Weekend meanderings and a new fireplace.

So how was your weekend? Great, I hope.  Mine, well I had a pretty productive weekend.  After three winters of dealing with the noisy and not so pretty wood pellet stove, it was time for it to go.  We put in a high efficiency and as large as we could fit, wood insert, to try and help with the exorbitant heating bills that we keep receiving, especially during this particularly long and cold winter.  And as an added bonus, it’s actually quite pretty in a masculine, log home kind of way.

This is the before –

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And the after (but I think you could have figured it out on your own) –

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So much better in my opinion.  It smells so good, you can see the fire so much better and we are certainly clearing up our stash of logs from some previous tree cutting.  There are only two things I would change, I wish it would have fit a little more flush into the space, but this was as good as we could get and I wish I had managed to clean off some of the soot on the stone, prior to the installation.  Does anyone have any good tips for cleaning the stone?  I’m all ears!

I also worked a little on the laundry room and managed to get some stencilling done.  I’m hoping to share the complete makeover next week.

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And speaking of this never ending winter, I was determined to de winterize the cottage decor.  Here’s some of the results.

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So what were you up to?

Lisa

Brimfield treasures

I had an absolute fabulous weekend with my TBB peeps in Brimfield, Massachusetts.

We were off with a truck and trailer in tow on Thursday, so we had two full days to explore all that is the Brimfield Antique Market.    I won’t tell you all that happened while we were there as I’m sure that will be done in an upcoming TBB blog post (yes…stayed tuned…and hold on to your hats….there is going to be a TBB Blog Launch shortly).

There was so much there to see that it was a trifle overwhelming…  But after getting over that, I managed to find all these treasures.

I wasn’t really looking for a little round table but I couldn’t resist this adorable distressed blue one for only $50. It appears I have a thing for twisted legs.

I think these vintage Ball jars will be used in my main bath makeover at the cottage. I thought the colour was so pretty and for a total of $12 I thought they were a steal.

 These extra large glass floats will also make it to the cottage. I had never even realized they came so large.  The green and light blue one are authentic but the turquoise one with rope is a modern copy. I just thought it was an interesting one to mix in with the others.

A cute little bathroom sign painted on an old barn board.  Not too sure where this one is going, but likely a bathroom 😉

My extra large basket was also a great find for $30!

And a large crock for either a cottage garbage can or a container for something…..

And last but not least, my vintage library table with barley twist legs is going to become my cottage bathroom vanity.  I will be refinishing it.  Not quite sure, how or what colour it will end up…but it will be done.  It’s the perfect width and depth but I will add some extra pieces to legs to raise it a smidge.

All these great finds and I got to spend a long weekend with my fab TBBs, it was a perfect weekend!

Croquet, anyone?

These cute little vintage croquet balls, were left at my previous cottage.
But they needed a little love.
Here’s how they started.

So being inspired by Kelly’s of Jax does Design recent post where she polished up some vintage wooden buoys, I went to work.
Kelly used clear paste wax but my local hardware store didn’t have this, so based on their suggestion, I substituted this beeswax.

And here’s how they turned out.

They just sucked up the beeswax, they were so dry. And then I just polished them up till they shined.

I love how there is just a subtle sheen and the striped colours show up so much better now.  I wish I had a full set….

And I love how they look next to my striped painted oar. (BTW – I don’t usually have my paperbacks placed in the book shelf like this but let’s just say it was my artistic sensibility that made me switch them backwards).

I’m sharing on these linky parties so make sure and check out all the other transformations and inspirations.

 

 

Woodhaven – An update

My hubby and I have been very busy working away at our new cottage (named “Woodhaven” by the previous owners).

However, now I actually have some progress to report.  I mentioned a few posts back about putting up my Grandfather’s ice saw from the days when most people used iceboxes and not refrigerators.

My Dad brought it over to us during the holidays.  He had it tucked away in his workroom but he thought it would look great at our log cottage. And he was so right.  Thanks Dad!

Here it is in place in our sunroom.  (Sorry for the bad exposure, it is very hard to take a picture in this room, the light is very intense during the day and then at night, the lamps do not light up the high ceiling).  Santa, I need a better camera…..

My Dad is very happy that his Father’s ice saw has found the perfect home.

The sunroom is where I had originally envisioned putting some vintage oars that I had but this is much better.  Also, one of the vintage oars mysteriously disappeared during the move ;-(    But, I still have some old water skiis that I need to find a home for.

My Father also brought over a sicle that my Grandfather used on his farm and my Grandmother’s iron, the kind that you would put on the wood stove to heat up.  It makes me very happy to have these items, with my family’s history in them.

Do you have items that you display that showcase your family’s history?

Country Treasures

I’ve been enjoying some treasure hunting through antique stores and our cottage area.  At a quaint little antique shop near Syracuse, NY., I picked up this lovely sleigh and these cute wooden boxes.  Luckily for me my brother had his SUV and I promptly filled it up.  This sleigh will be adorable in a wintry entry way.

Then, shortly after, my hubby volunteered to help an elderly neighbour clean up her yard and shed and I got to select a few choice pieces.   Yeah me!

Anyways, here’s one of the items I scooped up…a cute wooden step ladder, which could become a magazine or towel rack or porch flower pot holder….

It will eventually be transformed and I’ll be sure to post the details.
I also scored some more cute little wooden crates and
some chicken wire which will be used in an amoire makeover….stay tuned…..

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