Where Did My Weekend Go?

Why do the weekends insist of flying by so quickly?

Saturday morning was a mad rush to feed the kids and get everyone to the Pinewood Derby for the 9:30 weigh-in. Joe had a terrific time and although he didn’t win, he was very proud of his car…even though he barely helped! It was clear from the get-go that he didn’t understand that the derby was done in heats, so when his car came in second place in two of the heats, he was thrilled. At the end, he really had no clue that his car placed 9th out of 13. Maybe you will do better next year, kid. Now that we know what the whole thing entails, we’ll get on the ball a little faster.

With the derby done, I needed to get the out of the house before I went utterly psychotic, so on Saturday I went to check out a new vintage/antique store in Windham, Maine called My Sister’s Garage. Technically, it isn’t new, but simply relocated from further north and they have taken over an entire house. Each room is decorated with vintage and repurposed finds, as well as some antiques. I was too busy shopping to take photos and it was a complete mad house since it was their grand opening.

Let me clarify that I’m not planning on changing my blog to focus on “design,” but one of my first posts last summer was all about the kitchen before we started re-decorating. For months, friends and readers have been asking for my ‘After’ pictures. So, I’m finally posting some updated pictures of exactly one half of the kitchen. Why only half, you ask? Well, because the other half was filled with all of the crap from the half that looks neat and tidy in my pictures.

I have been looking for some inexpensive replacements for two of our kitchen chairs and stumbled upon a decent enough find at My Sister’s Garage.

$85 for both chairs and I’m not going to worry about them getting some wear and tear. They work pretty well with the rest of the kitchen decor too, right down to the burlap on the seats that match the drapes I finally finished. Well, I finished them with the help of my mother who doesn’t have the attention span of a flea…thanks, Mom!

A few years ago, I was obsessed with crewel work and bought a few vintage bed covers on EBay. I re-purposed two of them into drapery panels in our downstairs bathroom. For the kitchen, I bought some inexpensive burlap and used my favorite vintage crewel bedspread to make drapery panels.

Here are a few before and after photos of the dining area in the kitchen…

Before/Prior Owners


Last summer, while I was agonizing over exactly which color to paint the mantle and the island, we were busy priming and painting all of the wainscoting and woodwork in the room. The wainscoting and walls were both painted Marble White (Benjamin Moore) and I ended up using Farrow and Ball Green Blue for the mantle and island.


The next thing we need to tackle is the track lighting over the table and the stove and the countertops. I’m still holding out for carrera marble or soapstone on the countertops and butcher block on the island.

 While I was at My Sister’s Garage, I also spotted this vintage grain sack pillow that I couldn’t resist. What can I say, I’m a sucker for terriers. Can you tell? It can hang out with Stella on the window seat.

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The Color Purple and My Claw Foot Tub.

Rather than sitting home and crying in my coffee that Miss Cookie was off to preschool this morning, I decided to channel my angst and I dove in head first to those yet-to-be-started and waiting-to-be-completed projects in the new house. Though, I can hardly claim that it’s our new house anymore, since December 1st will mark the one year anniversary of our move. No more excuses! It’s time to get busy and make this place ours. First stop, the downstairs bathroom.

Daffodils – Sally Eldon
When we moved in, the walls were purple and the bead board was a very vibrant green. Now, personally I never would have considered painting a room purple. Ever. However, in an effort to live in the house for a few months before whipping out the fabrics and paint chips, I dealt with the green and purple scheme. One day as I sat pondering…as one often does in the commode, I recalled the beautiful watercolor that my Mother-In-Law painted for Kate when she was born. It too had purple and green and yellows that screamed, “HEY! Put me in that purple bathroom!” It became my inspiration for leaving the purple on the walls and painting the bead board a rich creamy white (Benjamin Moore-Marble White).
Yellow House, Joanne St. Germain
To add a bit more yellow and pay hommage to my own mother’s artistic ability, I added one of her early watercolors. I love her yellow cottage painting.
Oddly enough, while we still lived in Boston I picked up a pair of vintage crewel bed covers on E-Bay. What’s so odd about my cool vintage crewel bed covers, you ask? Well…they have all of the colors in the bathroom, including that purple I never would have considered on my own. I originally intended on using them at the New Hampshire house in the guest room. Alas, that attic guest room never came to fruition thanks to kitchen renovations, a surprise baby and our imminent (and slightly hell-ish) move. Anyway, all that I did was pick up some clips at Lowes and I attached them to the bedcovers while Dave was kind enough to hang up a curtain rod. Viola! My vintage crewel bedcovers are now drapes, also fully lined. For once, I didn’t slave away at the sewing machine attempting to make custom window treatments. (But it sure looks like I did!)
The trim and the bathtub are Sherwin Williams-Cottage Cream. The coolest part about this bathroom is probably the claw foot tub that was salvaged from Ann Morrow-Lindberg’s family home off the coast of Maine. That, combined with the oak washstand turned vanity and salvaged wide plank pine floors make this a nifty little potty. I forgot to mention the tin ceiling tiles…
I’ve added a few finishing touches, like the chippy little gold bird and yellow porcelain towel hooks I found at Motifs in Portland, the old Atlas jar full of sea glass and broken pottery from our beach combing and an ironstone soap dish I picked up at Sage Farm in Hampton, New Hampshire.
So here it is…the finished project. Now off to finish painting that kitchen!

P.S. I really like this shade of purple.