I will admit I tried several different touches, such as dry brushing with some french gray chalk paint and lightly buffing on some dark Annie Sloan wax. I'm sure others could have pulled it off, but the effect I made just looked like crap, so I covered it up with the white again and called it good enuf for now. I have a feeling I'm going to end up with a lot of white finishes around here by the time that garage is cleaned out.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I decided to take whatever comes instead of making choices. That's why these items may seem a little random. I was able to reach 4 table legs. The top is further back and will have to wait a little bit.
Next is an orange box from Hobby Lobby that I got on sale for $1.29 months ago. I'm not sure why I bought it because I don't like the color orange...at all!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Each week, when Friday comes around, I get the itch to go garage-sale-ing or thrift store trolling. But, when I go, I have to go through my garage to get to the car outside (the car that can't fit in a 2-car garage due to crap I have stored in here.)
At this point, I start thinking; "...maybe it's time to get this stuff un-boxed and all those projects finished or abandon them forever?"
I mean...really...do I need any more stuff when all this is waiting for me to get 'round tu-it? (Honestly, I can actually hear my three minimalist daughters muttering under their breath right now, even though all three are in different states from me!)
There's the pale wood bed frame that needs a color change... well, at least part of the bed frame. The footboard is here, but the headboard is down at the old house. There's also a pile of pictures, rolling bins of knick-knacks, bags and tubs of out of season clothes...you name it, I've got it.
So, I guess it's time to get 'er done! I'll be posting each time I shop the garage. I've decided to do the following:
- take a picture of each item I 'shop' from my garage, then...
- make a decision on whether it stays, goes to a relative, or gets donated to charity...
- if it stays, I'm planning to complete the project by doing whatever is needed to make it over before I go "shopping" in my garage again
All this is left even though I've already taken two pickup truck loads to my mother-in-law this week. Some of her stuff was mixed in with mine since we were storing some of her stuff while she got settled in too.
Ya'll come back soon and check my progress. Hopefully, there will be progress. Otherwise it's all going to charity. I promise.
Friday, August 26, 2011
One bloggy friend I check on every day via the blogaspere is Toodie of Babbelot. She lifts my spirits most days with her trials and tribulations of living in the hollars of Missouri. If you haven't met Toodie, click on her Babbelot link in my 'blogs I follow' section at the right.
Toodie is super talented, does a multitude of crafts, and runs a small business in her spare time when she's not chasing chickens, baking bread or cooking up great dishes and desserts for her hubby.
Imagine how thrilled I was to receive this sign today with my blog name scrolled in wood!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The weather channel shows a 20 percent chance of rain for tonight and tomorrow. Guess all the praying has helped move the needle in the right direction.
Monday, August 8, 2011
So, in the middle of this drought and extreme heat wave, we developed a water leak in the irrigation system (that's what they call sprinkler systems in Texas) and found we had standing water in the front of the house in a low area.
The resolution is to fill the area with concrete and flagstone, thus avoiding the water draining in the area. We're pulling out all the irrigation and creating a patio that will slope away from the house and run into the grass. Once we get the right side of the entryway done, stage 2 will be the left side, and stage 3 will be to remove the ugly straight walkway and continue the flagstone out to the street with a winding curvy, cottage-style walkway.
Come back soon, and see the finish to this project...or maybe I'll post pictures of the landscaping guys as the pass out from heat stroke. Either way, I'll be sure to get a picture.