Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Salvage addiction, refinished furniture follow up

I have a problem.  I am a junk addict.  Mostly salvage, especially old doors.  I CANNOT drive by an old door being thrown away, it will come home with me.  Unfortunately, we don't really have a need for 30 old doors.  :(  We recently sold most of my stash to people that needed to replace junky cheapo doors with ones more period correct to their homes.  I miss them and have found myself pinning salvage more and more, lol.  I just felt the need to fess up since I am watching the Rehab Addict marathon.  I think Nicole Curtis is my long lost sister, at least when it comes to salvage!

Now, about some of the refinished furniture I've posted about before.  The most recent piece, the side table was sold as I anticipated.  We just had no place for it.

However, the little yellow turned blue table and chairs are still here.

Here's the table in it's permanent home

The train case is used for storage.  The typewriter is an old Alpina, and it does work!

The chairs are in the dining room Christmas photo, but here are a few close ups

Thursday, November 28, 2013


We finished this project a while back but I've only now gotten around to taking a photo!  One is missing a slat, but we weren't sure how to reproduce it so we decided it added character :D .  Obviously there is some painting that needs to be finished, but here are the closets I dreamed up and Mr Eclectic built complete with the shutters I painted:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas is coming to the Cottage!

We spent a little time dragging out some of the decorations this week.  The big tree isn't up in the living room yet, but we decorated the dining room and the LAUNDRY ROOM! Yup, the laundry room is (sort of) done.  We still need to do trim work, but the floor (BRICK!!), drywall, wallpaper and beadboard are all up.  Our old tree from our Old House found a home in a corner in there for the holidays, next to a vintage Poloron cooler that doubles as storage.

Here is the dining room decorated for Christmas, 2013:

And the laundry room!

We weren't sure how the brick would perform as a floor in a laundry/mud room.  The dog comes in and out through the room, and we use it as a main door as well.  We found it works perfect!  It looks fantastic and if it gets muddy, you just let it dry then sweep it up or vacuum it.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Curb Find Redo

Found this at the curb so we brought it home to refresh it.  It doesn't really fit in here, so we'll probably sell it.  But it was a fun project!

It was missing one of the drawer pulls and the finish was worn.

Here we go!  I forgot to take pics before I started filling the holes where the original pulls were.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The garden, 2013

Here we are, year #3 (really #2).  Crazy weather-lots of rain and now HOT HOT HOT!

Here are the photos of "before"(year #1), last year (year #2) and this year(year#3)-all about the same time of the year-mid July.

The stone border is still there, but we hadn't trimmed when I took this photo.  Oops.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The "new cottage" and some garden photos

Well, we ended up renting the "new cottage" (our old house) before we even finished it!  Friends of ours lost their lease and wanted it.  With their help we got it done JUST in time-but they moved in so I don't have final photos of it.  Maybe one day we'll buy another place and I can post pics of that one, lol.

So, back to the Cottage!

Some garden photos from this year:

White Feather Hosta (already greening up, we got this at a plant swap so we'll have to wait until next spring to see it in the white stage), a Begonia and an old lantern:

One little white leaf:

A little "pond" in the hosta bed, made from an upside down garbage can lid and stones:

A Cameo hosta, a mini:

And this isn't in the garden-FINALLY getting the shutters painted for the bedroom closet doors!!




Comparison between one I haven't painted yet and the one I have:

I used a dry brush technique just like the chairs I had posted about before.  It's taking a while, but I LOVE the end result.  We are going to need to put something else on them, they are SO dry.  I'm pondering tung oil, but I am worried it won't absorb enough and might get into the clothes.  I know it's used on milk paint as a sealer for furniture but if I put it on and it doesn't absorb I'm not sure how I'd get it back off!  I have time though, it's supposed to rain again for the next few days so it's going to be at least a week before these are finished.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

More destruction!

More drywall has bit the dust...and made enough of it's own!

We are gutting all of the drywall out of the first floor.  The house had blown in *cringe* when we bought it.  Well, blown in can't get into cavities when someone puts a random block in between the studs.  Also, it stinks.  Literally.  And we never could quite get rid of the smell when we lived there.  It's just incredibly messy to get rid of, and not really something you can do when living in a place.  You'll see as I post pics!

I promise it didn't look like this when we lived here.

You'll see a shadow on the bottom of the drywall where the old baseboard was.  This was actually covered when we bought it, there was an additional layer of drywall on top of it and the baseboards were long gone.

This is the wallpaper that was there in the hall when we bought the house.  I had hoped never to see it again! But a little survived-until now!  Imagine a whole wall of it...