Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The "B" Side Is Complete!

I chose a few before photos- We were speechless when we walked in and saw this mess! 

I'm thrilled the "B" side of the 1940's duplex is complete! We began this adventure on May 17th of this year. 
Fortunately, we have renovated older homes before. We knew that we might encounter hidden issues. We realized it would be better to replace the windows, with energy efficient ones, rather than repair the existing, older, single pane windows that had been filled with "Great Stuff". Adding central heat and air required an upgraded electrical panel and wiring. Once permits were pulled all items had to meet current building code requirements. 
If you have followed along, you remember the disrepair in this unit. The entire story can be found here
Lots of photos below:
This unit has nine foot ceilings, crown molding and hardwood floors.
Living and Dining Room- Sherwin Williams, Kilim Beige  is the wall color. Shell white is the ceiling color and white plastic coat paint was added to the trim. The hardwood floors were refinished and stained with Miniwax Early American. I think they truned out well considering the former pet stain damage. I tried to keep the colors neutral because this is a rental.
 I still have to add all the crystals to the chandelier. Whew, what a job! 
A mini mudroom covered the purple contact paper.
Powder room- black and white tile
I had hope to use the vintage kitchen sink, but by the time I re-glazed the sink, added custom laminate and a subway tile backsplash it became cost prohibitive. Granite was a better choice.
This corner contained the water heater, but we removed it and added cabinets and the drawer stack. A fur down was required to match the existing cabinets. 
The linoleum was removed and tile was added. 
A built-in microwave and cabinets were added to the wall above the stove.

The cabinet stack was relocated to provide room for a dishwasher.

A former screened porch became a laundry room. 
The second floor
I had planned to add a pedestal sink here, but the supply lines prohibited that. I did find this medicine cabinet with lights at Lowe's to add some vintage appeal.

I kept the original tile.  I did have the tub re-glazed. 
The second floor has two large bedrooms.
The guest room has two walk in closets.
The master bedroom has two windows- that tilt in to clean. 
The master also has two walk in closets.
Funny, when we made all the repairs and updates the door knobs, door stops, light fixtures and outlets all looked worn out. They have all been replaced too. I was fortunate to find items that looked like the original ones; the new ones do have a lifetime finish.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this long post!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A little Jump Start On Fall Decorating

Welcome to our office.
You may remember this Fall banner from last year. It's so easy to make. 
I left the decorative iron artwork up from my summer mantel. I 'm enjoying the height it adds to the mantel. I purchased the owl lamps at Walmart last winter. I rotate them in and out of my mantel decorations.
This is a cozy place to sit by the fire and rock away the Autumn chill. 
I ordered this pumpkin from Becky at Timewashed.
I love it! Just look at the fabulous decorative details she has added to the top! 
This is my reading nook. It's surrounded by windows. It's on the second floor of our home- I feel like I'm in a tree house. 
A plow dish cloche sits atop my Grandmother's library table, from the early 1900s. 
I made cork pumpkins. I thought this might be one of those projects that said,"step away from Pinterest and the computer!" I have really enjoyed them though.
My side of the office-

What's not to love about a rustic old barn? I found this pastel drawing at a thrift store- one day I hope to have a gallery wall of barns.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Between Naps On The Porch

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.
Thank you for visiting!

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Savvy Southern Style

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!
Thank you for stopping by today!

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Knick of Time
Elephants and Ivy
From My Front Porch To Yours
DIY By Design