Archives for February 2017

Reviving an old dresser

We’ve had this dresser for so long that I don’t exactly remember where we got it, except that I know it was old when it came to us.  It has lived in the rooms of various children, serving the purpose admirably, but getting more and more dinged up over the years.  Our 19 and 21 year old daughters used it most recently, and when they moved out last fall, they opted to leave it here at the house.

Though its finish is not perfect, it was initially made pretty well, with solid wood drawers, and a sweet simple presence about it.  Now as I am prepping to furnish the beach house, I am looking at every item we own, wondering if it would be a good fit there.

Looking at the worn dresser, my first thought was probably not. But my recent painting projects have gone well enough that I look at everything with a gleam in my eye.  I’ve had a jar of Junk Monkey paint in the cupboard for awhile, waiting for just the right purpose.  It is a color called Paris Grey.

Then yesterday on Pinterest I saw this really neat two tone dresser, and decided the two tone look might be an idea to try with my little dresser.

I started by removing the drawer handles and then lightly sanding and wiping down the whole dresser. I also taped off the top of the dresser, since I had decided to leave that the original wood color.

I painted the drawers with two coats of the grey paint, and the body of the dresser with just one.

I may decide to paint the body with a second coat, but I ended up liking the slightly distressed look that was created by using a little less paint. (Actually, I may try to figure out how the streaky look was created on my inspiration dresser, because it is really neat looking too.

Since the top of my dresser was pretty dinged up, I also sanded it lightly, and then lightly rubbed some dark walnut stain on the most distressed looking areas of the top to even the tone out a bit.  I really like the way the wood contrasts with my grey paint.

My final touch was a set of new silver-tone knobs, which I think adds a dab of fun to the project.  I may end up tweaking the paint a little more later.  But overall I am delighted with how well this project turned out.  The whole thing took me less than two hours, and I think it really updated the look of our little dresser.



Valentine’s Day

Our Valentine’s Day celebration this year happened a day early (to avoid the crowds in restaurants– we’re practical like that) and included our youngest two daughters.

At 12 and 14 they are totally old enough to be home on their own.  But you try experiencing four kids moving out in the past year (8 altogether moved out in the past decade), and you might understand why we’re feeling a bit nostalgic and more than a little eager to enjoy this time at home with the last two.

They were coaxing us to go out on our own– they had a movie night of their own planned.  But when we enticed them with the promise of Cuban food at Casablanca, and then Lego Batman, they were happy to come along.  It was totally worth it to hear them laughing uproariously beside us in the movie theater.

We’ve got years, Lord-willing, to go out for Valentine’s Day on our own, and only a few more with them home with us.  We’re going to enjoy their sweet presence for as long as we can.

Waiting for the ice to melt

A couple days ago I was rejoicing because finally, finally the temperatures were high enough that the snow that has lain all over our valley since before Christmas was running in rivulets down the road. It was in the 40’s and dirty snow-heaps everywhere were diminishing and we were all full of delight.

Then came yesterday morning. Heavy, thick snow, coming steadily all morning and accumulating another three inches.  By afternoon thankfully the temperature was high enough to begin melting things, and by sunset the gutters were streaming with water again, a welcome sight indeed.  Today it’s raining again, and temperatures in the 40’s are promised for the rest of the week. Hooray!

I’m no snow-lover, but I can’t think of a year where I’ve ever hated it more. It’s the worst winter we’ve had in years, with 21 inches of snow in January alone.  Add in the 14 inches we saw in December, and now this new stuff in February, and you may begin to see why there are so many snow-wear folks around here.

But today it’s melting!  Hooray!

Thanks to a couple of extra days off work, I have been catching up on things I dread doing:  most notably the FAFSA for several different kids.  I also got a jump on taxes. Since we owe money (bah, hubug) I won’t be sending those anytime soon, but now at least I know what we need to come up with on April 15th.  Exciting stuff.

I’ve also been working on step one of getting my freezer defrosted– step one being using up as much as possible so that there will be less food in coolers as the freezer thaws.  At the moment, the top shelf is almost entirely obscured–  I’m pretty sure there’s at least a steak or two stuck in the ice.  But yesterday I did pry out all the frozen tomatoes and made a big pot of spaghetti sauce.   Today I will pry out a few more things– some things probably just need to hit the trash.  And tomorrow I will unplug the freezer and get it chipped out.  Thankfully we have a washing machine drain pan under it, so if I just keep the towels changed out often enough, we should be able to get by without puddles on our laminate flooring.  I tell you, waiting for ice to melt makes my life a thrill ride.  🙂

Actually, I’m wondering if we have almost reached a time where we could get by using only the freezer in our fridge.  That freezer is so ancient that I’m sure it uses lots of electricity.  And now that we don’t have beef cows or a big garden or lots of kids at home, it just might work.  Maybe I will clean things out well and try it for at least a few weeks.

In MUCH more interesting news,we got the boat bunk beds built at the beach house!  Huge job, but it turned out well.  Here’s a photo, and you can see more on the house website.  You can also click here if you’re interested in booking the Owlhaven this summer.  We already have four bookings, which I find rather amazing considering the house isn’t even done yet.

Speaking of done, we are on track to get occupancy at the beach house in TWO weeks!!  Just about all that needs to be done in the house is to build the deck and do a little trim work and install the appliances. Yesterday I ordered cable, internet and trash service all to begin in two weeks.  And then in we come with furniture.  We are planning to go and see how much we can get moved in the last week of February.  Then later in March a bunch of our family will be there, and can hopefully help us finish getting moved in and prepped for FINISHED photos.  SO very exciting!  Can’t wait to get things in place and give you all a tour.

How’s the end of your winter?  Keeping warm?  Loaded in snow like we are?