Salvaged Shabby Wood Shelf

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I wanted a shelf over my bed headboard; but nothing was inspiring me. Nothing! I was experiencing that dreaded, time consuming “I’ll know it when you see it” syndrome. I couldn’t find the right design, or wood or stain.

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Well, it had been staring me in the eyes all summer. I had a “Duh” moment. Use some of the salvaged wood I had on hand! And . . . leave the wood as is: shabby, no added paint or stain.

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It is a sickness, but I love to collect salvaged woods from furniture or building construction. I have quite a collection. I used two vintage window crowns and a buffet backboard piece left from our half bath remodel.

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I planned to place the shelf high on the wall, so I used the most damaged piece – the light green window crown, minus the trim molding – as the shelf. One side has a few rough spots which look worse in the image than actually is. Only a 6’5″ person would be able see the damage. ;)

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Five screws secure the green wood to the white window crown. The stained backboard piece was secured with flat braces.

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The only thing I had to purchase were the flat brackets. I love the combined woods and colors.

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Don’t you just love it when it all comes together and it costs almost nothing? . :)
Have a good week! – – Joanne

Easy DIY Necklace Holder

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This is supposed to be a post about an easy DIY necklace holder. I digress:

I repeated last week’s agenda – spending another last few days before returning to school at the beach and thrifting. *sigh* Summer vacay is over already? I love my job. Buuuut, I really h.a.t.e. going back mid-August. What ever happened to returning to school after Labor Day?  I felt like I had to cram it all in. Hedonistic, I know.

A little surf and sun . . . I love our little beach, known to locals as Seashore State Park (now First Landing). While not a secluded beach, it’s definitely a retreat from the oceanfront crowds and noise. Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, it has calmer waters. It’s just a neat beach. My sister, niece (her friend) and I spent a lazy, sunny, balmy day at the beach.

 

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A little crafting . . . Back to the necklace holder. Do your necklaces ever get as tangled and knotted as mine? Maybe because I hang them over my mirror? Since my bedroom is on the smaller side, I needed a wall-mounted holder. I used hooks and a piece of pallet wood left over from other projects (Easy Key Rack and Pallet Table).jewelry-right

 

It’s secured to the wall with picture frame saw tooth hangers. Such a little project, but a huge improvement.

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Now, I won’t spend frustrated time trying to de-tangle my necklaces in my morning rush.  :) 

 

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A little thrifting . . . While winding my way through the West End Antique Mall in Richmond; I found a small 1840 mahogany three-over-four empire chest for my bedroom revamp. There is some minor chipping damage and I have to figure out how to remove a faint cigarette smell.  

 

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It’s always a quandary for me: paint or not?  If I painted it; I’d probably use chalk paint – but what color? What would you do? I’m VERY open to suggestions.

Well, the par-tay is definitely over. Faculty and staff went back on Monday; students start this coming week. What do you want to bet that they’re as reluctant to put away their summer toys as I? ;)

Have a good week! – – Joanne 

 

 

Weekend Finds and A Little R& R

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This summer, we have been very busy (see Budget White Kitchen Makeover or Bedroom Revamp). We’ve worked straight through June and July, throughout most week nights and on weekends. While my sister and I have the summer off, George does not. He even took his summer vacay week off to work on the kitchen. What a guy! 


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Then, August was upon us before we knew it!  And, you know the saying, “All work and no play . . .” So-o-o, we decided it was definitely  time for a little R&R break. :)

A few restorative days at the beach were in order . . .

Hmmm, think I need a pedi!

Hmmm, think I need a pedi!

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My Ah-Mazing Mom

My Ah-Mazing Mom ^ and Sistah >


Certainly needed to work in a little sight-seeing thrift-ing . . .

Quick! Know anyone who needs a leather topped mahogany table for only $49?

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1940-50’s mahogany table

 

Who couldn’t use a vintage wood ladder (or two)? 

 

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Glass jars speak to me. Even vintage pickle jars. I envision a seashell collection inside. 


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Ever since we started our bedroom revamp, I have fallen for vintage cotton linens.

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And a nostalgic trip down memory lane . . .
Digging through loose photos packed in shoe boxes, I found two fuzzy photographs: my daughter and niece playing dress-up in my ruffled, stained 1980’s wedding gown. Got to love those 1980’s fashion mistakes.  


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Ha! I certainly don’t remember being THAT thin. What ever happened? ;)  

 

Well, I feel rested and ready to complete that kitchen makeover tomorrow morning. Hope those who are now experiencing summer are able to take a little R&R break. If you’ve the time, please check back in a week or two to see our progress. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Budget White Kitchen Makeover – Part 3

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The cabinets and walls are painted. The laminate counters and knobs are attached. The stove/cook range delivered and placed.

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The electrical work was the greatest expense, but very necessary. The kitchen needed three-pronged and grounded outlets. Our nephew, Josh put up the backsplash tile and it’s looking goood! Now we can get the electrical finished up.

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Josh suggested tearing out the wood apron molding under the window. I really like how the tall faucet is now showcased. Glad we listened.  

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This past weekend we pulled up the linoleum in preparation for the laminate flooring. We had to scrape, and scrape, and scrape (get the picture?) glue off the plywood subfloor. We have the nicks and cuts to prove it. ;) 

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Annnnd, while we were tearing up the linoleum, why not detour and pull up the hallway wall-to-wall carpeting which was covering up hardwood floors?

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Since the dining room, family room and hallway hardwood floors all abut the kitchen entrance; we figured that the new floor would look much nicer without the detraction of the wall-to-wall carpet. So out with the diamond black and white linoleum!  

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I am gathering receipts and hope to soon have a final reveal and the breakdown of expenses, savings and helpful tips. Thanks for visiting!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Budget White Kitchen Makeover Part 1, Part 2

 

F-0 Tornado! What?

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It’s been muggy, hot, with afternoon thunderstorms and lightening. Last Thursday, my little school by the sea was caught in a mini-tornado that lasted all of a minute, was only an F-0 and was contained in a small 5-block area. It was gone as soon as it appeared.

 

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Tornadoes aren’t the norm for our area. (Hurricanes? Yep.) F-0. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Tell that to the house next to our school gymnasium. They lost their top floor. Other homes lost roof shingles and windows.

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back of home, roof ripped away, no top floor

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school gymnasium, back entrance  – – boarded windows on side

The school gymnasium lost part of the back roof and had many windows blown out. The light pole (bottom of above photo) was ripped right out of its base – – onto parked cars.

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boarded up windows, broken fencing

 

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parked cars, recipients of gym building debris

 

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a light pole in another life time

 

Across the street, an old beach cottage lost windows and part of its slate roof. Next door, a surf shop’s windows blew out.

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Beach goers use the gym parking lot during the summer. The two lot attendants’ hut was hurdled across the lot and thrown down into the street. They were hurt, but are mending. Many of the vehicles lost windows.

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Many thoughts: Grateful our parking lot friends are going to be okay. Thankful that school is out for the summer. Humbled.

It’s been six days since. These photos were taken with my iPhone and do not convey the damage adequately. The images show the “cleaned up” after version. We are used to wind and rain, edge of hurricane storms. NOT tornadoes. Crazy weather.


w.o.w. – – Joanne

 

 

Easy #DIY Key Rack

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I was all set to create a key rack for my sister’s new kitchen (Budget White Kitchen Makeover).

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I scrubbed the salvage pieces, gathered the supplies, was ready to start . . .

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But, wait. This is HER kitchen. So, the box of supplies went to her house. After fiddling with color and arrangement, she screwed the hooks into a salvage piece.

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With a saw tooth picture hanger on the back it was hung in a high traffic area, next to the back door.

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Don’t you just love the layers of paint and patina of the wood? My niece got swept up in the ‘creating’ mood and made one for her room.

 

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This was an easy, fun project. The best part was that everyone could take part. When you design and construct anything yourself, it has more value. :)

 

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Happy Hayden

 

Supplies
*any old piece of wood (we used salvaged ‘bull’s eye’ pieces)
*hooks (we used World Market ceramic hooks)
*screws (usually come with the hooks)
*saw tooth picture hanger
*hammer
*screwdriver

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We’re still working on the kitchen makeover. The lights are installed, window treatments sewn. The tile backsplash goes up this weekend. The flooring is next. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! I hope you’ll check back next week for an update. Thanks for stopping by!

Budget White Kitchen Makeover - Part 1, Part 2

 

'Hook' by Hayden

‘Hook’ by Hayden

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Have a good week! — Joanne

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