Pellet Stove Face Lift

12 Aug

When we bought this house eight years ago, I cringed at the unslightliness of the black and white pellet stove, dominating a corner in the living room. In my mind I thought, “We’ll tear that thing out and get a retro wood stove or a sleek gas fireplace”.  There were lots of projects I was foolish enough to think we could accomplish as new homeowners. Plus, until I experienced the soul warming heat that my pellet stove put out in the winter, I had no clue what a gem we had in it, unsightly or not.

Earlier this past spring I got to thinking about how I could give it a fresh look, without building some sort of surround. I settled on changing what bothered me most about it- the white laminate base that it was sitting on. It was scratched up, and always got soot on it when cleaning out the stove, plus it looked cheap. Covering it with chalkboard paint was a quick change and immediately helped the stove recede into the wall a bit. Plus, I like the idea that I can get a bit creative and sketch out some seasonal illustrations.

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Bainbridge Rotary Sale

24 Jun

The time has come people… this Saturday the 28th is the amazing Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale.  This event offers more used goods, all in one place, than any other event in Kitsap County. The BI Rotarians take over Woodward Middle School and set up “departments” for items of all kinds.  The sale runs from 8am-2pm.  Of course, I focus my purchasing on furniture, lamps, accessories and art work, but a person can find just about anything they want at this sale.  After attending the auction for the last six years, I’ve learned a few things:

1. Do NOT attend the preview on the Friday night before the sale. The reason I don’t go, is so that I suffer disappointment when someone else buys that oh so perfect leather chair that I spotted the night before. Some like to check out the preview, so they can gauge whether or not braving the masses of deal-hungry people on Saturday will be actually worth it.  In my experience, it as always been worth the trip.

2. Swing in around 10am, rather than getting there before the gates open at 8am.  Entering with that mad rush of bargain-crazed shoppers at the start of the sale, is just not worth it to me.  Sure, I probably miss out on some great stuff, but, like I said, I have always walked away with amazing deals.

3. Stay until AT LEAST NOON.  Seriously, at noon, the deals really ramp up.  All pieces have prices already, but, at this point the volunteers just want to see the stuff gone by 2pm. Just make an offer, and see what they say.  The best deal, hands down, was the wooden, wheeled office chair my husband now uses. We paid $1.

4. Unless you wind up buying something gigantic, like a boat or a treadmill or an enormous dining hutch, do not wait to use the pick up line to load your car.  Do your best to ferry your purchases back to your car, as you buy them. Even if your car is parked really far away, which it most likely will be. Our first year at the sale, we bought a salvaged white Carrera marble countertop (for $20), so we had to get in that god-awful, insanely long pick up line. This will save you at least an hour of unproductive time, stuck in the car and not shopping for deals.

5.Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.  That is a no brainer.

6. Bring a tape measure and measurements of rooms that you are searching for pieces for.

That is about it! See you this Saturday! Oh, and don’t forget to bring cash- they take cards too, but cash is so much easier!!!!

Modern, but Rustic Kitchen Shelves

24 Jan

I saw these shelves on Nest Design Studio’s blog, and they are absolutely what I have been picturing for my kitchen!

These shelves, originally posted on,housetweaking , are just what I've had in mind...

These shelves, originally posted on,housetweaking , are just what I’ve had in mind…

My handy father has a bunch of salvaged barn wood, out of which he crafted this cute shelf to display my vintage inkwell collection.



I love it, but I want a more modern, and cleanable bracket for use in the kitchen.  The shelves from house tweaking use the Ekby Bjarnum bracket  from IKEA, and the look is just what I am after. Time to call my dad with some measurements!

A Dab of Red Will Do

23 Jan

I’ve been feeling quite crafty these days, and have finally snapped back into DIY project mode. A couple of weeks ago, I tackled the reinvention of the sweet little vanity bench I use at my desk. It used to look a bit dinged up and dated- just sort of blended into the neutral surroundings. Now, painted red and recovered with a large scale, turquoise and oatmeal zigzag fabric by Lacefield Designs, it is fresh and happy!

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I simply love how this small project makes such a big statement, but totally works with the rest of the space.

A Bed for Thomas

23 Sep

I just bought this twin bed on craigslist for $15! It needs a little love, but is is just the piece I was looking for! I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do to it, but I just know it’s going to turn out cute.  Any suggestions?

bed 2

bed 1


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