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Quick Home Office Makeover

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The one room that has been totally neglected since we moved in to our suburban home is my office.  It has been our dumping ground, a storage space, and an all around under used space in our home. 

   
   
I know what you are thinking, and you are right.  What a mess!

When I changed jobs recently the need for a home office became critical.  I am currently sharing a really small office at work and I need a quiet place to get some of my tasks done.  

As the closing on our property has been slow Mr. Math and I  came up with a plan to deal with one of the things that have piled up in the office,  paint.   I just can’t pass up samples of paint in the oops bin.  I also love spray paint and sometimes forget I have a color so I buy more.   We decided to use a 6 1/2 inch space behind the door to Store all of the spray paints and samples that I have.  I think that having them all in one place may stop me from buying more than I need…I hope anyway.

Mr. Math installed white brackets from Home Depot that were under $2.00 each and bought the plastic coated shelving.  He did have to notch around the door trim.

I am getting a ton of storage out of unused space here.

   
   
While the shelving unit went up, I sorted though my closet and made it more organized.  I donated a few loose items, and cleared the trash.    Believe me folks, this is organized in my world. 

  
A new rolling cart from Aldi will be where I keep the things currently. Getting worked on.  Check out the Wednesday ads for Aldi, folks.  They have some cool things that randomly pop up.   My vinyl cutter also now has a home that makes sense. 

  
The best part about the makeover were the curtains.  $29.99 for a pair of 96 inch long lined curtains from Homegoods.  I had to buy two sets but for $60.00 total they pack a punch.  

   
   
Everything else in the room came from around the house.

I added in some of my favorite sayings and an old drop leaf pine table tat can will be pulled out for projects and I rearranged.  All in this quick makeover was just over $100.00.  

  
   
I have more “S’s” but this weekend I couldn’t seem to put my finger on them.  They will be added to the wall as they turn up. 

 
A friend made this awesome sign doing a particularly tough time this last year and I love that I can see it when I walk in from the laundry room.

  
I hope you had a productive weekend.

Blessings,

Karen

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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

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 

   

When Furniture Finds Its Way Home

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A sweet couple that used to live across the street from us moved to Hawkins, Texas- population 1278.  When they moved they sold me their farmhouse table.   They just did not think that they had room for the long table in their new dining room.   I really only bought it for the legs because the top was not solid wood.  The table hung out in the Garagemahal for months, and I do mean months.  It was heavy and had to be moved any time that I was working on a project so I started to think I just needed to get rid of it.  I decided just to paint it all out and sell it.  I mentioned on Facebook to my friends that I was going to be selling the table and guess who responded that she wanted it?  The original owner!  As soon as I started on the table, a friend gave me two chairs and a bench that I knew would be joining the table.  They we’re a mess, but wood.

I also had four other chairs hanging out in the Garagemahal that I bought for a song at Canton.

Do you like mixing and matching chairs around a table as much as I do?  I love painting mixed chairs the same color.    All in my friend ended up with a table that seats 8 for her dining room.  The fabric on the chairs is young and fresh, just like my friends.

  

I love the Behr sea salt bottom and the revival mahogany together on the table but next year when our life is a little slower I would like to change out the top for a stained solid wood top.

  

My buddy waited a long time to get her table and chairs (like since November)  but this past Saturday I got the chance to go and visit their little bit of heaven.

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I love the dark mustard walls with the upholstery.

They call their home the Crooked T Ranch, I think it is charming.  I am smitten with her sunroom/craft room and her bathroom has an original fireplace and chandelier in it.

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A Bench From Bits and Parts

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Well operation trash to treasure went well this weekend. A year ago I bought four sets of headboards/ footboards for $12.00.  One of them ended up on my front porch.  One ended up as a gift for a friend.

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The one that ended up being mine is partially assembled here.  The others are in the background.

The last two have been hanging around the garage ever since. The double bed one was a mid century teak veneer headboard that had a broken leg and the twin set was mostly that not real wood, you know the stuff…sawdust and glue with contact paper on top covering it all, except the four bedposts which were cannon ball style solid wood spindles. It was the grossest piece of junk in the garage. Mold was even growing on the swollen wood like substance. Mr. Math has seriously asked to get rid of that particular set more than any other piece in the garage. I just kept thinking inspiration would strike.

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Finally, it came to me…marry the best of both sets to make one bench.

The bench is going on our lake house front porch . It is going to be a functional seat to put on or take off shoes. No bells, no whistles, no arms… Just painted wood with stained slats for seats.

I came up with the idea of using the bed posts in the moldy set upside down as the legs of the mid century set. The curvy legs add to the straight lines and cutting the footboard in half horizontally allowed more of them to show.

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I decided to do slats for two reasons; I like the way the stained slats look and leaving little gaps between them will allow for rain and dirt to fall through.  Here they are all cut, sanded and ready for stain.  Minwax Jacobean stain is my go-to stain for a dark color.

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After staining this collection of mismatched boards from the scrap pile looks more uniform.

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If you know me, then you know the steps to getting paint on a piece.  Sand the flat places, use liquid deglosser on the curves and gooves, prime it all with Zinser primer.

I feel like I say this a lot lately but seriously, the weather is just not my friend right now.  Here are photos of the 90% completed bench.  I SOOOO very much wanted it to be out on the porch when the realtor showed up, but alas, no luck with the weather allowing me to finish.

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Here are the photos of the bench all put together.  There are two boards that need painting and it needs a good coat of Poly before going on the porch.  This bench out of bits and parts will probably end up being one the most used benches we own.  I am going to make rolling crated to go under it for shoes.

I would love hearing from you.

Have a great day,

Karen

Making a Standing Chalkboard

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We are clearing out the Garagemahal as we prepare to put our beloved Star Hill on the market. I am getting pressure from Mr. Math to get rid of the hoard. My collection of odd bits and parts, Doo dads, rusty metal, and miscellaneous hardware needs a new home. Mr. Math would be fine with the new home being the trash.

Not this girl.

Saturday morning I stood in the hoard and started looking at what I had to work with. I decided to make a standing chalkboard/ message board. (They need a better name and I am open for suggestions.) In fact while I was at it, I figured I may as well make six of them for the ladies at craft night.

I pulled out a set ls spindles from a table the social planner and I got off the road one day. It was a wreck when we got it but the spindles were solid wood so I saved them.

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I pulled out my stash of hardware. I have quite a collection of odd handles, knobs and bits. Some of them I buy for pennies at thrift stores, garage sales, or ReStore but most come off pieces I redo and change the look.

I had a can of spray chalkboard paint in the cabinet. I have to admit that the spray chalkboard paint is not my favorite, but it works.

I grabbed two sections of 1X12 pine board that were shelves an a section of 1X1 moulding and a 2X6 board for the project.

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My sweet husband cut all the spindles down to the same size and then used the drill press to put a hole in the center of each top for a screw to go in.

I played with the parts until I came up with a plan.

I cut the pine board, the 1X1 moulding, and the 2X6 into 6 inch segments each.

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The assembly process took both Mr. Math and me working. The steps were to connect the spindle to the 2X6 with wood glue and a screw, then connect the 1X1 to the other end of the spindle with a screw in the center.

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Two screws at each end of the 1×1 went into the 1 inch width of the 6 inch section of the 1X12,

A little wood glue, wood filler, and a quick spray of primer unified the four sections.

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The whole thing got primed, painted with sea salt, then heavily distressed and glazed.

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I then taped off a chalkboard rectangle on each board then spayed them.

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While the chalkboards were drying, my friend the social planner helped me pick out some of the hardware and knobs to attach to the pieces.

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Do you remember the roadside end table? The handle from that piece made it onto a piece here.

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So did some hardware from my windfall.

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Once the chalkboard was dry we attached the hardware to each piece and the social planner attached a clip with E6000 in case someone wanted to use it for invitations or photos.

Here they are ready for the party.

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The cost of this entire project was what I spent in screws, wood glue and paint. I am estimating I spent $10.00 total in supplies I will have to replenish.

These would be great table numbers at a wedding or on a buffet table  Here they are lined up for craft night.

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It was nice to see the craft group enjoying their surprise.

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When the ladies came in they got to put a tag on their chalkboard.  It was fun to see the different ones each chose.

Well, what do you think?

I love hearing from you,

Blessings,

Karen

Turquoise French Provincial Furniture

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I am getting ready to show you my fabric painted teal chair with lime green legs as soon as I finish one more little item for the chair, but I realized  That out of context the chair would look a little Dr. Seuss-ish.  You still may think it does when you see it but it will fit in this room.

Just before I started blogging we did this furniture fore the Lovebirds.  They were getting ready to set up house and we wanted them to have some fun furniture.  We bought the furniture from an estate sale.  The furniture had a great story.  The children, who were holding the estate sale had all pitched in to buy the furniture for their parent’s 25th anniversary.  I don’t understand why they did not want to keep it but for $150.00 we got a great set.  I do not have any pictures of the before but we are babysitting the dresser and armoire while the lovebirds are living in far away lands.

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Right now the bedroom is a mix of our stuff and theirs.  The walls are painted Behr Ice Cube and the dresser is painted Behr Rapids.  My son loves wood as much as my daughter in law loves painted furniture.  We compromised by painting the dresser base but leaving all horizontal surfaces wood.

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The painting says Always Kiss Me Goodnight in case it is bugging you.  I painted it for them as part of their wedding gift.  In their home they have grey bedding with dark purple accents.  Our bedroom is yellow, teal, turquoise, and lime green.  Crazy huh?

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I love this mirror.  It is so pretty and well proportioned.

 

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We painted the furniture and glazed it with a dark glaze.

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The hardware on the set is so ornate.

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My son’s belongings are in this upright chest.

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The horizontal part of the armoire at the middle being left stained breaks up the armoire.

 

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I love the top.  The herringbone painting usually lives above the bed, but it looks good here, too.

We learned a lot about painting furniture when we painted this set.  I am happy with how it has held up after two years and three moves.  Before the kids get back we have a few touch ups, but not many.

The teal chair will sit in front of the giant windows.

 

Thanks for reading my blog.  I hope you take a minute to pray for my kids who are far away from home.  It has been a long few months already.

 

Blessings,

Karen

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