Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Unbelieveable Yard Sale Finds

I have had great luck this year with yard/estate sales. Bargains beyond belief!





First, an older lighthouse bed and breakfast in my neighborhood had an estate sale. I can't believe the buys that I got! These people just wanted everything gone so prices were $1-$5 on most items (most of the furniture was gone when I discovered the sale). Above, a whole truckload of goods. Old handmade toolboxes, an antique tractor wheel, a bench, heavy ceramic planters, tools...






We also bought this boat for $5; we are going to turn it into a drink station for the wedding (and maybe a planter after the wedding).


I have visions of making this wagon wheel into a table.


I also got these adorable (one solid brass) lanterns for $1 each...I have no clue what I will do with them -- they are none working, but maybe candle holders? Just decoration?

Finally, I got a whole wicker set at a different sale -- settee, coffee table, end table, rocker and chair -- for $50! And, it's beautiful wicker. Oh, and she threw in all of the cushions. It is stacked in my family room (the porch isn't finished yet). Since I spent so little, I elected to splurge and have them professional re-covered .... you will see them in an upcoming post.That's all for now!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Year, New News!!

Is anyone still out there? Readers, I think I am back. I have so much to tell you and so many projects going on it's just crazy. Believe me, I have so much to post!!

So...what is going on? Well, my oldest is getting married this spring -- in my backyard! There will be fun posts coming up. So, of course, in order to prepare for the festivities we are doing major renovations. A screened in porch, a patio, landscaping, painting! Nothing like having a wedding to get you moving! We got the patio and porch floor poured and it's stamped concrete! Cool stuff -- looks like slate. Above, this is before they added the dark stain and coating. For some reason I didn't take final photos, but you'll be able to see it in update photos.

So, here's how far we are with the porch...just the framing and trim so far (yes, I know winter is here, but contractors have failed to show up). So, looks like we'll be building over the winter.


Next blog...some amazing yard sale finds. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Finally, The Kitchen Reveal

Well, here it is. I am finally posting after 6 months...the kitchen was finished before that!! I'm just so busy with my job and life that I literally never have time to post anymore. Head back to this post to see The Befores.

Now for the afters:


I absolutely love my new kitchen. The white paint really brightens up things and contrasts well with the dark steel granite countertops - love these by the way!!!
We changed out the knobs with antique bronze to given it some warmth. And, don't get me started about this backsplash...love it!!!


We ended up taking out the desk area and put in a coffee bar and more storage. This way, I don't have to run back and forth to the family room to grab my mixer, waffle maker, etc. Way more useful space now.


My favorite thing in the kitchen is my transformed island. I love the look of the dark gray with the quartzite countertop. I must say though that the island countertop is quite a pain because it etches -- if you leave anything acidic on it, there goes the shine. We even have it protected with a sealant. It doesn't stain, though (unless you were to leave something on it overnight), so we just have to be careful. Using it to prepare meals is tough, but using it for baking works just fine.


I'm still debating on the painting the back of the glass cabinets a warmer hue. I just don't like the coldness of the gray so I'm thinking of picking up the light rust from the backsplash. What do you think?

Is anyone still out there?


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!



Merry Christmas to everyone in blogland. So sorry I have not posted in a while. My new kitchen reveal in early 2016...I promise! In the meantime, have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Kitchen Island Renovation and Waiting ... Rather impatiently

So what is it about contractors? I am really trying to get this kitchen in place and done! I've made my backsplash selection, paint colors selections, have the countertops in place, but I can't even get people to call me back (with the exception of my cabinet painter - she's been there from the beginning). So, I have some snippets to show you, but that's it.
In the meantime, my husband and I decided to remake our kitchen island. Here it is, plain as can be (without the top because I forgot to take a before photo).

 First, he added panels of beadboard to give it a little more character and hide all of the cracks and dents of the old wood.

 Then, I bought these legs online from Adams Wood Products. They actually cut the corners out if you don't have the tools to do it yourself (we didn't). They fit perfectly. I wanted the island to look as if it was a separate piece of furniture. I will be painting it a different than the rest of the cabinets, too.


Stay tuned for the rest of the kitchen project (if I can get someone to call me back). I honestly don't want to hang the tile for the backsplash myself -- you'll see why when I reveal the cool tile I got!

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Befores

A while back I told you we were remodeling our kitchen (It Started with a New Stove). No new cabinets, but new countertops, a new island configuration and new dishwasher. We are having the cabinets painted.

We are going through the process now and it's strange, I've become emotionally attached to my countertops -- formica and all. And my dishwasher, a Maytag that hasn't had a problem in the 20 years I've owned it, I love it. (Am I sane?) Seriously, these things  all gave me a good 20 years worth of service and I was not throwing them into a dumpster!

I tried to donate both to different charity organizations-- a place called Second Chance and Habitat for Humanity and no one would take these great countertops and my dishwasher (I guess I can't blame them about the dishwasher, but the countertops were in perfect shape). So, I went on Craigslist and listed them for free and guess what? I had many, many takers!

So, if they are all in such good shape, why update?
First and foremost, we don't plan on staying here forever. Maybe we we will, but the plan is to relocate someday. So, we wanted to update because everyone knows that kitchens sell homes, and we want to enjoy our investment! So, when we got the stove and the rest snowballed. Here are my before photos.


My beloved dishwasher and countertops:

My sink that really bugged me -- impossible to keep clean and ugh, the scratches!

So, we got the new countertops, sink and dishwasher yesterday. Sneak peek...

Still have a lot to do do...stay tuned!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day with a Little Parisian Romance




It's Valentine's Day! I decided to do a little crafting in honor of this day so I could post some things to my badly neglected Etsy shop. These solid wood switch plates were purchased in at a flea market and I made them so pretty with just some chalk paint and ink!
 
Of course, Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world so why not add a touch of romance with stamps?

Hope your day is full of Paris romance and love!