Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Cheap Seats

The neighbors were having a yard sale and I refrained from going. But after it was over there was a sign  on four patio chairs that said "free". My favorite word! They started out looking like this:
Not much to look at, but also nothing that a little paint wouldn't fix.
Soon they will also be getting bright new cushions, but for now they provide quite comfortable seating around our fire bowl.
I love it when things are free! The other day I picked up a little side table sitting on a curb with a free sign on it. I whipped a U ey (sp?) and I'll show you what I end up doing with it later, so stay tuned.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Baseball and Birthdays

April has been a busy month with two birthdays and two kids in baseball. Zoey turned 18 on the 16th, and my youngest baby, Eli, turned 10 on the 25th. Max is playing high school baseball at first base, and Riley is playing Little League on the Majors team this year. My youngins are growing up!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shutter Bug

So here is the problem. A barren front window that takes up a majority of the facade of our half of a semi-detached as the Canadians on HGTV like to say. It needed something.   So I started with a pile of old boards salvaged from a fence at the Grands place in Union. I set up my salvaged sawhorses and set to work cutting and nailing.
When the shutters were together I painted them. The wood was so dry it took a couple of coats. The first coat settled in like a stain and although I liked the effect, it wasn't colorful enough. A note on the color, although purple was not my first choice it looked better than what I had originally wanted, against the already dark teal that is on the house.


Max and Zoey helped attach them in place, and wa la! The window looks dressed. I also made shutters for the smaller window on the other side of the front door.

Speaking of front door, it is my next project. It has an ugly screen door that gets in the way of having a wreath or any kind of door hanging, and it's just plain shabby. Now normally I like shabby things, but its held together with duck tape and not at all shic go go along with the shabby. What to do. Stay tuned.