Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Re-doing a popcorn ceiling

We built our house over 30 yrs. ago on some adjoining land that my parents gave us.
We've made a lot of improvements over the years.
One thing we haven't done was the popcorn ceiling in the dining room.
Which was originally the living room.
We've scraped some of the other rooms and repainted the ceilings,
but in this room I wanted to do something a little different
that would not require scraping. What a mess it makes.
Isn't this attractive?

 Another great view.
Minus the light in the center that had already been removed.

A nice close up for you.
Lovely isn't it!

Here are the building materials.
Beadboard which I painted before hand.
Decorative lattice molding and layered on top of that more decorative molding.
And some edge molding to be used at the stairs.
Here it is in the process of changing.
Already looking better.

Here it is in the process of the nail holes being patched
and the trim being caulked.
It also had to have one more coat of paint.

That made 4 coats of paint on this ceiling.

But I think it was well worth it.
Here it is all finished.
Plus the addition of the new chandelier I bought.

I think it looks FANTASTIC!
Reminds me of an upscale farmhouse look.
And it only took 32 years.

I had some extra molding left over so I decided to
do something with it on the stair wall.
I spaced it the same distance as the wall studs.

Here's a close up of the molding.

I think it adds some interest to a plain wall.
Plus I used up the rest of my molding.

I know my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end He will stand
upon the earth.

Job 19:25

Friday, July 18, 2014

Little Tilly

It was a year ago today that my little Tilly died.
I thought I'd honor her memory with this post
and a few sweet pictures of her.

She was always such a queen.

Here she is at 8 weeks.
She was such a sweet little puppy.

She was always a trusted companion
and such a sweet, sweet dog.
She was a real beauty.
I still miss her so.
To read more about Tilly's life click here.

Rest in Peace my sweetie.

For God, who said,
"Let light shine out of darkness,"
made his light shine in our hearts...

2 Corinthians 4:6

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Things to do with old glass windows (Part 1)

Got some old windows hanging around?
Want to know what to do with them? 
Here are some things I've done with old glass windows.
For part 1, I'll just be showing you the one's I've painted.
As you can tell this is a dove. 
One of my favorite birds to paint.

Of course I have to do a moon
since that's my last name.

I thought this would be great in a coffee cafe.
I don't have a coffee cafe but I love how colorful it is.
It ended up in my daughters dining room.
So colorful, she loves it.

This was the very first window I ever painted.
It used to hang on our garage.
We had a very bad storm and it was blown off.
And broken:(

This hung on the garage also.
It survived the storm.

Here is a snowman that I put up every year at Christmas.
He's so happy.

I love birdhouses.
This hangs at the end of my front porch.

I also love birdnests.
This hangs at the other end of my porch.

This is one I did for a little girls room.

This is one for a little boys room.
The light blue is really prettier then it shows in the picture.

One of my favorite.
The red geraniums.
It hangs on my back porch in the summer.

This Luna Moth I painted for my mom and dad.
They hang it in their gazebo.

And of course I had to paint some chickens.
This hangs out in the chicken run.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of things to do with glass windows.

For God, who said,
"Let light shine out of darkness,"
made his light shine in our hearts...
2 Corinthians 4:6

Monday, June 23, 2014

How to repurpose an old fountain.

Want to know what to do with an old fountain
past its prime. 

Make a succulent garden.
All you do is add some plants and a little art.
I added some extra holes even though it already leaked.

Of course we have to have some hens and chicks.

I don't know what the name of this is but it will come back every year.
It gets tiny little pink flowers on it.
Plus the leaves turn pink in the fall.

A few more succulents.
 And of course you have to add some old cement  birds.
You can tell these have been around for a long time.
They seem to like it there.
They are my shabby chic birds.

And ta-da. Here it is. 
It wintered over last year and did great.
I don't have to water it or do any kind of maintenance
other than pull the occasional weed.

And there you have it. A great way to repurpose 
an old leaky fountain.

This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adding a new run and patio to the Taj Mahal

When I needed a chicken coop, we decided to buy one
instead of make one. You can see it here.
After building the run, here,we decided to add an open porch, here.
Bet you thought we were through didn't you?
We did too. We watched a lot of chicken tv out there
and really enjoy the covered porch.
But we or should I say, I thought the chickens needed
more space to run around since we don't let them out in the yard.
So we decided to give up our porch and enclose it into
another run for the flock.
And this is what we came up with.

Of course we wanted a nice place to sit and watch everyone
so we added a little patio.
Later on we might add an umbrella for shade
but for right now it's working out fine.

We kept the door we had on the inside
so if we needed to divide the runs that
would be an easy solution.

The chicks are really enjoying the extra space.
Lots of running and scratching going on.

Of course you know an extra run means extra decorating.
I decided to add a handpainted chicken window to the new run.
I think they can relate to it.
Kinda like an ancestor portrait.

Since they had more room in the run I
moved the food out of the coop and into the run.
This also gives them more room inside the coop.
Especially since I've added the three chickens that
Bouffant hatched late winter early spring.

Molly likes to investigate.
She's one of the reasons the chickens are not allowed in the yard.
She's a sweetie, but I think she would eat them!

I remembered that I had a tray in storage
that I had painted about 25 yrs. ago.
And so being a chicken I thought it would fit in quite well in the run.

And of course a little landscaping had to be done.
Here are just a few things I did.
A little hosta and wood ferns.

I'm hoping these nasturtiums will grow up the wire on the run.
We'll see. I've read that chickens really like them.

A little mint for them,
and me.

And lastly, a wire rooster that I've had for years.
Long before I had real chickens. 
Filled with a pot of geraniums.

Hope you liked the tour of our new run.
And the flashbacks of where we began.

I lift up my eyes to the hills-
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1,2

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Picket Table Tops

I decided to make some table tops for the patio.
So I made them out of (you guessed it) old fence pickets.

I used an old metal table as the base. It didn't have a top anymore.

To be able to pick up the table without the top coming off 
I used a screw as a guard.
Works like a charm.

As you can see I chose colors to coordinate with
the chair cushions. And umbrella.

This is a stool that I used as a base.

Another view with the chairs and cushions.

 To make a table for the center, I removed the fire bowl,
added a big flower pot (that was cracked) and
put an old round table top that I repainted on the pot.
Instant table.

Here's a close up.
I used a graining tool to get the design.

Of course we needed a table on the patio at the chicken run.
I had an old base, so I repainted it and added the top.

All of the table tops are sprayed with an exterior clear finish 
to protect them from the weather.

The patio is a great place for watching
chicken TV.
Anyone who has chickens, you know what I mean.

"Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father..."
Matthew 13:43

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