hard to keep a steady pace. . .
I finished the hallway project yesterday, I just have to restore the design books to their shelves.
Additionally, the living room is “mostly” painted—
let me explain.
*Yeah, I got knocked off track for a minute.
I ran off to lend some support & push (often needed) to launch a daunting project. But, it was only 3 days, & I’m back to my own daunting check list!
the living room. Instead of a total room knock down, I decided to split the work into 3 sections, which actually kept things more orderly & in control. I left the “worst” for last—the floor to ceiling windows and bookcase areas, but, I probably won’t complete those until I’m ready to hit the bookcases.
My projects took a bit of a zig-zag approach—
pre day 1- the upper hall walls were painted the night before
day 1- the living room was split into 3 sections and 2 are finished!
day 2- yes, the board & battens were cut-hung-prepped, BUT,
I started the morning with an accident. I spilled chocolate milk ALL OVER the sofa and carpet in the freshly cleaned~painted living room. Hello, Stanley Steemer? I was going to have them come the week before Christmas, but, oh well.
A LOT of misc things were going on simultaneous to the above list, so there was even MORE zig-zaggin’—I don’t know how I get anything done this way! ; D
Here’s the B&B installed and prepped—
I found I needed to modify the chair rail cap behind the bookcase because it stood too proud of the wall, so I cut out ONLY that portion to countersink the cabinet. Funny what difference ¾” can make.
And now I need to REload the hall bookcase with my aMAZing design books,
and check this off the list!
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I seem to do this to myself every dang year—glutton for punishment.
26 days to Christmas and I’m taking on an ambitious project list. What can I say, I’ve been SO busy
it’s NOW or –never-.
I added board & batten to both stairwells and always intended to run it down the guest bedroom/bath hall…
w e l l, guess what day it is!
Btw~ mom’s curio below is such a beast to clean every Christmas, but needs to be done (at least ONCE a year)!
It contains family treasures passed down from as far back as the early 1800’s. There’s also an 1860‘ish Top Hat in there that belonged to my G-G-grandmother’s brother. Check THIS off the list now!!!
Anyway, getting back to the hall. . .
Many years ago I faux painted a soft pallet marbleized treatment down the hall. The intention was to conceal the handprints of numerous young grandchildren—it worked well!
The top glazing coat also made it super easy to clean any offending areas with a damp cloth. But it really needed an update—NOW!
I had 3 fresh gallons of brushed suede made up for the living room and will use it in the upper hall too! The “suede” gives a much softer feel than just using FLAT paint. *It’s painted using a cross-hatch pattern, and depending on color, really looks more like a soft-worn velvet.
I don’t know~ can you see it in the photos? It’s beautiful in person!
I’ve loved using this color over the past 15± years. Every manufacturer seems to make some variation of “this” soft color choice, so if you want something “neutral” -neither beige OR white- THIS IS IT! IMHO
I finished painting the hall last night and am heading to the living room shortly. Then I’ll go back to install the board & batten!
Stay tuned! ; D
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I forgot to include this simple Birch frame I made with all those other “wood” projects!
It would have been wonderful to have some beautifully stylized pics to share but, folks—I’m just happy that I GOT some pics with the pace I was keeping!
Here are my REworked faux Pine Cones+candles…
and actually, the last of all those NATURAL materials projects was that I patiently sugar-crystal’d a LOT of hydrangea and sedum from the garden!
I sold them by the head—but ladies drove me CRAZY with, “Oh, I’ll just do THIS myself! picture-picture. Now, tell me~how did you do this?” ~rolling eyeballs.
Another thing with flowers was this lamp.
A literal TRASH to TREASURE project!
Someone threw out this BROKEN lamp, I took it, I cleaned and fixed it~
then painted it & added moss, holiday flowers, and an elongated silk shade!
Speaking of lighting, I also found this cool jar to “fix up!”
Another thing from “use what you have”. . .
my grandpa’s and dad’s old hand saws! Don’t they kind of look like a Christmas tree shape?
I mounted them and hid the battery pack in a routered out void.
I played with some other METALS, including forging a pair of short-squaty boxes that would look FAB stuffed with poinsettias!
I’ve had these really nice resin crystals forEVER and finally decided to DO something with them! A N D I glittered them!
Here’s me~locked & loaded for that show
~barely room for me!
Well, I’m -back working on- some UNfinished Holiday Show projects.
btw— did I show you my wine cork Reindeer?
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First~I wanted to REvamp the stairs for the show to look more
A n d you can see I used Buffalo Snow Blanket to play up the holiday effect!
So anyway~these are some of my
Holiday Show DIY’s!
My Santas. A few years ago I cut down a vintage yard Santa to create a giant tree topper for the kiddo’s tree—I’ve collected 2 more since to have for sale!
I also made a pair of plaques using parts of that nasty~stinky dresser and vintage graphics! I’m crazy about that craquelure finish!
It seems I became a bit STAR-struck!
I made barn board~narly wood~and stinky dresser wood “plaques” in lieu of, and as a change from the standard wreath!
I made origami vintage sheet music stars, burlap stars, wood lath stars. . .
I made good use of our downed tree making drink coasters and a cool “tray”. . .
I made “candles” and secured them to barn board trays. . .
I made trees—from our fallen Box Elder!
I made holiday banners. . . and hung them on a vintage crib spring I framed with salvaged boards!
I am a wood-girl!
Wanna see more?
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… just might be
I’ve been working on “Christmas” since about mid October.
There is SO MUCH WORK involved in these shows—and I’m exhausted. No kidding.
3 shows in as many months, plus closing out my Door County antique mall space (it’s a seasonal shop). And once again~ REsetting my regular antique mall space—
which NOW looks like a mini Christmas Show!
I worked on a lot of fun projects and I’m eager to share, but,
I. am. SO. exhausted.
My brain (& body) just need a day off!
And maybe a big glass of wine! ; D
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