Friday, October 30, 2009

Paint Paint and More Paint

WOW what a week it has been!   Between the kitchen remodel and having to deal with my computer crashing due to a window update, I think I’m doing pretty good so far. 

Monday was the official kick-off of our kitchen remodel.  I primed the kitchen cabinets on Monday and on Tuesday put my first coat of white paint on them.  I do believe I have finished the final coat  of paint on my cabinets as of today.   I  put a total of four coats of paint on my cabinets.  I must tell you I’m so LOVING the white!  

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The cabinet doors drying.100_1186

Hubby had off today (CWS day) and is  working hard. He’s taking up the lin0leum flooring and what a mess! 



But we have this now just waiting in our garage to replace the linoleum.


I know what we’ll be doing this weekend but I can see sunshine at the end of this tunnel!  What a way to spend our anniversary weekend……in the kitchen of all places.

Happy Halloween and have a wonderful weekend!


I’m linking this post to  Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for her Saturday Nite Special.  This weekend’s theme is anything goes. 

Monday, October 26, 2009

Prime Time Kitchen

This little baby has done wonders today.  I’ve primed my kitchen cabinets and let me tell you it has brightened up the kitchen just with primer paint. 


Below is a picture of the kitchen before.


Now a picture of the kitchen with primer.  But before you look, please pardon my messy cabinets on the inside.   I’ll clean them before I put the doors back on. 



We’re just moving right along with this kitchen remodel.  We’ve selected and have ordered our ceramic tile for the kitchen floor.  It should be in next Tuesday.  Below is a picture of the tile we’ve chosen. 


We haven’t made a final decision on the counter top just yet.  Not sure if we’re going with granite or quartz.  Will probably make a decision on that in the next week or so. 

You know what I’ll be doing tomorrow…….

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Have a wonderful day.


I’m linking this post to Kimba at A Soft Place to Land for DIY and Kimm at Reinvented  for Trash to Treasure .

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vignette Party

Donna at Funky Junks Interior is having a Saturday Night Linky Party and I’m linking up.  This party is all about vignettes so I’ll be showing you a few of my favorites. 

I’ll start with the kitchen.    I recently started collecting ironstone, especially pitchers. 


Just got this little lamp at an auction last night and once I get a lamp shade for it I will display that on the table to add a little more lighting there.   Oh that’s Duncan in the pic too.  


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The mantel in the family room.  045 - Copy

My desk. 

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The top of one of my book cases in my office.038

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That is “Becka” sitting in the rocking chair.  Becka is an old rag doll that my daughter was so attached to.  Becka is 20-years-old!

Enjoy your weekend!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hurry…..Traci’s having a Giveaway!

Yes it’s true,  Traci at Beneath My Heart is having a giveaway! 

A burlap magnet board she made for one lucky winner!


Isn’t it the cutest thing ever!  Go check out her post and leave her a comment to get your name in the drawing.  The giveaway will end at midnight EST this Thursday, October 22nd. 

Good luck to everyone!


P.S.  If I’m the lucky winner I’ve already picked out the perfect place for it. 

Procrastinators Party – The Kitchen

When Melissa at the Inspired Room  was hosting  a Procrastinators Party I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to join in the fun and get started on our kitchen remodel. I  knew that I wouldn’t complete the kitchen remodel in two weeks, but I do feel good about what we’ve accomplished so far.  Between juggling two on-going clients and my husband’s busy schedule, we were able to at least get started.  Below is a before picture of our kitchen.  003

Our plans are to:

  • Add crown molding at the top of  the cabinets
  • Install glass doors on a few top cabinets (at least five cabinet doors)
  • Paint the cabinets white
  • Add hardware to cabinets
  • Install new counter tops
  • Install a new sink
  • Install a new facet
  • Install a new tile floor

In the wasted space below  our plans are to add a kitchen island and put white shelving above the island.


Well this is what we’ve done so far.  Pictured below is my Sweetie planning the installation of the crown molding at the top of the cabinets.  013

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Below is a picture of a cabinet we purchased at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $25.00.  This cabinet will serve as the base for the kitchen island.  The shelving was purchased to go above the island. 


I also purchased oil bronzed hardware for the cabinets. 


We’ve also been shopping for ceramic tile flooring and counter tops.  We still haven’t made a decision on that just yet but will in the next week or two. 

When it’s all completed, I will be sure to celebrate and you’re all invited  to the celebration. 

Thanks Melissa for hosting this party and getting us started!  It’s been a project long over do. 



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Oh So Beautiful


I can’t believe they’re mine!  I got these last night at an auction for $50.00, for the pair.  I don’t know much about stain glass but they are absolutely breathe taking.  I immediately fell in love with them.  I was never so surprised that I actually got them.  There was a lady at the auction that makes stain glass and she told me that I got a steal.  They are so heavy.  Now I’m going to take my time in finding the prefect place for them. 

Another picture…..


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I got these desks for my grandsons.  They were $5.00 a piece.  With a little sanding and painting, they will look like brand new.  My bid on the metal table was $2.50.  Not sure what I will do with that just yet.  And then I  got three boxes full of all kinds of  things for $2.50 each. 




Love the blue jars and the serving tray has a lot of details on the outside of it.  016

Well it looks like I’m going to be busy trying to figure out what treasures I will create. 

Have a wonderful weekend.


P.S. I’m linking this post to I’m a Flea Marketeer blog link party and Nice and Easy Antiques for Junkin’ Monday. 

Sunday, October 11, 2009

TV Armoire Goes Home

To tell you a little bit about the home where the armoire resides, my niece and her husband bought an 80- year old farm house about three years ago.    It was built in 1926.


The hardwood floors, stair case, french doors and all the molding and trim are original to the house.  Notice how the entertainment center makes it impossible to close the french doors.  The entertainment center was placed in this location because of the TV cable outlet placement. 100_0286

Last Christmas, my niece’s husband asked me to do a living room redesign for my niece as a Christmas present from him.  Here are a few pics of the living room before.  I apologize for the blurriness of the pics.  When I took the pics, they were for my use only.  100_0284


Above is my niece’s husband (Billy).  Below are Pics of the living room after the redesign. 



Look how beautiful her hardwood floors are. 


By using what she already had, what was given to her as Christmas presents and painting the room, I was able to completely transform her living room. 

This is a picture of the $5.00 armoire I got at an auction before I completely transformed it.   

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With the removal of the entertainment center and the placement of the TV armoire, it’s the finishing touch to her redesign.  I have to say my niece was so happy with the recent make-over and she loves how she can  actually use her french doors now.  


Another angle.




I’m linking this post at Finding Fabulous for Fragalicious Friday and Expressly Corgi for Get R Done Friday. 

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Architectural Inspiration

I don’t know about you but I LOVE inspiring words. I have all kinds of inspirational wordings throughout my home.  Sometime back,  I was at a blog called Room to Inspire and she had done a sign using molding that said  “Enjoy the Journey” .   I fell in love with it and thought one day I will try and make it myself.  So that day has come!    Off to Lowes I go to purchase 

  • rough cedar board,
  • chair rail, and
  • rounded corner molding


Before I get started on how I made my inspirational sign, my sweet sweet hubby bought me something


Yes it’s a CRICUT Expression and I have already put it to work.  I made my stencil “Enjoy The Journey”.

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I painted my cedar board, chair rail and round molding semi-gloss white.  Next, I stenciled “Enjoy The Journey”  on the cedar board.


After stenciling I lightly sanded and then put a mocha glaze on it.

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I used my skil  saw that my Dad had given me one year for Christmas to cut my cedar board, chair rail and round corner molding.  (My Dad always bought me power tools.)


It’s hard cutting and taking a picture at the same time. 


I used liquid nail to attach my chair rail and round molding to the cedar board. 


and now the finished Architectural Inspirational Sign


All I need to do now is decide where to hang it.  I’m thinking maybe here about the double doors or


here above the front door or


in the kitchen above the wall shelving.


Where would you hang it? 

Have a wonderful day.


Today I’m linking this to Melissa at The Inspired Room and Julia at Hooked on Houses

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