Friday Finds #3

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Friday finds are here again!

  • Best explanation of what it’s like to live with a chronic illness or disability, “The Spoon Theory”, click here.
  • Literary Tourism: Oxford, England from BookRiot, click the picture for more.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford England

  • I’m always amazed by the creativity of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and she has a way with words that always leaves me smiling.  Her project of turning an old leather sofa into a bench just blew me away.  Check it out here.
  • Found this great idea for DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights by Thriftdee, click here.
  • Love this piece by Lindsey Stirling, “Beyond the Veil”    

Happy Weekend!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”  Psalm 66:1  NIV Bible

 

The Unexpected Remodel: Part 2

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In my last post, I shared about our renovation of the upstairs bonus room for my daughter and her husband.  Today, the bathroom is the topic of conversation.

The half bath had a dark brown linoleum floor that was peeling up and a 1970s vanity complete with cultured marble sink when we purchased the house.   Serviceable, but nothing special.

upstairs bath 4After we moved in, I painted the walls black and wallpapered with National Geographic covers and this room quickly became the room my family loved the most and couldn’t wait to show their friends… wonders will never cease…

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This bathroom, though, needs a much larger countertop and storage capacity for my daughter and son-in-law.  Bye- bye vanity.  Bye-bye peel and stick tile. Thank you, son-in-law!

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The stairwell, when we bought the house, fortunately, did not have orange shag carpet like the upstairs room.  However, it did have this mottled brown shag that was well worn and looked like a mangy dog’s coat.  Nasty, too.  We ripped it up a long time ago and painted the stairs black.

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Progress is moving forward.  The ceiling fan is in and the closet is being framed up this week by my sweet husband.  The kids will be here this weekend to paint.  Only 3 more weeks to go before it must be move in ready!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —-you and your household.”  Acts 16:31 NIV Bible

An Unexpected Remodel

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We didn’t invest much into the room because we knew someday we would renovate.  Someday is here.  Over the weekend, we began an unexpected remodel of our upstairs bonus room over the garage. Plans for my daughter and her husband to move into their apartment didn’t work out as expected so they’re going to live with us for a little while.

Chosen for a number of reasons, the room has a half bath attached, is removed from the rest of the house and is about 400 square feet of space.  The bonus room looked like this when we bought our home 17 years ago.  I think the original homeowners used it as a party room.

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Groovy, isn’t it?  I think the orange shag carpet is really something.  The corner rock fireplace was loads of fun for my husband to remove.

And here’s the matching bar …

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The contractor made sure when he built the home to center the doorway to the half bath at the peak of the room so that the toilet serves as a glorious focal point.

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We { my husband} removed the bar, fireplace, carpet, and the beams coming down the slanted wall years ago.  The room has served multiple purposes as an office, a craft room, a den, and a storage facility.

During high school, my daughter used this room as her own.  She wanted an explosion of color.  We painted the walls turquoise, painted the sub floor pink, and added a canopy with lime green fabric. The room didn’t have a closet so we created one with curtains.

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After my daughter went to college and moved to her apartment, my husband used the room for his office, music room, and extra storage.  The colorful room really suited his tastes … bless his heart.

We have a month of weekends to renovate this room and the adjoining bathroom which I’ll be sharing later.   This room needs to go from whoa to wow with a modest budget.

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I love Before and Afters.  How about you?  Stay tuned.

Blessings,

Mimi

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.”  John 14:2  NIV Bible

Living Room Update Part 2

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My house is surrounded by woods and sometimes, taking a picture inside can be problematic.  This morning, the sunshine peeked through the clouds and I took this picture quick while the getting was good. : )

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The painted beams really make the ceiling soar.  The room feels so spacious.  We’re very pleased with the results.  What do you think?  I’m still contemplating the ceiling fan.  Living in the South, ceiling fans are beneficial on our warm days and truly help lower a power bill but aesthetically, they’re not pretty as a light fixture.

While the paint can, ladder, and drop cloths were still out, Honey Do kept painting and did the kitchen sitting area, too.

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I’m also showing off my latest addition and purchase for the living room.  I bought it at a store in town.  Many of you have probably bought their products through West Elm and other retail centers.  They’ve been a wholesale store only for years but this fall, they opened their very first retail store.  Check out At West End.

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What else have I been doing?  Sewing slipcovers.  I’m beginning to see the end.  I only have the sofa left to finish.   My target for completion is Thanksgiving.  I’ll share more in days to come.

Are you scratching your head and wondering where I’m going style wise with my house?  Or, are you thinking, ‘wow, that’s colorful’ with eyebrows raised and skewed?

Blessings,

Mimi

“…may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.”  Judges 5:31 NIV Bible

Living Room Ceiling

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We began a renovation of our living room in April and in May, I made this post about our plans and progress.  September rolled around and I posed the question about whether to paint our beams or not in this post.  Jump forward another month and the decision about the beams?  We painted.

If you recall in the before picture, the beams wrapped under the ceiling across the 8 foot part.  Honey Do had to make and install a long beam the length of the room where the ceiling stops at 8 feet before painting.  He had some difficulty locating the same style board in order to match the ones we have.  This install was one of the reasons we painted.

Before picture:

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Midway into the project:

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The project was so tedious.  Each beam had to be caulked and brushed off before painting. Then, the beams were primed and painted.   Honey Do, bless his heart, got  several splinters from those rough hewn beams.

Honey Do hard at work priming the beams.

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The room is really transforming now.  I can’t wait to show you the after picture but it will have to wait… Not enough sunshine the last few days for a good shot.

What do you think?  What projects have you been accomplishing at your house?

Blessings,

Mimi

“We work hard with our own hands…”  1 Corinthians 4:12  NIV Bible

Beams: To Paint or Not To Paint

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Beams: to paint or not to paint.  Not to steal Shakespeare’s thunder, but, that has seriously been my question in regard to the ceiling beams in my living room. 

I’ve been contemplating painting them for a long time.  The picture actually makes them look better than they do in person.  The beams aren’t even solid.  They’re made to look like solid beams but are really made out of rough hewn boards nailed into place over 2x4s.  If I had real beams, I don’t think I’d paint them.  This weekend, Honey Do will be installing a long beam to connect the ones coming down from the peaked ceiling. The time is now; I need to make a decision. 

I may not have a choice depending on what happens when he starts installing the long beam.  Old stain is really hard to match but not impossible.
Here’s two pictures that I found online from Better Homes and Gardens showing both looks.  You can click on the pictures to go to the original site. 

Expose a Post-and-Beam Frame
 (Better Homes and Gardens)

Lighten a Living Room's Heavy Beams with Paint
 (Better Homes and Gardens)

What do you think? Paint? Don’t paint?

Blessings,

Mimi

“The beams of our house are cedars; our rafters are firs.”  
Song of Songs 1:17 NIV Bible

Loveseat Done!

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Almost three weeks ago, I posted here about the slow progress on the loveseat.  Today, I’m happy to say, the loveseat is done!

A reminder of the Before: 

The glory days of the 1980’s left this loveseat tired, dated, sad,and stained.  But, I took her home because I liked her “bones”, she was the right size and most importantly, the right price.

Reupholstering isn’t hard but it can be labor intensive and tricky as I discovered with this wingback loveseat.  I’ve reupholstered many pieces of furniture before but, I had never attempted a wingback style piece. 

I made a couple of changes from the original design.  I used a different piece of fabric under the cushions and in the places no one can see.  Professional upholsterers often employ this method to stretch the fabric yardage and that is exactly why I did it, too.  I picked a stripe and I really like the surprise and playfulness of it. 

The second change you’ll notice is I changed the two cushions to a bench seat.  I like the cleaner line and more modern look.

The After :

Wisdom for reupholstering your piece

  • The right tools make all the difference.  The job goes quicker.  I’ve seen tools at Jo Ann’s, Hancock, Amazon and at a local car upholsterer’s shop.
  • A pneumatic stapler is definitely the way to go!  I can’t believe I’ve done this job in the past with a handheld.
  • Buy extra fabric.  Mistakes happen.
  • Start with an easy job like a chair bottom and work your way up to tackling bigger pieces. As I gained confidence, bigger pieces weren’t as scary. 
  • Ask for help from someone who has done it before.  I had help for the first few pieces I tackled.  I learned not to be afraid of making that first cut in the fabric.
  • If the piece of furniture smells really bad or the frame is not very stable, pass on it.  Fixing these two problems is usually not worth the cost.

Reupholstering is a great way to stretch your decorating dollars and get a piece that is custom made for your home.  Let me know if you fix up a piece, I’d love to see your “after”.

If you looked close in the after picture, you caught a glimpse of my kitchen reveal coming soon.   I can’t wait to show you!

I’ve linked up today with Jennifer Rizzo’s Creative Friday Link Party.

Blessings,

Mimi

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”  
Proverbs 14:23 NIV Bible