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    Added a few potted plants to the porch. Hellooooo spring! Excited to add plants throughout the property. This kid and his red pants (a birthday request) brighten my days. He loves those pants so much he sneaks them out of the dirty laundry to change. Old door gets a new view. Now to figure out the trim.

Going for the Gold

Hey there, everyone and happy Friday!  After a week of sick kids (and now I’m getting the same cold) I’m really ready for a weekend.  While the boys have napped, I’ve worked several gold items into our house.  Some serve a purpose and others are face lifted items we already had.  Here’s one that is super useful to me:


A stump, slit cut in the side (using a hack saw), then gilded with Antique Gold Rub’n Buff.


Is now a handy recipe card holder in the kitchen.  But it can also display a picture or store recent important receipts or coupons.


While I had the Rub’n Buff out, I used it on a plain white tray.  Eyeballing it, I taped off a design and used a scrap of old t-shirt to buff gold over the rest.


Hello fun little tray!


I shall use you to control our remotes.


Because I couldn’t stop there, (addicting much?) I covered over the flourescent orange ends of this little timer.  They boys got a few from the dentist, so one is living on the guest room bookshelves.


Odd, I’m developing an hour-glass collection.  Perhaps to go along with my recently discovered owl turned doorstop group.

After my Rub’n Buff binge, I moved on to gold spray paint.  Because why not?  I used most of the can for another project.  Rather than store the little left, I sprayed this little succulent planter:


And my perpetual calendar box.


Five rooms got a touch of gold in the past week.  Midas touch, I’ve got it.  Ha.  What’s your latest addiction?  Gilding everything in sight?  Hour-glasses?  Owls?

The Gross Kind of Popcorn

Gross popcorn certainly does not come from the movie theater.  Or in the cheddar cheese and caramel mixed bag at Costco.  Oh no, those are delicious.  The gross popcorn plagues hundreds of thousands of homes across America.  An epidemic especially in homes built between 1970 and 2000.  We’ve got it, maybe you do too?  In an effort to rid ourselves of the dreaded popcorn, I moved the boys’ bedroom furniture into the guest room.  Leaving me with an empty room ready for popcorn removal.


Of course I had to move the guest furniture out before that.


Because I was alone in the moving process, I dragged the mattress and box spring across the hall to our room.


Three rooms affected by the dreaded popcorn.  Yes, all that to say goodbye to this:


Yesterday I did something I’d never done before.  After wrapping the room in Dexter-ish plastic, I scraped popcorn off a ceiling.


Guess what?  It wasn’t hard or bad.  In fact, it was satisfying.  Watching the ugly peel off, leaving behind a near paint-ready ceiling.  Which gives me a boost of confidence to get our larger room done, too.  For those with a popcorn ceiling problem, I’m working on a removal tutorial right now.  Something to look forward to next week.

So tell me, do you hate popcorn ceilings?  What’s the worst wall finish?

Quick Quilt

So, I made a quilt.  And it didn’t take that long.  About 10 total hours, from cutting to using.  After trying and disliking a small patterned bedding, I searched the internet for a more simple, but still colorful quilt.  This Pia Wallen Cross Blanket is awesome, but also expensive.

Then I saw this Polly blanket.

Perfect colors to tie in with the elements of the guest room.  White like the trim, gray to match the doors, yellow for the walls, blue like the headboard and dresser, and green accents.  But I couldn’t find a price or a place in the US selling it.  Instead, I used this as inspiration to make my own fabric quilt.


I bought a half yard of six different colored linen fabrics.  Light gray, dark gray, mustard, white, teal, moss, and used navy I bought for the headboard.  To maximize the fabric, I cut nine 6 by 16 rectangles of each color, keeping the left over ends.


With all pieces cut, I started randomly arranging the colors, sewing the short ends together to make a strip.


Then I ironed each strip before sewing two together.


I continued sewing two strips together, then sewed those strips to form the front.  Once I made the front large enough, I laid an ironed flat twin sheet (five bucks at Wal-Mart) on the floor right side up.  Then my patchwork piece on top, right side down.  For a little more weight and warmth, I added a layer of white flannel on top of my patched sheet.


Before sewing, I marked my lines, then stitched along all three sides and part of the bottom.  Basically, I treated it just like an over sized pillow cover.  Once I turned it right side out, I had and front, back, and inner liner with a small hole at the bottom.  I hand stitched it shut and called it done.


Folded at the foot of the bed it adds pattern and color, and functions as a throw or a summer blanket for one person.  Handy Sammy and I are both super happy with the results.  Bonus, I’ve finally sewn a full quilt.  Every time before, I’ve made way too small pieces for my patience and skill level.  Turns out, making large pieces makes the process quicker.  Who woulda thunk it?  How about you, have you ever made a quilt?

Patterned Bedding

Whew, these last few weeks have been busy, filled with doctor and dentist appointments, visiting family, finished off with a flu-filled weekend.  Clearly some things were more fun than others.  My mom, sisters, and I did a little shopping during their visit, stopping in TJ Maxx.  I saw a blue and yellow damask quilt and bought it for the guest bedroom.


But when I got it home, I didn’t love it.  Heck, I barely liked it.


Maybe because it is too feminine for the room.  Or a busy pattern in a small space.  Was I just that used to seeing the white?


While I love the idea of a fun patterned quilt, I don’t think this one works in this setting.


Now that I look around, most of our beds have clean white bedding.  Because it’s easy?  Maybe, but white can go with anything.  What type of bedding do you use?  Do you prefer pattern or a solid color?  Would you keep this quilt?

On a Safari

Okay, this should be the last of the guest room/Handy Sammy’s room chronicles.  Why?  Because  Ben installed the trim and I got it and the walls painted.  Meaning, this room is finito.  At least for a while.  After much debate and help from you, we settled on Safari from Benjamin Moore, color matched to Glidden Duo.


Ben said the darker color, Honeymoon, looked like (and I quote) “calf scours.”  No cow poop on the walls, thank you.  Lighter Safari it is.  Though the color is a tad brighter than I expected.


Ben and I are happy with it, but more importantly, Handy Sammy likes it.  But, it is fun and warm.  Still dark enough to make the trim stand out.


Speaking of trim, I painted it off-the-shelf white Glidden Duo in eggshell.  Then gave Frog Tape a chance for redemption by taping off the trim before painting the walls.  And I cringed while doing so, because I had painted the trim the day before.  But, I also used the Duo to paint the bookshelves, and it seemed to harden quicker and be more durable than regular Glidden.


Wouldn’t ya know it, I made it through the entire painting process without one swear word.  Yes, the tape came off clean without tearing off the trim paint.  Hallelujah.  Maybe the paint and primer combo helped.  Or the lower sheen could have been a factor.  I probably pressed lighter on the tape, too.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy.  This is probably the most accurate picture showing the color as it is in the room.


Because I already had the pictures down, I filled the nail holes.  The bird, tree, and feather gallery wall fits well in the room (covering the old sconce covers), so I think I’ll rehang it.


I asked Handy Sammy his opinions but he wasn’t much help.  He said having a comfy bed and place to relax was all he needed.  What do you think?  Rehang the gallery wall, or go with something new?  What do you think of the color?


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