Garage Laundry Nook: Part 2

As a good portion of the U.S. has been sweltering in this unbearable heat; we’ve continued to work on the garage laundry nook area while taking many water and puppy breaks. Wait. What? May I introduce little Tollach, better known as Tolly, our 9-week old maltipoo puppy.

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He’s a cutie, but when he naps we’re back in the garage.  A lot has happened in one week in our garage. The new wall has been taped and mudded, the cabinets and wet clothes hang drying area are installed, the ceiling and walls primed and painted. Isn’t it amazing how paint improves any area? 😉 Continue reading

It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere

It’s that time of year, again.  I must get back to school and lesson plans. So how much can we cram in a weekend?

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Spent time on the beach with George and Connor . . .
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Attended an outdoor soireé featuring Alison Glass with her handcrafted fabrics and quilt sample ideas . . .
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And made a tiki bar beer bottle opener for my friends. This was a very easy and quick project.

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Supplies: 1″ x 6″ pine wood, drill and screws, drink bottle opener, 4 bottle caps, staple gun and staples, paint and brushes

How: Cut wood into 1) 22″ length for back, 2) 4.5″pieces for sides, 1) 4.5″ x  4.5″ piece for bottom  and 1) 4.5″ x  5.5″ piece for the front. 

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Attach front to sides with screws. Drill holes into the bottom for drainage. Then, screw through the back into each of the side pieces. Screw on bottom piece (from bottom-side up).

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Add decoration – there are a ton of design ideas online. I painted a clock face and attached bottle caps using a staple gun. Lastly, attach the bottle opener (ours came from Total Wine).

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Remember, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere  ; )  Have a good week! – – Joanne

Dog Days of Summer Dog Bed

When it’s hot outside, you just want to cool off and take it easy.

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Made of scrap lumber and discounted chair pads; our pups, Pearl (rescue beagle), Douley and Phoebe Darling (Boston terrors) absolutely LOVE their new beds!

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How did we make them?

Screw 2X2′ and 2X3′ lengths into a frame, shorter lengths to the inside

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Screw the 2X2′ support brace in middle of frame, 2″ below lip

Screw the four 12″ feet inside frame, 2″ below lip. The feet act as addition bed supports

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Cut plywood to fit inside frame, on top of feet and support brace – you may need to trim to make it fit

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Drill drain holes in plywood bed, about 3″ apart

Add a patio chair pad, or bedding of choice. The 2″ drop below the lip helps keep the pad in place

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Supplies:

  • 2X6″ pressure treated board, cut in two 3′ lengths (sides)
  • 2X6″ pressure treated board, cut in three 2′ lengths (sides, support brace)
  • 4X4″ pressure treated post, cut in 12″ lengths (feet)
  • 2X3′ pressure treated plywood (bed)
  • outdoor patio chair pad
  • drill, screws

Our pups are so spoiled; they refuse to chase the squirrels!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Farmhouse Dining Table

George has an awesome gift: he can look at a photo (“I want it to look just like this”) and in turn, build whatever piece of furniture requested.  This gift came in handy as we helped our son-in-law and daughter paint and decorate their first new home these past few weeks. The one thing our daughter requested was for her dad to build a keepsake farmhouse dining table. 

The table was built from supplies left over from my craft table project, in addition to four traditional maple wood turned legs from Lowe’s and a lot of braces.  🙂  

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Brianne and I painted the apron and legs a white chalk paint wash. Later, she applied Minwax Red Mahogany stain and a satin Minwax clear coat to the top.

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Wouldn’t this table look great paired with these half painted chairs? 😉

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Old Lucketts Store

George and I traveled to northern Virginia to visit Old Lucketts Store. Yep, THAT Lucketts you’ve seen in Country Living, Flea Market Decor, Southern Living and other magazines.

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The drive there was quite picturesque; the Blue Ridge Mountain Range in the distance and the burbling Potomac.

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Styled as “vintage hip,” Lucketts is full of unique treasures and antiques. 

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Family Room: Upcycled Tables

I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for the “right” tables for our Family Room. Wouldn’t you know we had them under our noses the whole time! Both tables have sentimental value and fit our Family Room style perfectly.

Clearing out our in-law’s garage, we rescued an antique oak harvest table that had been used and abused as a garage workbench for many years. I fell in love with the oil stains, paint splatters, sawed down legs, and drilled out holes. I gave it a good scrubbing and a light sanding to get the grease, dirt and grit off.

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. . . wonder how many memories are woven into these wood grains?

Just wanting a hint of color, a blue paint mixture left over from previous projects was added to the apron and legs and then roughly sanded off. This was followed with a coat of wax and a buffing. 

. . . viola! Our new coffee table

. . . viola! Our new coffee table

George scavenged our attic and came across my great grandmother Lola’s sewing cabinet. It had seen better days. After a thorough scrubbing and a light sanding, I stained the top with three coats of Minwax Red Mahogany and added three coats of Valspar’s Glass Tile paint to the cabinet. I finished up with a coat of wax and a buff.

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I’m very happy with our “new” tables. Now, we just need to finish the fireplace surround, purchase an area rug, paint the trim . . . 😉

Have a good week! — Joanne