Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Goodbye Fall, Hello Christmas!

This is Freckles, In the middle of one of the trees

Most of the time she is sleeping under another tree. Here she is with Tom.

This is Jerry (his cat) sleeping in some of the garland.

At this point, if anyone has any advice (besides glue) to keep ornaments ON the tree and OFF the floor, I'll consider them!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The New Chandy

This is the chandy that was previously in my entry hall. One of the previous owners claimed they bought it from an antique store. And while it is a great light, I thought it was way too small for my entry hall, and one of the lights didn't even work.
 I can't remember the square footage of my entry hall, but I do remember it is much larger than my kitchen.

This is the one we bought at ReStore for the bargain price of $25! It is HUGE! And it is also very heavy. I'm so not a fan of gold or brass and had design to paint it. But since I haven't figured out the other colors in there yet (more on that later), it got hung as is for now.
The old one came down, but since they didn't hang it from a stud (ugh) we (he) had to make a bigger hole since the new one was much heavier.
We had company, they (he) helped. They reinforced it.
And then it got hung up and they called us women folk into the entry hall to check it out. They thought it would be funny to hang it "my size" so I could easily change the bulbs. Mr. Company is demonstrating the shortness of it all. HA!
Back to works! But Oh Em Gee it's bright! You think 40 watt was a bit too much? LOL I can now operate in that room! We still had the business of the new hole in the ceiling though and without a cover around, we needed something quick! Mrs. Company (knowing my love of repurposing AND spray painting) suggested a paper plate! Genius!
I thought about NOT sharing that part, but really, in a pinch? That is genius! No one even knows what it is all hung up there pretty like.

See? And it looks oh so fabulous in there! We are thinking of getting a dimmer switch to tone it down a bit because I'm thinking even the 20 watt bulbs are going to be a bit much if you aren't operating!
Back to the business of color.......See that floor? It's fabric. I guess back in the day some of the more affluent people covered their floors in fabric to prevent drafts. They just painted them, saturate them is the instruction I got from a previous owner that recreated this look. It's currently caramel color.
The walls are kind of a sunny yellow color. It is NOT what I wanted but I was frustrated and moved on to another project at this point. You can see what I was wanting HERE.
My house consist mostly of the colors in this pitcher. The entry hall leads into this sun room whose floor is another problem child of mine. WHY PAINT WOOD FLOORS? *ugh*
This is actually the way the sun room looks now. But anyway...........if anyone has any advice or suggestions on what to do with these two floors, painting or otherwise, please feel free to chime in!

Friday, November 12, 2010

The bathroom is finally finished (I think)

I talked about my bathroom a while back here, and while pleased with the progress, it wasn't all there yet. I knew I needed something to house towels in the bathroom, but due to limited space, I was never sure what that would be. I always carry around my handy dandy list of measurements of nearly EVERYTHING in my house and luckily I had it with me last week.
I saw this shelf, actually there were two of them, and it looked like the perfect size. Since he now carries around a tape measure everywhere we go, we measured and it was perfect. I saw it was only $3.98 and it was going home with me. My daughter was with us that day and I knew she needed a shelf for her bedroom. I asked her if she wanted the other one. She kinda sneered her nose so I said "It's $3.98" and her eyes lit up and she says "OH! Well let me look" (Wonder where she gets THAT from?) Yep, that one went home with me too on the condition I paint it for her.
See? It fits perfectly over there! I painted it the same gloss valspar black as the vanity. I'll show you a close up if you promise not to look at my mismatch of towels.
Well shoot, the picture is fuzzy. But trust me, it's beautiful! I also picked up a door knocker for the bathroom last week. And with a quick coat of spray paint (black, of course) It is now my hand towel holder. The first picture is right after painting, and the second after we (he) hung it up.

I got the towel hooks hung up also.

The last thing to go in was the light bar. I so hated the light bar that was there. It was too small for the space and didn't match a thing in there.

So we went out and bought a chandelier
Disassembled it, and used the light parts to build a new and better light bar that fits perfectly in there!

I love it every time I walk in there now! But does anyone know how to get the cat to stop throwing cotton balls all over the place?

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Small Projects

This is the before picture of an iron clock we found at a thrift store for $2. There was a huge tag on the back that said "Does NOT work". Even upon purchasing it, we were warned again that it didn't work, lol. I added a little black glaze, and 2 clock kits later (the first one didn't work *sigh*) It is now a finished project. Well almost........the hands don't stand out so well and I haven't decided on a color for them.
And better late than never, right? There was not an address marker on the house when we bought it. It's not really TOO important since our mail goes to a PO Box and people around here don't use the numbers either. "Where do you live?" "Big Yellow House" "Oh yeah" or "How do I find your house?" " "Look for the big yellow house". But I wanted something for the occasional times that UPS drops off a package here instead of at the post office. I decided to get seasonal with it and finally finished my fall marker yesterday.
The hubby is off work for a broken foot, so we've been getting out of the house here and there (you can only work so much, right?) and visiting thrift stores and such. We found a fabulous egg basket the other day for only $1 and I knew right where it would go.

I love the way it looks up there and better than the bare bulb! I recently changed out the curtain in the window too. I love the light that comes in now, but something is off. I think it's the curtain rod, I'll be looking for something better later.

I talked about painting a chalkboard on the pantry doors in the kitchen HERE. I finally got that done, found some chalk, but can't find an eraser, hmmm.

I had seen some outdoor hanging jar lights somewhere........and since I have an abundance of them, I thought I would try it too.

There have been a couple of larger things done I'll get around to talking about someday. But the list of unfinished projects seems to be larger than ever! I so need a system before my house fills up with family for Thanksgiving!


We went to another thrift store yesterday (surprise, surprise) And I found 2 more egg baskets for 75 cents each! I bought them both. I decided I liked the kitchen light so much, I added one in the laundry AFTER it got a nice coat of red on it that is. The other one is hanging on a hook, waiting for duty or repurposing somewhere.

Oh, I also got that curtain rod for the kitchen I wanted for $1!! I so love a bargain and people who give away perfectly good items!

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