Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Uncovering And Upcycling The Layers

Meet the Sunroom. 
 The last completely untouched part of the house. 
 Well, as of few weeks ago.

Here's what it looked like:



Oy!!  Where does one begin?  
We'll start by taking off the tongue and groove paneling.  Each of which had several spiral (not just regular) nails holding them in place for extra security.  Hey, when the Lefere's did something, they did it well!

 Shout out to the Leferes by the way - look what I uncovered! :)  I love how how they signed and dated everything!!  Guess we should be doing that for the generations to come who tear apart our work??


So today we're focusing on what that yellow arrow is pointing to. 
 Anyone see it?

(And while you're looking, can anyone guess how many layers of wall we ended up taking off?)


Wood siding!  
 Oh, but all sorts of other surprises too....

So at some point, between 1920 and 1960 (yes I realize that is a large time gap), this sunroom was an addition.  I'm still working on uncovering that bit of history. 

I'm also extremely excited to reveal that plank wall!  Already done for me!  Yippeeeeeeeee!!


So back to the wood siding.
It gets ripped off, and thrown outside in the heap, where I then rummage through it and carry what I want over to the miter saw for some quick cuts.  I love that thing.


After giving it a good scrubbing, it's ready for some stenciled letters!


And like usual, I wish I had saved MORE!!!  It's just so easy to toss it all on the burn pile, thinking a half dozen or so will be plenty to save...   When will I learn?  It's always better to be a hoarder.  Ha.


So HOWDY YA'LL and GOOD NIGHT, YA'LL!
Twas great to see you stop by the Korner.
And now I realize I need a comma after "Howdy".

Stay tuned, I can't wait to share when my grandiose ideas for this sunroom come to fruition!!
Which... will probably be whenever my Dad is brave enough to visit me again. :)

You can purchase my hand painted signs in my Etsy Shop:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kid's Library On The Landing


When we moved in last August, I didn't know where I wanted anything!  I had no idea where to put my big crafting desk so I plopped it right against the wall on the landing.  Now, if you know me, you know I CAN NOT KEEP MY DESK OR CRAFTING TIDY!!!!  So you'd walk up the steps and your eyes would get completely assaulted with the appalling sight of dozens plus projects going on, my sewing machine piled high.... you get the point.  Here's the picture I stole of of the house listing when we bought it on an online auction since I couldn't find a before.  Nothing  too crazy different, just different paint color and holes in the walls where the sconce lighting was yanked.


So while mom was out a couple weeks ago and helped me paint the walls, she had all sorts of ideas whirling in her head.  This was her genius idea:  Make it a cozy reading area and put the big desk at the other end so it's not such a disaster attack to the unsuspecting visitor!  So you walk up the steps now and behold.......

A place where I frequently find my kids cozied up in the recliner, reading (or looking at pictures in this case) books!




I also had this old chippy cupboard door (which I found in the barn at our old house) down on the other end of the landing but it was so hidden that it needed a more prolific spot.  Totally perfect for this space!  Time can get away from you when you're stuck in a good book, you know. :)






It's not the lake, but check out the view from this window over the backyard!


Occasionally, I shoot my mom's crazy ideas down.  This time I embraced it fully and am loving it!
Thanks, Mom.  Sometimes, you really do have some genius ideas up there in that noggin'! :)


Some of the projects in this room:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Link Party & Features

Welcome to another Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday!

If you are a blogger, this is where you can share your trash to treasure projects with the rest of us.  And if you are not a blogger, this is where you come to be inspired, get ideas, and just have fun looking at what other people's sweat can produce. :)

Did you miss what I shared this last week?
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Beautiful Features from last week's party:
Start At Home put some hours and effort into an old lingerie dresser to turn it into this ombre beauty!

CD's Country Living gave her stairway a STUNNING new makeover!


Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.

Now 

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog

Link up, Buttercup!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Round 80's End Table Makeover With Paint & A Belt



Sometimes I'm really slow in the head.  With this table, it was several things.  First off, my friend at church asked me if I was interested in an end table she was getting rid of.  Of course I said "sure" without ever seeing the thing.  When the Mister loaded it into my car in the church parking lot my first thought was "why did I say yes to this ugly thing?"  First mistake was that thought.  My vision must have temporarily flew off to la la land. 

I can't believe I don't have a before without a child popping their head out of it.
We played hide and seek one day and for the life of me I couldn't find my little girl and lo and behold she was sitting quietly in this table.  Like for a really long time.  


So then my kids decided it was funny to scare mom and pop out of it when I walked by.


Yup, it was totally 80's, the cheap plastic stuff.  I thought maybe I could blend in those scratches on top with my magical Old English Stain, but pfffft.  Nada.  So instead, I sanded it to take some of the shine off and painted it with an almost-black-with-a-hint-of-brown mistint.


Since the bottom was round and matched the top, it looked funny unpainted, so I did that too.  And the side "post" things.  For lack of a better term (I'm being slow in the head again).

  Now for handles.  I sure wasn't going to put the dated ones back on.  Those are fine for some pieces, but this table needed to get rid of it's 80's past in a bad way.  This is where I was slow-in-the-head for the second time.  I had cup pulls I wanted to replace them with.  The screws weren't long enough.  I searched high and low in my stashes and nothing worked.  I tried other pulls.  I did lots of head scratching.  This was supposed to be a quick one-hour do-it-all-at-home project.  And then after ABOUT AN HOUR the light bulb turned on.  HELLO, KAMMY! I JUST USED A BELT ON TOBIN'S DRESSER FOR PULLS! (Click HERE to see the dresser, which was featured on Hometalk!) It was the same two tone wood/paint look AND I still had just enough of the belt left for two more handles!!!  Wow, sometimes I really annoy myself and then pat myself on the back all in the same minute.




I must say that I adore it's new look and a owe a big thank you to Dave and Eunice for my "new" awesome table!  With an added bonus of storage inside.  Win, win!




Thanks for stopping by!
Kammy

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Link Party & Features

Welcome to another Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday!

If you are a blogger, this is where you can share your trash to treasure projects with the rest of us.  And if you are not a blogger, this is where you come to be inspired, get ideas, and just have fun looking at what other people's sweat can produce. :)

Did you miss what I shared this last week?
Just click on the photo below to get filled in:

                 

Awesome features from last week:

Lantern diy, upcycled from old shutters
Scavenger Chic took some old shutters and created a lantern!  Wow.
PicMonkey Collage
From Evija With Love did something I've always wanted to do.  Paint an ugly old piece of furniture with lace!  She really transformed that beast into something beautiful!!
Redo It Yourself Inspirations redid an old trunk all patriotic like.  It makes me proud to be an American!


Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.

Now 

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Please visit the link before your's and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)

Link up, Buttercup!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Updating The Foyer



I've never really had a foyer before.
  Having a foyer makes me feel like I'm more important than I am.  It even makes me feel guilty when I wear my comfy pants around the house.  And my dirty mowing clothes.  Funny thing is, on Mother's Day I did a casual "mom interview" with my boys over frozen custard at Culvers.  My older son says his favorite thing on me is a dress and my hair curled.  My younger son says he likes me best in my mowing clothes.  That really made me laugh out loud.


Attention back to the foyer.  

As you can see in the above photo, there was no chandelier.  For that matter, there were pretty much no light fixtures anywhere in the house!  Most of the lighting in this house are the old wall sconce lights, most of which had been taken, gone, stripped.  Booooo.  Anyhoo, I found a chandy in a thrift shop for just $6 and spray painted it black.  

One thing about buying a house that sits empty for a loooong time is how dirty it can get!  
Wait, who am I kidding?  I have three outdoor-loving kids.  The house is now occupied and STILL DIRTY!

Anyways, I had a good little helper when I could convince her to leave her bug hunting expeditions and even on occasion, I had these wonderful people that I like to think of as my angels in disguise like Sue Rockey (pictured below) who would just show up and go to work!  Can you believe that I had only met Sue once before this day? Her husband, John Rockey, was our realtor (AND I'm happy to add a sponsor of Kammy's Korner) and one day I got a text from her telling me she would love to come work on any projects I needed help with!  Blew me away.  Not only was she super sweet in coming to work, she is the energizer bunny!  My daughter stuck like glue to her. :)



So all of the trim in the house is white, for which I am extremely grateful.  I love the clean look of white woodwork and I am so thankful I didn't have to paint any!  Except for the trim around the front door and window.  Everyone told me NOT TO PAINT THE DOOR!!!!!!!!  So to keep everyone from throwing me off the top of our windmill, I DIDN'T PAINT THE DOOR!  No actually, I really like the huge wooden door just as it is!  The woodwork however, gave the foyer a gloomy feel and stuck out like a sore thumb amidst all the rest of the white wood work in the house.


After painting the trim with Kilz and white glossy paint, wee gave all the crown molding a fresh coat of white too and then I mixed up a refreshing shade of soft gray for the walls using mistints I had on hand and viola!  A welcoming and crisp new look for the grand foyer!  I should say "we" not "I" as my mom did most of this paint project for me while she visited this week.  She is another one of those "energizer bunny" women.


And in case you're wondering, the rug is an indoor/outdoor rug from Lowes and the wreath is made from coffee filters.  



So you all can breath a sigh of relief that I didn't paint the beautiful wood door, but don't ya think the trim looks so much better white?  Admit it, even you wood-painting haters! :)


Thanks for visiting!

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And if you live in the Jackson, Michigan area, John Rockey comes with my highest recommendation as a realtor.  Not because he is a sponsor on my blog, but because he is top notch!  Professional, sincere, and just plain good at what he does!

Real Estate in the Jackson, MI area


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lyre Back Chairs Through Tweens, Midlife Crisis, and Maturity


 This pair of beautiful lyre chairs have a story to tell. Almost fifteen years ago, I bought them from an "antique shop" that I'm pretty sure was just a cover for a drug ring.  Shadier than Slim, but they were a killer deal so I brought them home, crazy bright red fabric and all.


I went through this huge animal print phase where my dining room had leopard print wall paper border, a zebra area rug, and the walls were covered in monkey decor.  Naturally, I covered the chairs in a fuzzy cheetah print, which in turn were covered in cat hair from my precious domesticated but often wild cats.



This week, the chairs grew up.  Got with the times.  Came to their senses.  They'd been admiring my herringbone curtains in the living room and really wanted to wear the stylish fabric themselves, so a curtain turned into new seat covers for the lyre back chair pair.  Oh, so pretty and mature now!
They've arrived, wouldn't you say?



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