Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Grandparents' Library Table


This was my Grandparents' library table. It's made by the Bockstege Furniture Company, from Evansville, Indiana. This company made parlor, library and extension tables in the early 1900's.  They purchased it from McBrayer's Furniture Company, in Rome, Georgia. 
Early this year I cleaned out a storage building I had for over 20 years. It contained Mother's kitchen table that I refinished, a set of 1940's Heyward Wakefield rattan furniture and Grandmother's library table. Amazingly, these items stood the test of being in storage for many years! 
This table was very wobbly. It appeared as though someone had worked on it before. I can't believe I forgot to take photos of everything we had to do to this table! It had to glued, clamped, braced and sanded underneath to return it's stability. I chose not to refinish it, but wipe it down with Restore-A-Finish. I like to keep the dings; they tell a story.
As you can see the table is quite large (and heavy).  I had to remove another table and chair from this area to fit it into our home office
The table is Mahogany and in the Empire style. It has such a special meaning because it was in the parlor in my Grandparent's 1830 farmhouse. I'm thrilled to have it in our home now and look forward to passing it down in our family.

 You may have noticed the different vignettes on the table. When I wrote the original post I didn't have this new cloche. I just purchased it at a local antique store. My Grandparents were farmers and I thought this old plow disk would be a fitting cloche base for their table. I sprayed the plow disk with clear acrylic spray to protect the items going on it from rust.

I added a few vintage game pieces and bingo cards for some summer fun! I hope you are enjoying your summer!
Thank you for stopping by today!

Linking to:
Elephants and Ivy
From My Front Porch To Yours
DIY By Design

Monday, July 28, 2014

1940's Duplex, The Larger Side & More Shock

We're almost ready to begin on Side "A". 
If you've been following along on the update of the 1940's duplex you know we're getting close to completing the smaller side of this property. The two units share a common foyer and entrance and then have their separate entrances.  This photo shows looking from the "B" unit's door to the "A" unit's door.  Hang on it isn't pretty!  These units are the same floor plan, but this unit has an additional den and screened porch. These are large units with nine foot ceilings, hardwood floors throughout and extensive molding. 
Living room with hardwood floors- notice the same yellow is in this unit as the "B" unit, but no one knows who painted it. This tenant did live in the other side first. I have my theory. How about you?

Living room showing with built ins and the den door behind the chair.

 The Den

More pet stained floors and some type of built in for the den
Dining room with three dogs and a cat in what was supposed to a no pet unit. 
The French doors leading into the dining room from the screened porch- broken window pane, etc. 
Large screened porch
Leaking water on the kitchen floor- major yuck! 
The kitchen
Laundry room
Upstairs Bathroom
Guest Bedroom
Master Bedroom with the same pet stains on the hardwood floors that the "B" side had.

One of the master bedroom's walk in closets.

Remember, Dad has never refused to make a repair or do anything the management asked him to do.  He trusted that they were maintaining this home.
  As you can see there is no way we can complete an update of this unit with anyone living in it; therefore, I had to ask the tenant to move out.
I'm over the shock of seeing the condition of this unit and ready to move forward with the repairs and updates.
 Just remember there is one more unit, the garage apartment.




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Updates On Updating a 1940's Duplex


So many of you have emailed me about updates on the renovation. Thank you for your kind emails!  I haven't been posting a lot because I thought you might be tired of seeing construction projects. Well, here goes! 
Wow, can you say, "dust"?  Whew, what a mess! This duplex was built in 1940 with plastered walls. The walls had cracks from settling and use throughout the years.  A tenant painted the walls bright yellow. Everywhere you see white required a  repair. All the new thermal pane windows have been installed-16 on this side.  
You know when you delve into and older home there may be some additional  surprises. We have been blessed that this has been our only major surprise and extra expense ($750). The management company repaired plaster by adding sheetrock over it in this bathroom. Unfortunately, the roof leak that caused the problem wasn't repaired correctly. The plaster disintegrated and then disintegrated the sheetrock. We had to rip the walls down to the original studs and add new sheetrock. Below is a photo of the disintegrating walls. 
Sorry for the poor quality of this photo- my contractor sent this so me in a text message. 
Remember this home is almost 75 years old and we are mitigating lead base paint. We had to strip two coats of wallpaper and paint, from the walls, down to the original plastered walls before we could make the repairs. This is the guest bedroom. Notice no more window unit where the water stain is!!! The central heat and air has been installed and is working well.

The master bedroom with repairs- 
A previous tenant had covered this area under the steps and by the powder room with purple contact paper! I was speechless when I saw it. I knew it would be a bear to take the contact paper off, so I had the contractor make a mini mudroom here and cover it up.  Here is a link to some additional before photos. 
This is another text photo, sorry. The rotten subflooring has been replaced and the water heater has been removed.  The photo below is a reminder of what this area looked like originally. We cut out the drawers for a dishwasher (where the hole and tools are). We added the drawers back and built cabinets above on the blank wall for extra storage. I really want to keep as many of the original things that I can, so we matched the older cabinets. They will be painted,new pulls will be added and tile, etc. 
Yuck!
This wall will have the stove and a built in hood vent with microwave. We had to fur the walls down to match the existing cabinets before we could add the new cabinets here.

The screen porch is now a laundry room. We'll add Hardee plank here and not try to match the brick.
The front porch had rotten wood from a roof leak. The rotten boards have been replace and the railing has been reworked to look like the original railing. Pinch me; I'm so excited!
This has taken several months because we upgraded the electrical system and plumbing. Central heat and air was also installed. When we began I had planned to update this side and the garage apartment. After much thought we have decided to update the other side too.
 Here's a peak at what I saw that convinced me to do both sides.



 Water is leaking from the refrigerator and running across the kitchen floor. Major yuck! Obviously, this has been going on a long time!
Thank you for stopping by and following along on this journey with me! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Old Jeans & A Tablescape


Recently I have had the "crud", so I  was housebound for a while. I decided to make a denim wreath that I saw on  PInterest from A Fish Who Likes Flowers
I used jeans, that were in the giveaway pile, for my fabric. I cut 8"X 2" rectangles. I forgot to take a photo of the form, but I used a 20" wire wreath form.  If I had this to do over I would use narrower pieces. The wide pieces were a bear to tie on the 20" form.  I used eight rectangles per row. My form had ten sections and four rows in each section; therefore, I needed 320 rectangles ( four pairs of jeans). Whew; perhaps, a smaller form would have been better! 
Recently, Susan, from Between Naps On The Porch, shared some weekend project ideas using denim. The napkin rings and jean pocket holders caught my eye. Since I wanted to make the wreath, I would have jean pockets and the buttoned bands leftover from all the recycled jeans. Big Smile! The napkin rings were easy!  Simply, trim the jean band and glue whatever amount you choose together so that a napkin can slide through it. 
The pockets were also easy! Cut out the pocket and add embellishments. I choose to make burlap, Ric Rac and drop cloth flowers. I used Beacon's Fabric glue to attach them.
I had the numbered buttons, one- four, in the closet. 
I added the wreath around my large cloche and set up a vignette of blue and white. 
A vintage plate, creamer, sterling ice cream spoons and 1800's book  were the perfect size for the cloche. 
Tablescaping isn't my strength, but I just had to share these fun denim recycling projects.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Linking to:
A Stroll Through Life
Cedar Hill Farmhouse, The Scoop
Savvy Southern Style
From My Front Porch To Yours
Between Naps On The Porch



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Today I thought I would share a few Fourth of July decorations on the screened porch. I put these up at Memorial Day and use them until right after the fourth.
This enameled coffee pot was $3 and my first thrift store purchase several years ago.  The enamel dish pan was also a thrift store find. 
Recently, I cleaned out a storage area I have had for many years and found this enameled covered pot- way in the back, holding the unhappy Geranium. Mr. Geranium was much happier in the sun and not under the covered porch. 
I know those of you that follow me, know I use this vintage ironing board for a server. It's a great little size that adds just enough extra space for food and drinks.
My Christmas tricycle came out of storage for the fourth this year.   
I added Mason jars with Bachelor's Buttons, a patriotic scarf and a few flags to make this little guy more patriotic. 
I moved the furniture around and now have this glider settee facing the pond and waterfall. It's also a great place to bird watch because the bird feeders are close to this area. 
Last year, I added red, white and blue plants to this vintage, tin, picnic box; this year I opted for greenery and flags. Isn't it amazing how these inexpensive flags can make such a statement?

Thank you for stopping by today!
 Wishing you and your family a Happy Fourth of July!
God bless America!