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So far this May theres nothing car related to talk
about. I haven't even had time to think about the car. It seems as if every day
on our May calendar has something written on it. Theres so much going on right now.
Our middle daughter is graduating from high school this year and has registered for
The past few weeks have been spent getting ready
for graduation. Between working on the house, making announcements and planning an open
house, theres been little time for much else.
My wife doesnt really share my love of
street rods but we do share a common interest in home remodeling and decorating - on a
budget. Over the past few years the car project has consumed the majority of my spare
time and money so consequently our habitual house projects have been neglected.
I dont usually share pictures of our house
who cares, but Ill share a couple that show what Ive been up to
lately. (so you know Ive been doing something).
For the past four years our living room has been
a big white box with a piano and some car parts in it. This is how it looks now after
adding crown molding and faux painting the walls.
Part of the deal between my wife and I was that
when the car was finished she would get living room furniture. The rug, couch, chair and
floor lamp fulfilled my end of the bargain. I think I came out pretty good on that deal ;)
It will be a great room to nap in on a Sunday
afternoon - if I ever find the time. Last week a friend of mine said he was going to spend
the weekend working on his lawn. On Monday I asked him how his lawn work went and he said
he didnt touch it. He spent the entire weekend lounging around. On Saturday alone I
repaired a broken headboard, reupholstered an old chair, helped my wife paint our laundry
room, replaced a broken shower handle and mowed the lawn - with a few trips to the store
and to haul our youngest daughter around in between. Im sure my friend started his
week more rested :)
This weekend Ill be making a black iron
curtain rod with finials made from old glass door handles - among other things. When
graduation is over, life should be back to normal (whatever that is) and Ill have
more time to sit down and write about rest of the build. But then itll be
over and there wont be anything to write about. Thatll feel
|This chair is 76 years
old. It was given to me by my grandmother when I moved out of my parents house, so
its one of my first pieces of furniture. It had been reupholstered many times before
I got it. I reupholstered it twenty-five years ago in 1980 with the floral fabric (with
birds) that you see laying on top as templates. It was time for a change!
A pneumatic staple gun sure made the job easy. I had the chair stripped of its old
fabric and recovered in about three hours. I was able to use the same decorative tacks so
my only expense was the fabric and a few staples. Now its good for another 25 years.
Lets see, what else has happened lately
oh yeah, Ive been taking some
pretty cool wildlife photos - IN OUR DRIVEWAY!
Too bad he couldn't stay for diner
|Until next time, Keep the upholstered side up!