The Sunporch

Finally the weather is beautiful. Today is a gorgeous day in Wilmington, mind Delaware.  One of my favorite places to be in the Spring and Summer is on my sunporch. During the winter months we spend all of our time in the living room with the fireplace going, mind but now this is where I love to be. We used to spend time out here in the winter too, sildenafil the sun felt so good, but in the last couple of years, we wanted save on energy, so kept the doors closed and the heat off.

One of my favorite pieces in my sunroom is this 19th century jelly cupboard. I bought it many years ago in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. I only paid $85. It didn’t look like this when I bought it. It was sitting outside of the antique shop, dirty with  a broken foot. Now here’s the part that I hate to admit, it was painted and I stripped it! Okay, so it wasn’t the best old paint color, but it was original and if I had to do it over again, I would leave it, and probably wax it. It was a dry paint, probably milk paint. I was young and didn’t know any better. So all you young gals out there, please do not EVER remove old paint from a good early piece, and please DO NOT paint and old piece with new paint, if it’s a good one. It totally takes away from the value.

This is an early 19th century faux grained chest. The one side is not in the best condition. Since this graining is original to the piece, I’m not sure that I can match it, so I am thinking of painting something on the sides. I have thought about doing this ever since I bought it, but you know how that goes, so much to do, and so little time. Maybe this is the year it will get done. Enjoy the day everyone!



19 Responses to “The Sunporch”

  1. Bill and Judy Says:

    Great place to spend the spring, summer, and fall!
    Those of us that have antiqued for years have many times stripped that orignial surface or paint! We couldn’t wait for that old red dry sink to look like shiney cherry — mission was accomplished!!! Oh well, live and learn.
    Bill and Judy

  2. Barb Says:

    Your sunporch is beautiful and so inviting. What a perfect place to curl up with a good book and a big glass of iced tea, if only we could find the time!!!!!


  3. Debbie Says:

    Your sun pourch is so lovely! A very inviting place to sit. I can see why you spent most of you time there. I love your cupboard and chest.

  4. tj Says:

    …Oh goodness gracious, that sunporch is just stunning Carole! Your home is so beautiful! I’m surprised your home hasn’t been featured in a magazine yet… :o )

    …Been there and done that with removing old original paint. So sad, but with age comes wisdom. But I must say you have done a beautiful job of refinishing it! ;o)

    …I hope this note finds you enjoying your day!

    …Blessings to you and yours… :o )

  5. carole holt Says:

    Thank you Debbie. Yes, the sunroom is the place everyone wants to be this time of the year.

  6. carole holt Says:

    Thank you TJ. Actually I didn’t know what to post about today, so I thought the sunporch might be a good idea. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing it.

  7. carole holt Says:

    Bill and Judy, I had to smile when I read your comment. I knew I wasn’t alone. My friends have similar stories. You live and learn.

  8. carole holt Says:

    Hi Barb, thank you. Yes, a wonderful place to read a good book if I had the time, but it’s iced coffee for me!
    Happy day

  9. tj Says:

    …Hello again Carole, I was just wondering if you have ever done a post on the history of your home? Isn’t your home historical? Just curious. :o )

    …Have a nice evening!

  10. carole holt Says:

    Hi TJ, I wish I could say my house is early, but it’s not. It does however have some Delaware history to, which I think I wrote about a while back. My house was in Early Homes magazine in the Spring issue this year, but many of my readers were not able to get it. It’s not much different then photos I have shown on my blog but maybe I should scan the article for those that missed it. If I find the year and month I wrote about my houses history, if I really did, I will let you know. If I didn’t, maybe I will.
    Thanks for asking TJ!

  11. Joy Says:

    Carole, whenever I visit your blog I want to just jump right into my computer screen. From your beautiful murals to this, your dreamy sun porch with its wonderful early pieces, you never cease to inspire me. And thanks for the words of wisdom! Even we not-so-youngsters can always benefit from someone else’s experiences. ;~)

  12. carolemurals Says:

    Joy, it is comments like yours and all others that have kept me blogging for the past three years. It’s so nice to know how much it is enjoyed.
    Thank you so much.

  13. Jenny Says:

    Hi Carole,
    Your sunporch is ‘picture perfect’! I can just imagine sipping a glass of rosemary lemonade. I’d love to learn more about your house history too. Thanks for sharing. Jenny

  14. carolemurals Says:

    Hi Jenny, I have never tasted rosemary lemonade. I guess I’ll have to look for that recipe, sounds interesting. I grow rosemary but don’t use it very often so this is an idea. My house is not old. It was built in 1950, but I have painted it in historical colors and filled it with antiques. Everyone thinks it’s old and that’s a nice compliment. It does have a bit of Delaware history and I have written about it on my blog. If I could remember when, I would tell you, but I am sorry I don’t know. If I find it, I’ll let you know.

  15. Judy Says:

    Your sun porch is breathtaking! I do fancy ALL of the antique pieces. They all do tell a story, particularly the pieces with a few extra “blemishes.” Thank you most kindly for sharing your lovely spaces!

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