We had a beautiful weekend here, finally. Sunday was windy, windy enough to knock you over, but beautiful nonetheless. While I had quite a few projects to work on this weekend, I didn’t get to all of them as I spent a lot of time outdoors. And I had my first curb find of the month!
Nature is finally seeing enough warmth to come alive.
And the ice on the lake is receding.
If you look closely you can still see ice way out on the lake.
I wasn’t as happy with the little table I painted last week, so when my daughter-in-law asked why I left the sides and legs white I knew I was right, the table wasn’t finished. It is now.
With the warmer temperatures it was time to move the table outdoors and prepare the seating area under my window.
I have an extra chair that doesn’t match these two, so I moved it to the Little Cove.
Checking on the wildlife, I find that our groundhog increased the size of its entrance to its home.
I removed the cotton thread which held two blankets together, Yes I have a reason for this and will share in a couple of weeks (hopefully), and left the thread for the birds to use to make nests.
Sunday, I went into town and purchased more birdseed and a bag of peanuts for the crows. I have to save feeding the birds for the little ones so for now I simply gave the birds a little seed. Monday morning the little ones can finish filling the feeders.
Of course I did get a few jobs done indoors this weekend as well.
I started with something that really bugged me since I moved in and that was the kitchen.
I had removed one before taking the picture. One was gouged and another broken as you can see below.
Then this one was broken by me, yes it was an accident but that meant I had to now do something about these pulls.
I took Friday to head to the hardware store, before I left I received a call asking if my family could walk with me to take care of my errands. Sure, the little one’s have been missing our walks. Much to their surprise Zakk, the puppy was invited in to shop with us at the hardware store, where he received plenty of petting from workers and customers, alike.
Coming home, it was my grand-daughter who wanted to put the new pulls on. I showed her how to use the screwdriver to remove the old ones and then attach the new ones. These cost me $2.49 each and having a small kitchen, I only needed 4 which brought the total to replace at $10. Yes, making improvements in a smaller home is much less expensive.
There are still a couple more things I would like to fix in the kitchen. First is a paint job. These cabinets are a dull white and with age the edges are yellow which isn’t a pretty yellow.
The other thing that bugs me is the off-centered placement of the fake drawer fronts under the sink. You can see it here. Yes, I know I’m picky, and I’m hoping I can remove these and attach without any damage to the cabinet frame.
I then moved on to the wall lamp I found this winter in the dumpster. I had put it away until I could spray paint it, but luckily the weather didn’t cooperate before I tackled it. Here’s the before.
After removing the protective covering I felt a little bad about deciding to paint this as the base at least was in perfect condition.
I wanted a punch of color in the corner by my bed. At the moment this is what that spot looked like. This particular floor lamp, on your right, only I liked, company complained that it shined in their eyes unless I had it tipped up to the ceiling, which defeats the purpose of a reading lamp.
A neighbor was given a Cricut several months ago and made some paper cutouts she gave to me. I saw them as clutter I had to decide what to do with that wouldn’t hurt her feelings. But one of them I did like, just had no use for it….until now.
Here’s the finished lamp.
I wasn’t about to buy paint, I dug through some fabric paint I was given and came up with this color, crimson. It dried quickly but was sticky to the touch. I wasn’t sure how well it would hold up as is, so out came the polycrylic. A couple clear coats later and it will now hold up for years.
Can you see the changes in the nightstand next to the bed? This should be finished by morning and I will share it with you, for the moment the putty is drying on the lower shelf. Here’s a better view of the corner with the lamp.
I stopped at the thrift shop and found that lamp shade for .75 which brings the total cost of changing the lamps next to my bed: .75!!
I spent a little time on one of the guitars I was asked to make over. Here’s a sneak peek, I still have some sanding left to do and then the finishing touches. When asked what I was doing with it the only thing I have given away to the owner is that his guitar will be a useful item in his home. He did ask for me to use some of the blue I used on my furry chair so one decision was made for me.
Here’s my latest find. It was sitting out for trash pick-up. The front is extremely wet, but the rest is solid.
The front was so wet the 4 layers of paint peeled right off in spots, which is good because I wanted to remove the paint to allow the wood to dry and on wet wood sanding isn’t a good option.
I expect it will take at least a week before it is dry enough to be sanded and restored.
We did have one disaster this week. Do you remember the guitar pick guard I attached to the wall to protect the wall from further damage from the door knob when the little ones open the door? Well, it took a week, but my grandson opened the door hard enough to crack the plastic! I’m not on the lookout for something a little sturdier. Gotta love kids. :-)
So all this and some quiet time to read was my weekend. How was your weekend?