Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Painted armoire

We have a tv armoire that we were tired of the look of the whitewashed wood so I decided to paint it. I chose Bitter Chocolate by Behr paint in an eggshell finish from Home Depot. I used a foam roller recommended for very smooth finishes so it does not give an orange peel look consistent with other types of rollers. It took 3 coats of paint to achieve the depth of color I wanted. I used approximately 1 1/2 quarts of paint for the entire armoire. Next, I applied Valspar Antiquing Glaze in Asphaltum, a blackish colored glaze from Lowes. I applied it with a rag blotting and gently rubbing off the excess glaze. The glaze allows the brown paint to show through somewhat while it tends to settle into corners and molding of the wood giving it an aged look. Then I painted the hardware with silver spray paint using the same black antiquing glaze to knock off the shiny look of the silver paint making the handles look like forged iron.

This is the armoire before in the whitewashed look.

Inside of the armoire after the brown paint.

I applied one coat of the antiquing glaze which gave it the aged look I wanted.

The finished armoire now seems like a new piece of furniture for less than $40!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Best thrift store find ever!

Recently, I went to a nearby thrift store and I noticed a pan that I thought was a faux Le Creuset. Nevertheless, I was still interested. I pulled it down from the shelf and to my surprise it was indeed Le Creuset! I was carefully examining it and found it to be in nearly new, if not in brand new condition. My next surprise was to turn it over for the price. Yea! $5.99! I could not believe my eyes! On the Williams Sonoma website it sells for $175.00.

Wow, why on Earth would someone not want it? No scratches, chips, or wear of any kind.

That's ok, it has found a very appreciative home with me.

Of course, if my daughter wants it I will gladly pass it on to her because I know she will love it too.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Beautiful Fall in Pennsylvania

My girlfriend from Pennsylvania recently sent me this photo of a covered bridge a few miles away from where we were raised. Since there are so few covered bridges left it's nice to see that it is being maintained so nicely. This picture perfect bridge is in Mingo Park, PA.

A few more pics from Ohiopyle, PA and the colorful changing of the leaves. I think fall is the most beautiful time of year and living in the desert as I do we just don't see it here. These pics bring back wonderful memories.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.

I love the movie "Everything is Illuminated" because of it's story and also because of the little dog in the movie. It's about a young American man's journey to the Ukraine to thank the woman who saved his grandfather from Nazis during the World War II. There is an elderly man who plays a key role in the movie who names his female dog Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. (pic) after his favorite singer Sammy Davis Jr. The dog looks and acts like our beloved Juicetee who died several years ago. It's hard to watch at times because of the resemblance but yet heart warming. It's a movie you must watch closely to understand it all but well worth the time.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman

It was so sad to hear the news about Paul Newman. Many years ago I saw him at a race track in Ohio. My girlfriend's brother was a race car driver and we went to see him race. He told us he heard that Paul Newman was going to be there racing that day too. We were watching the racers coming into the track area and a red Datsun (before Nissan) with the letters PLN on the side came by very slowly and the driver waving to us was Paul Newman! So exciting. Such a great man. I always admired him for his marriage and family commitment in the Hollywood world of ever changing spouses.