Monday, July 16, 2018

It's coming up!

We are so excited.  My quilt studio -- is going to be awesome.  It is on the right back corner of the house and is bigger than any other single room.  :)

This is another view of it.  That big picture window is going to be great for letting in lots of light to sew by.
Garage entrance.
 Looking from the kitchen into the great room, dining room, front door, and hallway to bedroom and quilt studio.
We are just so thankful that we are able to build our forever home.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Paint, paint and more paint

I finished up the dining room set by doing the buffet also. I am thrilled with the results.

 I made the first pictures before I went back and filled in a little DIY taupe colored wax in the carvings.  I like the way it highlights them.  Although I think if I can find a light tan or taupe sharp point marker it would be better.  I'm afraid the wax might dry out.
I also tackled the old end tables in our living room.  When we built this house 16 years ago all of our wood furnishings were a mahogany reddish color. I'm enjoying refreshing them.

The hardware was spray painted black.

Over this past weekend I progressed to the two night stands in our bedroom.  There's that dark red wood again....
 Tops are stripped and bottoms chalk painted and distressed.  New hardware.

 I was kind of afraid it wouldn't be the same color as the king bed I built a couple of years ago, and it wasn't.  However, I like the creamy/hint of gray color (BM White Dove) in the night stands so I will be giving the bed a new coat of paint soon.

The new house will have a medium brown oak floor. The stripped wood is going to look so much better with that floor than the red stained wood.

Left to do is the big TV cabinet in our bedroom.  I dread it.  It is so huge. People say you can't give these things away now, but we have a 32" TV inside and use the interior drawers as a dresser.  I'd like to sand off the stain on the inside drawers and paint the rest. All the insides will show so I'll need to paint it all.  Can't imagine trying to strip/sand off the stain on all of it, although that would be my preference.
 It's a nice piece but that red stain.
 The inside won't be easy, but I think I can do it.  I've got new knobs like the night stands for it.
The thing is solid oak and weighs a ton.  I'll have to do it in the house which, again, won't be easy. The color doesn't look so red in these pictures, but back up to the comparison with our new floor and you see it.So yeah, I'm going a little nuts with all the white chalk paint around here, but I want the new place to be lighter and brighter.  The 'refreshing' saves me money on new furniture. I hope to add a few new or new to me pieces but not many. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Chalk Paint

It's coming along.  A few more coats of polycrylic on the top, then some wax......

Update 6/24 am:  finished the table and chairs last night.  My hands and wrists are so sore, but worth every ache.  Although I am very pleased with the results, the polycrylic left brush marks on the table top.  I think I'll try to sand it smooth and then repaint and maybe just wax or do something to minimize the marks.

 The before and after (let there be light!):

I think I've picked Chelsea Gray, a medium warm gray, for the buffet.  Gonna have to let my hands rest a few days before I tackle more painting projects.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Busy, busy weekend!

I made my second farmhouse tray using leftover wood from my king bed project of a couple years ago.  I am in love with these trays.

Finished up the One Block Wonder from the panels purchased at Handcock's.
From this:

To this:

My younger running friend talked me into a 5k race today.  It was so hot and humid.  Thought I was dying.
 She beat me by about 7 minutes and then came back out to run to the finish with me.  Sweet friend!  She was encouraging me to keep it up!
 She won first in her age group, her little boy won first in his age group.  And I got second in mine. Well, actually first, but they gave the first place medal to a woman who didn't do the whole race. I don't know if she didn't realize she didn't do the whole race, or she did and cheated.  They did not have volunteers directing people on the race path, so I'll assume she just didn't know.
Later, fixed a healthy supper for me and the hubs.  He's got to watch his sugar, and I need to watch my cholesterol. Salmon, roasted veggies, brown rice.
Then, because all my sewing is done and I have projects galore waiting on me, and because it was too hot to work outside, I started on the chalk paint dining room project.  Love it so far, but it is going to take me a while.  These chairs have a lot of nooks and crannies and they will take 2-3 coats plus the polycrylic finish.
The chairs are not antiques, but reproductions made in China.  I like them, but wanted to update and give a fresh look for our new home.  Of course, not spending money on furniture (except for paint) was the best motivation to do this project. Can't wait until it is done.

And, I think this is the coolest thing ever......a good friend of ours sent us this picture, taken by his drone. Our new home site.  Footers are poured and everything is ready for the blocks to be laid next week.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Project Recap

Here are more pictures of my finished projects for the he's-gone-on-a-fishing-trip-so-I-can-do-projects timeline.

First was the tub surround using real bead board and wood trim.
A few kitchen science  projects.  Zucchini wraps, home made raw dark chocolate, my own Gentle Sweet blend.

Then did a couple of chalk painting and distressing projects, and I am in love.  Originally the lamps were green, then I painted them black a few years ago, and now white with a little distressing.

Knowing I had only a day left to work in the boat garage, I was inspired to make this tray.  I found a similar one on  Really like all her DIY pieces.
So now, I'm going to just throw this out there......I realize many folks think its horrible to paint 'good' wood.  I understand that, I too, grew up in the era where we stripped all the painted pieces our parents painted.  But, everything kind of circles around, and now painted, distressed, and old looking furniture is very popular.  I love it because it is imperfect, just like me.  It is comfortable, worn, and informal.  So, that being said, here are my plans.  I plan to sand and stain the tops of two end tables, and chalk paint the bottoms, in probably a linen white, or cream. I'll also replace the pulls.
Then, I plan to chalk paint and distress this WHOLE dining room suite of mis-matched pieces.  The chairs are reproductions but I love them. The buffet is an antique but with a chipped veneer top. I think maybe some tan wax to highlight the carvings will be great. I will keep the buffet hardware and reupholster the chair cushions.

Then I plan to chalk paint this TV cabinet and night stands.  The cabinet will be white with some distressing.  I'm thinking I might sand down the tops of the nightstands and stain them something similar to the tray I made, and do white chalk paint on the bottoms.

We will be moving later on this year and I am excited about just taking paint and elbow grease and remaking my existing furniture into something fresh for the new home.

So??? thoughts?  (please, no haters...)