Can you believe that when our ranch house was built in 1977, they installed hardwoods and then carpet right on top? My contractor hubby Steve says that was common back then. We found out about the hardwood ages ago after I chose and paid for new carpet. When the installers arrived and started pulling up the old carpeting – voila! There it was. Darn it. Flash forward and it’s time for a new flooring option. So we decided to pull it all up and I am sharing how to remove carpet on top of hardwood floors in four steps.Continue reading
My sweet Dad was stationed in the Air Force in Texas during World War 2. Now, he is in heaven playing a round of golf wearing his plaid pants and paisley shirt. For as long as I can remember he had this ammunition box, which hubby Steve says is from the Korean War based on the markings. I have no idea where Dad got it. See the Wikipedia description below.
When we moved from Massachusetts to North Carolina, Dad’s box hung in his little workshop, stuffed with tools and gizmos.
Flash forward to 2021, 30 years after Dad passed away. Purging all kinds of stuff from the attic recently, I uncovered the ammo box. Finding it was like a jolt of sweet goodness for me. I could swear it smelled like Dad’s pipe and aftershave.Continue reading
Last Saturday was a gorgeous, crisp fall day, full of unknown possibilities. I made a snap decision to ride over to the Chartreuse barn sale all by myself to wander. My goal: find a giant letter L for our daughter. You guessed it. No letter L. However, I spied a long architectural salvage piece thinking it was a unique crusty mantel, and that it would blend nicely with our rustic furniture and Moroccan rug.Continue reading
A Christmas tree box is all the rage this year, and I was so excited to make one. We have three adorable rescue kitties, and a tree skirt is always doomed under our tree. So, hubby and I made this large box from his contractor wood scraps and my leftover project stencil, paint, and stain. When the holidays are over, it will be repurposed as a planter or even a firewood box in the den.Continue reading
What in the world is this mess, you ask? It is our ugly paneled den wall – see the tiny bit of paneling showing through – that has been coated with a joint compound plaster finish, then painted twice over time. It might have looked good if the grooves in the paneling had been filled in properly. But no, someone named me did not know better ages ago before I became a professional, trained, decorative painter. (On the right you can see where we began sanding off the joint compound.)Continue reading