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Progress on the House

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Right now, Mr. Math is on summer break from teaching so that means it is house renovation time at Providence Acres.

This is the third summer we have been in the house and we have made some real headway into turning the 1982 ranch house into our vision of a warm and welcoming space for us, our family, and friends to enjoy.

Our first year we ripped up the carpet, installed vinyl plank flooring, painted most of the house, and put in a mudroom, and added recessed lighting throughout the main rooms.

Last summer it was a kitchen makeover that I love, love, love. We now have bright white cabinets, a quartz counter top, and a beautiful farmhouse sink. In order to have the kitchen out of commission, Mr. Math had to put in an outdoor sink, cabinets and a slate tile counter top. Add in electrical and a grill and we had an outdoor kitchen This chick will never do dishes in the bathtub again. He did all the work himself last year except installing the quartz counter top. It was rough.

This year we took on a new challenge, adding a carport, metal roof, and enlarging our front porch. It has already changed the look of home. Mr. Math started the process moving the attach aluminum carport. I promise that one day I will tell you about that process. We did something we rarely do, we hired a contractor to do the work.

First they had to remove the existing concrete.

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They had to extend the pad to match the width of the house.

The construction has gone quickly.

The metal went on quickly. There was one small issue, they didn’t order enough metal for the porch.

The color is Mueller Charcoal

Adding a metal roof to a carport

Mueller metal roof

The progress on the underside is moving along. The cedar roof piece is done, electrical is run, cedar clad on the beams, and Hardy panels on the ceiling of the carport.

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Hardy board carport ceiling

I am loving the underside of the front porch. Bead board is being installed and will be stained and sealed.

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The progress is amazing. I am crazy about the improvement to the look of the home. It is going to be great. We already have our first party scheduled. It is going to be a 50th anniversary for our buddies on the SJ River Ranch.

Thanks for following along on our journey.

Blessings,

Karen

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My Next Projects

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Disclaimer.  This post is really my “to do” list.  It will help me to stay on track and will offer you a tiny glimpse into my teeny tiny mind.  I have  four five projects that are hanging out waiting to go to homes. The projects are really bugging me because at this time of year my energy just about all goes to opening the school year and my creative side gets neglected.

Here are the five pieces I have planned, lined up and started:

The Mid Century Dresser– I will finish this week. Drawers are stripped and sanded, ready for stain and poly. Dresser needs to be sanded, primed, painted, and poly-ed.

The dresser is going to join the night stand and headboard I already have finished. My friend has been very patient.

This is my inspiration piece for the bedroom set.

 

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Here is the night stand waiting for the dresser to join the party.

Beverage Station– we have the sewing machine out, the mechanism taken care of but we are struggling to find a sink that fits.

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This one has been tricky.  The machine has been removed, the hardware has been stabilized and we have a plan.  It is going to be Happy Camper Green with oil rubbed bronze spray paint on the metal parts.  This one needs lots of wood filler and outdoor poly to make it usable outside.

Sweet Little Girl Dresser– I got the hardware off, the dresser and drawers sanded. I am looking for two drawer pulls that match the original or we may have to re-think the pulls. It will be painted next weekend.
 

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It is going to be Behr Gray Area with a whitewash over it.
 

The Funky Dresser

Here is my inspiration dresser.  I have had this picture in the back of my mind every time I look for furniture.  I wanted a flat front smallish dresser to create something fun.

 

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The inspiration dresser will work great for the funky dresser.  I have rounded up a lot of random hardware for the dresser.  The dresser will be stripped and finished to look like Restoration Hardware weathered finish.  I am going to try being creative with one of the long drawers to make it appear to be two smaller drawers.

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Another bench- yes, I have another bench to make. It is going to be different from the others.  No photos of this one.

Hutch

The final piece will be a hutch for the top of our sofa table so that I have a place to display my milk glass.

Here is the inspiration piece.

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The hutch will sit on top of this buffet table and will look like one piece.

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It is now sanded, holes are filled, and ready for priming.  The twists will stay the wood color.  The back is going to be one by four slats stained to match the wood on top of the buffet.

I am anxious to get started on the last two projects!  They are going to be like dessert for me so I am motivated to finish the rest of the list.

I hope you have a wonderful week. I love to hear from you.

Blessings,

Karen

Wrapping Up Projects

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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I need to upholster the chairs for the dining room

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this awesome fabric

 

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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.)

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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.

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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!