr Premium Weather Proofing All-In-One. We tested both the semi-tranparent and the solid color wood stains.

The sample paints we picked out to test were all Behr Premium Weather Proofing All-In-One. We tested both the semi-tranparent and the solid color wood stains.

From top to bottom: semi-tranparent in Chocolate, solid color in Woodland Green, solid color in Mountain Spruce, semi-transparent in Wedgewood, and semi-transparent in Mountain Spruce

From top to bottom: semi-transparent in Chocolate, solid color in Woodland Green, solid color in Mountain Spruce, semi-transparent in Wedgewood, and semi-transparent in Mountain Spruce

After several days of observing and moving the boards around, we had narrowed it down to two--Woodland Green and Mountain Spruce.

After several days of observing and moving the boards around, we narrowed it down to two–Woodland Green and Mountain Spruce.

And the winner is....Woodland Green! It was the perfect color to complement our house and its surroundings. There is still some touch-up painting left to do and some landscaping (which I am thinking dark greens, yellows, pinks)...and a deck to build...but we are getting there slowly, but surely *smile*

And the winner is….Woodland Green in the solid color stain! It is the perfect color to complement our house and its surroundings. There is still some touch-up painting left to do and some landscaping (which I am thinking dark greens, yellows, pinks)…and a deck to build…but we are getting there slowly, but surely *smile*

I am really loving the fence–the style and the color. The fur babies are also loving it–running around free from the leashes! I am so very thankful and blessed to have a handy hubby who truly enjoys creating and building. Most days, we make a pretty good duo *smile*

Sneak peek inside the mudroom

 

I am guessing by all the oddities of the mudroom that it used to be a porch. I love its quirkiness, and I want to bring color and spunk to the space.

I am guessing by all the oddities of the mudroom that it used to be a porch. I love its quirkiness, and I want to bring color and spunk to the space.

I am currently installing wall art and bringing in furniture pieces. Once I figure out what I want in the room and where I want it all to be, I will decide on paint color.  I am leaning toward the color I used in the shiny, happy basement at Sloss Castle–Lime Sorbet by Glidden. It will be a tough decision because the mudroom flows into the utility room which is directly off the kitchen. Bad news is there is no door between the kitchen and the utility room because the original door was damaged…keep in mind this is a 1920 home so the hubby and I will have to go on a hunt for a door–or build a swinging door…Whew! As stated earlier, the entire house is a work in progress!

Thanks for sitting a spell me today as we explored outside painting tips, the basket-weave style fence, and all the projects I have running around in my head! I will be on a road trip for several days–so I am going to attempt to mobile blog…just in case I fail at my attempt…follow all the road tripping excitement on my social media 🙂

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Sweet and Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff with a little Transformation Tuesday

 

It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I'd get red. And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head. I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."--Johnny Cash

It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I’d get red. And some guy’d laugh, and I’d bust his head. I tell ya, life ain’t easy for a boy named “Sue.”–Johnny Cash (handmade, cross-stitched lovely by Logan McClelland of Sweet & Dirty’s)

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Thanks so much for visiting us today. If your old friends, you know what to do–but if this is your first time with us–the rules are simple:

1. Grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine.

2. Sit a spell with us.

That’s it! We like to keep things simple around here. Speaking of simple, one of my favorite authors said it best–“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” Thank you, Henry David Thoreau, for reminding us that we need to slow down and pare down.

Blue Plum Festival 2014

Blue Plum Festival 2014 in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee–entry to the food court area

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter and I had the best time at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. We spent hours checking out all the vendors and their goods–looking for handmade artisans and items that stood out from the rest. We attend so many arts and crafts festivals that sometimes all the booths and wares run together–or seem to all be the same. We found two adorable booths that grabbed our attention–and today, I am going to share one with y’all. Head over to the Vintage Inspired Passionista for the second vendor that wowed us. For second vendor that wowed us, click here.

Sweet & Dirty's Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

As we wandered the streets of downtown Johnson City looking for our favorite things, we spied the adorable Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff. We were drawn inside by the rows of cross-stitched sayings…some funny, some sweet, and some just stating it like it is. Of course, the name was also intriguing–how could an adorable little shop be sweet & dirty? After chatting with Logan McClelland and her mom, we knew the answer–it was a combination of her being called “Sweet Logan” and her husband being known as “Dirty”–nicknames given to them by friends. I wonder what combo name the hubby and I would have? Hmmm…Anyway…back to this adorable shop of goodness. Logan is a proud stay-at-home mom, who makes the most darling things using vintage and recycled materials. Y’all must go check out her Etsy shop and her Facebook page for more of the lowdown on Sweet & Dirty’s.

Etsy Shop:  Click here.

Facebook: Click here.

Now, it is time for Transformation Tuesday! 

This week, I want to take a look back at the curb appeal transformation of Sloss Castle–which was the massive renovation project that the hubby and I took on back in December 2012 with it ending in January 2014…just in time for us to get the freshly renovated house on the market and move…again…but that is a story for another day! 

When we first spotted Sloss Castle, it was covered up by overgrown bushes and ivy. The mullions on the windows screamed outdated, and the steps were just blah. It needed love...and we were willing to give it.

When we first spotted Sloss Castle, it was covered up by overgrown bushes and ivy. The mullions on the windows screamed outdated, and the steps were just blah. It needed love…and we were willing to give it.

We knew the house had the potential to shine–so we revealed its hidden beauty by clearing out the shrubbery, repairing the steps, and having the outside painted. We chose a lighter shade than the original to showcase the natural elements surrounding the house, we removed the mullions from all the windows to give the house a fresh, updated look, and the hubby built planter boxes for the steps to add a bit of height and interest–something to draw friends and family inside.

The hubby built six wooden planters for the steps. They are not attached--just designed to sit perfectly pretty.

The hubby built six wooden planters for the steps. They are not attached–just designed to sit perfectly pretty.

We painted the planters bright white to match the trim of the house. These containers are a perfect way to add pops of color to the ordinary brown steps.

We painted the planters bright white to match the trim of the house. These containers are a lovely way to add pops of color to the ordinary brown steps.

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This photo was taken Fall 2013--just after we had added new shrubs...and the leaves were in full show.

This photo was taken Fall 2013–just after we had added new shrubs…and the leaves were in full show. It is amazing what a little bit of hard work and a lot of patience can produce!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I hope that you enjoyed your rest, a look at the Sweet & Dirty, and a major Transformation Tuesday.

 

Chin Up Buttercup Because You Don’t Always Get What You Want

Chin Up Buttercup pillow from Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

Chin Up Buttercup pillow from Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

My goodness! It has been a long time since we have sat a spell and chatted. So much has happened since I put my running shoes on that I don’t even know where to start…Hmmmm…perhaps I should just make a brief list…and leave all the details and ins and outs for another day.

  • After I posted my last article “I’ve Got My Running Shoes On“–the little family and I kicked the renovation into high gear.
  • Lots of work, prayers, and breakdowns later–our house in Trussville, Alabama sold.
  • We were “homeless” for a few weeks because our house in Alabama sold before our house in Johnson City was ready–plus, there were several problems with paperwork–is my name really that hard to spell?
  • Moved into the new house–almost immediately painted the porch swing that my dad made me many moons ago bright pink.
  • Went to Stein Mart bought fun pillows–couldn’t resist the Chin Up Buttercup one because it was what I needed at that exact moment to remind me that God was right there with me–telling me that He had not left me…that I just needed to learn a few life lessons to make me a better, stronger person.
Paint Details--Valspar Duramax in Pantone Honeysuckle from Lowe's in Johnson City, Tennessee  Pillow Shams--Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee   Decorative Pillow--Stien Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

Paint Details–Valspar Duramax in Pantone Honeysuckle from Lowe’s

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This photo was taken just a couple of weeks after we moved into our home built in 1920.

The porch had me at "Hello" *smile*

The porch had me at “Hello” *smile*

Mattie and I taking a much needed rest on the front porch. We had been painting all day!

Mattie and I taking a much needed rest on the front porch. We had been painting all day! Well, I had been painting. Mattie had been playing and napping.

Well, I must be going because I have to decide which color to stain my new fence–decisions, decisions. Stay tuned to the blog and my social media for all the updates, projects, randomness, nonsense, and much more 🙂 Be sure to check out my weekly Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales at Real Media. 

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today, and in the famous words of the Rolling Stones–“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find–you get what you need.” So, chin up my buttercups 🙂