Monday, September 29, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

Welcome to another round of Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday where YOU get to show off what what someone thought was "trash" and you've made beautiful!  Please, no recipes, blog advice, etc.  This is a place where trash is turned to treasure and we want to see how you did it! :)

A couple of projects that caught my attention last week:

Bombay console table makeover.  Country Chic Liquorice Paint with gold highlights using DecoArt Metallic Lustre (Gold Rush) and Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Gold spray for the hardware to match.
Orphans With Make Up turned something glum into something glam!

The before of this kitchen will have your jaw not just drop, but fall crashing to the floor.  Check out Backwood's Babies incredible kitchen before and afters.

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. Visit the link before you 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!


Uncovering the Root Cellar {Restoring the Lefere Mansion}

Lots of people who visit wonder what in the world the little stone structure directly behind the house is.  My one friend who came to help one day was super excited to see that we had 
"A Hobbit House".  :) Others ask if it's a bomb shelter.  Actually  it is called a root cellar.

According to Wikipedia:
root cellar is a structure built underground or partially underground and used to store vegetables, fruits, and nuts or other foods.
Root cellars are for keeping food supplies at a low temperature and steady humidity. They keep food from freezing during the winter and keep food cool during the summer months to prevent spoilage. Typically, a variety of vegetables are placed in the root cellar in the autumn, after harvesting. A secondary use for the root cellar is as a place in which to store wine or home-made alcoholic beverages.
Vegetables stored in the root cellar primarily consist of potatoesturnips, and carrots. Other food supplies placed in the root cellar over the winter months include beetsonions, jarred preserves and jamssalt meat, salt turbot, saltherringwinter squash, and cabbage.[1] A potato cellar is sometimes called a potato barn or potato house.
Separate cellars are occasionally used for storing fruits, such as apples. Water, bread, butter, milk, and cream are sometimes stored in the root cellar also. In addition, items such as salad greens, fresh meat, and jam pies are kept in the root cellar early in the day to keep cool until they are needed for supper.[2]
The photo below was taken back in May, before everything greened up and before it became completely engulfed in vines, blackberry brambles, and trees.  Can you see it there on the bottom left?

Yes, the backyard had gone back to the way of Cain.  Looking at this picture now, I can't believe how far it's come in a few months! You leave nature to herself long enough and she will just take over.  Can you spy the root cellar now??


Our friend Daniel clipped the padlock off the door so we could see what was in this mysterious little Hobbit place.


My mom was just itching to get started cleaning up this bad boy.



The Hubbs and my Pops inside, searching for dead bodies and buried treasure........


Go mama bear!


And here's what we managed to get it to look like before my mom left a few days ago!!


Can't you just envision the flowers and landscaping that once surrounded this beautiful root cellar?
I'm hoping that once again, it will be eye candy... rather than an eye sore!


And when I called my kids in for showers before bed tonight...  they had their sleds out and were sledding down the dirt on the hill. I told them to be patient and wait for snow!

If you're curious about the windmill in the background... stay tuned! :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Link Party and Features

I've been missing in action, eh?
 Not about to miss Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday, however!

How about we see what my sponsor, Sew Panache, has been sewing up for her satisfied customers:

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Check her out if you are in need of refreshing a shower curtain, throw pillows, or drapes!  
At over three thousand sales and a five star rating, Sew Panache can be trusted for top quality items.

So much to blog about, so little time.  Hence not having a single post to share last week!  My Dad and Mom came up to help the progress along and thankfully my mom is staying an extra week.  What have we been working on?  Painting the stairway, fixing up Tobin's bathroom, painting Tori's bathroom, painting the living room, decorating the family room, adding length to curtains, lots more - none of which are completely finished projects, I'm sad to say!  Oh, did I mentioned tearing down the old well, tearing the old shingles off one of the shed's and replacing it with a metal roof, tearing the rotten ceiling out of the garage and cleaning up some major eye sores outside.  Phew.  And mom is trying to convince me we need to work until midnight tonight.  Sorry mom.  You may have twenty-two years on me, but your body must be younger than mine.  Just can't do it!  Slave driver.  For reals.

These posts caught my eye from last week's party:

MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
My Love 2 Create took a tired out ole' wicker set and breathed beautiful new life into it!

Now this  just really tickled my fancy.
 Uniquely Chic Furniture turned a short little table into an adorable tufted ottoman.  Swell!


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. Visit the link before you 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!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

Hey party peeps!  Let's see your TRASH TO TREASURES!

I'm not being a big meany, but PLEASE let's keep the links you share to "trash 2 treasures".  No recipes, etc.  Unless you dug some trash out and turned it in to your supper... than go ahead and link it up by all means. ;)

Did you miss my post on our eating area progress last week?  Click the photo in case you did to check it out:


A couple of beautiful trash to treasure makeovers that caught my eye last week:

A breath taking makeover by CD's Country Living

A Roadside Rescue Becomes a Cute Side Table from Denise on a Whim
Denise...on a whim turned a roadside treasure into such a fun, cute piece! 


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. Visit the link before you 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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eating Area Progress {Restoring The Lefere Mansion}

 It's feeling like home!  Amazing what just adding that curtain over the weekend did!  :)
How about another "peek"?  This time at our "eating area" in the kitchen.

 So back in May, when we first went through this house with no real intentions still of ever living here... this is what we saw:


Lots of wall paper! :) 

 My pals, Marie and Paula, decided pulling off the paper that was already separating from the paneling was first on the agenda.  IF ONLY the rest of the paper had come off this easy.  



Tobin pulled a section off of the ceiling... only to reveal another layer (and another...)!



Grandpa Jim even put his hours (yes hours) of scraping wallpaper in.

 The fan.  To keep.... or not to keep.  That is the question.


 Laying the floor!  
But that's a whole 'nother post for a whole 'nother day......


I found a really cool light fixture on OverStock.com to hang over the table in place of the beautiful fan.  Hubby was not thrilled when he took it out of the box and realized all the strands of beads needed to be hooked into place individually, and assigned us to the job.  No prob, Bob.
With the help of my boys, I had it together in no time.


The kids think the new floor and light combo make the perfect dance hall.
 Veggie Tales are CRANKED!


The benches will probably get a makeover, and the walls still have yet to be painted.  Along with lots of other unfinished jazz in this room....
But for now, I'm okay with downing a plate of spaghetti with the fam at this table!


And in case you want a side-by-side contrast before you go..........

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Linky Party And Features

Hi, Trash 2 Treasure Lovin' Peeps!

I have two beautiful features from last week's party that you must see:


Queen Anne legs added to plain end tables. Painted in "Liquorice" by Country Chic Paint.
Orphans With Makeup added legs and painted an otherwise yawnable end table.  You'll want to pin this tutorial for later!

MyLove2Create, Curtain tie backs into towel hooks
My Love 2 Create made this beautiful towel rack with curtain tie backs.

And in case you missed the post last week on my FIVE DOLLAR sink, you can click the photo below:



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. Visit the link before you 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!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My $5 Stainless Steel Sink. That's Right. {Before & After}


So back in June when we bought "The Lefere Mansion"... I was going to do my usual.  Paint everything, do some minor tweaking, and call it good.  We all know that is not exactly how it worked out!  But I was totally fine with living with this white sink.  Hubby on the other hand, was not... and it got all sorts of abuse during demo.

He called me one day and said someone had listed a stainless steel one for sale at work.  Fifty five dollars, but it was shallow.  I didn't want to live with a shallow sink.  I told him to hold off.

Then a few days later, I was driving in to town with the kiddos and passed a sign for the Sandstone Church Sale.  I slowed down, but I had vowed to myself "no more garage sales!  We're moving and I need to purge, not get more!"  Then my more sensible side piped up "But what if there is something I need for the house?"  I turned around.

What was the first thing I saw in the grass, before I even put the mini in park?!  A stainless steel sink!  And it was deep! And the price was FIVE DOLLARS!!!!!!!!  The Lord is good!  (Even if I hadn't found a $5 sink, He still is good!)



I asked one of the men working the sale if there was anything wrong with it.  He didn't seem to think so.  I paid for it before anyone else decided to lay claim, and two sweet gentlemen offered to put it in the back of my van while I finished browsing.   My son told me as they were putting it in the back of the van for me that one muttered to the other "These women buy used things at sales and don't know what they're getting into".  Huh, what?!  Yeah okay, he's right.  But I figured for five dollars, who cares.  I'd let the hubby decide.

So, here is the stunning sight..... before my five dollar beauty went in:


And after!


We had just newly purchased a sink/faucet for our previous house (not knowing we were going to be selling it shortly!) and we loved the faucet so we just went right back to Lowes and got the same one.  I love the built in soap dispenser, and how the end unhooks as a hose so I can spray the sink out.


My kids have a new found love for washing the dishes. 
 Let's hope this is not a passing phase!!


I'm pretty excited to have a garbage disposal for the first time, too!!!!  No more yucky dishes of scraps in the fridge waiting to be dumped.  Okay, so not as many.  My mom just loved to come to my house and see my scraps.  Ha.


A final peek at what this area looked like before.... and after!
(I guess I should say during, since the walls aren't painted yet!)




To see the kitchen pass through window before and after pictures, click HERE.


Stay tuned for more before and afters! :)
Thanks MUCHO for visiting Kammy's Korner.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

Hi, Party Peeps!  

Welcome to another week of Trash 2 Treasure!  Can't wait to see what you've all got.  

Did you miss my post this week? 
 I'm slowly turning this "house" into a "home"!  I gave a peek at the landing-turned-reading nook:


Here are a few trash to treasure projects that caught my eye from last week:

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702 Park Project is transforming this old beauty into a stunner!  Check out the  mud room recap.
Victoria's Vintage Designs turns boring into brilliant!

Thrifty Treasures turned an ugly duckling into a truly beautiful swan!


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. Visit the link before you 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!