Tuesday, November 22, 2011


A painted filing cabinet for Liz's great room

Yes, there is one more item to show from all the projects completed in my close friend, Liz's great room... click hereherehere and here to see all the posts on what we have accomplished thus far!

Well, I haven't shown you her filing cabinet.
Imagine this cabinet to be your basic light maple wood  two drawer filing friend.  
Very practical, very necessary but an eyesore. 

A little black paint, 
a little red paint and some stenciling,
some sanding and waxing and voila!:
Isn't it cute? 
By placing two of her painted ladder back chairs either side of it and setting a chess board on top it now also plays the role of  game table!
It's nice isn't it?

Monday, November 7, 2011


Although you have already seen these chairs in a couple of my previous posts featuring the new dining room wall colors this past summer see here and my fall vignettes see here, I thought I would create a post just for them...especially with the holidays coming up .

Anyway, here is our dining room set prior to the transformation. It is a basic, solid oak table that has several leaves which is ideal for family get togethers.
The day I painted my kitchen mantle, 
I grabbed one the of the dining armchairs and gave him a quick coat as well. I loved the way he looked and immediately placed him in the hearth area where he popped against the brick back ground.
So late in August, I dragged all six of the the armless chairs out to the garage and proceeded to clean, sand, wipe, paint, sand some more, and finished them off with two coats of polyurethene.
..trying to hide the doggie gnaws and bites....
and here too....
Here's the culprit....caught napping....and she only chewed when she was a puppy ....thank goodness!
So here you can see the end result. I like how the black chairs "ground" the space. 
Now I still have the armchair to paint before Thanksgiving!!

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It's been a long time since my last post....I admire all of you who can keep posting and run a household and take care of family and run a business and still find the time to take photos, prepare blogs and keep us entertained with them!  Miss Mustard Seed is one of them....she is truly amazing...

Okay ready? This is a long post so bare with me....
We custom designed and built our home 10 years ago. 
Here it is...
If you like the European country style then you will love it. It is truly a personal home designed for our family and taste.... Here are views the back, as well as one from the 17th tee box.
                             We also own a lake house that is situated just a couple of hours north of here on Big Turkey Lake....
We built it in 2008 and love it!
Here are views of the front and back views of the lake with fire pit and boat!
We take care of both the homes ourselves....all the outside work, grass cutting, edging, flower beds, mulching, all of the inside cleaning, cleaning and cleaning!
 Fishers home: 11000 square feet. 7 bedrooms, 5 baths and 2 1/2 baths, full basement, living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, laundry, breakfast and sun room.....
View of the formal living room

Lake house: 2500 square feet. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths,  loft area, living room, dining, kitchen, laundry, screened in porch.
View from stairwell of living room and dining area.

My husband is retired, I work as Stager for the Marchant Keller Williams Team and a couple of other agents in our area.

We have both houses on the market. Yes, we do have too much real estate to take care of!
We love the lake house but we built it thinking we would successfully sell our large permanent home quickly and be able to move into a smaller, less maintenance home etc. But with the housing market the way it is that has unfortunately not happened. 

I apologize for such a long post..!!! If you are still here and reading I really hope you will join me in this journey. Your blogs have given me so many ideas and have inspired me to move forward with projects that I have put off for ages....

Thanks for your time,

Tuesday, November 1, 2011



Liz wanted a fresh look for her dining chairs. Painting the set was not a choice so  I suggested recovering the chair seats and making some covers for the backs.

The chairs are fairly petite. Not wanting a busy look we talked about linens and drop cloths and burlap. Liz produced some old linen monogrammed napkins that had belonged to her great grandmother. And I took them home and started brain storming. 

Now I can sew but have never made slip covers before so this was quite the learning experience for me too...

I decided to keep things simple. I had some complimentary stripe fabric on hand in two different tones, one a dark stripe and one a tan stripe and used them to add a little color and interest to each chair. 
For the seat, I used some drop cloth (washed twice and ironed) and sewed on a large band of the dark stripe material.
For the backs, I decided I wanted to use the napkin embroidered initials as well as the stripe material. I cut out the monogram part of the napkin
 and sewed it the center of the one of the sides of the slip cover.
I then took the stripe material and sewed a band to the top  of the chair cover and added a wooden bead from a piece of trim.
And here is a dark stripe chair with the back facing forward
Liz had one armchair that required a little different cover.
I basically left the sides open and added some stripe fabric to the sides. Then I made ties out of extra drop cloth fabric and attached them so that they tied under each arm.
Turned out great didn't they?
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