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a setback and a special splint--Sorry I’m so –sporadic– in posting anything anymore,

the finger is giving me a true run for the money.

You’d be surprised at how difficult the simplest and most innocuous things have been to do!  Plus~ a setback has me sporting a special splint now (that is painful at times).  All I want for Christmas is a healed & straight fingerpretty please!

But, in the meantime…

…and because I’m feeling SO project-deprived…

I showed you THIS picture last time~

making some changes-

And THIS is what I’ve been up to!

It’s not a BIG change—but it has some BIG impact!

changes are afoot!

1st- My mother has ONLY agreed to let me COVER OVER her beloved mural BECAUSE- I had a fun idea for her to focus on.  A 4ft x 10ft chalkboard to draw out our family tree!  Our British and German maternal families!

She’s traced us back to the 1600’s so far, and this should make it easier and more fun to share it all with us!

2nd- I had the j-box moved so the chandelier will hang centered over the table for the first time  E V E R.  AND, I hung a “new” chandelier!

3rd- I deleted the old wall phone.  It was a fun thing back in the 70’s, but time has moved on.  It held the phone books in the side and had a chalkboard front for messages.  It’s now for sale at the antique mall should you be interested.

I got some help hanging the hardboard and wasted no time painting.  But the color was mis-mixed!  A purple-y periwinkle…NoNoNo! Then it was too bright and “yellow-y” a blue, so I had a gray’ish color mixed and played with the two till I got the lighter blue-gray I actually wanted!

Uh Oh!

Here’s the new look!

mom's kitchen "makeover!"

The banquette-bench and table are moved to the left to clear the deck door swing when it’s open (which is a LOT).  You can kind of see that MOST of the chalkboard is primed—THAT’s an exhausting exercise!  I love how the color is faded just a bit more by the priming!

The chandelier is vintage metal with a great patina, and yes, I added white doves to each arm for Christmas!

The "new" chandelier!

The "new" chandelier!









The other thing I took liberties with was changing out the decorative switch plate cover –although– the new cover is DECORATIVE too!  This is what it will say just above the door bell-button when finished—I‘m just sharing prematurely.  It makes me giggle every time I walk by.  *If only a butler WOULD actually respond!  When no one comes I guess I’ll just say it’s his day off!  ; D

My humorist twist!

My UNfinished as yet extra touch!
— I have to frame the whole chalkboard.  
I have the wood and crown molding for the top, but, operating a saw is still iffy with my finger.  I bang the poor thing into just about everything….dah!

doesn't everyone have a beauty salon chair in their kitchen !?!Oh yes— one more thing to share!

Many years ago I bought an old beauty salon chair at auction for $5.

I reupholstered it and used it in my master bath while I was getting myself together for the day! Yes—felt a little bougie!

I’ve put it in mom’s kitchen.  I’ve seemingly become her hairdresser and it’s inCREDibly handy to raise/lower as needed  -AND-  it becomes a booster chair when little ones come over!  Truth be told- the bigger ones fight over it too!

Whew!  That was a loooooong post—sorry!

Can you tell I’ve missed you—


on a daily basis-

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We sure do ♥♥♥ spending time on the different levels of the deck—both day AND night!

the deck -in July

*Above- is the deck in July, from when I was REworking all the umbrellas!

Although the existing, varied lighting, IS beautiful at night, we were still missing the old market umbrella that had built-in lights at the dining table.  SO

Replacing the Deck Step Lights


what I found!

Umbrella Lights!

You just NEVER know where you’re going to find solutions!

And that PRICE!

Umbrella- standard and plain

umbrella- with LIGHTS!

Check out this beautiful glow of light at dusk!

That’s what we were missing from the old umbrella!

the ambient lighting from the new UMBRELLA LIGHTS

pretty, ambient lighting on the dining deck!

Super easy to install-  just needed a screw driver.

And about 30 minutes.

Well, and a scissors.  You’ll probably want to cut off the excess of the baby zip ties that hold the end of the light strings tight at each spline! (it just looks neater)

It’s the little touches


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my old

W e l l ,

was going to sell this lamp, but

I don’t think I

want to now.

This is not an ORIGINAL lamp.

It’s a lamp built from odd parts.

You see~ I needed a lamp in the hall, and since I COLLECT lamp parts (it’s another one of those sicknesses, what can I say) I dug through my boxes to find something fUn to build with!

the making of a whole new lamp

The center portion was a deep, forest green color of transparent glass—just hideous, trust me!  But it was -interesting- so I kept it.  It reminded me of those gourd lamps.  Ideally, it would have been cool to paint the inside of the glass (think mercury glass) but there was NO WAY around that green color.  So I painted the OUTSIDE a soft, warm, taupe-y brown and worked with the “texture.” (I tried to scrape it off but it wasn’t budging.)

All the metal was some ugly, brassy pot metal—but with great styling!  I played with varying silver paints to re-do its look!

The wicker shade was NOT a shade.  Nobody really knew WHAT it was, but at some point someone affixed horrible silk flowers to it trying to make something creative—fail.  Anyway- I paid something like a dollar for it in a thrift store.

-as it was used in the hall of my old house.Anyway~I just thought all the parts could be interesting pooled together!

*This is a terrible picture- but the only one I could find.

So, this was to be another of the casualties I was going to cut loose from the storage unit.

I thought it might have a better chance for REsale with a bit of a makeover though, and decided the center glass might look fresher in a soft gray~and be more tone-on-tone to the metals!

I taped it off and played with a few grays!  Happy with the outcome, but then I started having 2nd thoughts about letting it go.  Dang it.  

creating a lamp shade--Do I REALLY want to let that amazing base go-?  And I’m still diggin’ the wicker shade. . .

BTWthe wicker “shade.”  I drilled a hole through what I’m calling the center top, then poked a lamp-clamp up through it and secured it with a finial.  (I also could have secured a lamp harp and finial.)

-making a shade. . .

I didn’t mind the off black color of the wicker, but thought I might like it better in a darker gray!  I dry-brushed it to build it up to what I liked.

I’ve only ever used this lamp as a “night light” with a 25watt bulb.  The light is really soft showing through the wicker.

my lamp REfreshed!

-the new gray color!

I luv this base!






-my lamp REfreshed!








I actually really like the REfreshed look!

And I’m pretty sure I’m keeping this lamp

it all over again!

Even the wonkiness of the shade, it has a certain je ne sais quoi, non?


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Tomorrow will be 6 weeks since I sprained my ankle so badly.  I’ve had ups and downs trying to heal, and our recent tornado scare was certainly no help—but all in all, it’s “better!”  I’ve been trying to work on small, non-stressful things, and was finally about to jump back into a big furniture project when the storms hit, so once again, things got side-lined for clean up.  However

the deck step lights died and needed replacing, and since that was a pretty low key project~I jumped on it!

The Deck--the step lights need replacing....


I found white·clear rope lights seemed to work well for this project.

  • They gave a nice, even illumination of the steps AND the flagstone at night for safety—and pretty, ambient lighting too!
  • BUT—they yellow with age and don’t have a long life.
  • They are low profile (½”) and fit well under the lip of the step,
  • except- their mounting clips push them back out.
  • And until recently, they didn’t have  l o n g  lengths so you had to connect multiple strands to get the length you wanted (which could be a gOOd thing too).

The Deck--the step lights need replacing....The guy at the store told me I might prefer to try out the 

  • longer lengths,
  • lower profile (3/8″),
  • brighter light, and
  • longer LIFE – lower energy consumption

of the LED rope lights!

And how convenient—I needed 48ft!

So I bought them & installed them AT DUSK—so I could see where I was putting them, but also, how I wanted to REadjust the lighting layout this time around!

The Deck--the step lights need replacing...And- instead of using the included mounting clips (same issue of projecting out more than I wanted), I used cable staples.  I could secure the lights in more places and tighter to the deck!  I just had to hammer them in place one at a time—really easy!

Mom snapped a couple of pictures of me working on it as the sun set (it was not as dark as the picture would have you believe).

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

Thought you’d like to compare—with lightswithout!

Now you see why we need’m?

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

And you can see they aren’t too in your face by daylight.

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

Btw—those are outdoor floor lamps on each side of the porch swing!  Totally portable, except that I did screw them in place after a few wind storms knocked them over.  And, they have built-in dimmers!


the outdoor floor lamps on each side of the porch swing-

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The -task- of clearing through all those loooong-stored boxes

was only made FUN by the things I was finding!

Like this!

-some of my treasures found in the storage unit!~still on the fence to sell it at the Main St Market sale mid June.

Oh, but, when I opened THIS box—o m g!

I can’t believe I forgot about this BEAUTY!


~see what I mean?  Heart be still!    See the incredible patina?

-some of my treasures found in the storage unit!

-some of my treasures found in the storage unit!

-some of my treasures found in the storage unit!

-some of my treasures found in the storage unit!

-some of my treasures found in the storage unit!

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another "glue trial"I’m participating in another “glue trial.”

I’ve been in several now, and they’re actually starting to win me over with some of the Gorilla gluesI wasn’t much of a fan previously.

I thought I’d try it out while building a few of those cutie (scrap) wood boxes.

one of MY versions of the antiquefarmhouse.com "box"

AND- I used it in some of the repairs to the door of my cottage-y cabinet.

There’s more to tell you on that front, but for the moment let me just say—

I wasn’t especially impressed with this particular product. :  /

So this morning I went online to fill out my survey for the product trial.  I grabbed the flier with code info to fill out

and just now noticed

It’s NOT glue—it’s SILICONE.  Duh!  . . . . . . . . . . No wonder I wasn’t “impressed.”

Yes—when all else fails, READ the INSTRUCTIONS.

So that’s my confession—and here’s my CORRECT trial use project!

Well—kind of!

I’ve wanted to try this out for a loooong time so I’ve finally done it with this Gorilla Sealant (silicone).  I made my own silicone-dipped light bulbs!

My glue trial project inspiration!

1 watt flicker flame bulbsI bought these at Michael’s craft store (above in the alcove) during the holidays and love using them in a couple chandeliers!  BUT—each bulb is just 5 watts, times 5 bulbs (5 armed chandelier) is still only 25 watts, but is decent light in a very small space and very candle light-like elsewhere.

All the bulbs I’ve found seem to max out at 15 watts in brightness, so I thought it would be interesting to make my own with a 25 watt bulb…?  But I thought I’d test the waters on my first try with these cutie little flicker bulbs!

making my own silicone-dipped bulbs

Everything I’ve read on this DIY says

-to warm the silicone and

-thin it down with a little rubbing alcohol.

-Then dip your bulbs and hang them to dry.


making my own silicone-dipped bulbs

making my own silicone-dipped bulbsI struggled to thin the silicone and/or warm it enough to just get to DIP the bulbs.  Because it was still “thick” I had to twist them in the little jar getting a rougher look—bummer.  I couldn’t even get the little “drip” on the end.

I think it would have been better to skip trying to warm the siliconenext time! . . . (It’s like warming it seem to “cook” it.)


silicone-dipped bulbs


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5ft column lamps

-No one

seemed to “get”

-to understand- my

5ft columns

made into Floor Lamps w/skeletonized shades for sale at the antique mall.


Well you know what?

I brought them back to my mom’s house and used them in the Holiday Decor!

Even though It’s time to take down all the Christmas decor

(end of vacation and everyone’s heading back to school and work), I’ll strip them down to “winter decor” and leave them a bit longer ’cause I lov’m!  But the rest of the room needs to be restored now —so it’s a “working” day.




I’m sad to dismantle some of these pretty things, but, I’ll always have the pictures. . . .



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