Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dinning Room Changes

Hello Everyone!  I wanted to share some of my dining room changes.  Keep in mind that I’m not quite done yet.  I plan to repaint the dining room in July or August when it’s too hot to be outside.  Right now the weather is too pretty to be inside painting!   To see a before of my dining room you can go here. 

The biggest change I made to the dining room was adding black buffalo check fabric.

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I repainted two dining room arm chairs from white to black and added the black buffalo check fabric to the seating.  

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The picture behind the chair is one that I had forgot that I had.   It is a photograph of my grandmother feeding chickens on the family farm.  

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I found it about a month ago in an old suitcase that I was given.  We’re guessing she was probably about eleven or twelve years old when this picture was taken.  

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I kept the plates on the wall but I changed the vignette on top of the buffet. 

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I replaced the dining room chairs with these chairs that I purchased at an auction a while back. 

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As you can see I painted all of them black. 

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I wanted to change the lighting in the dining room but I haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for.  So until I do, I am making do with what I have.  I did make a change to the shades.  I covered the shades with twisted manila rope. 

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Covering those shades has really made a big difference.  It was an easy fix for very little money.  I priced out new shades and they were expensive!

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When I purchased the black buffalo check fabric, I purchased enough fabric so I could make simple valances out of it to hang in the dining room. 

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The inspiration behind my changes in the dining room were the result of finding my grandmother’s picture.  I’m so glad I did!

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Gail 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Head Board Bench

Hello Everyone!  Have I told you lately how awesome my husband is?  I pick up twin head boards here and there when I see them at a good price.  Look at what Charlie made using one of the twin head boards. 

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He never ceases to amaze me at what he can do even though he tells me he’s not a carpenter! 

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I think he did a darn good job!

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The other day, I took it to my booth.  Now, I’m hoping he will make another one (or two) for me since I have two more twin head boards in the garage. 

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful week. 

Gail

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Drop Leaf Table

Hello Everyone!  Several months ago,  I purchased this drop leaf table at an auction knowing that it was going to require some work.  The top had some deep scratches. 

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My intentions were to sell it.  Now that I’m done with all the hard work of sanding, staining and painting, I’m not so sure I’m going to sell it.  I think I’m going to keep it for myself. 

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I placed it behind my sofa and I really like it there.  

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I accessorized the top with things I already had with the exception of the black kitchen scale that I recently purchased. 

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How do you like my corn cob carrots?  Aren’t they cute! 

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Charlie and I finished the head board bench.  I can’t wait to share it!  It turned out really nice.  Now we need to get busy and build another potting bench.  The one we just made has sold already.

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a blessed week. 

Gail 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Cleaning

Hello Everyone!  In between working on projects in the garage, I have been doing some much needed spring cleaning.  I feel as if I have neglected my home since opening my booth.  I have cleaned the kitchen and dinning room from head to toe and at the same time I made quite a few changes, especially in the dinning room.    

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I really love the changes in the dinning room.  I have four more chairs left to paint and then I will share all the changes with you.  

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Charlie and I are going to visit our daughter and son-in-law this weekend.  Our son-in-law will be deploying sometime this month to Afghanistan.  Most of his Army career has been in Special Forces training so this will be his first deployment.  It has been awhile since we have seen them and we can’t wait to spend time with the both of them before he deploys.

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Gail

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mantel Shelf and an Old Rusty Pitch Fork

Hello Everyone!  Several months ago while browsing around the antique mall, where my booth is located, I found this old rusty pitch fork.  

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I just fell in love with it’s worn weathered rustiness.  Look at the handle!     

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But I wasn’t sure what I would do with it when I bought it.  The other day, while placing papered eggs that I made on my mantel shelf,  I thought about that pitch fork and the possibility of hanging it beside my mantel shelf. 

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And that’s just what I did.  I dug it out of the garage, cleaned it up a little and hung it in the family room beside my mantel shelf.  

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At first I wasn’t sure if it was going to be too much on that wall but you know what…..I really like it hanging there!   

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I think it will be there for a while.  I can just envision hanging small wreaths from it! 

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

  Gail

P.S.  Because I get so many emails in regards to my mantel shelf, I feel this is worth noting again, I purchased it many years ago at an auction!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Another Potting Bench!

  Whew…..what a week it has been!  I have been so busy this whole week working on  projects for my booth.  This past weekend, I believe people had Spring fever because things were moving out of my booth.  I sold quite a few things including the potting bench that I just placed in my booth (which you can read about here).   With the potting bench and other things selling, it left my booth looking rather sparse.   So, Charlie and I went to Lowe’s and bought lumber and fencing to make a potting bench to replace the one that sold.   And this is what we came up with. 

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On the day that we started making the potting bench, I tried to take pictures but they did not turn out very well.  It was cloudy which makes it very dark in the garage.   But I can tell you what materials we used to make the potting bench.  We built the frame with 1x3’s and the legs were 2x3’s.

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For the back of the potting bench we used 6’ cedar fence boards.   We also used it for the top and bottom shelf.  To assemble it, we used glue, the nail air gun and screws.

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    I wanted the potting bench to look weathered so I first stained it with Minwax in Dark Walnut.  After the stain dried, I dry brushed a watered down white flat paint on it. 

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I think I achieved the look I was going for and I also think that Charlie and I didn’t do too bad for our first experience on making a potting bench!

Now lets see how long this potting bench lasts in my booth! 

As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  We’re suppose to have gorgeous weather here this weekend….HOORAY! 

Gail

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Projects before the storm….

Hello Everyone!  With beautiful Spring like weather yesterday, I spent most of my day in the garage with both of the bays opened enjoying the 70 degree weather.   I was busy making new Spring wreaths…….  

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…accessorized the baker’s rack on my screened-in porch…..

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….finished the 13 garden flower plates I made using thrift store items……

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….I also made two birdhouses using fence posts;

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and Charlie and I started working on two benches using twin headboards. 

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Hopefully, today we will be as productive and finish before the winter storm comes!  Yep you read that right, another winter storm is headed our way tonight with significant snow accumulations!!

I’ll be back to share all the completed projects.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Gail

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