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Ready to Rock n Roll!

I set a goal at the start of the fall- to clean out the garage, get it organized, and then to only bring in as many projects as I can complete in 1 week. No more giant storage pile in the center. It may have taken several months longer, and a dumpster bag for me to actually get it done, but on New Years Day I breathed that sigh of relief. Even the kids were impressed!

Jake has space to work on his motorcycle,  I have space to do projects, plus an organized work bench, and the kids can even bike and scooter around in there!

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Anyone who has ever seen my garage knows what an accomplishment this is ;)

So on Monday, I officially had no undone projects sitting in there! And all of my completed things were moved into the shop (still goin strong!). Which meant that for the first time since September, I went out picking for garbage gold :)

One trip to the old neighborhood and I found these goodies in like 10 minutes.

2 rocking chairs and a crusty dresser!

2 rocking chairs and a crusty dresser!

Of course when Alex saw these,  even lined up neatly and out of the way he said, without bothering to hide his annoyance  “Mom!! Why are you starting to fill this up with old stuff AGAIN!!?!”

The good news is,  I was able to finish all 3 during the week and hope to get them over to the shop this weekend.

Gotta make space before trash day! 😀

NOT ABANDONDED!

Even though it has been nearly a month, I have not abandoned the blog! Along with normal holiday hubbub, Jake is moving his company to a new office building right now. In the hopes of beginning regular work there by the New Year, I have been been tackling many projects over at the new office to get it ready. Every room needed painting, there were 9 desks that needed assembling, new lighting fixtures, sprucing up the kitchen area, hanging blinds, and a lot of other detail work- I felt like I was living there for a couple of days!

Thankfully the 2nd floor is just open space, so the kids have actually had a great time playing there and have been really good sports about helping get it ready. When Alex first learned about the new office, he (of course) needed to know where he would be working. After watching Jake order desks online, about a month ago, he decided he would build himself a desk.

Being my child, his instincts were to scout out what materials he had on hand and go from there. We had had these pieces of a shipping pallet in our garage for a while, and he thought they would make perfect legs. I have to agree. He grabbed a piece of plywood and got to work. Anytime Alex helps me in the garage, or works on a project while I work on mine, it is like his ultimate contentment. He keeps up this constant flow of positive energy. “Isn’t it great working out here together Mom?”  — “How’s your job going over there Mom? Mine’s going great.” — “I really love being out here with you”. This kid is completely Sunnyside Up. I felt to proud, as did he, of the desk he created, and he is even more excited to get it over into his new “office”.

So, no, I have not given up on my quest of collecting garage and creating slightly more presentable garbage, I’ve just been super busy with non-blogworthy projects. Not to mention the colder months make painting and sanding a lot less enjoyable when you’re fingers go numb :/

Once we wrap up with all of our Christmas Festivities I’ll be back in the garage (which never did get the clean out I was planning back in October) with a ton of great projects my brother and parents found for me. I’ve been going CRAZY not being able to work on them these last few weeks! And with global warming on my side, maybe I won’t freeze :)

Creating organization

Phew! Took a nice little break for a couple of weeks and only did a couple of projects as time allowed. More trips to the park with the kids and fewer hours painting and sanding while the weather still allows us to do those things :)

I did manage to find this excellent piece a couple of weeks ago.

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Church pews are such unique pieces and this one is no exception. It didn’t take me long to realize I might be keeping this one for myself.

One of the first things parents of young children realize is how much crap they, the kids, seem to have and how all of it is everywhere all of the time. And how, some days, outfitting your kids with shoes in order to leave the house feels as daunting as climbing Mt Everest, with 2 kids who inexplicably have lost their shoes and have jelly on their socks. Who knew that my solution to jellysocks would be a free church pew on craigslist.

Once I started sanding, I realized the base was completely hollow. That, to me, seems like a waste of space.

Once I started sanding, I realized the base was completely hollow. That, to me, seems like a waste of space.

So I pried the front off. It was surprisingly easy!

So I pried the front off. It was surprisingly easy!

I finished the sanding and did 2 coats of Polyshades and then a spray coat of poly.

I finished the sanding and did 2 coats of Polyshades and then a spray coat of poly.

I gathered up some storage baskets- large enough that each kid has space for their backpack, jacket, shoes, hat and gloves.

I gathered up some storage baskets- large enough that each kid has space for their backpack, jacket, shoes, hat and gloves.

AND WHALLA! This freebie successfully delayed my desire to tear out the wall dividing our kitchen and dining room (for now 😉 ) and keeps me from tripping all over the shoes, socks, jackets and bags that were continually jammed behind the door. Plus, I’ve got more space to put holiday pillows!  New organizational systems and repurposing garbage — these are a few of my favorite things!

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Farm Style Pallet Table

In the garbage business, pallets really are a dime a dozen. Except cheaper. They are also so versatile that they frequently masquerade in all kinds of other designs. One difficult thing about pallet furniture, or any rough wood for that matter, is that can be difficult to clean. That’s why sanding, resanding, and thick sealant is always important.  So, when I had a giant piece of glass left over from a different piece, I knew I wanted to build a pallet table for it.

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I had this partially cut pallet left from an old project.

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I added a simple frame to bring the surface area to match the glass.

I had taken these old spindles from my parent's shed earlier this summer, and they worked out great here.

I had taken these old spindles from my parent’s shed earlier this summer, and they worked out great here.

Next I added some more framing. Some for strength, some for decoration.

Next I added some more framing. Some for strength, some for decoration.

And a coat of paint.

And a coat of paint.

Lastly I added that piece of glass. And here it is in the outdoor display at Dover Antique Mall.

Lastly I added that piece of glass. And here it is in the outdoor display at Dover Antique Mall.

Back to business!

After a hot, humid, and exhausting  lovely week away with the kids volunteering with my old high school, I needed a good 2 day catch up over the weekend. But today we are back in action! Sold a few pieces at the shop over the weekend, and a few more through online classifieds. Things are looking pretty solid!
The owner of the antique mall where my shop is invited me to pick her garage last week and I left with a TRUCK LOAD (literally) of goodies.  One of the most unique items she gave me was this set of legs.

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Evidently it used to be some kind of quilting stand. I immediately saw it as a table base.

So I set to work working out some basic framing.

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Then dismantled a pallet and evened out all the usable wood.new

Then I sanded and stained the top. While that was drying, I remembered that my husband had picked up this set of antique folding chairs for me MONTHS ago. Other than missing the center seat portion, the frame of the chairs was in great shaped. I did a coat of stain and poly then patched them up. They turned out way better than I thought they would!

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After drying over night, I had a great rustic table and chairs set!

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Oh- and the whole job came in under $15.

Creating A Mobile Kitchen Island

This bumped and bruised desk was hanging out in the alley earlier this week.

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With a laminate top and press board innards, it would have been easy to pass up. Buuut, not for me.

Even the wasn't enough to keep me away.

Even the peeing wasn’t enough to keep me away.

A quick patch job on either side is all it takes.

A quick patch job on either side is all it takes.

I removed the hardware. Did a coat of primer. Then added 2 shelves in the open area.

I removed the hardware. Did a coat of primer. Then added 2 shelves in the open area.

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I added blocks and casters under the legs to give it mobility and bring it up to counter height, 36″.

I replaced the old back and gave it all a coat of paint.

I replaced the old back and gave it all a coat of paint.

Added some new accessories and updated the hardware.

Added some new accessories and updated the hardware. Hooks for utensils and another for kitchen towels or mitts.

A this rod with decorative hook for hanging pots. These shower hookds were actually less expensive than typical S hooks, and also don't fall off.

A thin rod with decorative hooks for hanging pots. These shower hooks were actually less expensive than typical S hooks, and also don’t fall off.

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And there you have it!



DSC02609Sweet, simple, and super practical for any cramped kitchen or budget!

Quick Update!

Hey guys!

Sorry for the delay in posts. We took a great family vacation to the Outer Banks! (None of us were eaten by sharks). And right after getting back I got approval to set up a shop at Dover Antique Mall! Any of my local PA friends and customers should totally check that place out! It’s huge, well organized, and filled with interesting things. Plus a snack shop :)     I’ll be moving in this Saturday to a small booth  on the second floor (and hopefully move in to something larger in a few months if it becomes available).  So I’ve been super busy getting cleaned up and organized before I set up.

Dover Antique Mall Ect. 5010 Carlisle Rd Dover, PA Tue - Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dover Antique Mall Ect.
5010 Carlisle Rd. Dover, PA
Tue – Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Don’t worry though, I’ve collected a ton of roadkill rescue items this week! I have 2 great projects in the works that I’ll hopefully finish up in a few days!

Keep on Pickin’!

~Jodi

Welcome Note

So, after much prompting from friends and family, I have decided to bring my daily adventuring to the blog world. Here I hope to share my most recent DIY projects, insights to my life as a wife and mother of two crazy kids and all the ups and downs these adventures bring.

So hop on in and enjoy the ride with me because life is a roller coaster and the sign says  “no single passengers”. It also says that there is a strong likely hood of motion sickness.

Thanks!
~Jodi

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