Archive for May, 2011

I’m not quite as far as I   wanted to be— super humid air not helping paint dry, and a holiday to spend with family!

Well, here’s how things are looking!  I’ve been focusing on this section of the room because my mom is lost without her computer time.  So I’m trying to get this area done asap and restore the secretary that holds the fun part of the computer!  The wallpaper is ordered and will be the last thing done–knocking out the computer one more time–sorry mom!

The computer tower, modem, and printer actually live in that little closet.  So I cut a hole in the wall to ferry all the wires!  All the mess stays in the closet!





Just a section of 2″ pvc (and some construction adhesive) and the wires easily string through for access!

Here’s a close up of the ceiling moldings!  The beadboard feels a little rough, so I’ll need to lightly sand it and get another coat of (slow drying : \  ) paint on it.  Then put the secretary and computer back together and get crackin’ on all the rest— fun, fun,fun!

So—back to work!




Here’s a glimpse of our Memorial Day fun!  Hope you all a great Holiday weekend!


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Just wanted to share the progress of the 2nd “guest bedroom” — really a multi-purpose room!  So if you’re visiting my mom and assigned this room, you’ll have a lot of things to do!

Besides a place to sleep (and everyone raves about the comfort of that daybed!), there’s cable TV, you can watch a movie, play on the computer, hey–you can even brush up your piano skills!  You’ll be very comfy!  But—-

If you want breakfast in bed—well, sleep in the kitchen!

So— the bead board is up, the corner blocks (my mom likes) are up and the coved crown molding will be completed tomorrow!  The base boards are half cut–I’ll finish that tomorrow too!  Oh boy—tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow!

Yesterday     bead board up                   & Today       base molding                                            coved crown molding                                wallpaper ordered

Tomorrow    finish cove and base mldng                        window headers                                        putty and caulk                                          begin painting

Monday        BBQ!

Tuesday       (’cause I forgot things are closed Monday–duh!)                                                    order appliques                                                                                                      door and window casing

The moldings at the ceiling and bead board will be first to get painted.  I can’t do any door and window casing until the planing mill is open on Tuesday—I like their case work best!

Here’s a view of the 5″ base molding from the ReStore!


      More Tuesday!


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This is a “Current Journey” project!

I wanted to work on this during winter, but other projects stole my attention–so I’m on it now!

There are two guest bedrooms on the 1st floor of mom’s home~this is the 2nd bedroom.  And it’s just cosmetic this time ~yAy!

Unfortunately there are some problems with a couple of walls -AnD- for sake of style, I’m changing the window & door casing, the doors and hardware, and some preliminary millwork installed at the ceiling, will finally get finished.

Here’s the plan!

~The walls will be covered in bead board to 68″ with a custom cap.

~The initial millwork at the ceiling will be completed with a coved crown molding.

~The windows and doors will get new casings and decorative headers.

~Six-panel doors will be hung, with lever handles–all woodwork will be painted a soft white.

~A traditional damask wallpaper will be hung between the bead board cap and cove moldings.

~An 8×10 garden patterned, wool, hooked area rug will come in, and,

~I’d like to rework the furniture layout–but it’s an awkward room, we”ll see.



I just wanted to show you another view of the piano!  Our Great Aunties bought this January 15, 1905!  We found their Certificate of Warrantee and thought it was so beautiful, we put it in a shadow box!  We also found their sales receipt–and then we lost it!   : \



I got to start on the bead board right after lunch today–and got quite a bit done already–can’t wait to show you more!


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Anyone who knows me–knows I’m a chair-fanatic!  One of these days, I’ll share pictures of some of my personal madness collection!  But just for now, look at these beauties for sale at Sunday’s market!

These have always been one of my favorites!  To all of you Annie Sloan fans– remember her spectacular transformation of a set of these with chalk paint?!?        I fell even deeper in love with the Chippendale style.

Okay–these country french provençal ladder backs stole it for me!  Although I was disappointed at the fabric selection, I totally loved their finish!  But why did they not do the 4th?

Below is another ladder back foursome!  I love their simplicity–especially the rope twist detail in the legs!  It was so blindingly sunny, it’s hard to see that they are a beautiful, soft, creamy yellow.

Just these two more to show you –I love chairs!

And here are some other miscellaneous pieces and nice shots!


I’m still talking to Patti about this “door!”        Grandma wants me to build a Queen Ann’ish play house for the girls!   More on that later!


PS– Some of these ladies will be at Kane County, June 4-5!

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This is where I was Sunday!  ‘Cause what could more fun than to don a pretty sundress and sandals, a fun shopping bag, and visit a great flea market!

Here are more of the “would’ve like to buy it–but you can’t have everything” things that we saw!

Rosemary from Villabarnes brought some incredible pieces— especially this fabulous commode!  A real temptation, but seriously, where am I going to put one more big piece?

See the overly tarnished  piece in the right foreground by Rosemary?  It’s mine now!  I already had one that I loved, and now another! ↓ Uh-oh, another collection beginning…?

I’m a sucker for these old wooden tables!

And iron . . . . .                                         of all kinds . . . . . . .

And just when I ran out   of cash, look what “convenience” popped up to clinch one more sale….!

Do you have  SQUARE ?     Mine is coming!



I haven’t shown you the INCREDIBLE CHAIRS yet!      That’s next!

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What a difference from last Sunday’s flea market—cold, windy, and raining.  Yesterday it was 82° and blindingly sunny!

This particular market is very small–less than 40 vendors–but every square inch is totally filled with EYE CANDY!  This is the 1st thing I saw getting out of the car!  And a friend was in the middle of buying it already–dang!

Here is a sampling of my treasures and some of the wonderful ladies and fabulous things we saw!

Our favorite Savvy City Farmer, Joy –brought this large domed hotel chafer —I had to have!

Oh, boy!  More silver—to add to my obsession!  Com’on, how could you pass up these cool pieces—-for $20!

Omg, look at this Corner Cabinet!  Ooooh–look there’s a silver compote on the top shelf—that’s mine!  I found the one on top on the way to Atlantait’s the bigger one I found yesterday with this lovely lady!  But, somehow, I lost her business card and can’t tell you who she is  : \  help, anyone?!?

Below are some more of the beautiful things there!

I’ve got so much more for you to see—–tomorrow!


these are Ginny's from http://www.folkartist.net

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This is the pair of bookcases I found last season at Elkhorn!

I was there as it opened,   it was raining, and I was one of the few who shopped outside in it!  The vendors seemed happy and eager to deal with those of us who did, and my reward was to get the pair for $40.  A little rain never hurt anybody!

Again, here’s the one I found this year for $20–       I love these things!


While I’m at it, I wanted to show you a project from a while back (because I happened to find the before picture!).

I found this yard sale dresser for $20.  It was pretty sm-ell-ly—and lived outside for a long time airing out!  My plan was to incorporate it into the renovations of my mother’s house—but she hated it.  Hmmm, now what?  I asked her to have faith, and I began working on a finish for it.

So here’s a before, the after—and         how it’s being used, down in her (also renovated) basement lower level!!!


By the way—she likes it now! Whew! (the niche was built specifically to accommodate it)


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I had so much fun at the flea market– here are some more of the things I saw!

I love this brass umbrella stand, and the guy was only asking $17 for it!  It would have been mine if I had any money left.  :  \

Check out this large bird condonote the person next to it for its size?

My friend wanted to buy this old scale $30– but chickened out just because it was sooo heavy.  : /  It was really cool !     I knew she would be mad later that she didn’t get it—and she is!

  And then there were the guys who drove up from Florida. . . . .

They brought the cool farm table     I showed in part 2, AND this beautiful French-inspired bedroom suite!  Incredible pieces—Incredible prices!  Yikes! 

Here’s a better view of the bed and detail of the rails!  I can’t believe I forgot to get the dressers–they were incredible–so sorry.

All were painted with chalk paint–these pictures don’t do justice to the end finish!

They also brought some oyster shell lamps!

There was a great variety of garden iron and “wood”. . . .

You can see from the many pictures, it was a whole lotta’ fun—even though the weather was sucky!

This Sunday is The Arboretum at South Barrington!                               June 26 is Elkhorn‘s 2nd market—      I can’t wait!


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I love to monogram things!  Lamp shades, furniture, clothes for nieces, baby’s onesies!         Here are just two examples!

I have fun “writing” things on clothing too.  Like when my little niece Lily got a baby sister, I “wrote” down one leg of some legging/sweat pants for her I was here 1st!” —    lest anyone should forget!        And, being sassy with my girl cousins,  I made tee shirts that declared “Catherine is my favorite cousin in the whole wide world!”

All these things were fun to make–but–I’m seeing on a couple favorite blogs, talk about the Silhouette– and showing how it could have made my projects a whole lot easier!  And I could have “jujed” things up to really taunt my cousins!

I’ve used a variety of products in these projects, but I’m not totally satisfied with any.  I can’t wait to try this out!  If you don’t know about it, visit Susan’s blog  Between Naps on the Porch or visit Rhoda at Southern Hospitality!  Besides learning more about this new “must have” item, you can enter their blog giveaways and possibly win one!

Good luck—but I’m hoping one of them picks me!


Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the fabulous things I saw at Elkhorn!                           Wait till you see the frenchy bedroom suite!  : D

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The local weather forecast around my Mom’s area, they said, would be part sun, 54° and I, foolishly, just assumed it would be generally the same at the flea market.  Have I never heard the sassy quips about Wisconsin—          Home of  June, July, and Winter. . . . ?

I wore corduroys and a lite sweaterbut I took an umbrella!  Yes, I was freezing.  I was there 30 minutes when I headed back to the car for the Mexican blanket that usually buffers my furniture finds!  I may have looked silly, but I was warmer!  –And I got a lot of offers to buy it off me–it was cold!

Here’s a couple of vendors (Sharon & Mindy) doing their best to stay warm and dry!  They always have great pieces, this chair below is one of Mindy’s!  Visit her  Vintage Nest  online store   to see more!

And here’s more of the fabulous things I saw!

A garden “cradle,” an incredible (ex-pen-sive) urn, an iron table base (also expensive) and. . . . .

A marble pedestal table,   a  generous-for-6  farm table with a drawer at each end, a vendor that had several  conservatory or mini greenhouses (??).  I, of course, liked this SOLD one best–and smiled to myself knowing I could build it!  Thank goodness ’cause they, too, were a bit pricey.

This beautiful ottoman was totally ready for upholstery!  But I spent all my money, and could only look now (not so much fun).  Not willing to visit the atm, I left my info for them to call me if it didn’t sell– I haven’t heard from them—  yet  or  darn  ?!?

Although some things were very expensive, there were truly a lot of really great deals! I’ve never left this market empty-handed—just empty wallet-ed : \ 


Part 3, tomorrow!

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