Playing catch up

I haven’t had a lot of time to post anything lately, so this post is going to play catch up to get you up to speed on where we are at the moment with all things house-related.  Here goes in short order:

I never showed pictures of the final framed versions of the vintage Cuban posters I bought before Christmas.  So here’s what they ended up looking like on my wall.

I bought Ikea frames, but had professional mats cut at the local frame shop.  It saved alot of money and I love how they look going up my stairs!  The one BAD thing you’ll notice is my un-finished paint removal on the stairs.  It’s been a super slow painful process.  Trying to get paint off the curved bannister is trying my patience.  I was considering trying to remove the bannister itself and just get it sent out to get dipped, but I think that would end up damaging it…so in a few weeks I’m going to have to hit the paint removal tools again.  This time, I probably WON’T be using Peel Away.   If any of you have tips [specifically] on removing paint on curvy surfaces, I’d love to hear it!!

On a separate note, N and I upgraded some household tools, finally!  While we were in NYC last week, we went to Home Depot for something completely un-related, but ended up getting a new power drill & saw combo kit.   This 18V set was on sale for only $89!   The  guy working in the tools department was both really knowledgeable and extremely helpful and he recommended it highly…so let’s hope we’re happy with it once we actually get to using it.

Also while away last week, a friend gave me 2 rolls of Graham & Brown wallpaper!  I’ve decided to use it in the back of my dining room wall cabinet.  (Photo via Graham & Brown website.)  Don’t you just love it!!!?!?!

Then on the fun side of things, we went flea marketing today at our favorite haunt!  Cedars Flear Market in Skippack, Pa.  It’s small and local, but I always manage to walk away with a few good things.  Here’s today’s bounty.

For only $30 we got four vintage 50’s refrigerator dishes, a sweet little yellow creamer, and an awesome stitched deer in a carved wooden frame.  I was thinking about Shauna’s post on thrifting when I was buying these items, and proud of myself that all my items went together in color scheme.  Lots of fun bright colors!   (And as a side note, I’ve been looking for refrigerator dishes like these for ages, so I’m thrilled that I finally got a set!!)

Lastly, I’m on the hunt for a rug for the yet-to-be-finished guest room.  We drove all over the place today looking for rugs for both me and N’s mom, but neither of us could find anything.  We’re both picky and cheap.  Haha.   So after a day with no reallllly great deals, I decided to hit up Craigslist and ebay.  So far I’ve found some really great stuff.   I sometimes forget just how great Craigslist is.

Okay guys…that’s it.  I’ll try to be better about posting and not wait so long until next time.  Until then, don’t forget that it’s spring time and you need to start planning for those monthly flea markets!


11 thoughts on “Playing catch up

  1. I like the half-stripped look on the stairs. Maybe you think it’s not the look you were going for, but when I first saw the picture, I was taken with the vintage-y, distressed look.

  2. I love fridge dishes and have been collecting and using them for years. They are really great. The Ryobi 18v is a good choice. We’ve had them for about 2 years. I suggest you upgrade your battery to the lithium when you get a chance. The difference in battery life and power is well worth the extra price.

  3. Try Lee Valley’s contour sanding grips for getting into the various crevices of the banister:

    I’ve considered making something like this on my own with some ShapeLock (, but I haven’t tried it yet.

    Anyway, if the goal is to refinish the wood with stain/poly then I’d hit all the flat spots with a random orbit sander, then get the tops of the banisters, then scrape/sand the crevices.

    If you’re going to paint over it then you don’t have to go nuts — just get to a point that looks relatively flat.

    Well before I sent out the banister for professional stripping I’d just toss it and buy a new section of banister.

  4. SuperJDynamite: Thanks for the tip on the little contour sanding devices. Very cool! That will come in extremely useful b/c yes, that’s the worst part of the project.

    Why S: Yes, I’ve been able to live with it because I don’t “hate” the idea of the distressed wood, but I also don’t love it. So hopefully I’ll get it done sooner rather than later.

  5. I’d suggest you check out for rugs. I’ve had great luck there – they have 1000s to choose from and a huge variety of sizes, styles, materials, etc. I’m not affiliated with them in anyway – just a happy customer!

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