Category Archives: Remodeling Projects

Latest Project in Living Room

Back in June of 2018 I bought this table at an auction for $1.

It was super ugly.  No one else bid on it.  Me, I loved it right away.  I’m the person who roots for the underdog and this table was definitely the underdog.  Kramer was living then and I was sure he could make this “nothing” into a “something”.

Well, it sat and sat until Kramer had the time and an idea.  So about 6 months later, he started working on it.

He made a rustic top for it.  The boards were flooring boards that had that were leftover from the house remodel.  If you’ve been a long time reader you know that we recycled boards from an old farmhouse for our flooring here in this house.  He left the chippy gray paint on the boards, stained them, and then varnished over the top.  I loved the look.  He was very hesitant about it but in the end, liked it.

From there he cut the legs off thinking it would make a great coffee table.  I totally agreed.

His intention was to have me paint it and then we’d sell it in our antique booth.

Then Kramer got cancer and passed away.  The piece sat in the garage.  I couldn’t sell it.  It was the last piece we had jointly worked on.  It was really sentimental to me.  YEP, that’s me getting all sentimental over a one-dollar piece of junk from an auction.

We stumbled over in the garage for about 3 months and then the living room furniture was finally delivered.  The way the couch and the loveseat fit together, I needed something in the corner.  I needed something exactly this size.  We lugged it in from the garage and thought the size was perfect and that solved my want to keep the piece.

Then it sat.  It wasn’t painted as we both had intended it to be.  Kalissa thought it was fine as it was…me not as much.  It sat there as I couldn’t decide what color to paint it.  I thought I wanted the graphite Annie Sloan paint…but kept second-guessing…maybe I should do a white or cream.  Finally, I decided to just paint it.  Any guess on what color I picked??  I picked…. Continue reading

Rug Shopping

I’ve wanted some new rugs upstairs.  I need some for the south spare bedroom.  I hate driving to town (one big enough to find rugs for sale) so I flipped over to Amazon.  They had some that I thought would be great.  The problem…I was so nervous about buying something I couldn’t feel or actually see.

There are rugs and rugs and rugs on Amazon.  How can I tell the quality??  I read reviews.  I looked and looked.  Then I stumbled upon this rug.

Safavieh Heritage Collection HG625A Handmade Red Wool Area Runner, 2 feet 3 inches by 20 feet (2'3" x 20')
Well this wasn’t the bedroom rug I was looking for but it would be great as a rug for my long upstairs hallway….It sure looked nice…but would it be the quality I wanted.  I was so excited as I didn’t know they made runners 20 feet long. I ended up ordering it but decided that I wouldn’t order the bedroom rugs I found instead waiting to see about the quality of this rug.

I was so leery.  It came all wrapped up and the delivery guy left if outside.  It was so heavy.  It was all I could do to get it carried into the house.  But the moment of truth would come when I opened it. Continue reading

My Sewing Room Cabinet

Now that Hubby has the trellis ready for me to paint he’s moved on to a new project and I am so excited.  This is the bottom half of the cabinet that will be going in the sewing room.


There is an upper part that is open shelving.  Yep it’s vintage.

We bought the piece on an auction last summer from a neighbor.  He had been using it in the garage.  Well it’s getting an upgrade.

Hubby had worked and worked to strip the boards but no matter what he did, they just didn’t get down to bare wood.  He called me out to the garage and told me that he thought I would need to chalk paint the piece.  UGH.  As much as I do like chalk paint, I still like straight up wood the best.

That’s when I suggested that he sand the piece down the best he could and then just stain it.  I said we don’t have anything to lose.  He kind of scoffed about that.

Fast forward three days and he called me out to the garage with the announcement that I was right.  WHAT???  I am never right.  That had me running to the garage.  He had stripped and stained a board and it looked good.  That inspired him so he got busy and has been working on it ever since.

For the most part, we don’t have many boxes left in the house except a few in the basement and a few in the corner of the sewing room.  This cabinet, once it’s finished, will house the things that are  in the boxes in the sewing room.  I can’t wait to be done with with that!!

He’s still working on it but every day gets him closer and closer and that makes me happy.  I am really anxious to see it all refinished!

In the Garage: That Cupboard

You might remember a week or so ago I told you that I wanted to have my big white cupboard stripped by October 1st…

Want to see my progress???


The cupboard is on it’s side right now.  It was about the only way I could work on the top and bottom.  I have the topside here left to do-It’s all stripped.  I just need to do the sanding.  An hour or two and it will be all ready to go.

As far as the bins, drawer and doors…I’m doing pretty good.  I have the backs of the three upper doors to strip the paint of.  Then sanding…I’d like to say just an hour or so but that is completely not true.


These door have a green paint underneath the white paint.  The green paint is a booger.  After working with it and talking about it, Hubby and I think it must be some type of old milk paint.  It just doesn’t respond like regular paint at all!!


I have to admit that I didn’t get as far along as I had hoped but I am doing pretty darn good.  I’m in striking distance that’s for sure.  Hubby helped me for a little bit last night…Maybe if it rains and he can’t farm, he’ll help me again tonight.

I missed my October 1st goal.  I am making my new goal October 6th.  I’ll report back next week.  Oh I hope I can make that goal!!