It has been a little quiet on my blog lately, but not in my day-to-day life. Ed and I have been busy…busy.. busy… not on house and fixer-upper stuff, but other life events… like moving and traveling to the Nashville area to attend a wedding.
My plan was to write this post on our way home from Nashville yesterday, but the sites along the road kept me occupied. This photo where we are above the clouds was taken when we were going over the Great Smoky Mountains. Very scenic even with rain and clouds.
We are home again where life should get back to our normal day-to-day routine.
Now let me back-track a little to early last week when my foyer looked like this. It looked like we are moving again.
Ed and I are not, but our daughter Kelly and her fiancee did.
They bought their first house in Virginia and settled on it last week. I am sure you can see lots of familiar furnishings and projects that I have written about over the years in the photo. :-) Like the painted dining room chairs.
Kelly came home early last week to visit, but also to help us load up a moving truck with the hand-me-down furniture and decorative accessories that we no longer needed or that didn’t fit into our house since we moved to live on Lake Murray.
Since we moved to the lake, most of this furniture has been stored in an extra room upstairs. It was a nice feeling, not only to see it all gone, but to know it will enjoy new life in Kelly and Roger’s home. Kelly even took furniture that my younger daughter Mandy will get someday, but currently does not have room for in her current apartment.
I even let her take our sofa which used to sit in front of the new sofa table. I had a slipcover over it, but underneath it is navy which is a hip and happening color in decorating now and since we already gave them the matching chair a year ago, it was a win-win situation.
I have wanted to get a new sofa and will happily start my search for it now. I am not quite sure what I want so I am in no hurry to replace it right away. For now I moved the two rattan swivel rockers away from the fireplace to the empty space where the sofa was.
The bench in the above photo is one of a few pieces of furniture that I bought, most of the other furniture going to my daughters was handed-down to Ed and I from our parents. So the hand-me downs are getting handed-down once again.
I used this bench at the end of my bed for years.
Kelly liked it, but not the color and chippy finish. To add her style to it, Ed helped her to fix one of of the underside rungs and I painted it…
…using Fusion Mineral Paint in Liberty Blue. It was my first time using this paint. I have read so much about it that I wanted to give it a try. I loved it and the color…YUM!!!
I did manage to get a few photos of the process which is simply gently sanding the surface, brushing on 2 coats of paint…
… and then adding a protective coat of wax. I will be using the paint again soon to make over the sideboard in my foyer. I will write more about using it in detail then. I can’t wait to start that this summer.
Once we arrived in Virginia and they closed on their house. We spent a few days helping them move from their rental into their house. I even took on the job of…
…painting the yellow walls in the kitchen to a soft white. We took a trip to Lowes to buy the paint supplies and a ladder so I could get all the way up to the 9 ft ceilings and above the cabinets. I didn’t get an after shot, but the room looked much better as the yellow color made the room and grey counters look green. The soft white also went with the neutral color scheme of the rest of the open concept first floor.
After we had everything moved, we left Virginia and drove 8 hours to attend a wedding in Nashville.
So over a week’s time, my house lost a few hundred pounds of furniture and decorative accessories and I gained a lot of space by happily handing-down the furniture and decorative items to be used and enjoyed by the next generation.
Do you have any hand-me-downs in your home?
P.S… The horse was made by Ed and Kelly when she was a pre-teen as a place to store her saddle and horse riding stuff. She had seen it in an Equestrian catalog. They used the photo to make it for a lot less. :-)