Saltwater Sounds Weekly Wrap-Up

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a weekly collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been going on in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web.

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Happy Saturday! I am ready for a fabulous birthday and anniversary weekend with a lot of fun stuff planned. What are you up to this weekend?

Remember my “sink gone bad” project? Well, we were finally able to put it all together. It’s far from perfect, but when we moved here 9 years ago, we made a deal with ourselves that we weren’t going to get perfection from a 101-year-old house. And I’m getting better about it with each year that passes.

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Here’s where we started. I love this vintage sink but it just wasn’t very practical.

You can see the peeling and chips better in the above picture.

Here’s the reproduction sink ready to be installed.

If you were here last week, you saw this. Not at all what I expected.

And here’s the new farm sink in its new home. I won’t point out the imperfections. I’m sure I will forget all about them one of these days.

We were also busy finding a new home for this vintage column I found a couple of months ago.

We decided to split it in two and put a piece on either side of the kitchen/living room opening.

We like the location but now we have our eye out for a much bigger and better vintage corbels to replace the existing ones above. It just doesn’t look quite right with the way the two come together here, but I know we’ll find just the right piece for both sides. Stay tuned!

In the Garden

This is the week I’ve seen the most progress in the garden this summer. The dahlias are finally starting to pop up along with the black-eyed Susans and strawflower. I am so excited to share more pictures with you next week. You won’t believe everything I captured.

I have the most beautiful dahlias starting to bloom from tubers and seeds. The colors are amazing.

I planted three varieties of strawflower this year.

The black-eyed Susans are going to bring the most pop of color to the garden for the rest of summer and early fall.

Have you joined my Gardening Tips & Tricks group on Facebook? If you have, I would love for you to post some of your garden pictures so we can see what’s happening where you live!

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…


Have you ever thought about growing your own cutting garden but aren’t really sure what you might be getting yourself into? I’ll share some of the cut flower garden “dos and don’ts” that I’ve learned along the way.


Does the holiday season have a way of sneaking up on you? I have the perfect solution! I have 9 simple ideas to start preparing for Christmas in July.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

My friend Leslie at My 100-Year-Old Home shares her recipe for easy ice cream cupcakes.

Wait until you see the gorgeous European-inspired potager garden my friend Chrissie at Chrissie Home and Design created.

More Inspiration…

This safety and pest tip.

This fall DIY project.

How to paint a wall.

The perfect addition to your charcuterie board.

No-bake cheesecake.

Bug repellent luminaries.

In Case You Missed It…


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Enjoy your weekend,


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  1. Kim, I LOVE the sink! How exciting! I completely understand all the oddities about old houses….I love living vicariously through your summer garden, as mine is only producing basil and peppers and grapes. We’ve had so much rain (which is good), but the yard looks oh so tired. Happy Birthday and anniversary, my friend!

  2. Kim that corbel is amazing – I love the work you are doing in your kitchen too! I had no idea you were doing all that! So fun! Thanks for sharing my clay pot gardening tips! xoxo

  3. The vintage column looks great! What a good idea to split it. Your new sink looks amazing, too. It always feels good to get something new! Your garden is beautiful as always. Enjoy your weekend celebrating! Happiest of birthdays to you!! ??

  4. Kim, so much happening at your house. The sink looks incredible. It was inspired of you to split the column down the middle and attach it the way you did – I’ll have to keep that one in mind should I ever find a beautiful column like that. Your garden, as always, looks absolutely stunning. Happy weekend.

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