I am posting again about this fun project from last spring.

We found some vintage windows on the curb, and they inspired this entire project.  With a bit of wood found in the garage and a quick trip to Home Depot, we had the makings of a fun weekend. antique windows

 On a gorgeous day early last Spring,  myhusband  got started on building me a cold frame.. web-kk-014

First he built it,web-kk-023

 then he put on wheels so we can move it into the sun or in and out of the garage if we have a bad frost coming.  

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 Next we painted it, web-saturday-014

put the windows on with  hinges, web-saturday-245

and reused the window hardware as handles.web-saturday-236

He added a couple of heavy duty handles on the sides for lifting (you never know) web-k-002

and there you have it…web-saturday-247

a great cold frame to hold all my fledgling seedlings and give them an early start.web-saturday-254

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~ All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes

                                

This is a Santa Claus tree topper that my son made in kindergarten or maybe preschool.  So it’s somewhere around 25 years old.  I used it for the top of our Christmas tree every year until it was just about falling apart. 

 Last year I decided to frame it and just hang it on the wall to be able to enjoy it and preserve it also.  I used a deep frame, laid it on red velvet and made squiggles out of silver pipecleaners just to add a little pizzazz.  Now I can still enjoy it year after year. 

~”Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ” ~Deborah Whipp

            

This is an old cupboard someone threw away several months ago.  While out on a walk with my friend, we came across it.   

 The back was falling apart, the door was off, the finish was horrible and their had been a can of polyurethane that had dumped inside of it.  Quite a mess. It was in pretty sad shape but I took it home anyway.

A little paint, screws, elbow grease and a little vision, not to mention love,and it’s a great antique that hangs in my dining room full of books. 

That was one great walk we took that day! I think of it every time I look at my wonderful cupboard.

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

~”I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”~ Abraham Lincoln


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 Here is the dresser I restored for our new grandaughter that’s was born in July. web-df-012

 I sanded off the old finish, cleaned up the pulls and lock covers, then refinished the whole thing. lined

 I contact papered the drawers, and voila!

 

Here it is before….before

Here it is after.

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We delivered it to my son and his wife who were just thrilled. web-df-035

My husband and son carried it straight up to her room.delivering the dresser 

  Not bad for a $30 find.

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~A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for. ~Anonymous

   

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web-rock-030These are the two adirondack chairs my friend and I rescued from the curb.  

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 My husband made a new arm for one and I repaired the backs of both of them.  web-s-001

We also had to reinforce one of the legs.  Then I  primed and painted them glossy red. web-s-003

 They still had some years left in them.

I am glad they will be spending that time giving us another great place to sit and enjoy my garden.    

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 My husband brought me home a surprise a couple of weeks ago. 

 He found this wonderful cupboard on the curb.  Someone had thrown it away.  In better shape than these pictures show in the before pics. 

The paint was still in tact, I scraped it to see the wood.  The glass was unbroken, even the shelf paper was in good condition. 

 But with a little bit of love, some sanding, painting, a new knob and adding some pulls to the drawer as well as  adding top moulding for some character, new shelf front moulding (to put a facade in front of the curvy shelf I didn’t like)

and it’s a different piece altogether. 

I bet if they saw it now they wouldn’t have sent it to the landfill. 

Here it is in my kitchen.  Still have to put some stuff in it but that will be no problem. 

 One can never get enough cupboard space.

 

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Found this beauty on the curb a few weeks ago.  Someone actually threw this away. It has absolutely nothing wrong with it except a bit of glaze flaking on the bottom and a bit of crazing which I find charming anyway. It stands about 8 inches high and about 6 inches wide.  The color is bright and cheerful and the shape is endearing.  Needless to say I snatched if from the heap and carried it home where it will be appreciated and put to good use.

~”I collect antiques. Why? Because they’re beautiful.” – Broderick Crawford