Monday, April 27, 2009
I worked on a couple of things this weekend. My big project was stripping paint off an old cupboard I bought way last fall. Yes, Ann, I am finally getting around to it!!! I was just going to sand it and repaint, but I couldn't get it smooth enough so I had to strip off all 4 layers of paint. Once I get it finished, I will post pictures. I need to keep you in suspense. Plus if I know you are waiting on pictures, I should get it done faster. Hopefully.
The next project was my laundry/utility room. Since we bought a new washer and dryer a month ago, the outlets and water lines really show up. These styles don't have the part that comes up in the back with the controls on that hides things behind them. I have been trying to figure out what to do to hide all of that since there is no room for a shelf. This is the before.
A couple of weeks ago, Lisa posted about using flour sack cloths in her decorating. That made me start to think of how I could use them. Finally, I came up with the idea of putting a little clothes line in behind them. I made little ticking stockings to add to it as well. While working on the stockings, my daughter Emily asked what else I was going to put on it. I told her I wasn't sure and she said that a star garland would look cute. So upstairs I ran and found one in my stash. I put that on as well and just love the look. I guess she is a prim decorater in-training!! Here is how it turned out.
I made up the display on the dryer using old clothespins in a jar, soap in an enamelware bowl, and the light that I bought just last week at a garage sale. I guess it was just meant to be that I was to work in this room.
Here are a couple of the wall groupings that I have out there as well. I also have a shelf but am in the process of trying to change it around a little. There is an outlet right below it that I am trying to hide. I'll show you when I finish that.
I had to take the picture at an angle because the mirror kept reflecing the flash. I had a whole different display here including a printer's drawer on the far end. I was getting tired of the dust that it collected so I changed it to a sampler I had made. That didn't go with everything else so I changed the whole wall to this. I had bought the mirror a couple of months ago for here but the rest of the things are either redo's or items from some other place in the house. It went together very easily and I like how it turned out.
The last wall grouping I have to show you features a sign that I made a few years ago. It is from Create and Decorate. I still have the issue with my patterns if you want to know exactly which one it was. The washboard is from an auction last year. I like the little size.
Well, I have spent enough time playing this morning. I need to go get some actual work done. I hope you have enjoyed my laundry room tour. Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful day.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I have a couple of makeovers to show you. They are items I picked up a few weeks ago and just now completed. The first is a candle holder. I really wanted one of these and found one at a garage sale. Here is the before:
I painted it black and applied gel stain. I also changed out the handle to a wooden one. I really like how it turned out. My biggest dilemma was trying to decide what color to paint it. Do any of you have that problem? I try to think what room I will put something in and go from there, but that doesn't always help either. Oh, well. Here is the after:
The next item came from the TS. Although the Noah's Ark theme was cute, it didn't quite fit the prim standard. I thought it was hand painted at first so I felt bad painting over it. I soon got over that when I noticed the made in China sticker on the bottom.
Again, the dilemma of paint color. I decided I wanted to use it to store office things in on our desk. I have been wanting to add mustard to the navy in the den so I thought this was a good place to start. I'm sure Noah would be proud. (lol)
I also found a couple of neat prim things at a garage sale yesterday. Both for $5 and the best part is that they are all done and ready to put out. I have a spot in mind for the tray. I'll show you next time.
Lastly, I'll leave you with another picture of JoJo. She would probably not be pleased with this photo, but we tell her she has to be a lady. This picture does not reflect that message!!!
Have a great evening. Thanks for stopping by!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
I also wanted to show you my Primitive kitty, JoJo. She took a minute to pose in the Primitive box out on my porch. She must be trying to tell me I need to get things on the porch arranged now that it is nice.
Hope you all have a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I also bought a little footstool, but forgot to take a picture. So overall it was a very good day for me. Nothing like a few good bargains to brighten a dreary day. Well, gotta go get some laundry done and pick the kids up. We have a long lane and it is raining buckets right now. It will save them from getting soaked and me from having to clean up any mud that is tracked in. Thanks for stopping by and I will try to make something out of my finds and post soon. Bye.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
We had three attic windows in the house. Instead of paying to replace them, we opted to go with the vents. We think it looks just as nice.
The back door:
The bow window was one we didn't replace. We had several years ago. The fence underneath has bittersweet growing on it. Last fall was the first time in about 3 years that I had any berries. I didn't bloom the first year, got frosted out the second, and then finally last year...berries. Yeah!!! I hope this year will be even better.
The front porch steps. The middle one was completely crumbled apart. We had a mason come out to fix it. Well, the whole house has much of this foundation as well as the front porch,so all of it was redone and sealed. They did such a good job, you have trouble telling where it was fixed.
That's it for now. I haven't done any redoing this week. The kids are home for spring break so they have been helping me clean their rooms. It is amazing how much stuff three kids can accumulate. I'm off to do some more. Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Hope you all have a great weekend!! Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
While spring cleaning my kitchen (one of the few rooms done), I switched a couple of shelves around. This was in our family room, but I think I like it in the kitchen better. It goes better with the blue in the wallpaper. I don't have anything on top yet. I want something that won't break if it falls. Gotta go for now. Have a great evening. ~Melissa~