Bargain art – The Village Blacksmith

A nearby church has an annual garage sale and it’s HUGE. This is the second time I’ve been and I will definitely going back. Last year I think I found a few things, nothing I can remember specifically, but this year… this year I got something worth remembering! After a few historic home tours, Jeremiah has been constantly lamenting our lack of artwork so I headed to the decor section and saw, tucked behind the endless inspirational quote wall hangings, the back of a large … Read more…

Fighting for every inch

I decided to paint the office. This office has had several “I’m gonna….” moments. Each one is, to be honest, a stopgap until I can figure out what to do more permanently. About six months after we moved in I decided to assemble some cheap shelves to hold my processed vintage stuff… for now. About eight months ago I decided to install wall shelves… for now. All my temporary organization seems to fail, miserably. As you can see, things only get worse the … Read more…

Suddenly sconces!

After a year of hoarding them in the basement, I finally got all three sets of sconces cleaned, refurbished, rewired and installed!   I actually didn’t just hoard them. Shortly after buying the double-arm and rose sets, I attempted to rewire them but realized I was missing parts. Then I tried again a few months later when I got the brass single-arm set but was unable to find the parts I needed locally. Other projects kept coming up so they got pushed back. … Read more…

Picture rail moulding cache

While my car is being repaired, I’ve been trying to be present to help when I can. Mostly I’m good as an extra set of hands, especially when those extra hands need to squeeze into tight spaces to retrieve dropped sockets or connect inconvenient plugs. Anyway, so to stay close to the action I’ve been cleaning and organizing the garage. It’s not my favorite task, but Sunday while I was pulling stuff down from the scary loft space above the scary garage apartment I … Read more…

New sun room!

As promised, I painted the sun room first in my new color scheme. I am so happy with the result! The paint is dark but with all the windows the room actually feels more defined. My homemade Roman shades also look great, as does my recently painted couch and mid-century chair. Everything has pulled together just wonderfully. For a recap, here’s the before in a sort of brownish pink color – not terrible, just not really a color that goes well with our … Read more…

Picking colors for new paint… again

Shortly after we moved in – a whole year ago! – as is customary for anyone settling in to their new space, I stuffed my cart to the brim with home goods at Target. Among the less necessary things I bought were an adorable campaign style X-leg desk I had been eyeing for a while – in red, of course – as well as some new toss pillows that I believe are no longer available, though they do have others in similar colors. The pillows have all sorts of color … Read more…

Windows Pt. 6 – Interior Trim Rehab and Installation

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… And speaking of trim, the combination of water damage and bright north sun proved too much for it and nearly every piece was damaged. Mottled water spots, drip stains and overall bleached and dried, we weren’t sure what we could do without completely stripping and re-staining them, which would mean doing the entire set – and possibly the rest of the room’s trim – to ensure a consistent finish. I took the two worst pieces, one bleached and one mottled, as well as … Read more…

Windows Pt. 5 – Interior Plaster Wall Repair

Because when it rains it pours, as demonstrated on day two of this three-month project, the water and neglect had caused the plaster keys to break which allowed the wall to bow out significantly. The cracks this caused were masked with drywall texture some years back but the wall was never properly repaired. Traditional plaster washers are a good idea but they require re-plastering the entire wall to cover them. Not wanting to do this, Jeremiah found a good solution that required drilling … Read more…