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Well, here I am. Back again with my hat in my hand. Can we still be friends? I hope so. After taking some time to regroup I found that I missed writing. I missed telling our story as unremarkable as it is. I missed you.
So, I am back.
My time away certainly gave me time to reflect on my writing. Before my break the blog was really making me crazy trying to meet self-imposed timelines so that I could post something.
Today I am just going to catch you up on what has been going on, if that is okay with you.

The Property

We are so lucky. We get to live on 15 beautiful acres with great neighbors and a beautiful view. I have worked really hard to stop focusing on what needs to be changed or improved and tried to focus on what we have. It isn’t always easy, but I am forcing myself to stop and feed the catfish. (My version of stop and smell the roses.)
Since I last shared anything with you, we have taken quite a bit of time cleaning up the property (and by we I mean 98% of the was done by Mr. Math with 2% coming from me picking up limbs and pointing to where I want things to go). Mr. Math planted three blueberry bushes, several blackberry bushes, a ton, and I do mean a ton of crepe myrtles, about twenty mayhaw, wild plum, and crabapple saplings, five large pecan trees and a peach tree. It is a never ending job. Right now the yard is shaggy but too wet to mow.
We have had a relatively wet and mild winter and even though our road took a beating, everything is green and beautiful here.


The House

We really have not done a ton to the inside of our house since my last post. We have changed out the mismatched window coverings in the main room for 2 inch blinds. I got them at ReStore for $5.00 each. Check out your local ReStore if you have one. It is an organization I believe in and they have great deals. I could not believe my luck finding exactly the size I needed for the four windows.
Mr. Math also built a barn door that fits our 36 inch wide bathroom door opening. (FYI a 36 inch door does not work as a barn door for a 36 inch opening if you want privacy. Lesson learned.) I have not finished making the door look old, but it is going to be great. The hardware is from Home Depot and even though it is more expensive than Tractor Supply’s barn door hangers, I like it in our bedroom.
Furniture

A friend recently cleared out a rental house and I scored big on getting a load of furniture.

So far I have finished this piece. It is great in our family room.

My craft room is overflowing with French Provincial night stands from the stuff above. I am not sure I can save them all but the parts will be reused.

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In our living room I am working on a dining set that will go in the guest shed. It is beating me up right now.
I have collected some great pieces since I last wrote a post and I am looking forward to some really fun projects.
This spring and summer I will be very busy. I can’t wait to fill you in on our big projects we have planned for spring, summer and fall.
Thanks for following along on our journey. After this quick update I do have a few posts on the way to let you know what is coming up and projects that are underway.
Blessings,
Karen

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Estate Sale Bedside Tables

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Last weekend I visited a great estate sale.  The sale was for a young family that has moved from their starter home into an awesome custom built home that one day soon I will give you a tour of.  The ceiling in the family room alone is worth the virtual visit.  I get sidetracked when I think about that 18 foot grey coffered ceiling with white molding…

Back to her estate sale.

At the sale I collected four great items that will be coming up soon and checked out.  My buddy, The Social Planner (TSP) did pretty well, too.  As we walked out,  TSP spotted stuff in the garage.  I have to admit, I reluctantly headed in.  I had already blown my budget ($20.00) and it was raining.  Even if I found something, it was going to have to be small because I had already rounded up Mr. Math for a large item pickup and there was no way I was interested in interrupting his mowing again.

I noticed two 1970’s side tables, but frankly I was ready to go and the were moldy. (Wooden furniture that stays in a humid area sometimes gets a white mold on it.)  I really didn’t give the pair another thought until we got home.  TSP pointed out that they would go with my 70’s headboard, and that when I am ready to move up to the country full time whoever wants the headboard will probably want side tables, too.  No way am I parting with the table in the picture below because my dad saved it for me.

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She was right…as always.  We headed back to the estate sale and asked about the tables.  $5.00 for the pair.  It is hard to pass up two tables at $2.50 each. They came home with me.

Here are pictures after they were cleaned up enough to come inside the house.  I used paint thinner, Goof Off, and Fantastic on them just to make sure the mold was gone, the stickers on top were removed, and the gummy varnish was gone.



  

Aren’t they beautiful?  Seriously, they were sturdy, they had all the hardware, and have closed storage which our current tables don’t have.  We are messy folk so closed storage is good.

I happened into a Walmart looking for blue tape one evening.  Along the way, I spotted something new to me.  Walmart carries chalk paint now.  What?  Did my eyes deceive me?  16 ounces of chalk paint for less than $6.00.  I had to give it a try.   I bought two bottles of Parisian Grey and anticipated opening it up this weekend.  I am not much of a chalk paint fan.  It is crazy expensive usually, I like polyurethane on top of my stuff and the idea of not using primer seems crazy to me but I figured, what did I have to lose?

After cleaning them with everything but the kitchen sink, I removed the cabinet doors and got busy.

One coat and I was impressed.  It is a great option for painting inside.  The paint is thick so it is a little less messy.  It is water based so I could clean up easily.  The whole no priming thing sort of freaked me  out.  It took three coats for me to be satisfied, and I did not like the brush strokes left after each coat, but sanding lightly minimized the brush strokes.


  

After getting them all painted, I distressed the edges lightly then waxed it all with clear wax.  To get both of these done completely I only used one 16 ounce bottle of paint.  I was impressed how far the paint went.

This time I decided to put the tarnished brass hardware back on, just as I found it.  I like the look.  

Don’t judge the bedroom right now.  I have curtain issues, blind issues, harry dog concerns, and bedding problems this winter.    I do however love the quilt my buddy crocheted for me as a Christmas present.  Those colors will be coming to this room soon.

  

For those of you, like me, who don’t always have the time to shop in Walmart, they do have online options for the paint.  I always choose site to store option because shipping is free.  I pick up my items at customer service.  In and out quickly and no one gets hurt.

I am not going to say that I am now fully in the chalk painting camp.  I still think using a sprayer to put quality latex paint on a project gives the most smooth finish, but this will for sure be my winter/inside choice.  I did not like sanding, and I for sure did not like waxing.  I must have done something wrong because it took hours to get the wax to look right.

I am definitely going to try it again to see if I get better.

Thank you for following along on our journey.  This past week was the one year anniversary of the day we put our beloved Star Hill on the market so we could buy this place.  It is hard to imagine that in the three years I have been blogging we have sold two homes and purchased two others.  Are we crazy?

It is nice to know we have settled on our forever home.  Now, back to work making it wonderful.

 

Blessings,

Karen

My Soon to be Workspace 

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It was all over for me when this building opened.  We had just found out that the property across the street from our buds at the Rockin F was soon to be on the market. We took the side-by-side over to check it out.

The house… let’s just say I saw potential.

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The barn was cool.  I was thrilled with the locally milled wood flooring and the potential of turning it into a a gathering space.  I also love that it has a pond out front.

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The workshop was awesome.  It wouldn’t work as a shop for me and my big projects but I saw it immediately as a guest house.

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The current workshop is going be a 400 square foot guest house that is decorated with an industrial, mid century modern vibe.  I have the coolest stuff saved up for this spot and it is going to be great.  There will be a bathroom, small kitchenette space, and a queen sized Murphy bed.  My goal is to have it functional by Christmas when the kids come home. tick, tick, tick.

Back to the garage/workshop…

The three bay work space made me swoon.  Bay number 1 was full of an amazing classic car, but I saw a paint booth.  Bay two was full of lawn equipment but I believe it will be the big tool space.  Table saw, chop saw, drill press, table sander will go here.

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The third bay will be my creative space.  It has a wood burning stove, a a tool storage (complete with French door that will need to be changed so I don’t break it,) and room for me to work even in our wet winters/summers/springs.  (It has been a super wet year.)  We will be putting a door between the bays so that we can get between the spaces.  We will be also putting in a door to the deck at the rear so we can have access to water and a cooler shaded space in the summer.  The back deck is going to be our outdoor kitchen.

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the workshop

See the three sets of doors in the long metal building?  That is the garage/workshop.

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Who doesn’t love a wood burning stove in the workshop?

We are going to have a great space to work and create.  Currently the third bay is a welding shop.  Oh, how I wish I could weld.

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That space is going to be where we can assemble things, touch up paint, and finish off a project.  I am so excited to have a place where the sawdust and mess will be away from the finish work.

I know for most of you this doesn’t look like your dream space but it sure does for me.  I cannot wait to have a dedicated space to work and create.  I know that some of you are looking at those photos thinking… “What are they thinking?”, but we see this place as it will be for us, not as it is now.

We are blessed.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Thank you for following along on our journey.  I would love to hear from you.

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

Whitewashed Wood Faux Ship Lap Wall

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This past weekend we started out with a plan to put in a faux ship lap wall and make a headboard from reclaimed wood for our bedroom.

We live in a really nice five year old home in a master planned community.  Our home is one of the models sold and has a great layout.  What the home does not have is character.  Last summer we started adding in a little character to the house by updating our bathroom.  Bathroom makeover

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I love the look of our bathroom now.  It feels like it has been around a while and has a story to tell.

Our master bedroom got mini makeover this past weekend.  One of the things that I wanted to do was add some texture to the walls.  I am a Fixer Upper fan, especially the white ship lap walls.  I love the look that the slightly irregular horizontal wood adds to a house.

A quick search online led me to several sights that looked easy enough and not super expensive.

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Armed with the information from the sights we started planning the wall.  First we measured the wall and got the square footage ( see that math stuff does pay off).  Hubby headed off to Lowe’s after work to get the utility plywood mentioned where he found out that they don’t carry that any longer but they have something similar.  He asked for the wood to be cut in 6″ sections and told them he would pick it up the next day.  Long story short after two more trips to Lowe’s with no wood cut he headed to our Home Depot where he found this product: Underlayment

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Just like the stuff from Lowe’s, it also comes in four foot by eight foot sheets.  We had them cut the sheets into 5 7/8 inch strips.  FYI- Mr. Math is the one who figured out to do 5 7/8″ to take into account the saw blade width.  If you ask for them to be cut in 6 inch sections you will come out with one that is way thinner than the others.  This stuff is just over a quarter centimeter thick so it is super thin and flexible.  The wood at Lowe’s is a half centimeter thick which would make the gaps more noticeable and would be less flexible.

Here is what six sheets cut into strips looks like.

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We started at the top of the wall and worked our way down so that any trimming would be done at the baseboard, not at the top of the ceiling.  Here is our room before we got started:

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The wall was about three inches longer than two sections.  We used our air nailer to put the wood up

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We cut the first section of each row into random lengths and started each row at opposite ends of the room.

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The effect was a staggered wood look.  If a piece had a sticker on the front, we used the back side. (We tried getting one sticker off and it was clear that it would be a pain in the neck to get them off.) The darker sections were the back sides of some boards.  I used wood filler in the nail holes and Hubby sanded over the wood filler to get a smooth surface.  At this point is was my intention to get busy painting the wall white but Mr. Math, my long-suffering husband, loves wood and really liked the look.  He rarely asks me to do something specifically for him but this time he did ask if there was any way that the wood grain could show through.  I remembered on that on the Remodelaholic blog a while back they had a color washing technique.  

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I decided to give it a try.  I got busy with watered down white paint, a brush and rags, lots of rags.  I could only work in about 18 inch square sections at a time so I had to work fast to eliminate dry lines.  It was a workout my friends! like an Advil and Epsom salt kind of workout.  The room has 10 foot ceilings and my fear of height did not help the process.  I think I got better as I went along but I really do like the look of the wall.  I used a brush to paint on the watered down paint then a rag to rub it in and take off the excess.  I sort of felt like the Karate Kid (paint on, wipe off, repeat).

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Against the dark wall it looked terrible and I started to panic a little but as I moved on it really started to look the way I hoped.

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The two pictures above really don’t reflect the color that it turned out but you can see that there are not any major overlap marks and that it is consistent.

The photo below shows the color as it actually looks but I could only get this one small picture to give you the real look.

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Here is the finished wall.  I love the effect even if this is not what I started out to do.  Those happy accidents are always the best.

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The plywood was $12.97 per sheet and it took 6 sheets for this big wall.  The white wash used 2 cups  of cheap flat white paint.  (I know what you are thinking but it really did only take two cups of paint.)  The nice folks at Home Depot waived the 25 cent per cut fee because they were backed up and we were willing to come back to pick it up.  All in the wall took about $80.00 to complete.

This was a project that provided you have access to an air compressor and nail gun, anyone could do.

It was nice to get something accomplished this weekend.

I would love to hear from you.

Blessings,

Karen

200 Dollar Bedroom Makeover 

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Have you ever read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff?  I was an elementary teacher a long time so I relate to a lot of children’s books.  In this particular book we learn that if you give a mouse a cookie, he is going to ask for a glass of milk which leads to a straw, then a napkin… the list grows.  

My master bedroom is a lot like that book.  Mr. Math finally convinced me to get a king sized bed.  Since we were already switching from a queen sized bed to a king I thought that it was the perfect time to do a mini makeover for the bedroom.  The change in bed size meant that we needed a new headboard, bedding, pillows, etc.  Add to the new bed that a friend just gave me a load of 12 inch wide reclaimed cedar and a plan started to form.

I have had this particular picture Pinned for a long time. Viva Terra

 

I love the rustic bed, the blue bedding, and the ship lap wall behind the bed.  Viva Terra calls this particular bed Gustavian and a king bed is $2195  with a $200 delivery fee.  It is a stunning bed but the chances of me paying that much for a headboard and footboard are almost nil.  I also love my bench at the foot of the bed to put on shoes so no footboard. 

I remembered that I had see this tutorial on Remodelaholic.  Curvy Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial

 

I had also seen  this tutorial on how to make a faux shiplap wall using this plywood.  Sweet Pickins and knew it would be the perfect backdrop for the bed.

 

Well, this very rainy weekend we got the room done. The bed got delivered Monday but has been hanging out in our hallway until we could get the room makeover completed.  We did it and all in, the makeover- less the cost of the new bed, pillows, mattress pad and sheets, was  under $200.00.  As usual it didn’t go as planned, but I like the happy accidents.  I will have pictures and instructions this week. 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,

Karen

My Plans for the Guest Shed

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I am HATING and I do mean HATING having the Garagemahal shut down while the near the lake house is on the market.  It has been an unusually cold, wet winter in southeast Texas and I have been at loose ends.  It is too cold and or dark in the evenings when I come in to work on projects at home during the week and it is all about decluttering, cleaning, and moving stuff to storage on the weekends.  Oh how I hope this is all over soon.

One of the things that I can do right now is plan and dream.  After my big winfall at the clean out the barn sale, I am really thinking about the Guest Shed.  According to the tax rolls it is a little over 400 square feet.

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I know you are probably not impressed with it, but it is cool. It has a wood burning stove, hardwood floors reclaimed from a high school gym and already has plumbing. Currently it is a wood shop but it wouldn’t work for me. The enclosed space wouldn’t accommodate moving furniture in and out. There is a better space on the property already.

 Have you ever tried Olioboard?  It is fun to use.

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If you have a room you are thinking about redoing it is a great way to envision the space. I have super cool mid century chairs instead of the ones pictured, we will be building a Murphy bed that will look like a cabinet. The space will have a bathroom with a shower, a kitchenette with my farmhouse sink find in it a and cabinets already in the space.

The one room guest house is going to have bright white walls, a whitewashed turquoise wall, bright curtains. (I am thinking orange print for the curtains.) I love the site Spoonflower for fabrics. Right now these are my favorites:

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I am leaning toward the wood grain as a nod to the woods surrounding the shed.

I plan on getting a modern vinyl fouton that can double as an added bed. I think the artwork is going to be mid century-ish fish as another reminder of the lake nearby. ( I also think they are really cool.)

I found these cool images on Etsy.







 This Good Housekeeping 1959 photo is my inspiration with a more modern twist.

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I collected some colors while out yesterday and I found the cushions for the lounge chair at Lowes. They are a green print.



Now if only our lake house would sell quickly.  Fingers crossed.

I hope you all have a dry, warm, productive day.

Blessings,

Karen

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