Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chairs In The Making

I've been having quite a painting party
here in the cottage. Nothing finished, but
lots of starts.

My main effort has been painting this table
and four chairs that I bought for $20 at a garage
sale when we visited middle daughter last June.
$20...Who could resist?

Do you think Wild Bill was thrilled to learn
we had to haul them home? ...yeah, right!
The seat covers were pretty good, just a few
water stains. Painting them seemed easier than
removing and recovering them.

You can see the type stain they had in the upper
right corner of the chair seat in this picture.

I used an old can of Behr paint in a white color
called Popcorn and a quart of Ben Moore's paint (in
a buttery yellow color) to make an off-white color.

I added a 50/50 mix of Plaster of Paris and water
to make the paint chalky, using about 3 tablespoons
of each and mixing it up in a disposable paper bowl
before pouring it into the paint in the pint jar.

To paint the chair seats, first I wet the material
with the water I cleaned off my brush in.
I'm nothing if not lazy thrifty!

Next I dipped the wet brush in a little paint and
kind of water-washed the paint on.

You need to let the thin coats dry between
coats, and it helps to use a piece of fine-grade
sandpaper every couple of coats to make the
material smoother and less stiff.

If you try this, be sure to paint the seat's material
first, as the watery paint will drip onto the legs
and you can then just spread that out in a
thin first coat on the legs as you go.

When the seats are completely coated and dry,
I'll smooth them with a little more sandpaper
and finish them with Annie Sloan's soft wax.

Hope you'll join the "progress party" at...

Monday party here:

and also at Distressed Donna's

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Giveaway At Art And Sand's Blog

Little Miss Creativity over at the blog
Art and Sand
is having a giveaway.

Hey, before you go there...
let me tell you what I would do if I won.

I would pick a banner.

Here's one she made for Summer.

Of course, I need one that says

for the mirror on top of my kitchen cabinets.
Something to perk it up...up there!
See the ladder just waiting for me to climb
up and hang it across the mirror?

Maybe aged down white with black letters.
Like the tags hanging off the baskets.

Well, what are you waiting for?
Head over and enter:

Sharing at these parties this week:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Filling In The Beds

Filling in the planting beds that is!

 I wanted to show you the "pretties"
before I show you the ugly before pictures.

Here's a view of the front of the house from
the street, with the planting beds on either side
of the house. The left is half the size of the right.

To re-do the beds along the foundation,
we determined which plants had to go.

I warned you it was ugly.

The beds aren't that big, but the first load only
partially filled the right side bed. 

It was Texas Hot the day we got the first load.

We left them in the back of the truck and waited
til the sun went down to start placing them out.

That's my excuse for this crappy picture.

We put the rest of the plants on the front patio
and watered them good and waited until
morning to set the rest out.

If you're a gardener then you know we were just
getting started here.

Too much work for me in the hot sun, I'd rather
move furniture all day than an hour of this!

Joining the "Work In Progress" party here:

Thursday, September 11, 2014


There once
was a day
in 2001,
when a
few men
they would
make our

They were

They made

we will...


Monday, September 8, 2014

Two Birds With One Stone

Do you need more storage space?
Me Too!

While putting out the Fall decor, I discovered
some storage for my Christmas decorations
that are too delicate for the garage.
The tops of my kitchen cabinets!

You can't see it, but under the baskets are
plastic shoe boxes holding ornaments and
small decorations.
Then, in the large baskets, the larger
decorations like deer and such fit in.
 I bought some more of my favorite baskets
at Target -- The ones that come with black
wooden tags on one end and one side.

I plan to paint the black tags white like the 
the tag with the number 7 that I hung on the 
basket on the left in the picture below.
Are you still with me?
That was a mouthful!

I really have a thing for numbers and chalkboards.
Luckily, you probably do too -- unless you're my
dear husband, who does not get the whole
chalkboard or number thing --

I've learned to say:
"Bless His Heart!"
A term in the South that denotes the person
referenced is just a little off... can see in the picture above,
I got four baskets up above this side of
the kitchen.
The two on the left are different heights
because I ran out of plastic shoe boxes
and need to go buy some more.
 I bought a new chicken at a thrift store for $15.
I like her because she looks a little pissed.
If Wild Bill riles me up, instead of saying
"Talk to the hand"
I can say
"Talk to the chicken!"
(bless his heart)

So, as you can see in the picture above, down
came a pumpkin and up went the chicken...
to the right of the scarecrow.
One of my favorite things about the kitchen
cabinets is how the molding on this cabinet
wraps around the wall.
Simple things occupy simple minds!

Speaking of that, Wild Bill said he was
amazed how I could spend hours and hours just
putting up Fall decorations and changing them
around. He commented it was a real gift,
but laughed when he said it so I'm not sure
exactly what he meant...
Bless His Heart!

Partying this week at:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Looking Back

Maybe it's old age, but getting out seasonal
decorations seems to lead me down
memory lane a little more often these days.

This "book" will never be a best seller, but
I've cherished it for almost 30 years.

Halloween And Lady Bugs...
It was made by my two youngest daughters.

First they created a drawing and then wrapped
it around a piece of wood.

 Here are the two authors, probably a
little before their publish date...

And here they are during early college days.
No surprise to anyone, they both majored
and earned degrees in English, and both
use their writing skills to make a living.

This picture was taken at a college graduation
party for Jaysa (rhymes with Lisa) 
-- she's the shorter one and the oldest 
by 19 months.

Here's the most recent picture I have
of Jaimee, taken earlier this month...
my youngest baby has the youngest
(and last) grand-baby.

If it's been a while since you've had a baby,
this picture will remind you of how
exhausting new motherhood can be!

So...I know it's a little early for Halloween,
but I like to put this "book" out first thing
when I decorate for Fall.

After all, it's a first edition!

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Progress Party

Recently, I found a blog that has a blog
party for slowpokes like me.

The party features "progress" pictures
of your projects, not finished projects.

WOW...sign me up!

I've got a lot of half-done stuff around, ya know.
So here goes:

The old $12 coffee table

Yes, still working on this poor guy.

I thought it needed some wheels to make it higher.

Four wheels from Home Depot = $18.00

I planned to use some old bed slats to make
the bottom shelf...
Wild Bill offered to help and I was so surprised
(he hates my DIY projects)
that I forgot to tell him to use the bed slats.

So he cut up the high-dollar poplar boards we
bought a while back to frame windows.
(no Texans were hurt in the making of this shelf)
If you're not familiar with it,
"High-Dollar" is a Texas term meaning it costs
a lot -- usually implying it was not worth it.

My $12 bargain coffee table now has a bottom
shelf costing $48 ($16 per board x 3 boards)

Putting the shelf on knocked the bottom frame
out of whack. 

Some Elmer's Wood Glue and some handy
decorating books fixed it up fast!

And I had a basket that just fit the shelf...
but, it needed a few more.

I had to buy two more baskets at $16 each.
(almost $35 with tax)

What's next you might ask?
I want to add numbers to where the knobs
used to be, and the top needs to be sealed,
but I'm thinking I might sand it down and
put some stain and wax on it.

Whatever I do, it won't cost any more money.
For sure!
I've already spent over $100 fixing up
this $12 table.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Wheels In The Kitchen

Wheels in the kitchen? YES!

This is something I've been wanting to do
for over a year.

Local hardware stores sell several types of
wheels for around $4 for the large ones.

The travertine tile we put in the kitchen
is soft and easily dings, so when I bought
this island last year, I put it on a small rug.

My thought was the rug would keep the
island's wood from scraping the tile...

but what it really meant was
I avoided cleaning the floor because
of the rug.

Are you following me so far?

It is NOT (as Wild Bill says) that
I just love torturing the furniture.
I'm going to confess right here that there
is one more thing that needs to be done
to make this piece perfect:
See the ends?
The shelves are too narrow to hold
anything. I put a small chicken on one
shelf to show you the depth.
Not much room there... 

Do you have any ideas on how to
make the ends functional?

Please leave a comment and let
me know what you would do
with the ends.

By the way, see the flat space above
the stove? The one with that plaster scrolly
thingy that won't stay even?

Don't you think it needs some lettering instead?
Ideas? Let's talk.

Thanks for dropping by!