Friday, March 27, 2009

Gw finds and Finished Projects

Well, you all were right about the problem with the portraits~ different frames. I wasn't expecting that and was very disappointed! I wanted to keep the look very Colonial, so staggering the frames won't work for me. I think I found the solution. I painted the Washington frame on the edges where it was much more distressed than the Lincoln frame. That helped a lot. The I moved them apart a bit and put a pewter sconce in between them. Now I'm happy with them and I don't think it's noticeable at all.
I also made my weekly stop at Goodwill and found a few things. The first is one I'm very excited about. I have been looking for a frame that my Declaration of Independence would fit into and haven't had any luck. I knew when I saw this framed picture that the frame was just the right size. I took it all apart, painted and sanded it and it's just perfect. I saw some new framed documents like this in our prim store here in town priced for $60 and I like mine even better! It looks great hanging right near George and Abe.
I also found a clock with a rusty star hanger on the front. I unscrewed the star and took it off. The clock was already black, so I sanded it a bit and stained it. I hung it up in my room.Then I decided to cut the bottom of it off straight across. The shape at the bottom just bugged me~ it looked like a guy in speedos :-) Here it is before~

And after~
I painted the star hanger that I removed from the clock black and hung it in my room with some seed bags hanging from it. I am starting to add more prim things to my room . I really want a more Colonial look in there eventually. I will have to change it over slowly though. Unless I happen to find a beautiful queen size coverlet and colonial swag curtains at GW, but I don't see that happening!:-)
Next I found this little pedestal bowl that I painted and stained
and this little black candle holder that sits on the table by my bed. So it was another good GW day!
Paige had a hair appointment in Plattsmouth on Tuesday and that means I got to peek in Wildhorse Antiques. Paige tries to be patient in there,but she thinks it's kind of creepy( I don't), so I try to be fast. I found this little candle shelf with no price on it and she gave it to me for $5. Good enough for me! That was all I bought there.
Wednesday night while Paige was at gymnastics I ran over to Lowes to get some wood to make a dough board for my stove top. I have been wanting to make one for quite a while, but have put it off. We got home around 5:30 and being the impatient person that I am when it comes to home decor projects, I headed out to the garage and had it done and on my stove top by 8:30. I LOVE how it turned out! I'm so glad I finally got that done.
Yesterday, I took Paige and her friend Abby to Coco Key, a water resort in Omaha. We had a fun time. It has a nice, beachy ,islandy feel . Just the break from cold weather that we needed. Later that afternoon when we got home, I decided that I needed a sign for my room to go over the mirror. I painted this Kindred Spirits sign to hang there. I will be adding this sign to my selling blog also. So that is what I have been doing this week. This weekend I plan to work on a few things for my giveaway that I will post on April 2. I hope you all have a great weekend!


Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi Janae,
You sure did get alot at GW that I would never find at mine! Love everything...the frame turned out just right and you just cracked me up when you said the end of the clock look like a guy in speedo' I agree the clock does look better:)
Hope you have a great day and oh, I do love your stove board!

angie said...

what great finds! i like the clock much better too~love the stove board~it's perfect!

Unknown said...

You have been one busy girl. I keep telling everyone that my GW must be the only one that doesn't have "good" stuff. You were very lucky with your finds at GW. The clock is funny - but now I can't get that image out of my mind!!!!

Have a great weekend. ~Ann

{lauren} said...

Love it all:) The pictures look great father apart with the sconce in the middle...I can't notice it now either! I love all the GW finds too...I think our here just doesn't have much housewares, more clothing than anything:( And I can't believe you whipped up that stove board that fast! My brother has lots of saws and woodworking tools at his house...I can use them any time I want. I'm just a little intimidated! But I see all the neat stuff you and everyone else makes, so I have lots of inspiration:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

WOW - so many new goodies. I can't decide which I like the best! Maybe the clock - no maybe the doughboard - no maybe the bowl. Oh forget it - too hard to decide. I love it all!

Have a great weekend! hugs, Linda

Barb said...

Janae, you could turn the "speedo" part upside down and pound cement nails into it and make it a holder for those skinny lantern light candles. I'm amazed at all of your GW finds--lucky you. You did such a great job on your dough board too.

Never So Simple said...

I had to laugh at your comment about the clock. That was too funny. It looks great now. I can't even tell the frames are different anymore. They also look great. Heck everything looks great. I love the stove board. You are good and fast. I just love everything.

Your daughter looks just like you!


Unknown said...

Love everything!...Love the clock now that you moved the "speedo thingy"!...LOL...that made me laugh!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Great description of the clock! It sounds like you gave everyone a good laugh with that one. Everything looks wonderful, you are so talented.

~Judy~ said...

Janae, I'm loving that clock better now too. You really did good at Goodwill {no pun intended}. I have been wanting a stove board for a while now. You did yours so quickly. I also think your pictures look great with the sconce in between them. Good job!
Have a great weekend.

My Colonial Home said...

How fun is your house!!!! I just love it and I see you took the suggestion of painting the frame edge....good! I really like it.
And your GW finds are just wonderful.

Janene said...

Who ever invented Speedo's?
And why do men wear them? They look so nasty!!!!!
You really bought some fantastic things at the GW! And you are very quick with your redo's.
I can't believe that you whipped up that stove board and that sign so quickly! You put me to shame!
Have a great makeover warrior!

Black Sheep Lisa said...

You found some great things! I think the clock looks much better too, great job with ab and george!

Sandy said...

I love the expression a man in a got me to chuckle over that one :) But I have to admit that the clock does look much better squared off.

You hit the jackpot with all your goodies from the GW store. And I love how you re-did everything. So prim! And I find your prints look terrific, you did an excellent job!

Your sure are one busy lady though and does hubby would never let me touch any of those tools because he said I would end up cutting off a body part. No confidence or what...LOL. Actually I have to admit, those tools do scare me :) But I really love your dough board. It looks great!

As the other ladies said...I love everything!!! I can not pick just one thing because they are all so beautiful!

Have a great weekend and I can't wait to see what you do next :)

Kathy C said...

Everything is fantastic. What great finds. Love the dough board. You sure get things done. You have such a good eye for decorating and for making everything look so prim. What a great idea about the clock. I probably never would have thought of that. I love these blogs they are so full of information and very talented people. I wish we just could all get together some day. What a blast.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

love your stuff and love how you cut off the speedos..looks so much better..what type and size/width of wood did you use for the stove cover? I love it and might just have to have my hubby make me one..also are you using pine for the signs? do you cut your own wood? that hot tub looks so old bones could use it..have a great weekend..:)

marie said...

Oh ~ My ~ Goodness! Do you ever rest!?

I think your president's corner looks wonderful ~ like something I've seen in Williamsburg, VA. i love it!

I love it all! The clock looks great ~ but I'm having a difficult time getting speedos out of my mind!

Sherie said...

Janae, my my you have been busy. I need to visit your GW. Such good stuff and what you have done with them is awesome. What a talent. Love all of it. Love the speedo story....when I saw the picture I had to chuckle. Thanks for sharing. Have a great Saturday. Sherie

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

I love the dough board! I wish we had GW here...I need to hunt out some good thrift stores. I cant wait til the flea markets start. I love the clock after you cut it off...looks awesome!

ohiofarmgirl said...

It all looks so wonderful but I have to ask...where do you keep the dough board when you are cooking....sounds silly but I really was wondering? Dianntha

Lisa said...

Janae - As always your blog is so enjoyable to look at. I love everything that you posted about tonight. The Kindred Spirits sign looks great, your clock is awesome and how do you make your pantry cakes because they look GREAT!! I also am totally loving your stove top board, I need one so terribly bad. I bought something at an antique mall hoping I could re-do it to work like one, but it was about 2 inches short (my luck). Do you sell those on your selling blog?

Hope you have a great weekend.


Karen said...

You got so many nice things at the Goodwill. I really like everything!!

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


You did really well at GW! I love it all! You also just reminded me that I have a framed Declaration of Independence. How could I forget that? And it's already framed in black!

I do like the clock better now...I like straight lines speedo stuff! :) And you're so clever...I sure can't tell any difference on the frames now and the sconce between them is perfect.

The bread board is great. You work fast. I don't attempt anything with a least I haven't yet...never say never, right?

Cute picture of Paige and her friend! Glad you all had a day of recreation!

Have a great evening,

Anonymous said...

What great finds!! Love everything!! I like how you cut the end of the clock looks great. Your decorations on your stove board looks wonderful.
Have a good weekend.

•♦•©The Olde Weeping Cedar •♦• said...

Hi Janae,
Everything looks fabulous, as always!
Love your dough board, nice job, girl! :) ...and your clock looks great, minus it's lil' thingy!!
I love everything.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Country Acres Primitives said...

Sorry, I had to take a second to tell you I LOST IT at the speedo comment. Love all your goodies, but that part made my day!!!! Hee hee!

carolyn@simple~primitive~devotion said...

WOW! You hit the jackpot with thrift finds! I am so jealous of that clock! I have been looking for something similar for my livingroom! And it looks even better once you trimmed the bootom!

George looks much better too. I think you concealed the problem well, and the Declaration of Independance also looks great! Your home is gorgeous!

And you did an awesome job on your stove board! Looks so nice the way you have everything displayed.

We are so much alike about being impatient to get things done. I'm the same way! But I am trying to take my time with the stitchery I'm working on. I'm not good at it and I have to take my time!

I sure have enjoyed this post. Have a great weekend!

Carrie said...

Hey Janae, I absolutely LOVE what you did with all of your GW finds. Even the "speedo" clock. TOO FUNNY!!! I literally giggled out loud when I read that.

I think I really need to start going to local store....ummm, that saying I would even know what to do with my "finds". Only if I had 1/2 of your talent!!

Hugs!! Carrie ♥

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


I love all the re-dos!!!!!!!! The clock DOES look better after you changed it. Can't have guys in speedo's!!!!!!! lol!!!!

Love, Joy =D

Erin said...

Wow! Everything you have done looks amazing! I'm going to have to try and get to the eastern side of the state to check out all the neat stores you mention! And to think that you have found some great finds at Goodwill! I've never "shopped" there, but I think I'm going to start!

~All Roads Lead Home~ said...

Janae~Your Goodwill makeovers are the BEST! I love everything! The clock is wonderful...and I always love your paint color choices! I love the tans and browns...neutrals. Your doughboard looks fantastic! You have been busy! Take care. ~Sarah~

Shakerwood said...

Oh, how I wish I could get things done that quickly. I always have big plans for the weekend or when I get home from work. I never can figure out where the time goes. It all looks so great!

Paige said...

I not sure how I found your blog but I so enjoy it. I love the stove board you made. Please share how you did it. I would love to have one so do tell.....I live in Omaha(Millard) Thank you,


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