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Treadle Sewing Machines Become Side Tables

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This past summer I found two treadle sewing machines while out looking for a sewing cabinet to make a beverage station. Here is a hint. When you are at garage sales looking for specific items always ask the seller if they have them. When I asked about old sewing machines the man holding the garage sale remembered he had these in the back of his shop. I paid $25.00 for each machine.

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They were not identical, and I liked that about them.

The sewing cabinets were not salvageable so they had to come off but the bases. All that time in damp shed caused them to dry rot and the glue in the plywood to break down. The wood was like paper when we tried to touch it. I knew immediately that the metal bases would be night stands in our lake house bedroom. I like the industrial look against the reclaimed wood wall. I originally thought I would reconnect the drawer units until Hubby found these industrial tool cabinet tops that would fit the bases and would be tough for the hard life they get at the lake, but there was no room for the side drawers.

I happen to have a collection of drawers at the Garagemahal that I knew would work as a center drawer in each cabinet. See, that hoarding pays off.

Hubby put his biscuit joiner to work and connected two 1X4 sections to each side of the top so the drawer hardware would work. He also had to cut the drawers down to make them 12 inches deep instead of 18 inches. If you have the chance, get yourself a handy husband. I recommend it highly. This was the first time he broke out this new toy, and it is great.
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I painted the 1X4 sides black to blend in with the black metal treadle base.

Baby Boy was at the lake house and volunteered to give the bases a bath.
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Why is it that the men in my life don’t smile? Could it be washing down a sewing treadle in 50 degree weather was not his idea of fun?
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I polyurethaned the metal bases with a satin finish to give the metal some richness.

We are not finished with these side tables, but I wanted to show you the progress so far. The room is coming along. The drawer is going to be distressed navy blue, and I still need to find hardware but here is one of the tables in place.
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We are nearing the end of redoing our lake house master bedroom.

Reclaimed wood wall is finished.
Door headboard is finished.
Side tables are almost done.
Window trim is installed and painted.
Reclaimed wood moulding is installed around the ceiling of the room.
I can’t wait to show you the finished project. I still have curtains, wall paint and furniture to paint but the hard stuff is done and I found the perfect quilt for the space. This room is only 10 feet wide and 12 feet long so not much to paint.

A Bench for the Foot of the Bed

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This project has been a long time in the works. A year ago, before I even considered moving to the burbs, I literally picked up these legs out of the trash at a garage sale. (I did ask first.) They once were legs for a side table and were solid wood.

I did not have a plan for them but they were too nice to be trashed.

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When we moved into our new house I knew I would want a bench at the end of our bed. The room is big and I love having a place to sit and put on shoes in the bedroom. I stalled on completing this project because I am trying to keep the cost down in decorating our room. I am way over budget in the den and guest room. (Like double my $100.00 per room budget in both rooms.) Before starting the bench I had spent about $80.00 on the master bedroom and I still have a few things to do. The holdup was upholstery foam. It is expensive. Crazy expensive. The foam for the mudroom bench tufted cushion was $32.00. A friend of my daughter told me she bought foam on Amazon, but it was still going to be $20.00 with shipping.

A trip to Ikea solved the problem. Have you ever been in the “As is” section of an Ikea? It is a great place to find what you didn’t even know you were looking for. Table legs, cabinet doors, scratch and dent furnishings, hardware…the place is fun to look around in for the unexpected. I found a huge cushion for a couch or chair marked $5.00. Plenty big enough for my bench.

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I sliced the thickness of the foam in half using an electric knife then used spray adhesive to attach it to a scrap of plywood pulled from the hoard and cut to fit, added a layer of batting then wrapped an old sheet around the foam and attached it to the plywood with my staple gun. This step keeps the foam in place and smooth while the upholstery is being attached. It has been so long on this project that I could not find a photo of the cushion or the big slice job. I will keep looking.

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In order above: sheet on bottom, then a layer of batting, then foam, then plywood

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Hubby built a frame for the bench base and attached the legs with thumb screws. The frame and legs got painted a couple coats of Behr Revival Mahogany.

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This is a cool tool. It holds the wood at a 90 degree angle so you can attach the parts.

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Here it was while we were fitting the bench top on the base. It looks like we did not have it on evenly.

The upholstery brings a little color into the room. it was $15.00 for two yards. Well it looks like I am going to go over on this room also, but not by much. The bench ended up costing $22.00. Not bad.

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I love how this looks.

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I really want to paint the wall behind our bed a darker color. I believe it is going to be Garden Wall by Behr.

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Here she is in all her beauty. Hubby wanted some color in the room. I think this fills the bill.

Reclaimed Wood Wall

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reclaimed wood wall titleI have wanted a rustic wall in our master bedroom for a while. This weekend that was the project. I first wrote about the wall in April but we are just getting the garage cleared enough that I didn’t feel guilty starting something new. #Hashtag inspired me to get moving on this long overdue project.  I actually started two projects and finished a few other small projects too.

We found this old cedar fencing on the free part of Craig’s
List. Hubby did pay the guy $20.00 to help him load it.

It has been sitting in the wood hoard since April. Here is how the project went up:

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7:30 am We set up the table saw, carried 50 pieces of wood to the porch and got busy. We have had Ole Betsy, our table saw for more than 25 years and bought her used all those years ago.

Hubby got busy “Truing up” the boards. That just means he cut the boars all exactly the same width and straight by running both sides through the table saw. He cut about a 1/2 inch off each side.

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Yes, I made him use a wood pusher but in this picture he was finished with the cut and I wasn’t able to take the picture and help him catch the wood.

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8:30 am Hubby got busy cleaning the sawdust and I carried all the boards down to the fence to clean them. This should have been step one but we don’t do easy at our house. I used the jet spray choice on the sprayer It took off the dirt but an added bonus was that it took a lot of the silvery aging off the boards. I made sure not to leave lines from the sprayer but I really liked the results. The wood looked a lot more like barn wood and less like fencing.

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9:30 am Hubby got out the compound miter saw ( chop saw) and, even though the wood was damp, he got busy cutting off the rotted ends and the dog-eared tops of the boards. That left a lot of different lengths of wood. We wanted a random pattern in the joints so we were happy with the wood left.

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10:30 am We moved all the furniture to get started, went to borrow a stud finder and level… We left ours in the burbs. We removed the

crown moulding and baseboards,

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11:00 am I decided to paint the wall behind the wood. I was concerned that the light wall would show through at knot holes or cracks. In the end, it was probably paint and time wasted, because Hubby did such a good job with the wood there were few gaps and none showed through. As soon as I finished painting Hubby marked a level line and marked the studs with tape ( I will tell you why later.)

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12;00 pm At this point we realized we only had a few nails for the 18 gauge air stapler but decided to go ahead and get started. We decided to put the row up below the window first to make sure we had that row where we wanted it and level.

Hubby manned the air nailer and called out measurements. I found the wood and cut it to length. He was able to move the tape as he went along to keep up with where the studs were in the wall.

4:00 pm We ran out of staples. Bummer. At this pint we were hot, tired and grumpy. We cleaned up, moved stuff so we could sleep bathed then headed over our friends’ house for supper.

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8:00 am Hubby went in search of nails. I cut the boards to go on either side of the window while he was gone.

10:00 am Nails were found and we could get back to work.

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Well, some of us got busy. Others conked out on the floor and made us walk over them.

The wall went up quickly and we were able to get finished quickly.

2:00 pm The wall was finished! Enjoy the finished wall. I love the color.

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Did you notice the door headboard? We finished it when I painted the French Provincial furniture, but I wanted you to see it on the wall first. It even has door knob- that it did not have when we bought it thanks to my friend, Tanis.

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We are going to have mason jar lights on either side of the door bed and I am planning to make roman shades for the windows. I am trying to figure out what color bedding. Any suggestions?

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The Guest Room Part 1

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When we moved into our burb house, I did not plan on painting the walls right away, except the front guest room. Here is how the room looked when we purchased the house.

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I am not going to talk about the paint job in the front bedroom except to say it was not my style and the color scheme wouldn’t work.  I know that the former owner worked really hard on the faux painting.

As soon as we settled in I started looking for inspiration. Here are some of the inspiration pictures I found. I hope that clicking on them allows you to go site I found it at.
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http://cultureofstyle.com/tag/white-bedroom-furniture/

http://www.houzz.com/photos/171192/Turquoise-and-Green-Bedroom-eclectic-bedroom-san-Francisco

http://serbagunamarine.com/bedroom-color-schemes-blue-girls-ideas.html

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http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/colors/decorating-with-color-expert-tips/#page=28

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http://www.bhg.com/decorating/decorating-photos/bedroom/blue/

I wanted the bedroom to be cheery but restful.
Here is what we have finished to date:
Walls painted. I love the light blue walls. They almost feel like a spa.
Empty frames painted. I found the frames at a resale shop. I spent $4.00 total on all the frames you see on this wall. The paint on the frames is all left overs from other projects. The white plates were 10 cents each at the resale shop. I glued metal soda can tabs to the back of the plates with E6000. I love that stuff.

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My bedding arrived. I am crazy about this yellowish paisley print. Target. Over budget. $90.00.

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The throw pillows on the bed are all outdoor pillows that were on clearance at Home Depot, Lowes, and Marshall’s.
Curtains hung. Hubby and I went shopping at Ikea recently. I was thrilled to find off the shelf curtains that were 110 inches long for $34.00 a pair.

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The herringbone art project done.

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I will be writing a DIY on this project. It was a fun evening project that cost less than $10.00 even factoring in the cost of the green tape.  ( I have plenty of tape to do several more projects.)$2.00 for the frame and the print that I painted over, Frog tape was $6.00 and I had to get one can of flat white spray paint for the frame. (I need to spray the frame again.) I had the other paint on hand.

The green lamp is in place. I think it is the best $2.00 I have spent in this room.

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New art work. Target. Over budget. $20.00

New lamp from Target.  $23.00.  I know, I know but the colors in the shade go perfectly with the color scheme.  Over  budget.

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I am not a huge fan of the bed frame as is and it will get painted and the posts are going to get trimmed down. I found this funky curio cabinet at a garage sale for a dollar.  Here is the before.

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Dirt Dobber nests and spiders were included for free.  A quick wash down, spray painted the frame and painted the back that amazing Laguna color I love.  I am not sure how long it will stay but I think it is a fun piece for now.  For a buck investment, It will not kill me to let it go down the road.

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I was able to incorporate the old dresser that once belonged to my grandparents, saved by my husband and completely restored.

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We have ceiling fans in our bedrooms thanks to a friend of Baby Boy and Sweet Amanda.  Don’t judge us for the fans.  I think they look ok,  It is going to be over a 100 again today here in the burbs.  In South East Texas it is miserable without air moving.

What do you think of the sort of finished room?

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Updating a Lamp- DIY

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Remember the crystal lamps I purchased, with lamp shades for $10.00 each? They part of my Goodwill purchase last week. These lamps were at one time very expensive formal living room lamps. The glass is super heavy and thick. Think old lady, formal curtains, couches you could not sit on, and trinkets galore.

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I love finding something like this because I plan on reusing them in a new setting, our master bedroom.  I need to add some color and fun to the bedroom, but I love the romance and sparkle of the lamps too.

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I thought about spray painting the cut glass, but decided to work on the brass and lamp shades instead.  My plan was to spray paint the shades a dark blue to match the darkest color in our bedding.

A trip to Target changed my mind about the shade. I found two perfect shades for $16.00 each. Great size, shape and they have a dark blueish ribbon at the top and bottom.  It seems a little crazy to pay so much more for shades than I paid for the lamps, but I love them how the shape will update the lamps in the bedroom.  It is going to be tough to stay in the budget on this room with the burlap curtains and the lamp shades but I guess it just means I have to be very creative with decorating the rest.

This is not the first, second or third lamps we have built, redone, repurposed,and even recovered a lampshade.

We have repurposed a chandelier
Redone a milk glass lamp
Made old Coke bottles into lamps
Painted several lamps

I thought I would actually let you in on a secret…redoing lamps are relatively  easy!  Here is one of the lamps up close.

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Tarnished brass and all.

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The black plastic thing keeps the wire from getting cut, then there is a nut below that to tighten the lamp.

First- flip the lamp over and look at the bottom. I had to remove a felt circle in order to get to the bolt and nut that holds the lamp together. Most lamps are put together this way. They have a tube that runs through the body of the lamp. The tube has threads at either end. Take the whole thing apart. Take pictures as you go along if it is the first time you have taken a lamp apart. You will probably need to refer to the photos when putting it back together,

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The socket part has a cover that will slide back on at the end of reassembly.  The inside of the socket connects the two sides of the wire with screws.  The bolt on the bottom was tough so Hubby had to use several tools to loosen it.

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I laid it all out and photographed just the metal part so that we could remember the order.

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A quick sand on the tarnished parts then spray paint.  I love the oil rubbed bronze.

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This is after one coat.

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After a second coat reassembly.  The wires go in the hole at the base of this one first- not all lamps do this.  then into the metal rod, then the rod into the body of this lamp.  The base was actually three separate pieces of glass stacked.  It was tricky to keep lined up so no photos.  It took both of us.

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The metal parts went back on, then the socket, then the socket cover.  I removed the lampshade bale, because the shade I bought sits directly on the socket.  No big loop over the bulb.

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Ta- dah.

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Here they are… now to dress the top of my dresser.

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This whole process was done in under an hour.

The Beast Gets Delivered

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I have named the entertainment center that my buddy, The Social Planner, bought, the beast.  It is a mammoth Thomasville set from the early 90’s.  It is 80 inches tall and all added together is over 100 inches wide.  It took two truckloads to get it into the garage.

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This is the center section.

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It was longer than the bed of the truck.

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The end, display pieces were not light…as you can see from the guys expressions.

If you follow my blog you have seen progress on an entertainment center piece that was going into my friend. The Social Planner’s new home.

Once Hubby and Larry got it all disassembled and ready to paint it along with my china cabinet covered the garage floor.

The first painting did not go well.  Just like the china cabinet, it all had to be sanded down and repainted.  Hubby helped a ton with the repainting on this monster thankfully. I decided to glaze it all on the same day.  Big mistake.  It literally wore me out.  I started at 6:30 in the morning and finished about 4:00 pm.  I was hot, tired, and filthy.  I was in bed by 7:00 pm after taking two Advil. I will never take on such a large project again.  I used Bona Floor Finish Polyurethane to seal the finish because I wanted it to be hardy enough to stand up to wear and tear.  I spread the poly out over three days in order to get everything dry before I moved on to another part.  I like the shine that that the floor finish adds.  The brass hardware was sprayed with Rustoleum  oil rubbed bronze to match the hardware in their new home.

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Picking the piece up from Garagemahal and delivering it to The Social Planner’s forever home turned out to be just as much of a challenge.  This time Larry came with reinforcements.  He brought his brother in law, Ted.  The guys loaded the two trucks, tied it down, and headed out.  Unloading was accomplished without incident, but getting it into the house proved tricky.  Remember that The Beast is 80 inches tall?  So are the doorways in The Social Planner’s home. No way to get it upright through the door and no way to lay it down and turn the corner.  Back out through the back door sliders, across the porch, and after a little modification, through their bedroom slider.

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Here it is all installed and ready to be loaded.  The bedroom looks amazing.  I love the dreamy, romantic feel of the room.  The French provincial marble topped tables turned out so well.  I love the lamps that The Social Planner picked.  They are perfect for the space.  The art is not unpacked yet, but it is going to be amazing.  The main piece will be a large watercolor painted by their daughter in law’s grandmother.  A well-known local artist.

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Here is the beast in the room!  I couldn’t resist showing you all a peek at the rest of her room.  It is not quite done but looks awesome!  I painted and glazed the side tables to match the entertainment center.  They are marble topped beauties that she got at a resale shop for $25.00.

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I love the outcome.  There are not many people I would have done this for, but I am so happy that my work is a part of their home.  I love it!  As the room gets finished I will update the photos.

Moving Update and BIG NEWS

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I started this post Monday and By George, I want to post it. Just read to the bottom where the big news is located, pretty please.

Well we have bee making steady progress on the City House as we prepare to move. We have lived in the same house for 14 years and it is amazing to me the things that we just ignored since moving in or put on the back burner when we were doing projects. I told my husband we should call this our 85% house because it seems we finish every project about 85% of the way before we lose interest or move on to another project. It has caught up with us now because all those “mostly finished” or “gonna get to one day” projects have to be done before we can start showing the home for sale. With my drive to the new job most of the work has fallen onto Hubby. So far he has replaced some Sheetrock that was damaged before we ever moved in, he has painted the garage, which had literally not been done since the home was built, and replaced leaking faucets outside. (zthe backyard in the afternoon

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connecting the plumbing

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He re-caulked the bathtub in one bath, fixed works in one of the toilets, cleaned up the back yard, painted some trim that had never been painted, and fixed a light switch. We have trimmed and weeded the flower beds, installed granite counter tops in all three bathrooms and spruced up the side yard. This week Baby Boy helped to move excess furniture and boxes to storage. I thought we would get the house on the market by Memorial Day… But I have big news. Giant news.

A friend came over to look at our home a few weeks ago. It was not a good fit for her family because she wants a big back yard, but she did like the house and told some of her friends at book club. One of them was interested and came over to look at the house.

They loved our house as much as we have. They want to buy our house! Yay. Double yay. No realtors’ comission, no keeping the house show ready for months, no worrying about the pets when the house is being shown. The couple have their house currently on the market so keep your fingers and toes crossed that this will all work out. If their home has not sold by end of July they are planning to lease their home and purchase ours anyway. Amazing right? I SURE THINK SO. Now back to my brag about how nice the city house looks in preparation for getting it on the market. Here are the photos of the clean house that should have followed the work pictures. Hooray for storage buildings. You can jam a lot of stuff in a 10 X 10 storage unit when Mr. Master Packer (aka Hubby) is packing it.

Oh! My friend who visited the house gets the pink chair I rescued from the trash as her commission. When she finds another home I have something else in store for her… she will just have to wait.

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And this is how the house looked the day before the housekeeper comes! Yippee!

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