Dining Table, Painted Furniture, painting, resale finds, The Garagemahal


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.




DIY Projects, Painted Furniture, painting, The Garagemahal

Baby It’s Hot Outside

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.

DIY Painting and Glazing Furniture, Dresser, glazing, Painted Furniture, The Garagemahal

Wrapping Up Projects

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.

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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!

bedroom suite

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!


Country living, Decorating, moving, mudroom, Painted Furniture, Roadside Finds

New Home Color Scheme

I am so excited to get started on decorating my new home! I have a floor plan and am busy figuring out what moves in, and what does not make the cut.

Remember the whole downsizing plan? Well when all was said and done we ended up purchasing a home 60 square feet bigger than our current home. I know…I am crazy, but what can I say? The house spoke to me.
I have decided on a color scheme for the family room, dining room, and kitchen. A while back I got a ton of fabric from my friend, Kandy. In that fabric was a brown floral that I love.


I loved the vibrant colors and earth tones mixed. A few weeks ago I was on a Sunday afternoon drive when I spotted a garage sale. Who has a garage sale on a Sunday afternoon? The nice lady said she was moving out of town and wanted to get rid of things that she would not be taking. I got a set of four fun chairs painted a soft yellow ($30.00 for all four chairs!)and immediately thought of the fabric.



When I got home I decided then and there that the fabric would be my jumping off point. My mudroom bench is already the minty green color in the fabric

mudroom bench

I recently purchased an armoire that will be going in the family room to serve as a phone charging, bill paying station once Hubby works his magic on it. I want it to be the dark teal color.



This is my inspiration for the color:


I am ready to get this started!  I better get busy on the social planner’s furniture so that there is room in the Garagemahal!

Blogging, mid-life, Painted Furniture, Redecorating, resale finds


20,000. That is the number of times my blog has been read, by anyone, since I moved from Blogger to WordPress. It happened sometime during the night while I was out in the Garagemahal working on some side tables for my buddy the social planner. Here is a link to my very first ever blog post on Blogger. First Blog Post. In the “Blogosphere” I am the equivalent of what a dude making beer in his basement is compared to Budweiser but I felt that 20,000 views was something to celebrate. I have 100 people who get an email every time I blog and about 140 people a day read one of my posts. I picked up an HGTV magazine the other day and it featured a blogger who gets 10,000 view a day just to give perspective on how microscopic my blog is.

I seriously did not know a single thing about blogging when I started. (About as much as I know about Twitter right now!) I was an empty nester who had two great kids that were moving on with their lives and feeling a little lost. I was inspired by the man who has now become my son through marriage to start writing. He is a blogger and I thought it would be fun to put my thoughts into words. If you notice, there are no photos on the first blog. I did not know how to add a picture. I worked and read and even viewed You Tube videos to improve my site. I learned about widgets, buttons, sidebars and linking tools as I made my baby steps. Since I began blogging both my babies married, I have changed jobs and we are in the process of relocating. I still find it funny that my Pinterst page on healthy foods is one of my most popular…(maybe I should actually use those recipes) and the blog post I did on how to clean granite is viewed almost every day…(maybe I should clean more often because anyone who knows me knows that cleaning is not my idea of fun!)


Since that time I have learned a little about blogging. It is hard work, it takes time, and it can be incredibly frustrating when learning something new. I now have a Pinterest account, a Facebook page, where I often share just a sentence or two and where I post great things I find and yes I have dipped my pinkie toe in the Twitterverse. Blogging also nudged me into taking photography lessons. My long-suffering husband has been Mr. Fix it for years and we have totally renovated two homes and the lake house over the years. I have always loved redoing furniture and was surprised to find that other people did too.

Here is one of the projects I did about a year ago that will be coming to the new house. The day this was published 19 people viewed my site. Farm House Table on the Cheap Notice I did not even take a picture of the whole thing finished.

Here The Farmhouse Table is in our city house decorated for Christmas. The table did not turn out too bad for $40.00 and a weekend. I love that the reclaimed wood came off our lake house.

Decorating for Christmas

Here it is too.

farmhouse table

I blog because I enjoy it. I do not have or want advertisers, I do not sell my work, (unless I am moving and then only to my friends!) I do not make any money from my blogging. If I hate a product I say it- I hate Duck brand packing tape for instance- because it does not stick well. Don’t buy it if you are moving. If I like a product I get to say that too. I love Behr paint with primer in satin. I love furniture roadside rescues. Hubby even picked up three roadside tables the night before we moved! There may or may not be salvaged cabinet doors and drawers in my storage unit waiting for me to do something with.

In the next few months I will be moving into and decorating a new home,

resale shopping for great vintage items, and spending some quality time at our Lake House, Star Hill.

I guess right now I am a full time country girl, not a weekender, but it is too much trouble to change the name now. Thank you all for reading my blog. I appreciate each of you and love hearing from you. I hope I inspire you to put yourself out there warts and all, and that you are challenged to try new things.

Building a Home, family, moving, The City House

The Difference Between a House and a Home

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!

Finished Yellow and Grey Guestroom

moving, The City House

Packing Up

Moving this time is different for us. We are older. The packing is harder on our bodies, we are both working while we are moving, our pets are old and not dealing with the upheaval very well. Probably the biggest change is we do not have a destination. We are moving out, but not moving in to a permanent home. We really are working without a net right now, but it has been exciting too. We have had an opportunity to clear out and evaluate what we really want to keep.

We have an exciting summer ahead.





mid-life, moving, The City House

Buying and Selling


Well, here we go.  Apparently God knows I have a few lessons to learn.  I am still trying to figure out what those lessons are that I need to learn…patience? Perseverance?  Letting go?  Whatever the lesson, I am about to learn it.  Our city house is sold.  We close on it next Friday.  The house we were buying is not going to be our home.  I know that there is a special house out there waiting for us to buy it, love it, and make it our very own, but not the house I have been dreaming of, planning furniture for, and making plans to decorate is not going to be it.

I am proud of myself in that I have not cried.  It really is just a house and I will have to tell myself over and over again that there is something out there that is for us.  We are healthy, have great kids, and good jobs.  Not bad for two old homeless folk!   The adventure continues…

Chalkboard DIY, Country Style, Curbside rescue, moving, Repurposed Furniture, Roadside Finds

Curbside Headboard Into Garage Chalkboard

The best time to go trolling for curbside finds is Saturday afternoon just before dark. The very best time to go hunting is the weekend of the huge neighborhood garage sale near our current city house. The garage sale occurs every spring and the finds over the year have helped furnish our lake house and have provided materials for projects in our city house.  People tend to throw out items that do not sell.  I love items that do not sell.

20130422-183452.jpg Curbside Find

The most recent garage sale weekend we collected a dresser totally junk but the drawer fronts were solid wood and will be reused along with brass hardware, a pink chair- it now has a home with a teenaged young lady who loves thrift shopping, and this wooden twin headboard that wonder of all wonders- Hubby wanted to make into a project! Of course I let him run with it! He decided to make a chalkboard out of it. Wow. I know. I must be rubbing off on him after 32 years.

This was tricky. He cut the spindles so that they followed the curve of the wood, cut out a piece of hard board for the chalkboard and turned it over to me to paint. I painted the chalkboard four times, then painted the frame with a jar of 25 cent green paint from he Lowe’s clearance section.

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Hubby connected the chalkboard to the frame with construction adhesive he. Had on hand and clamped it in place.

In our clean out to move I found 6 hooks that were wrapped in a sack. I hold on to hardware when I find it. I never pay more than a few cents for hardware and save it in a cabinet at the lake so I really have no idea where this came from or what project I bought it for. Whatever the circumstance, Hubby put three of the hooks, painted dark brown onto the bottom of the frame. This is going in his garage by the door so he and hang hats and write notes when he is trying to remember measurements.

I am so proud of his work!