Admit it…you miss me! Well, turns out that when I try to do things my house turns into a giant ball of yuck and I don’t have even a minute to spare…so tonight I’ll stay up late and share what it is I’ve been so busy doing! I reclaimed a few things that held on to just sure I could do something with…yay for me for finally finding a use!
Remember this? The shutters were a gift from my junking friend about six years ago and needed to finally use them or let them go…
Beautiful, I know! Happy accident! I was painting them black, but then I bought some paint to redo white chairs I was gifted with a beautiful white table for my birthday…problem was with my three kids I had about three good hours before they were not so white. I found this beautiful Jade green paint but was really nervous to paint them- turns out I should’ve followed my gut and not done it cause I could not use that paint! It was so thin and runny!! I redid the chair I messed up in a gray (cause gray spray paint is a buck a can) that is much much easier to handle and had to do something with those $5.00 cans of beautiful Jade green…so I sprayed it over the black on the shutters and I love it! In this scenario thin and not covering is the order! The piece of long wood was left over from the kitchen redo (the first intentional one) and already stained to match, so it became trim around a shelf for my microwave…I used the table saw all by myself and trimmed a piece of walnut to finish the other long side against the far room and haven’t got sealer on it yet but I’m pretty sure I’m going to do the whole doorway in that!! I was given it from a sawmill owner that has past and I’ve been holding on to it for all these projects that don’t seem to happen. I need to use it before the ants get it in the barn. It got me thinking and I realized that I miss him. I didn’t see him often, but there was always a chance when I rolled into the small time where we live that I was going to run into him, and I was always happy to. He was a kind fellow and I don’t know why he was so generous to me but I need to make a point not to waste it…besides, its beautiful wood and how often will I get to share his memory when people comment? Cause they will…it’s beautiful wood!!
Our pantry is really cubbies on either side of a wide doorway between the kitchen and family room. The other side of the pantry houses all of my home canned foods (getting slimmer this year). I picked up some shutter style closet doors at the restore for $10. I plan to use the halves with no knobs on either side of my front door, but the other two I hinged here:
I couldn’t figure out why I hated them so much. They didn’t sit inside the opening for the shelves, but that wasn’t it. Somehow I knew a different color paint wasn’t going to help. I had spent so long getting them up there (every spare two-minute increment for two days) that my husband told me they were staying put. I hated them. I figured out that for as long as I’ve lived here I’ve had my home canned goodies on open shelves, and apparently I have to see them to be happy. I took off the doors and am working on plan 73 1/2. I have some leftover kitchen wall cabinets hiding in my laundry room that I think I may steal the doors off of. I would only have two sets the same size so the top and bottom would have doors matching my kitchen and the middle would be an open shelf sort of like the other side…who knows!!
The other mystery project went from this scrap of cheap o board and leftover pieces of fleece and fabric:
To this headboard to put behind my couch in the family room. I bought L-shaped patio furniture on clearance last year (best thing I ever did) and love how short it is for the protrusion into the room, but wanted something on the wall to rest my head…I’ll post better pics when I show you the rest of the room…right now all the cushion covers are in the wash (…if you have kids buy patio furniture! Do you know how handy it is throw your couch in the washer?) I used paper clips on the back to tighten the buttons and can tabs to hang it on the wall…if you want a full tutorial leave it in the comments! Leave some comments! Pin it, poke it, just please say something!
On the front porch I decided I needed to manufacture a light since the wiring is bad on the porch light and I can’t do that. So here’s my fix:
I saw this same sort of thing with hula hoops and when I came across this quilting hoop a light came on (yeah, I’m funny). I knew I had another hoop that the outer piece was broken and I thought if I used this one too I could have this one on its stand by the door and the broken one hanging further down the porch. It appears that the broken hoop is the only thing I have ever thrown away in my entire life, so I hung this one for now. I think I’m going to have to buy another, though. I know it would defeat the purpose since the whole point of what I’ve been doing is to use things that are cluttering my life to take care of things that nag at me…but in the event that I ever do hand quilt again I’ll at least know where they are!
So, no I haven’t been in hiding…yes, I have been kicking ass. I have also been taking a bunch of pics…I think I’m up to 18,000. Maybe I’ll share some of my faves here before long, too. On second thought, it will be winter soon. I’ll catch that up, then. It will help us all remember that the grass is in fact green sometimes.
Did I mention that I literally need some comments before I die? Yeah, I’m going through withdraws or something!
Catch ya again later this week with some toddler crafty fun!