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Weekend Project #2: I found this little cupboard on the side of the road about a year ago. Thank goodness I was driving the truck when I spotted it! It goes next to our front door and it was just plain brown which was ok, but not great. A coat of glossy black is much better!

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I hope everyone is having a good start to the new year! I would like to say thank you for stopping by to read my blog!! I really appreciate your time and kind comments. In the new year I have been doing a lot of resting and a little sewing, soup and muffin making and nesting around the house. The Christmas decorations are put away (except for the stray pine needle) and my camera has been found (on the second shelf of the side table behind some books). Now I am ready to start blogging a little more often. I have started to tackle a list of things that I want to do around the house and this table skirt was one of them. I found these instructions in a magazine at the doctor’s office. It shows how to make a fitted skirt for those glass top tables. I have had a rectangular table cloth on this table for a while. It had lots of fabric in the back and not enough on the sides. Oh, I forgot to mention that this table is a sidewalk scavenged piece from my neighbor. The rectangular cloth was a thrifted piece with a Crate and Barrel tag. Today was the day to get this project done! It was pretty easy and now the table looks neat and tidy instead of frumpy and lop sided.

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Here is the final result of my adrenaline induced jogging experience. Jeff made the table top and I painted it two shades of green and used a wood graining tool to achieve the “faux boise” effect. The chairs are padded with a closed cell foam so they won’t get moldy and soggy then covered with an outdoor fabric. My favorite part is the ribbon on the back of the chairs. We have used this set for about three summers and it has held up really well.

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Me, jogging?

Ok people, if you know me well, you know that I am not a runner / jogger. I never have been and I probably never will be. The only thing that has inspired me to jog up to this point is treasure on the side of the road. So this is my story… We bought this beautiful baby jogger when Avery was little. I would love to get up and take her for a long walk each morning. One day we were passing this home and I noticed that a woman was dragging four patio chairs and a table to her curb. My heart started beating a little faster. I asked her if she was getting rid of them and she said she was. This was one of those garbage pick up days where the city comes by and takes your junk for free. Along with that, there are lots of scavengers driving around in pick up trucks eying everyone’s junk. I had this euphoric yet anxious feeling take over my body. I begged the woman to stand by the furniture and guard it like a hawk. Thankfully, she agreed. The adrenaline was pumping so hard through my body that I actually started sprinting down the street. It was liberating to finally use this jogger for what it was meant to be used for. I was free, I was flying, I was JOGGING! Thankfully my parents were visiting with their big Suburban so when I reached home, I belted Avery into her car seat and high tailed it to the curb where my beautiful furniture awaited me. The woman had kept her promise and was standing guard. She said she did have to shoo away a few people wanting to take my loot. With a sign of relief, I loaded it all into the back of the Sub and drove calmly home. Although the furniture sat untouched for a few years, eventually we painted it a pale green and I upholstered the chairs and Jeff made a top for the table. I will search to find pictures of the final result and post that soon.

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img_3285My mom and I were driving down the road last week and my neck craned at a handmade sign declaring “FREE!” We passed up these chairs at first but then I thought to myself, “If I don’t pick these up, I will regret it…” We turned around and checked them out. They definitely have a sixties/seventies vibe so I squeezed them in the mini van and drove them home. After a rinse off and a wipe down, they look pretty good.

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img_2875img_2878We made great progress on Day 3. The fridge cabinetry is put in place, the lower cabinets are installed and the butcher block is cut to size. We slid the fridge into place to get the finished effect. Everything seems so open now. I told the kids the first thing I would do is bake chocolate chip cookies for them when it was complete. We also had an exciting bonus today! Kathy who is our neighbor across the street brought over these heavy chrome cabinet knobs which were exactly what I had in mind to replace the old ones. Turns out she is a fellow sidewalk scavenger and found 12 of these on the sidewalk down the street in front of a house that was being remodeled. She grabbed them knowing they would find the perfect home somewhere. When she found out what we were doing, she offered them to us for free! I checked on line and similar knobs cost $8.00 a piece. That is $96.00 of free hardware! Thanks Kathy!

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chairI have admitted in my blog bio that I am a shameless dumpster diver and sidewalk scavenger. This is a good example of what you can find for free if you like the rusted, dented and peeling look… I found this chair on the sidewalk in front of my neighbor Eleanor’s house. Since she was a neighbor, I knocked on her door and told her I was going to take it. My thought is if you know the person who owns the free stuff, it is best to just admit that you find her trash a treasure. You can avoid awkward explaining this way. I love the way the blue looks with the green foliage and the hot pink fuchsias.

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