11/14/16

A little before and after

Redwood decks and fences are very attractive, as in the picture below.

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 But not quite as attractive when it’s on the top of a dining room table.

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When you only pay $70 for a dining room table, you don’t mind a little extra work.

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And work it was to make the redwood look disappear

Sanding with a hand sander……..

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and more sanding

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and carefully sanding  to not damage the wood.

 

After sanding, I washed it down with Murphy oil soap and let it dry overnight.

Then the moment of truth…..to stain or not to stain. It would  have been a piece of cake to just paint over the redwood color with chalk paint. But I really wanted the wood to show through. As much as I sanded, there were still traces of red.

After testing several stains, the winner is………………… Antiquing glaze.

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The rich, warm brown of the glaze was absolutely a perfect match. Red is all gone.

 

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And I’m having loads of table scape fun.

 

 

 

11/10/16

Happy Fall from the Cottage

The cottage on Greene is feeling and looking cozy these days.

Especially with fall showing up all over the place.

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I just love wall hangings don’t you? This find,from a mountain trip years ago, was in storage. When I ran across it in a box, it screamed “take me, take me, take me to the cottage on Greene.”

And here it is, hanging in the hallway near the book case and looking not so lonely anymore.

 

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And not too far away in the living room……..

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And scenes in the dining room…..

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More touches of fall

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When the wall saying was complete, the cottage became a home.

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11/7/16

My heart, my soul

Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to add posts for a few weeks. My heart was missing the connections with all my faithful readers. You may not post comments, but I know you’re there!

 

 

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My soul was saying “be still and accept.”  Acceptance that for now I was not to be frustrated with my broken blog and I was to breathe and accept that in time it would be up and running again.

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And with acceptance, I could focus on the projects at hand; such as searching for furniture, painting furniture, repainting furniture, hanging window coverings, taking them down because they didn’t work for me and all the other things that go into making the Cottage on Greene a home.

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I could spent the time fretting over those things I can’t control or I could let it go and enjoy the fall before it was gone. Fall is my favorite season to be outdoors.

And outdoors I was; for a day of hiking and picture taking in the mountains.

 

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You can tell by the smiles on these three, I wasn’t the only one that needed to “be still and accept.”

 

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While the four of us were enjoying the beauty of the day, I was reminded of the prayer that will always bring me back to “be still and accept” , whatever it is.

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference.