Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Weekend Finds.

So, even though I was invited to go to a local antique fair last weekend, I had a ton to do around the house.You know, the house with the 30-yr mortgage and 30 years of work to do.

Anyway, I continued working on the entry of the house. Filling holes, priming, first coat of Kilz London White Hi-Gloss paint. Painting the ceiling tongue and groove boards (I think the primer is dry enough - considering I primed months ago! - I get sidetracked very easily!!!). I mixed up some of Phillips' home office wall color - Kilz Dipped Chocolate (oh so delicious!) with a bit of cream (same sheen, same formula) and a couple drops of black to come up with the upper wall color. I went to match it at Wally World, and come to find out, it's very, very close to a color called Caraway Seed. So there you have it. Caraway Seed. Kind of a dark taupe.


The walls are smooth drywall instead of textured like the other parts in the house. That way, I could "cheat" the look of the wainscoting with paint. I ran out of paint, but have a fresh new gallon to continue with. I'll be adding lots of coats so there will be a "build-up" like an old house would have. Remember, I'm trying for a 1930's farmhouse/cottage look. I actually LOVE the paintbrush lines. None of that sprayed smooth perfection for me!

I'm not done yet. Still have to cut more trim boards. There will be one more layer of trim running on top of the 3" wide trim board. Trim out the window. Trim out the front door (inside) and the interior passage door. Cut baseboards. Install the flooring. Purchase a light fixture or ceiling fan - haven't decided yet. Install the plugs and light switches (I WON'T be doing that part! Me's afraid of electrical!!! I don't care how many how-to books I own!!!)




















After I ran out of London White, I went outside and played around with some of the retaining wall cap stones.

These are just waiting for cutting and installation, but you get the idea. Still need to order the stone veneer for the wall, but I like where it's going. Way better than the booger-pond that was there when we bought the place. I really need to be scrapbooking this transformation, cause, somedays it feels like we aren't doing anything and then when I really look around, WOW! We've done a TON!!!


 
Can't wait to be onto the landscaping next year!!!!

OK. To continue my weekend finds story....

I didn't go to the antique fair, but I did go to a couple of yardsales.



A really cute cream platter and a real metal matchstick holder. I'm torn about the matchstick holder. Should I leave it vintage or repaint it?


Two matching silver stands. Again, repaint black to hold pumpkins? Cream? Or leave the silver patina???


















Cool galvanized feeder/waterer??? Not exactly sure. But, the whole bucket-type cylinder comes off and it has a little dish on the inside. Not sure what I'll use it for, but I love me some galvanized.

I got the red cooler this weekend. Love the red color. May make a great porch planter. Got the green one a few months ago for a song! I think together I paid $10!


Ok. So, it's not like I need another lamp, but I can envision this one painted white with a cute little metal number hanging on the shade or something stenciled over it. What'd you do? The paint is gonna cost me more than the lamp!


DUCK!!! Yep. A carved wood duck. Not a duck collector or anything, but he just called quacked out to me. $.50.

Oh, it was a good day of hunting. I got SO much more, but I think you're probably tired of reading today's post already....So, I'll post more tomorrow...

Good day!

9 comments:

Sherri S said...

I'm a brown kinda gal myself when it comes to paint colors. I just painted half of my hall in a taupe color too. Love the white platter, feeder and can't wait to see what you do with the lamp and duck!

jeanne said...

All I can say is you are a busy girl and very brave to take on all those projects. It is looking good. I can't wait to see it all finished.

Your bargain finds are great. I would be undecided too about paint colors and or not to paint. Make a POWER decision and go with it. It looks like you have great ideas.

Hugs...Jeanne

Shannon said...

Looks like you had some great finds!

Sherri S said...

Thanks for stopping by to see me! ;-) oh and my brown walls. LOL The barn photo is local! and I took the photo, but my teen daughter photo shopped it for me. Teens are SO much wiser with technology. She is teaching me all kinds of things!

Shannon said...

You are welcome. Oh, how I wish I lived on the mountain side.. Maybe someday, or maybe a vacation house.. when I get my head out of the clouds. If you choose to participate in the Posh Porch, it can be anything Autumn related as well, not just Halloween, and not just the porch. Maybe the door, stairs, or windows.. or something outside near the entry. :-)

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Ooooh SOOO love those silver trays! (stopping by from Reinvented)

Leah@Storybook Ranch said...

That matchstick holder reminds me of the one that was in my grandparents house. I might leave it as is, if it looks good in your home.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Wow you got some great bargains!! those old coolers are great-

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Those are some great finds! I would leave the silver stands alone. I've seen a lot of painted silver lately, but I would only resort to it if the piece is badly tarnished or really dated. Those are lovely. The vintage matchstick holder if great, too. If you have a lot of red & white going on, I'd leave that alone as well, but it would look cute painted. Whatever works in your space! Great finds and thanks for sharing. Come visit my blog when you get back...

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