This is the saga that never ends

Yes it goes on and on my friends! Earlier this spring I made my 1st, 2nd and 3rd attempts to hang a piece of original art in my dining room. . . and I thought I was done. A few weeks ago (about 6 months after I finally hung the painting) I came home from work to this. Painting FellBack to the drawing board.

I still really believed that the 3M Velcro Strips would work so gave it another go this time opting for 6 smaller strips instead of the 4 larger strips. Instead of super glue, I gave this Loctite Crafter’s Adhesive a try. As usual, I put adhesive on both the strips and the back of the painting, weighted each strip and let it dry for 24 hours.

3M Strips & Craft GlueThat was about 7 days ago and I’m happy to report that so far everything is still intact! So far so good!Beautiful.

As a part of my continued effort to usher in autumn, the painting now has this lovely paper bead garland.Painting with fall paper bead garlandI’ll keep you posted. What do you think, will it stay or will it fall?

Painting is back on the wall

SPS: Adding trim to the kitchen desk

That’s right another installment of the Small Project Series! The SPS are all those small things that still need to be done after a big project but you just lack the motivation to finish . . . in my case because I’m already dreaming about the next big project!

Up today is the built-in desk in my kitchen. At first glance I’m sure you’re thinking, ‘That’s looks awesome!’TFP Upholstery 17

But when you take a closer look you’ll see that we never added the trim and you can now view this huge gaping hole where the right side meets the wall. Yikes.

Adding Trim to Kitchen Desk

So last weekend I finally busted out the tape measure and cut three pieces of quarter round, 1 for the right side and 2 for where the back meets the wall.

(This was the first time I’d ever used a miter saw!)

Cutting TrimAs per usual, Phillip was gracious enough to do the hard part: nailing the trim into place! Since it is such a small space it was really hard to get in there with the nail gun much less get a decent picture of the process.

Nailing TrimWhen he was done I filled the holes and painted everything, here’s the finished product!

Kitchen Desk with TrimI know it may seem like much to you but every time I walk by and see trim instead of gaping hole, it makes my heart happy.

Desk with TrimAny small projects on the line-up for this weekend?

Dear Fall, Come Quickly

While the rest of the country is rejoicing over the beginning of fall, here in west Texas, we are rejoicing over it being ‘not hot’ i.e. below 95. Holla.

So in making an effort to usher in some cooler temps, I decided to put out my fall decorations. Hopefully the weather will follow suit. The entryway got this felt and yarn leaf garland that I made last year.

Front Poarch with Fall Leaves

Fall LeavesYears before I wrote a blog, I made this Give Thanks banner which now hangs below our TV.

Give Thanks BannerOver the years I’ve collect a few ceramic pumpkins as well as some fall vegetables that are now on display at the eat-in kitchen table and in the living room. That precious felt napkin holder I got from the Target dollar spot last year.

Handmade FAll Decor

The Happy Day Rosette Art also got a leaf garland and a few pumpkins.Fall Decor in Dining RoomA few years ago I also made these gold push pin pumpkins, the idea came from this blog.

DIY Fall DecorHave you ushered in fall in your part of the country yet?

 

That one time we owned 6 fridges in 18 months

Alternate Title: It’s another day so this is the other story.

So as I alluded to last week, we have somehow managed to own 6 different refrigerators in the span of about 18 months. Trust me, I am fully aware of how ridiculous those words sounds coming out of my mouth.

1.When we moved into this house, it came with this beauty. Probably an 80’s model but in both the fridge and the freezer it had these large metal cooling plates that took up a TON of space so even though it looks to have a normal depth, there wasn’t actually that much space.
TFP 626-202. We swapped it out with this, more current fridge via Craig’s List and it lasted for a good few months. . .until it started to freeze everything in the fridge part no matter what temperature setting you had it on.TFP HT 143. So that brings us to #3 (which I don’t actually have a picture of). When #2 started being ornery, we thought ‘let’s go big with our next fridge and get what we really want, a side-by-side!’ A friend had an extra, white side by side that wasn’t working (but thought it would be easy to repair) so they gave it to us! We were blown away with their generosity but when it came down to it the whole thing needed new seals which totaled a good bit more than we had intended on spending. As luck would have that very day we stumbled across an outdoor used appliance dealer. Yes, in case you’re wondering, outdoor, used and appliance should never be used in the same sentence: red flag! Any hoo, we traded him the side-by-side that needed new seals and the top/bottom that froze everything and picked up #4.

4. Let the record show that I LOVED this fridge and I would have kept it for years. . . except that the ice maker stopped working. Now, if you’re thinking ‘An ice maker? Really? Those are pretty easy to install!’ you would be correct. Except for that a friend of a friend was remodeling their kitchen and wanted to give #5 away. (And yes, we have really great friends!)

PS – We also ripped out those upper cabinets so #4 would fit and have needed those extra inches for every fridge since! (Again, ridiculousness is coming out of my mouth.)TFP Kitchen 17

#5. We were so thankful to have such a nice refrigerator just given to us but I have to admit, stainless steel is not my favorite. It’s too trendy, really hard to keep clean plus all my other appliances are white and I like it that way. Phillip’s company is in the process of moving to a new office space, in which they’ll have a break room with room for a full size fridge. So we said why not buy ours? That’s exactly what happened and the best part was that we were able to purchase #6 for the same price!

House Tour Kitchen

#6. Isn’t she a beaut? She’s just a year old and I can tell you that we got a MAJOR deal from a family that had just moved here from east Texas and bought a house with appliances.Kitchen - September 2013

Fridge #6Nice and pretty and white!

6 fridges in 18  monthsSo there you have it. That’s the story of how we managed to own 6 different refrigerators in 18 months. Here’s hoping this one will last us for many years to come!

 

PS – My brother finally asked this beautiful girl to be his bride and she said yes! They’re getting married in January and I’ve got lots of wedding shower and rehearsal dinner ideas brewing in my head so stay tuned for lots of wedding updates!

Save the Date

SPS: I finally fixed that hole next to the entryway bar

Remember that time we installed our custom counter top for the entryway bar?

Yeah. . . it’s a distant memory for me too. . .because it was in FEBRUARY!!

(March, April, May. . .)

7 months ago to be exact. (And really more than that since it actually went in before Christmas, I just blogged about it in February.)

TFP Kitchen Bar 9So hang on to your seats ladies and gentlemen [insert drumroll here] because I have finally patched that awkward rectangle on the kitchen wall!!

Finished Kitchen Bar - thefrontpoarch.com(Please ignore the blue dolly in the back ground, that’s another story for another day. . .)

Back to the awkward wall patch, the original counter stuck about 2″ further from the stone wall which made it really uncomfortable to sit at our new built-in benches. To fix the rectangle, I took the counter top off (we haven’t glued it down yet since I haven’t fixed the wall yet AND because it’s really hard to move refrigerators in and out of your kitchen with it in place. . . .again, a story for another day.)

Where was I??

I took the counter top off and sanded down the area so it would be as smooth as possible. Since the original counter was installed before the house was painted, the exposed area went all the way down to the sheet rock.

Fixing this hole. . . 6 months later - thefrontpoarch.comAfter sanding it got a good coat of primer and paint. . . .

Paint & Primer. . . and there you have it! Quick. Simple. And took so little time I regret 100% not just doing this when we installed the counter top.

Finished Kitchen Bar - thefrontpoarch.comI also took the opportunity to add a little touch up paint to some areas of the kitchen that are already showing wear and tear. We really love our high texture walls, but they do get nicked ALL the time. Behind the trash can is the worst, in less than a year it’s rubbed off an entire strip texture and the lid has left the wall grimy and generally dirty looking.

Trash Rubbing off PaintOh well, a new coat will do for now. Who knows, maybe I need a trash can guard. Anybody else had similar trouble?

 

Mid-Century TLC

When I revealed my mid-century jewelry display, you might have noticed that the low dresser I used was in need of some repair.

Master Bedroom Reno 3Well, not only did the veneer need some love, the bottom drawer had completely fallen apart and in the photo above, I just shoved the drawer front in an snapped a pic before it could fall out.

Most of the time it looked like this:
House Tour Small DresserI finally had some time and energy to give this little gem so first thing was first, I sat out to glue the drawer together. Here is where I started.

Broken drawerLike any good DIY-er, I gathered the few supplies I had on hand, determined to complete this project without purchasing any additional tools.Glue, clamps and a ragNow, if you’re thinking ‘those clamps don’t look big enough’ you would be correct. To do any kind of major wood working/repair you need legit clamps like this one but again, I was determined not to purchase anything for this project so I made do.

Glueing a drawer togetherI started by cleaning all the surfaces that were going to be glued and fitted them into place before I applied the glue. Once the side piece was in place it was mostly holding together except for the hinge so I used my way-too-small clamp to ghetto rig a solution. Again, I don’t recommend trying this at home.

Not the correct way to clampAfter that glue set (about an hour) I repeated the process with the drawer front. This time there was enough tension coming from the 3 complete sides so I didn’t have to ghetto-clamp anything.

Glue the front onAnd that ladies and gentlemen is what I call a successful project!

Completed drawerThe second item on the agenda was the top drawer which as you can tell, was missing quite a bit of veneer. There is a soft spot in my heart for veneer but this piece was too far damaged to be repaired. Plus, since so much of it was already gone, I could tell there was a workable piece of wood underneath!

Broken veneerSee what I mean?

I was able to remove most of it with a wood chisel and hammer but I had to use this technique for both ends which proved to be the most stubborn. After that it got a good sanding and a few coats of primer. . .

Veneer removed, paiting. . . and then a pop of color!

Mid-Century Recessed Drawer Pull

Mid-Century Low Dresser - thefrontpoarch.com

Isn’t she a beaut??
Jewerly Display Repaired - thefrontpoarch.com

 

 

SPS: Can you KEEP something organized??

How do you keep a bookcase organized?

Organizing a Bookshelf

Or any other high traffic area.

I mean really, day after day, week after week, how do you keep something organized?

I’m not talking about initially getting everything tidied up or staging something for a great photo either. That’s the thrill of the hunt, removing everything from a shelf, organizing, getting rid of and staging the best stuff. The work to keep it that way? Bor-ing.

One day you wake up and walk by your bookshelf and it looks like this:BookshelfLeaning books of Pisa anyone??

How did this even happen? We’re tidy people, how did all of these book get jumbled up and why hasn’t anyone straightened this monstrosity?

Stacks? Really??

Messy BookshelfSo I’m proposing an experiment. As a part of the Small Project Series, every Friday for the next 6 week I’m going to post a pic of this bookshelf on my Instagram and Facebook page, the good, the bad and the ugly with the hopes that some accountability will help keep it on the looking-presentable train. After all, it one of the most highly trafficked areas of my home, I should be able to keep a little bookshelf organized. Shouldn’t I? I guess we’ll have to see about it.

Here’s the bookshelf as it stands today, not edited, not organized, just exactly as it is with a few minor issues but still looking presentable.

Bookshelf 1st reviewHere we go, we’ll see what happens!

 

PS – I came home from work last week and found this.

Painting FellI guess it’s back to the drawing board. . . here’s the 1st | 2nd | & 3rd attempt I made at hanging this painting. I’ll keep you posted on the 4th.