Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Spiderwort growing along our stone wall

Glorious isn't a word I use often but I'm using it today to describe the weather. It is my favorite kind of day: 67ยบ, beautiful and bright, and with a slight chill in the breeze. Here in New England we generally go from cold to hot but today it's Spring and I'm loving it.

Over the long weekend, my husband began one of the many projects on our list: the boys' room. He "demo'ed" one of the walls which had a phoney-baloney built-in. A wall had been built around an old dresser. My husband put it outside on "Trash Eve" but I have other ideas ...

I am hoping that with a little love, lots of sanding and paint, this could be a cool potting bench. What do you think? I also rescued two drawers from the other built-in for possibilities.

The forecast predicts rain for the rest of the week. If that's the case I'll be tinkering with clothespins while I plot ideas for the potting bench and boys' room.

Hope you're enjoying some glorious weather where you live, too.



bekimarie said...

So many possibilities for the drawers, look forward to seeing what you do with them and the boys room!
Your clothes pegs look lovely!
Have a good week, children are on half term here so trying to think of things to do but the weather has turned rather yucky!
Beki xxx

Kathi said...

Hi! I just found your blog. It's so pretty and full of wonderful ideas too! Love your clothes pins!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Elyse, you have the best ideas!! Love the potting bench!! I have always wanted one :) Those clothespins are so pretty :)


Lisa said...

Love your new clothes pins!
What a cool dresser! I need to get pics of my new bedroom suite because I need suggestions on what to do with it!
Have a great day, We've got rain here all day too!
Hugs, Lisa

Claudia said...

Great idea! I can't wait to see what you create from this built-in!

Ursula said...

I thought someone had a lot of work to do today??? ;)

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Hi Elyse:

I see where you are going with the potting bench, brilliant. I use one of those old kitchen tables with the little drawer in the middle and the enamel top. Works fabulously and you just hose it off. I picked it up for $10.00 at a garage sale last year.

Love Rhode Island btw. My husband and I stayed at a lovely B&B in Bristol and simply adored it.

And yes, that was a Cath Kidston oilcloth ;)


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That would make a perfect potting bench! Can't wait to see it finished.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Elyse,
I so agree, this weather is perfect. We must be New Englanders!!! Rain tomorrow, a great day to craft. Enjoy refinishing that chest of drawers for the boys.


LiLi M. said...

I cannot wait to see the potting bench. Throwing away something is the very last thing to do (that must be my motto lol). I have here about one million projects awaiting to be finished. Good luck and I hope for good weather!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

HI Elyse!

I've been so busy but stopped in to see what you've been up to and WOW, that Cath Kidson was such a treat, I love her things too!! and your dresser is going to be fabulous! I adore the roses on your pins , they are so so sweet kiddo! And I can't wait to see the room when it's done :) It's nasty and rainy here too, I loved the weekend, omg, stunning! Hopefully we'll have it back THIS weekend :)

Hugs, Cyn xoxo

LaurieStar said...

I think it's kind of funny that someone would wall over a dresser! But I like your idea a lot! I can't wait to see it completed. And yes - today we have that rain you were mentioning - but wasn't the weekend gorgeous! Loved it.

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

Beautiful blog! I'm from rhode Island too! I miss it so much. Love your clothespins adorable:0) Hugs, Kimberly

debi @ life in my studio said...

That dresser looks like it will be a fun 'little' project for you! The extra storage will be great!

Bethany said...

Hi Elyse,
The clips look fantastic.
Do you have any fencing or other typeof trellis where you could put a birdhouse gourd plant? I have an extra for you if you're interested. They don't take much care, love to climb and bloom beautiful white flowers. And of course, they produce the birdhouse Gourds which I think you could shabby up really wonderfully and sell.
Let me know if you're interested.
PS Meant to get back to you. Janet can't do lunch until July.

Little Pink Studio said...

Elyse, I can't wait to see how you turn this dresser into a potting bench! I bet it will be fantastic!

Cathy said...

Hi Elyse,

Wasn't the weather just glorious? These past two cold and rainy days have been under the blankets watching movies. I can't wait for the sun tomorrow ~ back in the garden for me.

xo Cathy

Lisa said...

I'm lovin' the flowers on your clothespins. Very sweet! Can't wait to see the potting bench.

Anonymous said...

I soooo love your blog!

TattingChic said...

I can't wait to see your new potting bench! :)

The clothespins are darling!


Thats a great idea for the little dresser and you'll have fun making it! Your weather sounds beautiful it is so hot here in FL, it feels like Summer and has for a while now. I can't wait to see what you do for the boys rm, I'm always looking for ideas, the boys rooms are tough to design. BTW the seat cushions on my bar stools are from Target, I bought those when she first came out with that line and I wish she still had them too! Love the clothespins with the roses, so cute(;

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Elyse! I was wondering if you will be adding any more of the decoupaged shabby tiles and the pretty frames to your Etsy??

Thank you so much :)
Love ya,

Elyse said...

Hey Big Sis!

Glorious is right! What a brilliant day. I do hope you're able to salvage that dresser. It looks like it has a ton of potential; it just needs a bit of love!

Have a fabulous weekend!


Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Love this clothepins!

~ Gabriela ~

Stephenie said...

I love your new clothes pins..They're so adorable...

I think that dresser would be adorabole for a potting bench..You'll have to show us what you come up with...

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I LOVE those clothes pins! Just so cute! You are SO creative! I'll bet you mind doesnt' stop for one moment!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

The clothes pins are adorable. I just went to someone's house and they had little handkerchiefs all hung up as a valance in her window with the close pins. It was so cute! One of these days I'm going to get some for myself to decorate.

Enjoy your day-

Susie Q said...

Found you again!!! One HD was wiped and the other is down so...whew!

It will make a great potting bench...and fancy up the drawers for under bed storage! I've got my eye out for more drawers on freecycle. I need to lift up our bed a bit to have room, but goodness, it's better with the drawers than just cramming them under there (even better if you can put casters on them!)