Well, here I am about a month later. Still painting and working on this house.
I have accomplished a lot but yet at times I feel like there is no end to it.
I have most of the outside painted and more than half of the inside.
I still have to power wash the back porch wall and at least prime it before I go. I have to also at least paint the kitchen ceiling and the walls above the cabinets.
Too many rooms to work on, not enough time and doing it all myself (while Mr. Wild is back in MN). Thank goodness I like to paint!
I decided to take pictures of my tiny sewing room which is not finished but there are 2 areas that are 'getting there'.
Warning...lots of pictures ahead....
I did get the crystals on my chandelier and I made a burlap cover for the chain. Not 100% satisfied though. Still wondering if I would like it better painted a nice creamy white and maybe the dark burlap was the wrong choice...any ideas out there?
I do not want to paint it a color, either I'll leave it this way or cream and wipe a little stain on it to soak into the crevices.
What do you think? I need help.
I love how this cast iron hanger turned out with the vintage laces.
And of course my second cushion spring makes me happy to look at.
I'm very pleased with the top of the chest of drawers.
I found the very old store sign at the flea market here but forgot to include it in that post.
So this is one corner of the room more or less finished but I do have something that will go to the left of the big cubby after I spray paint it and I need to do something with that old display sign.
Now onto the closet.
I took off the cheap sliding doors...well I ripped them out...they were so stubborn and I don't care if they never go back in. Removing them made the room feel so much larger.
I placed my old chest of drawers inside and replaced the cheap shelf that was sagging above the clothes hangers with solid wood and made it a few inches deeper to accommodate more stuff.
The color scheme of turquoise, brown and cream was purely an accident and I LOVE it!
The chest belonged to my Grandpa and it was cheaply made back then, probably in the 50's. In the very late 60's I "antiqued" it. Back when the craze was to give it a coat of paint, let it dry, then paint on a brown glaze and drag a rag or wax paper or a paint brush through the brown glaze, then using a toothbrush with the brown glaze on it...splatter spots all over it...not very pretty at all!
Several years ago I painted it a solid greenish turquoise. Dull and boring. I now wanted it to be a creamy white and I thought it might be pretty distressed so that the turquoise came through, did that and loved the look plus some of the old cream and brown colors came through.
I then began placing aqua/turquoise things I had on hand around and on it and with a little dark brown wood tones I decided I liked the combination.
I love the old hangers I've been picking up here at the flea market...especially the Disneyland Hotel Anaheim, CA is so fun. And what a perfect way to hang my fabrics and see what I have at a glance.
I painted and sanded a few round cardboard boxes and added my friend Stephanie's crochet trim to the shelf front.
On the right side I hung the vintage apron, perfect colors, then some vintage pom pom trim and a few crochet garments and a vintage dress. Behind that are my tracings for making rug hooking patterns for my business. Now they are easily accessible but still hidden behind pretty things.
The rest of the room is still in need of some tweaking and may not get done this time. Soon it will be time to start packing to drive back to Minnesota...if it ever quits snowing there.
The view out my sewing room window looking over the valley and at part of the Rincon Range.
Almost the same view off the front porch, a little more to the right. The desert is in full bloom and just beautiful. I almost swerve off the road looking at wildflowers while driving! We had so much rain this winter.
A red Cardinal and a 'black' Cardinal. The black cardinal is called a Phainopepla and does not sing like a red Cardinal but what fun to catch them both on a branch at the same time. We also have silver Cardinals called Pyrrhuloxia that do sing just like a red Cardinal but have less red on them.
And my 3 dollar roses from the grocery store yesterday. I bought 3 bunches!
After they are spent I'll hang them to dry.
I keep plugging along. It is fun but I do wish I could get more accomplished before I have to leave.
I did plant a winter garden this year and it's flourishing, lots of lettuce and spinach, the peas should bloom soon and I may have a couple of tomatoes in a week. The forecast for the weekend is 90 and 91, a little warm for this time of year so I hope it doesn't last too long.
I wish I had more time to visit my fellow bloggers, I know I'm missing all kinds of cool things and I thought I would be able to get to them but it's just not happening.
I feel the pressure to get as much done as I can before I start packing and closing up the house.
The winter went too fast!!! (I would never say that if I was still in Minnesota though!)
When I get back to MN I will take a much needed break and then get back to my blogging friends!
Thanks for sticking with me!
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