Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Little Wall Rack




Last post I talked about this little wall rack that I've been torturing with paint, hammers, pliers...well, basically anything I can get my hands on. 

I planned to paint it white. In fact, I put a thin coat on it because I just couldn't stand this sweet little paint job it came with, bow and all. 
 Wow. The 80's called and wants this little shelf back!
The original price of $49.99 was still stenciled on the back. Far above the two dollars I paid for it at a garage sale.

So, last Friday I painted it with a coat of white, knocked that cutesy top do-dad off with a hammer, then used pliers to pull out the wire brads that held it in.

I said painting it white was the plan. And it was...until I saw this post today at the blog, Infuse With Liz. She featured a similar plate rack on her wall, which is painted black. Love it!
Now I'm thinking this little shelf needs to be black like the one Liz has. Your thoughts?



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Five On Friday




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The Interior Home Store had a clearance sale last weekend. I bought two bunches of faux ivy (1) and stuck them in with the bunny until I find a better home. I have a brown thumb, so this faux stuff looks healthier than anything I could grow.
The silver bunny (2) was only $5...marked down from $29...and there was two of them. I only bought one and have kicked myself all week.  
Behind the bunny is a little cabinet (3) I've been torturing on and off for a while. Today I decided it needed a bit of knocking and pinching with a hammer and some pliers. 
 It had a little doo-dad front that made it looked old and dated, but not in a good way! Here it is with that piece removed. It was like an exercise program pulling the wire staple thingys out that held the little wood piece in.
 It needs more work and paint. Maybe I'll add some extra shelves and use it for a spice rack. I'm waiting for it to tell me what it wants to be. So far, it isn't very talkative, but a few more whacks with the hammer might loosen its tongue...
Since we're talking about painting anyway, let's talk paint fails. In an effort to not paint everything white, I painted this old bookcase (4) a linen color. It really just fades right into the wall color doesn't it? 
 And (5) I rounded up all my paint and painting supplies (brushes, waxes, stencils) and used a mish-mash of baskets to temporarily sort it all out. 
Once I get the stuff all separated, I'll trade them out for matching baskets to clean up the look.

Well, that's Five On Friday. We've been having tornado warnings for several days. Hoping it passes soon. Stay safe.



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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Accidental Garden




Between rainstorms today, we started replanting two pots in the front of the house. I pulled out the dead stalks and leaves, and I was happy to see a few of the geraniums from last year were coming back in both pots. You can see their flower clusters at the bottom of these two pictures...

The other day, I was at Home Depot and Lowes looking for two rosemary bushes to put in the pots for height. I guess it's too early for rosemary as neither store had any. I settled for two gardenia bushes, which have no flowers yet but lots of buds.
My two requirements for picking plants this year were that they could take full sun and need the soil kept slightly moist. 

You'd think our pots would tend to be a little dry here in Texas, but the sun gets so hot that I like to water those suckers really well every day. Sometimes twice. So I've found the plants that like their soil dry just don't survive me.
There's a lot of "should haves" involved in this story. Like, I should have waited for the rosemary to be available. I should have washed and painted the pots before I replanted them. And...I should have bought new metal rollers for under the pots!
The roller on the one above was OK, but the one below had one wheel broken off, which I discovered as soon as I moved it. I took the broken roller away and just put the pot on the walkway until I get back to the store to buy two new ones.
There wasn't enough room for the gardenia plants in the pots since more of last years plants survived than I expected. The gardenias will need a plan B, but for now they're inside the entry because it's supposed to hail hard tomorrow.

 There's still a little empty space on the left bottom of both pots that needs a little trailing "something" or other. The stub on the right side is a flowering cabbage that I cut off. It grew back last year, so I'm going to leave it and see what happens.
 Thankfully, the little family fig tree has already come back to life this year. You can see it hiding around the right corner here.
Seems this will have to be the year it gets a bigger pot or planted into the ground. Last May, I wrote about how fig tree clippings have been passed down through the generations from one fig tree that Wild Bill's grandfather had. When his cousin gave us this fig, it was just a tiny clipping rooted in water.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Don't Miss Criminal



Seems like there's been a lot of movies aimed at the male mind lately, and a lack of movies aimed at the female audience. 

For this reason, I was "so-so" in my desire to see yet another macho movie when we set out to go yesterday.



Don't hesitate like I did ladies! This movie turned out to be a round-about romance hidden in an action style movie. There have been a lot of trailers for this movie shown on TV lately, but CRIMINAL still has a lot of surprises in it. We both loved this movie, and I think you will too.


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

LaurieAnna's April Trade Days




The weekend is April's First Monday Trade Days in Canton TX. They're open tomorrow in case you're local. 
We took a ride down. They're only open 4 days a month, on the weekend (Thursday through Sunday) before the first Monday of the month. Some of the Fall-like ribbon was 50% off. I bought the pheasant ribbon above figuring it will be 4th of July and then Fall before you know it.
I bought these little square plates to hold tea cups on the end table. Sorry for the poor picture, it was already dark when I started taking pictures tonight.
I couldn't pass up these thin wooden tags. At $9 for the package of 24, it was too good a deal to ignore.

 The little metal and wood sheep and pig heads I bought for the kitchen cabinets to hang dish towels to dry. 
I love to walk through LaurieAnna's and see how they stage their merchandise. If you can't visit them this weekend, you can always visit them on Facebook.



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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Daughter's Built-In Bench Update



The on-going saga of our middle daughter's closet "mud-room" got another project done while we were visiting last December. 
I'm hoping she will be able to provide pictures of it painted someday soon (hint, hint, Jaysa!) but for now, I'm just showing what we were able to complete before we had to leave.
Wild Bill took a little saw with him to cut boards since he doesn't like to depend on Lowe's or Home Depot to cut boards when he needs a perfect cut. 

This little Rockwell Compact Circular Saw cut some big, thick boards (as you can see to the left of the pictures above) so he highly recommends it. He bought it for around $85 and, while there are other similar little saws, this is just the one he favors and is not an ad for them. He has big saws and such at home, but we were traveling and this little saw accomplished so much.

There was an unfortunate accident with a drill and a thumb during framing. I tried to find a picture of the framing Wild Bill did for the bottom of the bench, but unfortunately all pictures at this stage had some drips of red that I had to crop out of the picture as best I could...

As you can see he created a frame, then added a slab of MDF board to create a surface for storage baskets under the seat. Next he added six 4x4's he cut into posts to support the bench seat and topped that with another slab of MDF.  His measurements started with how high the bench needed to be for seating and how much space the opening needed to be to fit 12 inch baskets under the seat with room to slide in and out easily. 
Jaysa plans to add a board that will have cushioning and fabric attached, so the quality of the top board didn't matter. Also, she will be adding trim to the bench before she primes and paints it. The trim will match the trim on the upper shelves. Here's some pictures of that as it was being added previously:



Here's a "before the built-in bench" picture...
And here's an "after the built-in bench" picture with Jaysa showing how sturdy it is.
You'll notice all the various shades of paint on the wall outside the closet. Every wall in that little area has about 15 colors on it. We are very indecisive when it comes to choosing our wall paint colors!

This is the closet when we first started the project last year. If you're interested in seeing the original post, click here.



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