New Adventure!

 

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And that’s what I did and is the reason I haven’t posted here for almost two months!

On a wing and a prayer, I jumped feet first into starting a business refinishing furniture, Pink Bungalow Design! And then I immediately signed myself up for a local craft show seven weeks out to market PBD! The only thing was, I only had a couple of pieces finished! Therefore I have been busy sanding, priming, and painting everything I can get my hands on! Plus I took a week in the midst of all this craziness and traveled to Atlanta with Mr. and my mom! Another state to check off that bucket list!!

And since I needed something to haul my goods around in, Mr. bought me the perfect gifts for my birthday last month…a jigsaw and a cargo trailer! 🙂

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   Now you know that I couldn’t let the inside of my new trailer stay this boring…Cargo trailer

…I had to make it completely glam! So much better!! Don’t ya think? 🙂

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So now you know where I’ve been and why the house makeovers have been put on hold until after the show. But be sure and check back in early November for upcoming house makeovers, as some exciting news is on the horizon,. And be sure and check us out over at Pink Bungalow Design!

Y’all have a great day!

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Kitchen Update: We Have Floors!!

I can’t believe we finally have new floors in the kitchen! We’ve came so far on this kitchen. You can read about the changes we’ve made here, here, and here. And if you’ve forgotten what it looked like when we first started…

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And here it is today!

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After bringing home sample after sample of flooring for months, we finally decided on porcelain tile. And I love it; although it about killed us!

It took me three days to hammer, I mean, remove the old ceramic tile! 300 square feet of tile in three days = one sore gal!

Here I was at 299 1/4 square feet to go…

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Some spots would just pop up with very little effort, but for the most part, it was like this:

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and this…

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And when it would crack, the edges would shatter into hundreds of tiny shards of ceramic! I figured out real quick to cover the tiles I was working on, as I had to have Mr. use tweezers to get a tiny piece of ceramic out of my arm when he got home the first day! (I used one of his  old t-shirts to cover the tiles and then just threw it away when I was done.)  

Hank was a big help and supervised as I scraped the thin set off the floors once I got all the tiles up.

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Then it was time to install; and time to watch a lot of YouTube videos! Like everything else we do, we were going in pretty blind and clueless. We borrowed a wet saw from Mr.’s cousin, but it was old and tired; so we, of course, had to buy a new one. $$ But let me tell you, this is one awesome saw! We were tile cutting wizards by the time we were done!

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I wanted the floors to have a wood floor look, with different sizes of planks, so we cut the tile planks in random lengths. (no rhyme or reason) It made for extra time to lay the floor, but it was so worth it. Mr. did 99% of the floor, and he did such a great job!!

But here’s proof that I did 1% of laying the floor. 🙂

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Here’s Mr. doing his Michael Jackson impression! (he may or may not have needed stitches! I don’t know…I didn’t look!) But I should have bejeweled his glove!

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We had a couple of places where the thinset got carried away and made it’s way up the sides of the tile. I used a grout remover tool and scraped it down. I put a couple of pieces of painters tape on each side. That way if I slipped while scraping, it wouldn’t scratch the tile.

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And once again, Hank is supervising me while I removed the grout haze.

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My heart sunk at one point when I thought we had cracked the tile while moving the washer around in the laundry room! #OhCrapMoment #JustRealisticLookingTile

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I’m so happy with our floor. It’s amazing how it changed the looks of the kitchen! And by doing it ourselves, we saved over $3,000! Even with buying a new wet saw.

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One more before and after…

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I’m so glad to be finished so I can finally get rid of all the dust in the house!

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And another one bites the dust on The To-Do List! Yay!

 

Y’all have a great day!

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Updating the Ceiling Fans

After living in this house for over 2 1/2 years, two of the ugliest ceiling fans have finally been updated! Yay!! Like every other piece of hardware in this 90’s house, they were brass.

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I’ve read lately that brass and gold fixtures/hardware are making a comeback! That’s all good and well, but I don’t follow the trends or what’s hot right now. I decorate for me and what makes me happy! And what makes me happy is brushed nickel. And white blades! But we couldn’t find any fans that I liked in brushed nickel with white blades. They all had two shades of brown. A light shade on one side and a dark shade on the other. And I really wanted white blades for these two fans. One was going into the living room and the other in the master bedroom.

So what’s a girl to do when the color isn’t right? She paints it! I laid the blades out on saw horses and gave each side one coat of primer and two coats of white spray paint.

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I let them dry/cure for several days before Mr. installed the fans. You can’t tell at all that the blades were painted.

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They look so much brighter and cleaner than the previous fans.

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And with this project finished, this completes the projects for the living room on The To-Do List! Yay!

  • paint an accent wall or two (you can read about that here)
  • change out the ceiling fan

 

Y’all have a great day!

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Bucket List: Cruising Down the Highway at 30 mph!

Mr. and I took a much needed vacation last week. He had worked for 26 days with only two days off somewhere in the middle of that madness! We had talked about going on another cruise but I really wanted to go on a road trip. I love road trips! So we hit the road and knocked off two states off my bucket list! You can read about my bucket list here.

Cruisin’ in our shades!

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Our first night we stayed at Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino. Not much went on there…lost 17 dollars and bought t-shirts for our daughter and her roommate (they were cat-sitting Hank). But over at Lake Charles, LA, that’s where we got excited! And it was all about the food! We ate at a restaurant I found on tripadvisor.com. Steamboat Bill’s was listed as #3 out of 176! We figured it had to be good and we were not disappointed. Mr. had the gumbo and I had fried shrimp. However, the highlight of the meal were the boudin balls. I had never had boudin before and I am hooked! So much that we stopped for lunch here on our way back home at the end of the week!

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The next morning we hit the road again making our way to New Orleans. We stopped for lunch in Scott, LA just outside of Lafayette. I saw a billboard advertising boudin and cracklins (I told you I am hooked). Once again, Mr. had had cracklins before but I hadn’t. Apparently I have led a very sheltered life when it comes to food! It turned out to be a convenience store with a walkup counter to order hot boudin balls, boudin rollups, and cracklins ready to eat; and of course, we had to try all of it! These locals are some lucky eaters and they know it; the parking lot was packed and there were about 15-20 people in line when we walked in.

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Lunch in a greasy sack! Pure yumminess!!

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After eating lunch in the jeep, we were on the road again. We were met with three different traffic jams on I-10. At times we never got over 30 mph and twice the interstate was a parking lot! It took us over two hours to go 52 miles and altogether six hours to get from Lake Charles to New Orleans!

We had been sitting about 20 minutes at this point and I had to pee! I told Mr. that I was about ready to knock on the door of the motor home if we didn’t move pretty soon! Thankfully we did, and I wasn’t that crazy woman knocking on their door in the middle of the highway!

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30 minutes later another parking lot!

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Finally, New Orleans. We drove around the block several times in the French Quarter due to construction and the fact that our GPS kept telling us we had arrived at our destination, when obviously we had not! Nevertheless, we finally found our hotel which was only one block from Bourbon Street. Now…our hotel was really nice and close to all the action, but I can honestly say…been there, done that! Neither Mr. or I care if we ever go back! Although everyone should experience Bourbon Street at least once in their lifetime! But again the food was wonderful! Alligator tail, catfish, and shrimp made it onto our plates for supper at Olde N’awlins Cookery. But breakfast the next morning at Café Beignet was to die for…beignets!

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After breakfast, we headed to our last destination for the week, Orange Beach, Alabama. We have decided this will be a yearly trip!  We didn’t even know this place existed, until my friend Jan suggested we go. (I of course, text her pictures of Mr. and I with the message “wish y’all were here”) For three days, we were in paradise!

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I was the lucky one and was stung four times by jellyfish! Apparently, I didn’t learn my lesson and kept going back into the water, but I just couldn’t resist. We went snorkeling and saw lots of fish, jellyfish (of course), and Mr. saw two stingrays.

And you know I have to talk about the food! We ate at The Gulf the first night. (another suggestion by Jan.) Mr. had a grilled amberjack sandwich and I had a crawfish salad sandwich. (I had my first crawfish earlier this year. Tasty but a lot of work.) We also ate at The Oyster House which has great fish tacos!

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The Gulf restaurant is an outside-only dining restaurant located on the east end of the beach.

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I couldn’t resist from taking a picture of this couple that looked to be in their 80’s; walking along the beach holding hands! I told Mr. that would be us in about 30 years. I just hope we look half that good in our swimsuits at that age!

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I hope y’all got to go somewhere fun this summer or maybe had a fun staycation! Would love to hear where y’all went, as I’m always looking for ideas for our next road trip.

Y’all have a great weekend!

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Bistro Set

I am slowly making my way through a stack of furniture that we brought with us in the move from Oklahoma, plus some pieces that I have picked up here and there. I just can’t resist a piece of furniture that has been discarded or one that someone no longer wants! The pieces for this project came from my mom, but didn’t start out as a set. The chairs were from a garage sale that didn’t sell, and were going to be thrown into the dumpster. Of course, she thought of me!! The table came from her bedroom, where she had been using it as a bedside table. I had given her one of two nightstands that I had so she no longer needed this little table. You can see how I redid the matching nightstand that I kept in this post.

When I brought these pieces in from the garage, I had no intention to use them together. I was going to use the table beside the bed in the Gypsy Room and paint one of the chairs for the little desk also in that room. But once I had them sitting next to each other, I thought they would make a cute bistro set! Once I painted them, of course!

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And after a little paint and some fun material, here is what I ended up with!

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The hardest part of this entire project was picking out the fabric. I came home with three different patterns, as I just could NOT make up my mind at the store!

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At first, the owls were my favorite. But the more I looked at them, the more I gravitated to the circle designs. It reminded me of designs you could make with a Spirograph, which I loved doing when I was younger.

I kept the original padding & vinyl and just added another layer of padding. I was going to remove the old, but let me show you why I left it.

89 heavy duty staples!! Eighty. Nine. In one cushion!

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There was no way I was going to pull out almost 200 of those bad boys! Therefore, my cushions are super cushy and comfy. How many staples did I use in one cushion, you ask? 29 in one and 31 in the other.

I painted turquoise tips on the bottom of the table legs to tie the table and chairs together.

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And for the finishing touch of the table, I dyed some doilies that my mom and grandma had made.

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The one I picked to use for the table was the white one with purple trim. It was one my mom had made for my grandma. You can still see the purple edges showing through the turquoise, which I love. Purple was grandma’s favorite color and this makes me smile when I look at it.

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And the necessary one more look at the before and after pictures…

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Y’all have a great day!

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From Trunk to Table!

I mentioned in passing in this post that we are in the process of redoing our master closet. (Yikes, that was a month ago and we haven’t made any progress since!) But we do have the carpet out of there!

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But one positive thing in starting the closet makeover is I had to totally clean it out! And if you remember the pictures from the Under the Staircase Closet , then you know just how much stuff might have been in the master closet!

Back in one corner, under a couple of pillows, bags, and purses, was this trunk that I bought at a garage sale several years ago. Not much to look at, but still in decent condition. (even after two moves) I was using it and another oversize tub to store pictures and scrapbooks. I was able to sort through the pictures (discarding duplicates), throw out old photo albums from the ’70’s, and just get rid of some stuff! What was left fit into a small storage box that now sits on a shelf in the closet!

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So that left me with an empty trunk once again. And this is what I did with it.

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I turned it into a super cute table with storage!

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It was a pretty simple project. I did the usual primer and paint steps. After it was completely dry, Mr. drilled holes in the bottom and hammered threaded inserts in the inside of the trunk for the legs .

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To keep paint from getting all over my hands while painting the legs, I poked holes into the bottom of some cheap plastic cups. I was then able to screw the legs into the holes and viola…instant “keep paint off my hands leg holder thingy”!

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I cut off the old handle, wrapped jute around a piece of cord, and hot glued it in place. I thought this gave it more of a coastal look.

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I plan on using it as a coffee table and storing a couple of light throws and maybe the various remotes we have in it.

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Y’all have a great day!

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Entryway Makeover: Keeping Memories Alive

WARNING! …if you don’t like painted wood, don’t read any further! There, I warned you.

This piece started out as a 1935 era Singer sewing machine, which belonged to my paternal great-grandma. I remember making Christmas stockings on it when I was in grade school, in the early 1970’s.

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When my great-grandma passed away, my Mamaw inherited it, and around 20 years ago…I inherited it!

My great-grandma and Mamaw. circa 1941

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The cabinet looks in good shape and all in the above picture, but let’s take a closer look…

At some point, the flip lid had been wet and the wood warped and mildewed. Mamaw had covered it with contact paper and this is what it looked like when I took the paper off. Yuck!

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I’m not sure what this was, (and I don’t think I want to know) but it was not having any part of coming off!

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And this was just years of wear & tear, dirt, and who knows what all!

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After three hours of removing screws and hardware, I ended up with this.

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Since the top was pretty much a goner, Mr. cut a new top, I sanded it, and put a dark stain on it. (pretend you don’t see a baggie on my hand! We ran out of gloves!)

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We set up a painting area in the garage for me to spray paint the metal frame. I’m not sure how well everyone else can spray paint, but it’s like a fog storm when I spray paint!! I then put a coat of primer and two coats of Behr Youthful Coral on the drawer boxes and drawers. You might remember that we used this same color in “The Closet Under the Staircase”. You can read about that makeover here, here, and here.

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I painted the side of the drawers white so they would look pretty when pulled out. And the ornate work on the sides of the frame really popped once we painted them white!

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My entryway has been bare and boring since we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. But no more!

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And of course, we always have to have that before and after shot!

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I’m super thrilled with the finished product and with my entryway all together! Instead of just being pushed into a corner and gathering dust, I’m able to use my desk everyday and enjoy the memories of where it came from!

Y’all have a great day!

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