Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rainy Day Makeovers

Yesterday it rained all day long here! I usually don't stay home all day, but the slow rain made it a good day just to stay home and work on some projects. First, I put my ferns out so they could get a good watering. Then, before the rain started in, I spray painted a few things that needed a face lift. I had to move them to the shed before they were dry...and it took a little longer for them to dry because of the damp weather.
My daughter is having a Southern Living at Home party this weekend, and I'm helping her with some projects to get her home ready. She bought this picture for her screened porch at a recent garage sale.
She wanted it to be updated a little, so here it is with a new coat of none other that black! After looking at all the projects on blogs, I just couldn't picture it any other way.
Here is a rattan bird cage that I found at a yard sale a few weeks ago. I thought about painting it to match my porch.
But since I had the black paint out anyway.....I gave it a coat or two of black!

We may use it to decorate Kelli's porch, but for now and for the photo I put it on top of the new garage sale cabinet. I really like the contrast of the green plant and black. If she doesn't want to keep it for her porch, it may end up here.
So, there you have it! That's how I spent my rainy day...painting, blogging, washing clothes, etc! The rain finally stopped around 4 pm., and I decided to go to aerobics. How do you spend your rainy days? I'm hoping the sun will come out tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!


Southern Lady said...

Diane, it sounds ... and looks ... as if you had a productive rainy day. I love all your black accessories. Doesn't it make a difference!

I spent yesterday trudging all over Jackson in the rain, questioning my sanity. I literally had to "wade" into Hobby Lobby, and then I didn't even buy anything!

I think we're supposed to get a little sunshine our way today which will be nice.

Hope your day is a good one.



a day in the life of bella said...

I have some spray painting to do but it might ran today, so it will have to wait.

Your things look so pretty! Love that cage :)


HeathahLee said...

I love the bird cage! I seriously need to start scouring yard sales!

Found you through Debbie's Blog Around the World...I'm at the top of Mississippi near Memphis. We had lots of rain all day yesterday, too. I hated I couldn't get out my spray paint! : )

A Hint of Home said...

I love the items painted black. They look so rich. Good job on them.

Gretchen said...

Amazing what a little can of spray paint can do! It just refreshes everything.


Jan and Tom's Place said...

Hi Diane,

What a productive Rainy Day you had! And everything looks so nice!

We've hardly had any rain in weeks I don't know how I'd spend a rainy day! Well, with all the rooms that still need painting, or the sewing that needs to be done, or the re-decorating that's in mid-stream, or the painting/re-finishing of all of our "goodies" waiting in the garage..........well...I guess I do know how I'd spend a Rainy Day in Michigan!


Dawn said...

I love rainy days. In the summer you can not go anywhere because Cape Cod Summer traffic on a rainy day is enough to drive you crazy!!

I like to knit! It's much safer!

I really like Kelli's print. It's looks great with the black frame. The bird cage looks great too. You did a nice job.

take care,

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Diane,

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a rainy day to me! I love all of the finds and that birdhouse and picture look terrific with the black paint. You have me eyeing a few things in my place now ;)


Kim's Treasures said...

Hi Diane! Well it looks like the rain is headed here for the day. I plan to dust, do laundry, make yo-yo's, work on a Christmas gift, blog of course and order pizza for dinner. I love how your birdhouse looks with its new coat of paint!
Have a great day!

Nancy said...

Good Morning Diane, Oh, how I love a rainy day. Nothing puts me in a mood to cook more than a rainy day. I like to cook a pot roast, or meatloaf, sometimes chili, just what ever. I always bake a cake on a rainy day, well I could go on and on.....
I love what that black paint did to that picture and I love your bird cage. I had one very similar to yours and I gave it to my mom, I want it back, but she loves it too much. I think my mom and I are alot like you and your daughter, we are always trading house stuff, its kinda like having a place to store my stuff till I want it back...LOL:) but sometimes she won't give it the bird cage...LOL:)
well, I have talked way to long...Blessings to you today, Nancy

Marie said...

Your birdcage looks GREAT! I really like your daughter's birdhouse picture too. The black frame looks awesome.

Today we are having a rainy day as well. I have bathrooms to clean. Isn't that exciting for a rainy day? ;o)

3CHEERS4MOM said...

Hi Diane,
WOW! I love the black accessories. It is amazing what a little paint can do. I am going to go to Michels today to find the Rub n Buff, I can't wait to use it!!!
-Cheers, Amy

Darlene said...

Oh, I love all of your NEW black accessories!! They turned out great. I have a couple of larger pieces of furniture I am trying to spray paint and it has been rainy here....we have sure needed it. So, they are kind of on hold.

Rue said...

We need a rainy day here, badly!

It sounds as though it was a great day and you got a lot done too :)

Everything looks beautiful.

rue :)

Shelia said...

Good morning, Diane! I need some of those vitamins you're taking! LOL Wow, you were certainly a busy girl yesterday. Your ferns are just beautiful and I love all of your blackness and that birdcage! It' so pretty! I love what you did with your daughter's picture frame!! I'm tired now just thinking of all your little jobs. Thanks for coming to see me and approving of my sofa!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Berry's Patch said...

Hi Diane,

I love rainy days. We don't have many of them here. I love your bird cage on top of your cabinet and your ferns are beautiful. Have a wonderful day!

Brandee :-)

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Diane, It appears you got a lot done, even on a rainy day! I hope you will post pics of Kelli's porch when you finish it! With all of these great finds, it will be so pretty! Love the picture with the bird houses!

Hugs, Rhonda :)

sk said...

I'm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi... it has rained all day for the past two days and I LOVE it! It makes the house feel so warm and comfy, reminds me of fall and winter... if only... *sigh* :)

Love what you did with the bird house! ~sharon

nikkicrumpet said...

Black spray paint is our friend! You did a great job. Both projects look wonderful.

Brenda Kula said...

I love all your finds! And I especially love what you did with them. Sure perked them up a lot. I've always wanted a screened-in porch. Maybe someday... I love rainy days. And I especially love staying home, rainy or not!

Barb said...

Hi Diane,

You did have a very productive rainy day. We could sure use some rain here, very dry monsoon season.

I like what you did with your goodies. Nothing beats a good can of paint.

Have a wonderful day.


countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Diane...I love how you painted everything!!! The black makes them look so rich. I just found another bird cage at the thrift store yesterday....might have to get out the black paint!!!


Alex said...

The birdhouse picture is very cute!

Libby said...

Great makeovers! Can't wait to get some os mine underway!

Blessings to you and yours,

a beach cottage said...

oooh I love days like that, pottering around, painting stuff, blogging a bit and seeing how all the finds turned out

I can't believe how good the birdcage looks, can you imagine how much that would cost in a high-end shop, or a regular shop for that matter, I really like that, in fact everything looks great, I am gonna get myself a can of black for a little bit of contrast here at the cottage

oh and I missed the buffet post, I think black would look nice but then I love that vintage distressed colour too

Jeanne said...

Diane I need a rainy day to do some catch up projects around here. I am loving your black paint. The birdhouse picture looks great. The bird cage too. It is amazing how things change with black paint especially.

We were gone all day so my visiting is behind again. I have to admit keeping up, is a time consuming task. A pleasant task though.

I need to clean my closet, maybe it will rain tomorrow. Smile.

Love, Jeanne

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I wish we would get some rain. We don't get any rain here during the summer at all! I can't wait until mid-October when it will start up again!

I love your projects! You paint black and I paint white and they both make a huge difference for the better!

Melissa Wertz said...

Diane, that looks very good! Good indeed.

Michelle said...

What a productive rainy day! I love the transformation, especially the bird cage! I'm feeling the need to spray paint something ..


Blissful Nikki said...

love the bird cage!! I still havent finished mine! Haven't been to hobby lobby yet! :) But I did post a new art project today! :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Diane, Copy away...LOL! My pears are probably a variation of someone else's! LOL! ~Rhonda :)