Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Escape from Remodeling

I should be painting cupboards, but I just need a big giant break.  I think it has been a month since I have been able to list new things on ebay, let us see if I succeed.

The following are a bunch of earlies, pricey guys, but choice, as they say.  Most cookie cutters are $48, the basket, $125.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Almost One More Cupboard Done

I have the hoosier cupboard almost finished, but couldn't wait to share.  This one had me worried, but I think it is pretty good here at the finish line.  I still have to finish the pull out bread boards (thus the little slots under the counter) and I have to polish up the zinc again as I varnished it and it got all gouged up when we put the cupboard together.   My husband replaced the back of the cupboard with wainscoting and added the little crown trim--this straightening of the cupboard resulted in the doors no longer fitting, so a couple of nights have seen James planing down the doors.  Now they fit, but don't really stay closed, so we are looking for latches.    All in all, though, results are good.  First comment from James?  "Where did all those little white pitchers come from?"  I've been buying them for 10 years and packing them away for just such an opportunity.

Just in case you forgot, the cupboard looked like this a couple of weeks ago:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Battle of Cream VS. White

I just put a post on facebook asking for opinions on the color of the crown molding in my dining room.  I plan to paint everything else in the room white, but hadn't decided about keeping the historical green that is on the crown molding.  I got a bunch of comments that I needed to paint the walls cream and not white---they are so wrong, but I hate facebook fights, so will just make snide comments here where hardly any one ever looks.  Case in point:

        The living room before was cream, it was ok.

Now that it is white, it is kind of amazing, I think.

So, despite the advice, the dining room is going to be white.  I always know what I want! (well, I still haven't completely decided about the green)

Here is the dining room today, a complete mess and the exact color of a salmon fillet.  We'll talk about the hideous giant built-in buffet later--it is going far away the minute I get my kitchen done.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

My House is Kind of Clean

My living room has had half-painted cupboards, a saw (complete with pile of sawdust), piles of antiques waiting for me to have time to list them on every available surface and lots and lots of dust for about two months now.   At last, I got to clean and it makes me so happy, I took pictures to prove that we are not barnyard swine after all.

We just moved the gray pie safe into the living room, because of course, we bought another pie safe that had to go in the music room.

Here it is, mid-1800s, original mustard grain-painted finish

and we have appliances!

and ironstone!~

Thursday, March 31, 2016

An Actual Kitchen Cupboard

One kitchen cupboard is done!  My "new-old" kitchen is going to be completely antique cupboards, no built-ins.  This is the first to be finished and I am breathing a sigh of relief that it is gorgeous.  One never knows when you start with something that looks kind of horrible, but you think it has good bones, then you work on it for a week--burning off old paint, sanding, painting, sanding again, painting again, hoping that it will pay off in the end.  It did!

In case you forgot, here is what it used to look like:

Now, I call that a cupboard miracle.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

An Actual Kitchen Floor

Work on the kitchen continues...and we have a floor!  Well, we have half a floor, but maybe a whole floor by the end the of the weekend.  All I have to do is hand tiles to my husband and I am exhausted.  If I had to be on my knees putting them in, I think I'd be in traction by now.

In the meantime, the big cupboard is painted and ready to install after the floor sets for 48 hours and we get the quarter round installed.  Here is a bit of sneak peek, just the top part without its doors.

The next cupboard is out of the garage and up on the porch awaiting my husband's woodworking skills to put a new crown molding and backing on and to fix the broken flour bin.  

this is the top, currently sitting upside down--it will be painted white.

This is the base--I adore the zinc top and it has pull out bread boards!  I am painting this dark blue.  It looks gorgeous in my imagination, hoping reality comes close!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rolling Pin Extravaganza

About 6 months ago, I had so many rolling pins and dough bowls, I thought I'd never sell them all, but guess what--I almost did!  I don't think I sold more than 2 bowls last year, then all at once, 20 are on their way to new homes, same with the rolling pins.  Thus, here is the last of the pins I've been hoarding, must go shopping!