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Have a fun and safe Halloween.
Look for much more frequent posts in the weeks to come.
Later – Cheryl
July has meant kitchens, cousins, cabinets and me . . . completely pooped! It was a VERY busy month for me and Hubs. Regular readers know that my cousins come up each July to visit, as they did this year too! As usual, we had a blast 🙂
Hubs did his part, trimming everything out, and on one of our cooler days, I tackled the painting and sealing.
You know our dishwasher died this past winter, and I may also have mentioned that its’ gaping absence has Hubs designing a wonderful pull-out drawer for pan storage – my back just loves that guy 🙂 ! But it’s a “future” plan. In the meantime, lazy me just left it naked and exposed to the world. The ladies know we’re always in the middle of a project or two, and once they arrived, we had plenty to keep us busy, so nobody cared.
After they headed home, we took a couple of days off, appreciating the AC. It gave us lots of time to talk . . . about what else . . . projects.
In afterthought, I regretted the big black hole left open for our company. I remembered some of the clever “disguise” ideas my blogger buddy Kim has done with fabric. I had remnants left from our recent family room drapes makeover (haven’t posted it for you yet). Since that area is directly behind the kitchen, those would work. So, supplies yes, but still a problem. C’mon, you all know how I just love to sew . . . NOT! Covering the opening meant using two pieces. Oh boy!
Speaking of boys, all these boy-toys around here tend to come in handy. Hubs has all sorts, including an upholstery stapler, and an air one at that. So it was brought to the kitchen.
Keep calm . . . it wasn’t ME operating anything electric. C’mon, an air compressor and an automatic stapling gun . . . seriously?? No no! You know me! I pleaded and begged Hubs away from his shop, for this quick and easy project. I put a comfy, big ol’ pillow in there for his back. Then as I gathered material, he stapled two little curtains in place, from behind the cabinet front. No sewing. The bottom was already nicely hemmed and the raw edges were just folded in and stapled. Voila’ – done. It’ll work until the practical pan drawer is done, don’t ya think?
Remember my grumping about our broken rider mower last time? Well . . . it’s still out of commission but sometimes good things rise from bad. Hubs was out “push mowing” today with our noisy old hand mower, when a second roaring machine piped in. I looked out to see our neighbor teen, Tyler, zipping along on their rider, finishing things off in no time. He didn’t want pay and left without telling us.
So, Hubs and I leashed Gracie and went for a walk back to his house, delivering a card and a little monetary compensation. And we got to know our newest neighbors even better. Nice. Great guy, that Tyler. I should’ve taken a picture. Maybe our granddaughters would visit more often if they knew what a cute neighbor we have. Hhmm.
So, kitchen is done, cousins are safely back home, and yard looks good, for now anyway. . But don’t worry, there’s so much more to report . . . next time because me, I’m pooped out! Think there is a cat puppy nap in the near future.
Hey, Gracie, ya started without me!
Meanwhile, I’m working at staying positive to stay productive. See if it works for you!
Later – Cheryl
One of the things WE love about our home is our main living area with it’s vaulted ceilings and odd shaped walls. Something we didn’t like about this house was the limited storage as we have no basement.
One of the things I love in our home, is my talented husband! I can just tell him about an idea I have and draw a little sketch. He does a little measuring, draws a real plan . . . and makes it for me.
Now, everyone knows how I love to collect pottery, glass and BIG décor items and all kinds of other stuff; lots of pieces that are difficult to store, especially in a small home like ours. I got really tired of shoving everything in bins under the beds. In the first place, we only have two beds (and one is a twin), and secondly, there are things under there already.
I did design & Hubs built, a special size storage area attached to the bottom of the twin bed frame. It’s just a simple attached drawer with a little hook to close it.
Unlatch the hook, the door drops down and items are slid in. This holds my large paper, matting and artwork. The bed cover hides it, so we just left it raw.
Another easy little idea provided extra coat storage. In the laundry room, a simple strip of molding was attached to the wall and hooks were added. The laundry room is a pass through to the garage and back door entrance, so is a perfect spot for hanging casual jackets, sweaters and the occasional dog leash.
TIP: Be sure to anchor the molding strip to a stud or two on your wall. That will accommodate the weight of your hanging items, so the molding doesn’t pull away from the wall over time. Our Projects List includes eventual cabinets for the laundry room as well. For a temporary fix I added shelves, featured HERE.
We’ve made sure most of our occasional tables and furniture pieces have drawers and shelves, so that helps oodles.
TIP: DOUBLE DUTY furniture pieces provide extra storage for any size space. A dresser could be used as a TV stand, with the drawers storage for equipment. End tables with shelves and/or drawers can be used in many rooms. Coffee tables with a shelf or open legs can house baskets for extra storage.
Your next question “Do we have enough storage space now?”
My question . . . “Does anyone EVER have enough storage space?”
This is our entry way. At the top of the shot you can see some of our angled, fun colored walls. I say “way” because it is simply a space between the front door and a closet; both which are an actual part of the living room. There’s no separate foyer.
We’re accustomed to this feature. Our previous rambler was also designed with a little closet directly by the front room door. That is the only commonality in the two homes. Today’s market standards categorize this home as small at 1550 sq. ft., but our other rambler was only a 960 sq. ft. plan. Now THAT was small, but that house had a basement. Don’t worry though, it was fine. And YES, we did a lot of changing, rearranging and customizing in that. Had to with 5 kids between us.
We really enjoy this entry closet because of it’s angles and the fun walls around it, on the outside. But, recently I was cleaning the closet, and getting frustrated with that jagged corner space inside, where all the less-important, rarely used junk stuff gets shoved. When the hanging rod is full, you can’t even get back in there.
Plus, we store leftover paints in there, so they don’t freeze in the winter. I hate seeing those every time I opened the door.
Soooooo, I went to find Hubs. I talked, he measured, he drew and then . . . began building. From this . . .
To this. Here a second upper full length shelf was also added.
And finally, this.
Nice, right? Was I satisfied?
Well, no. You could now see even more “stuff” when the doors were open.
Solution: We had a fabric shower curtain in the donation bin. So I had him adapt for a rod.
And voila’, see no more evil!
Was that enough . . . uhhm . . . almost.
For that higher area, I took a simple tension rod and put up the valance to the old shower curtain. Now . . . done!
So Cheryl now has even more storage AND it’s pretty, well sort of. At least stuff is stored and hidden!
TIP: Don’t overlook small corners and odd spaces in your home that could be utilized for storage. IMAGINE and EXPERIMENT with spaces, pieces and places. Have fun!
Lots more going on around here, even other storage projects, so, we’ll talk again soon!
Until then, stay positive to stay productive 🙂
Later – Cheryl
July means the arrival of fun around here. Two cousins from out-of-state, visit and stay for a few days. There’s lots of laughing and talking, and eating – lots of eating! But the best part is … shopping! We’re all bargain hunters which means thrift stores, garage sales, Marshall’s, Homegoods, etc. It’s always a blast.
Their visit also means that around this time in June, my panic attacks start. We only see each other once a year, and I want the house to be all “ooh ahh” and special. Hubs and I have been working on a few things to get ready. We’ve both gone through our stashes of materials.
You know how I like to work with odd numbers, so a taller piece I already had, was added. After explaining my idea to Hubs, he drew up a plan and with scrap wood from his workshop, he made this
Since the pots have no drain plate, we bought plastic trays at WalMart ($0.35 ea) and some $3.33 plants.
There were many varieties of plants and tray sizes to choose from.
For Spring I went blue and green in the living room, so I chose the bluish green paint for the tray. It works nicely with the bright pots, don’t you think?
Below was the previous look
A different furniture arrangement and change out of accessories have given it a totally new look.
But what about thoset thirty two days? It’s all that’s left!
In thirty two days, I need things to be clean, comfortable, colorful and … different. Those 3 C’s aren’t a problem, but that “different” is what drives the panic. It’s not like this upcoming event is anything new. Unfortunately, my unpreparedness isn’t new, either. And I can’t blame it on the timing issues mentioned HERE. I just keep thinking I have all this time and then suddenly … I don’t.
So I had better sign off for this time … and GET BUSY!
Hubs is already working on a shelf for my salt & pepper collection. My cousin always teases me about having oodles of shakers but never putting any out to use OR show. Ha! She’ll be surprised this time.
Meantime, I’ll try to take my own advice . . . to stress less and start more!
Later – Cheryl
Okay, YES, I’m still on the “same letter” train. Hey, I’m likin’ it.
Lately, I’ve needed to review my stash of fun finds. Somethings had to be removed, to clear out space for the upcoming sale season. You know … all those important sales i.e. Garage, Yard, Barn and Funky Junk sales. Although I’ve yet to buy a garage or barn.
I find cool stuff inside them!
This week I went metal … that’s metal NOT mental
Here are three obscure pieces I grabbed.
Well, the basket is recognizable, but I have no idea
what those other things were for, originally.
I just liked em’ and knew what I wanted to do with them.
It involved cardboard, spray-paint, wood and mineral oil. (How’s that for a teaser?)
Oh and also coming in to play, cookbooks, dishes and jewelry. Just wait, you’ll see. Must mention also, that the projects included Hubs. Very important factor here. Using his cardboard collection and a few clamps, Hubs set up a spray booth for me.
He included ventilation, hang wires and all necessary protective equipment. Ceiling fans and air exchanger were activated, and as it was a warmer day, the back screen was opened a bit too, for added ventilation.
I did a quick cleanup on the bare metal pieces before starting to paint.
My product of choice for the paint was Rustoleum in a Hammered Copper color.
I always begin with small, quick sprays to avoid drips. But have to admit,
somewhere towards the end of the project, I’m usually just spraying away to get done.
Final step, we let the painted pieces dry over night, so as not to be sticky.
Next comes the wood … and in this case, some of those beautiful,
raw walnut pieces Hubs has stashed away. This piece would hang on the wall.
So I chose the pretty walnut slab as a backer and this is the final result.
The mineral oil is an economical, all natural way to finish wood.
It brings out all the beautiful details, flaws and colors. It’s very inexpensive and you can find it easily in grocery, big box, pharmacy and dollar stores.
With the jewelry item piece, I knew immediately what I wanted it for.
Hubs hooked the rack to the wood on the front, with little screw straps. Then he pre- drilled into the wood and attached the entire piece onto the wall using mollie pieces with two decorative screws.,
The basket was just a no-brainer purchase, cheap and for so many uses. The plate rack piece … well, I REALLY HAD TO THINK about what to do with that, but just knew I wanted to bring it home.
COSTS for everything: Walnut wood free, from friends who had storm downed trees last summer. Paint was $6 or less, as I rarely pay more than that. The basket was $3 and the other two metal pieces were part of a $5 basket of fun junk at a barn sale. The little bottle of mineral oil was under $2. Hubs keeps that on hand in his wood shop.
PLEASED with the results: Have to tell you, I’m over the moon happy with our results. The plate and jewelry storage items were essential storage items, but turned out double-duty pieces as they are pretty for decor too! Baskets are ALWAYS a great accessory in decorating, but I usually find them in wicker or ceramic. I freaked out when I saw this one, and HAD TO HAVE IT. I mean $3 … c’mon!
Have a good weekend all and as always, don’t stress too much about that project, just start it and sometimes it’ll just take off on it’s own, using all of your talents!
Later – Cheryl
Wow, I’m getting this Whatever Wednesday series down!
Everyone knows how I love to use everyday items in unusual ways. When I found these at the local thrift store where I volunteer … well, I wondered “What the heck are these things”? But I didn’t really care what they were supposed to be for. I just knew exactly what I was going to do with them.
It’s doubtful I’ve ever mentioned it, but among my other collectibles, I have tons of purses.
Lately Hubs and I have been on this “down-sizing” campaign, trying to rid our little abode of all things not regularly used … i.e. we’ve been clearing out a lot of stuff. I hesitate to use the word “junk”, because most of it was loved and valued at one time or another.
Anyhoo, this week I attacked all those purses. For many moons now, I’ve wanted to give my little walk-in closet a new look, so figured this was a great way to start. For you ladies out there, I don’t know how this number will hit you, but my purses numbered twenty. In all fairness, that does include a leather fanny pack and a tiny black evening purse, so technically only eighteen.
I use an easy method when “cleaning out” and I’ll share that in a later post But after pairing down the purses …
I got back to those brass thing-ies.
Each piece was dismantled …
removing the hooks from their mountings …
and then working them through the wire shelving in my closet.
You’re seeing double here because I have a full length mirror on the back wall of the closet.
And now, I put my original idea into motion.
I don’t mind that these hang down over the mirror because we have another one in the adjacent hallway. The closet mirror is mostly to get more light in there.
I’m really happy with this project, because I love having the purses in easy view and access. More importantly, I gained a ton of shelf space where these had been stuffed in.
1. The four brass hook deals were $1 for all. I saved the brackets … I’m sure I’ll use those somewhere!
So, how many purses are okay? Is twenty too many, is five not enough?
You know how curious I am, so tell me what you think.
And … how many do YOU have?
Later – Cheryl
Yay! Whatever Wednesday #2
I really am trying …
to making it an ongoing thing!
Still without a camera, I’m online, a lot.
I’ve been studying Pinterest, rearranging boards and adding new ones.
You know me, always changing and rearranging.
Readers, regular or new, please note.
Artzzle’s pinning button doesn’t function right yet,
but I’m working on it!
Do you ever google something and then browse through all its’ images? Today I wanted to look at pin clipart. Not like in Pinterest, but literal pins; straight, safety, “T” and beaded pins. Those kinds of pins. In my search I found these … on this fun site. I found what I wanted for clip art, but if you love to sew, you’ll find lots more ideas there.
Also been busy around the house. Remember this project featured here?
Hubs and I have decided to replace it. Though a fun project, the large size and several parts of this piece can “busy up” wall space. We’re currently working for a cleaner look in our spaces, so will experiment.
It’s almost Thursday, so I’ll close for this time. Remember not to stress too much about it, just go ahead and start that project. It’ll work out, or if not, at least you’ll learn something!
Later – Cheryl
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Remember the great “hunting trips” I’ve gone on lately?
Bargain and Treasure hunting that is.
Here’s what I’ve done with some of my fabulous finds.
CHROME WINE RACK = GUEST TOWEL HOLDER
Cost: $2 @ Local Family Pathways
Time: 5 minutes to fasten it to the wall, and roll my towels.
SET OF MUGS = WASHCLOTH & NOTIONS HOLDERS
Cost: $3.00 for two matching mugs @ Family Pathways
Time: Zip . . . just filled em’ up!
The fun washcloths included, are from a bundle that was a hostess gift from my recent visitors. THANKS AGAIN LADIES.
TIP: I purposely don’t buy the matching cloths when I purchase towel sets. The bath and hand towels are hung for use and decoration. Matched washcloths are VERY expensive, and you go through them more quickly. So what I do is buy bundles of good quality cloths in neutral colors. That way I get quality AND quantities and stay within my budget (and some extra décor too)!
You’ve seen my wall collage here.
The little cup & saucer below, were found at a color tag sale.
CUP & SAUCER
Cost: $1.75/set @ Family Pathways
A quick, new arrangement of the collage shows them off. Don’t worry, the saucer is NOT going to fall and break this time!
On my birthday shopping trip with Hubs, I bought the pretty vinyl for a laundry room project.
VINYL SHELF COVER
Cost: $5.99/yd @ JoAnn’s Fabrics
Time: 15 minutes. I just measured, cut and glued.
I can set my wet watering can and $0.99 Goodwill bucket with gardening items on top without worry!
Today, I’ll end on another “orange” note.
My studio has a south-facing window I love to accent with colored glass.
I recently switched from blues to oranges with this beautiful glass vase @ $1.75 found at Discovery Thrift.
I can hear my regular followers groaning at the artificial flowers. Yes, I still don’t care for fakes as a rule BUT . . .
More color and fun soon.
Meanwhile . . . don’t stress about it, just start it!
Later – Cheryl
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Wow, are you going to love the Thursday Thoughts post today. But first, I have to confess . . . my mini marathon wasn’t supposed to be quite as mini as it turned out. But it is SITS girls week and I have been so busy mailing out and answering back tons of comments. If you’re wondering “what the heck is SITS girls . . . find out HERE at this LINK.
Anyhoo . . . on this Thursday, since I have been showered with so many great posts lately, I wanted to share just one or two of my favorites with you. Just sayin’ . . . they’re REALLY good so you should check em’ out.
KariAnne over at Thistlewood Farms, has such a lighthearted, fun way of expressing herself. But this latest post touched my heart in a special way and brought back memories of two wonderful people in my life. I just had to send her a comment. I know you’ll enjoy her piece called “A LANGUAGE ALL THEIR OWN”
RTA Studio’s blog “SENSE OF PLACE” sends me a little newsletter called “Knock Knock”. Whether an experienced homeowner, newly venturing into real estate or still in the daydreaming stage, you’ll find architect Richard Taylor’s insights and experiences fun and informative. As a former Real Estate agent, I enjoy keeping in touch with the “home industry” and his point of view is always interesting. This week’s piece is . . . The “Peanuts” Guide To Finding An Interesting Home.
Truly, I follow some pretty great blogs. But there are always more out there to explore. Here’s one of my recent discoveries.
There are those of us who know a little bit about a lot of things, right? Well, I’d say Cher with DESIGNS BY STUDIO C knows an awful lot about most any project she tackles. We found this article helpful.
Ladies . . . even Hubs likes this site. It’s one we can enjoy together. Seriously, so check it out.
When you were a kid did you like the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears? Me – not so much. Don’t you think Goldy was a doofus to go snooping in a stranger’s house?
Well, this week I discovered a Goldilocks that I do like, and I bet you will too.
I found someone I could really relate to over at ADVENTURES OF GOLDILOX
This Goldi is a military spouse (so was I), has a fantastic sense of humor (me too . . . well, at least I think so) and she seems willing to try just about any project (even more so than me). I couldn’t ask for more, but I bet you’ll like her too, so buzz on over there.
Hey now, I have to sign off. Still have to finish my little Valentine Treat basket surprises for my neighborhood kids. I’ll post a pic of it soon.
Oh yes, PLEASE & THANK YOU for visiting these blogs and telling them you found them at my place! It’s helps us both.
Meanwhile, remember not to stress too much, just start that project!
Later – Cheryl
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Lots of fun finds are stacking up in my workroom lately, so today I experimented with two quick projects. I had a clear glass serving piece bought for $3.99 at DISCOVERY THRIFT in Milaca, MN and a $0.25 metal TV tray from Hand-To-Hand Thrift in Pease, MN.
The glass piece is divided into three sections and I knew I wanted to use it for a candy dish. I’ve had an idea for the tray for quite some time. It will be a chalk and magnetic message board.
Here are the project details.
Clear or white contact paper
Craft gloves (Optional but preferred)
Paper mask (Optional but preferred)
Well ventilated, prepared and protected area for spray painting
1. I cut seperate pieces of contact paper, measured to cover the areas I will paint.
2. On the paper backing of my contact paper, I drew out shapes and designs that I wanted to show on the glass piece. My container has 3 individual sides; I drew stars, assorted triangle shapes and rectangles with roughly rounded corners.
6. Prepare your spraying area. I worked in the garage, with a window open and a ceiling fan on. The garage is heated so warm enough for painting. I secured a roomy box to a saw horse, then pulled it out into the room, where nothing would be hit by overspray. Here, you can see an outline of the TV tray I also worked on today, against the back of the box.
Shake your spray can vigorously for a minute or so, and begin.
Wearing your mask and gloves, hold the piece in one hand and begin to spray the sides.
When spray painting, do light, quick sprays from side to side.
Spray … go just beyond your target, then release. Again, side to side, spray quickly and release. Don’t hold down the nozzle for a long time and continue to spray, you’ll start getting clumps and drips in your paint.
The paint I’m using today is Rustoleum Hammered Copper. If you notice what may seem to be bumps in the paint on my finished project, it is just part of this paint’s effect, to resemble the hammering. Ideally, I probably should have used just a regular color or metallic, but this is what I had available and in the color I wanted.
7. When finished painting, carefully place your vase on newspapers, and allow it to dry thoroughly.
8. When it is dry, carefully peal off the contact paper and reveal your design.
TIP: It is nearly impossible to avoid overspray in the other areas of your piece. This has a bit on the bottom of the bowl, and some inside. I’m not too concerned about the overspray. My bowl is primarily for decoration and will hold wrapped candies. But I will probably attempt to use a touch of acetone on a cloth and wipe it out later. That should do it. And make sure if you are serving food in your bowl, that all the excess paint is removed from the inside, to avoid any contamination. Then carefully hand wash your bowl with sudsy water, before using.
TIP: ALWAYS HANDWASH your painted piece. Try not to use excess water on the painted surfaces; just a dampened cloth.
I’ll post the TV tray project tomorrow.
As always, don’t stress, just start.
Later – Cheryl
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