Hi All!

Hope you are having a great week.  Here is a peek at the buffet sideboard that I recently found for our patio.  If you have been following me, you know that working on the patio was delayed by staining and getting the deck put back together with a little makeover.  Now that the deck furniture is back where it belongs - I am ready to start tweaking the patio - (and yes that includes hosing down the bricks - yickkk!!!). 
The patio area under our deck provides some shade and a place to serve food and beverages.  Over the years, we have tried a variety of tables with a tablecloth for serving on the patio - but they weren't quite right for everyday.  I decided I wanted some sort of buffet to fit along the wall that also looked good without a tablecloth. 

I had decided if I didn't find one soon, I was going to make one myself and then I spotted this one.  We were on our way back from our Family Reunion, amongst some of the Amish on their travels and decided to stop at some Antique Shops.   Here is one of the Amish buggies near one of the Antique Shops.   
Did you know...a white topped Amish buggy signifies a Nebraska Amish Settlement.  They are the only Amish that use the white top - this is one of their smaller buggies.  The Nebraska Amish are said to be one of the most conservative groups adhering to Old Order Amish - what people traditionally think of when they think of Amish.  The Nebraska Amish settled in central Pennsylvania's Big Valley, specifically - Mifflin County around 1791.  The Nebraska Amish also have a presence in Centre, Huntingdon and Union Counties.  Interesting to me as I have ancestors that settled in each of these counties, some in the 1700's. 
Anyway, I think this sideboard will be a nice addition for the patio.  I decided to buy the large baskets that they had displayed with it in the shop.  We can use them as a storage option or we can pull them out and just use the bottom shelf.   I even considered using these baskets for extra towel storage until I found the basket that keeps them out in plain sight.  

The sideboard is currently a little to orange for me and the baskets a little to yellow - sooooo, I'm sure there will be some sort of makeover in the future.  I am not sure what.   The top is currently has inlaid beige tiles - I'm not sure if they will stay or go... Does anyone have any suggestions for its new look?  It  will be used against the white siding and most of the furniture is dark brown.  Here is one of the before pictures of an adjoining area -  it's pretty plain in this picture - but this will give you an idea what's already there.   
Here is one more look at the sideboard in its current condition - with the baskets.  As far as the buffet goes, and your suggestions - it's all fair game - and  subject to change - - the wood, the tiles and the baskets - what do you think?
That's all for today.  If you have any ideas for refinishing the sideboard and baskets - I'd love to hear what you would do.  Have a great day!!!
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07/22/2012 16:46

Hi Sherry, Thank you for visiting my blog. You did a good job taking pictures of your lantern. Great job, great find...Connie

07/22/2012 16:50

Hi Connie,

Thank you for stopping by!


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