Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Tale of a Sofa Table

A Tale of a Sofa Table

Please excuse my photos.  The lighting in this room makes it difficult to take photos during the day. 

I recently read something on the internet about layering in decor and I decided I that I would love to have a shelf behind my sofa.  My sofa is sitting in front of a window, so that meant I really needed a sofa table but I did not want a regular one. I wanted one that was swallow like a shelf.  

My husband's mother had given us some wood so we went into the garage and I told him what I wanted and then it made this for me.  

He made it using fence boards and he fashioned the legs from some 2X4's that we had.  The feet are made from pieces of fence boards.  It is super light and easy to move but it stands up very well due to the feet. I whitewashed it with a mixture of one parts white paint and one part water.  It was super easy to do and I love the subtle hints of white with the wood showing.  

Then we brought it in and I spent some time displaying lots of pretties on my new sofa table.


Spring and Summer

Photo taken at night

Some of the items I displayed on my new sofa table. 

Vintage teal bottlebrush wreath.

Metal cake stand with glass dome.  Inside a faux cake with pink roses.  

Paper Christmas House, a gift from my daughter from Cracker Barrel.  

Limoges footed tray with delicate pink roses. 

I love how it turned out and it really does add some depth to my living room.  

I want to take a moment to thank my followers, visitors and everyone who comments on my blog post.  I am delighted to be back blogging.  I also want to wish everyone in America a very Happy Thanksgiving.  

So Happy Thanksgiving, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Apple Roses for Fall

Apple Roses for Fall

I have posted these before but I felt that these are so perfect for Fall, so I wanted to share them again. 

Here is what you need to make them.

Apple Roses
Makes 12
Muffin Pan
Large bowl
Cutting Board
One small bowl
One large pot
Rolling pin


Puff Pastry
4 or 5 Large Apples
8 Small Apples
Apricot Marmalade
1 Lemon
Cinnamon Sugar
Powdered Sugar


1.) Wash your apples and fill your bowl with water and add the juice of one lemon.  Be care not to get the seeds in the water. 

2.) Then you need to cut up the apples.  To do this cut them in half.  Then cut out the core and make sure you get the tips at the top and bottom of each apple. 

3.) Slice them very thin and place them in the bowl of water with lemon juice. 

4.) Now you cook the apples to make them flexible.  There are two options here, you can microwave them for approximately 4 minutes or you can cook them on the stovetop in boiling water until they are nice and soft. 

We put them in a pot on the stove and we were very pleased with the results.  If you have a low power microwave the stove top is the best way to cook them. 

While you are waiting for the apples to cook you can get the marmalade and the puff pastry ready. Also, now is a good time to preheat the oven to 375.

5.)  In a small bowl mix, 3 parts marmalade with  2 parts water.  I used 3 tablespoons of marmalade and 2 tablespoon water.  

6.) Microwave the marmalade for 30 seconds and mix well. 

Now for the pastry...

6.) Open pastries and lay a sheet out on a surface with flour on it.  Flour the top and use a rolling pin to roll it out thin.  then cut it into 6 strips measuring about 3 inches wide each. 

Make sure your apples are cooked and pull them off the stove.  Let them cool for a few minutes and get them out and place them back into your big bowl. 

7.)  Take one strip of pastry and cover the top with a thin layer of the marmalade.   Lay the apple pieces in a line across the pastry with the red skin above the pastry line (see photos).  Then fold the bottom edge up and over the apples about half the way up, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and  roll it up.  Then place in your muffin pan. 

Note: I have nonstick muffin pans and I did not need to use cooking spray but if you think you need use just a little. 

8.)  Place your pastries in the oven at 375  for approx. 45 minutes.  Check on the periodically. 


When they are cooled you can sprinkle them with powder sugar if you desire.


I just wanted to take a moment to say how thankful I am to be back blogging.  I enjoy sharing and posting my projects and I totally love visiting my blogger friends.  Thank you ever so kindly for visiting me, it is greatly appreciated.

Happy Fall,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Saturday, October 15, 2016

From a Screen Door To...

From a Screen Door to...

to a Desk

This is a project that I have had in my head for many years.  Recently my hubby started doing a little woodworking so I ask if he could make something for me.  We went and purchased the things I needed and then I showed him my plan.  He did a fabulous job of putting it all together for me. 

We took a regular screen door and built a table on to it 
and then we added shelves.  

Then I painted it white which brought out the details very nicely. 

He added my chalkboard for me.

Then I added chicken wire and fabric to the back. 

We added glass knobs so that I could hang pretties from them. 

Now I have a functional desk that is every so pretty. I added my vintage styled blueish metal chair and decorations!

Please leave your comments and let me know what you think.  Please do not use my images without my consent.  If you do use them I ask for a link back to my blog.  

I want to thank my wonderful husband for making this for me.  He did all the woodwork for me and he brought my idea to life.  Thank you sweetheart.  I love you. 

Thank you, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

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Monday, October 10, 2016

My Tea Cart

My Tea Cart

I love all things tea and I have always wanted a pretty tea cart.  So, when I found this tea cart online at Home Depot, I knew just what to do with it.  

Image via The Home Depot

Of course, this wasn't exactly how I envisioned it looking but it was ironwork and it had all the scrolly work that I love!  I painted it white using Rustoleum paint and once that was completed it was time to decorate it. 

I added a pretty mirror to sit my pink Sadler teapot,  tea tin, some vintage crochet items and silver spoon and fork. 

Teacups and some pretty pink napkins with hydrangea napkin rings from Pier 1 Imports. 

On the bottom, I added a beautiful antique Bavarian berry bowl set.

And now I have the tea cart I have always wanted and it is beautiful and useful. 

I even hung 2 pretty tea towels under the handle.  The wheels work very well and it is easy to push. 

Off to enjoy some tea,


Tea Cottage Pretties

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Painting My Christmas Tree

Painting My Christmas Tree

I have owned my pink Christmas tree for many years but I wasn't truly happy with it.  It was a very dark pink color and I really wanted it to be a softer pink.  So this year I decided that I was finally going to paint it.  

Dark Pink

In the above photo, you can see the difference
 in the before and after. 

I realized that the Rust-oleum paints can be used on plastic as well,  I figured since my tree is made out of plastic that this paint would work.   So I picked out a lovely soft pink and one can of white.  I had decided that I wanted white accents to simulate snow. 

It took a total of 4 cans of light pink to cover my tree.  I took my tree outside, shaped it a little and painted it.  When I finished painting it pink I took the white and hit the tips of each branch.  

I let it sit outside to dry. 

Then I moved it into my tea room. 

I had found some beautiful light pink lights at Big Lots over the summer.  Not only were the lights pink but the wires were pink as well.  So I added my lights and you can not even see the wires.  

I added my Rachel Ashwell shabby chic tree skirt and my paper churches.  I will be waiting to decorate because Christmas is a long way off but since I already had my tree out to paint it, I thought I would just leave in my tea room.  Besides a pink tree is perfect any time of the year for this girly girl.  

Loving my new lighter pink Christmas tree.


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I do not know how this would turn out on a traditional green tree.  However, I will say that painting your tree is totally doable.  You do need to make sure that your paint is for plastic if your tree is made of plastic.  It does take a lot of cans to get nice coverage. I did test a tiny piece of my tree to make sure it would work before I started painting my tree.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall

Happy Fall

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Fall!

I am a day late because I was out all afternoon with my sweetie yesterday.  

This week has been filled with lots of projects.  It started out with painting the furniture for my daughter over the weekend and then carried over into my week.  I guess I am just in a crafting sort of mood.  

I have been working on my Christmas tree which was a very dark and bright shade of pink.  I decided that I wanted to paint it a lighter shade of pink and then highlight it with white.  I is starting to look really good and I post more about my tree later.  

Then I started working on a little curio cabinet that was given to me by someone special.  It was in need of some love so I am working on that has well.  I am excited about how it is turning out and I will share this project as well in a future post. 

In between all the projects, I have been decorating for Fall and enjoying my family.  

Wishing you and yours a lovely fall season, 


Tea Cottage Pretties

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Chalkboard Furniture - What was old is new again!

Chalkboard Furniture

What was old is new again. 

My sister-in-law gave our daughter her furniture from when she was a little girl.  Manufactured in 1979, this is a very common style of furniture from that era.  It is very well made and has stood the test of time.  As usual with this type of furniture it had yellowed over time and was in need of a makeover.  

To update the furniture we decided on using a chalkboard paint in a deep grey color.  Not only does the paint update the furniture but our daughter will be able to write on her furniture with chalk.  How fun it that!!!

We started by cleaning the furniture and priming it.   Then we sanded it and painted it using a tiny roller.  This gave us a nice chalkboard surface with a bit of texture.  

Our daughter loves animals and she chose a few pieces to compliment her new furniture.  

We are very pleased with how the furniture turned out.   This project cost us about $30.00 to complete.  That is way better than paying a high price for new furniture.  

Now on to the next project...

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