Saturday, February 6, 2016


This is what my stairs look like now.
Read below the story of how this was accomplished.

One thing I've been getting rid of through the years
is all the stained woodwork in my home.
We built our home in the early 80's when
everything ( and I mean everything) was stained.
It makes everything soooo dark.
So all the windows, trim, doors and kitchen cabinets have been
painted over the years. 
Something I have never, ever regretted.
So I decided another thing to paint was the trim on my stairs.
As you can see below the risers, treads and side trim are all stained.

I decided not to paint the risers just in case someone in the future wanted them stained
(obviously not me)
plus since it had a runner not all the riser would be painted
 so I custom cut some thin plywood to attached on each side of the runner.

Then I painted them all before I installed them with a nail gun.

Here's a picture in progress.

Here's some pictures of the stairs all finished.

I think the white paint really brightens them up.

A nice fresh look.

I will sing of your love and justice;
to you, O Lord,
I will sing praise.

Psalm 101:1

Wednesday, February 3, 2016




Be thankful in all circumstances.
This is what God wants from you in your life
in union with Christ Jesus.
I Thess. 5:18

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Hello everyone.
 I was recently introduced to Chairish,
you can go to their site here.
And since I love repurposed and vintage furniture,
it was no surprise that I jumped at the invitation
to take part in their "Coffee Table Style Challenge."

Well, being the repurpose and recycle girl that I am, I just decided 
to go throughout my house and come up with some ideas using things
I already had.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


One thing I wanted for Christmas was a barn door for my closet.
I have a small closet and the door swings inside
making the area behind the door kind of useless.
Well, I got my barn door.
And here it is.

It was made from a recycled door that I had stored
in the basement for about 20 years.
This door used to be upstairs leading down to the basement
and I had replaced it with a french door.
And you know I don't throw anything away.
So my barn door was free.

This is where the barn door will go.

Here's a look at the opening after the molding
around the door has been removed.

Another look.

To install we put up a 1X6 to attach the
barn door hardware to.

Here the hardware has been attached.
It's pretty straight forward.
We ordered the hardware from Lowes.

After I primed and painted the door 
we attached the hardware to it.

Then we lifted the wheels on top of the rail.

For the hardware to open and close the door
I used something I had gotten a year ago from Hobby Lobby.
I think it looks really old.

Here's a copy of all the hardware involved.

After adding the molding on the sides I caulk and painted
and it was finished.

And heres another look at the finished door.
I love it!

My Spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.

Luke 1:47-48

Saturday, December 12, 2015


Merry Christmas.
Thought I'd show you some of my Christmas Decorations
around my house.
Hope you enjoy.
This is my new coat rack decorated with my sparkly trees.

Whoooooo's ready for Christmas.

This lamp gets changed with the seasons.
Now it's full of Christmas balls.

It's kinda hard to get a good shot of my mantel,
but this look will carry me not just through Christmas
but through the whole winter season.

I thought this arrangement showed up really
well against my wood wall.

One of my all time favorites is this mercury glass tree.
It sits in my kitchen window.
I got it at Homegoods years ago.

I decorate our tree with ornaments as old as way back in my childhood.
There's plenty of ornaments that my kids made
and now my grandchildren.
I do buy one or two new ones each year.

This is our moon tree. There are a few stars but
the majority are moon ornaments. I buy any moon
ornaments I can find each year. And they are hard to find.
My son-in-law always makes me a new moon ornament
each year.

This is a pottery nativity scene that I've had for years and years.
The stable was made by my dad.
It sits on my piano table.

This is a shallow cabinet that my dad built 
probably 30 years ago to fit in a special spot.
I just put some natural greenery and berries
in with my blue and white collection.

Well that's the end of my tour of decorations.
Merry Christmas to everyone
from my home to yours.

Hope you enjoyed.
Happy New Year.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father
Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Monday, December 7, 2015


Though I'd share how my new/old table is decorated for Christmas.

I "borrowed" some branches of magnolia from
a neighbor and cut some berries from my nandina bushes.
Then put them in my green mason jars.

Here's another view.
I replaced the big leather chairs I had before
with some white ones I had in storage.
I can seat more around the table with these.

Plus they don't take up as much room visually.
And they make for a brighter look.
With the bench I can easily seat 14.
If I put 2 on each end it becomes 16.

Well there you have it.
I think she looks especially festive and lovely.
I love this table:)

Mightier than the thunder
of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea-
the Lord on high is mighty.
Psalm 93:4

Monday, November 30, 2015


Well, just when I thought nothing else
would be made from "the" piano,
my dad surprised me with a pen.
I call it the Piano Pen.

You remember the old piano don't you.
Ain't she a beaut!

Well it started again with the wood from the piano.

My dad has a friend who makes beautiful
ink pens from all different types of wood.
My dad took some of the wood from the piano
and cut it into what they call blanks.
Then the pen man does his magic.

A beautiful pen.

Here's a few more pics of this beautiful pen.

This was a sweet surprise:)

But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light,
we have fellowship
with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son,
purifies us from all sin.

1 John 1:7