Gathering the Chairs

I’ve started gathering together my outside chairs.

We "stored" the chairs out in the yard over the winter.
We “stored” the chairs out in the yard over the winter.

We stored the lawn chairs behind the garden because the shed was full of shutters.

Last winter we failed to put our lawn furniture away so it's very dingy.
Last winter we failed to put our lawn furniture away so it’s very dingy.

The lawn furniture definitely needs to be scrubbed which Charlie has offered to do.

The French garden chairs hang on the back wall of the shed.
The French garden chairs hang on the back wall of the shed.

I also have about 10 French garden chairs which I did store in the shed over the winter.

Our blue metal garden table flanked by French folding chairs.
Our blue metal garden table flanked by French folding chairs.

They need repair because they are about 25 years old.

French garden chairs and lawn chairs
French garden chairs and lawn chairs

Until they are fixed I will use seat cushions on them.

Heavy folding chairs from the attic can be used inside or out.
Heavy folding chairs from the attic can be used inside or out.

And I also found 2 folding chairs in the attic

Old fashioned folding chair.
Old fashioned folding chair.

along with a chair I recovered to match the card tables.

Bistro Chair - Metallic Charcoal
Bistro Chair – Metallic Charcoal

That should be enough to start.

Any idea how to fix the slats on the French garden chairs?

Adding a Shower Bench

Our master shower is very large, approximately 43 inches wide by 7 feet long.

The built-in, tiled shower bench is on the inside wall of the master shower.
The built-in tiled shower bench is on the inside wall of the master shower.
There is a built-in tiled bench on the inside wall of the shower.
This is a convenient place to keep shower supplies.

We have a built-in bench on the water wall side which has become the repository for our body washes, shampoos, and conditioners. Charlie and I each have our own stash.

The bench came in 4 pieces with bolts and an Allen wrench.
The bench came in 4 pieces with bolts and an Allen wrench.

So to keep the area more streamlined I purchased a 30-inch teak bench for the opposite side of the shower.

The bench fit together easily and was held together with bolts which were snugged up with an Allen wrench.
The bench fit together easily and was held together with bolts which were snugged up with an Allen wrench.

I made sure to find one with a shelf under the seat.

The bench fits nicely at the end of the master shower.
The bench fits nicely at the end of the master shower.

Since the shower is large the towels hanging on the bar on the wall and the items on the teak bench stay dry even while the shower is in use.

The bottom of the bench has adjustable rubber feet that stabilize it on the tile.
The bottom of the bench has adjustable rubber feet that stabilize it on the tile.

This is a perfect place to lay a terry robe and store a few extra towels.

In the master bathroom we are still waiting:

  • to have the sinks installed.

    The sinks still need water flow.
    The sinks still need water flow.
  • to touch up the paint.

    A smear of quickset on the wall between the shower glass and vanity.
    A smear of quickset on the wall between the shower glass and vanity.
  • to paint the trim.

    The baseboard needs to be caulked and painted.
    The baseboard needs to be caulked and painted.
  • to hang mirrors.

    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie's sink.
    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s my sink.
  • to hang more towel bars.

    We need additional towel bars throughout the room.
    We need additional towel bars throughout the room.
  • to hang lighting fixtures.

    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
  • Trim round window.

    The round window has special preformed trim that must be painted then installed.
    The round window has special preformed trim that must be painted then installed.

Some projects seem endless.

What’s your endless project?

2 Small Mirrors

I stopped by the Model Home Interior Clearance Center because I’m looking for a few items.

This small stool would be perfect.
This small stool would be perfect.

I didn’t find a vanity stool.

I think we need a shower bench for the far end if the master shower for storage.
I think we need a shower bench for the far end in the master shower for storage.

I would also like to have a bench with some storage for the master shower.

Bamboo trimmed 10" by 18" mirror for $18.
Bamboo trimmed 10″ by 18″ mirror for $18.

Finally I need a couple of small mirrors.

I've missed having a mirror in the entrance.
I’ve missed having a mirror in the entrance.

One for the spot in the mudroom where I removed the antique mirror which I plan to use in the master bathroom.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.
The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

I also need a smallish mirror for the conservatory bathroom which I really can’t decide on until we install the backsplash.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.
This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

Until then I did find a reasonably priced ($15) square mirror the frame of which I’ll probably paint.

The back of the mirror is labeled "Made on Earth". Whew!
The back of the mirror is labeled “Made on Earth”. Whew!

I was interested to see that it was not imported from outer space.

I’ll check back from time to time to see what’s new at the Model Home Interior Clearance Center.

What piece are you searching for?

This Came with It

Strapped to the back of the master bathroom vanity when it arrived was a piece of matching trim.

The white piece on the back just under the countertop is a long piece of wood wrapped in foam.
The white piece on the back just under the countertop is a long piece of wood wrapped in foam.

I imagine it is meant to be a backsplash.

The vanity has not yet been installed so the backsplash is on the back burner.
The vanity has not yet been installed so the backsplash is on the back burner.

I have no intention of using it for a backsplash because I plan to tile the wall behind the countertop with marble tile.

This is a sturdy but not very wide piece of wood.
This is a sturdy but not very wide piece of wood.

Since it matches the wood of the vanity I was thinking I could do something else with it.

A long solid piece of wood already trimmed.
A long solid piece of wood already trimmed.

It is divided into 3 sections with trim, the two side sections are the same size and the center is larger.

I'd have to find just the right spot.
I’d have to find just the right spot.

Maybe we could make some shelves with this as a decorative piece. Or a hook holder.

Got any other ideas?

Now That Christmas is Put Away for Another Year

Charlie took down the Christmas tree, vacuumed the living room where the tree had been, put away the ornaments and moved the furniture back into place.

As fun as Christmas decorating is it can't stay up forever.
As fun as Christmas decorating is it can’t stay up forever.

While I am a good putter-upper I’m always happy to let someone else do the demolition work.

It's always amazing how many individual pieces there are to Christmas decorating that must ultimately be stored.
It’s always amazing how many individual pieces there are to Christmas decorating that must ultimately be stored.

During the Christmas/New Year’s holiday we had two get-togethers with friends that were so much fun I’m planning something for February (as I have been for the past 3 years and just never got around to it).

I'm going to pull out some of the old silver that I couldn't get rid of.
I’m going to pull out some of the old silver to give sparkle to the winter months.

I’ve already posted my preliminary tea party outline which I expect will be held mostly in the living room.

Now that the room is stripped of Christmas I'm going to focus on the next celebration -- Valentine's Day.
Now that the room is stripped of Christmas I’m going to focus on the next celebration — Valentine’s Day.

To that effect I thought it would be a good time to change the sofa cover from white back to charcoal grey just in case some tea gets spilt.

I'm going to add some pink accents in the next few weeks.
I’m going to add some pink accents in the next few weeks.

We’re still working on renovation projects but the house is no longer the repository for loads and piles of building materials (until I order the oak flooring).

What is your next focus for your home?

Mother’s Dressing Table

For as long as I can remember my mother had a dressing table.

My mother's dressing table which she "antiqued".
My mother’s dressing table which she “antiqued”.

First it was brown wood tone, then in the 70s she “antiqued” it (and a few other pieces) green. I got the dressing table (which we used to call interchangeably the desk or vanity) and my sister got the needlepointed bench (I think).

This is the space reserved for my dressing table.
This is the space reserved for my dressing table.

When our master bathroom was built I designated a space for this piece of furniture.

Even with the drawers removed this piece is not light.
Even with the drawers removed this piece is not light.

In order to move it from its temporary place in the closet to the bathroom I removed the drawers to make it lighter.

I couldn't set the dressing table in place with the feet on the floor.
I couldn’t set the dressing table in place with the feet on the floor.

After the baseboard was installed in the bathroom the dressing table didn’t seem to fit.

I've been using this vintage tabletop mirror but I will probably also hang one on the wall.
I’ve been using this vintage tabletop mirror but I will probably also hang one on the wall.

I forced it in the alcove and it fits very snugly.

I tried the new shower -- heaven.
I tried the new shower — heaven.

Unfortunately I was also hoping to put shoe molding on the floor which would surely prohibit the piece from fitting in this spot.

I also hung the toilet paper holder which was completely installation from the one in the conservatory.
I also hung the toilet paper holder which was completely installation from the one in the conservatory. (Vanity faucets are piled on the dressing table until the sinks are delivered.)

I have a plan to refinish this dressing table in some way.  I haven’t yet decided on the finish nor do I have a good solution to the baseboard dilemma.

Do you have a favorite inherited item?

The Conservatory Bathroom — What’s Left?

Progress has been made in the conservatory bathroom and it is finally usable.

The shower will be enclosed something like this.
The shower will be enclosed something like this.

In addition to shower glass the bathroom needs the following finishes:

  1. The vanity needs to be trimmed with vintage wood.

    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
  2. The same wood will be used to close the plumbing access behind the shower head near the toilet.

    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
  3. The plumber needs to check the showerhead because the flow is stifled.

    This showerhead has limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
    This showerhead has limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
  4. Towels bars near sink and robe hook near shower.
  5. Touch up paint that’s been nicked.

    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is "Seed" by Valspar.
    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is “Seed” by Valspar.
  6. Hang a mirror over sink.

    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
  7. Hang a cabinet over toilet.

    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
  8. Hang photos of the source of vintage wood.

    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.
    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.
  9. Find a rug for in front of the sink.
  10. Paint the door and trim.

    The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
    The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.

This is the fun part — right?

What are you doing just for fun?