Monday, July 5, 2010

SOS: decorating help needed!

I love nothing more than using what I already have to make something new. Let me explain. A week ago I bought an OLD shutter from a woman who owns an old mansion that is now a B & B. I hadn't planned on buying it but it was somewhere in my subconscious for the past 6 weeks and out of nowhere it reappeared.

$10 later, it was mine and hanging out of the back of my Jeep. Once I got it out of the car and into the house, I realized it wasn't just a new decoration, it was going to perhaps start a crazed re-decorating effort...which usually lasts until the wee hours. And that very night, I took EVERYTHING, I mean everything off the walls, off shelves, printed pictures and started from zero.

And as I put things back in new places, I realized I have been pulling this type of shenanigan since I was a teenager. Staying up until all hours with she-man strength to move dressers (like when moms lift cars to save their children because they are motivated). Not that dressers can compare to cars but those oak dressers are not lightweight.

So now it is 5 days later, my shutter has been sawed into 2 (thanks Jodi for knowing how to use power tools, you saved Molly & I our fingers and toes). I have nailed a few pieces of old barn wood on them and tried a few arrangements and I am stuck. I don't know where to go from here. Part of me is wishing I had made it easy and left it in one piece so I could lean it up against the wall but alas, now I have two and need to know where to go from here.

Suggestions? Dream big for me! All of my creative energy is being poured into the youth group mission's trip (6 days and counting) due to the fact that our housing, which included our food and transportation fell through within the past week. But we have it all covered except the minor detail of shower facilities...and if all else fails, we have a hose! Can't wait to read all of the creative ideas you have!


  1. Your project with the shutter, reminded me of one we did years ago with an old wooden window frame from a derelict house. The glass was all smashed but it had originally held 12 separate small panes. We cleaned it up took it apart and put mirrors in where the glass had been. It looked great and we thought we were so clever. Then we saw two similar ones for sale in an antique shop.
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