Saturday, June 12, 2010

Summer Ideas House Projects



The Bachman's Ideas House is full of summer-inspired decorating ideas! Using lots of vintage items that are readily found at flea markets, tag sales or perhaps laying around your tool shed or garage, we found clever, yet practical ways to re-use, re-cycle and re-create!

Remember the vintage hangers that we used as towel bars in the Spring Ideas House bathroom? I am loving our summer-inspired use of old lawn sprinklers! We simply used metal brackets to anchor these vintage beauties to the wall and added some crisp white towels. A fun look for your summer cottage or lake house! (I am sorta into hooks and towel bars lately...must be a midlife thing.)



This next project could be used in a child's bedroom, a mudroom, entryway or even in a bathroom. We took wheels off beyond repair wagons and trikes, and mounted them onto wood using doorstops from a home improvement store. We built them as singles but you could also use a long piece of wood and mount a row of wheels horizontally. Sturdy enough to hold a jacket, but so fun you may not want to cover them up!



The screened in front porch just begged for summer color. We created flower boxes using old mailboxes, and hardly a one the same size. We attached the mailboxes to heavy wood blocks for stability and character. (We filled the boxes with more wood to raise pots.) The geraniums are a happy, colorful welcome to the Summer Ideas House!



OK, after writing this post, I am ready for a tall glass of lemonade in the warm summer sun! I am planning to get the chance to relax a bit, soon. My schedules and projects continue to keep me busy and energized...but I also realize that it is important to stop and smell the geraniums once in awhile so I am off to CA next week to visit the kids! Here's wishing all of you inspired projects and fun this summer!

Cheers!
Ki

15 comments:

shannon i olson said...

Those mailbox planters are great!! Add that to my list!

Jill said...

I so wish I could see it in person. Thanks for sharing! I hope you enjoy your time off!

Tracey Johnson said...

I love the sprinklers and wheels, but the mailboxes just spoke to me (screamed at me). What fun!

Elyse said...

i am loving each one of these clever projects, especially the mail boxes as planters. awesome!

xo
elyse

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Ki! I used to visit all of your Junk Market sales in your old building off of Willow, back in the day! You are a celebrity now and it is so much FUN to see all of the creative things that you continue to produce. I am enjoying following you here and learning more about your new ventures. Kudos! xx Suzanne

KarenSue said...

Great ideas! Keeps me inspired. Have a good trip to CA to see the kids.
Enjoy!

amyd said...

Love that idea of the wagon wheels and the doorstops for a very creative hook...gonna have to steal that idea for myself... thanks for the inspiration!
amy of four corners design

Angie @ Ranch Dressing said...

It's ALL GOOD as usual. Thanks for the great ideas! Lemonade sounds perfect for our hot weekend here in NC.

CIRCLE CREEK HOME said...

Wow what a fabulous idea! I'm heading up to the garage right now to get one of my sprinklers.

Ann Tatum said...

Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing.

Kudzu said...

oh, i just gritted my teeth and threw out wagon wheels! kept the rail sides for my bakers rack :D well...great idea!

Gracie's Cottage said...

The ideas never stop...and I love each one, especially the mailbox planters!

Virginiarose said...

Hi Ki, your ideas are great I love seeing them, and trying to figure out how I can use them myself.
Enjoy a well earned rest with your kids
Hope to see you again Ginger

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XoXo, Vicki said...

I just adore your blog. Love your junk! I'm always looking for more repurposed and restyled ideas ;)

Wondering if you'd be interested in a link exchange??? Would love it if you'd check out my blog and let me know what you think!

XoXo,

Vicki
http://nostalgiccollections.blogspot.com/