“Look at that sea–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”
― Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
I finally finished painting my secretary desk! Here’s the before and after:
My goal was to create the kind of color you’d see on an antique, so I used a mix of Layla’s Mint and Mora milk paint by Miss Mustard Seed and I love how it unified all the different wood tones. (It was made (from scratch) out of three different kinds.) Even though it’s a green that leans gray, I think it adds such a sweetness to the piece! I painted the inside Farmhouse White, also by Miss Mustard Seed.
And if you haven’t heard the story, I found the secretary at Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta last Fall. The vendor who I bought it from said he had salvaged the wood it’s made out of from old buildings that were being torn down. He paid an Amish friend to put it together as a secretary desk and it had been sitting in the center of his booth for several months before I bought it.
I’ll share some photos of it decorated in my next post, but in the meantime, here are some pics of what else we’ve been up to:
(Early the third morning, before everyone was up!)
We decided to “see the Sea” last week and took advantage of the lower winter rates at our favorite beach hotel, the Holiday Inn Resort at Pensacola Beach. It was really foggy the second day we were there, but the hotels pools are both heated (and, of course, the hot tubs are too) and we had fun swimming all three days.
The gray sky didn’t stop us from having a blast on the beach either. One day, Steevenson and I built an 8-foot long alligator in the sand. My mom has always made them, so it’s fun to keep the tradition going.
Of course, Steevenson couldn’t resist playing in the ocean a little too. That aquamarine color never gets old!
The hotel is about two doors down from a restaurant called ‘Crabs’, so we ate lunch there one day. It was so fun to seat on the beach and eat our shrimp & crab fettuccini and fish tacos! Mmmmm!
At the end of our stay, we drove over to my mom’s house, about 30 minutes from the Gulf Coast. Her camellia trees are in full bloom right now and I love how it almost looks like they have a “reflection” when the flowers fall to the ground.
This stump always stops me in my tracks too:
The moss, the resurrection fern, the mushrooms…reminds me of sweet Beatrix Potter!
When we got back home, we planned a little birthday celebration for Kevin’s mom, Katie. She turned 84 this month and is such a light in our life!
The grandkids requested her famous spaghetti and key lime cake, so she ended up having to cook for her own birthday party, but it seems to be one of her favorite things to do, so I think she was okay with it. 😉 Here are links to those recipes in case you haven’t ever tried them:
Well, that’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon with some more fun photos of the decorated secretary desk!