Animals, Decor, Holidays, Home, Philip

Decorations

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving I decided to put up the Christmas decorations, so I brought the black and white things down from upstairs and had The Hubs bring down the tree.

The little pink tree goes in my office. We didn’t use the blue ornaments after all.

Philip was very interested to assist with the decorating, so he inspected the tree:

And got an even closer look and a good sniff:

Then he checked out the box to make sure all the important things had been removed:

The Girl wasn’t feeling well so she supervised from the couch. While we were decorating, we put on a video of a Christmas scene that played Christmas music:

Philip did enjoy sitting by the fire in the video!

Here are the finished results — the tree:

I like all these ornaments quite a lot, but the little coat with the skis is SO CUTE! It came from Target.

These little trucks also came from Target. Since The Hubs like trucks, I thought they were appropriate.

Here is the front entry:

And the living room:

More little trucks, these from Hobby Lobby.

Can you find Bigfoot? Also, we have two clocks because the mantel clock belonged to The Hubs’s grandma and it makes him sad to hear the chimes, so we don’t wind it. But he also insists on having a clock there, hence the little alarm clock.

Philip and I wish everyone a festive and peaceful Christmas and holiday season filled with love and joy!

Baffled, Hmm..., Home, Rant, Success!, Tuesday Thoughts

Washcloths

The other day I ordered three dozen washcloths, two dozen for us and one dozen for Mom. Our gray washcloths were looking pretty shabby, and when I was taking care of Mom a couple of weeks ago I noticed her drawer was full of a bunch of threadbare washcloths that wouldn’t do much good, and I thought she deserved some nice luxurious washcloths to wash her face with. I got the washcloths from Kohl’s, they were on sale and I had a nice coupon I could use on top of the sale.

My order finally arrived and I got the washcloths out to prepare them for washing (I always wash new towels before using). They came in plastic bags like this:

And they were rolled up like this:

After I took off all the plastic bags I had to cut off the ribbon around each bouquet of washcloths:

So I did that and tossed them into my laundry basket, thinking I was done.

But then I discovered one of these in each washcloth:

And I had to cut each one very carefully so I didn’t snip a hole in the washcloth:

36 washcloths and a zillion minutes later I finally had all the little plastic widgets taken out of the washcloths and the washcloths in the washing machine. All in all, much more of an ordeal than I expected, ha!

Cool Stuff, Home, Home Care, Kitchen, Success!

New Machines

We received our new air fryer yesterday. We have never had one before and wanted to try it out, so we put some two-day-old apple cider donuts in it at 350 degrees for 4 minutes.

New air fryer.

The donuts turned out quite well. They were warm and the sugar on the outside of the donuts didn’t melt, but stayed nice and crunchy. Here is a photo of…well, part of a donut after it came out of the air fryer:

Erm…oops, I ate them.

I might put them in for only three minutes if we do it again.

We got the air fryer because someone brought one to The Hubs’s work, and after he cooked a piece of pizza in it he decided that it would be good to have one as the pizza came out crispy and delicious. I have looked at recipes for cooking frozen chicken breast and fried okra in the air fryer so far. I think we (well, I) will be having okra for lunch today. Yum-O!

I also bought myself a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. I have been wanting one for quite awhile and found this nice one on the Kohl’s website, on sale with a 40% off the last sale price coupon.

Roomba.

It isn’t the fanciest one they make, but it does have the capacity to empty its dirt bin by itself if I bought the attachment for that, which I may. You can control it from your phone, and once I finally got that set up I let it out into the living room and it cleaned and cleaned, but then took itself back to its charging station because the dirt bin was full. I was overdue on vacuuming myself and decided that I had better vacuum the carpets thoroughly before letting the Roomba go, just so it wouldn’t fill up its bin so quickly and would keep on cleaning. It rolled around back and forth from my office to the living room, and certainly picked up a lot of dirt. I plan to have it go again today, and maybe set it to go every Monday or Tuesday!

Antiquing, Cool Stuff, Decor, Home, Kitchen, Success!, VIntage

Eggbeater!

I looked in some storage bins this last week in order to consolidate things, and found this vintage eggbeater I had bought awhile back. I completely forgot about it! I think I put it away because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it.

I like green-handled vintage kitchen implements because my kitchen color theme is green. The green theme came from this green secretary desk I bought at a second-hand store a few years ago.

Vintage Secretary Desk – chippy and shabby

I asked The Hubs to figure out how to hang the eggbeater on the wall with my other kitchen things, and he decided to make a hook:

Eggbeater hook.

Eggbeater on hook.

Here it is on the wall with some of the other vintage kitchen things. The ads for canned fruit and cookies came out of a 1922 Ladies Home Journal. All I need now is a vintage rolling pin with green handles and my wall will be complete! Well, maybe… 😃

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Storage

(Or: Tetris With Furniture)

As I mentioned in the bench results post, I recently brought this desk/dressing table to my house from Mom and Dad’s, and I needed to move it into the storage room.

Grandma’s dressing table.

In order to fit the desk into the storage room, I had to take almost everything out of one side of the room. There are two sides of the storage room, one for miscellaneous furniture, etc., and one for my hiking/backpacking/camping things and vintage treasures. I don’t have a photo of what the room looked like before I took everything out, but here’s what the bedroom looked like after I emptied the storage room into it:

A lot of stuff, and that isn’t even all of it.

Some things just got moved over to the other side of the storage room.

That’s Consuela the Mannequin. She helps me with my Etsy shop. The Sis-In-Law gave me the giant bag of packing peanuts.

I keep a lot of empty boxes to ship my Etsy items. They take up about 1/3 of the room. I have many ceramic Christmas village houses selling on Etsy that will need the large boxes to ship them.

Here is what the storage room looked like when I got most of the stuff out of that one side and after we moved the desk in. We bought one of those 4-wheeled furniture dollies at Harbor Freight and rolled it in on that, and then just left the desk on top of it.

I like empty frames, as you can see by this frame wall in my office.

I bought many of the frames below at an antique mall in Aurora, Oregon, that was having a parking lot sale. They were all $1.00 and $2.00 apiece, which is ridiculously cheap. I bought most of the pile at the sale. Some of the others I got at the Mama Roost yard sale and they were ridiculously inexpensive as well. In order to fit everything back into the storage room, the frames had to go upstairs to a newly cleared spot in the hall. (The upstairs “hall” is also a storage area.) I didn’t realize how much space they actually take up.

I like frames.

The Hubs suggested putting the old door on top of the desk (with a carpet remnant under it). That allowed more space to put things on top of the desk. The door came off a “shed” that was in our yard when we moved into this house. In order to build the shop, the shed had to come down, as the city only allows 600 square feet of outbuildings total on a property. Now, if you attach your shop to the house you can go as big as you want, but The Hubs didn’t want to take the chance that his welding would burn the house down. The door still has both doorknobs and the robe hook. I think it might have been one of the original doors to the house, as there is one just like it that they used for the upstairs bathroom. The doors in the rest of the main house seem to be from the 1970s when the house was remodeled.

I gradually moved the rest of the things in:

Finished product.

You’ve probably noticed that I also like tall vintage lamps. Well, lamps in general. Someday I will have a place to use them. This is my OTHER bag of packing peanuts. I have enough for quite a lot of shipping. And I have enough boxes as well. I have over 100 things for sale on Etsy right now, plus bins of things that aren’t even listed yet, so I need to have a variety of boxes for shipping. I wish I had some sort of box closet so they wouldn’t have to be in the storage room, but that won’t happen until The Girl moves out and I can move half the stuff up to her room, ha.

I was happy that I did the whole job in just a couple of hours and was feeling all proud of myself and everything, until later I remembered that the mirror to the dressing table was left behind the cedar chest in our bedroom. Arrgh! Now I have to move things out again to find a place for the mirror so it won’t get broken. Can’t have a dressing table without a mirror!

Antiquing, DIY, Furniture, Home

Porch Bench

A couple of weeks ago one of our local vintage/antique malls had a parking lot sale, and Marnie, Aryn, and I attended. I saw a bench and thought it would be perfect to sit on our back porch in place of the little table that’s there now.

Little table.

I just recently painted the table and wanted something to put packages or other things on, so there it sits. The top of it is expanded metal which matches our patio table and a couple of chairs, so I think it will look good and be helpful on the patio instead as sort of an end table.

(Yes, I know our house is pink. It’s actually pink AND green. No, I don’t know when we will paint it. We need a new roof first. But, when we do paint it I believe it will be Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze. It was the color of the year for 2021. I wanted a “modern brown”, and I think this is it. Sherwin Williams believes it to be “a color that is ‘nature-inspired’ that elicits feelings of calming energy”. I debated about painting the house a different, nicer pink since we are surrounded by pastel-colored homes, but I don’t know. Probably we will just have pink doors as an homage to the color of yesteryear.)

Photo from knightcarr.com

Anyhoos, back to the bench. I spied it in a booth and asked for the price and the lady said it was ten bucks, so I bought it. The wood alone is worth that much! It is solid and heavy, but poorly made by an amateur or perhaps a nine-year-old child. That’s okay, though, because it is just going to sit on my back porch to be a place to put things or for someone to perch for a second if they really need to remove their shoes outside.

As found, the bench was a combo of purple, chartreuse, and white. Here it is as I found it:

The top of the bench was a bit too “southwest-y” for my purposes, so I had The Hubs slice the topmost rectangle off with his chop saw. He got out the level and did his best to make it straight, even though I don’t think the person who made the bench probably used a level at all. Here it is after the alteration:

Well, he took a bit more than just the topmost rectangle off to make it level.

Closeup of cut area.

Back of the bench.
Aack!

You can see in the photo above that for some reason a screw was put in right at the top of the piece that goes across the back. The other screws were put in reasonable places, but this one looks like the builder did it blind. It doesn’t really show from the front though, and after a little sanding and painting it will look fine. From the front at least!

I plan to paint the bench in an off-white color in a door and trim formula paint. It isn’t specifically for exterior applications, but since the bench will be under cover and I have plenty of that paint, I’ve decided to use it instead of buying a very expensive quart of exterior paint. I also have a plan to use this mold to make a motif to put across the back of the bench, isn’t it pretty?

From Etsy

Of course I would use the design horizontally and not vertically like it is in the photo, and plan to just use the birds and branch they’re sitting on without the other branches. You can use the silicone mold with many different mediums, the ReDesign company has a modeling material that can be used, or you can use resin or just about anything. I was thinking of using the modeling material but many reviews on Amazon say it cracks a lot. I would like to use something that would remain somewhat pliable after hardening so it would be sure to stick to the bench. If it wasn’t pliable it seems like it might fall off eventually. The Hubs says that any kind of clay or anything I would glue on there would eventually fall off because of all the moisture we have here, but I don’t know about that. I might try it anyway and see how it goes. If it falls off I can always glue it back on, heehee!

So that’s the plan. I’ll start on it sometime soon, so stay tuned!

Adventures, Antiquing, Home, Thursday Things, VIntage

Thursday Haul

Thought I would share the stuff I got yesterday at an estate sale and the Goodwill. I found a lot of good deals!

First, we drove to West Salem to an estate sale put on by Joslynn House Estate Sales. I think it was actually at their own home, and it was supposed to have items from 5 different estates. I made the rounds and found this neat old coffee pot. I’ve been looking for one for quite awhile to display in my kitchen. This one looks like it’s been through the wringer! There is no glass percolator on top which is disappointing, but since it was only $4.00 and I’m going to display it on a high shelf, that wasn’t a dealbreaker.

Coffee Pot

Next I found a bag full of small things and 50 cents was written on it. I asked the lady if the whole bag was 50 cents, because I had seen these little porcelain Dutch children in it and wanted those.

Dutch Children

She said no, she just hadn’t gotten everything out of it yet, and asked for $4.00 for the little Dutch people. I agreed, even though I think her price was a little high. It’s hard to tell with this estate sale company. I’ve been to many of their sales and sometimes the prices are way too high, and sometimes they are quite reasonable. For instance, I got all these vintage books for $1.00 each. Very reasonable!

Books!

I plan to sell all the books except for the Peanuts books, which I will put in my collection. We might already have them at Mom and Dad’s up in my old sleeping loft, but I can’t remember which ones we had and which ones we didn’t. When we were young there was a used book store called The Book Bin in Albany, and we went there at least once a month and stocked up on books. We were voracious readers (had no TV to watch growing up)! We had a big collection of Peanuts books and various other cartoon books, and I have our large collection of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books here at the house. I’m still collecting those! There was a lot of furniture at this sale, dining sets, dressers, and some nice headboard/footboard combos, but I have filled up my storage room already and can’t bring anything large home with me.

Later on yesterday morning I decided to stop at the south Salem Goodwill on my way out to visit Mom and Dad. I was looking for a white bowl to keep the measuring cup for The Hubs’s special laundry detergent in, because those cups do tend to get awfully messy and I don’t want soap all over the shelf. I found a good bowl right away, and since I still had time I puttered around in the store and found a few more things. These were all very good buys!

Goodwill finds.
Snowbabies “Penguin Parade”

I can sell the Snowbaby sculpture, and I’ve been looking for a gray sweater to go with a skirt I bought last year. It’s a cotton sweater so won’t make me too warm, I hope. The store had a bunch of sets of these little garden tools, and I thought they’d be perfect for my container garden, they are wood and metal just like our grownup versions and were just $1.99! I’m not sure where I’ll put the laundry sign yet, but, you know, somewhere in the laundry room probably, ha.

I don’t plan to go to more estate sales this weekend because I have so many other things to do, but I may change my mind if there are any that sound especially good. Today I want to wash the van and scrub all the moss out from around the door handles and windows. We have no garage so it sits outside, and since we live in a wet climate moss grows on it. I ran it through the car wash the other day and it just didn’t get all that clean, especially around the bottom edges. The parts just inside the doors are also filthy. I haven’t washed it by hand in ages. And it needs a good dusting and vacuuming. I don’t know how so much dirt gets inside the car!

Sometimes I wish this was possible.
DIY, Furniture, Home, Oops, Projects, Success!

The Chairs, Phase 4

Don’t forget to read Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 first!

TLDR: Chairs are painted, seats recovered, yay!

I didn’t paint the chairs last Tuesday, but instead waited until today (Saturday) to paint them, partly to let the primer cure a little more, and partly because the weather is only going to be in the 70s today instead of the 90s and paint works a little better when it isn’t so hot. Phase 4 begins as follows:

This side is painted now.

Remember when I said I was going to primer the underside of the chairs and then do the top parts? Yeah…I didn’t. I just set the chairs right side up on their boxes and painted everything I could reach. And you know what? I missed some of the underneath parts and I’m not going to paint them at all. To be honest, I’m tired of waiting and just want to get my chairs back in the kitchen where they belong, so I don’t want any more delays (i.e. waiting for paint to dry). The paint I’m using is Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Semi-Gloss in Whitetail, which is the same color as our kitchen walls.

I painted this side of the chair and checked to see that there were no drips. Then I waited 2 hours for it to dry before turning it over and painting the upper side. While I waited for the paint to dry I recovered the chair seats with the new green Scotchgarded outdoor fabric. It should look nice with the white and I’m expecting the fabric to last a long time since it is easy to clean and meant for outdoor use.

To hold the new upholstery on the seats, I used a staple gun I hadn’t used before. Last time I recovered the seats I just used hot glue which worked fine, but this time I wanted to try the staple gun.

The Staple Gun

At first I couldn’t figure out how to close it after I loaded the staples. I took it to The Hubs who informed me that I had put the staples in upside down. It didn’t occur to me that it would be different from a regular stapler, duh! The staple gun worked okay, except it didn’t shoot the staples in all the way and I had to pound them in with a hammer. I tried many ways of holding it and changed the setting that is supposed to change how deep the staples go, but nothing fixed the issue. Also, sometimes it shot out two or three staples at once.

Not sure why this was happening.

After I cut the fabric I noticed that it had many fold marks, so I got out the iron. I ironed it with an old flour-sack towel over the fabric to see if that would work just in case the fabric wasn’t ironable, but I finally just ironed on the fabric and it worked fine. I used the linen/cotton setting with steam. I forget what the fabric is made of.

This is what the underside of the seat looked like after I stapled the fabric down. Then I suddenly realized that I had covered up the holes for the screws that hold the seats to the chairs. Oops! I thought I might have to take the fabric off and start again, but The Hubs assures me he can get the seats attached to the chairs without a redo.

Not the neatest.

But this side looks great!!

Painting the chairs.

After a few more rounds of painting/drying, I finished painting the chairs today. I haven’t attached the seats for real yet, I want to wait until the paint is completely cured. Here is one chair, in all its glory. Ta daaa!! They aren’t perfect, but they’ll do. Now to schedule a time to work on the table!

Ta daaaaa!!

Here’s a reminder of what the chairs looked like before:

DIY, Furniture, Home, Projects, VIntage

The Chairs, Phase 3

Me: <Opens paint. Rust from top of paint can falls into paint.>
“Now I have to get more paint.”
<Goes to Sherwin-Williams. Gasps at price of paint. Is happy that paint is 40% off right now. Talks to paint store people.>
“Hello. I’m glad I only paid $5.00 for each of my chairs, since I’m spending so much money on them now.”
<Expresses concern to paint store manager that my chairs still feel tacky after drying for 24 hours. Talks about putting two coats of primer on because old chair stain was bleeding through.>

Paint store manager: <Gets paint ready to shake.> “You know, you should have used oil-based primer for that. It will seal the stain.”

Me: “Well, too late.”

Paint store manager: “And you only need one thin coat of primer. Most people think that you need to completely cover with the primer, but it is just so the paint will adhere better. Just a thin coat will do.”

Me: <Is sad.> “Good to know, thanks.”

Paint store manager: “It’s just that the primer might peel off since you put on a thick coat.”

Me: <Has downcast face.> Okay. Well, thanks, guys. <Goes home. Tells Hubs that chairs still feel tacky.>

The Hubs: “Oh, well, you should probably wait to paint them. I’d wait at least a week.”

Me: <Schedules time to paint chairs next Tuesday, in case they’re ready by then.>

Ready to paint
Change, DIY, Furniture, Home, Projects

The Chairs, Phase 2

After the wood filler on the chairs had dried, I sanded those areas smooth and scuffed up the chairs with my sandpaper to help the primer adhere better and to smooth out some damaged edges. I concentrated most on the tops of the chairs and parts that are more noticeable, and just smoothed out the dings on the bottom rungs. (Oops, some of the wood filler came out of the largest space I filled where the veneer was missing, so I filled it again, let dry, and sanded more.) Then I wiped the chairs down with a wet rag to remove the sanding dust.

As soon as it got light I went out to the patio and got the primer. I picked the two hottest days of the week to work on these, so I wanted to get the primer done while it was still cool outside! It is predicted to be in the 90s today as it was yesterday, and when I went out in the afternoon yesterday it was just stifling.

I decided to put the chairs on the patio table to paint the lower parts, with a sheet underneath and the chairs set up on boxes so the sheet won’t get in the paint. With the primer I’ll paint the top parts of the chairs first and then flip them and paint the underneath parts because I’ll be sanding the primer when it’s dry anyway. When painting, I’ll do underneath first in case there are any drips or boo-boos.

I finished the first coat of primer at 7:30 a.m. and decided to wait two hours to sand out any brush strokes and put the next coat of primer on. The chairs already look better with just the primer on them. I was concerned that the details of the chairs would sort of fade out once they were such a light color, but I see the details actually standing out now that they are white instead of dark wood.

Chair details

As I started to put the second coat of primer on, I noticed a few areas of the old wood stain bleeding through the primer. I put a second coat on those areas and let them dry to see if the second coat would cover it, and it didn’t. So, I went to Lowe’s and bought some Kilz 3 Premium which is supposed to be good for painting over wood. I put a coat of Kilz 3 primer on both chairs and they are drying now.

A bit blurry, but you can see the bleed-through.
Kilz 3 primer

Tune in tomorrow to see if the Kilz primer does cover the bleed-throughs, and how the first coat of paint turns out!