Family Furniture Upgrade {Coat Rack for the Kitchen}

Hey everyone,

 I guess you’re wondering, coat rack? Kitchen? What? Didn’t you hang up a little one just a while ago? And you would be correct. I have a super cute little wall rack that we hung next to our back door in the kitchen. It worked for a while and matched the room perfectly. And then, one day while I was frantically (and unrealistically) cleaning before people came over, it all came crashing down…literally.

Just as I was about to shower, and our guests were about to arrive, there was a great crash from the kitchen. Imagine my surprise when our freshly cleaned kitchen soon became a heap of coats, jackets, and scarves, all minutes before our guests were to arrive. I was not pleased. I may or may not have re-drilled and hung that sucker in place, all while wearing a towel in my hair. 

Well, this became a regular experience. Every few weeks the rack would fall, I would curse it and just put it back up. And of course, every time I stuck the sucker in, I was terrified it would fall while people would be over. This is not a way to live, people! Enter: new coat rack.

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This coat rack was purchased by my mother over twenty years ago. It stayed in my parents old home for years, collecting coats at the holidays and even serving as the first place she took orders for her old business. When my parents moved to their new home, it just didn’t have a place. They tried to put him all around the house and it just didn’t quite work. So, he was relegated to the garage. I asked if I could take him home and now, he’s ours.

He’s great as is, but we really don’t have those wood tones in the house (nor are they my favorite) so I figured a good spray down would pep him up and make a great addition to the kitchen. But boy, oh, boy, did I underestimate just how much paint he would take! I had a can and a half of white satin Vaspar spray paint at the ready, after giving a good coat or two of white primer. However, I barely got through half of the piece before my primer can ran out! It was like he was drinking up all the paint! I had to quickly run to Lowes and grab another can of primer, where just to be safe I also picked up an extra can of white satin paint. Because of this trip, I ended up painting into the evening.

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I’m sure my neighbors who were out grilling dinner appreciated the ambient noises of the spray paint cans. But hey, I was determined to finish this guy.

So I finished all my coats (so I thought) and left him out for the evening to dry and remove the nasty smell of spray paint before bringing him inside. The next day, I enlisted Scott in helping me carry him back into the house, upon which we discovered that I missed a few spots! Shocker, painting in the almost dark doesn’t pay off? I should have known.

So we had to drag him back outside and prop him up so I could get the last few bits. This was actually a blessing in disguise, because it gave me extra time to put a few more coats on the hardware. I used the Valspar hammered finish color in a black metallic, which smells AWFUL but leaves a great sheen on metal. And though brass and gold is coming back in, and I do love a good gold piece, it will not be coming into the kitchen in high quantities. So after wrestling with the hardware (it was so easy to take OFF the hardware and nearly impossible to put back on), I decided to carry that sucker in on my own. Needless to say, I was super excited to be done with the project and finally have a proper home for all our jackets and scarves.

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Hopefully, you can bear with me and my unstaged photo. I was just so excited to have the project done, I didn’t close the drawer or hide our junk. Can you see why we needed this piece? I love it’s scale and how the darker hardware looks on the white.

So two full cans of primer and two cans of paint later, we’ve got ourselves a new coat rack for the kitchen. He’s already fulfilling his job requirements and fits in nicely with our shoe organizer. Happy to have him, and a bit of family love, in our house!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

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Green Thumb, Homegrown {Potted plants and garden update}

Hey ya’ll!

I must be on some sort of break to be posting in the middle of the week! I’ve recently been working with my grandmother on updating all the potted plants around our deck. They looked a little sad before, reminiscent of the commercial where the girl kills all her potted plants until she finds a certain potting soil. I had pots stacked in pots, old soil sitting and waiting for a new inhabitant, and then the very sad, burned up evergreen. It definitely wasn’t forever-green after our horribly hot summer last year. Many of my other potted friends didn’t make it through the summer, either. They have to be VERY hardy and take more than just full sun. Our deck is not only always sunny, but it takes in a ton of heat, so the flowers have to be okay with dry soil from time to time. My previous choices, with the exception of three plants, didn’t make the cut. I will spare you the pictures of the sad, dried up variety and only provide you with the happy, finished product ones! This is mostly to appease my own vanity, as I now can’t believe I left our deck looking so sad and dry when it looks so happy now.

 

 

Best plant in this picture: My great-grandmother's rose bush is in the top, largest pot. This little lady has moved with us twice, but has lived at many other houses. She's a resilient plant.

Best plant in this picture: My great-grandmother’s rose bush is in the top, largest pot. This little lady has moved with us twice, but has lived at many other houses. She’s a resilient plant.

 

This is when a plant rack doubles as a little scenery diffuser. Our neighbors are very close and very cluttered. You know how I feel about clutter. By putting this many post (nine on the shelves, one on the stand and one on the ground), I've diffused that view from our back door. Thank goodness.

This is when a plant rack doubles as a little scenery diffuser. Our neighbors are very close and very cluttered. You know how I feel about clutter. By putting this many post (nine on the shelves, one on the stand and one on the ground), I’ve diffused that view from our back door. Thank goodness.

 

Well, townhouses are quite close to their neighbors, aren't they? We have darling neighbors on this side, so no need for privacy there. Just one stand and two big guys on the ground.

Well, townhouses are quite close to their neighbors, aren’t they? We have darling neighbors on this side, so no need for privacy there. Just one stand and two big guys on the ground.

 

And if some of these plant stands look familiar to you, it’s because we’ve used and reused them so many different times. They were originally purchased from Ikea as barstools in our first apartment. When we moved back to our hometown, we no longer had a bar that needed stools, but we did have a garden that needed stands! I painted them black and placed them in the garden. They moved to this house in their black form and even stayed that way for two years. But after several years of wear and tear, they needed a little love.

 

Yeah, that's just not cutting it.

Yeah, that’s just not cutting it.

 

So, with lots of cleaning, elbow grease, and a left over can of spray paint. These two stools got a little love and a brand new life in bright green and bright blue. I actually like that they don’t match, because that leaves room for my old smoking table to also get a facelift.

 

This was from my great uncle's house. We're not smokers, nor do we need a "smoking table" in our home. But its strong metal base and larger top made it a perfect plant stand. After a winter outdoors it started to crumble, rust, and just look awful. It needed several coats of bright blue love, but it looks amazing now.

This was from my great uncle’s house. We’re not smokers, nor do we need a “smoking table” in our home. But its strong metal base and larger top made it a perfect plant stand. After a winter outdoors it started to crumble, rust, and just look awful. It needed several coats of bright blue love, but it looks amazing now.

 

So our deck of flowers is really coming together! Just in time for spring to almost be over. Yikes, where does the time go? I still have plans for a few flower boxes on the railings of our deck and one more big pot to be filled and placed. I’ll have to update about my little garden next time. It has some work coming its way too!

 

XOXO,

Ashley