Friday, December 24, 2010

Finishing Touches

Busy days during the week of Christmas!  Charles (father-in-law) and I applied the quarter round and kick plates under the kitchen cabinets.  I had painted them the night before.  They look great and trim off our new floors wonderfully!  Last night I painted the mirror above the mantel.  (It had been light oak.  A bit of it can be seen in the top picture.)  It is a great finishing touch to our "new" kitchen/dining area.  Merry Christmas to us!

Below are some pictures of the floor installation process.  There was quite a bit of leveling to be done...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Wiry Wreath

Earlier this past fall, friends donated some old bed springs they wanted to get rid of...
 I cut several individual springs out of the frame,
and we spent some time arranging them in a
wreath shape - finally wiring the entire thing together.
Another friend graciously welded the wreath,
and this morning I painted it white per my wife's request.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Duncan Phyfe Restored

 Read more about this project - HERE.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Metal Cabinet II

The second metal cabinet is finished.  The best place for it is in our laundry closet where it stands beside the first cabinet (which has a clothes hamper built in).

There's a lot of good storage in this one!  Rebecca lined the shelves with leftover wall paper and is busy filling it with a sewing basket, a box of craft paints, etc.  "Before Picture", here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Table Talk

Thanks to Lynn and Donna I am now working on a Duncan Phyfe table that was in their attic.  I have taken the finish off 3/4 of the top.  I lightly scraped much of the finish off the top.  The finish was old enough to come off fairly easily.  It will sand up very nicely.  Thank you L & D.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September Projects

Found at an estate sale yesterday for $2.50.  There is a lot of rust...but I THINK I can turn this out to be a good-looking metal cabinet!

the inside

the latch
 Another project already in motion.  A friend found this chair on a trash pile and picked it up for us!
I guess we have a reputation.
 I'll need to recover the seat.
This object (don't know what to call it) was on a trash pile several months ago when my wife and I were enjoying a housewalk.  She saw it and we loaded it up--not sure what to do with it.  Yesterday we saw it in a decorating book at Borders standing elegantly in the entrance hall of an 18th century home!  After painting it (it's only primed in this photo), we'll look for a piece of glass to put on top of it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010


 The top, front and sides are all sanded down.  I set in some shelves and have primed them with a tinted primer.  After the primer dried, I sanded lightly and used the shop vac to remove dust.
 Below is another project!  We forgot to take a "before" picture.  It was damaged on top - the "slats" were loose and I have glued it to repair the damage.  Here--sanded (but not dusted off).

Friday, August 13, 2010

August '10 Project

"She" found it today for $1.  I now have an August project.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July Projects

 Above:  As we found it at our favorite thrift store.  $8 was the price.
 Above:  The cabinet after sanding, priming, and painting!  To the right - a part of the seat I've primed.
 Below:  A finished rocking chair - primed and painted.  A third piece remains to be done.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Restaining the Back Deck


Powerwashed the deck earlier today, and then this evening I used some left-over solid color stain to do the floor.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Corn Hole 2

Basically, the point is to get the bean bags into the hole. We played our first game last night.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Brushing Up the Christmas Gift

Our children gave us Corn Hole equipment in the rough last Christmas.  Since two of our grandchildren are coming to stay with us a few days next week, I decided to get the decks sanded.  Here I am applying the primer coat.  Next comes some high gloss paint.  I've googled the rules and we should be up and running by Monday!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Finished and Furnished

Curtains hung; rugs in place...furnished and ready for delivery.