I’ve got a couple of sneak peeks, but really, I can’t show you anything, because it just won’t look cool, until it is in the house, but I wanted to show you a couple of things I’ve been working on…
The first is an old door I picked up a month ago. I’ve had one intention for this door since I picked it up. I would love to get more….and then maybe sell them too! But, so far, this one is for us….
I measured the inside panel of the door and had a glass company cut a mirror for me to fit exactly. And it fits perfectly. Liquid Nails makes a glue for mirrors, so I just put a bunch of that on the panel and put the mirror down. I grabbed a single hook from Hobby Lobby and glued it on.
I painted the door in French Linen and then used dark walnut stain and then waxed it. Note: You don’t need to paint the inside panel, nor do you need to paint the back!!! Just the sides and the front around the panel. Super cute and super fun. I am seriously in love with it.
(When it gets hung up at the house, I’ll show you a better picture!)
See those cute little pumpkin pies? I made them last weekend for Tom’s Birthday/Lou’s birthday/family dinner.
They were a hit and so so simple!
I took Libby’s pie mixture and mixed it right up, then took some pre-made Pillsbury pie crust and cut them up into the best shape I could. I used one of those new fandangled dessert pans and a muffin tin and put the crust in there then the pie filling in those. I didn’t try to be perfect with the crusts, no measurements, nothing fancy.
I cooked it the required amount of time and done and done.
I ended up using 3 pie crusts. (They come in a box of two.) I also used a big thing of Libby’s mix. I used the last pie crust and the remaining filling to make an additional pie for later!
I don’t really like pumpkin pie (I know, it’s Un-American.) But everyone else loves it and it’s so easy!
There was talk that I stole this idea off of Pinterest…darn you Pinterest…but I didn’t! Although it may be on there, I came up with this one all by myself! Or so i think. of course i say that, and now i’ll go over to Pinterest and find 67 pins of mini-pumpkin pies…
Feel free to pin away! And then make them for Thanksgiving! Bite-sized and totally guilt free.
Tom had a big birthday on Monday. He turned 4-0. It was a great day. We started the morning showing him a video that I made with some help with video messages from friends and family. He LOVED it. Which makes me so very happy. It was fun to put together and I know that it meant a lot to him.
I had initially refinished this drafting table/desk for him, but we decided that he needed something a little more functional, maybe with some drawers and stuff. So, this will be used in the office as an extra workspace for everyone. Which suits us just fine.
I found a partner desk at an antique store and fell madly in love with it. I knew it could be so cool. The legs aren’t original to the piece, which is just fine. I got a great deal on it too! Helps to plead with dealers about birthday presents and such….
I couldn’t find the original picture for some reason…..but here it is mid makeover…
I painted it a mix of blue/gray first, but then changed my mind and did it in French Linen instead. I also waxed it and then distressed it this time, and I’ve officially decided that I don’t like to do it that way. I like to sand/distress then wax. It just makes it so darn smooth….
So, here’s the finished desk. Of course, I was some big gorgeous fabric chairs for each side and Tom wants a rolling adjustable ugly leather chair – so that is on hold right now…well, that and we don’t have an office yet…
I’ve pretty much taken over the back half of my Dad’s garage….so sorry about that…..(Hi Dad! We love you!) But, darn, I’ve been getting some good stuff!
The desk is just awesome, and will look so cool in the office. Can’t wait to show you!
I just love this Studebaker.
We saw it a few weeks ago when we went on a self guided barn hunt around Fargo/Detroit Lakes. I REALLY, REALLY wanted it and wanted Tom to pull over so we could see how much it was…but we didn’t because really, what would we do with it?!
BUT, then. My Dad’s neighbor showed up with it! He restores old cars and picked it up. I am seriously jealous. Seriously.
Tom sent it to my Father-In-Law (Hi Margie and Terry!) and apparently they had one way back when and they want it! Maybe I can work out a deal with them…..I’ll drive it, if they buy it! It needs a bit of work, but it is oh so dreamy…..
Happy Wednesday! Oh, and I figured today would be a good day to show you an updated belly shot. I’ve still been working out as much as possible and went to spinning on Monday….I walked by a girl and she looked at me and said, “Oh, come on now….” It was in that tone of voice…you know…the irritated tone…..I didn’t like it, so I proceeded to kick her butt on the bike. That’ll show her. Right?!
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Thanks again, every one. Happy Tuesday!
Because it’s Friday, because I’m NOT happy about the snow that NoDak is experiencing so early in the season, because I’m still pregnant and waddling, and my winter coat doesn’t fit, and I can’t run outside because it’s slippery and cold….and because I’ve got a ton of stuff from Pick Your Plum that I can’t use right now, or really ever (because I don’t have any girls!), I thought I would do a giveaway for some great stuff from them as well as a White Butterfly Jewelry Necklace….lots of goodies coming your way! (PYP has no idea who I am or that I am giving something away from them. I hope they don’t mind!)
All you have to do is be a follower and leave me a comment about how desperate you are to win a giveaway, whether you hate snow or love it, or if you are pregnant and waddling too, and how much you absolutely adore me (just kidding, you don’t have to do that part, unless of course you want to tell me how much you love me)…..
That’s it. Big box of crafting goodies coming to you! I will pick a random winner on Monday night and post the winner on Tuesday morning (October 9th).
There’s a little sneak at the goodies I’m giving away!
Our new house will be underway soon and in order to save some money and get things in our home the way that we want them we decided to have the builder leave out a few things that we know we can do ourselves…..for example….
1. No finish on the stairs (because we all know I would rip out that darn carpet anyway!)
2. No trim or baseboards so we can put in some great thick trim and some nice detail work around the doors
3. No crappy metal pantry and closet systems, so we can put in our own without having to take the other stuff down first
4. No light fixtures, because I’d just change out the builder grade ones to either home-made or fun ones I found (they just put in a ceramic white fixture like they put in in basements with an exposed lightbulb).
5. No fireplace mantel or surround because we want something fun and unique.
6. No bathtub in the master bath, so we can put in a claw foot tub.
So, the last few weeks I’ve been collecting lights, looking at mantels and searching for curtains! It certainly has been fun!
I’ll have to take a picture of my Dad’s garage with all the light fixtures I’ve collected from ebay/lowes/flea markets! It’s like a store in the garage!
Today I wanted to show you a few mantels that I am trying to choose from to go in the great room. They are chippy and dirty and perfect.
I love the detail on this one! White with the black accents. Gorgeous.
This one is a baby blue! Dreamy.
This brown one is HUGE. And I love the style, although, I would probably paint it, just because the brown isn’t really our thing. But I just love the style!
I found this dreamy antique store/huge barn with all of these great furniture pieces on my way back from picking up our new tub from a seller on Craigslist. I’ll take a picture of the tub and show you someday….soon. I promise. I just had to show you these mantels!
Stay tuned! More fun house stuff to come!
One of my new clients here in town bought a dresser from me and decided to have one of their dressers finished as well, which of course makes me happy!
What made me even happier was that she wanted it purple! You know that I never get to paint things in girly colors, so when I do, I get excited about it.
Here’s the dresser mid painting. The unpainted drawer needed to be fixed, so I glued and wood puttied and sanded and painted. I am pretty sure you can’t tell which one I fixed.
I distressed it, waxed it with clear wax, and added some crystal knobs from Hobby Lobby…and it turned out great!
Love painting in girly colors!
I think I showed you these…I was going to buy those other stools for a crapload of money and then saw these two minutes after hitting buy and so then I retracted my purchase….(which by the way was a huge 5 day ordeal of the bank basically making our money unaccessible for that time. Which is ridiculous because I had only bought them two hours before saying never mind. But that’s another rant for another day!)
These stools were a steal at $20 for the set. I bought a piece of rough cut scrap contractor grade 2×12 for $7 and then used my dad’s saw to cut it into pieces.
Then I had my little minions help me out a little….
They LOVE using our tools, so they grabbed their favorite tool and started pounding and scraping and roughing up the seats.
After the rugrats
finished up got bored, I sanded, stained and waxed the seats.
I removed the original tops, placed the metal base on the bottom of the new top and eyeballed the location. I know. I eyeball everything. I’m okay with it. I’m even slightly OCD and I’m still okay with it! Be OKAY with not being perfect.
I felt like the white was a little too stark next to the fresh tops, so I took the sander and some 100 grit sandpaper and roughed up the metal a little and I also roughed up the tops a little too. Over time they should wear out perfectly!
Another project for the TBB (TO BE BUILT) house completed and all four only cost me $27. Done and done.
On Saturday my sister and I went to a junk market here in town. They were selling tons of painted furniture, signs, metal baskets, lamps, doors, etc.
I saw a picture on Facebook of an old school clock that I had my sight set on….so that was the first thing that we searched for. AND, because of our mad skills, we were about 20th in line, and that was the first thing we went for. AND we got it. It was one of those moments where I’ve been on the look out for one for a long time, and then everything just lined up just right! Love it when that happens!
I also picked up one other thing. When I saw it in all it’s rusty glory I knew I could make something out of it. And for only $12, you can’t beat that!
I *think* it was a sifter of some sort….I used a tin snip to put that hole in the top. It was a piece of cake.
Then, I took a $12 pendant light kit from Menard’s and put it through the hole. It was an attachment on the bottom to keep things secure.
It really was one of the easiest projects. And yet, totally fun and gratifying! Now, to just get that darn house finished so I can hang it up!
Have you found any good reusable items lately? What have you turned them into?!