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Monday, April 20, 2009

A Minor Metamorphosis on Blue Monday, as I Get My Groove Back!

Welcome to a very late Metamorphosis Monday,
with a Blue Monday thrift store find, and a tease tossed in for good measure.

Visit Susan at Between Naps On The Porch (a fab blog!) to see more
stupendous makeovers, way way better than mine. Click here!
And also visit Sally at her Smiling Sally blog for Blue Monday posts.
See what other lovers of Blue are up to! Click here.


First... a thousand thanks to the wonderful people who left comments on my Friday Post, (here), the one in which I whinged about being stuck in a house-staging rut at That Old House, following the staging and sale last year of our former house.

Your comments have inspired me to take hold and make this house my own, in my own way. Bless you all -- even my husband Howard, who also commented. I'm getting my confidence back!

So I am sharing a couple of small metamorphoses -- late in the day because I was taking my Dad to the dentist, pretty much an all-day commitment.

-- OK, a couple of minor changes at That Old House --

From the Friday post, my dining room sideboard, before:

And my dining room sideboard, after I shopped the house,
and bought a pot of Hedera Ivy at the grocery store:

Not perfect yet, but an improvement, no?
(Connie and Dion insisted that I needed more dogs in my decorating.)

And looky here ... GASP! A personal photo. Very personal; it's me.
(About a hundred years ago; remember when wedding gowns had sleeves?)

A 19th century poplar one-drawer stand in the parlor, before:

Same old table, after changing the lamp, angling the table in the corner of the room, and adding a few bits and pieces from around the house, including some flowers left from Easter:


I love elephants. The one on the left belonged to my Mom;
it's got a pencilled price on the bottom: ten cents. Like mother, like daughter!

I'm on a roll.
Watch out, all you bits and pieces that have rested comfortably in your cozy
moving boxes since last May; Mama's gonna put you to work!

Yesterday Howard and I went to the closest Goodwill Store -- we had never been there before. I got a few neat things, amazingly cheaply, including this little blue something-or-other (the Blue for Blue Monday):

It's tin, like a narrow bucket, with a handle, and it will end up in the room that has
Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue, on the walls.

And that room is the hall bath, and it's almost ready for a Met Monday post -- as it goes from this:

with this:

to this:

and this:

and this:

and this:

... and those "in-progress" pictures should be "all done" pictures by Monday,
and be ready for "the reveal" as they say on TV. Yay for bathrooms reborn!

Tomorrow, Tuesday -- my other Goodwill finds, and some other proofs positive that you don't need a fat bank account to decorate your way!

Have a lovely evening! -- Cass


  1. You're clipping right along and making a nice difference. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

  2. Way to go Cass! Everything looks lovely and your getting your groove back. I love the bathroom faucet and all the rest, can't wait to see the reveal. Cindy

  3. YAHOO!! Cass is got her groove back...girl I am loving what you have done so far...why you are as cute as a your picture..and don't you love going to GW and seeing all the treasurer that pople just toss out...thats why I love our Hospice thrift store here...I get some of the greatest things for very little $$$ and if I tired of them I just donate them back so they can sell them again..May you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  4. Ok, imagine the soundtrack of "Rocky" playing in the background.......and I will offer a cheer...."Go Cass, Go!!!".....It beginning to look very beautiful and personal!!!


  5. You have done a fabulous job. The Mouton Cadet never looked so appealing. Congrats on your new found spirit and confidence.

  6. The valleys are what makes the hills so high!! Can't wait to see!

  7. Yay Cass!! You're doing a beautiful job and I can't wait to see the finished bathroom!

    I just started going to GW when I began blogging. Can you believe how cheap it is?!

    Have fun!

  8. I love all the final touches that you are doing! I know you will get the rest of it done! We moved into our bungalow about 2 years ago and I am still doing stuff to it and painting it!

  9. Oh Yes! You've got your groove back, and it's looking great! Love all of the pretties you've removed from their boxes! What a difference they made! Everything looks so inviting and pretty. That wedding picture should be displayed-what a gorgeous bride you were. Your pictures with the tease about the bathroom were just so inticing. So many beautiful images. Can't wait to see it! Congratulations for being "in your groove"! Looks to me like it's a wonderful place to be. laurie

  10. Love the vignettes you put together. And I can tell from the tease pics...the bath is gonna be awesome! Sounds like you are definitely on a roll! I LOVE your home...just something about the historic them, love them! The clock and plate rack you asked about...both are from Sweden/Denmark area. A dealer who lives here used to travel there twice a year and hand select pieces to be shipped back here to sell. I bought the armoire, clock, plate rack and chest that are in the upstairs family room from him. I always wanted to get a Mora clock but unfortunately never got one of those. Susan

  11. Oh, forgot to the pic of you on your wedding day. Maybe someone should host a "show me your wedding day pic" event. :-) That might be fun. :-)

  12. Hello and Happy Blue Monday! Everything looks so pretty! Thank you for sharing!
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  13. Cass this is all gorgeous!
    I love your home and dining room.

    You have a wonderful blog full of great inspiration.
    ~Warmly, Melissa :)

  14. Great changes, Cass. And the good thing is that if you tire of them, things can move once again -- to me, it's what keeps a house alive -- subtle changes (I'm not a furniture mover). And you don't need to buy things either -- and if you do, they don't need to be expensive.

  15. Nice befores and afters. Love your sideboard with the marble top, great piece!
    Linda Q

  16. I love that term "shopping the house". It really is amazing how something that's been sitting in the same place for awhile looks new and wonderful if you just move it! Your bathroom hints are tantalizing- I can't wait to see the grand reveal!

  17. Great redos. Love that bathroom cabinet.
    Congrats on winning the giveaway!
    Blessings, Candy

  18. It looks fabulous Cass!

    I especially like the way the sideboard came out - what a difference.

    My parents just finished a bathroom renovation, and their faucet is very similar to yours - great minds think alike. :)


  19. Hi Cass,
    I came back by to thank you for visiting my blog and to follow along.
    I really appreciate your kindness!
    You're welcome to follow mine as well.

    I hope your day is wonderful and blessed.
    ~Melissa :)

  20. Cass-I'm not sure what you mean by "original" on the chair. It has been in the family for years. There are no markings other than a number on the bottom, but it is the real thing as far as being an early recliner. I wish I knew more about it. If you do, please let me know--Thanks!

  21. Your sideboard is absolutely gorgeous. I think I may have sideboard envy. ;) And I can't wait to see your reveal next week. I have oak cabinets on one of our bathrooms that I would love to paint.

  22. so, two things, firstly, love the picture of you on your wedding day. hard to believe that we were that young! second, i am the only one of your blog followers, besides howard, of course, that was actually there! secondly, i cannot get my picture up here. it keeps saying the file is too big - what's up with that?

  23. Cass,

    I love all the changes you are amking with TOH, large & small. I have a problem with "not seeing" things and then my daughter may walk in, rearrange my end table and I am estatic. So...that is why I love seeing your changes and these were great.

    I am soooo slow getting around to Blue Monday. Sorry. Jet lag and a cold. Aways something... ;-)



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