Tuesday, November 20, 2012

the firewood box...

It's that time of year!
The time when we start burning wood to heat our cozy little cottage.
I "hired" that talented guy from RIVER VALLEY WOODCRAFT to build a firewood box. He had the great idea to use some left-over cabinet doors for this project. For the rest of the box, he used scrap wood and we already had paint on hand.
This is my favorite type of project... FREE!
Thanks to WOODHARBOR (Urbandale, IA) for the great cabinet doors.
(you really need to check out their "project gallery" to see some amazing kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and other cabinetry work)

Here's the before pictures so you can see how he used doors...

  and now after a fresh coat of white from Sherwin Williams...

We moved my ENTRYWAY BENCH for the new firewood box.
I had fun doing a little Christmas decorating with our stairway and the new box.

The lovely little details include a festive bow with some vintage ribbon...

and some kindling...

I love how this turned out... Thanks babe... you deserve a raise :)

Enjoying the evening ambience...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

thrifting and some great vintage finds...

 I declared an "independence day" for myself and went thrifting this past weekend.
What that means is I left the hubs home with the two older kids and said...
"I don't know when I will be home today... I wish you the very best" :)
The baby and I met up with some friends and hit the town to do some shopping.
It's always fun to do this with a small group. I like to see what others can find for their homes. It's a good way to get to know people and their style.

My budget was $50 dollars.
The things I was looking for...
1. side tables (one for each side of my vintage pink sofa)
2. pressed back antique chairs (for my dining room)
First stop: GOODWILL....
Amy Dee (left) was the one who did great here, Julie (right) had to help hold her finds for the photo.

 She got some great frames and a mirror (all to be painted), a curtain panel (fabric for pillows), and some glassware (to be painted and most likely used for jewelry).
Next stop: SALVATION ARMY...
Amy found two really cute curtain panels.
Amy Dee found a vintage milk glass lamp.
 (perhaps for the baby girl's room... hooray for a GIRL!)
Though not on my list... I had to buy this camo coat for my B-Boy.
He was happy to have it.

Next stop: FURNITURE ZONE...
Julie bought a beautiful little Florentine tissue box.
This is where things kinda fell apart for me. No, I didn't go crazy and blow my budget. However, my sweet baby Finley who didn't make a peep that day decided this was the perfect place to have a blow out poopy diaper. So, I didn't do well documenting the rest of the girl's finds.
Here's what I found...
I love this little side table. It just needs a fresh coat of white paint. I probably created a dilemma; now I need to find a matching one because it fits perfectly next to my sofa.
Since I wasn't finding the pieces I was hoping for, I splurged on some Ironstone.
The good stuff... I love it!
I had to pass on this beauty...
I'm afraid the PINK Buick was not in my budget :)
So, here's what I spent... (plus $2 dollars for B-boy's coat)
It was a good day. All my friends did well too. Great finds and well under their personal budgets. I hope to be able to follow up with them and show you some of their completed projects.
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