Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our Welcome Sign

Yesterday, I decided that we needed a welcome sign by our back door.  We have a long driveway that wraps around to the back of the house.  The majority of our visitors pass through this way, so I thought that it would be hospitable to put something out there.  After recently making and selling this door here,  I knew that I wanted something similar to call my own.

This project was basically free.  I took 2 encyclopedias from the post here and made the wreath.  The wooden shelf with pegs was left in our home by the previous owners.  I spray painted it black with the leftover paint from the garden chairs & table found here and the door was from this post. The door did not come with any hardware, but I had an old, door plate in my stash.  I like that it adds a little bit of extra character. 

This was the door found for free:

And this is how it looks outside of our backdoor:

Are there any ideas as to what to do with the other door?   Or better yet, any takers??

Link Parties:

Funky Junk Interiors

Miss Mustard Seed

Common Ground

Fingerprints on the Fridge

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A day at the beach....

The kids and I ventured out to the beach for a day of fun.  It was the first time that I've taken them swimming by myself and we had a wonderful time together.  The older the kids get, the easier it is to get out and do fun activities. 

I'm a blessed momma! 

Garden Chairs & Table

I was recently given a garden set of 2 chairs and a table from a dear friend.  She knows my love for all things old and passion for working with my hands to create new things.  (Thanks, Judy!  We love the set!)

Aren't they sweet?!  The detail on each chair is simply stunning.

The table is super cute, too.  

There was a little rust on the chairs, so I hired this hottie to sand them down.

 He even spray paints, too.

He was a total keeper until he went all frugal on me and used blue spray paint on the table.  He wanted to use what we had.  Since we were out of black, he grabbed a can of blue paint. 

I fired him after that & headed to the store to pick up some black spray paint to finish up the project.

I wish that I could tell you that I picked up the cushions for free...or at least on sale, but shamefully, I paid retail for them at Home Depot.

I guess we need some good cushions with the amount of time our kids play outside.  Have I mentioned how blessed we are to have great neighbors?!  I'll write soon about our neighbors to the left...they are absolutely fabulous!

Our neighbors to the right gave us their swing set & my kids love it!

Our backyard is looking more like a park these days.  I'll have to take pictures of out trampoline behind the willow tree, Clara's baby swing hanging from the trees, & all their bikes that badly need their own shed for parking!  That sounds like a great, new project to add to our list!

Let's look at those chairs again, shall we?!

And after:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

It never hurts to ask!

While coming home from running errands, I decided to take a detour through our neighborhood.  It was the day before trash day which is my favorite day to take a ride in the hood.  In the past, I have found some great pieces to restore the day before trash day.

Yesterday, I noticed that one of my neighbors was putting in new windows and doing a little updating.  There was a huge pile next to a truck that looked ever so tempting.  So, I thought, "what's the worse that can happen?"

I pulled into their driveway & asked what they were going to do with their windows & a few doors.  He said that they were on their way to the dump.

I couldn't hold back from saying, "That's so sad.  Can I take a few?"

He gladly helped me put them in the car &  we attached the doors to the roof of the van.  Thankfully, we lived close!

Now, I don't have any beautifully edited pictures since my software is down.  But, it's not about the pictures or final product today.  It's just about getting out there & asking someone what they're going to do with their "junk".

Here are the doors:

Chippy goodness:


I only took 5 windows.  I didn't want to seem too crazy.

I'm an introvert by nature, so asking someone if I can take their junk is difficult.  My heart pumps out of my chest, my palms sweat, & I even stutter.  I don't know why I get so nervous.  But, yesterday I learned that it never hurts to ask. 

And I'm glad that I did!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Kitchen Progress

Our kitchen has been on a standstill for the past few weeks.  I've been a little discouraged with the lack of speed & time that we've not had to complete this one room in our house.

Sergio & I planned on starting and finishing one room at a time.  That was too optimistic.  In reality, we're all over the board.  There are projects going on everywhere around the house.

We've completed a little more than what is shown in these pictures.  I can't wait to show off the cabinet makeovers.  They are truly unbelievable and cost efficient.

The before pictures were taken while the previous owners were still in the home.

We've added our black, side by side fridge & filled up the cabinets with all our kitchen goodies.


This wall's to-do list:

  1. Replace our oven.
  2. Open up the wall above the stove to be used as a pass through to the dining room.  
  3. Add beadboard on top of the cream tile.
  4. Change out the outlets. 
  5. Change out the light fixtures.
  6. And of course, add the cabinets.
It is much brighter in there.  It's amazing what a few coats of white, oil-based paint can do for a dated kitchen.

Beadboard will line the side of the island where there is currently wood paneling.  Check out the new cabinets hanging out in the family room.  Sergio has worked hard at making a great trim for each of the 25 cabinets. 

We could not have come this far without the help of some of our dear friends.

Thank you to Rob M., David N., Ashley & Liz E., Chris & Lena L., Andy & Crystal M., Stephanie W. and Kent & Melinda R.!!  You all are truly appreciated & loved dearly!!  "Mi casa es su casa!" 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Today's Great Finds

While out perusing garage sales, my oldest son, Josiah, says, "Hey Mom!  There's a bunch of old people at that sale.  I bet you'll like their stuff!"

Lovely.  My oldest has figured out that although his mom is only 33 years old, there's an old lady stuck inside of her.

I guess he's right.  I like antiques, vintage, and other people's junk.  I've recently figured out that I'm not your average, traditional type of girl, in fact, that makes me feel trapped.  I'm embracing the rebellious, old, junk lady style within me.

Now onto the today's post...

This morning, I found this great desk for only $10.  It is going to need some wood glue, sanding, painting, distressing, & glazing.  But, for only $10, this felt almost as good as picking it up for free.

The following pictures will describe why I love this desk.

First, the dovetail drawers:

Second, the legs & knobs:

Thirdly, the side curves:

And lastly, the top detail that wraps the entire desk:

The only downfall is that the left side of the desk has come apart & needs some wood glue.  It's a simple fix.

After leaving that house, we drove around the block and found this great chair:

And it was a match made in furniture heaven:

These will be either be sold as a set or will sit nicely in our family room.

I haven't quite yet decided!