30 January 2012

MORE LIPSTICK ON A PIG

This is not the lipstick-on-a-pig part of this post.

I just wanted to share something pretty with you before I get to that part, that's all.
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This is the Lipstick on a Pig part of the post  -- a/k/a 
My Master Bath

I despise it.
It's ugly.
It's too small.
It has no storage.
I hate gray.

I repainted the floor.

That Evil Previous Homeowner you have endured my rants about?
She re-tiled this HERSELF, as she so proudly told me at the closing, just like all the looovely work she did in the kitchen her very own self -- and there was dark grout in between all the unevenly spaced light gray tiles.  There was also grout ALL OVER the tiles.  Quel  surprise...  I chiseled and scraped and sanded in there till I was blue in the face, and of course by then the finish was off the tiles.  A couple of years ago I painted both grout and tile all white.  

The paint job held up for a while, but even after sanding, priming, painting and sealing, it had eventually blistered up in the middle of the floor, and I had to scrape off all that part (see the first photo).
It looked terribly unattractive to say the least.

That godawful "garden tub" that sounds like a B-52 when it works, takes up half the space in here. Those two little cabinets you see are "it" for the storage.  Just a freaking disaster.  The light fell out of the shower once when I was in there, and it is now glued in with Gorilla Glue.  You know how ugly that looks when it swells out around the edges.
Ick!  

I know I will have to gut this bathroom or move.  If you have followed me for a while, you know that we planned to be here for only three years, and it is now approaching five, thanks to the lovely economy.

  We are still kicking around yet another brilliant idea I have had to unload this house.  We'll talk about that another time.  

Anyway, my friend Rosie over at DOGS AND GRANDKIDS blog is very clever with the paints, etc, and she had devised her own proportions of plaster of paris-to- latex paint to simulate the famous chalk paint which costs $35 a quart.  I had already decided that I am probably too cheap to buy any more of that, so I decided to give Rosie's formula whirl.

I used her recipe of about a cup of paint to 1/4 cup of p/p, and after washing the floor again with Krud Kutter and rinsing it with Clorox, I applied a coat of this mix.  The area right in the middle where there was no paint left at all needed a second coat to look solidly covered.  I have not yet waxed it or sealed it.  I thought I would give it a little time to be walked on and be exposed to a damp bath rug, etc. to see well how it holds up.

So far so good!  It has been about a week, and there are no signs of scuffs or scrapes.  It does feel a bit chalky underfoot, but wax or sealer would take care of that.  
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Now another shot of my beautiful grocery store yellow mini-roses:
think of it as a little palette cleanser!  



Yesterday morning I was going through my email, and as usual, I had to stop and look at the goodies on offer by the various shopping sites which send me their daily notices of new wares they are quite sure that I can't resist.  

One Kings Lane is One Such Site.


J'adore!!!
Antique Italian chairs calling my name.  I had to preach myself a sermon on the evils of covetousness.  It was Sunday after all...

I like these, too.  You already know I have a chair fetish.  It just called them "vintage."  I think they are gorgeous.


Another little palette cleanser
tralala...

Do you deck the halls for Valentine's?  I don't do a lot.  I did put a few touches in my kitchen, though, when I took away the Christmas doodads.  



The little bitty kitchen Christmas Tree morphed into a Valentine Tree!
It is now covered in red hearts, red ribbon with gold hearts and sparkly garland with hearts.




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And finally, in anticipation of Mardi Gras which happens right after Valentine's day, here is a little purple, green and gold table.  (I live a very colorful life, you know.)  

 

The pizza I served on this table was great!

White pizza with chicken breast, artichokes, mushrooms, green olives and onions with fresh spinach!


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I am connecting to these parties this week.  Check them out and learn something!



Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.
Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday 
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday
Alma at The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

26 January 2012

RAINY DAYS







It rained cats and dogs today.  And last night.  And the day before.  It has been a wet winter.


Last week it rained, too.  That's OK.  I actually like days like this, as long as it doesn't morph into deadly tornadoes or catastrophic flooding.  


I have read a bunch of books and magazines in the last couple of weeks.  Here is the one I think you will like, if you like British detective fiction and complicated plots.


BELIEVING THE LIE is the latest Elizabeth George whodunit.  The title is evocative of so many plots and subplots contained within this story.  The stories of those who believe the lies and those who spin the lies are woven hand in glove in all 600 + pages of her latest offering.  As I have told you before, she out-Brits the Brits.  


I will not tell you a lot of specifics about this book because to do so would be to give away the plot.  Let's just say that there is lots of family drama:  people pretending to be crippled who are not, people who seem to be your friends who are not, and people who seem to be your lovers who are not.  People who want to have a child and cannot for various reasons.  
People who love other people and hate other people.  People who cheat on their partners, and people who would give anything to have their partners back.  


Lots of drama, drama of Greek tragedic proportions.  


If you like a book which will suck you in and keep you occupied for lots of nasty weather, get a copy and settle in with your favorite blankie and a few cups of your favorite warm beverage.  


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22 January 2012

LOOSE ENDS TIED UP

This week was all about a lot of reading! We have had some rainy days this past week and we are in for more.  Dreary days like that mean some nice hot beverages to warm you up and a good book or two or five.  I will share what I have been reading another time.






I finished my little pillow for the chaise in the bedroom.  There were lots of scraps leftover from the quilts I cut up for slipcovers.  I took some of them and looked at them in a certain way, then zigzagged them together and cut two squares.  I thought some ribbons and lace would be pretty and girly, so I added some ribbons to cover the zigzags.  Some bows took it over the top, and a lacy ruffle finishes the edge.  A 20" down pillow form from another pillow is the filler. 


  


Here is the back side -- it can be turned either way.  Right, though, now I am liking the side with the bows.  It's been a long time since I did anything with ribbons and lace.  







Another project which finally got wrapped up this week was this:


Tadaahh!





The living room casement curtains got properly rehung!  







We finally got around to this chore today, a long overdue adjustment.  A while back, we added a cleat to the wall upon which to mount the heavy rods and hang the drapery panels at the proper height.  However, the old ill-fitting blinds were still in place and the casement curtains were too short for these windows, being placed directly on the top of the window frame.  That was three layers, two of which did not fit.




 We got rid of the old blinds and hung up another set of casement curtains, these being the correct length and also fuller.  I only had two of the other panels, and there are four of these.  They were bought from Country Curtains Catalog for the kitchen a few years ago, but if you have been following this blog for a while, you know that the kitchen has undergone some big changes and no longer sports curtains.




It looks much bettah, don't you think?  More light, rod heights lined up level, the hems kissing the floor just right?  No unsightly gaps between the two rods!








I am starting to think this room is looking a bit grannified.  Nothing in here was bought for this house, but rather it was kerplunked in here all together because this is how it happened to fit!  I have added in a few fabric accents here and there trying to pull it together, but really I didn't think I would be living here this long, so I didn't care.  Now it appears that I am going to be here a while, and I need to rev it up some, I think.  At some point, I will hire a painter and put in hardwood floors.  We have a few other things to do before that, though, so I am thinking some slipcovers.  


One more thing.  I always get some questions about the green wing chairs every time I show any photos of this room.  They are vintage, probably from the 1960s, and I bought them at an estate sale some years ago, maybe about ten...  and please don't hate me for this.  I left a bid of $90 on each, as they had been priced at $175 each.  I got a phone call late that evening saying they were all mine, and the next day we went to retrieve them.  


The legs (a style called "Marlborough" -- bet you didn't know that little tidbit!) were that "fruitwood" finish, popular at that time, and I knew that had to go.  The chairs were also filthy, having been the favorite lounging spots for the old lady's pets.  First I cleaned them with a toothbrush, Q-tips, toothpicks, you name it, I tried it.  For days, I cleaned.  Finally, I could see that the vinyl or naugahyde or whatever it is, was in very good shape, as was all the tufting and nailhead trim.  The chairs are extremely comfortable, too.


To darken the legs, I mixed up some oil-based polyurethane with some oil-based black paint, making a glaze.  I believe I went over them two or three times till I had the depth I wanted.  In my previous house, we used these in an upstairs sitting room where I kept my sewing and design things.




One last look:








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I will link this post to several blog parties this week, beginning with 
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.





Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday

Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday

Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday
Sarah at A Beach Cottage for Good Life Wednesday
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday 
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday



15 January 2012

MASTER BEDROOM PROJECT



The Master Bedroom is undergoing some changes, as it does each season.  It has been a couple of years since I pulled out the red accents, but this year, I found a quilt on sale at my local department store, and I fell in love with the soft reds.  The patchwork squares are a little country, but I don't mind.  I like it.






Everybody who blogs (nearly!) has this checkerboard quilt.  I still love it, but decided the two could play well together.  There was a set of wonderful really high thread count red sheets in a tone on tone stripe on sale, too, so naturally they had to join the party.  Two patchwork shams pulled the bed  together with what I already had.






Notice the two oval plates on the brackets?  I found those at my neighbor's estate sale a couple months ago.  They are red transferware, and one is Johnson brothers 'Old Britain Castles'.  The other is unmarked.  






The more I looked at the bed and the plates, I wanted to do more.  Back I went to the sale, coupons in hand.  Two throw pillows for the bench were next. (You may remember I slipcovered that a couple of years ago.)  


Oops, I just noticed the OTT light!  I have a goose-necked table light hooked over the bed head because it is a great reading light for one who is blind as a bat.  I honestly meant to take it away before I took any photos, but I forgot.  So sue me.




The black and white toile chairs were bugging me.  I went back, thinking to get one more King quilt for slipcovers but there were none, so I bought a Queen.  Once I laid out the chair cushions on it, I realized I needed much more fabric -- there are five big cushions for two chairs and a large ottoman.  Back to the store.  As luck would have it, I found one more Queen quilt.  I started in the late Fall, stopping for a week or more when we had a funeral to deal with between TGV and Christmas.  They were pinned and fitted, and I finally got the basics together.  I have a little trim work planned and some soft red buttons at the corner pleats.  Only one is sewn on!  A bunch more to go...








A pillow is on the sewing table about half done to toss on the bergère, a very girly one with buttons and bows and creamy lace.  However, I ran out of cream thread, so a trip to the store is on the agenda for tomorrow. 


I am using the leftover quilt pieces for several little pretties which will be shared as they are finished.  One thing I did finish is a lap quilt to keep my tootsies toasty.  I had to piece the rounded corner areas from the scraps.  



Back side


Notice the bed tray?  Santa Claus!







The baker's rack-into-secretary project you have already seen here.







The duvet and king shams are Margaret Muir from a couple of years ago.  The red lampshades I have had for a long time -- PB.  




To be read...



There are three big project$ to be done in here.  The first is the walls.  I am having quite a time doing extensive painting or papering any more because of my knees, as well as any other projects which require going up and down a ladder.  The plan is to stencil the walls in white, then glaze in white over the stencil, leaving the base coat as is.  I am hoping this will work for a while which will enable me to change the color of the bedding and accents 
when I get tired of the current one.  In my stash I have several others, and it is nice to be able to change.


The other two major projects are hardwood floors and white silk drapery panels with bamboo blackout shades.  The floor will probably be the last thing to happen.  I really want the icky carpet gone, but I really hate major disruption, don't you?


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I am joining the following parties this week --











Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday 

Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper










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