Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Small DIY

I like to take vinyl sticky back tiles and put them into my cabinets!!  I do it in bathroom cabinets and my kitchen cabinets.  Now, I had done it to the cabinets in the kitchen when we first moved into this house, but then we remodeled the kitchen and I just never got around to doing these and it's been years and years since we got the new cabinets!

I decided it's time.

All you need is the tiles of your choice, a heavy duty scissor (or razor blade such as a box cutter), a pencil and ruler:
Start out by cleaning the shelf, washing it and making sure it is dried.

Remember to measure twice and cut once.  :o)  Stick them on in there and waalah, you have a more cheery, clean look.  Items move much nicer on the tiles and any spills clean up so much easier!
Slap them on in there, it takes very little time to do one shelf and you can do as many as you want.  You can do just the bottom shelf or all of them, whatever you decide.
You can see how much lighter it looks inside the cabinet and it's easier to see the items, too!

Under my kitchen sink:

Easy, peasy!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's over!

Thank goodness the storm has gone through and is finally over!  We had high winds, lots of rain and downed trees and power outages but we made it!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Just not sure what is going to happen and it's making me crazy.  The wait is horrible.  I think it won't be too bad in my area and I also think about those that are in the direct path of the storm.

We have been going from bright sunshine to darkness and rain all day.  Every time it starts to get dark, I think, here we go but then it passes.  If this is all we are in for, that would be great.  But we are prepared for worse.  We are stocked up with food and bottled water, removed anything small from the deck and tied down the furniture.  We even got ourselves a generator, so we are set.

It's really strange, you go outside and there's not one bird singing, no sign of any birds out there!  It's eerily quiet outside.  Like the calm before the storm!

Thinking of all those in the storms path!  Check in with me, my friends!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vintage Make Over - Plastic Dishes!

I purchased some melmac/melamine dishes last week that I loved the pattern on.  They had some scratches which dirt had accumulated in and even with washing them with dish detergent and hot water, the scratches still showed.

Some of them were really bad!  So I set off to fix them!

First, I sprayed them with Clorox anywhere spray and left it sit for a few minutes.
Wiped that off and you could all ready see a difference, this loosens up the dirt and just makes you feel better knowing you disinfected!

Next, I got out my trusty, can't live without them, Mr. Clean Original Magic Eraser!

Scrubbed the plates with this and guess what?

Take a look at the difference!  Also, don't forget the backs of the plates, they are often embossed with information and dirt can get in there, too!

Use the same method as above and waalah!
Wash them one more time in soap and water to remove any cleaning agents.

My dishes are sparkling again and totally safe to use!  I don't want to sell them anymore!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Pez Display A.Q.

Well, today was supposed to be a day for another vintage makeover, but due to the events of the day, that post will have to wait!

As many of you must know by now, there was a 5.9 earthquake in Virginia.  It was felt as far North as MA.  I was at home when it hit us.  Strangest thing ever!  I thought it was really strong winds until I realized it wasn't windy outside!  Our house was shaking, I thought twice our TV set was going over and it lasted a full 30 seconds or more!  I ran outside, as did other neighbors and we all looked at each other and went "what the hell was that"?  LOLOL!  One finally said, I'm pretty sure that was an earthquake!  She was indeed correct.

Here is our Pez dispenser display:

Now let's look closer after the quake hit.  Yes, friends on the West coast, most people would put something sticky on the bottom of them, but what do we know on the East coast about earthquakes?  And go ahead, Cathy and John, laugh all you want!

It is strange, it only took out certain dispensers!  Shelf number 2 and 4 got hit the hardest.
Shelf four, an entire row was taken out!

 I'm pretty sure Woodstock took this opportunity to take out Kermit.

So, how was your day?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Random photo

You know, there is NO reason for me not to blog daily.  Well, actually, there is, I just plain forget.  I've decided on days I don't have a post for the blog, I'd take a random photo and post it here.

Today's post is of an oil can I found at a flea market and just fell in love with the fact it could be hung on the wall!  Yes, small things excite me.  Here, have a look:

I actually have another vintage makeover post but I didn't want to seem like I worked really hard this weekend, so it will wait for a few days!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Make over!

I know you've been waiting all night to read this post.  :o)

Today I'm sharing another make over with you.  Just a little something I learned and want to pass it on!

I purchased this paint by number at the antique mall yesterday.
 It was really cheap so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try something out.  If it doesn't work, I'm not out much, if it does work, that's great.

I'd like you to look at the white clouds:
This is filthy!

I work a little magic and now let's look at it again!
Not bad, huh?

What is the secret?

Baby wipes!  Yep, baby wipes!  I get the alcohol-free ones.

Now not only does the salty old sea dude look great, but he smells good too!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Today's finds

I went to an antique mall today and really took time to look through each and every booth!  It was fun and relaxing.  I did see a lot that I passed on but a few items I couldn't resist!

First, of course, PBN items!
I just happened to "heart" a set of these trays on Etsy last night and here they are at the antique mall!  Best part is I only paid $5.00 for them!  And a PBN old salty sea man.
I know nothing about door knobs but this one was too neat to pass up!
I can see removing the back part of the knob and using this for a towel hanger in a very shabby chic cottage!

That is all I got at the antique mall but I made a second stop and look what I found!
Horrible photo but you can see how many I got!

What an awesome retro pattern!  Look at it close up:

It's plastic!  By Texas Ware!  Now I have to do research to see if I can find the name of it!

Last, my all time favorite pattern:
This is Temporama by Canonsburg Pottery
How lucky is this day?  A meat platter!

I LOVE how it says "this pattern is hermetically sealed under glaze" on the back.  I just plain like saying hermetically!

Stay tuned!  Tomorrow I'm going to be posting another make over!  See you then!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New stuff

I went on a tiny shopping spree the other day, I just couldn't help myself.

I found some cute items and things I couldn't live without.  Of course, I could have but didn't want to.

I got these two buttons for my collection:
I thought they were too cute!

Next are these laundry pins, have no idea why I wanted these but they remind me of the days spent at the public swimming pool when you needed to use a locker.
I'm thinking I'll use one for those annoying shopping reward cards we have to have just to run to the drugstore these days.  Any other suggestions out there?
Next is the bestest!  Meet Woody:
This is a wooden artist form that is jointed just about everywhere!
He can hold things for me.
He can walk.
He can swim.
He can do the macarena.
And he can channel Vanna White!

I think I need a few more of these, they sure are fun!