Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cork Pumpkins, An Autumn Craft

Are you thinking about Fall yet? I sure am! I'm ready for the hot days of summer to transition into the cooler crisp days of Fall.
This is a craft project that caught my attention on Pinterest.
Fortunately, I have a friend that owns a bar. He saves corks for me.
Supplies: Corks, hot glue, school glue, sisal twine, a pencil, green fabric, chalk and scissors
For smaller pumpkins I use four corks for the base. I stacked the corks four on the bottom, five on the next row, then six on the next row,  five on the next row and the last row has four.  I used hot glue to attach them together.
I coated school glue on sisal twine and wrapped it around a pencil to make a coil for the stem. It dries quickly and can be stretched to the desired tension you prefer. 
I sketched out a leaf pattern on boiled wool. 
The pumpkin after stacking, hot gluing and adding the stem and leaves. To make a stem, I cut a cork in half and hot glued it to the top of the pumpkin.  You can paint  the cork ends  with acrylic paint or leave them natural. 

 I painted this one orange and added it to Fall vignette.
Just wanted to share this easy Fall project.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

We're Getting There!

This project has taught me patience! If you remember we had to strip all the old wallpaper off the walls, to the original plaster,  before they could be skim coated. They had to be primed before painting. Keeping cost in mind, I chose Sherwin Williams, Kilm Beige, for all walls, but the bathroom. The trim is white and the ceilings are Shell White.

Water leak under the window in this room
The cabinets have been a problem. It has taken a long time to strip them. They had four coats of lead based paint on them that had to be removed. We are now ready to begin painting and tile work.

Before- yikes! 
This was the first unexpected item. You may remember that these walls had sheet rock over bad plaster that had had a leak. We took this room down to the studs to achieve a better finish. 
The former floor furnace hole- yuck!
The hole has been patched in and is ready to be finished with the other flooring.

Pet Stains
Pet stains are being sanded and seem to be coming out of the wood fairly well. The flooring throughout the house is Red Oak. The floors are being refinished this week; I'm so excited! The kitchen is the main item that is left to complete. It's been almost three months of renovating and updating.
Thanks for your support throughout this process! You are the best!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Grandparents' Library Table

This was my Grandparents' library table. It's made by the Bockstege Furniture Company, from Evansville, Indiana. This company made parlor, library and extension tables in the early 1900's.  They purchased it from McBrayer's Furniture Company, in Rome, Georgia. 
Early this year I cleaned out a storage building I had for over 20 years. It contained Mother's kitchen table that I refinished, a set of 1940's Heyward Wakefield rattan furniture and Grandmother's library table. Amazingly, these items stood the test of being in storage for many years! 
This table was very wobbly. It appeared as though someone had worked on it before. I can't believe I forgot to take photos of everything we had to do to this table! It had to glued, clamped, braced and sanded underneath to return it's stability. I chose not to refinish it, but wipe it down with Restore-A-Finish. I like to keep the dings; they tell a story.
As you can see the table is quite large (and heavy).  I had to remove another table and chair from this area to fit it into our home office
The table is Mahogany and in the Empire style. It has such a special meaning because it was in the parlor in my Grandparent's 1830 farmhouse. I'm thrilled to have it in our home now and look forward to passing it down in our family.

 You may have noticed the different vignettes on the table. When I wrote the original post I didn't have this new cloche. I just purchased it at a local antique store. My Grandparents were farmers and I thought this old plow disk would be a fitting cloche base for their table. I sprayed the plow disk with clear acrylic spray to protect the items going on it from rust.

I added a few vintage game pieces and bingo cards for some summer fun! I hope you are enjoying your summer!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

1940's Duplex, The Larger Side & More Shock

We're almost ready to begin on Side "A". 
If you've been following along on the update of the 1940's duplex you know we're getting close to completing the smaller side of this property. The two units share a common foyer and entrance and then have their separate entrances.  This photo shows looking from the "B" unit's door to the "A" unit's door.  Hang on it isn't pretty!  These units are the same floor plan, but this unit has an additional den and screened porch. These are large units with nine foot ceilings, hardwood floors throughout and extensive molding. 
Living room with hardwood floors- notice the same yellow is in this unit as the "B" unit, but no one knows who painted it. This tenant did live in the other side first. I have my theory. How about you?

Living room showing with built ins and the den door behind the chair.

 The Den

More pet stained floors and some type of built in for the den
Dining room with three dogs and a cat in what was supposed to a no pet unit. 
The French doors leading into the dining room from the screened porch- broken window pane, etc. 
Large screened porch
Leaking water on the kitchen floor- major yuck! 
The kitchen
Laundry room
Upstairs Bathroom
Guest Bedroom
Master Bedroom with the same pet stains on the hardwood floors that the "B" side had.

One of the master bedroom's walk in closets.

Remember, Dad has never refused to make a repair or do anything the management asked him to do.  He trusted that they were maintaining this home.
  As you can see there is no way we can complete an update of this unit with anyone living in it; therefore, I had to ask the tenant to move out.
I'm over the shock of seeing the condition of this unit and ready to move forward with the repairs and updates.
 Just remember there is one more unit, the garage apartment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Updates On Updating a 1940's Duplex

So many of you have emailed me about updates on the renovation. Thank you for your kind emails!  I haven't been posting a lot because I thought you might be tired of seeing construction projects. Well, here goes! 
Wow, can you say, "dust"?  Whew, what a mess! This duplex was built in 1940 with plastered walls. The walls had cracks from settling and use throughout the years.  A tenant painted the walls bright yellow. Everywhere you see white required a  repair. All the new thermal pane windows have been installed-16 on this side.  
You know when you delve into and older home there may be some additional  surprises. We have been blessed that this has been our only major surprise and extra expense ($750). The management company repaired plaster by adding sheetrock over it in this bathroom. Unfortunately, the roof leak that caused the problem wasn't repaired correctly. The plaster disintegrated and then disintegrated the sheetrock. We had to rip the walls down to the original studs and add new sheetrock. Below is a photo of the disintegrating walls. 
Sorry for the poor quality of this photo- my contractor sent this so me in a text message. 
Remember this home is almost 75 years old and we are mitigating lead base paint. We had to strip two coats of wallpaper and paint, from the walls, down to the original plastered walls before we could make the repairs. This is the guest bedroom. Notice no more window unit where the water stain is!!! The central heat and air has been installed and is working well.

The master bedroom with repairs- 
A previous tenant had covered this area under the steps and by the powder room with purple contact paper! I was speechless when I saw it. I knew it would be a bear to take the contact paper off, so I had the contractor make a mini mudroom here and cover it up.  Here is a link to some additional before photos. 
This is another text photo, sorry. The rotten subflooring has been replaced and the water heater has been removed.  The photo below is a reminder of what this area looked like originally. We cut out the drawers for a dishwasher (where the hole and tools are). We added the drawers back and built cabinets above on the blank wall for extra storage. I really want to keep as many of the original things that I can, so we matched the older cabinets. They will be painted,new pulls will be added and tile, etc. 
This wall will have the stove and a built in hood vent with microwave. We had to fur the walls down to match the existing cabinets before we could add the new cabinets here.

The screen porch is now a laundry room. We'll add Hardee plank here and not try to match the brick.
The front porch had rotten wood from a roof leak. The rotten boards have been replace and the railing has been reworked to look like the original railing. Pinch me; I'm so excited!
This has taken several months because we upgraded the electrical system and plumbing. Central heat and air was also installed. When we began I had planned to update this side and the garage apartment. After much thought we have decided to update the other side too.
 Here's a peak at what I saw that convinced me to do both sides.

 Water is leaking from the refrigerator and running across the kitchen floor. Major yuck! Obviously, this has been going on a long time!
Thank you for stopping by and following along on this journey with me!