Downsizing – Spare Bedroom 1: Library

The summer of 2017 was officially the start of Phase 2 of our fixer-upper.  This means we had saved enough money to conquer partial bathroom renovations, master closet makeover, a cooling vent and insulation for the garage (I didn’t really get this but Jeff thought it was a priority) and doing something with the two spare bedrooms.  After a year and a half everything had found a place but it wasn’t organized in a way that felt like home.  This was especially true in these two bedrooms which were filled with a hodge podge of what we had brought with us and most of it was oversized for this house which made the rooms seem smaller than they were.

It took me a little while but with some strategic thinking I began to list what I’d like to use each of these rooms for which helped me envision what would be needed to make that happen.

Bedroom 1 which measures 11′ x 9’10” was to have 3 purposes:  a place to hold books and read (aka – the library),  exercise and to sew. 

This is how the library portion of the room came about.  I love books and often read a favorite more than once.  There is something soothing in tangible pages to flip through, being able to mark the margins and turn down the corner when something touches my heart.  Yes – I have an iPad and think it is wonderful, especially for travel, but I don’t ever want to live in a house without my favorites:  A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg, Adventures in Prayer by Catherine Marshall, Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard, The 10 Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley, Live Carefully by Jerry Traylor, Beautiful in God’s Eyes by Elizabeth George and so many more.

We had brought two bookshelves with us – one was ours and the other had belonged to our daughter.  They were different woods and heights but when we first moved in they had the most important quality,  providing a place to remove books from moving boxes and store.

I began to dream about furnishing these rooms with a focus on function and price.  I didn’t need brand new and when my friend, Angie, introduced me to Facebook Marketplace, I found a resource that fit those goals.  As I found a few pieces for other parts of the house and learned how to use chalk paint, my confidence grew.  Soon I was ready to move the mismatched bookshelves out and begin my search for matching bookshelves.  Fortunately for me someone else was ready to say goodbye to two Broyhill units for $200.00. 

It is fun getting something new (well, new to me) but it also means some effort is required because the bookshelves that were there now needed to be emptied and moved to make room for the new.   In a very short time I went from organized to chaos.  This is often the point in a project where I ask myself “What was I thinking?”

One of our bookshelves we sold on Facebook Marketplace for $35.00.  The other bookshelf which was sturdy, well made and solid wood still had some life in it and soon I was placing two coats of white chalk paint and later distressing before a clear coat of wax was buffed in. As if I hadn’t created a mess already, I decide to add painting to the mix. There are times it is good that Jeff is at work.  

Here it is in its new home in the den waiting for the wax to dry before books are placed on shelves.  I am happy to say it now holds a variety of books, including my cookbooks.

I need to give a big shout out to my dad who is always available to pick me or my husband up in his truck as I procure another treasure.  My son-in-law, Josh, has also come over to move some of the heavier pieces.  It takes a village to make a house a home.

Finally, the bookshelves were picked up, dusted and vacuumed (let’s just say they came from a house with cats) and it was time to move the bookshelves in.  Not shown in this picture but new brushed nickel knobs replaced the bronze ones.  The shelves have lighting and are 19″ deep which allows for a nice display.

One of the last pieces for this room, has been the chair.  I wanted a comfortable chair for reading and hand sewing.  I found this one on Offered Up (another site to look for treasures) for $50.00.  It had recently been recovered in gray  and fit into the corner.  

I will be showing completed pictures of the room after I have shared the different sections.

What was Jeff doing while I tackled the room?  This guy is such a hard worker and is as committed to making this house our home as much as I am.  He replaced all our baseboards – so much work but what a difference this has made.

Coming up next – Spare Bedroom 1 – Exercise

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Picture Makeover

A few weeks ago I had a chance to visit a few thrift stores.  I found a few new toys for my grandchildren, a cd, a journal and I found the picture I’ve been looking for to place on a wall above my desk at work.  There was a connection when I saw the picture.  It reminds me of one of Jeff’s and my favorite moments when we visit Oceanside.  We check the time for sunset, then head down to the beach and sit on a wall about 15 minutes beforehand watching the sun disappear slowly into the ocean.

I’m going to tell you the story of the picture and its makeover.  Please excuse my reflection in the pictures.

I purchased at a Goodwill.  Price $3.99.  It had a wood-colored frame that was peeling in a few places.  I came home and took all the pieces apart, carefully handling the glass.  I wet a soft towel and wiped down the frame and glass.  

I used Goo Gone to remove the sticker and glue residue and a glass cleaner on both sides .

I went through my paint supplies and held them up to the print deciding on a combination of two blues I had.  I laid down a shower curtain from the Dollar Store to protect my rug.  I mixed up the paint and begun to apply the blue letting it dry between coats which doesn’t take too long in Arizona.  I usually put a layer of saran wrap on the plate for easy cleanup but forgot this time.

I wanted the picture to be a constant reminder of one of my favorite verses “Be Still and Know that I am God.”  Mark 4:39, Psalm 46:10. I pulled my leftover stickers and fortunately had the letters to spell out “Be Still”  I had in mind to use one of the pieces of Oregon driftwood my friend and coworker Cindy had brought me back for her vacation last year.  

I had a little Mod Podge and placed a few layer over the self adhesive stickers.

I then took the painted frame and driftwood piece outside and gave it a good coating of sealer.

After the sealer had dried, I put the glass, print and cover back together.  Then glued the driftwood piece where I wanted it.

Here is the finished project which is now on my office wall.

 

 

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Honey Garlic Drumsticks

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Recently I watched my two grandchildren while their mama trained clients.  We played trains, built puzzles, read books, ate organic fruit bits, and giggled.  Soon my granddaughter was down for a nap and my grandson was watching a Thomas the Train episode while I thumbed through a cookbook looking for a recipe for dinner.

I came across a recipe from The Paleo Kitchen for wings that looked interesting  When my daughter returned home, we headed to Costco and I picked up some organic drumsticks (18 for under $12) to use for my version of the recipe.

I am always looking for new recipes.  It is a key components in keeping my taste buds happy and my body fueled with nutrition that gets me where I want to go.

Honey Garlic Drumsticks
Serves 5
A chicken dish that can be cooked in the oven or on the outside grill.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Coconut oil, for greasing the wire rack (oven method)
  2. 4 pounds chicken drumsticks
  3. 2 teaspoons Himalayan salt
  4. 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  5. 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  6. 4 tablespoons coconut amigos
  7. 1/2 cup organic honey, melted (I used 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet)
  8. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  9. 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  10. 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  11. 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  12. 2 green onion, green part only, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 425°F or use outside grill. For oven method, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place a wire rack on top, and grease the wire rack with coconut oil.
  2. 2. Arrange the chicken drumsticks evenly on the grill (if you have a grill with an upper rack use it) or on top of the wire rack in the oven. Mix the salt, pepper, and granulated garlic in a bowl. Sprinkle the drumsticks with the season mixture. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  3. 3. While the drumsticks are roasting, combine the coconut aminos, honey, melted coconut oil, sesame oil, and ginger in a large mixing bowl and whisk well.
  4. 4. Remove the drumsticks from the oven or grill and place them in the bowl with the honey and ginger mixture. (You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of the bowl.) Toss and coat all the drumsticks and sprinkle with sesame seeds (if desired). Roast for an additional 15 minutes or until done, basting occasionally.
  5. 5. Remove drumsticks, place on a plate, and garnish with the green onion slices.
Notes
  1. If you have a Costco nearby, you can buy a package of 18 organic drumsticks for under $12.00. There would probably be enough of the honey mixture to do all 18 drumsticks, if you choose.
Adapted from The Paleo Kitchen/OMG Paleo
Deliciously Inspired http://www.deliciouslyinspired.com/

 

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