Restoring my Great Grandparents Highboy Dresser

Way back in February I introduced you to my great grandparents highboy dresser that I wasn’t going to restore, I was going to renovate it – give it an entirely new look!

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It is a very sturdy piece and would look perfect in my guest room.

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I sanded it down, conditioned the wood and send y’all pictures of the project.  I told you about the oil stain on the top, and how that was the reason I wasn’t restoring the piece, I didn’t think the oil would take the stain.  Chrisb74 suggested I just do a test of the spot… see if it would take the stain or not.

Why not?

I mean, it wouldn’t hurt to try, because I was very adamant that I was NOT restoring the piece! I couldn’t wait to funk it up with some fun colors and decorations.

Except – the oil spot took the stain.

Not only that, but the light blond piece of furniture, with all of the cute details started to come alive as I worked with it.

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Do you see the details, the variation on the wood, the movement?

Y’all, I restored the piece.

Mom and I went to a neighborhood that I was afraid to get out of the car, but had the most amazing restoration store! We found knobs that had the perfect feel for the piece.  I put them on and let out a sigh.

It was perfect.

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My favorite part though: the reason we had to go knob shopping was because I was missing one of the original knobs.  And you’ll notice in this picture… I am still missing a knob!  One of the knobs we bought, the screw was too short, so alas, I went full circle!  But, have no fear, I take that sucker with me everywhere, eventually I’ll find another screw that fits the antique knob and is long enough for the dresser!

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It looks perfect in my guest room, and it is so functional! I have it filled to the brim with linens!

And, the antique pot belly dresser with mirror that I had in that space originally found a nice home with a couple, just starting out in their lives, and is now part of their little girls nursery!

I think everyone in this story was a winner!

So… what do you think?  I’m just so happy with how it turned out, and really love that I was able to restore a piece that belonged to my great grandparents!

How To: Replace a Shower Head in 12 Easy Steps

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Hi guys, it’s time for another handy dandy tutorial based on my life and being shared to enhance yours!

1.  The day before your son leaves for a week in Florida, he should make sure you know that his shower head leaks and he flooded the bathroom.  You get bonus points if this happens on the same weekend that you are replacing a fence with your neighbor on Friday, and then have a 12 hour fundraiser for his Cheer team on Saturday, with a 5:30 am flight on Sunday.

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I think there should be additional bonus points if he uses Every Single Towel to clean it up.

2. Gather your supplies.  A quick trip to your favorite Big Box Store should hook you up! And fortunately, replacing a shower head is super simple! You can do this!

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3. After removing the broken shower head, you should check the piping to make sure there isn’t anything stuck in the pipe or any obstructions.

That.  That is what they want me to stick my fingers in to make sure there aren’t any obstructions? No.  Not Happening.  That black hole of death is not eating my finger today.

I took my chances and skipped this step.  We’ll just pretend the instructions say “optional”.

4.  Practice your mantra: Righty-tighty lefty-loosey.

5.  No, your other right.

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6.  Attached the sprayer

7.  Cross your fingers. It’s okay to add in a prayer, too.

8.  Test the unit.

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9.  Declare success!!  It worked!

Ahem, I mean, of course it worked, it was so easy!

10.  Send a picture to your son that you’ve replaced his broken shower head, cause, hello, you’re a Super Mom!

Wait.

Wait.

Wait some more.

Determine that he’s never allowed to go on vacation without you again if he can’t at least answer a text!!

Move on with your life anyway.

11.  Hear a loud thump from the bathroom shower faucet.

12.  Decide it’s totally okay to pretend you didn’t hear it!

And that’s how you Replace a Shower Head in 12 Easy Steps, brought to you by Did That Just Happen Blog!

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For the record, the loud bump was the shower caddy sliding forward off the pipe, a quick readjustment fixed that.  🙂

Letter to Your Teenage Self

My sister sent a group text:

If you could write a letter to your teenage self and only use 5 words – what would you say?

Mr. T answered almost right away “Boy you are cra cra”

My dad responded with “Evaluate Actions support Values Daily”

By now I had my response prepared “Their opinion does not matter”

Then my niece chimed in “Be yourself all the time”

And my sister, who started it all finished it with “You’re stronger than these trials”.

It was an exercise surprisingly more fun than I expected! And I loved reading the responses from the rest of the family!

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In other news, I have my great grand-parents antique high boy dresser (I forgot to take a picture before I started sanding!).

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This lived in their garage, so it’s not in good shape. But it’s got great character!

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And I’m sure it was my sister that graffitied the inside!

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The dresser is all sanded down and my original plan was to stain and seal it, since it’s missing one knob, I can’t restore it and since it is just going to live in my guest room, it doesn’t have to be a show piece.

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Come to find out, it’s good news that I can’t restore it, and that it doesn’t need to be a show piece because when I sanded down the top I discovered an oil stain… Not stain so much as an oil slick! I sanded off the stain and varnish; however, the oil did seep into the wood and now I’m afraid it won’t take a stain properly.

Which means, I’m turning to y’all for help! Do I attempt to stain it? Do I break a cardinal rule and paint it? Do I paint it AND possibly go get an old gigantic map and mod podge the map on the drawers?!?

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What do y’all think? I’m taking any and all suggestions!

How to Replace Your Fence in 12 Easy Steps

Winter has finally hit Texas.  And I say “hit”, because that is exactly what happens.  Canada takes a deep breath and exhales gently and sends cold air headed down South.  This gentle exhalation picks up steam as it travels over the States and by the time it reaches Texas, it is gale force winds!

That is totally and scientifically accurate, by the way.

Okay, no, it’s not.  But it is totally how it feels!!

Anyway… I went and ran a few errands on Friday and came home to a fence section being down. I’ve decided to share my knowledge with you!

How to replace a fence in 12 easy steps

After running some errands on Friday, I came home to this:my fence fell down

I rushed inside to see if my dog had gotten loose and if I needed to track him down; however, the little dude popped his head out from under the blanket and looked at me like “shut the door, it’s cold out there!”

He’s not spoiled or anything! But he does lead me right to Step 1:

1.  Go take the broken fence panel and wedge it about 3 feet back so you can work, but your dog won’t escape.  Decide that it’s already getting late, on a Friday, you really can’t accomplish much anyway, so go inside and bundle up and catch up on your DVR

2.  Get up bright and early Saturday morning and head to Home Depot to buy a shovel.  If you wear tie-dye and have a purple purse, the employees will NOT ask you if you need help.   Home Depot profiles people apparently, so you will wander for a bit before someone finally does ask if you need help.  They will then send you to one side of the store.  The shovel you want will not be there.  You WILL run into this same employee on the way back and he WILL send you all the way to the other side of the store and out into the cold.  The shovel you want won’t be there either.  Eventually, you will discover that Home Depot does not consider shovels to be “tools” or “construction”, but “lawn” equipment and you will find it when you decide to stop and see if you need a new grill because obviously the fence isn’t happening.

3.  Buy the shovel and decide that for $30 that sucker better dig up the old fence posts without any help from you!

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Stop and take a moment and admire the posts and concrete stubs that you dug out of the ground, you have totally earned this!

4. Go back and dig deeper holes because obviously the person before you didn’t have a clue how to do this properly.  When you discover a beam of your retaining wall, and a piece of some type of pipe, don’t admit that maybe the person before you did have a clue – never admit that! Just get to work on the other hole and pray there isn’t an obstruction!

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It’s perfectly normal to admire your newly dug hole and give the new shovel a pat on the back!

5.  Now that you know you can replace the posts, and you won’t have to mount the fence to the house, head back to Home Depot to buy supplies.  Wear a jacket over the tie dye shirt to see if maybe this time they will ask you if you need help.  Discover that it’s the purple purse that must be the issue, and then load up your dolly with some metal poles, brackets, 10′ 2×4’s for bracing and some panels.  Make sure you pull out your phone and take a look at the picture where you measured the space to make sure you get enough panels to cover the space.

Ooops…

4a. Before going to Home Depot, measure the space and then take a picture so you don’t forget!!

6.  Your dad should call about this time to see if you need help.  He’ll come over to help you mix up some Quikrete.  He will bring a magical tool that attaches to a drill that will make your life so much easier and make you wonder how you ever thought that a trowel and some sticks would ever mix up Quikrete.  Also, you will probably want to get your son out of bed, it is noon after all, and those bags of concrete are heavy! Plus, he’ll enjoy using the power tool to mix the concrete!

how to mix quikrete to replace your fence7.  Make a trip back to Home Depot, because your dad said you needed deeper holes and now it takes (2) 60 lb bags of concrete just to stabilize one pole.  Decide that this fence section will be standing long after your house is gone.

8.  Pour the concrete, level the poles and then sit back and admire.  And then stomp off because it is so cold that there is nothing “quik” about the Quikrete and you have to wait until the next day to finish the fence.

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9.  First thing the next morning, let every one know how sorry you were for complaining about how cold it was on Saturday when you were digging holes and pouring concrete, because now, it is cold, but it is also raining on you.  And it has rained for hours, so the side of the house is all muddy from the aforementioned holes in the ground.  You should also stand around a bit to try and figure out how to attach the metal-to-wood adapter brackets, and get them level and hold the 2×4 in place and keep it level while you attach the screw.  You should also spill your coffee at this point.  It just makes the morning better!

10.  Give yourself massive kudos that you didn’t drill into your hand as you do that two more times!

how to replace fence supports11.  Start attaching the fence panels.  Bend two nails right off the bat.  Discover that your hands are so cold that hitting your thumb with the hammer doesn’t even hurt!  You’ll think to yourself “Self, you’ll probably feel that later!”  And you would be right, but at this moment, that’s for Future You to worry about.

12. At this point, you should decide to cheat.  Go get the drill, and do the cute girly pre-drill thing, creating holes for your nails on the panels, and then one by one, nail by nail, panel by panel, create a master piece!

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You are done! You have replaced your fence section in 12 easy steps!  All you have left to do is clean your tools, and this part is purely optional, but you can take a picture of how muddy it was and share it with the world! You know, just so every one can tell how much your really did suffer!  Again, purely optional!

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How to Make Your Own Pirate Costume in 10 Easy Steps

How to Make Your Own Pirate Costume in 10 Easy Steps.

1) Decide to be a Flapper Girl for Halloween.  Spend hours perusing the internet and Pinterest.  Head to the fabric store and discover that the patterns are only so-so, but more importantly – they don’t have enough fringe in stock.

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2) Change your mind on the spot and decide to be a pirate.  Hit the books again to find a pattern.  And then, when you can’t find one you like, hit up Pinterest for inspiration. Create a secret board where you can dump all of the pins you like, that way, your friends are surprised when they see you!

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3) Buy the fabric, guess at all the measurements.

4) Get home and realize you might have to do more than just guess.  Find a tutorial that makes you do things like this:

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Pull out measuring tape. Measure yourself. Then, because that’s not fun enough, start adding Pi so you can find a radius. Then go find real pie.

 

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If you look closely, my ruler is from 1965. If you are my parents, don’t look closely as this may or may not have belonged to you at one point. I’m pretty sure I “acquired” it in my teen years.

5) Sit down to sew. Realize you don’t remember how to load the bobbin so spend 30 min on YouTube trying not to get distracted by the offerings, and instead actually load the bobbin. I may or may not have watched this video.

I may or may not have just watched it again.

6) Go back to YouTube to figure out how to fix the machine when you break it.

7) Load everything up and head to your parents house when you can’t fix your machine.

8) Find their sewing machine – it has a computer – so much easier!

9) Go eat the last of the homemade ice cream hidden in their freezer after you possibly break their machine.

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This is an example of what homemade ice cream can look like. This is not my dad’s famous homemade ice cream because I sat down and ate it all.

10) Sew the skirt by hand and decide that the rest of the outfit looks more like a pirate if you don’t sew it at all. 🙂

What Happens When I’m Sick

I had a great day yesterday!  I’ll fill you in later; however, we got home about 6 or so, and by 7 pm…

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I was sick.  It was awful.

This morning I feel better and my fever is finally gone, but I’m not well, yet.  On top of not being fully well, I have all of the after affects of yesterdays episodes.

By 8 am it was clear that we were skipping church today.

I made a cup of coffee, got my Gatorade and made myself comfy on the couch.  Football doesn’t start until 11 am, so I have time to kill and channels to surf.

After an hour, let me tell you –

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I think this should be my backyard – I think that I have the skills and talents to do this myself.

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I think this should be my kitchen.  I fully believe that I can do this all on my own.  No joke, this kitchen episode is the one I just watched!! I want those counter tops!

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Now, if only that bathtub poured out money instead of water… I’d be all set.

Martha Stewart Took Over My Body

I’m not sure what has happened, but let me tell you about it and maybe you’ll have an answer for me – an answer that doesn’t include my body being possessed by Martha Stewart.

On Monday mom and I ran to Hobby Lobby so I could get the spool of ribbon that I was short and then I finished making the wreath for my sister.  Check it out! Do you think she’ll like it?

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After that I made a gift for my Divas.  I can’t show you because 1) they aren’t finished and 2) some of my Divas read this blog! I’d hate to ruin the surprise!

Then, since I still had time, I made my sister’s other present.  It was a combination of several different DIY ideas I had seen.  I made a Menu sheet, a Calendar sheet and a To-Do sheet, and put them all in a nice frame.  Along with a package of dry erase markers, she can now decide what template to use, and will have a custom dry erase station!

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On the left is a look at the pages I made, and on the right is the calendar inside the frame – the glass makes a great dry erase platform.

Today I had a busy day at work, but it was busy in spurts.  I’d have a huge emergency and then it was dead.  By lunch I was bored, so I was browsing Pinterest and ran across this great recipe:  Tin foil salmon.  Get some foil, put some lemon slices down, put fish on top of it, season it and add two pats of butter, wrap up the foil to form a packet and bake.  Well, I had some fish in the freezer, so I popped up and made four of these packets, put them in a zip-lock with baking instructions and threw them back in the freezer.  I can pull them out later in the week and they will be ready to go!

I finished at work and saw the package of corn tortillas that mom gave me yesterday sitting on my counter.  She had extra, and I’m a single mom on a budget, so yes, I’ll take any food they want to hand over (unless it’s full of tomatoes.  I draw the line at tomatoes!)

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This is not welcome in my food!

Well, what do you make with corn tortillas?  Enchilada casserole! Now, I’ve never made enchilada casserole, and I assume it’s just a deconstructed enchilada, but I did a little Google action and discovered that you layer the corn tortillas with a meat mixture and cheese.  I can do that.  One recipe I looked at added corn.  I can do that.  I opened my pantry to get the enchilada sauce and corn and I saw some black beans.  I can do that!.

So, I browned my ground turkey (which as you know I buy in bulk, come home and add in shredded carrots, diced onion and bell peppers and garlic and then freeze.)  To my ground turkey mixture I added my homemade taco seasoning and then a can of corn, drained and a can of black beans, rinsed and drained, and a can of enchilada sauce.

Here’s where it gets weird.  I pulled out two loaf pans.  My thinking is – why make a full casserole when there are only two of us eating? I thought two smaller casseroles made more sense.  I lined my loaf pans with foil and proceeded to layer tortillas, meat, cheese – repeat.  Then, I closed the foil over the top loosely, and put the pan in the freezer for a few hours.  After they had time to set, I pulled them out and took the casseroles out of the loaf pans, wrapped them in more foil and put them in zip-lock bags.  Now, when I want them, I can get them out of the freezer and drop them in a loaf pan and bake away!  I’m not wasting my money on the disposable pans, but by partially freezing them, they are now the shape that’s perfect to drop into my loaf pan!  I’m brilliant! (Okay, I’m not, I saw that trick somewhere!)

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Won’t this taste yummy? Image from Hunts.com, cause mine is frozen!

Whew!  I’ve done a lot in just two days – and today alone, I’ve made three freezer meals!

Apparently I wasn’t done.  I sat down and answered a few emails that came in after I left… and got right back up.  I needed food, I needed something sweet.  Mr. T had mentioned cookies the other day, and that sounded great!

I only had half a bag of chocolate chips…

Which is enough to make a batch of those no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies!  Of which, I’ve already eaten two… But, I’ve also hand washed all of the dishes I have used today and got them dried AND put back up!!!

So, you tell me – have I been taken over?

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