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Saginaw Furniture Company Expand-O-Matic

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I am always amazed at what I find at garage sales.  At the time I was at my latest garage sale, our house was being inspected so I wasn’t sure if the house would pass.  I had already told myself we were killing time, not buying.  I did pretty well… except for two milk glass mugs and a wooden bowl until I spied something I had never seen before.  It looked like a desk, and I could tell it was old, but what  clinched it for me was the fact that it expanded to become a six foot long table.  What in the world?  The leaves were missing but I had to have it for my long hoped for my craft/ Murphy bed room I am planning at our new spot.  When the bed is set up the table can collapse to be a bench.  

   
  

   

  

  

The price on the desk thing was $25.00, and I couldn’t resist. 

When I got home I started checking online to see what I had.  It took some searching but I finally found it.  Saginaw Furniture Company Expand-O-Matic.  It was probably from the late 40’s or early 50’s. They changed the name to Expandway later but I love the older name.

They were made for New York apartments and were sold up until the 60’s.  The top drawer is lined  and divided to hold silverware.  Apparently the morning mini home market has made these cool again and these puppies are selling for $600.00 complete.

  
Mine is going to get stainable leaves.  The top and leaves will be dark walnut..  The base is going to be painted teal.  I already have the perfect chair for it when it is a desk.

  
Here are some shots from Etsy.  All I could find were sold. 

   
I wish I had those leaves but we should be able to do something that looks nice.

  

  

Mine only expands 6 feet.

 

I also am changing jobs so the suitcase wall will be moving into the craft room along with the sewing cabinet.  As soon as the leaves are done and the Murphy bed built, the room will be done.  This may be the easiest room to put together at the house.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Blessings,

Karen

Weekend Home Tour Part 2

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Here are the rest of the photos from the weekend home tour.  The entry way was dramatic.  

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I really liked the ceiling in the dining or office area.  

  

A black and white kitchen.

     

Mirrored side tables.

   
  
The house was fun to look at.

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Much more my style.  

   Cedar timber ceiling.

  

  

  Copper colored tile entry.

  

  Master bedroom ceiling

  

  

  

   

   

I thought this wall/ headboard/ ceiling treatment was interesting.  It  

   

I like the rustic touches in this home.

   
 

I am such a fan of the herringbone brick ceiling. 

      

I love this wall, clock, and storage.

   

I hope you enjoyed my visit to the model homes.

I would encourage you to visit homes near you when you get a chance.  They really get the creative juices going.

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Karen

Weekend Home Tour

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i love to visit model homes. Near my sister in law’s house they have 7 model homes open for touring.  It was a muddy, stormy Sunday afternoon so she and I headed out to walk through the homes.  This builder’s homes are well built and are part of a 55+ neighborhood.  Today you get to see the first two. 

I have never seen this designer/ builder’s work, and I really enjoyed getting to see their ideas.  They had the most creative ceilings I have ever seen.  My favorite home happened to be the first home we visited. 

The very first room was… Navy and coral with a rustic, modern vibe.  I can honestly say it was the only room I could see myself in,  but I did take away some ideas.

We didn’t plan on going so excuse the iPhone photos. 

House One

I loved this house.

The front bedroom was so cool.  I really liked the china cabinet and the matching crib springs.  The stripes wet navy, burlap, and a cream color.  The art was stenciled canvas.   

 

Loved the coral tailored cloth on the night stands. 

     

Here is the rest of the house:

  The master was a little too fussy for me.  The side tables were way too full and the picture above the bed was too much.  The mosaic tile panels are throughout all the homes.

       

I had to ask myself if that design in the shower would get old?

I loved the zinc topped hammerd table.  

    

  I liked  the wood squares on the laundry wall.    

I loved the wood flooring!

  

House Two

This house was totally not my style but still fun to look at and even in this house there were elements I really liked.  I called this the mirror house.

  

Imagine dusting all those mirror frames.

  

A wall of mirrors in a 55+ guest bedroom? 

      

I really liked this piece.  

Loved the formal dining table.

     

I like the light fixture but two breakfast tables?

   

  

The backsplash was fun.

      

Oh my, the master was sensory overload. Tile and beam ceiling, tile insets on the wall, mirror edged headboard…

 

I did like the slate look ceramic tile.

Drop Cloth Upholstery

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Recently one of my favorite stores to walk through, Harbor Freight,  had cloth drop cloths on sale with a coupon for $2.99 each.  (Right now they are on sale for $6.99 which is still a deal.)  If you don’t have a Harbor Freight near you, I am sorry.  Just kidding.  They have a great online store and any order is $6.99 to ship.  

  

Hubby picked up two for me when he was out and silly me, I planned on using them for drop cloths.  When I looked at them, I knew that I would be using them for tons of stuff.  The drop cloths are 4 foot wide by 12 foot long and the fabric is heavy weight, hemmed, unbleached cotton.  I now have 5 of them stacked up and ready for use.  I am seriously thinking they are going to be curtain panels in our new home.

My very first project with my drop cloth fabric was to recover the bench at the foot of the bed.

We made this bench from four table legs I grabbed (with permission) out of the trash at a garage sale.  It has been in the room since we moved in.

I got out the drop cloth, the ironing board, and removed the bench top from the bench.

 

 

I set up the ironing board and ironed the drop cloth.  What does it say about me that I know where the saw horses are, but had to search for the ironing board?

 

 

Here is a hint.  Get a spray bottle out and Damien the fabric along with the steam feature on the iron.  Set the iron on high and put on some tunes.  It will take a while.

Once the fabric was ready I set up the saw horses, cut the fabric to fit, got out my staple gun and covered the bench top.

 

 Tah Dah.  I could have stopped there but I wanted to tie in the coral color I am adding to the navy bedroom.  I wanted the look to sort of mimic a feed sack look so I taped off three stripes.

 

 

Here are the stripes finished.  My Hubby, Mr. Math wasn’t home so he didn’t cringe when I just “eyeballed” the stripes.  I wanted them to look rustic.

  

 Please note the shoes under the bench.  Don’t judge me.  I live in this house with a very patient husband who really only resufuses to do two things; put shoes in the closet and clean toilets.  I choose my battles.  The best solution we have agreed on is that they have to go under the bench.

I did get the shoes out so you could see the bench but it totally confused another member of our family.  

 

 She was determined to see what was under the bench.    

  

Here it is finished.  

I hope you guys have a great day.

I love hearing from you.

Blessings, 

Karen 

   

The Workshop

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We have had a setback on the sale of the house.  I am still expecting that Star Hill will sell in time for us to buy our dream property so I thought I would show you guys the space we will be using as our paint booth, workshop, and carpentry shop.

There is a three stall corrugated tin building on the property that will be perfect for our workspace.

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See the long building next to what will be the Guest Shed?

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It doesn’t look like much from the outside but looks can be deceiving.

We plan on turning the end bay into a paint booth. That means I will be able to paint and poly furniture inside out of the weather, away from bugs, dust and wind.  It will increase the number of days I can work on furniture.  After this very wet winter, that is exciting to me.  I did not get any pictures of the paint booth.  It is large and empty right now.

The center bay will be our carpentry shop or large tool shop.  The table saw, air compressor, compound miter saw, drill press, table sander, and scroll saw will be in this space.  This will be where the building and repairing takes place.  At Star Hill we only have one space and we are constantly having to wait for the cutting to be done before I can get out tools for assembly,  sanding,  or staining.  There is a glass French door in in the space with a separate storage space.  I am sure that the glass door will need to go but I like having a space that can be closed off.

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The end space that is now a welding shop will be the workshop space.  There is even a wood burning stove for my cold, wet, winters.

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We are so hoping that it works out.  It would be a dream come true for us to have this amazing space to put our own stamp on. Think happy thoughts for us.  Fingers crossed.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Blessings,

Karen

Weekend Finds

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Saturday, before I found out that The sale of our near the lake house fell through, I took off in search of treasures for the home we hope to purchase.  (It is funny how attached I am to that place.  If it doesn’t work out I expect sympathy cards ūüėä) My buddy, the social planner, and I took off in search of treasures mainly for the Guest Shed and the outdoor kitchen.  

Our first spot was my honey hole.  A church thrift store where a ton of my treasures came from. 

At the honey hole I spotted these two mid century pieces.  

An iconic pink swan planter.  I picked up this one in perfect condition for 50 cents.  A succulent is going in it out in the guest shed.  What a fun piece.

   

A vintage bamboo planter. Shawnee Pottery is very popular. I like the subtle color of green.  I especially liked it for 25 cents.  I am planning to put some sort of succulent in it, too.  

   

 

My final purchase at this stop was a small white pitcher.  I collect them.  I don’t know why, but I just can’t seem to pass them up. It was 50 cents.  

  

Our next stop was new to me but I loved it and will be going back. 

Two etched glass mirrors.  The rectangular one will be going in the guest shed bathroom and one will be part of a mirror wall going in the guest bathroom in the main house. ( I have a mirror problem.) I hope it looks something like this photo I found on Pinterest.

  

The link to the picture is broken or I would provide the source.

 I picked these two beauties up for 3 dollars each.  I know what you are thinking.  I absolutely take the worst photos of mirrors.

   

   

The social planner spotted this cream and sugar set in the most amazing teal color for me. I got them for another 3 bucks.  

  

The social planner found stuff at the first stop too, then found a teapot to match her dishes and a salt glaze cow pitcher.  Her stuff was a little pricey but was a steal for what she was getting.  At check out she found out it was a cash only spot. We pooled resources to get her treasures.  After she checked out she spied an awesome walnut mid century side table for me.  It was marked 20 dollars but the owner offered it to me for 15.  We reminded her that we didn’t have another  15 dollars between us.  She asked if we could scrape up 10 and we were able to cobble it together. I love having a buddy who enjoys shopping at the same places I do.  I also love that she and I are good enough friends that we are able to share resources. 

   

   

     

By the time I got pictures of her treasures she already had them working. 

The clean lines on the table will be perfect in the guest shed just as it is with a little waxing.  I am getting excited about the treasures I am collecting for this space.

   

 

Our next stop was a church garage sale.  We picked up 4 gallon sized glass jars for 50 cents each.  They are going to be squirrle feeders.  Our hubbies are going to make the four of them. One for each of our houses and one eac for gifts.  I am thinking my grand dog needs one so she can have squirrels to chase in her yard.

Finally, we stopped at a church bazaar where we literally had to collect coins in order to buy two old colanders for an upcoming craft night.

All in all it was a great time shopping.

On the way home the social planner got busy looking up what we purchased.  Here is what we would have paid online for the items:

I guess if this whole selling the house thing falls through, I can start selling my treasures!

   

          

  

  

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

If you are new to my site, welcome.  I hope you enjoy the ride.

Blessings,

Karen 

Interior Photos of the Soon to be New Home

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I walked through the house this past weekend with a camera and also got a floor plan of the house we are buying.  It helps to have pictures to refer to now so I can come up with a plan for the house.

The house is a traditional ranch.  That is pretty fitting when it is on 15 acres and this is th view over our fence.

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The Kitchen

Friends, I swore, promised, pledged…you name it, that I would not have another galley kitchen. ¬†I hate that cut off feeling. ¬†This one is particularly odd in that it is right off the front door of the home. ¬†Well, if the front door weren’t walled up it would be where the front door is. ¬†The wall is going to have to move. ¬†I plan on having an L shaped kitchen that opens to the dining space rather than the front entry with an island.

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See the right side of the china cabinet? That is roughly where the front door is, except it is walled off.  The kitchen is to the right.

The Bedrooms

The guest rooms are nice sized, and have a decent, but not awesome closets.   I like that they have 36 inch doors.  The folks who built this home planned on aging in the home which is good for us.  We will be turning one room into my office so it will have a Murphy bed.  The other will be a traditional guest room.

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The master is too small and has a dinky closet.  It will be added on to before we move there permanently.

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See those brown bifold doors?  That is the whole master closet.

The Bathrooms are fine for now, except he master doesn’t have a door. ¬†I already have a barn door going in there.

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No door on the master bathroom.  Ick.

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Wallpaper border, carpet and frilly curtains will go.  The counters, cabinets and tile are okay.

The Outdoor Kitchen is high on the list.  We will have to have a functioning outdoor kitchen before starting on the indoor kitchen.  It is going to be a rustic corrugated tin and cedar space with a stainless sink, a gas grill, a stainless island, and a free wall shelf.  Edison lights, our deck furniture, a misting system and a big fan will make this space a destination on the property.  Hubby has been given a huge smoker that will be near the decking.

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See that deck at the back of the workshop above? ¬†I can’t wait to show you my workspace, but tonight it is about the house. ¬†That covered deck is a short walk across our back yard. ¬†It will make the perfect outdoor kitchen. ¬†There is water near that will be easy to set up in the sink and we will be having propane run to the area, too, for the grill.

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Powerwashing, paint and installing the counters will make this space great for cooking.

The first thing we have to do is work on the foundation of the house.  Another thing I said I would never do again.  We are moving where the dirt is clay based and it just moves.  It is not major, but needs to be addressed before we work on the floors.  The carpet in the kitchen, bathroom, den, dining room must go.  Immediately.

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