We are continuing to make progress in the Garagemahal. The painting is moving forward from 8:30 every night until @ 10:00 and then from 6:30 in the morning until 8:00. So far the end tables and china cabinet are painted and ready to distress, the drawers and doors on the large piece are done and Hubby is painting the cabinet tonight. During the heat of the day we have been out resale shopping for the new house. Look at the table I got for $20.00! Solid wood. This one is going to become a sofa table with some modifications.
June 30, 2013
June 29, 2013
As of 8:10 pm the temperature dropped to a chilly 86 degrees. We decided to work an hour and got a lot done. The end tables are now totally painted and ready for glazing. The china cabinet just needs touch ups and we even got the doors on the big piece painted with one coat of paint. We came in at 9:30 pm. The temp was 84 degrees. I just hope it dries overnight.
June 27, 2013
The Garagemahal is overflowing with projects right now. I mean seriously overflowing. The picture below was taken before the last load was put in there.
The riding lawnmower doesn’t fit in there right now! Hubby won’t be happy if this continues.
What that means is I have to get myself busy early in the mornings and late at night. Why you ask? Well it is currently 100 degrees during the middle of the day here in
the Sahara Texas. Paint will not dry properly when above 80 degrees so I figure right now I have about three hours a day to work.
My shopping list for the weekend included some interesting items so that I can get busy.
Project number 1- finish these beautiful French Provencal end tables for my buddy, The Social Planner. She has been patiently waiting for them and I feel guilty every time I go over to her house. Her bedside lamps are literally sitting on the floor. I got one coat of paint on them during the week so another coat of paint, distressing, glazing and poly will end this one. They have beautiful marble tops waiting to go on them.
Project number 2- finish my china cabinet. My first attempt spray painting was a disaster. Hubby sanded it all back down for me and I get the opportunity to begin again. This time with a brush. Yippee. My sweet secretary is ready for all the stuff to be picked up off the floor in my office that I keep promising is going in the cabinet. Two coats of paint, distressing, glazing and poly should save it from the disaster it is right now.
Project number 3- The Social Planner’s entertainment center. This piece is a beast. 2 coats of paint, distressing, glazing, poly. There are two rounded shelves that go on either end of the piece too.
The good news is that project 1,2, and 3 are all going to be the same color. I can work on them together in stages. I hope I can get projects 1-3 done this week.
Also waiting in the wings is a French Provencal dresser for my guest room with a mirror and headboard. Still waiting for inspiration on this one. What color should they be? Help me!
I need to upholster the chairs for the dining room
this awesome fabric
and finish the sewing machine cabinet turned cooler for the back porch in a bright blue ( the picture below is my inspiration- but my blue will be deeper.)
before I start painting the armoire teal, making a burlap covered bench and turning a bed into a bench for the back porch. Oh and I have some end tables that need to be sanded, legs painted bright green and top stained too. Finally, I have this sad chair that my dad rescued. It is going to look so cool. I already have the perfect cushion for it.
We have a lot going on as you can see. Does anyone want to come and paint with me from 9:00 pm until midnight? I have bug spray and a fan!
June 24, 2013
Saturday afternoon we pulled away from our home for the last time about 6:00 pm. We are now temporarily living at our lake house. As we prepared to leave I walked through the empty rooms one by one, opening closet doors to make sure everything was packed, checking the drawers to make sure we hadn’t skipped one and making sure every room was swept, vacuumed, and left looking neat. It was funny, even though the rooms were empty, in my mind’s eye I saw the home as it was all the years that it served as our haven, our refuge, and most importantly our family gathering place.
This is the home that my daughter got ready for her first day of high school, her first date, her prom. It is where we returned to and wept when she moved away to college.
Our son made neighborhood friends, rode bikes, played paintball in the woods near us and grew up to become a man in this home. This home was witness to his first day of junior high school, to his first date, and where we wept when we returned from taking him off to college.
The kids hated that we always had them stand in front of the fireplace for pictures at Christmas. I loved the tradition. The whole noisy family gathered here more than once for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. While we lived in this home we lost my grandmother, and both my in-laws. One of our last big events at the home was a bridal luncheon where I was able to introduce our new daughter in law to my friends.
My husband and I have learned to be empty nesters in the home. We have had the same neighbors on either side of us the entire 15 years. Our next door neighbor moved out literally the week before we did. Our neighbors across the street walked over before we left and brought us a gift. It was so sweet. I look forward to them visiting us soon. This is the last sappy blog for a while… I promise. I have so many new adventures coming as we prepare to move that I will not have time to be all weepy. I promise!
As I pulled away with the cat in her pet carrier screaming, my husband and dog in the truck loaded down and tears streaming down my face, I thought about the difference between a house and a home. I thought how funny that I never think in my head of the lake house, Star Hill, as our home. Lately I have jokingly told my friends that we are homeless. I guess right now, we really are. We have a house to live in, and we are buying a house but they are not our home yet. It is up to us to make our new place our home. We need to make a point of building those memories, meeting our new neighbors, and becoming a part of our new community. Home truly is where the heart resides.
The adventure continues!
June 20, 2013
Wouldn’t you know it…we are in the midst of a hot selling market. We are trying to buy a home in the Houston area and it is proving tough. We have a loan, we have sold our house, we are packed and ready to go. Let me buy your house, please!
Tomorrow we look at four more homes. Fingers crossed.