We’re updating our screen porch with all fresh paint, new screens, and deep-cleaned furniture. Recently, I painted the plank floor for a second time, so instead of blue, it’s now a neutral beige. Our next project is to recondition the furniture so we can enjoy more time on the … [Read more...] about Cleaning And Re-stuffing Outdoor Furniture Cushions
This old stool has been with me for many years and even moved with me to three different cities. When it passed to me it was showing its age. However, the vinyl was intact and the legs were in good condition, so I stored it away for future attention. Recently, while looking in … [Read more...] about Refreshing A Babcock Phillips Mid-Century Modern Stool
I would say that I live a busy, reasonably typical family life. Rarely is there anything for which I need to confess. By general confession standards, this probably doesn’t qualify either. But, here it is: I’ve never been a fan of or more than slightly interested in growing, … [Read more...] about A Cactus Disaster And A Confession
Our awning looks like it has been deep inside a damp forest for years. The truth is, we live in a suburban area of the humid Southeastern U.S. Apparently, it's the ideal environment for growing lichen and moss. We are planning to do some updates in this patio area soon. But … [Read more...] about How To Clean A Lichen And Moss Covered Awning?
When I was learning to cook, I didn’t think much about the type of pan I was using. The goal, at that point, was to make something edible. Later, I learned about stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, enamel, glass, and even more. My preferred options include several of those … [Read more...] about How to Clean Tarnished Copper Pans
There was no question in my mind that, even before we decided to renovate our kitchen, we would have marble countertops! Fortunately for me, my husband had spent his early years in Europe, was accustomed to marble, and very comfortable with my preference. The classic … [Read more...] about Maintaining Marble Countertops
Have you ever worked on a project where nothing seems to go right? Yep, I’m there! We are refinishing a Mid-century Modern side table, with the popular blond finish of the 1950s. It has been sanded and bleached and it doesn’t look any better than when we started. It looks … [Read more...] about Refinishing A Mid-century Modern Side Table – Done!
The project to refinish our Mid-century Modern side table is going on and on! Unfortunately, we’ve run into some less than acceptable results that we need to fix. To get the background on this project, please read our first post here. Our challenge is to repair water damage on … [Read more...] about Refinishing a Mid-century Modern Table – Part 2
Even now, in 2020, Mid-Century Modern furniture continues to be very popular. The warm wood tones and natural design lines of these pieces are timeless. I'm excited to add a bit of this style to our home. We’ve been fortunate to inherit a Mid-Century Modern side table that has … [Read more...] about Refinishing A Mid-Century Modern Table
Here’s a quick project to update brass and crystal table lamps. We have two good quality, circa 1990 table lamps. They still work perfectly and are in great condition. We especially like the built-in night light, at the bottom of the lamp. They are also the perfect … [Read more...] about Updating Brass and Crystal Table Lamps
When our daughter was seven years old, we had lived in 5 different homes. Now, she was in elementary school and we had moved into our “long-time” home and were ready to put our mark on it. Her room was the first to receive this special attention. We decided together that we would … [Read more...] about How To Paint Stripes On A Wall
I had a little time on my hands one day while my daughter was getting a haircut so I stopped into Goodwill to look around. At the time I had just redone a large bookcase and was ready to move books and collectibles back into it. As I scanned the shelves in the back of the store … [Read more...] about Refinishing A Wood Lamp