Sunday, May 17, 2015

Emily's Room

A few years ago my daughter Emily wrote this note.  I can't remember the details about why she wrote it, but it touched my heart and it remained Scotch-taped to the back of the door of her bedroom for quite awhile.  She got married, moved to her own place with her husband, and yes, that note remained on the door.

We painted her room, turned it into a guest room and the note stayed put.  The tape wasn't holding as well as it should have and I finally moved the note into a file where I've kept it until now.

This past Christmas, Emily and her husband gave me a beautiful, large, white frame and some paintbrushes.  They know that I love doing chalkboard designs and it was the perfect gift.  It had been five months since I received that frame and FINALLY I knew exactly what I wanted to put in it.  That note.  Well not the exact note, since it was about 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and the frame is 18" x 24", but a representation of it.  I asked Emily to make the design and I transferred it on the glass.  This is now hanging in the guest room, formerly Emily's room, and it's perfect.  Just like the original note was perfect.  And still is.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rehabbing Outdoor Fixtures

Spring has sprung and it's time to spruce things up around here.  My husband had a 5 gallon bucket of exterior paint in the garage, and knew that the exterior stucco needed some major touch ups.  When we last painted, we used a roller (he is adamant about doing it himself and will never spray the paint on) but when we rolled it, we were in speed mode, not quality mode.  So this time, he's been using a roller, no extension pole, and using a lot of elbow grease to really get the paint in all those nooks and crannies.  His goal is not to have to paint again for at least 8 years.  (Fingers crossed!)

When we painted last time, we bought outdoor light fixtures.  We pulled them off a few days ago and man, they were a mess.  We hadn't budgeted for new ones (since we've been buying a lot more paint in addition to that 5 gallon bucket in the garage) so replacement wasn't an option.  Spray paint to the rescue! 



With the amazing variety of spray paint available, we found the perfect one!  We brushed the fixtures with a stiff paint brush, removed the glass (if the glass goes in somehow, it must come out somehow) and painted them.  They turned out beautifully!!  Instructions are here.

That inspired us to paint our concrete fountain (purchased in 2001).  A textured spray paint to the rescue!  I'll post pictures of that when it's up and running again but the painted pieces look so much better already!

What's next? Well those outdoor chairs need some TLC... oh and that wooden bench....  I think I need to start a "honey do" list!