How to Build a Potting Bench Part II - Add a Roof

Last summer I built a potting bench.  I shared the step by step details HERE.  I wanted a roof over it and had planned to build something rather substantial but, as usual, I had tried to cram too many projects into my very short summertime window of opportunity for building...  This is what I came up with:

In the Spring Garden

It seems like forever since I've been in my garden, but Spring has returned!!!! Every weekend has been rainy so last weekend and this weekend I darted in and out between rainstorms to get the work of cleaning up the yard done.  Come visit with me!


I am in oops paint heaven! When I was in the local Benjamin Moore store, picking out my kitchen cabinet paint for my next big project, I came across this fabulous deep aqua oops paint. I couldn't wait to get home and pick out my target!!!

I settled on my country red step stool.  It no longer fits in the aqua-fied mudroom that I've created.  I really love the dip dye trend.  I've been pinning away all the wonderful projects I've seen and here was the perfect opportunity for me to try it out with my fresh, happy teal-aqua-turquoise-whatever-we're-calling-it-today oops paint.

Here's how the step stool looked yesterday:

Affordable, Easy DIY Floor for the Mudroom

Here we go again, another mudroom update!  After I painted the floor around my laundry sink, I HAD to do something about the mudroom floor. A flyer from Home Depot convinced me, groutable peel & stick tile was the way to go! And I am in love with my new floor.

Make a Plain Cabinet into a Pie Safe!

I adore pie safes. The look, the romance of bygone times, the smell of freshly baked pie in my mom's kitchen... mmmmmm delightful!

I've wanted a pie safe forever, but they don't ever seem to turn up for sale around here.  Sigh.  What to do.  A few weeks ago, I got an email from  D. Lawless Hardware offering me whatever I wanted from their stock to build something cool with.  When I saw the pie safe tin on their site I was so excited!!!  I picked out the old fashioned wheat sheaf pattern and got 4 of them.

I knew I wanted to create a pie safe, but I didn't know which cabinet to pick.  Then my eye settled on the unfinished pantry cabinet in my kitchen.  I've been searching for a way to dress up the plain jane door I built for it.  It just didn't do much for the cabinet and it certainly wasn't as charming as the shutter doors that I used on the top half.

A Visit With Terry's Blinds

Recently Terry's Blinds approached me to do an interview for their Designer Insights feature.  Terry's Blinds is an online company based in the UK and they have a fabulous website full of tips and tricks and design ideas.