Country Curtains, curtains, Garage Door

This and That

Remember my new garage door posted a few posts ago ( I still love it Matt with Accudoor! It’s like driving a cadillac – it glides so smoothly and quietly!).

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I knew when I replaced it that I would want to add some touches to the front of the house to tie it all together.  While I would love to buy a  solid wood door to go with my new wood grain garage door, my budget says, “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!?!?  You have a perfectly good door!  No WAY, Josea!”  My budget can be pretty sarcastic and downright abusive at times!  So, I bought a quart of paint and went from shiny black…..

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…..to semi gloss brown.

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I really like to paint but I HATE to prep.

imageI’m a pretty good trimmer so I usually trim around hardware and other stuff, but I know that’s the lazy way to do it. This time I thought I would try a tip I saw on Pinterest. It suggested you wrap Saran Wrap around the hardware and it coats the parts you want to keep paint from.

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I wish I could report it a major success, but, no, it didn’t work well.  I couldn’t get it to cling enough to keep the paint off. In fact, it started falling off and making a huge mess.

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Next time I’ll get the blue tape out and do it the right way!

I do like the shade of brown though-  nice little update for a quart of paint that cost less than $10.00.  Now, maybe a Craftsman style door knocker….

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…or possibly update with a light fixture…

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imageI still use this little symbol/hardware that has been on every front door for the past 20 years.

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On another front and project update, I found the buffalo check curtains for the dining room and was thrilled that the panels were on sale!  The only problem, I need one more panel and they sold out of the 96 inch ones.  I keep checking online and may need to come up with Plan B!  I’ll show you when they’re finished.

I hope y’all have a great week, and keep on smiling like little Murphy:

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Enjoying Home!

Linda

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Carrie, sarah, students, Teachers

A Morning of Reflection

I usually tell you about all things home in this blog, but not so much today. This week was our second full week of school and while it was an easy opening, challenges were still abundant. Adding a teacher, moving kiddos to the new teacher, changes in grading, reports due, being sure everyone had everything they needed. All parts of a job I adore.

But this week also brought some things that should NEVER happen. You see, both of my daughters are also educators and this week they both faced the death of precious students – both little girls – both with special needs. My daughter Carrie lost a child from her school in a car accident. The child also lost both parents. Yesterday Carrie’s school honored her with a celebration of life. What a fitting way to honor a third grader – jumping rope!!

My younger daughter Sarah also lost a precious student this week – a little girl that Sarah had worked with for two years, another precious little gift from God. She died after a long illness and we all mourned. As I prayed for both families and both my daughters, Sarah reminded me that her little Selena now has a perfect little body, one that allows her to walk, run, and laugh like all little girls should.

Via Pinterest
Via Pinterest

I’m reminded again about the role teachers and educators take in the middle of “teaching” their young charges – the extreme love they show every single day to their kids, how much they invest themselves into those little lives. I really believe the scripture that says those who give even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones will receive a reward. I’m thankful that my daughters and other teachers do just that!

bed, Fabric, JoAnn's, sarah

Staple gun..check, Fabric…check..No Sew…Yes!

I showed you the guest bed a few posts ago and said I’d like to cover the original cover.

The padded headboard is from Ballard and VERY inexpensive
The padded headboard is from Ballard and VERY inexpensive

I’ve been thinking about what I wanted that would go with the wall cover, but also with the somewhat bold duvet cover on the bed. I had one piece of fabric that I tried, but didn’t like the color with the paint color.

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So, the hunt was on. Yesterday, Sarah and I checked out JoAnn’s, and since they’re moving to a new location just down the street, they were very picked over, dark, and dreary……my favorite environment for looking for a good deal! A lot of the fabric was just too limp, a lot was too busy for the duvet, but right before we gave up and left, Sarah found it! It’s a blue , green, and ivory stripe that has good body and was on SALE. Originally, $35.00 a yard, it was 50% off (which is a pretty standard sale on fabric at JoAnn’s), but they added another 33% off because of the move! So for barely $20.00, I covered the headboard.

First I tried the stripes vertically:

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While I really liked it that way, I just didn’t have enough fabric to run from side to side and would have to make a seam. I didn’t want to A) see a seam, B) get out the sewing machine – so I went horizontal.

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I really like this little change and it was so easy. Since I know myself pretty well, and may decide to try something else in that room at some point, stapling it to the back frame was the easiest way to make the change and it isn’t permanent.

Now, if only I can find the buffalo check I would like for the dining room windows that cheap!

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I’ll keep you posted!

Have a great week.
Enjoying Home!
Linda

Garage Door

Garage Door Envy

Ok, let’s just say that I’ve never really given garage doors much thought. They open, they close, they protect my car, and provide security and added protection for my home. That’s what mine USED to do – before the “incident”. About two months ago, my electricity went off and I decided I needed to leave and since the electric door wouldn’t work, I tried the little red plastic handle hanging by a thin red rope from the ceiling. Easy, right? My goodness! Nobody told me how heavy that door was…and it flew up and right back down, crashing to the ground. I decided my errand could wait and went back inside. The next time I opened the garage door, it got stuck down and my neighbor had to come rescue me. Long story short….

Before I added the hinges and handles
Before I added the hinges and handles

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After the “incident”

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Let me just say, I always kinda disliked that big white door – it’s so white and massive AND the first thing you see. I always had a little “garage door envy” for a wood door. My brick is dark and I always thought the house would look nice with some craftsman style. Little did I know that my big, white door would break and would need to be replaced. When my door expert, Matt, told me he had to share some bad news, a new door was needed….I did a little dance in my head! I sure didn’t want to spend the money, but now was better timing than later……and, wait for it…..I could get the wood grain look for only an extra $100.00. Here it is:

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True to my, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie outlook, now in thinking if only I could add some rock to the front columns, or maybe just around the Garage door…..

Chalkboard, School, Scripture

Instant Chalkboards

Maybe because I’ve been a teacher/principal for 25+ years I have an affinity for chalkboards and chalk!  Back in the day we called them blackboards, even though they were sometimes green, and all teachers have ruined many clothes with chalk dust. Plus the sound made with fingernails on the board resonate in teachers’ minds (I’m sure those fourth grade boys made those sounds accidentally!). It was always tough getting sentences written in a straight line – by the end of the sentence you noticed a nosedive down or if you were really talented, a spike upward.  Nowadays, we have whiteboards that use markers, and even smart boards that use hands and fingers!

So, you might wonder why I’ve become obsessed with chalkboards!  I think it’s more about sentimentality and function than the desire to smell chalk dust again. Below are a few chalkboards I’ve done lately.

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This shows a better view of the green I painted it
This shows a better view of the green I painted it

This little chalkboard on a stand was on sale and really cheap at Hobby Lobby – the only problem for me was that it was painted in a hot pink and black zebra stripe – not a great color for my kitchen. I painted it green, put a couple of coats of chalkboard paint, and the little flower. You can see this displayed the countdown of days left in the last school year!

This board hangs in my closet and I use it for scripture to encourage me daily. This one is actually a complete picture frame, glass and all. I used spray-on chalk paint and used about seven coats of paint on the glass, then reunited the glass and frame. As you can tell, I change this one frequently and I haven’t taken the time to clean it up very well – I hate messy, but it is what it is!

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This one was a larger job, but such fun! My school was built in the ’50s and has been renovated, but the vault, so familiar in old school offices, remains. You can see by the padlock, we no longer use the original locks and dials but need to keep it secure because of its use as a supply closet.

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I painted this with about 4-5 coats with chalk paint and a brush. It’s in the front office and displays messages for our parents and visitors.

One more picture. This is one I made for my daughters’ house. They put such a great scripture for a woman’s home -love it!

In their kitchen - a gentle reminder of who they are.
In their kitchen – a gentle reminder of who they are.

I love taking something old or something that is a good deal but needs a little tweaking to be useable. Hope you have a great weekend!

Enjoying Home,
Linda