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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

WhEn Life Hands YoU LeMons............

I had no intention of doing a project today, HOWEVER......for the past year I have been looking for an old piece of furniture to refinish.  It had to be just the right size, and just the right height. Mission after mission, I come up with nothing! You see I have had this corner dilemma in my kitchen.  I like to have just about every nook and cranny filled in my home.  In the meantime I have had this old retro rolling cart in my corner, which totally did not work.  So today I was in the Walmart, as usual and all of  a sudden I came up with a.....

Well the color is a bright  idea, however not sure on the project.....for now it was cheap, and would suit my purpose.  This is is how the corner looked before....

Just a mess actually! I had given up all hope......
and then I saw this piece...YUK I know what was I thinking?

Totally does not work in my house at all, but for 19.96 I thought I can come up with I came home put it together in 15 minutes.....took my bright idea paint, and sprayed away....

Love my new measuring cups from Pier I

All my favorite colors

Finally some storage for my cookbooks which have been tucked away in a cupboard
This is an oldie but goodie we found at a local antique store...some darn good southern cooking in here!

So for now my under $25.00 project will do, til I find just the right piece.  What do you think? Does it look cheesy?
I like this picute, no rhyme or reason

The Dining area in the kitchen is probably my favorite room in our house.  I love the backyard view with all the trees.  When the sun is streaming through as you can see here it is very scenic.  I see birds, all kinds, cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, finches, hummingbirds.  I have a family of 7 deer, that like to pop in and say hi as well,  then of course we have squirrels and  rabbits.  When the Fall season arrives the colors are amazing.  I change up the decor a bit per season, and right now this is my Spring Summer look.
Lots of parties to join this coming kick off the weekend I am linking up to Funky junk interiors.  Thank you to all you awesome hosts for these linkie parties, I love them! And thanks everyone for your comments, I sure do appreciate it, and will be sure to return the same to you. Lynda over at Focal point blogspot had a Bright idea, and that was to get some S hooks to hang my measuring cups...hence I did! Thanks Lynda.  And if you have not been over at Lynda's blog, you really should, the girl has Mad talent!!~

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeh I'm the first to leave a comment! First I have to tell you Deb I love the lemon branches in that beautiful blue vase. Now for your latest project what a great idea it turned out so pretty love the color and love the accessories! Have a great weekend, Martina

April 30, 2010 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Keetha Broyles said...

NOTHING in these photos looks cheesy - - -

Go back and take one more look at my barrio post - - - it will help you LOVE what you have.


April 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I don't think it looks cheesy, I think it looks fun and whimsical...

April 30, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Well, here you go again. Bright idea huh. And of course, I love the color.... what am I going to do with you??! You are going to convert me altogether?!? Hehehe. :) It looks amazing in that room, such a transformation, I never would have guessed it could look so good!

And the tea cups, oh man... I have searched for measuring tea cups for about 4 years now, and I might be able to find some at Pier 1?!?! SCORE of the century, I hope!!!

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

April 30, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Menopausal New Mom said...

OMG, you are the queen of reuse and reinvent! Yay you on helping the environment. I love how the rack turned out and hey, I have the exact same rooster as your pink one. Got him in Portugal on a trip there about 8 or 9 years ago! Too cool, I must have good taste Lol!

April 30, 2010 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

You are making me love that yellow paint! I have three of those shelf things in my decorating closet/room. I am thinking about cutifying that room and I never thought about painting those shelves. You have shown me such great possibilities!!

BTW, I think your corner looks super cute

April 30, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deb: The shelf works....I just love the yellow and it goes so well in your home. I don't think that you have to change it again... I almost stop on the side of the road the other day...saw an old fashioned metal type couch I wished that I would have stopped....I could have cleaned it up, sprayed it a cool color and added cushions..darn it!!

April 30, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

I like it and don't think it looks cheesy at all.

April 30, 2010 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger One Photo said...

The yellow paint is what makes it look good. I love those measuring cups, I would love a set of those! I will have to make a trip to Pier 1. As always, a great job.

April 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Nothing you do ever looks cheesy, it looks great but what I want to know is when do you sleep!!!!

April 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger VKT said...

I can't believe you have such a creative eye Debbie. I would have never thought to pull that together. It definitely does NOT look cheesy. It looks terrific!!!!! I love it.

April 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I LOVE this room!!! Roosters and heart be still!

April 30, 2010 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I think it looks really good. Love the yellow and those measuring cups are too cute! Your walls even look yellower today. Did your repaint those, too. Better watch out with that yellow paint now. We may have to call the paintaholics anonymous group!

April 30, 2010 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

No Kim, I did not repaint the walls, I think it is just different angles I am taking. MARTINA when are you going to start a blog? I would love for you to be on here, you have such lovely to share!

April 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

You are too young to remember the song... color my world. It is perfect for you right now. I like the change. I have cookbooks stashed away, but I do like to read them like magazines, every now and then.

Have you bought stock in Krylon?

April 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM  

Great project Deb and LOVE the lemon branches!! Those measuring cups from P1 are precious too... Do you have any S hooks to display them hanging on your new cart?

Took your Home Tour too... you have a really beautiful home...

Have a lovely weekend!

April 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Practical and whimsical at the same time! My hands were green today, were your yellow??? Hehe!
Really, we're not addicted to spray paint!

April 30, 2010 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

I love your bright idea, and that beautiful stand. It is not cheesy at all.

Beautiful lemon branches also!

April 30, 2010 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Lady Parker said...

Thanks for the follow! I really like your blog! Happy FF! Thanks for the comment on my blog!

April 30, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheesy, no way. It's adorable!

April 30, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Love your table and the whole area.

The shelf looks so great! I had a couple just like that and have some really ugly ones that are very commercial looking. I store the china I sell on them in racks...but maybe I should paint them to freshen them up and make them look alive. This looks so nice!

April 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger HollyC said...

LOVE IT!! Everything about your 'bright idea' project is pleasing to the eye! It just makes your dining room POP! Great Job!

April 30, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Love it!! Would you believe still no tea cups!!

April 30, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
Anonymous anne maskell said...

Hi Debbie, thanks for visiting my blog! I love the bright yellow, it's so cheerful! I also LOVE your new measuring cups. Gotta get me some...

April 30, 2010 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I'm thirsty...did you make any lemonade? :)

May 1, 2010 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Deb, that is awesome! & you are always so nice to visit others blogs. hugs,Cathy

May 1, 2010 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Rosebud and Bluebells said...

Hi Debbie,
It's so lovely to meet you. I just love your blog especially all the photos of your gorgeous boys on your sidebar. My boys are the loves of my life too and I'm here to tell you the love just gets better the bigger they get. It's so nice of you to leave me such a lovely comment and i hope we can become new friends in the blogosphere. I look forward to hearing from you again.
Donna xx

May 1, 2010 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Lori E said...

Hmmmm...My walls are yellow, your walls are yellow. My dining room wall has black lettering on it and your wall does too. I have roosters and chickens in my decor and you do too.
I have French doors in the dining room and so do you.
Are you copying me? Oh wait. Never mind. When I have another look at your dining room I see how beautiful your room is and my room...not so much.
Great project here.

May 1, 2010 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Wow yours is amazing. I was once told that you need at least 1 rooster in your kitchen for good luck. You are surely fortune full. I have 2 in mine. I am always keeping an eye out for neat ones though. Love the corner redo by the way.

May 1, 2010 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger Momma Fargo said...

You so rock, Debbie! Standing up clapping and packing up to move in with you! ;)

May 1, 2010 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Holly Lefevre said...

I love the lemon branches in the looks fresh and kind of decorating simplicity with BIG impact!

Those shelves took the paint really well...I'll have to try that...I have those in my closets.

May 1, 2010 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Just love it! I have several of those metal shelves and never once thought they could be painted...mine are in closets but I might have to re-think what I could do with them now..thank you for your brilliance once again.

May 1, 2010 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Bravo! Luv LUV the redo!! The room is AWESOME. The shelf just fits right in:) Great pics, too.
Happy Friday!

May 1, 2010 at 2:30 AM  
Blogger cheeky rose said...

You are very creative, what a great idea and it works so well

May 1, 2010 at 4:09 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

OK first off so NOT cheesey! Second I want to sleep over and have breakfast in that room! It is so cheerful and I could sit at that table and drink coffee all day, what a pretty view. Oh and I'll take one rooster lamp and a set of those super cute measuring cups...please! Thank you! So happy I stumbled onto your blog, LOVE it!

May 1, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger carissa said...

i love how you just whip up some fabulousness... you are a talented gal!

May 1, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

I don't think it looks cheesy at all. Quite the contrary! That yellow looks so cheery and bright.

May 1, 2010 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Handbags*and*Pigtails said...

It looks great, not cheesy at all. I like how it brings in a different texture to the room. With the large wooden table and cabinet it breaks everything up and looks very cheery!
I LOVE those Pier 1 measuring cups. I used to work there so it holds a special place in my heart:)
I like the idea someone mentioned above about using 3 hooks to hang them on your new yellow shelf.

May 1, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Andy Porter said...

Oh WOW!!! SO CUTE!! I love everything about it! You have such great taste!! It just makes me want to come over!! I am so looking forward to the tour!!!

Thanks for linking this morning!

May 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Alely said...

love that room! love the colors and the deco. it's so warm and and inviting. thanks for sharing! i also love your blog title. i live in charlotte, nc. i will always be a CA at heart but l'm loving the carolinas too! following you!

May 1, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Regina said...

Hello Debbie. I love the cheerful ambiance.
Gorgeous creations!
Happy weekend.

May 1, 2010 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Nellie's Cozy Place said...

I think it looks great! I love how you accessorized all the shelves,
nothing cheesy about it hon,
truly looks great, and love the lemon yellow and the vase of lemons on your counter, so pretty.
I think it turned out swell, goes nicely with your spring look,
Nice dining room, and so nice you have nature to look at, so do we
and we love love love it, as I am sure you do too.
Great job!!
Blessings, Nellie

May 1, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Absolutely adorable!! I love how quick on your feet you think!! I can't believe how fast you just "whip up" these great projects!!

May 1, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

Hi, my name is Debbie and I am addicted to spray paint... Just kidding!!! I am even jumping into the spray paint fun!! When I first saw the picture, I thought, what is she going to do with that. You, as usual, made it absolutely fabulous!!!! It looks so cute with all the cookbooks and things so prettily arranged!! I love it! It suits your kitchen beautifully!

May 1, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stunning new corner! Love it Deb! I bought a similar black stand for my parent's living room corner- mine's a foot wide with five racks though- love the bright idea spray! Who said this was cheesy? We love cheese!

May 1, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Debbie, you really the talent to take an ordinary object and making it extraordinary! I am so inspired by you!

Your kitchen is so warm and inviting! O love the lemon branches in the vase.

♥ Pat

May 1, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger gail@My Repurposed Life said...

don't you just love paint! I love all the bright and cherry colors!
great job

May 1, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love your kitchen. It is so warm and inviting. Can i come over :)
I am crazy for lemons too :)
Oh love it!
Happy may 1rst! I have a give away on my blog and wanted to make sure you don't miss it :)

May 1, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger linda said...

well i just love the lemon branches they look so pretty with the blue vase
like the yellow color i like that when you find what you really like you can put that in the garage for exta storege or even for all the shoes by the stairs you know at hobby lobby they have cute corner iron ones that would fit perfect.take you measureing tape for the height you want .but it looks cute :)

May 1, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Beautiful room!

May 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Cass @ That Old House said...

Lemon branches in blue and white -- you've got me right there!

And the new project is not at all cheesy -- it's adorable.
Great choice, great job.

May 1, 2010 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

The first picture is fantastic! Love the color!
Krylon has the best spray paint, I love all the colors they have! Great room and great job!

May 1, 2010 at 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Leanne said...

I love that color. It turned out to be so perfect for that area. All the blue and yellow look so Springy. It's a lovely room.

May 1, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

What a fun and cheery room! The yellow just adds to the cheer :).

May 1, 2010 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Love the yellow and your centerpiece is gorgeous! You always seem to impress! Love all the color! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

May 2, 2010 at 4:04 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Beautiful room & your great idea was a good one! I also think you're sending most of us to Pier 1. I know I have to have those measuring cups!!

May 2, 2010 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

WOW... Loven't my first visit here. I know it's all about the spray paint. Off to have a peek around... so glad to have stopped and am now a new follower.

Happy Sunday Party Pal,

May 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Debbie! I like it and I WANT that rooster lamp!!!! :-) You know how well that would go in my dining room. I just haven't been able to find it for the price I want to pay!! I like the new corner much better! It will definitely hold you over until you find what you want!

May 2, 2010 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger chris said...

What fun bright colors. Hooray for spray paint!

May 2, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Bec said...

Super cool idea! Definitely does not look cheesy ;) And it is the perfect color!

May 2, 2010 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Great idea & the color is so cheery!! Thanks for joining the party.

May 3, 2010 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this little table looks darling painted the bright yellow and look at all of the storage it gives you! Love it.
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

May 3, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Marigene said...

That little table looks great in that corner. Those measuring cups are adorable.

May 3, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think it fits in nicely! Looks great, along with everything else in your kitchen =)Love it! Thanks for sharing this week @ Anything Related!

May 3, 2010 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

I love the entire room! The window is gorgeous and the yellow walls are so cheery and bright. I could spend some time in this pretty room. Your project is adorable! Love the wire rack that you spray painted...I think it looks wonderful. If you wind up finding something else you can always find a use for this adorable shelf! Great post!

Miss Bloomers

May 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

I love all your items and the cheerful colors. I know everyone who visits your home Smiles and I can see why... You've made such a happy home for you and your family and I admire that.


May 4, 2010 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love the piece you found. So versatile. It is just gorgeous painted yellow and you have accessorized it just beautifully. I love your lemon topiary and the ones on the table. They just make me so happy and they remind me of freshness. Your shelf unit is accessorized beautifully. I just love it and your room is stunning. Thanks so much for joining the party. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

May 4, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Debbie!

Love this room! So bright and cheery! The table came out awesome. I would never have thought to put that there. Love the little cups hanging on it too. Perfect!


May 4, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger linda said...

love the cups hanging on it now great job:)

May 4, 2010 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

New Follower! Just found your blog today. Hope you can visit at Modern Craftswoman Monday.
I am loving your vibrant, happy colors. You have a lovely home! Thanks for sharing! Rory

May 4, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Natasha in Oz said...

I love it-it looks amazing! How do you keep coming up with these great ideas?!

Those measuring cups are so cute!

Best wishes,

May 4, 2010 at 7:54 PM  
Anonymous nannykim/spindlecottage said...

What a happy colorful blog!! I love what you have done with the corner table thingy. I also saw those measuring cups advertized in a mag....are they made in China or not?

Your home reminds me of my daughter's in that she gets all kinds of critters, including fox and deer, bunnies, owls, etc in her back yard in Durham.

May 5, 2010 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Cameron said...

It never ceases to amaze me what a miracle spray paint is! I love it!

May 5, 2010 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

i was totally gonna do this! i bought the same shelf to do the same thing for my cookbooks! they'd been boxed up for 2 years! i found another black wrought iron one to use instead and i'm gonna spraypaint this chrome one ivy leaf i think! for my patio! please please please email me and tell me where you got the lemon branches...i love them! and i'm heading to pier one TODAY to get those measuring cups!!! shell_134(at)hotmail(dot)com...

May 6, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Recaptured Charm said...

Love the little yellow shelf. I completely adore your kitchen and all its little accessories, from the lemon branches to the cute little teacups! It's all wonderful!

May 6, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

That room is just extraordinarily gorgeous to me! I love all the colors, the windows and the view. Gorgeous!

May 7, 2010 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a lovely yellow & it works perfectly in that space.

May 7, 2010 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger Miti said...

That's really cute! Love your dinning area. I've got the urge to look for a buffet and paint it.

May 7, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Renée said...

So clever and cute! I'm itching to see how it looks, (the shelf) set at an angle in your space. Everything on it looks fabulous....thanks!

May 7, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Cheery, not cheesy! Love the little burst of color :-)

May 26, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger MJ said...

Okay Deb so I know Im in older posts like you said but once again I found some lemons....I LOVE LEMONS! Your rooms have all my favorite things, lemons,roosters and color! Are the branches in that vase real? OMG do you have a lemon tree? I have 2 of those racks. lol They were kitchen storage in my old home and now they are outside one on either side of the 2 bbq grills. Guess what I feel a painting party coming on. Im going to paint them one of the colors of my mexican talavera tile. I have a picture of them somewhere..but they have red,blue,lime,off-white,golden yellow. Thanks so much for a new idea. Its always a pleasure browsing you blog. Its like my bedtime it's now 12:07am. goodnite

July 9, 2010 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I didn't remember the measuring cups from Pier1 the last time I looked at this...those are so cool - like the way Grandma used a broken tea cup for her one cup measure back in the piOneer days!!

July 15, 2010 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I featured you at my Creative High party!!

July 16, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Priscilla - The Wheelchair Mommy said...

I love the yellow. It's a happy color. It looks fantastic.

February 2, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

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