I really thought I posted this before, but I must have been waiting to find my “before” pictures. And I think Chris got a whole series of photos of various paint stripping stages (and what, I ask you, is more riveting than another tale of Getting Paint Off Stuff?) so, don’t worry… This is not the only post on the pocket doors! I could tell you were getting worried. Don’t be.
I will even make a slide show. Maybe. In the meantime, picture, if you will, the frame and doors all painted.
We are skipping a tree this year, but spent the evening putting out some Christmas stuff to make it a little more festive around here! Will finish up most of our shopping tomorrow, get the wrapping underway, get prepped to enjoy our third Christmas in our super fun house… Happy holidays! Got vintage decorations? Send me links!
__This one has been on my list for a long time! It’s finally finished, and I’m finally posting it.
As I’m sure you can guess from how much we love stripping paint around here, I’m not the biggest fan of just painting things white. But in the case of this cute dresser, its veneer and brass handles were looking dated and worn, but the shapes are fantastic! Power sanded, silver-leafed and painted with some leftover tester paint and I have a cute new dresser!
Such a simple, easy project — I held myself back from decoupaging every flat surface on the dresser and kept things plain and clean. I love it!
Who knew that a person could get so excited about a radiator?? This house is really changing my priorities…. If you would have told me a few years ago that a really fun weekend would involve cleaning out and reorganizing a closet while Chris installed a radiator, I don’t think I would have bought it.
The house is full of amazing radiators, like this one in the upstairs bathroom. Chris found a place nearby that does powder coating, and he brought this guy in for a makeover. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, and I’m excited to bring in some others…
It took a lot of wrestling, a million trips up and down the stairs and some milder versions of that scene in A Christmas Story where the Dad works on the boiler, but Chris got it installed and ready for winter!
I don’t know about you, but I’m forcing myself to adjust to Fall. I mean, it’s here, dropping that sun before 7 at night, so it’s not really like there’s a choice. But the leaves are starting to change, the evening breeze has a little bite, I’m forcing myself to hold off on buying Halloween candy for a few more weeks, thinking about wtf I did with my slow cooker and why wouldn’t I just keep all the parts together like a normal person … you know regular early October stuff.
And I got SO FAR BEHIND in posting! And I’m going to work to catch things up over the next few days and get back to real time. Real Time…. That sounds more serious than Current Time. Either way, it turns out I’m not fully ready to say goodbye to summer. So here, for one last hoorah, is the amazing picnic table that Chris made for us. I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves …
Next summer it will have its own umbrella and patio of some sort to sit upon!
Embroidery hoops make awesome frames– they are inexpensive and they take nicely to spray paint :) This little set is at the foot of the stairs and it still needs a little finishing (the Leaning Tower of Pisa is also a kind of Wrinkled Tower of Pisa…) but they make me really happy every time I walk by them.
I like making lists. I like ordering things, categorizing them, creating impossible to-do lists with way too many items on them for me to ever get through in a day. Or a work week. Or a weekend. This often leads to anxiety and stress (the very thing the list-making helps in the first place!) because at some point in the life of each list I realize I will NEVER get through everything that’s on that list and I get mad at myself for either creating such an unrealistic list or for there not being more hours in the day. I have about the same amount of control over those two things, too — I can’t stop making unrealistic lists just like I can’t add more hours to the day. But the lists go on. I can’t help it!
So I was as surprised as the next gal to find myself going completely off-list this weekend. It all started when I noticed how dirty the floor on the upstairs porch was. So I swept it. Then I thought … we are NEVER going to get to this room — well, not never, but let’s be honest– buying furniture for it and painting, fixing it up, etc. are pretty low on the list. So I thought — why not make it look a little cuter in the mean time? Because there was a little bit of mess on the floor (oops!) and a side table that is a nice little piece of furniture that was left in the house, but it was just (literally) gathering dust. So I found an indoor/outdoor rug we were using downstairs when we were under construction down there, and I put it on the floor.
Then things got weird.
I was suddenly and completely inspired to take that little table and fix it up for the guest bedroom. Why have I not had a nightstand in the guest room?!?! Our friends have all been too polite to comment on this stunning lack of hospitality, but it’s been driving me crazy. And here I had a great nightstand the whole time! So neither of these projects were on my very long weekend list, and yet off I went, sanding and painting….
I took the little table I’ve been using in the guest bedroom and decided to paint it silver — it will live on the porch upstairs.
Hi. I’m a cute table but I never fit right in the guest room!
I sanded and painted the night stand (still using old quarts of sample paint!) and decoupaged some scrapbooking paper to the top and inside. I silver-leafed the drawer pulls and ta-da! Cuteness ensues!
What do you think??
Now, if we could just get that eyesore-front-porch scraped ….