Welcome to my crazy life! I love to refinish and re create on a dime. Join me in this adventure creating beautiful in your home. I live in South Western Ontario, am married to the most amazing man (he has to be amazing to put up with all the "junk" I bring home) Together we have 4 GREAT adult kids, one daughter in law ( I couldn't have asked for a better woman for our son) and I'm Oma to the cutest and brightest little boy. Yes I'm biased!
When the kids were little I used to decorate and make costumes and take pictures, leave a bowl outside on a chair and hoped the "honour" system worked (it did!) and take the kids out from house to house.
Now I seldom decorate since I never know if I'm going to be here at home or at the cottage.
This year I'm home.
I love seeing all the costumes and hearing what the kids say.
One year I wore my jammies and a kid didn't say trick or treat he just looked at me and asked rather loudly "are you wearing your pjs?" His father was soooooooo embarrassed! LOL I just laughed and said, why yes I am :)
I hope I hear some cute things tomorrow as well.
At some point in the evening, before or after the kids come by, I'm going to be saying goodbye to the wardrobe I finished.
I was blessed enough today to have my husband by my side. :)
I seriously can't wait till he "retires" so we can spend every day together!
I know all day every day might scare some, but not us. We can work in the same space without bugging each other. We can take short trips "to town" or just relax...ok the relax thing is something I'm working on, but we can do it together.
He's really getting into this whole furniture things and loves helping me out. Today was no different. He has been working on getting a couple of doors together and I hope to share it all before the end of the week.
While he was working on that, I managed to knock off two projects. One I'll share today and the other I will share on another day.
I came across a library table similar to this
I apparently don't have a "before" picture. I get so mad at myself for no before pics sometimes.
I stripped it down. Stained the top painted the bottom and then let it sit.
It just didn't seem right.
so it sat
Finally a light bulb went off in my head and I knew that it needed more.
Something to set this apart from the crowd.
I looked at all my old pictures and came across this.
It's a Harlequin dresser I did. You can read about it HERE
I liked the shape of the design, but wanted to kick it out of the park.
And I came up with this.
I did the design. Actually I was a little ticked off that the taping off took more time than the painting. Reminded me of thanksgiving. SOOOO much work for something that is eaten in no time..lol
But like Thanksgiving, it was so worth the effort!
All of this is totally original.
But paint doesn't hurt it even a little bit, along with a bit of glazing.
A bit of distressing and more stain and it's all ready to go!
It's getting cold out there and I'm not happy about that.
But I'm really happy to have my daughter home for a week. She is in her final semester at college and this is her reading week.
I haven't gotten to spend as much time with her as I had hoped. Apparently she has "friends" who want to see her as well.
This is what I get for dedicating my life to raising kids...they seem to think it's ok to grow up and move on with "their" life!
Seriously I love her, and am blessed with all my kids.
Life goes in cycles doesn't it?
Each stage in life has a time and a purpose.
A while back I blogged about how I came to redo a Hoosier. Read it HERE
As part of this deal, I had an antique wardrobe come into my possession. The couple were/are in the process of clearing out her grandmothers old farm house. They are redoing the whole thing and will be living there themselves. I love when a home continues in a family!
When we were going through the house the husband said something about an old wardrobe in pieces. My heart started beating just a bit faster. The wife said to her husband "oh no Stan, she wouldn't want THAT old thing"
I didn't want to push, but I did say I would love to see it.
I wish I had taken a picture of it in an old dirt floor garage where it had been living for who knows how many years. Covered in dust and in pieces.
These pics were taken AFTER we had already started the repair on it.
But obviously before I had a chance to clean it out (I left the mouse nest behind before I loaded it up in my truck)
I love that it is antique, love the shape and size and love that it's going to be useable again :)
See all the bits and pieces? Drool over the fancy front!
But what a pile of work. I took that front and all that detail came off, stripped, sanded it (by hand) and replaced.
Ohhhh I can't wait to finish it.
Still a ways to go, but oh my it's going to be pretty!
It's sad, not sad as in frowning. Sad as in rip my heart out sad.
You see, here in South western Ontario it's the middle of October and I've come to the realization that we aren't going to get really warm days anymore this year. As I sat shivering this morning and early afternoon getting the Hoosier finished I admitted to myself that this will be the last piece to see my cottage workshop till Spring.
I love the cottage. I love the workshop I have here. I love it with every bone in my body, and I glory in the time I spend here working.
But it's time
Time to close up shop and move everything left home.
Where it's warm.
So lets see just a few of the things I've done here this spring, summer and fall.
This wonderful Sideboard!
The Barn Board Table
This amazing Cabinet
And the teal Desk
A wonderful Buffet and hutch
This creamy dresser
These wonderful Side tables
This wonderful tall dresser
An amazing desk
This duncan Phyfe side table
Antique wash stand
American Empire Desk
Round coffee table
Mid Century Sideboard
Mid Century Buffet and hutch
Eastlake table (for my husband)
Round table (For my hubby)
Headboard and bedside table in pink
Office table from record holder
Two tone dining set
Mexican bedside table.
Ohhh there are more, but these are my favs.
It's been a good summer. I loved it.
Sadly packing up. But at the same time I'm looking forward to all the exciting pieces I'll be working on at home.
Can I just move south? pack everything up and open shop where there is no snow?