Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Pre-Thanksgiving to all!

This was on Facebook this morning and I think it sums it up............along with this one..............

I hope you are planning a wonderful holiday with loved ones.  I have been cleaning and clearing and actually making progress!
I have turned my porch into my library........here's a few pics.............these 2 wicker rockers were sprayed with straight cleaning vinegar and then hosed down outside and left to dry.   It worked great!  I washed the one cushion and need to make cushions for the other. The basket under the table is for catalogs that I might be utilizing in the near future.
 I washed all windows and woodwork, dusted the walls and everything in this room because of the drywall dust.  I washed and hung curtains and no, they don't match but I have a neighbor that likes to slink behind my house and be nosy so I have to have curtains up or I feel like I'm living in a fish bowl.   He is not my next door neighbor but he's very interested in what I do.  Go figure! LOL!
I got 2 of those rugs at a sale for $5.00 each and they're like new.  I shampooed the carpet in that room also.  My sons put a new lock on the door and I bought a magnetic curtain rod for the door as it is metal.  The window next to the door has pillowcases with cafe curtain rings and the door has a dresser scarf hung with cafe clips also.  I don't heat or air condition this room although I could but it costs a lot so I don't.  I do have a little heater there that I can use if I plan on being out there for awhile in the winter.  The wood laying on the floor is moulding that I need to put back up and there is painting to do also but that will be another day or year! LOL!
This is an old potting bench and underneath is a barn wood painting I did years ago that hung in my kitchen....it has 2 chickens and on the left is a nail where I hung an egg basket with fake eggs in it.
Aside from being a 'library' it is my 'divide and conquer' room where I can gather it all together and then decide what to sell, keep, and give away.  An odd assortment of furniture to be sure.
The cradle in the left handcorner was made by my step-father and I have an assortment of things that need repairing in it.
 I put an old sewing table in the middle and made it my library table like they actually have at our library with new books that come in or that are featured.  I'm putting books on it that I want to read next or don't want to get lost in the shuffle as they are reference books I will be needing.
 I haven't filled all the shelves up yet but don't worry...I will!  The bookcase at the end is in the shape of a church  and has willow branches on the sides and back.  Many of these pieces need painting too.
I also washed the brick wall on the left which wasn't easy but I did it!
This is my main magazine repository with various knick knacks holding down the fort along with some antique tools that my step father collected.
My sons also put in a new ceiling fixture.........love it...........
I washed the French doors inside and out and the all that white woodwork which wasn't white before.
I also took the drapes down and washed them thinking they would fall apart and also worrying that they might be fiberglass.....after they were almost done washing.  It was raining that day so I thought I would hang them in the basement but then I had cleaned the the drapery rod and wall they had been hanging on and thought.....why not hang them right back up?  They were practically dry when I took them out and no, they weren't fiberglass...thank goodness!  So, I hung them up and although they shrunk a bit they looked great!   To think I was thinking I would have to sew new drapes!  I will but not now.  They turned out beautiful!
Well, that's my "deep cleaning" and of course it continues....stay tuned for more!
Happy Trails!


  1. Clever idea with the flowerpot shelves! I really need to a deep cleaning of my sunroom!
    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. You are making progress and I bet it feels good to be done with the sheetrock dust:) Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. What a great idea to turn your porch into your library!


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