Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Repurposed for Outside Living

One of my favorite ideas to do for outside is to create a table out of a large stone and an overturned pot.
 I'm not sure if I want to paint this pot bottom, or leave it all chippy, cause I kinda like it beat up and chippy.

 That stone is a huge piece of very old slate that came out of an very old sidewalk in Philadelphia that my husband had torn up. I wanted him to keep it there for historical reasons but he wouldn't hear of it.
So I made him bring a truckload of the broken up slate sidewalk home to me and I created a grotto down in the gully of the back yard for flowers and statues. I will post about that project later. I also use the small pieces of slate to create signs. More on that later too.
Back to today...

Today I  spruced up the side wall of the shed out back, which was looking a bit shabby.

Below is the side wall that I wanted to make pretty. She's just not rockin my socks lookin like this:

As I was contemplating ... My overambitious brain burns with ideas,  but the vintage body doesn't always follow.
I got this idea to hang a group of birdhouses on the side of it. Now this seemed easy.... And it was.
...Done in 15 minutes.
Bada Bing, Bada Bang, Bada Boom

All the items came  from around the house,
I was thinking about painting some of them all white because some are chippy and faded, but I changed my mind the more I looked at them. They each have their own individual charm just the way they are.
Each has it's own story to tell.
One taken from an outdated calender, far to pretty to toss with the days gone by from 2003! and an old cross purchased on ebay at least ten years ago by a man who makes them out of old parts.

One my youngest made me many years ago.

A chippy grey one found at a thrift, used for a long time as a tealight holder. and a little feeder , around for years.

A lighthouse feeder from my son

The bottom cross was a gift and I never got the clock to work, so this is an ideal spot.

The fun is the repurposing of all these items that I found in the garage and the shed, during Spring cleanup.
Which once again proves the fun in shopping your own house, and grouping items together for some cohesive design.
I love the way the side looks now all decorated. Can't wait for the rose bush to bloom. It has one flower and a zillion buds!!

I just have to add some annuals, and fresh mulch. But at least we have begun!!
It's been cold and rainy here in Jersey!! Last year we were done with the outside by April 15th because of nice weather. This year was a long slow winter and wet, rainy spring. We always have so much dirt and leaves to clean up in New Jersey.

The flowers are always blooming in Florida

 I wonder, how's the weather been in your neck of the woods?
Do you live where it is always nice? Like Florida, or Australia.
 Or do you come out of hibernation from a long cold winter in the Northeastern, or Northwestern U.S., and bang away preparing for the warmer weather ?

Do you have big plans for your yard? And does it get messy in the winter?

My 15 minutes this morning lifted my spirits.

Have a great Day and thanks for stopping by!

posting at:
Trash to Treasure
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays No.63

Censational girl's Outside Ideas Party
Transformation Thursday


  1. I think you made some really cute changes! I agree that your bird houses have a lot of character just the way they are!

  2. i love your shed!! thanks so much for your very kind comment on my blog!
    cheryl x

  3. Very cute shed, love all the details and love your stone table too! Thanks for dropping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

  4. looks great :) you have a lot of fun stuff laying around.

  5. Such a great selection of bird houses, they look wonderful arranged as they are on the wall.

  6. ooooh, I really like this! I like finding new uses for old things. We have SO much yard work to do around here, if it would ever stop raining!! Everything is soaked and muddy. I wish it would stop, this is supposed to be spring, and we had a rough winter...!

  7. fantastic! love those birdhouses/crosses on your shed, it definitely spruces up the space and adds some pop. mission accomplished, i'd say!

  8. Hi Eileen...thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my back porch. I am in love with your shed! I have one in my back yard and it sure could use a face lift. Thanks for the inspiration. Your beach cottage is delightful. Have a great weekend...~Ann

  9. Looks cute! It gives me ideas for the side of my shed!

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