Friday, June 29, 2012

Little Cupboard Gets New Life

This is my second  piece of painted furniture.  I found it at the flea market and paid more than I would generally, but I liked the little bugger so I had to bring it home.  The owners wanted $30.00. I got it for $20.00.

I'm not sure what to use it for now that it is all spiffed up.  CDs or DVDs  would fit.

All of the doors and trim in our condo are painted pure white so this keeps in line with that crispness .  I used a high gloss spray enamel paint this.

I lined the inside back with pale blue and white print......scrapbooking pages.

I have one more little table that will will paint white to go on the front porch but now I'm looking for something to paint a real color and distress.  Saturday is Garage and flea Market time again.   This could be fun.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bedside Table Redo

I had a great day Garage Saling a couple of weeks ago and found two beat up  tables that were crying out my name.   I have not joined the painted furniture set until I came across some blogs that spurred my interest.  Back in the 1980's I did a bit of stripping and refinishing furniture so buying wood furniture to paint was a shock to my system.  It didn't compute.   Boy, it sure does now.

So I have a couple of items to start slowly on and see how much and how far I will take it. There are so many paints types and finishes to choose now.  There are chalk paints and milk paints.  Do you distress the wear points or go for a polished new look.  Do you wax or not and if you do, is it with a light or dark wax?  I'm learning and deciding as I go.  To begin with, I'm sticking with as simple as possible.  So far, so good.

This poor thing was pretty beat up.  I asked "How much?" and the owner answered "How much will you give me?"  $5.00.........  and she took it.  I didn't expect that.  I thought I'd start low and go up, but not too far up.  It's pressed board. Not real wood, but it is heavy.

So I sanded it, filled in the holes and scratches, primed and painted it with a very light beige, eggshell finish that I applied with a skinny sponge roller. My original plan had been to refinish the top in cherry to match my bed, but, I soon discovered, it wasn't good wood, so I had to pitch that idea.

I did use  a beige enamel spray paint on the hardware.    So, I can't say I now have a $5.00 bedside table.  No, no ,no.   I had to go to Lowes to buy primer, paint, spray paint, and rollers.  I'm $60 into all that.

But, I still have the other table/cabinet to show you tomorrow and I just bought another small table for my porch for $3.00.   I think I'm getting the hang of this.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Back From Florida

I'm back from my Florida St. Pete/Tampa trip.  I got home days a few days before all the fury of tropical storm Debby hit that area.  My cousin Kelly and family live in Tampa and on a higher elevation  than some areas, so she has been texting me that they have no flooding..

The first two days we were there, though, we spent at the most adorable "Old Florida" style guestrooms in St. Pete's on Tampa Bay.  Exactly! That's where all the rain has been for days.  I hope our little oasis is safe.

First, I have to share this photo.  I have said many times,  that I am not a good flyer, but I'm first at the gate to go.  This is the seat across the aisle from me on my Delta Connection flight into Atlanta.  Nothing like seeing Delta Duct Tape holding the armrest on for reassuance is there?

The units we had were one bedroom/one bath (to the left) with a connecting door (to the right) to the next unit.  Cousin Kelly, her daughter Kate and her Mom Sylvia shared one and my sister,  Judy and I shared the other.  It was perfect.

Those huge buildings on each side of this little bit of paradise are condos. 

Condos with no balconies facing the beach.  This view shows, from the beach, how massive these things are.  Why would you build condos on such expensive land with no balconies?  I think the next question is why would you buy one?    Do you think they are that much less expensive, due to the lack of a balcony, compared to others with one?  You can tell I'm a bit puzzled by that.

The reunion was a great success.  We had not been together in at least 25 years and we all got along like no time had passed.  It's so nice to have them back in my life again.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Random Thoughts

I'm in the midst of washing laundry and packing to leave for Florida in the early AM tomorrow but I've had a couple of things bumping around in my head.

1.  Whatever happened to Kitty Bartholomew?   Her motto was "It's not what you have. It's what you do with what you have."  Before there was Martha Stewart, there was Kitty.

I was fascinated with that gray streak in her hair.  That's how my gray started but I didn't have her "own it" philosophy, so I colored mine.   I liked her.  Wonder where she is now.

2.  I DVRed Dallas last night.  I haven't watched it yet.  Is anyone else watching because we missed J.R., Sue Ellen and Bobby?  I, for one, loved those big shoulder pads and the sequins that were forever present.  No, I know I'm not going to see those again.  OK, maybe a little glitter when it comes to the Cattle Barons Ball. Right?    Bobby and Pam were my favorites, back in the day.  I'm sorry she is not included in this one too.  From articles I have read (which said she chose not to be a part of then interview) it seems there may have been a little dissension there.  I'll miss Pamela Ewing.

3.  The DOJ is not going after John Edwards anymore.  Good.  Big waste of $$$ I think.  There are far worse criminals out there.  Go after them.  We all know this one is a scum bag.  He has already lost the lone thing most important to him. His reputation and his career.

4.  Remember when wearing a full white slip was a must do thing?

Nobody wore one better than Liz in  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  I haven't worn one in decades.  A half slip occasionally, but not a full one. If a dress or skirt was heavy and not a see through thing, I didn't wear any slip.  Ladies, did you keep your slip?

I hear my dryer shut off. Time to go.  Do you have a random thought rolling around in your head too? If so, what is it?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

1970's Variety Shows

Back when I was a young woman ( had to change that from teen once I looked it up because the song I liked was from 1972), I have warm memories of watching variety shows, in the evening,  with my mother.    I didn't leave home until I got married (for the first time - which was in '72 as well, I think.  I really have wiped that memory out.)  

We watched Tom Jones wiggle and gyrate those hips and Mac Davis crooned.Wikipedia says his  show ran from 1974-1976 so this was during the chaos that was my first marriage. Believe me, I needed quiet time with Mom.

 Tom is still around but Mac pretty much drifted away.  Terry and I saw Tom Jones in Las Vegas in the early 90s and he was still doing the same thing.  There is just something wrong with a middle aged man doing hip thrusts!

Mac, I would say, was more successful as a song writer than a performer.  He wrote, Elvis's  In The Ghetto, A Little Less Conversation, Memories, and Don't Cry Daddy.    He wrote for many other artists as well. 

On stage, Mac was low key and easy to watch.  You wonder what makes some artists continue on and others fade away.  Maybe he wanted to retire.  I, for one, missed him.

This is still a great oldie for a sing along.  After listening to the lyrics all these years later,  I think, you dog you!  Funny how life experiences influence your opinions  on past events.

I do remember "the scandal" when his second wife Sarah left him for Glen Campbell.  Mac, according to Wikipedia,  was born in 1942.  He met Sarah after his divorce from his first wife when she, at 16, and living in his apartment building with her mother.  They were married in 1971 when she was 18, until 1976 when she traded him in for Glen.    That would have made him about 29 and her 18....  but 16 when they met.  Oh, Good Grief! 

Is there a singer or an actor that is no longer active that you miss?  Someone that faded away, rather than died. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Catch Up Time

Wow!  I had a migraine for 2 days, Monday and Tuesday, so I feel like I've lost a least one of those days.  I had errands to do to get ready for my trip to Tampa, leaving next Friday morning.  I got my hair trimmed, went to the bank to get money, had to get some new underwear, important stuff.  I'm only going to be gone for 4 days.  You'd think that wouldn't take much planning.

I did come across a couple of great tables to refinish in my garage saling on Saturday.  I've started sanding them.  I'll post before and after pics when I get finished with those.  I have been reading a lot of Repurposing and Refinishing blogs so I am inspired now.  We'll see how long that lasts.  When we sold our house and moved here, Terry sold all of his woodworking equipment too.  So, all I have are the basics to work with.  Plus, living in a condo, there is no room for extras.  That's probably a good thing.

I will share a funny thing though.   On Saturday as Terry and I were driving around Garage Saling, an old song came on the radio.  It was Vince Gill's " Look At Us"  about a couple that have weathered the storms and the years together. So I  said"  That's a good song for us isn't it?"    Terry paused, and answered, " Any time your life can be a country song, it's not a good thing."  

In our 30 years together, we have been through some stuff, I can tell ya, but that was funny.  I think laughter has been responsible for getting us through a lot of it too.

All of you that have been through the years and the stuff together know what I mean.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Garage Sale Finds

I have been meaning to share my great garage sale finds from 2 Saturdays ago.  On Saturday mornings Terry and I check to see if there are any sales in our area, that look interesting, so we go armed with a list of addresses and with Ginny (our Garmin is a girl).  After the garage sales we go to the flea market and see what goodies we can find there.  Last week was a book week.  I came home with a "green" grocery bag full.

Most weekends we don't get much of a score but 2 weeks ago we hit the jackpot on art.

This one is going over my bed. It's pretty heavy so it needs some strong support behind it.   It is 32' x 36'.  I got it for $40.00  

This is a water color of Bud and Mary's Marina on Islamorada, one of the Florida keys.  No, I've never been there (to that island... I have been to Key West on a cruise) but now I have a reason to go.  Nothing like buying souvenirs before you go.   It is 19" x 21"  and was $2.00

Lighthouse at Lookout Point, North Carolina is not to far from where I live.  It's a watercolor that I got for $1.00.   It's about 10" x 12". The watercolors still have gallery stickers on the back of them.

The last one here was a signed and numbered print for $2.00.  I don't really have a room that a barn would fit in, but Terry liked it  so maybe we can find a home for it somewhere.  He had a hard time saying "no" for $2.00.  

That's a hard Saturday to top but you just never know where you'll find another treasure.
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