the never-ending project


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For some reason this posted from my phone. So forgive me for posting again. Plus, it posted to the wrong blog. 

Anyway, this door is never going to get done. We’ve sanded and painted once already. But when we got to the scraping off the paint, it came off and revealed the white paint underneath. So-o-o-o-o-o-we had to do it all over again. The sanding, everything. So now, because it’s cold in the garage, it’s set up on saw horses in the back hallway. I applied the primer yesterday (we hadn’t done that before and felt that was the problem), which is the picture you are looking at. I’ve applied one coat of Sherwin-Williams black paint. I’m determined to have some black interior doors. They’re all over Pinterest.

So yesterday after I applied one coat of the black paint, I held my breath as I scraped away the black paint.  Yea!!!! It worked.  Of course, you probably realized before I did that I should have had the primer tinted black.  DUH!!!!!!! Bu how often do I need black primer?

So today I will apple coat number two. I hate to think that I’m going to have to paint a third coat, but I think I might have to and the fact that it’s a French Door with all those panes, ugh.. Guess what I’m going to do on the other side? I’m going to try to  paint the door without the primer. After all, we have it sanded down to the “raw” wood state so I’m thinking it should work. So what if the first coat sinks in? I’m going to have to apply two coats anyway.

Then last night my husband and I were talking and I asked, “Why didn’t we just spray paint it?” He responded that he’d thought of that, too but was concerned that we’d have a hard time covering the glass. But even if we had only covered the main areas, it would’ve worked because I’m not taping it off as it’s too hard to get the paint right down to the glass. So I’m scraping anyway. Wished it were warmer in the garage because spray painting is exactly what I’d do!

I blame Pinterest.

DIY/table


This set of pictures shows how one can  take a $1.00 table and re-do, and re-do and re-do. But first the back story.

I bought this table about ten years ago at a church rummage sale. The top doesn’t even belong to the bottom. The bottom is an old sewing machine table and the top looks like it might be from a dresser. It’s not even attached. When I spotted it I knew it had the right “bones”.

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garage sale treasures


Yea, the first week-end of garage sales. Nothing better than that for a beautiful Saturday. The bargaining, the “oohing” and “aahing”. My brain on overload as I imagined what I could do with this piece of junk and that piece of worn cloth. The decisions. Like passing up an amazing deal on a couple of pieces of unbelievable outdoor furniture. Being proud of myself that I chose to pass it up. We need a new garage door. Pooh! That’s no fun. Oh, well, I didn’t like it anyway.

Yea, right.

So what did I buy? A bowling ball for $1.00. I love the look of balls in my garden. I tuck them away so that they peek out from under a bush or a group of flowers. Gardens shouldn’t be obvious or predictable. I may glue on jewels, paint a pattern or even just spray paint it all one color. If you position them the right way, no one even sees the finger holes.

Then there were the eight cloth napkins for fifty cents. Some flat lace for a quarter. Going to be used in La Cabinette to edge shelves for a shabby chic look. Some small metal reindeers I will paint white and then sand to reveal some of the gold.

And the best of all, this adorable vintage purse-one dollar and I didn’t even have to bargain for it. I collect vintage purses. I almost never use them. Don’t know why. I sold a couple on e-BAY for much more than I paid for them and have regretted it ever since. I just like them. Who knows why certain collections appeal to us more than others.

Much of my furniture (except for upholstered pieces) is from garage sales and thrift stores. There’s just something about taking something and making it my own that really appeals to me. Maybe that’s why I love blogging. It’s kind of the same thing. Taking something and making it my own.

What about you? What has been your greatest “find”? Tell me all about it.

Can’t wait till next Saturday.

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