Since we moved into our stone cottage last July, my decorating tastes have changed. I think that it’s a natural progression, tastes change, but I also think the style of our house had something to do with it. 

If I had to use three words to describe my style right now they would be rustic, cottage farmhouse. I still lean toward a clean and simple style, but I think our 1946 stone cottage, and all of it’s rustic charm, has rubbed off on me.Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal containers, buckets and decor around your house.

One good example of my changing style is my use of galvanized metal containers around our house, both inside and outside. It’s a pretty popular trend right now and you can find them almost everywhere you go.

I’m finding myself drawn to slightly rusty containers that you find at flea markets. A little rust and a dent here and there is fine but it has to be sound enough to hold a plant (or small herb garden), my preferred way to use them right now.

What started this mini obsession was a beautiful large olive bucket that I found at an Illinois flea market. It’s one of my favorite things and it’s always out where I can see it.

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal buckets and decor around your house.

I kept it on the front porch all winter long with a mini evergreen in it. Once spring rolled around a Kimberly Queen fern (my favorite summer plant) took up residence. 

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal buckets around your house.

Another flea market find was a large galvanized metal tub. A few holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, potting soil and herbs, and I have my own mini garden. I even added my DIY garden markers, so I know where everything is as it grows. 

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal containers around your house.

The trough is a little beat up but that’s part of it’s charm.

This is my test garden (to see what does well) and I like that I can have everything together. Hubs has a tomato garden and wouldn’t let me put herbs in it so this was my solution.

We’ll see whose garden does the best. It’s so on! 😉

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal containers around the house and in the garden.

 

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can use galvanized metal containers around the house and in the garden.

My latest flea market find that I’m using inside is a small galvanized bucket I’m using for Leo, the fiddle leaf fig. It’s simple but I like the contrast of the old metal and the green leaves. Plus it was the perfect size for our Leo. 

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can easily use galvanized metal containers and buckets around your house.

Although I did plant right in my trough, which has holes drilled in the bottom, I like to take care so that my galvanized metal lasts. The olive bucket and the small bucket that holds the fiddle leaf fig have a plastic plant liner to keep them protected from water. The plants are also planted in separate pot, which makes them easier to take out to water.

I do love a great, rusty bucket to hold a plant but there’s so many other ways to use galvanized metal. We found the cutest little shop in South Carolina last month and they had a lot of cool pieces made with galvanized metal.

I loved the mix of the old wood and the metal in this table. For a moment I thought about bringing it home for our front porch. An awesome piece!

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can use galvanized metal containers and decor around the house and in the garden.

This old galvanized metal trunk turned shelf caught my eye as well. It’s a great way to reuse and showcase an old piece.

Galvanized metal is a hot trend right now. Check out how you can use galvanized metal containers and decor around the house.

There’s so many cool ways to use galvanized metal in your home. Although I do love the look, it won’t take over in our house. I’m perfectly happy with the pieces I have. Unless, of course, the hubs wants to surprise me with that awesome table. 🙂

How do you feel about decorating with galvanized metal? 

Check out another way I used my much-loved olive bucket.

A quick and easy DIY. Make a cool plant stand from an old tomato cage and spray paint.

Tomato Cage Plant Stand

And how I use a galvanized metal container to organize my kitchen supplies.

Do you have a small kitchen? Here are my easy organization tips to keep you sane when you are short on storage space.

My Favorite Organization Tips for a Small Kitchen

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Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I had every intention of sharing our small dining area updates with you on Friday but was having some internet issues (which included a transfer of service). It’s always such a hassle to go through the process of switching providers but we’re up and running and all seems well. 

I know I just shared our dining area makeover in March, but we ended up making a few updates and wanted to share them with you. One update was easy, and free, but the other one was a little more involved.

This is where we were in March. 

A small dining area makeover | Chatfield Court

A much needed makeover for a small dining area | Chatfield Court

I loved our makeover but, once I saw the photos, I just felt like something was off. 

Although the chairs looked big compared to the table, my eye went right to the rug. I always loved it but it suddenly looked wrong.

An easy enough fix, all I had to do was remove the rug to see how I liked it.   

I did look into getting a bigger rug, round and square, but neither would work in this small dining area.

Updating a small dining area by removing a rug that is too small for the space. Chatfield Court

Removing the rug was a welcome change so, after it was gone, I kept going and moved the chairs around. I had an extra x-back chair that I purchased when we lived in Illinois, so I added it to the table. We lived with it for a few days and then I added another lone wooden chair I had in storage. This one was a bit darker than the x-back chair and I knew immediately that it wasn’t right.

A rare photo of our cute creative director hard at work. 😉

Mr. Finley steps in to help update a small dining area by removing a rug that is too small for the space. Chatfield Court

Cuteness aside…

I liked the scale of the x-back chair and the fact that it gave me more room to walk around the table. After thinking about it for a week, I decided to order 3 more chairs to replace the slipcovered chairs. I figured I could sell the 4 slipcovered chairs to cover the cost of the new ones.

A few updates in our small dining area, including the addition of new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

Once the new chairs were delivered, I moved everything around and lived with different configurations for several days (Rome wasn’t built in a day). 😉

In the end, I liked the combo, 2 of the slipcovered and 2 of the x-back chairs. The other 2 x-back chairs flank the buffet. Each chair got a pretty pillow for some much needed color. 

Working on a few updates in a small dining area, including the addition of new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

One other update I made was the addition of 2 vegetable canvases, hung in the corner. I like how they fill the corner and balance the shelves that are on the opposite side of the big casement window. 

Working on a few updates in a small dining area, including the addition of new dining chairs, 2 veggie canvases on the wall and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

Working on a few updates in a small dining area, including the addition of red roses, new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

I thought it was a bit strange to have 2 totally different style chairs but I think this works for us and our space. After all, that’s why we decorate our homes, right? To have a pretty and comfortable space we can live in and enjoy.

Working on a few updates in a kitchen and small dining area, including the addition of new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

My plan to sell the slipcovered chairs didn’t exactly work out but, as you know, things can quickly change around here.

Working on a few updates in a small dining area, including the addition of fresh flowers, new dining chairs and the removal of a well-used jute rug. Chatfield Court

I’m happy with the way it looks now. Would you like to know how the hubs feels about the changes?

He’s thrilled that he can push his chair in and out without it getting caught on the rug.

Men! (she says as she rolls her eyes) 😉

Ok, now it’s on to the living room. I pinky promise! 

Check out a couple of other projects we did to give our small dining area a makeover.

Easy DIY open shelving n a kitchen and dining area for under $50. A great and inexpensive way to add storage to a small space. Chatfield Court

DIY Open Shelving

Adding farmhouse charm to a small dining area by painting old casement windows black. Chatfield Court

Painted Black Window Frames

 

DINING AREA SOURCES

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  • White cabinet – bought from local seller in Illinois; painted with BM White Dove 
  • Wooden lamps – Pier 1 (affiliate link) no longer on their website
  • Wooden bowl – thrift store
  • Ironstone pitcher – Etsy
  • Tobacco basket – antique/flea market
  • Small wooden stool with dipped legs – Serena and Lily (affiliate link)
  • 2 tiered tray – World Market (affiliate link)
  • Bar stools – Target (affiliate link)
  • Pedestal dining table – bought from local online seller
  • Pendant light – boutique in North Carolina
  • Round jute rug – Overstock (affiliate link)
  • Slipcovered dining chairs – Pottery Barn (years ago)
  • Wooden buffet – bought years ago from furniture store in Georgia
  • Fiddle leaf fig – Home Depot
  • Woven shades – Blinds.com
  • X-back chairs – Restoration Hardware 

 

You can also find me at Between Naps on the Porch, A Stroll Thru Life, Worthing Court, Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage

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Finally!!! After 4 fails, I think I found myself a new kitchen ceiling light.  

I know…it’s not earth shattering news and it won’t change the world, but it was the last project that we had to finish in the kitchen in order to call it done. Removing an old fluorescent light and installing a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to the space. | Chatfield CourtThis is where we started. We adopted this fluorescent beauty when we bought the house last year. Neither one of us liked it and I don’t think we ever actually turned it on.

New Kitchen Ceiling Light | Chatfield Court

The original plan was to change it out when we did the remodel on the kitchen but…

The hubs actually started it by suggesting we take it down. I just couldn’t stand to disappoint him so I reluctantly agreed. 

Ok, maybe I did a little happy dance when he left the room. 😉

 
New Kitchen Ceiling Light | Chatfield Court

After we took the offending light down, I cleaned the ceiling, fixed the holes and touched it up. Not perfect but pretty darn close. 

I thought that fixing the ceiling would be the hard part but finding the “perfect” kitchen ceiling light fixture turned out to be much tougher.

New Kitchen Ceiling Light | Chatfield Court

A few weeks ago I talked about my search for a new kitchen ceiling light here, and I even shared some of the favorites I found.

I ended up ordering and returning a total of 4 light fixtures before I found “the one”. The first light I bought was way too big and the 3 after that were way too small.

The one we went with is from Restoration Hardware. I ended up spending more than I wanted, but it was the right look and size. 

How to install a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to the kitchen. | Chatfield Court

The goal was to have the kitchen ceiling light “go with” the dining room light. 

Installing a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to the kitchen and dining room. | Chatfield Court

The issue I was having was that we needed a fixture that was big enough for the space but it could only be 12″ tall. It seemed that everything I really liked was more than 12″ tall and all of the flush mounts were way too small. 

Removing an old fluorescent light and installing a new kitchen ceiling fixture to add a bit of farmhouse charm to a small kitchen. | Chatfield Court

 

Removing an old fluorescent light and installing a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to a small space. | Chatfield Court

The one thing I was certain about was that I wanted a light that you could almost see through. The focus of the space, in my eyes, is the window and not the light fixture. 

Installing a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to a small space. | Chatfield Court

With the kitchen light up, new appliances, paint on the walls, the island redo and the window painted black, this space is done. Like I said, we plan to remodel the kitchen at some point, so these changes will hold us over until it’s time to do it. 

How to install a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to a small white kitchen. | Chatfield Court

I do have one more little addition to share before we can move on to the next space (the living room). It’s already done and hanging up. I’m making a video to show you how I created it and, as soon as I’ve finished, I’ll share it. 

Thanks so much for stopping in. I hope you have a great week!

Check out the other projects we’ve done in the kitchen.

Adding DIY open shelving in a small kitchen for extra storage. | Chatfield Court

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Painting old casement windows in a kitchen and dining room black to add french farmhouse style. | Chatfield Court

Painted Black Window Frames

 

You can also find me at Between Naps on the Porch, A Stroll Thru Life, Worthing Court, Savvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage

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Before we get to my spring home, I just wanted to mention the new layout of the blog. I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years and thought it was time to do a little spring cleaning on the blog. I’m doing it all myself and still working on a few things so, if something doesn’t work right for you, please let me know. I’d also love to hear your thoughts on the new layout.  

I usually like to share a spring home tour with you every year but I wanted to do something a little different this year. Most spring home tours are all about the pretty spring touches that are sprinkled around the house. Lots of flowers and a change of bedding and pillow covers are the usual fare but, to me, getting the house ready for spring (and summer) isn’t just about flowers. Yes, I love adding fresh flowers around the house (if you want to see more check out my Instagram) but spring also means that it’s time to freshen the house, and the only way to do that is to give it a good cleaning. 

So, I guess I’m not only sharing bits and pieces of my spring home but also how I get my house ready for spring.

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your home a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Spring Bedding

My spring home cleaning ritual usually starts with the changing of bedding. I don’t go by the calendar when I’m changing bedding but by the temps outside. Once we turn the heat off, I know its time to get my spring and summer bedding out. This is a good weekend job that starts with stripping the whole bed, including the mattress pad, and throwing it in the wash. While that’s going, I vacuum the mattress and as much of the boxspring as I can. I also give the bed frame and headboard a cleaning and we spin our mattress. After the linens are clean and dry, I make the bed and bring out the clean bedding that was put away in the fall. 

There’s nothing like slipping under cool, crisp sheets after your bed is all clean and ready for spring. 

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your bedroom a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Windows

This is, by far, my least favorite task to do when I’m getting ready for spring and summer. Besides cleaning the glass, the blinds all get vacuumed and cleaned as well.  Ugh, I hate every minute of it while I’m doing it but, once it’s done, I’m so glad I did it. 

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your windows a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Bathroom

I clean the bathroom on a regular basis but when I’m spring cleaning, I like to take the shower curtain down and run the it through the washing machine (you can see how I do it here). I also wash the fabric shower curtain as well as the bathroom rug. 

A different kind of spring home tour | Chatfield Court

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your bathroom a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Closets

We have a small house, with only 3 closets, so I’m only able to have clothes out for one season at a time. When I bring out the warm weather clothes and pack up the winter ones, I always do a quick inventory. Things that haven’t been worn in a year get donated and I make sure everything is clean and there are no holes or tears. It’s a pain to do but it’s a good way to keep my small closet in order.

Floors 

Spring is a great time to give the floors a good cleaning. We don’t wear shoes in our house and vacuum regularly so it ends up being a quick and easy job. I also like to give our area rugs a good cleaning by moving all the furniture off of it and vacuuming. 

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your floors a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Outside

Not only do I clean the inside of the house but I also go outside to do a thorough cleaning of the front porch. That means dragging the hose up and hosing down the walls, windows and porch. The chairs get a good shower too, since they’re waterproof, and the IKEA cabinet gets wiped down with a wet towel. Once everything is clean and dry, I add a pretty spring basket.

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your front porch a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Pretty Spring Touches

Of course, the most fun part of getting the house ready for spring is getting the “pretties” out. For me that usually means changing the heavy winter pillow covers for lighter, more spring-like pillow covers and adding fresh flowers. I’ve given up buying snacks at the grocery store so I can get a small bunch or two of fresh flowers once a week. I try to keep the budget at $10-$12 weekly, and I will spend even less if I can get to Trader Joe’s.

I love to spread them all through the house and I’m fanatical about taking care of them so that they last a whole week. It’s definitely a splurge for me but they make me happy (much happier than a snack). 😉

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your kitchen a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Are you ready for a different kind of spring home tour? Sure, spring is about pretty flowers around the house but it's also a time to give your living room a good cleaning. | Chatfield Court

Spring is my favorite season and I love adding spring touches to our home but the cleaning part? Not so much. Although I don’t like doing it I love how the house feels when I’m done. I think it’s worth it. 

What do you do to get your home ready for spring? 

 

 

 

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