Paint, Paint, and More Paint

Last night I went to our local Ace hardware’s Ladies’ Night which included food, giveaways, and fun. Not as much fun as last year however because of a new organizer who was not as organized, in my opinion.

Clark and Kensington is sold at Ace Hardware last night for 40% off.
Clark and Kensington is sold at Ace Hardware last night for 40% off.

I had a long list of paint to purchase. And the brands I wanted to get were on sale for 40% off.  A real bargain.

White Dove for the walls and Simply White for the ceiling and trim.
White Dove for the walls and Simply White for the ceiling and trim.

First I wanted to buy paint to brighten up a friend’s living room: 2 gallons of primer, a gallon of “Simply White” for the ceiling, and 2 gallons of “White Dove” for the walls.

I took my 10-year-old can of paint to match the color.
I took my 10-year-old can of paint to match the color.

And I needed to get a gallon of exterior paint for the house shutters which are probably not getting painted until spring.  The paint department matched my old shutter paint.

But when I checked out I was given a 20% discount.  Normally that would have been great but I was promised 40% which I got when I pointed it out to the young cashier.

Do you check you register tape?

A Simple Winter Decoration Project

One 4 of the things I left in the Cottage that were welcomed by the new tenant were vintage aqua-tinted Ball jars.

The tenant likes these vintage jars.
The tenant likes these vintage jars.

They are just visible on the shelves above the microwave.

I got these jars for $1 at a yard sale.
I got these jars for $1 at a yard sale.

I saw a quick project to winterize these jars which is undoable and would not damage the jars in any way.

I happened to have a large container of Epsom salts left from another project.
I happened to have a large container of Epsom salts left from another project.

Pour some Epsom salts in the bottom of the jar (or in the lid if you have a conventional jar).

A simple snow scene.
A simple snow scene.

Add 1 or more bottle-brush trees.

These wintery scenes are heading back to the Cottage.
These wintery scenes are heading back to the Cottage.

If you really want to get fancy include a small snowman or plastic deer.

How easy and seasonal is that?

Have you got an easy project to share?

Clearing a Little More Clutter

I’ve been diligently trying to get rid of clutter.

This vintage corner cabinet has been sold.
This vintage corner cabinet has been sold for $10.

The latest items include the corner cabinet from our old kitchen.

The cabinet on the left has been sold so the wall space is now free to accommodate another cabinet.
The cabinet on the left has been sold so the wall space is now free to accommodate another cabinet.

Our tenant has been using it and it does hold a ton of stuff but I intend to replace the cabinet with another wall-hung unit.

This headboard sold for $60.
This headboard sold for $60.

Our tenant also had a double/queen-sized headboard which she was going to cut up and throw into a dumpster.  Instead I listed it on Craigslist.  It sold in a couple weeks.

When Charlie brought home this pile of windows I was miffed.
When Charlie brought home this pile of windows I was miffed.

Charlie had “collected” some vintage sash windows with old-fashioned wavy glass.  I listed them for $30 and a lovely young lady came over to pick up the entire load to make projects and gifts.

The little ladder only useful for decoration was sold for $10.
The little ladder only useful for decoration was sold for $10.

We liked this little ladder but it was not reliable as a ladder so I listed is as a décor item only.

The base of a tall brass lamp.
The base of a tall brass lamp.
The lamp is against the wall.
The lamp is against the wall.

I also sold a brass lamp.

Slowly but surely easing up on the clutter while making a few $$.

What’s your biggest clutter challenge?

Fall Color in the House

I bought 4 bouquets from Trader Joe’s at $3.99 each to give the house some fall spirit.

The fall flowers co-ordinate with the mantel decoration.
The fall flowers co-ordinate with the mantel decoration.

Teamed with leaves from the trees which are currently turning color the house was full of autumn hues.

Sunflowers from Trader Joe's and leaves from the yard.
Sunflowers from Trader Joe’s and leaves from the yard.

Coinciding with our shoe cutting party for Sole Hope, I chose sunflowers and their color as the main theme.

The kitchen island was brightened up with flowers.
The kitchen island was brightened up with flowers.

I mixed and matched some mixed bouquets to give depth to the mostly yellow sunflowers.

A small bouquet for the bathroom.
A small bouquet for the bathroom.

A small vase of buds in the conservatory bathroom lets everyone know it’s not a forgotten room.

A burst of warm color in a blue/grey house is cozylicious.
A burst of warm color in a blue/grey house is cozylicious.

The house always looks better with fresh flowers.

The flowers can be seen from room to room.
The flowers can be seen from room to room.

I was not paid nor perked for this post.

Are you planting fall flowers outside?

New Accessory for the Cottage

The actual “living room” in Glade Cottage is a very contained space.

A small piece of furniture in front of the sofa is needed.
A small piece of furniture in front of the sofa is needed.

The large Ikea sofa has a lounge on one side which takes up a considerable amount of room.

The perfect sized, multifunctional ottoman for the Cottage.
The perfect sized, multifunctional ottoman for the Cottage.

If two people are on the sofa only one can “put her feet up”.  Coincidentally I saw a small, round, cranberry-colored ottoman on Craigslist. (I was looking for a different style ottoman for the conservatory.)

The ottoman was described as burgundy but goes well with the cranberry accents.
The ottoman was described as burgundy but goes well with the cranberry accents.

This storage ottoman can also act as a small coffee table since the top cushion, when turned upside down, becomes a tray.

The little ottoman is a nice addition to the Cottage furniture.
The little ottoman is a nice addition to the Cottage furniture.

So cute we can’t keep our feet off it.

What was your recent happy accident?

Another Craigslist Giveaway

Back in July Charlie helped clean up the debris behind the Cottage.

All sorts of metal had been stashed behind the Cottage.
All sorts of metal had been stashed behind the Cottage.

In addition to weeds there was a lot of scrap metal items.  I think Charlie had been storing them there.

The scrap metal has been piled in the yard near the wood shed. The scrap wood was cleared up months ago but the metal has been cluttering up the yard.
The scrap metal has been piled in the yard near the wood shed. The scrap wood was cleared up months ago but the metal has been cluttering up the yard.

When he pulled the metal out he piled everything in a yard cart.

A mess of mixed metal.
A mess of mixed metal.

There it stayed until this weekend when I told him he needed to get rid of the pile or I would start throwing it away piece by piece until it was gone.

Who would want this stuff?
Who would want this stuff?

Instead I posted it on Craigslist for free and within 2 hours it was gone. A retired man and his wife came by to pick it up.

The yard cart is empty and ready for service.
The yard cart is empty and ready for service.

They are on a fixed income and use metal recycling to supplement their finances. And we were glad to watch the metal clutter drive away.

Do you have any side hustles that bring in supplemental income?

A New Cabinet Using Old Doors

We removed all the old kitchen cabinets from the main house in 2013.

The old cabinets were stained ocean blue on the bottom and limed on the top.
The old cabinets were stained ocean blue on the bottom and limed on the top.

Before that we had stained the bottom ones blue and limed the uppers with Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain.

Most of our old kitchen cabinets found a new home.
Most of our old kitchen cabinets found a new home.

We gave away some of the bottom cabinets but were left with two heavy solid wood doors. (See first photo above.)

One cabinet supports the countertop. another one could enclose the sink.
One cabinet supports the countertop. another one could enclose the sink.

The Cottage carpenter came yesterday to use these doors on a custom cabinet he built under the sink.

The bottom of the cabinet is a piece of waterproof material.
The bottom of the cabinet is a piece of waterproof material.

He framed up the bottom of the cabinet under the sink with 2 by 4s and added a shelf of water resistant material.  The walls are made from the Cottage walls and on the left by the other base cabinet.

All the cabinets need knobs or handles.
All the cabinets need knobs or handles.

I’ve encouraged my new tenant to make the place livable but not to finish all the details until she’s lived there for a while.

This mini-kitchen still needs some tweaking.
This mini-kitchen still needs some tweaking.

Perhaps we’ll paint the base cabinets and the old microwave stand.

We can rearrange the furniture now and lay the rugs.
We can rearrange the furniture now and lay the rugs.

The move-in date is 12 days away.

What is your favorite color to brighten up a space?