Charlie’s Hope Chest

A few years ago, before I started the blog, before she moved to Florida, Charlie’s mother gave him her blonde wood cedar chest bought for her in 1958 as a wedding present.

I don't have a before picture -- but it looked something like this.

I don’t have a before picture — but it looked something like this.

He decided to refinish it because the top was scarred and the light finish was out of style.

Black and Decker Wire Wheels are great for removing old finish on wood or metal.

Black and Decker Wire Wheels are great for removing old finish on wood or metal.

He stripped the entire exterior surface both with chemical stripper, a steel wheel on a drill, and sandpaper.

After the old finish was removed the chest looked more modern.

After the old finish was removed the chest looked more modern.

Charlie gave it a deep brown stain finish. He also ordered a new safety lock furnished by the Lane company for free that allows escape from the inside in case the lid falls when someone is in it.

Charlie used painters' tape and aluminum foil to keep stain from dripping onto the bare cedar back and interior.

Charlie used painters’ tape and aluminum foil to keep stain from dripping onto the bare cedar back and interior.

Then he rubbed it with multiple coats of tung oil.

We moved it into the living room over Christmas to make room for the tree.

We moved it into the living room over Christmas to make room for the tree.

It’s an heirloom for one of our daughters but until that time we’ll use it in the conservatory.

They don't build then like this anymore.

They don’t build then like this anymore.

It makes good storage for blankets and sweaters.

Have you figured out an ingenious storage place at your house?

Off To Buy Some Paint

With the drywall finishing nearing completion I have made my list of paint to buy:

I buy the 2-gallon bucket of primer because it's easier to manage than the 5-gallon bucket and more convenient than the 1-gallon.

I buy the 2-gallon bucket of primer because it’s easier to manage than the 5-gallon bucket and more convenient than the 1-gallon.

2-gallon bucket of Zinsser primer,

Tea Light by Benjamin Moore

Tea Light by Benjamin Moore

I must decide on the ceiling color BEFORE we paint the walls.

I must decide on the ceiling color BEFORE we paint the walls.

1 gallon of Benjamin Moore Tea Light for the conservatory and conservatory bathroom,

We used Benjamin Moore's Moonshine for the upstairs hall so we'll continue with it into the hall of the master suite.

We used Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine for the upstairs hall so we’ll continue with it into the hall of the master suite.

The mudroom walls are Moonshine.

The mudroom walls are Moonshine.

1 gallon of Benjamin Moore Moonshine for the master suite hall and closet.

I love the striated blue ceiling in this green room.

I love the striated blue ceiling in this green room.

I’m still toying with a blue ceiling for the conservatory.  Something like the combination above.

The mudroom walls are Moonshine and the ceiling Edgecomb Grey; I might repeat that combination in the master suite hall.

The mudroom walls are Moonshine and the ceiling Edgecomb Grey; I might repeat that combination in the master suite hall.

The ceilings in the master suite closet and hallway are either going to be pale pink (like the bedroom) or Edgecomb Grey like the mudroom.

The  main upstairs hall ceiling is pale pink, Head Over Heels, which I made even paler by adding a quart of white to the quart of pink. I might reuse that for the master closet.

The main upstairs hall ceiling is pale pink, Head Over Heels, which I made even paler by adding a quart of white to the quart of pink. I might reuse that for the master closet.

This should definitely get us started.

I think we'll start in the conservatory so the furniture can be moved back in before spring.

I think we’ll start in the conservatory so the furniture can be moved back in before spring.

I just can’t wait to get paint on the walls.

What’s your next project?

Discount Cabinets and Good Buys

Not too far from us is a kitchen cabinet supplier (not the one we used for our kitchen) that has a backdoor into their warehouse which is open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

There was a nice set of these unusual high-gloss blue cabinets.

There was a nice set of these unusual high-gloss blue cabinets.

These blue cabinets are very attractive.

These blue cabinets are very attractive.

While the bulk of the warehouse is off limits to shoppers, near the door are kitchen and bathroom cabinets, sinks, and appliances that for some reason or another cannot be sold at retail price.

I almost bought this stainless cabinet but the side that would show in our kitchen had some holes in it.

I almost bought this stainless cabinet but the side that would show in our kitchen had some holes in it.

I’m specifically looking for a bathroom double vanity ( 78 inches long), a linen closet (36 inches wide) and perhaps sinks and countertops (78″ and 43″) for our two new bathrooms.

I got excited when I saw this vanity set but it was too wide by 6 inches. I would have painted it.

I got excited when I saw this vanity set but it was too wide by 6 inches. I would have painted it.

Each time I drop by (before work) the pickings are a little different.

I would have purchased this granite double sink and cabinet if they were not already SOLD.

I would have purchased this granite double sink and cabinet if they were not already SOLD.

For me a real value would be a good price, a good fit, and a good style.  I know I can always amend the color.

I have my eye on this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet -- $150.

I have my eye on this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet — $150.

I think if I’m diligent I will eventually find what I’m looking for.

Where do you go to find high end items at a good price?

Home Goods That Would Look Good at My House

I stopped by Home Good after work yesterday to see if there was something I just couldn’t live without. As soon as I walked into the store I spotted a spotted vase.

A blue and yellow (my colors) Hungarian 15-inch vase.

A blue and yellow (my colors) Hungarian 15-inch vase.

I found some really nice things in my color palette and Glade style.

$20, are you kidding?

$20, are you kidding?

While nothing that I looked at was actually cheap, the prices were reasonable.

A stack of petite colanders was really attractive.

A stack of petite colanders was really attractive.

The I wandered over to housewares where I saw some cute utensils.

I love the pear dish towel and didn't notice until I saw the photo that the prints hanging beside it co-ordinate well.

I love the pear dish towel and didn’t notice until I saw the photo that the prints hanging beside it co-ordinate well.

I always like to check out the kitchen towels because the colors and styles are great in the kitchen but also can brighten up  the powder room.

These lamps would look good in any room. (Well, any room in my house.)

These lamps would look good in any room. (Well, any room in my house.)

Lamps were next where a pair of blue and white (actually pale grey) ginger jar style lamps (approximately 18 inches tall with the shades) cost $50 each.

Blue and grey and grey and blue easy to clean Safavieh  throw rugs.

Blue and grey and grey and blue easy to clean Safavieh throw rugs.

Some cute throw rugs at $20 each were plentiful.

If I bought these garden seats I would need both of them.

If I bought these garden seats I would need both of them.

I seriously love these two green metal garden seats. They would be great indoors or out.  If the color doesn’t suit these would be fun to spray paint.

Pillows were sorted by color and tied together in pairs.

Pillows were sorted by color and tied together in pairs.

Four rows of pillows would almost guarantee you could find something in the right color.

Home Goods stocked multiple olive oil jugs which would be a bright accent in my house.

Home Goods stocked multiple olive oil jugs which would be a bright accent in my house.

Finally I love this foot-tall olive oil jug in yellow ochre glaze.

I saw this kitchen grater which looked interesting.  I wonder if it works well.

I saw this kitchen grater which looked interesting. I wonder if it works well.

I didn’t find anything this trip to lug home but I was tempted.

I have not been perked nor paid to write this post about Home Goods.

What’s your favorite color combination?

La Sala del Sol

Arriving early  Saturday morning and for the rest of the day, then for about 7 hours on Sunday with his buddy, Manuel has taped and mudded our exposed drywall.

The large gaps that we left in the ceiling were taped first with mesh tape.

The large gaps that we left in the ceiling were taped first with mesh tape.

He mixed up his own joint compound in addition to using some bucket of pre-mixed .

Batches of quick dry joint compound were mixed to order.

Batches of quick dry joint compound were mixed to order.

I think I love the smell of drying wallboard mud.

The conservatory ceiling was the largest single surface (and one which we dreaded tackling ourselves).

The conservatory ceiling was the largest single surface (and one which we dreaded tackling ourselves).

Finally I’m beginning to see that our rooms will not remain unfinished shells for the next 5 years.

Right from the beginning we realized we didn't have the finesse to finish drywall.

Right from the beginning we realized we didn’t have the finesse to finish drywall.

At the end of the day we were talking about what the conservatory might be called in Spanish and came up with “La Sala del Sol”, SunRoom. The plan is for Manuel to return next Saturday (he works during the week) and I think all the drywall will be finished .

The conservatory furnishings are cluttering the living room for another week.

The conservatory furnishings are cluttering the living room for another week.

Next step: priming and painting. That’s on us.

What chores do you hire out? Has it changed with age?

Dressing a Large Fireplace

The other day I showed you this elegant living room.

The fireplace

The fireplace

Let’s take a close-up of the fireplace, specifically the andirons.

The hearth and fire surround are white marble.

The hearth and fire surround are white marble.

These seem to be made from bronze.

I'm going to guess this duo is Aphrodite and Adonis. Just a guess.

I think they should be switched so they are facing each other.

A beautiful woman with a putto (small angel) and a young man with a dog. I’m going to guess this duo is Aphrodite and Adonis. Just a guess.

These andirons are about 3 feet tall.

These andirons are about 3 feet tall.

And they don’t seem to mind the heat of the fireplace.

Are you familiar with Greek mythology? (I’m not really.)

Saturday’s Diverse Plan

I already posted that the drywall finisher is coming bright and early this morning to get started on the conservatory and master suite.

This entire load of drywall has been hung for ages and is finally getting the finishing it needs before being painted.

This entire load of drywall has been hung for ages and is finally getting the finishing it needs before being painted.

Yesterday Charlie cleared up as much of those two rooms as possible. Then he hung plastic sheeting so the insidious plaster dust would be held at bay.

The almost empty conservatory.

The almost empty conservatory.

My plan for me  today is to finish getting all the tax information together.  I know my last bits of information from banks will arrive on February 14 ♥ so I want to be ready to send everything to the accountant at that time.

This tax information packet is my project.

This tax information packet is my project.

I don’t know what Charlie’s plans for today are but I hope he’s planning to make coffee for everybody. If he wants to cook also I wouldn’t say no.

The master suite hall accesses from the main upstairs hall.

The master suite hall accesses from the main upstairs hall.

The same exact hallway decluttered. We're expecting to put a linen closet at the far end.

The same exact hallway decluttered. We’re expecting to put a linen closet at the far end.

I had the stitches removed from my knee yesterday so while not 100% I am getting around better than I was a week ago.

They hurt my feet and I'll never wear them -- out they go.

They hurt my feet and I’ll never wear them — out they go.

I’m finally ready to part with 7 pairs of shoes.

The shades need a traditional curtain rod -- the other hardware is attached.

The shades need a traditional curtain rod — the other hardware is attached.

Also leaving is a pair of fully-lined balloon shades I made back in the 80s for my first house. I’m not sure I shouldn’t try to make them work in the new closet but I’ll take that chance.

We're planning to put doors on the master closet but it gets the afternoon sun and might need a shade  (or something) on the window.

We’re planning to put doors on the master closet but it gets the afternoon sun and might need a shade (or something) on the window.

I hope your plans for this weekend are more fun than mine however I’ll be relieved to have some serious finishing and finalizing done with.  I hate when things are hanging over my head.

What’s hanging over your head? Literally or figuratively?