Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Pallet Island Bar

I had grown tired of walking around the dining room table in my kitchen.  I was looking at my den and thinking.....if I moved this there, and that there, and got rid of the sofa table and love seat, the dining table could be moved into the den.  We have a huge entertainment center and I didn't want to move it, without being sure.  I measured everything and cut out paper diagrams of the furniture to scale, so I could check to make sure.  It did and I am happy with the new look!

With the table gone out of the kitchen, the kitchen looked huge.  I wanted an island bar.  I have two really nice bar stools that never get used.  I priced built island bars, I looked at furniture pieces that could be converted, I searched Pinterest, I thought about making my own out of stock cabinets.......Then, like a lot of projects happen....I was out in the garage and I see this window that I had purchased, but done nothing with.  I had pallets and some scrap lumber.  I had time!

Measure, Measure....was the window long enough to use as a top to the bar, was the pallets tall enough for the bar stools?  OH my gosh....Yes!  Lucky me!

First, I worked on the window.  I knew this would be the biggest decision making problem.  I wanted to use the Gallery Glass paint on it.  I had to come up with a design.  It took me a couple of days to resolve....

A cross with a star and horse shoe.  Since, my window had two panels, I did them in reverse.  Then, to put the bar together...Hubby helped me on this project!  He doesn't usually, I don't know how I got lucky!  I didn't take any before paint pictures.  What is wrong with me?  I found a chalk paint recipe using Plaster paris and mixed up some red and some turquoise. I painted the red first and then topped with the turquoise.  Last step was to wipe it down with a walnut color stain.

I had ran down to the dollar store for something and saw this cute baskets.  Perfect for holding dish towels and freeing up a drawer.  I only have 3....One had silver ware, one cooking tools (packed) and one for dish towels.  I got to rearrange some things...Excited about the small stuff!

 The bar stools are getting used now!

The window had a grove on each end of course for sliding up and down.  I used some old cowboy rope to fill the grove.  Last step will be to mount the horse shoe for a towel holder.

This gives me a LOT more moving room in the kitchen!

And the table works fine in the den!

Evidently, Maggie loves to be in the pictures!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Deck Stain

I finally got around to working on the deck.  It is really large.  I am guessing 20 x15, with a ton of spindles. Who knows when it last had a cleaning and stain.  We have owned the place for three years and it looked rough when we purchased the house.

First, I needed to clean it.  I used a power washer with just water.  I mean I had use the pressure!  I had it set to the brick setting and had to getting pretty close to the wood.  Care must given in order to not do damage to the wood.  Make sure you keep the wand moving.....It took me at least half a day.  It is a large deck and then all those spindles with 4 sides, and hand rails.

 It was already looking better.....just being cleaned.

And, the lattice....OK, I am done with the deck part, but in the process, I dripped stain on this dang lattice.  I tried removing with paint thinner.  That didn't work.  Then, I tried Acetone.  Yep, that does the trick, but I haven't gotten it done yet.

We were only there for a couple of days, and I had to let everything dry well before staining.

Next trip, Stain!
And, the next trip and the next trip.......

I used the 7 year Olympic.  I hope I get at least 5 years.  All those spindles were very time consuming.

Then, we found some copper tops and solar lights at Lowes.

I am really proud of it!

The last trip over, my view from the sunroom.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I kept getting FATTER!

I haven't posted since.....May!  This past summer was crazy busy and most of it would not interest you, so we will leave it at that.  I did get some projects finished this summer and I will be getting up to date pretty quick.

But, today, I wanted to talk about Weight and the dreaded diet.  I have written several times before about how I struggle to keep the weight off.  I am active, ride horses and exercise, I don't over eat, I pay attention to what I eat, I try to eat pretty clean, almost 0 junk and Minimum sodas 2-4 a week.  BUT, this summer the weight was creeping on me, bouncing back and forth. I was sluggish in the morning.  I am usually up and at it!  I was terrified and was really starting to feel like it was trying to spiral out of control.  I do feel like part of this is due to change in life....perimenopause.....I am not liking getting old!

I have lost 15lbs! Yep back down to what I was in my 30's.  Years ago, when I was going to the gym 3-4 days a week, I wrote down my body measurements and I kept them in a drawer.  I am excited that I am back down to those measurements and  I haven't exercised a lick.  I am talking extra exercise.  I had a summer garden and I rode horses, my regular activities.  But, I didn't walk like I have been doing for years, my floor exercises or weight lifting.  Again, It was a crazy busy summer.  Things have calmed a bit and I did start exercising this week, because I need to tone up.

How did this happen?  The important thing here.....I am NOT selling this product!  I am just sharing, because it worked for me.  I was sluggish and it gave me energy.  I carry weight in my hips and thighs and that is the first place that I lost weight, instead of losing everywhere else, then the hips.

We were at the All American Youth Barrel Show in Jackson, MS in the later part of June.  Wayne Pedigo with Healthy Steps had his booth set up.  Wayne has been part of the horse world for years.  I just stopped to chat and saw the bottle of Plum Skinny on the counter.  I asked about it.  He told me that it suppressed the appetite and gave energy.  I told him that I was putting on weight although I was eating very little and I was having a problem getting starting in the morning.  He gave me a two day sample.  Before the show was over, I had bought my first bottle.  It gave me energy to get rolling, and I had to make sure I ate something.  The weight starting coming off. The next month I ordered the Fat Blocker Plus.  As, I stated earlier, I eat pretty clean, but I do occasionally have a baked potato or go out for Mexican.  I lost that pesty 5lbs pretty quick.  I was just looking to get back to my 140, but I have stayed on it and the weight has slowly kept coming off.  I weighed after Thanksgiving......132lbs.  I use to think my scales were broken, like stuck on anything over 140, now I feel like, I really need to verify this somewhere else.....LOL!

NOTE:  This worked great for me! And, I have several friends that are using it too and are very happy.  But, products work different for different people.  My dad who REALLY needs to loose weight, said they made him to nervous.  This could have been just energy and he didn't get out of the chair to get rid of some of it.

Anyway....Here is Wayne's web site,   1- 800-804-4566
If you call he doesn't charge shipping  ******Dec special, Buy one Plum Skinny and get a Fat Blocker Plus at  1/2 off

*****Please let him know that Melinda sent you!  Again, He did NOT pay for this endorsement.  I do NOT make any commission off sales, but he may would send me a free bottle.  I just wanted to share!

Thanks and Happy Dieting!  This is the Easiest Way I have ever lost weight!
If you give it a try, come back and comment on how it is working for you.