Monday, September 22, 2014

A Rooftop Refreshment

Black and white: alluring opposites, a dynamic duo.
Both beautiful, they boldly cover my wardrobe, sparingly
 dot my decorating, but never represent my thinking,

as most topics of conversation, opinions, attitudes,
 and beliefs, fall somewhere in between, for me. Life is not
black and white; if anything, it's filled with vibrant colour!

 And so, we come to the subject of this black bistro set, 
that crossed the Atlantic in a container from Canada,
along with several antiques, and second hand gems,
many years ago.  In its prime, it was quite pretty,

  but, due to the negligent behaviour of its occupants, 
(the guilty yours truly and hubby), having literally, been left out 
in the cold, and clearly, not rejuvenated by the rain,
 its brilliant, black radiance was unfortunately, 
 (but not intentionally),  reduced to a corroded, rusty malady.

It was time for a much needed makeover. Two coats
of creamy white for metallics were sprayed on, and,

like magic, the weary, wrought iron trio 
morphed into a lovely and lustrous place of leisure;

 a rooftop refreshment, with which to peruse

 the picturesque and panoramic 'Poppy Views'.

Thanks for visiting and
have a wonderful week!

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  1. I love your writing, Poppy! You make me smile! And this bistro set has a new life. What a wonderful view, I would be very happy to join you there! :)

    Jane xx

  2. Nice to see you again, Poppy!
    What a cozy place you have ! Your post is full of interesting and beautiful things!

    I hope you remember me. Have a lovely week!

  3. Simply wonderful. Feels like a complete new set!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  4. Hello Poppy
    Lovely to see you beautiful balcony. You transformed those Canadian wrought iron chairs and now they will serve you well. Wishing you a glorious week

  5. I am not one for rustic looking wrought iron and love the makeover of the bistro set. The sugar bowl in the second photo appears to have your blog name as part of the pattern - very creative Poppy.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  6. A little paint, a little prose, and a not so little view! What more could we want??!


  7. Hello Poppy! I think I have told you before that you grow the best geraniums. Your bistro set looks fantastic in white ~ very chic!

  8. I don't think I would get much housework done if I had a spot like that to sit and eat/read/relax.

  9. Good Afternoon Poppy, Personally, I am not a fan of rust, although I know it is very popular at the moment.... but I love how you have totally transformed your black, rusted chairs into something spectacular. The new colour really suits your patio.... I love it.
    Poppy, your fruit platter looks lovely.... I would love to eat one of those big, fat, juicy grapes.
    Have a wonderful evening.
    Best Wishes

  10. My, how that white paint made such a lovely transformation! It made all of the rest of those gorgeous colors just POP all the more! And that fruit looks delectable! Have an awesome week!

  11. The view from your balcony is breathtaking and that flower pot, how lovely! You did an excellent work and the chair turned out so beautifully.The last picture could be a painting, I think...
    Have a nice week!

  12. I've admired that set from afar for a long time now Poppy and thought how nice it would be to sit with you and enjoy your magnificent vistas!
    With a little imagination and a can or two of fresh white paint a transformation has taken place - it's lovely!
    I'm with you nothing is ever black and white and you Poppy, always bring a post full of much needed colour to my life in the dreary days of winter!
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your holiday!
    Shane x

  13. You always bring a smile to my face with your lyical words and beautiful pictures, sweet Poppy :)

    I loved seeing so much color in your post. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week! Hugs to you!

  14. They look really good! The white makes them look very fresh and clean. I'm glad you were able to refresh them and give them a little more life.

  15. Lovely post, so colorful! I love it! Me thinks Poppy's views are fantastic! The makeover looks wonderful, you did a great job.. Have a happy week ahead!

    PS, thanks for stopping by and for the nice comment.

  16. I totally agree - nothing is black and white but full of lovely color. Your newly painted chairs are lovely and so is the setting. Your grapes are gigantic!

  17. Your table and chairs look so pretty after their makeover!! I don't suppose that you would like to come and do mine would you........ It must be a lovely place to sit and look out and contemplate, especially with your newly renovated furniture. xx

  18. I've sprayed painted my wrought iron set many, many times, it's really still the best outdoor furniture for wear and tear. You did a great job and it looks spanking new again, and so very pretty Poppy.

    May your week be spent soaking up that incredible view while nibbling on those luscious fruits.
    Love the white planter with the cherubs.

    Hugs - Mary

  19. Poppy, querida,

    Mas que encanto que ficou esse jogo de belas cadeiras.

    Você deu vida nova a elas.

    O conjunto com essas deliciosas frutas...muito lindo!

    beijinhos e tenha uma ótima semana,

    Lígia e =^.^=

  20. Twoje krzesełka pomalowane na biało są teraz piękne. Możesz wypoczywać na tarasie, podziwiać widoki i zajadać soczyste owoce. Raj na ziemi, buziaki:)

  21. I agree - life should be anything but just black and white!!! Loving all the vibrant colours in this post.

  22. Amazing what spray paint can do. That trio is so perfect for that spot overlooking the most coveting view.
    Enjoy my dear


  23. I'm currently sitting on just such a project - I have the paint, I have the rusting garden furniture, I just have to join the dots! A bit of sunshine would help to motivate me. Looks lovely.

  24. We have an upstairs - off-the-master-bedroom -- set that looks much like yours did. You've inspired me to get some paint. . .actually, those views have inspired me to renew the Greek house search. . .in Crete!!

  25. Your bistro set looks very much at home on its rooftop perch and what a great job of repainting. Color is a wonderful addition to the world, I'm so glad it's not in black and white. Stunning views and stunning fruit.

  26. You definitely brought it back to life- very pristine and beautiful again..although I do like rust too..usually on old barns though. LOL! Have a wonderful day!

  27. I love the transformation! What I love even more is the way your tell the tale, transforming a the simple story of spray paint into a fairytale and bringing that bistro set to life! Love it...books, lady. You should be writing books! :)

  28. What a transformation! So fresh! And that panoramic vista - pure bliss!!! I picture you sitting there....writing your blog. Hi, Poppy :) Happy first day of fall. xo

  29. I LOVE do~overs!
    it's so pleased with itself now . . . holding center stage on the terrace . . .
    fresh and white and ready for everyday celebrations of life!

  30. Hi Poppy, you did a fabulous job transforming the outdoor furniture! What pretty views too sit outside and have your fresh fruit. Have a wonderful fall week.
    Julie xoxo

  31. Pure magic what paint and love can do!! Wow!
    I am painting an old desk right now,I can not get over what a difference paint can make.
    I hope you've been staying cool. Summer temps are back here this week:)
    xo Lucy~

  32. Gorgeous and your scenery is quite the view. Lovely place to have lunch.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  33. ihre dekoration ist wunderschön!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

  34. Ah, how things seemed either black or white when I was young. It took years to realize the wisdom of grays in conversation, and withholding quick judgement, not that it comes easy with age all the time.

    And yes, what would our lives be without color? But the pristine white flatters the fruit and china on your table, Poppy. The detail on the iron was worth a closeup, and worth preserving.

    A touch of black always seems to add a little sophistication but your bistro set that was painted with love is so pretty in fresh white.

  35. Poppy, you do have a way with words. I love your freshly painted bistro set in creamy white and what a view you have to enjoy! Your table top vignette is very cheerful and pleasant to the eye. It's always a pleasure to visit you. Have a wonderful weekend.


  36. Your "new" bistro set looks more at home at Poppy's House than the old black one. The creamy color is more you and it compliments the vibrant colors that surround you better. BTW, I love how you discretely placed your name on the sugar bowl. The tea set looks like it was especially made for you. You are a clever lady. Have a nice weekend, Poppy. Christa

  37. and lo and behold..... you have a beautiful white patio set of furniture sparking in the Med sun!!! A good white makeover works wonders sometimes. The bodegon setting just completes this picture of Mediterranean leisure.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  38. So pretty! Would you mind if I just camped out on your lovely porch for a while? The view is so breathtaking.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  39. It is just so beautiful. The view is stunning enjoy every minute.
    Thanks for sharing
    Blessings from South Africa

  40. Okay, after the lovely stay in your guest room, I would love to have a cup of coffee on that lovely, freshly painted bistro set. The view is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing at the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

  41. That is a lovely spot and a beautiful view.

  42. You know I love a bit of rust and aged patina, but refreshing the bistro set with white was the perfect answer and dignifies the view !

  43. Oh how I love your posts! I seriously want to be there right now, glass of wine in hand, maybe a good cheese =) Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! PINNED! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM at

  44. Oh, what a delightful makeover, dear Poppy! The new white is so clean and refreshing - I love it :) Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Love and hugs!

  45. Always amazing to me what a lil paint can do.............your bistro set looks wonderful and what an
    amazing view. Enjoy sitting and eating out there and taking in that wonderful view.
    Great job.
    blessings, Nellie


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