Monday, October 27, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party & Features


Hi Party Peeps!I'm contemplating on whether or not to keep this link party going.  Was looking through some of the links from a couple years ago when there were several more links on the party.  I know there are so many link parties out there to share your projects on so if this party is worth it to you, please let me know!Did you miss anything on The Korner from last week?I shared some more of the kitchen progress and also senior pictures I took for a great guy!
  
A couple links that grabbed my attention last week:
Repurposed toolbox
Original Renovar turned an end table into a vintage looking toolbox.  Genius!

Love all the rustic DIY in Down To Earth Style's living room.

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!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another "Then and Now" Kitchen Teaser {Restoring the Lefere Mansion}


These two windows face out to our backyard.  This area has gone under a large amount of renovations!

This is "THEN" and "NOW" because it isn't done yet.  If you look closely at the top left, the walls haven't gotten a proper coat of paint yet!

BEFORE WE GET TO THE NITTY GRITTY OF THIS POST HOWEVER....

I have an announcement!!!
A new sponsor on Kammy's Korner!

Meet John Rocky, a great man all around and an equally great real estate agent!
I know from first hand experience, that John Rockey is a top notch Realtor.  Highly recommended if you are looking to buy or sell a house in the Jackson, MI area!
On to less important stuff now.  Like kitchen makeovers.

When we bought the house a few months ago, it looked like this:



The tall cupboard you see in the corner is out and now in my laundry room.  Compare the before and afters and see what other differences you can find.  An adult version of "I spy". :)




We went easy on the budget and purchased the in-stock countertops at Lowes.  Thanks for all the hard work, Dad and Joel!  I love this counter because it's midget friendly for me - a good five inches lower than the rest of my counters!  When you're 4'10", that makes kneading dough much easier!


 Speaking of being short, I was so excited to when I was a Southern Gospel concert a couple of weeks ago and a woman came up to me because she recognized me from my blog.  She was surprised at how short I was though - can't tell that from the pictures, she said! :)


Curtains can be treated like hair.  This one has a pony tail holder gathering it all together with one of Tori's hair rosettes clipped on to the elastic. :)


Hanging light is from Lowes.  Of course, our holes always seemed much bigger aounnd then the plate at the top of the fixture, so we bought quite a few of those decorative medallions to hide that sort of stuff! 
The ceiling is covered with a white was paneling that we bought in stock at Lowes.



Three pink carnations from Granny Baker's funeral that her granddaughter pulled out of a bouquet for me as I got in my car to come back to Michigan.


Perfect spot for the garbage cans since I don't have one of those handy-dandy slide out ones hidden in a cupboard!  One for burnables and one for non-burnables.  Nope, I'm not very "green".


Not sure this frame gets totally washed out with this all the white, but for now...  it's hanging on the wall! Love the vintage print, passed down to me from my mom.



A parting "then and now"!
  I'm not saying "before and after" since it's not really finished yet!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Austin's Senior Portraits: This Amateur Photographer Strikes Again

I make my husband real nervous when I agree to take someone's senior pictures. I'm not a professional by any means, nor do I have a very high quality camera!  But I've found that if I shoot under an overcast sky and stay outside, it all falls together nicely.  :)  I'm sure "real" photographers will look at these quite critically - but please cut me some slack!  I really do not claim to know what I'm doing! 

Here's a sneak peak ofa few shots I got of my husband's first cousin once removed (got that?).

  Another awesome thing about living at the "Lefere Mansion"?  All the great photo opps!

This is standing in the doorway of our old Dutch Windmill
Don't touch the poison ivy!



 Someday, I will show you some recently acquired photos of what this stone bridge and the beautiful waterfalls and cement pond that surround it once looked like!  Amazing!  Sigh.... :)




 And wish me luck as I do my first family photo shoot today!! 
 I'm praying for overcast skies and a steady hand. :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features


Hi folks!
Every Monday night I open this party up.
It is for fellow bloggers to share the "trash" they've turned into "treasure" with the world!
They add their link at the bottom and you get to be inspired!
So if you're new here, welcome and have a look around the blog world!
If you're linking up, please follow my rules (listed after the features) as it takes a lot of time to do this each week and I'd appreciate your full cooperation.  Thanks so much!  I think ya'll are GREAT!
Last week on the blog I shared:

Another functional repurposed drawer



Now let's see a couple of features from last week's party:

MyLove2Create DIY Tray Stand
My Love 2 Create is at it again - this time creating amazing little tables for vintage toolboxes... :)

My Thrift Store Addiction made over the cutest bench with a bird table cloth!

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!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Drawer Front to Towel Hook


Most everything seemed to be half hanging or had disappeared when we purchased this foreclosed home.  That was okay when it came to the towel bar in this bathroom.  I wasn't digging it anyway.  I knew what I wanted though.  A rustic piece of wood with a hook screwed in the middle.  While on my search in the shed one day, rather than finding the perfect piece of wood, I came across this:


An old drawer I had salvaged off a pile of junk on the side of the road during what I call "Parma junk days".  It had a cute front, and who knows...  I might do something with it someday.  :)

It was well made, and prying the face off wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be!  But it eventually came off and I just needed to give it a fresh coat of white paint.


Exactly what I needed, and I didn't have to spend a dime!  Now that is what I'm all about. 


Can I say something about that adorable sink and those vintage copper faucets?  I'm not sure who ever thought those were a good idea....  You either scald your hands under one, or freeze them off under the other!  No in between. But they sure are cute!




Other repurposed drawer ideas from Kammy's Korner:

  

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

It's another Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Party!
PLEASE only link up your trash 2 treasure projects... be a sweetie and follow the rules. :)

Did you miss my post about our windmill last week?
It was a big hit!!
I still can't believe we own this thing:


Let's see some clever features from last week's party:

MyLove2Create Salvage Style Lamp Shade Basket
My Love 2 Create blew me away with her creativity on how to repurpose an old lampshade.  Not to mention paint can handles too!

Thrifty treasures used spackling and a stencil to dress up the door of this corner cupboard.
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!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Old Windmill {Restoring the Lefere Mansion}


Along with the fabulous house, there sits on this property the most picturesque windmill around.  Most people do not even know it is here because of the huge overgrown pine trees that hide it from view.
Beautiful as the above picture makes this look, it was a bit of a mess as you can see in the next picture.
In order to get inside, one had to balance on top of several old wood beams that had fallen down, and old picket fencing, all covered in weeds and vines.


So last month when my parents came, mom brought her chainsaw (she asked for it for Mother's Day!) and we went to work pulling vines, cutting, and clearing.  

Here is a before and after of what a few days of muscle and itching poison ivy did:



We were fortunate to receive some newspaper articles, some professional photos, and a large map from the previous owners when we bought the place this summer.   We learned that the arms were actually imported from Holland, and that Mr Miner was quite ready for a fire!  Here are some old newspaper clips about the windmill from the Jackson Citizen Patriot and the Parma News:




There is a staircase that hugs the wall and winds around to where the outside railing used to be.


My adventurous Mom decided it would be easier to get at the vines from this angle. :)



Our buddy Luke decided to check and see if there was still any water in the five story concrete tank that was inside the structure and he and the Hubby, who scoff at heights, climbed to the top and peeked in:


It was dry.  In case you were wondering.  He got docked pay for playing since he was on the job.  And a swift kick in the pants from the boss (me).

Until next time,

Kammy :)

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