Farmhouse summer porch tour

Hello and welcome! I’m excited to be teaming up with my Farmhouse friends again for June! We are a bunch of Farmhouse style bloggers and we just love sharing our FH ideas with you, we truly hope you enjoy the many different ways you can add a farmhouse touch to your home and we hope you gather some inspiration as we share our obsession love with you!

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This month I will be giving a little tour of our Farmhouse summer porch…

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This summer I decided to simplify, if you know me you know that I LOVE to complicate things, so simplifying was a bit of work for me! Something is just wrong with that, I mean shouldn’t simplifying be easier for someone to do? One of these days I’ll get the hang of it… I just need to face it, I’m one of those people that likes, even needs to take the long way around the scenic route if you will.

**Note: if you don’t like peonies you should not join in on this tour, there may be an abundance of flower shots… don’t say you haven’t been warned! ;)**

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We’ve been in this house now for 3 years… when I first saw this porch I was a bit overwhelmed! What the heck was I going to do with all of this space? Here is a before photo, this was on the realtors site.


And the right now…


We’ve done a few things since we moved here and I’m happy to say that we’ve made this porch welcoming, it’s definitely us with our eclectic collection of thrifted and rescued items, I didn’t need to be overwhelmed nor did I need to fill every nook and cranny with stuff! Next summer we are hoping to give this porch just a little face lift, give it more of a farmhouse vibe if you will. Stay tuned for that! :) If you’re curious, you can see some of our past tours here and here.

I must tell you the headboard bench is one of my favourite things on this porch, for our taste it’s just the perfect balance of rustic and pretty!


That little hummingbird pillow is so special, I found it at a little store one day and stopped in my tracks when I saw it… never mind that I have a “slight” pillow addiction, the reason I stopped in my tracks and had instant tears is because of that hummingbird. My Mom passed away in 2014 and everyday without her has been and continues to be a struggle, to say she was my best friend is a huge understatement. The hummingbird comes into the picture because that is the motif my brother and I decided on when laying her to rest. I promise this is not a morbid story… anyways when we were laying her beside Dad we were going to take the ceramic hummingbird and keep it, use it as a treasured keepsake if you will. Do you think we could get that bird off of that urn? That may not seem very funny, but we all started to laugh, I mean even the Priest tried to get that ceramic hummingbird, each of us thought of Mom and how she wasn’t giving us that little bird regardless of what we wanted, that was hers and she was keeping it. Through our tears we laughed, that gave us such comfort in such a sad time.  After that day hummingbirds have been surrounding my Brother and I, we are seeing them in the most unusual and surprising places, so much comfort and of course both of us think it’s Mom showing that she’s still looking out for us. When someone you love passes taking comfort and seeing “signs” and feeling them still with you is a wonderful way to continue on and cherish the memories. So here the little pillow sits, right in the spot that Mom liked to sit when she was here on our porch. <3

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This little beauty came to visit one day too and I was lucky enough to capture her in mid-flight.

We love sitting on the porch, drinking our coffee in the early morning, looking out over the property, it’s so calm and private out here our little slice of peace and quiet in this crazy busy world. Relax…


Some people think we do way too many projects, that we’re always too busy DIYing, I know that some don’t get why we putter and are constantly working on something. I can share with you exactly why we do what we do… the sense of pride and accomplishment we have when we sit down to relax in or on something we’ve built and made together is extremely fulfilling. Both of us love creating, building and puttering. We actually just built this secret garden gate using an antique crib, you can see how we built that here.

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We just love the way it turned out, so sweet!

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Living in the here and the now on this porch is exactly how we like it, simply listening to nature and taking the time to sit and talk or just to listen to the sounds that surround us, appreciating this exact moment we are in… living simply and having gratitude.

Sitting on my Nanny’s rocking chair, reflecting…


There are down sides to hanging out surrounded by nature though… some addictions have developed! Some very serious addictions. You may have heard of it, the peony addiction?

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My tone is joking above, but I am VERY serious! These flowers they have taken over my thoughts! So gorgeous and fragrant! Actually the longer we live here the more flower and plant obsessed I am becoming, okay so not a horrible side effect of living in the country! 😉


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I’m so glad you could join me and take my farmhouse summer porch tour, thank you!

And now… you get to check out all of the farmhouse eye candy… a win win.  If you’d like you can also follow along with me on Instagram and Facebook… check out the hashtag #FarmhouseFriends and enjoy all of the lovely that my Farmhouse friends have to offer!

I hope you can sit somewhere peaceful and reflect on all the good in your life, to quote one of our closest friends, peace and blue skies. xo















Thanks so much for joining us on our #FarmhouseFriends hop… you’ll be seeing so many more good projects to come, make sure you stay tuned! :)

Check out each blogger’s project below!

Angie @ Knick of Time

Susan @ Love of Home

Julie @ Love My Simple Home

Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

Paula @ Sweet Pea

Tammy @ One More Time Events

Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

Kim@ Hunt and Host

Tricia @ Suburban Bitches

Amy @ My Life From Home

Visit hashtag #FarmhouseFriends on social media as well!










Repurposed antique crib – DIY secret garden gate

I’ve always wanted a secret garden… it seems so intriguing and romantic don’t you think? Maybe you feel that way too or it’s just the sound of crickets out there right now, awkward! 😉 Since we moved here 3 years ago this path has looked naked to me like something was missing. This path leads back to some really awesome trails and to a very busy beaver dam… I’ll let you in on a little secret, there’s not really a secret garden back there at all, shocking I know. Who knows, maybe someday there will be, but right now our naked path has a brand new gate repurposed from an antique crib, I just LOVE the way it’s turned out and bonus, the path is no longer naked!


So naked, right!?

In case this is your first time here let me fill you in and give you the scoop. Since January, myself and a wonderful group of Canadian bloggers are challenging ourselves monthly with a predetermined medium, something different each month and creating something fun & unique. We are also inviting YOU to join us on Instagram and show us your awesome projects at the end of each month. Each of us will feature our favourite project on our own IG accounts. It’s been fun to see all of the unique projects so far, thank you very much to those of you who are playing along, so much inspiration!

This really has been a lot of fun! I just can’t believe we are actually half way through the year already, that means half way through the #12MonthsOfDIY!!! What the… that makes me a little sad.

Here are the projects so far:

January – Mason Jars

February – Fabric

March – Wood

April – Thrift Store

May – Mod Podge

and June is… Spray paint!!!

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I bet you can guess what I spray painted for June’s challenge?

The secret garden gate idea hit me one day while I was out junking, I prefer “hunting” with one of my bloggy friends, Hi Thea! We came across an awesome antique crib and I just knew I had to have it and I knew what I was going to use it for. I didn’t take it home that day because it was raining and cold, I just couldn’t see my self wrestling with this thing or asking my friend to get all dirty and help me wedge this in my car, but I did go back for it shortly after.

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Fast forward a year, a whole year that antique crib sat taken apart in the shop just waiting…

Until Mr. asked me one day, “your spray paint project coming up, do you want to make that gate you’re always talking about”?  I did not have to be asked that question twice!

Materials we used to make the secret garden gate

Antique crib (one end – head board)

Heavy duty hinges x 2

1 gate latch

One large round steel pipe (1/2″ diameter – 5′-0″ long) – for hanging the heavy gate off of

One square steel tube pipe (1″x 1″x 60″l) – to use as the gate latch

Grinder with wire wheel and grinding wheel


Safety glasses and clothing


2 cans of white rust-oleum white paint (2x ultra  COVER paint & primer)satin finish

Steps to making the gate

**(spoiler alert – if you are against modifying anything antique you might want to stop reading now)**

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1 Wire wheel all of the old paint off of one end (we decided to use only one end as the gate) make sure to wear protective gear (long sleeve shirt, gloves, eye protection,  if you use a wire wheel to clean the paint off. Note: there are other products out there but for us when taking paint especially old paint this method is the fastest.

2 We cut one foot off of the crib end, this would be the latch side.

3 Weld the female hinge ends to gate.

4 Weld the male hinge ends to the large steel pole (we could not find the exact hinges we needed, so we modified – as pictured)

5 Grind and smooth any welded edges that are not smooth, make smooth.

6 Lay out your complete gate assembly on the floor , double checking heights and design and have one final look over the function of your gate.

7 Hang the gate from the ceiling and wipe the entire thing down with acetone prior to painting, this will clean and prepare your surface for painting.

8 Following the instructions on the paint can, paint the gate (I did 2 coats). Make sure to have lots of ventilation and wear a face mask.

9 While the gate is drying install the posts, we decided to use steel posts sunk into the ground, we did not want to damage the tree by hanging the gate off of it. Bang the large round post (with the male end of the hinges) into the ground with a sledge hammer, hammer it down far enough for the gate to be sturdy (4′-0″ min – below the frost line) Install the smaller steel tube on the other side (latch side), make sure to measure and install as per your required width. Again, hammer the tube until deep and sturdy into the ground, below the frost line (min 4′-0″ deep).

10 Paint the posts in place (to allow for any final welding adjustments, also the posts need to be hammered into the ground we did not want to damage the paint), we used brown paper on the ground to protect the grass and painted the posts.

11 Install the gate to the posts, stand back and enjoy!

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GardenGateDIY | Vin'yet Etc. GardenGateDIY | Vin'yet Etc. Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY Spray paint project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

12MonthsofDIY-June-Spray-Paint-DIY-Craft-Ideas | Vin'yet Etc.From the top left, they are:

DIY Spray Painted Terra Cotta Planter from Woman in Real Life

DIY Pencil Holder from Love Create Celebrate

Spray Paint Wicker Chair Makeover from Life is a Party

Recycled Outdoor Plant Pot Using Spray Paint from Time with Thea

Upcycling Outdoor Home Decor with Spray Paint from Sustain My Craft Habit

Painted Closet Doors from Fresh Crush

Gold Straw Himelli Plant Holders from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Repurposed Antique Crib DIY Secret Garden Gate from Vin’yet Etc.

DIY Coral from PMQ for Two

DIY Spray Painted Pink Living Room Side Table from Woman in Real Life

How to Update Your Home on a Budget with Spray Paint from The DIY Mommy

DIY Mirror and Photo Frame from Fresh Crush

Thanks so much for stopping in! xo Now head on over to Instagram and show us your awesome spray painted projects, use the hash tag #JuneSprayPaint, we can’t wait to see them!





























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Homestead tour ~ Before | Vin’yet Etc.

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What did you do this summer?

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Buzz off

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$180 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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Industrial style desk ~ reveal 2/3

Industrial Desk reveal 2 | Vin'yet Etc.

Welcome to part 2 of this 3 part series, the second industrial desk is built and I must say that we are all very happy with how it turned out! Our audio student had some design elements that he wanted incorporated into the second desk, I think we met all of his needs. This post […]

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Project ~ Summer Kitchen

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What is a summer kitchen? Before moving into our 1854 farm house I had no idea what it was, I certainly would have never guessed that it was considered a luxury if a home had a summer kitchen. In reality all this wide open room had going for it was the fact that the cooking […]

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DIY ~ Influenced by…

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There are so many influences and inspirations out there… this series will be dedicated to what makes me want to give it a go… add my own spin. ~ This “influenced by” is from Sow & Dipity, you can find her blog HERE. She’s a real sweetie, her name is Shelly… you should check out […]

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Industrial style desk ~ reveal 1/3

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Happy Birthday Munk! Munker, is the nickname we gave to our baby boy Michael, “baby” is a relative term today because he’s 6′-4″ and not much of a baby any more! :’) Our “baby” just turned 23 on March 20th – I can’t even believe it! Time is a bitter sweet thing… As a young […]

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DIY ~ influenced by…

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Since I’ve been blogging (a month and a bit), I’ve been extremely influenced by the creativity out there… inspired enough to do my own version of what they did, call it copying, doing a knock-off or I’ve even heard the term slagging… regardless, I felt inspired enough to get off my butt and try some […]

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Tin Barn Market

Tin Barn Market | Vin'yet Etc.

“Create. Re-purpose. Re-invent. LOVE again.” This concept isn’t new, it isn’t something we haven’t heard before… so what makes this shop “blog-worthy”? The two very inspirational women that own this shop are what make this “blog-worthy”!!! Oh don’t get me wrong, the “market” is full of different, eclectic hand picked items that make any kindred […]

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Confessions of a Newbie…

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It’s been one month exactly since I became a blogger! Happy anniversary to us! Over 3 1/2 months since I’ve felt this way… So why am I feeling so blah? Why the heck am I waking up in the middle of the night with self doubt! I have nothing to stress about, my family is […]

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DIY clock

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My love of re-purposing and antiques, added to that a slight obsession with clocks, (alright “slight” may be an understatement) a full blown fixation is more like it! This DIY is gonna be awesome! 😀 A clock made out of an antique stovepipe collar…what? Yep, I’ve seen these pipe surrounds used many different ways. Some […]

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My Catch # 4

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Metropolis Living, my 4th and final stop on what I am touting as my dream day! In my last post I said I was saving the best until last… What I mean by that is, while all of the places were awesome & amazing, for me personally this place was the cherry on top of […]

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Our first DIY


Hi There… This is our very first DIY post and it’s kind of terrifying. SO many good blogs out there, how do we make this one our very own? Jump in both feet, be yourself… The only way we know how. This post is dedicated to a very good friend of ours, Dwight. He has […]

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My Catch #3

Jaws Antiques

My 3rd stop of the day was just down the street, no moving of the car! Awesome!!! Jaws Antiques… Interesting name! I had read some reviews on this place and was excited to get some deals… The contrast from my last stop to this place was evident right away! It was packed with everything from […]

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My Catch #2


Driving into the heart of the city I had no idea what to expect. I’ve done city driving, I’m good to go, right? Well there is a lot of negativity out there ref Toronto driving, I must admit I was a little anxious… I am happy to report though that not one bad thing happened, […]

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My Catch #1

The salvage-shop

Hey there, as some of you may know I had a pretty huge adventure on Saturday! While Bud was at the car show in Toronto (boring), I went hunting! And yes my eyes were WAY bigger than my budget (of course-I wanted everything) and even the amount of time in the day wasn’t enough! It’s […]

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Happy Hunting!

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“Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”. Okay maybe not wabbits per say, but goodies… I’ll be cruzin’ vintage, antique and loveliness this coming weekend! This is my first hunting trip, I’ll be hitting up 8 stores in the Toronto area! My eyes may be way bigger than my pocket book, or my comfortable shoes […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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This is our first post, thought I would launch the site with a Valentine tribute to my Mr. Mans… June 17th, 1989, our wedding day… Keep in mind this was the 80’s and poofy was the style! 😉 Kissing my husband for the first time! Our first dance as husband and wife! xo Awwww, so […]

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