New Finds for the Dining Room

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in brass, dining room, painted furniture, yard sale | 45 comments

Ok, so I am one of these people who is constantly changing my home!

I cannot leave well enough alone!

When we got home from camp, I saw that my hydrangeas were ready to start coming inside.

They had reached the perfect shade of green!

You can see where I put them in my family room here.

Luckily, I had a few new Goodwill finds that I wanted to put to use on my dining room table.

Here is what I came up with!

Can you believe that everything (except the bird sugar and creamer set – that was a gift from a dear friend!) came from Goodwill, yard sales and  nature?!

Seriously, check out how huge those hydrangea blooms are!

Not to mention, they are the most beautiful, freshest shade of green ever!

The white dish was a Goodwill find.

The nest inside was provided by some sweet little bird from my friend’s barn!

The stack of salad plates was also Goodwill.

The planter was another Goodwill find!

These bird pictures used to hang in my grandmother’s house – sweet memories!

And, what do you do if you run out of wall space, hang them from your bookcases!

(I used the Command hooks – no nails!)

I have shown several pictures of my dining room, but realized that I have never shown you this bookcase.

I have 2 of them.  They were in my husband’s room growing up.

They now sit on either side of the bay window in my dining room and hold my treasures! (along with some of his)

I added 2 more candlesticks to the collection on my buffet.

You can see more pictures of my buffet here.

And, another cream ceramic dish to my hutch.

And, another twisted brass candlestick.

You can see more of my hutch here.

(My oldest is concerned that I might be a hoarder?!)

The tablecloth was a yard sale find.

Can you believe the color of these hydrangeas?!

They are huge!

I really have to find a place to start selling some of these treasures.

I was trying to explain to my husband today how I have to keep bringing new (old) things home so that I will have something fresh to post on my blog (as I unloaded my car with more finds). . . I think he understands?

He is a saint!

Life to the full to you today!

Here are the places that I party!


Southern Hospitality

Under the Table and Dreaming

Flamingo Toes

I Heart Naptime

The DIY Showoff

My 1929 Charmer



Cowgirl Up

Mod Vintage Life

The Brassy Apple

Making the World Cuter

Between Naps on the Porch

Home Stories A to Z

A Stroll Thru Life

Boogieboard Cottage

Kelly’s Corner

The Dedicated House


Domestically Speaking

Elizabeth and Company

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Uncommon Designs

The Winthrop Chronicles

Coastal Charm

Tip Junkie handmade projects



Savvy Southern Style

Shades of Amber

Faded Charm

Someday Crafts

Lil Luna

Ginger Snap Crafts

Beyond the Picket Fence

Crafty Scrappy Happy

Somewhat Simple

Southern Lovely

House of Hepworths

The 36th Avenue

Restore Interiors

Ivy and Elephants



Imparting Grace

My Re-Purposed Life

The Vintage Farmhouse

Freckled Laundry

52 Mantels

No Minimalist Here

The Charm of Home

The Shabby Creek Cottage

From My Front Porch to Yours

The Brambleberry Cottage

Chic on a Shoestring

AKA Design

Katie's Nesting Spot




My Romantic Home

French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

Miss Mustard Seed

Thirty Handmade Days

Stuff and Nonsense

Craft Junkie Too

Common Ground

The Shabby Nest

Family Ever After

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Rooted in Thyme

Fingerprints on the Fridge


Funky Junk Interiors

Classy Clutter

Six Sisters Stuff

It’s Overflowing

Be Different Act Normal


Thrifty Decor Chick
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  1. Dear fellow Blogger:
    I´m Blanca, from Spain.
    Since some time ago I follow your blog with a lot of interest and I enjoy it very much.
    I have a blog too ( which is dedicated to my own handicrafts.
    But I’m increasingly interested in enjoying with some other things too, like decorating, diy, pleasant enviroments and beatiful pictures.
    Because of this I’m considering starting a blog to collect all those images that motivate me and make me dream. It would be a store of ideas.
    It would be possible for me to take some images of your blog and include them in mine?
    Of course I will mention your blog and I’ll include a link to it.

    I look forward to receiving your permission to start this new project as soon as possible.

    Thank you, Blanca.

  2. Lovely, Melissa! I can’t get over the size of your hydrangea blooms! They are just gorgeous and make for a great centerpiece on your table. I love that tablecloth. Great idea to hang the bird pictures on the side of the bookcase. I may have to use that idea in our sunroom. With an open floor plan in our new place that means less wall space to hang stuff {which is okay with my hubby!}.

    • My hydrangea bush is just crazy. My friends ask me what I do to make it so big. The truth is, I NEVER do anything to it!!! They say if a plant is in a “happy place” then it will thrive. So, I guess I have found this hydrangeas “happy place!” I bet there are 75 more blooms that big! You are such an encourager – always leaving such sweet comments! Thank you so much for taking the time to do that! Life to the full to you today!

  3. Oh wow, your flowers are stunning and I totally adore the color. Gorgeous. Beautiful vignette. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    • Always glad to join your party!

  4. Hey Melissa, I was just on pinterest and came across a pin of a ladder decorated with a flag and star. I have seen your ‘party’ ladder on some posts and thought of you! If you are having a 4th of July party this idea was so cute. I just got caught up on the rest of your posts. I love that I am not the only one accused of being a hoarder. Also, I so want the narrow table you have on the stairs landing. Love it!

    • Kristal, thanks for much for taking the time to look through my blog! When I saw the table that I have in my landing at the store, I knew it was perfect! I very rarely buy new, but I could not resist this one!

  5. What a beautiful vignette. Those hydrageas are beautiful the color is amazing. Saw you on Costal Charm.


    • Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I love the color of these hydrangeas! They are Annabelle hydrangeas. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Oh, your hydrangeas are gorgeous! I love all your vignettes, too 🙂

  7. Beautiful! Love that center piece and flowers!

    • Christine, thanks for visiting!

  8. Love your beautiful birdie! The fvlowers are so pretty and love the color. Everything looks so divine. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    • Cindy, thanks for stopping by! I love little birds. (Fake only! I don’t think I could actually take care of a real one!!!)

  9. My hydrangea and I have a love/hate relationship unlike the obvious love link between you and yours! I didn’t think you would touch that side table again, but you did! Love the vignette on the dining table. You definitely have the eye to find things for resell. Find yourself a small booth in an antique mall and try it. My husband’s motto about treasures? It has to be light enough for me to haul!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

    • I am constantly moving things in my house. I cannot leave well enough alone! As for the treasures I find, I have a couple of places that I am going to look. But, I think I going to need to buy a pick-up!

  10. Your hydrangeas are lovely! Our neighbors across the street have them in the front flower bed too. I always look over there in envy wishing we had them too. And I love all your treasures too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • My bush sends up new bushes that can be dug up and transplanted. Maybe they will share? Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!

    I really like all your awesome treasures!!

  12. Beautiful room! So charming and inviting! And the hydrangeas are gorgeous!

    • What wonderful words – charming and inviting! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. You got some great finds! It looks lovely 🙂

    • Thanks! I am having great luck these days at the thrift stores!

  14. Melissa,

    Just wondering about the pottery dishes (soup, sugar, and one other) on the book shelf beside the window – is that Ukrainian pottery?

    My husband and I lived four years as missionaries to Ukraine and during that time I bought a lot of pottery. Your pottery looks very similar to mine.

    Love your “new” finds and your hydrangeas!


    • Heather, My husband and I did a short mission trip to the Ukraine in 1995. It was actually before we were married. I was in Kiev and he was in a little town about 3 hours away. (I know how to say the name of the town, but I do not know how to spell it! The name of the town means “white church.”) We were there for 6 weeks. We went with our campus ministry through a group called, “Let’s Start Talking” I did buy those while I was there! Along with a few other goodies! We did enjoy our time there!

      • So much has changed in Kyiv since 1995..there are even English signs on the metro (subway). My husband is a pastor and we started going over in 2002 on short term missions and finally in 2007 we made the big jump from pastoring to full-time missionaries. We loved our time there, but the “pastoral calling” never left my husband and we moved back in 2011. Now we’re “readjusting” to North American life again.

        I don’t know the village where your husband ministered (there are so many villages there), but I had the opportunity to travel the entire country – loved it!

        Continue exercising your creativity and don’t bury your ‘talents’!


        • The name of the village where my husband was is Bila Tserkva. We would love to have the opportunity to go back again! I am sure that it would be a totally different experience! I am sure that it has been quite the adjustment moving back to America! Life to the full to you!

  15. I like all your things but the hydrangeas are my favorite
    I found you on Ivy & elephants


    • Thanks! The hydrangeas are just amazing this year! I just love the color!

  16. I love Hydrangeas!! This is just beautiful. Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share you ideas with us.


  17. WOW! I can’t believe some of those pieces are from Goodwill…and those hydrangeas are STUNNING!

  18. The table is so pretty! Thanks for linking up.

  19. CUTE and CUTER! Amazing finds and the hydrangeas are lovely. My first visit and it’s been fun.

  20. I am sure that there are many, many husbands out there scratching their heads (mine included, believe me), as they wonder how much more stuff we’re going to bring into the house! I have enough stuff to do posts for YEARS, and like you, I keep finding more stuff I “need” for a post…It’s addictive, I tell you!! Anyway, your finds are wonderful, the hydrangeas ARE beautiful, and I enjoyed your post. ~Zuni

  21. Your vignette is beautiful I love what you put together, so cottagey and so charming!…Christine

  22. I love everything in your dining room! Do you have to spray those beautiful hydrangeas before you bring them into the house? I’ve never done that but I have some in my yard and I wondered. I need to make a trip to good will. Your post is inspiring.

  23. We were out of town all last week, so I didn’t get to visit many of you, but I had a great time going thru the links picking features this week. Amazing what lies behind those little thumbnail photos that are posted! Here are just a few of the wonderful links from you all last week, that are full of vintage Fall and Halloween inspiration.

  24. Thank you for sharing the gift of salvation – and the plan to receive it. I need to do that much more with my blogging! Praising the Lord for my salvation!!

  25. Thanks! The hydrangeas are just amazing this year! I just love the color!

  26. The room is glowing, I especially love the blue and the mirror! I wouldn’t want to leave my visit at your nest if this was my room. Happy Nesting.

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