Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Exterior of the House - Friday Projects

Last week end was very productive and it didn't hurt that the weather was incredible!  We started tearing the vinyl siding off the driveway end of the house.  If you recall we tackled the back and front of the house last summer and fall.  (Click Here ).

This was the small ladder not the extension ladder.



The house was covered in vinyl siding, when removed it revealed a Dutch lap siding that was really in good shape, we discovered one board so far that must be replaced.  The siding needs to be scraped and the numerous nail holes filled before we start painting.  The plan was to do one side at a time, but the siding has to be ordered and it will be cost effective to only order once.  Also the apex of the house is really high and the extension ladder we were using just couldn't reach the highest point so we will have to rent something, obviously we only want to rent once so we will be tearing the siding from the other side next.




When Mr. Wonderful was on that ladder I was so nervous, I literally sat in a  chair and stared at him the whole time he was pulling stuff down.  When he would get down I would pile the waste up, but the minute he climbed back up and I would sit and stare!  You would have thought it was my eyes anchoring him to that ladder!  He confessed later it wasn't my eyes but prayers that kept him stable!





Saturday our awesome neighbors offered to let us use their lawn sweeper.  I am sold and will be combing local garage sale sights for one!  If you are not familiar you attach it to the back of your lawn tractor and it picks up leaves, sticks, pine cones, the dreaded sweet gum balls, pine needles and anything else laying in the yard.  We bagged 17 bags of yard waste!  That was in addition to the 8 bags that Wonderful had hand raked the weekend before!  This would have taken us days!  After cleaning the yard, I enjoyed a little hammock time, it was almost 80 degrees!

I also tried a new recipe this weekend, a bolognese sauce  from The Chunky Chef, that simmered in the slow cooker while we were working in the yard.  It was definitely a keeper, although a bit meatier than our normal sauce, the taste was excellent.  I urge you to give it a try if you would like something new!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dessert Buffet

Back in November I shared with you a project that Wonderful and I tackled for my birthday, (click here  for a reminder).  If you recall we used plans from Ana White to build a dessert buffet designed specifically for a space that I had in the dining room to allow an additional serving area.



Well unfortunately in my typical blogging fashion I got busy and never shared with you the finished product.  After a good sanding, and then a wipe down with a tack cloth I applied a new to me paint, Fusion Mineral Paint.  At the recommendation of the seller of the paint I applied the first coat on the raw wood, in hind sight I should have applied a wood conditioner first because in the end it took about five coats of paint.  I think that three would have been sufficient had I used the conditioner to seal the wood.






After the paint dried, I then applied an antiquing glaze.  I continued to layer the glaze to achieve the look I desired.  I am not sure how many coats that ended up being because at times I only added to specific areas.  I then applied two coats of wipe on poly because I was going to use it to serve food, it needed to be a durable surface that could be wiped off and wouldn't stain.



The end result is exactly what I wanted.  Because we customized the measurements, it fits the space perfect, the red adds a pop of color and it provides a functional surface for entertaining.





Through Christmas I used it to display my snow globes when it wasn't being used as a buffet.  The bottom shelf has an antique picnic basket that adds additional linen storage for the dining room.  Although the top displays some simple decorations that I already had,  I am not exactly sure what I want here long term, just thinking I will know it when I see it.





Based on our experience and the success of this project, Mr. Wonderful and I have already planned a few more things in the future!



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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Organizing by the Book

Being a bit of a nerd when it comes to reading organizing books and articles, I continually heard others referring to the book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up", so I picked it up a couple of months ago.   It is a New York Times best seller with over 3 million copies sold.  Translated from Japenese, the book promotes the KonMari Method, named for the author Marie Kondo.

The book was an easy read and somewhat entertaining at times when the author shares her life long obsession of organizing and decluttering.  Three things I took away from the book:





1. Tidying by Category.  The KonMari Method requires you to clean, decluttering by category such as doing all clothing at one time.  Not your closet, then your dresser, then your coat closet, you do it all at once.  How this helped me:  allowed me to see exactly what I had, there were light jackets stored in the laundry room that were easy to grab and heavier coats in the coat closet.  When I gathered them all at one time and one place I realized I had more light jackets than I thought and was able to get rid of a couple.  When they were spread out I didn't realize there were duplicates!



Monday, January 18, 2016

Road Trip with Darling Daughter

Last Monday morning Darling Daughter and I pulled out of the drive way and headed north.  She was to check in at school for her second semester of college on Friday and we went up a few days early to visit with family.  The first day we drove to Memphis and spent the night, Mr. Wonderful didn't want us traveling at night.






On Monday night Darling Daughter received an email requesting a Skype interview for a summer position the next day at 2:30, so we adjusted our travel time and left a little earlier on Tuesday morning to allow her time to get there and freshen up before the interview.  Can I just tell you that girl is a beast at driving, she drove the whole way!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Friday Project - Painted Sign

I have been all over signs for a long time, but since the Nutcracker Market  and seeing those prices for hand painted signs,  I have been inspired to paint my own.  I painted three or four for Christmas, but didn't blog about them (bad blogger)!

After all of the undecorating earlier this week, I decided something different was needed above a small console that sits in my breakfast area.  Before Christmas there were plates hung along with the clock, I never liked the plates, but was at a loss for what I wanted.





I have a small chalkboard in my craftroom and I loved this drawing that has been on there for at least six months which is a record for a chalkboard in my house!  So I decided to recreate it on a sign above the console.  I used my Cricut to create an arrangement to fit a board I had on hand.