Most of the furniture in our home has either been purchased from a garage sale, been handed down to us, or has *ahem* been trash picked. Yes, we’re dumpster divers. We’ve picked up some really wonderful pieces of furniture this way, and all that is needed is a little tender loving care to turn someone else’s trash into a treasure.Continue Reading
I enjoy taking something that no longer has use and making it into “something else”. Old glass bottles, a little acid etching cream, and that “something else” can end up attractive. Here’s how I do it:Continue Reading
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making ornaments for friends and family. This year, I wanted to make the ornaments from something I had recycled. I thought that aluminum cans would be fun to use, but we do not buy anything in aluminum. I asked around and several friends quickly provided me with the raw material I needed. The cans are very easy to cut with regular scissors and after cutting, aren’t as sharp as I guessed they would be. For most of the ornaments, I lightly sanded the aluminum first because I preferred a toned down color. I played around with several shapes and used super glue to glue the shapes together as needed. I hope you enjoy my creations.
One of the most enjoyable things to me about having a cottage has been renovating and decorating it. The cottage was in poor condition and we (by we, I mean Mike) gutted it, raised the ceiling to make a cathedral ceiling, sheet-rocked, built cabinets, and so much more. I helped where I could and did much of the painting. We spent little on the decor, shopping at garage sales, dumpster diving and accepting the many beautiful gifts that friends offered. Here are a few photos – hope you enjoy.
The two little bedrooms were a bit of a mess today, so no photos for now. Hope you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again!
Over the years, we’ve renovated most of our cottage, inside and out. We have an enclosed front porch where we have a table and chairs for dining and a bed for lazy afternoon naps. The floor has been in terrible condition and the goal has been to replace it. But, the funds have not been available, and after fourteen years, we finally decided to paint it.
First, Mike sanded the floor – the most important step in preparation. There were several deep gouges and he filled the deepest ones with Bondo. Wood filler would crack in such a deep gouge and take days to dry. The Bondo dried smooth in half an hour. And now the fun began. We decided to paint the floor plaid. We thought we would like the look and also reasoned that it would help to camouflage the imperfections.
Here’s how to do it: Choose three colors. Ideally, two of the colors should form the third color when combined, as it would in a true plaid, but artistic license is allowed. First, prime the floor. After drying for 24 hours, paint the entire floor the “combined” color – “A” in the photo. Again, after drying for at least 24 hours, mark a grid pattern on the floor. We used a long board and a pencil and make our squares 12″. Next, using masking tape, mark off all the “B” squares and paint. The tape may be removed when dry to the touch. The next day, mask off all the “C” squares and paint with the third color. When dry, remove the tape. It’s best to allow the floor to cure for 48 hours before using.
We are happy with our results, we saved a lot of money, and we kept all of the old wood out of a landfill by using some elbow grease, paint and a little ingenuity. Let me know if you try it yourself and how it works out.
I take reusable bags with me when I shop, so why does that pile of plastic bags behind my kitchen trash continue to grow? I’m convinced that they are like rabbits and breed incessantly.
I am my mother’s daughter when it comes to throwing things that still have use in them into the garbage. (Yes, I suppose I could recycle them). So I recently did some research on reusing bags and came up with a fun project.Continue Reading