Monday, January 28, 2008

Winter wonderland...

Our home had its first snow (that we've been here for at least).

Enjoy ~

Sunday, January 27, 2008


I admit, I'm addicted to bricks. I like em old, and I like lots of

them. I scour Craigslist for them all the time. When I find them for
free, I jump. I don't even necessarily have to have a project in mind
to collect them, but I know I'll use them for something, eventually.

Free bricks don't seem to show up as often on Craigslist in the South
Sound. Maybe that's just a bias I've developed over the past few
months. Nonetheless, I did recently find a large pile of bricks
(around 900 bricks) that I actually paid money for (about 10 cents a
brick). These 1920s era beauties will be great as a path, a patio, or
as the skirt for the porches we're going to build eventually. Bricks
-- collect them! You never know when you'll need them.

This is the first load. We we're almost done with unloading them. I
always sucker a friend or two into helping.

Here is a partial pile. By the time we got all the bricks moved, the pile was about 4 times this high. That'll be a good quantity of bricks to do some fun projects. Best of all, we're reusing material that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

And finally, the almost finished pile.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Two recent furniture aquisitions

Okay, I've been a little Craigslist crazy lately. I found these two fantastic pieces of furniture online. The mission style chair is going to require a lot of work (gluing, clamping, reupholstering, etc.), but the price was right.

This bench isn't the most comfortable piece of furniture, but I have always believed comfort is secondary when it comes to furniture. I'd rather be in pain and look stylish :-) That must be a sign of a true furniture addiction!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Out with the closet

Our upstairs room is the entire length of the house. However two thirds of it are closet storage. We've decided to pull out the center closet for an office space. Note the lovely dry brush technique paint job on the wall I'm removing.

Now we have a small cozy movie theater and an office space. There are still plenty of things to fix up here but it's definitely low on our list. The closet removal of course gives us the brilliant idea to add a dormer on this side. A chain reaction of new projects.

Here is our newly enlarged space. This shows off the white stick on linoleum squares perfectly. Note the ceiling fan blades at eye level and some of the ivy stencil the lady of the house was so fond of.