Good bye August ….. Hello Fall


It seems like just yesterday……… when I was saying good bye to July.


Now, kids everywhere are back to school ……..and the new fall TV shows will be starting soon and ….

colorful fall decor will be set free from the storage bins they have been in since last November.



A few of my favorite summer items around the house before they are packed away and

fall storage bins are cracked open and explosion of fall color will be all over the house.

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Good bye Summer! sniff  sniff


Hello Fall!

Ahhhhhh fall….   my favorite season. I don’t know why. I just love it. The crisp air,

the scrunching of leaves under my feet, foot ball games, warm cider and …………

storage bins filled with things that warm my soul.



Shoe Polish and Polyblend Grout Renew

Have you ever tried tried a product and, really not expecting it to work,  you (me) failed to take “before” pictures? ……….kicking myself.


Not only did the first product work, so did the second………………. kicking myself again for not taking “before shots.”


But of course, I will be showing “after” shots.


The first is ……………drum roll please…………………..   Polyblend Grout  Renew   in antique white


The tiled shower was looking pretty bad ………as in grout discolored and looking dingy , dirty etc. …  and no matter how much I scrub and cleaned, it had lost the clean fresh look it had when the bathroom was remodel 7 years ago. I saw the Grout Renew in Lowe’s..  Why not give it a go?



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Lo and behold ………  it worked!   Although it has been  at least a month or longer since I applied Grout Renew  ….. still looking good.

I followed the directions on the bottle. A little time consuming for us multitaskers … but well worth it.


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Who uses shoe polish these days?…. In these days of summer flip flops and sneakers for footwear,

shoe polish is not much in demand at my house …..  at least not for shoes.


The next project is a leather ottoman which looked as if it had seen it best days.

The chair is in good shape, but I had even though of replacing both because the ottoman looked so bad.

Ten years of wear and tear at this party house had taken it’s toll.

Soooooo ….  with nothing to lose…….. I purchased Liquid Shoe Polish at the local Dollar General for around $4.

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They only had black or brown. Does anyone remember the Oxblood polish from years ago? I don’t know if they still make it or not. The ottoman and chair is not black or brown ,  but more of a burgundy. The Oxblood would be perfect.

I got the brown.  How I wished I had before pictures (my bad) …….… I didn’t really expect it to work so well…

After applying only one coat.  What do you think?


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If you have worn leather or even vinyl, give shoe polish a try. What have you got to lose?

Don’t forget to take before pictures or you will be kicking yourself.  It really works!!!!!


The story of the little brown ottoman


I am now officially a member of “I painted my leather ottoman (footstool)” club.


I know this project has been around for a few years, but


1. I didn’t have a leather ottoman old enough to experiment on.

2. I was chicken.

Until …… I was in the basement last week. This is where I keep all the extra vases, lamps, candles,

mirrors,  extra furniture etc, etc, etc.  My go to place when I want to create a different look in the house.


This area is not well lit and tends to be damp when we get the rain we have had this spring and summer.

But can’t let a little rain stop a decorator. Right?


While in the basement last week …  there it was…  a little brown neglected small ottoman.


It had been banished to the basement. The too brown was just too brown to work with my current look.

Out comes the paint. What I had on hand was Annie Sloan Old Ochre.

I quickly starting painting before I changed my mind and almost forgot to take before shots.

It was partly covered before I grabbed the camera.

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Applied two coats of paint …..  applied antiquing glaze….. waxed ….. sanded lightly and

it look like this …  not quite what I wanted.


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I applied just a bit of Maison Blanche Sugar Cane and Robin’s Egg ….   small jars I had on hand.

Finished with Maison Blanche clear wax and looks fabulous don’t you think?


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Notice the clock face.?   I printed a clock face template and used tracing paper

to transfer it to top of the ottoman using a pencil.  I then used a small brush to paint over the pencil marks.

I used brown antiquing glaze for the clock numbers.



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Waxed and buffed again.  Isn’t little brown ottoman beautiful now?Now what else do I have in that basement?