The porch est fini!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Finally, my front porch is finished! Well, I think it's finished, haha! After I got my first paycheck, I went to Home Depot and purchased 4 hanging baskets ($10/each), 4 ferns ($15/each), a planter ($10ish), and some small plants to put in the planter - caladium, jasmine, and some sweet potato vines (though I won't be growing any sweet potatoes!). The little plants cost about $5 each, and I got 1 caladium, 2 jasmines, and 1 sweet potato vine. I also bought some MiracleGro and a cute green watering can. So for about $200, I have everything I need to keep my front porch looking cute and lush. Here's a photo of the seating area, complete with my Adirondack chairs and some fabulous Target cushions I found at my local Target for a mere $6 a piece!

I'm so proud of my little planter, but I couldn't have done it without the help of Floyd at the Home Depot. He gave me plenty of advice, was so helpful, and basically devoted 40 minutes of his time to helping me and me alone. He was wonderful and really did a lot to redeem Home Depot in my eyes.

Today, though, I went antiquing. I was searching for a vintage bed frame to go in my guest bedroom. I started at 11:00, having dropped Lilly off at my parents' for the day to play with Bear and Chloe. I visited three shops in Capital City and struck out every time. The first place I looked had only one iron bed (I decided that was what I wanted) and the decorations at the places the pieces of iron met looked like skulls to me - so not my taste. I then ventured to another shop, a small antique store, which had a cute mirror but they seemed pretty proud of their items. Plus, no beds. I might go back and get the mirror though... :)

After Small Antique Store, I headed down to Large Antique Store. They did have a small selection of iron beds, but the one I liked the best cost $365 without rails. I decided that if I didn't find anything else, I might ask my cousin to weld some rails for me. But the day was only getting started, so I kept going.

After Large Antique Store, I drove to North Capital City and visited two more antique malls. Nothing at either, unfortunately. Then I drove to Antique Mall Number 4. Nothing there, BUT the woman behind the desk gave me a tip to check out some shops in Nearby College Town. She also gave me a circular that listed an absolute TON of antique malls divided by town. It was a fantastic resource for people like me, who aren't really familiar with antique malls in the area. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is looking for great spots to search for vintage furniture or accessories.

So, circular in hand, I drove to Nearby College Town to check out an antique store in the downtown area. They had some cute things, but unfortunately, she only had one iron bed (not the 5-10 the woman at Antique Store #4 told me...:(). It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, so I moved on. The woman at College Town Antiques suggested I look at College Town Antiques #2. They had a HUGE selection of iron beds (and everything else!), but the store was unpleasantly jampacked and I really couldn't make heads or tails of anything. If you have a lot of time and are willing to dig, I'm sure there are some real treasures hidden in there.

After poking my head into another store that seemed too formal and traditional for my tastes, I decided to give up on Nearby College Town. I plugged in an address for a shop in Airforce Base Town which advertised iron beds, but when my GPS told me it would take nearly an hour to get there, I decided to call it a day. I told my GPS (I call her Garmeen) to take me home and discovered that going directly home would save me a total of 5 minutes. So I decided what the heck! And oh my gosh, I'm so excited I did. Lookie what I found:


It's totally rusted and in need of some serious TLC, but I can see the potential. Expect future posts on my progress. I think I can do it in a total of three days - 1 to clean it up, 1 to prime it, and 1 to paint it. At only $175 for both the headboard, footboard, and rails, I really consider it a bargain!

I also bought some really gorgeous bedding by Rachel Ashwell on eBay:


$40, plus $12 s&h = $52. Not too shabby! (Like my pun? I do too.) Of course I can't tell until I actually have it, but it looks to be a blue-grey, which I think will go a long way in keeping the room from being too feminine, should I have male guests or a couple come stay. I also plan on using the dresser and mirror from my bedroom at home - it's a medium wood tone, so it should balance out the white bed with the roses.

I can't wait to get started on the bed, but I need to have three days without rain to get started. Pray for sun!

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