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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Shabby Chic

. . . at least, I think it might qualify as shabby chic. It's still a work-in-progress.


About 50 years ago, someone gave my father a mantle from a house that was being demolished in Old Southwest in Roanoke. He stored it in the cabin on the farm. Even though it was oak, it was in pretty sad shape.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I loaded it into my truck. . .


. . . and brought it home where I cleaned it up a bit.


I'd planned to refinish it, but I couldn't get all the white paint off.


I worked on it off and on the past couple of years, but mostly the old mantle lingered in my, uh, project pile on the patio.


Lately, I started imagining what the old mantle might become, so I started working on it again. I sanded it some more and painted it off-white.


However, I have no place to put this mantle anywhere in the house. Then it occurred to me that maybe I could fix up a little area of the patio to incorporate it as a design element. So I got to work. After the paint was dry, I added a wallpaper border. I imagined how it would look with some furniture around it to encourage folks—or more likely my cats and I—to sit a spell.

I have a lot of old furniture—like a little rocker my great-great grandfather made.


I have a lot of plants on the patio, some of which—like a fern that I found last fall at the dumpster—might look pretty good with the old mantle. I started experimenting.


I'm not done yet. It's still a work-in-progress. 

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3 Comments:

Blogger Kimberly said...

I love it!!!

6:31 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

Dang, that is pretty terrific. I like that. A lot!

7:37 PM  
Blogger R.M. said...

Beautiful, what a great place to put your mantle - love the 'doll' furniture, too.

10:09 AM  

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