tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-83013029162134785152019-02-09T04:48:20.276-05:00Restored Treasures TooRepurposing, refinishing, reupholstering, and repainting furniture and decorative items for your home!Rhonda Vaudtnoreply@blogger.comBlogger410125RestoredTreasuresToohttps://feedburner.google.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-21694643878406964652016-05-25T00:03:00.001-04:002016-05-25T18:19:58.000-04:00My new "old" lampI finally got my floor lamp done this week!! Yay! I've always wanted a wooden floor lamp, I found one about a year ago and it had several layers of chipped paint on it, but I walked away, regretting it ever since.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>My infatuation with a WOODEN floor lamp started when I saw one in one of those high end furniture stores, to be honest I can't even remember which one it was any more, but it had a hefty price tag.</div><div><br></div><div>After the one that got away, I just gave up and bought this fake wooden lamp.....</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_7baa_5305_b70c_a728" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Ucm70-NMAs0/V0UkAjN0aPI/AAAAAAAAhaA/INOdiaoZNgs/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" tooltip="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;">&nbsp;<br></div><div><br></div><div>I do like it, but it's made of hard plastic that looks like the wood that sells in Restoration Hardware (my favorite furniture store!). It's got that driftwood look to it, and it looks nice in my home. But it's so wonky, it's made of several pieces of this hard plastic and they don't "connect". The lamp sits crooked so you'd think you could twist the pieces together so they are solid. You can't do that, therefore the lamp sits wonky. Whatever.</div><div><br></div><div>Of course shortly after I buy the wonky lamp I find this one at the antique mall a mile from my house! I snatched it up for $30, stripped the cherry finish off of it and just left it bare, no finish on it at all. I love it, it looks just like the one I saw in the furniture store that I can't remember the name of! I found the perfect lamp shade for $20, so $50 later I have the floor lamp of my dreams!</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_c4b7_269a_f869_a313" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MtA4D4S0hu4/V0UkB-aRJOI/AAAAAAAAhaE/3-RK_-yYRsI/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" tooltip="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;">&nbsp;<br></div><div><br></div><div>It's the simple things.</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/bpA_GzwBDDs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com1http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/05/my-new-lamp.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-71574128142941849252016-05-21T14:15:00.002-04:002016-05-21T14:25:06.056-04:00I'm back with a few projects we have been working on around the house<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <br /> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> It's been awhile since I've written, taking a break I guess, that and I didn't think I had anything exciting to write about. I haven't been painting any beautiful pieces of furniture, I haven't worked on anything to sell in awhile, I have just been spending my time working on a bunch of little jobs that need to be done around my own home. </div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> My front porch was looking a little tired for awhile now, so I'm giving it a little update. </div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> My grandson helped me put a coat of varnish on these little lanterns that&nbsp;I got at Gabriel Bros a few years ago. If your not familiar with&nbsp;Gabe's (as I call it), it's a great place where I like&nbsp;to buy outdoor décor,&nbsp;the prices&nbsp;are perfect&nbsp;for things that sit out in the elements and have to be replace a bit more often. </div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> I figured I could get a few more years out of these cute little lanterns&nbsp;if we put an outdoor finish on them. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <br /> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <img alt="" height="240" id="id_fafb_315d_4462_f0b2" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--30rpQ7PLGA/V0CYL-3X05I/AAAAAAAAhW4/trC9s8CdNVo/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" width="320" /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> Before pictures of my tired front porch</div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <div style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <img alt="" height="320" id="id_69bd_fdc3_17de_e7c9" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_DEMlVrULcU/V0CAgbj3dOI/AAAAAAAAhVk/UjDcUJiPiQs/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" width="320" />&nbsp;</div> <br /> <div style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> </div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <br /> <br /> <div> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> Derek just loves to help me, I can always find something for him to do.</div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> &nbsp;</div> <br /> <div> </div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_2476_d7dc_15c1_3827" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EQ1RzbaZQJg/V0CF8IPaHNI/AAAAAAAAhWY/q-xbmEFPOBU/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" /><br /> <br /> <br /> With a little help from Grandma, controlling the drips and runs, they turned out pretty nice.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_aef8_b1ff_d7aa_5075" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-naX1H93PdlM/V0CAjtOhpUI/AAAAAAAAhVs/LA5Xkic-Z_4/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" /><br /> <br /> <br /> I was going to buy fabric to cover the seat cushions but I ran across some really inexpensive ones&nbsp;at my grocery store (they sell everything from soup to nuts), a three piece set for $20.00. Sold, I couldn't buy the fabric for that price. And seat cushions, when exposed to the morning sun needs to be replaced every year anyway, so I went for it. The cute pillow came from HomeGoods for a measly $15.00!<br /> <br /> <br /> Now we just need a few flowers to bloom to bring on the color!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" height="320" id="id_b4e3_85e0_3ecf_1ce5" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hyYP-Dw9arE/V0CAmUMemGI/AAAAAAAAhVw/UQslYk0L4wI/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" width="240" /><br /> <br /> <br /> We have been transforming our backyard living space into a retreat, by putting up a Pergola, someplace where we can just chill out after a busy week. But honestly, we needed a shade source since our trees aren't getting big fast enough to suit us. And much needed privacy since we live on a corner lot and can be seen from three sides. I feel like we are on display every time we're outside.&nbsp;I love this though, we have only had it up for a couple of weeks but I have already found myself sitting out there reading and having dinner while the hubby is away. We want to add some curtains as well so we can enjoy it even as the weather gets a bit cooler. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" height="240" id="id_5271_734f_eb69_8bc4" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j9hwtwG49tg/V0CA0ISgbnI/AAAAAAAAhV0/BCdxwydGreA/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 296px;" title="" tooltip="" width="320" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <img alt="" height="240" id="id_41bc_1a93_d635_b8e" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ajFH0A1BAwE/V0CA2PQAliI/AAAAAAAAhV4/KcIOqrxwrnQ/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" width="320" /><br /> <br /> <br /> I recovered those tired pillows from the front porch to put on the patio furniture in back, just trying to extend the life of these pillows for a bit longer.&nbsp;They are outdoor pillows so they were in perfect shape, they were just badly faded. <br /> <br /> <br /> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="" height="194" id="id_52ff_12fc_4276_eda3" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XblbCbVBld4/V0CA37zYQWI/AAAAAAAAhV8/wSWjPtvqAZE/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" width="320" /><br /> <br /> <br /> I do love sewing my own outdoor pillow covers&nbsp;anyway&nbsp;because I have a huge choice of beautiful fabrics that if I were to buy them ready made at a garden center would cost me oodles!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" height="300" id="id_1084_8f9f_8de5_fd30" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_gOEl_qw7kw/V0CF-DAAXTI/AAAAAAAAhWc/z5Bsan5e0JY/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" width="400" /><br /> <br /> <br /> The challenge here was finding a fabric that would marry the color of&nbsp;red from my home to the brownish/goldish/orangeish color of our outdoor furniture. But&nbsp;I did it, and I love the fabric.&nbsp; <br /> If &nbsp;the weather stays nice for a whole weekend we can work on planting,&nbsp;we still need &nbsp;a privacy border and&nbsp;some beautiful flowering bushes to fill in the area behind the living space. And I'd love to have some container gardens filling in some areas.<br /> <br /> <br /> It takes time, but it's&nbsp;getting there.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" height="320" id="id_39c7_dec8_8a29_935a" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QAo1ZsIgVEE/V0CGAYUtRmI/AAAAAAAAhWg/PTGV3YIIMdk/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" width="320" /><br /> <br /> <br /> I also got my lamp refinished........<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" height="240" id="id_1253_116b_739e_f9e5" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7-0baLK8qec/V0CGCOe14PI/AAAAAAAAhWk/1rDioZkEHh8/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" width="320" /><br /> <br /> <br /> and rewired, now I just need to find a shade for it.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_c000_e2f0_9a2b_70c0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-c3T0h63KDOc/V0CGERmD2YI/AAAAAAAAhWo/tFApwnVcDW4/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" /><br /> <br /> <br /> I've been&nbsp;getting a few&nbsp;painting jobs to make a bit of extra cash to pay for said fabrics and pillows:)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <img alt="" id="id_8d1a_ccc7_156f_f636" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n9yPc4Gb4lg/V0CBIIHwH7I/AAAAAAAAhWA/YHzv_ce7csU/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" /><br /> <br /> <br /> And I have been repainting.......<br /> <br /> <br /> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_686e_a0ba_1844_f846" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oEftu_L8GUc/V0CBRK3d9BI/AAAAAAAAhWI/BGn1zuYEb7M/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" tooltip="" /><br /> <br /> <br /> and creating those signs for my house.<br /> <br /> <br /> I will post pictures of the "afters" in another post.<br /> <br /> <br /> So I have been a busy gal, but in my own time, and that feels wonderful! </div> </div> </div> </div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/vF4rxFazya4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/05/im-back-with-few-projects-we-have-been.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-75567446325281091662016-04-05T23:34:00.001-04:002016-04-05T23:34:19.350-04:00Pillows from my old lace stashThis week I've been busy catching up on a few things that I've had to get finished. Tedious little jobs that I always have make a "to do" list for, or I forget to do them.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>I gave the first coat of paint to the inside of that big cupboard that we moved to my husbands office. I'm finishing up a small side table for my grand daughter's bedroom that we are redecorating. I'm working on a sign to hang on one of my walks, and I also have been moving things around from one spot to the next trying to decorate the large areas above my entertainment units.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>I'm just getting the Spring fever itch to change things up a bit.</div><div><br></div><div>I've also been working on some pillows to sell, I got these two almost finished on Saturday. I just have to close them up and they'll be finished.</div><div><br></div><div>I used an old lace table cloth for one of the pillows and some really thick lace that bordered old linen valances, both are adorned with extra vintage lace and flowers made from round doilies. I always add a bit of bling for a bit of sparkle.</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_d028_ce3e_e3e7_9a6b" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DCnjFqIb1Bw/VwSDbyHNVjI/AAAAAAAAf3E/bma2en_lev4/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_f65a_7a60_712d_22be" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vJ8UUsZzhDY/VwSDeULyYtI/AAAAAAAAf3I/SfXvnjQDGCE/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_ae58_54f5_d51c_10e7" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9nadYZYIcio/VwSDhMXM4YI/AAAAAAAAf3M/QReRcA7TRLw/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_d6dd_f0e_3a6a_a406" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YvutPByaa6A/VwSDjiA3j7I/AAAAAAAAf3Q/CZV_nkf-TVs/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_380d_d6ce_dffe_7e7a" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DgM7CVTG9AE/VwSDmUSUAKI/AAAAAAAAf3U/A44KCzCDRmQ/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_efb9_a459_1e11_ff22" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bURqlLgo2zw/VwSDo6nNQJI/AAAAAAAAf3Y/XU-5Sl5hIjg/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_9cda_3437_f6e0_7838" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ViWdtFDYdyE/VwSDrdCgazI/AAAAAAAAf3c/IC79QwHXdak/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_544f_180c_961b_21ce" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Eo4bLspYsy8/VwSDuA7dvoI/AAAAAAAAf3g/2m2cQrEoCEw/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>These pillows are so much fun for me to create, once I get started I can't quit! I love the process of designing them, and putting my stash of old lace to good use.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/mb_zDfftBW0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com4http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/04/pillows-from-my-old-lace-stash.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-71812220548084044552016-03-27T07:53:00.001-04:002016-03-27T08:14:20.251-04:00The entertainment center is finished!The entertainment center is finished! It's exactly how I pictured it in my mind, except the doors to hide the TV, but I contacted Dog Eared Primitives and he's making me some now.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>It took me awhile to finish this because I had to paint the whole thing twice to achieve the look I wanted, but it was well worth it. From a distance the distressing is subtle, but up close you can see it very well.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>I'm just adding a few pictures because I tried all day yesterday to get this posted, for some reason it wouldn't go.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>I'm in love with it, the storage is crazy good, and I've only got 1/3 of it filled! Now the fun part of decorating it awaits, the stuff on it now is just temporary.&nbsp;<br><div><br></div><div><img id="id_5b1e_9a32_c416_e410" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FsbOtd2m8yw/VvfJpBaFqXI/AAAAAAAAf2E/xFYwjO-Pj5U/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_29c2_597e_f7c1_3819" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jhFRLXHvr6Q/VvfJrKjcPSI/AAAAAAAAf2I/6babERUC090/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_74e1_bb55_7bce_728" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_UI6AvkiQNs/VvfJvLywe8I/AAAAAAAAf2M/WFwkseqlt8k/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_4b12_e86_d10b_6985" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Q8JcAT0oNWw/VvfJxc4ckzI/AAAAAAAAf2Q/xL9YUIb41FU/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_5fdc_bcfe_cf02_5bcd" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-N3Ea-nr17Wc/VvfOjzJJCaI/AAAAAAAAf2c/CJpk67u0s6U/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>The large cabinet fit perfect in the office....</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_359_218f_69f_cd7f" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-y_DN94Owv_o/VvfOmJJI8HI/AAAAAAAAf2g/J4Wq_gq0O-w/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>and we moved this little cabinet to another wall where the tractor display was. It looks so much better already, and we haven't even put anything in the large white cabinet yet, I'm waiting to give the inside a fresh coat of paint. The shuffling around of furniture just prompted Rick to sort through his pile and most of it got pitched! Yay:)</div><div><br></div><div>Happy Easter!</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/KkdoHH0wyis" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com6http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/the-entertainment-center-is-finished.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-64036154022635596652016-03-26T23:37:00.000-04:002016-03-26T23:45:57.616-04:00Happy Easter!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> Hello! I've been trying all day to post pictures of my entertainment center, they won't go through for some reason. Hopefully, if I get time tomorrow I can get my post to publish.<br> <br> Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!</div><br><img id="id_1a52_f068_b1a4_5ff9" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-k6WEHN2nkXE/VvdXaAaIBDI/AAAAAAAAfy8/kffV_3jCu6U/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;">&nbsp;<div>source: vintageornaments.com</div><div><br></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/isSTPxSEdZA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/hello-ive-been-trying-all-day-to-post.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-84842258116274324622016-03-23T21:27:00.001-04:002016-03-24T21:55:55.891-04:00Much needed organizationTomorrow I will be a busy distressing the entertainment center, cleaning it up, then putting it in the master bedroom. I'm so excited, this means super storage for two of my rooms now, the master bedroom and my husband's office......which is a disaster.<div><br></div><div>(There's his new lamp he made room for!)<br><div><br></div><div><img id="id_c158_3a9a_bd0b_90a8" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LTRmx8CgrXs/VvSZck513wI/AAAAAAAAfm8/K4rnbFnfGKc/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_57ad_a3ff_45f4_6f7f" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AEeDBrqtGQ0/VvSZe0MPBQI/AAAAAAAAfnA/7etYwV7G8wc/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>It also means relocating this cabinet to my husband's office. I do have to paint the inside of this cabinet once it's moved, right now it's painted a flat red, I have some left over light gray that I can use for that.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_382a_8c76_8d99_c591" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kr-LDdRrU8E/VvSZhN1Us7I/AAAAAAAAfnE/e6BsEGZuIt8/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>Once it's all dry, we can take stuff from this smaller cabinet here:&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_7871_8756_ccc6_3385" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gfnKH1ZoBzs/VvSZlviun0I/AAAAAAAAfnI/MFEiBUP9IGE/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>and spread stuff out a bit, making it easier to find things.....I hope. I will finally be painting this one as well, I never did get his office redecorated when I did the rest of the house. I painted this cabinet black, years ago, with scenes I painted on the raised panel doors. It was my first attempt at decorative painting on furniture.....don't judge!&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_bcb1_1425_7c65_1e5" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JQz38gE936g/VvSZoBhI3fI/AAAAAAAAfnM/3xw787VW8dQ/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>He's also got this red and mustard display piece in his office that houses his collection of International tractors (it's a homage to his farming days as a kid from Iowa:)&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_7ec4_8b04_9e8e_4382" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iwotiy4VK-s/VvSZqzBrLKI/AAAAAAAAfnQ/KLJMQ9Njjxs/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>This cabinet, and the tractors, will be going to the "man cave" in the basement...........(happy dance!) The colors will work down there because it's an intentional mix of eclectic decor.</div><div><br></div><div>I still have got a lot of painting to do, but I'm anxious to finally get the office to match the rest of the house and gain much needed storage. I'm so hoping that by having both of the cabinets in the office, <font face="Times">that it won't look too crowded.&nbsp;</font></div><div><font face="Times"><br></font></div><div><font face="Times">I've been holding out on doing anything about wall decor because I do have to relocate a lot of things that I've already got. Pictures that I've got hanging on the wall where the entertainment center is going will have to find a new home. So lots of things to think about now.</font></div><div><font face="Times"><br></font></div><div><font face="Times">If all goes well, I'll at least have pictures of the entertainment center in it's place this weekend.</font></div><div><br></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/-m_CmqLAeGI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com0http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/much-needed-organization.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-68099904937666036242016-03-22T19:37:00.001-04:002016-03-22T19:37:22.077-04:00The last step before I distress the entertainment centerI got the final coat on the entertainment center today, now I will leave it until Friday to let the paint "cure" before I distress it.&nbsp;<div><br></div><div><img id="id_6c86_3972_7e53_1ce9" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_ARZoL_4g3M/VvHXC0X3eFI/AAAAAAAAfmU/BSNh1UChLhM/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_73fd_dae2_c545_9229" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gZ3qSrwHGss/VvHXFYMvKoI/AAAAAAAAfmY/L_vL49yU-1k/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_6afe_cfc_96b3_9c1d" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yHIA7D9M7Yo/VvHXHchfcII/AAAAAAAAfmc/xxy5oX00C_Y/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_fbcb_be92_3e86_d764" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5lP-ICYeCrg/VvHXJYhNiFI/AAAAAAAAfmg/zD38-KTl8NU/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_970c_e3c_9fd8_8dcc" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Vv53AUyo9Ck/VvHXLT_m_BI/AAAAAAAAfmk/NdrBjeG-wMo/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>I'm always sure to let the pieces sit for a day or two, making sure the paint is dry enough to start distressing it.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>It also gives me a chance to go get groceries, clean my house a bit and sweep up the little fur balls that have collected in the hallway!!!&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/i0bOdhASbe4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/the-last-step-before-i-distress.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-86310785829535574602016-03-20T20:40:00.001-04:002016-03-20T22:44:19.059-04:00Distressing using a heat gunI've spent the last four days working on our entertainment center, Thursday I filled nail holes sanded the whole thing down inside and out. Then primed over all the knot holes using Kilz primer.<div><br></div><div>Friday I primed the knot holes two more times, then stained the drawers using left over stain that I had.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_3470_bf30_6b00_8692" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VUA7No1yeEI/Vu9B9FwAqCI/AAAAAAAAflY/w6MPS4m2rTY/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>Saturday I did the painstaking job of painting the black base coat and running my heat gun over it to get the paint hot so it would bubble. It took me four hours to do but I had to distress the whole thing so it would match the finish of the old doors he used. &nbsp;The doors are segments of full size doors, they are rough and have fragments of chipped paint still clinging. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">You can't have a piece made with new smooth wood and old rough doors!&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><img id="id_cf09_44e6_480f_c2e1" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VFGGp-qHSMw/Vu9CAxi9deI/AAAAAAAAflc/NKhRvTSiLXM/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><br></div><div>I did these pieces by painting a thick long vertical strip then running my heat gun down, close enough to get the fresh paint hot enough to bubble. The thicker the paint, the bigger the bubbles. Just make sure you keep moving the heat gun so you don't burn the wood.</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_65b1_7ff1_26ce_145c" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-749A1SybXZ8/Vu9CN68z18I/AAAAAAAAflg/Kpqkb7wKtHg/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_ca47_e107_6c3c_e4a1" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fSqsdVA3uOg/Vu9CTcV9O_I/AAAAAAAAflk/EnPftorM0kA/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>I had to paint the base coat black so that when I run my sander over these pieces, the black will show through.</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_4309_a6f8_53c4_98b3" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-p6xuqpTxWLQ/Vu9CYX_tSkI/AAAAAAAAflo/7z9ouvx9uEs/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>Here is a close up of the door on the left, and the bubbled paint effect on the right.....looking good.</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_fe2f_3344_d1c8_c855" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aS9l2gt_zpA/Vu9Cb-yFaUI/AAAAAAAAfls/NSc_myODn-I/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_36c9_a0b1_fabe_68ba" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-69Yq_j4-tj8/Vu9Cd8_1s3I/AAAAAAAAflw/xz-mbIaAOWw/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_77cb_f01e_b93d_2559" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wXRP0KNg41s/Vu9Cg0nevxI/AAAAAAAAfl0/zYCUi-aqqjs/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>Today, I painted for three hours and called it quits for the day.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_e9b4_e222_dc7a_6f7f" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QOL0_lYJXdo/Vu9C2ZVNceI/AAAAAAAAfl8/gqcIdBuUFQk/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>I have two more days of work left on it until I'm finished, but which two days? I don't know about you, but when I'm in the middle of doing this that I love, everything else suffers. I've been putting off getting groceries, I need to shop for Easter goodies for my grandkids' Easter egg hunt, and I have fur balls rolling around on the floors.......I need to clean! &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>Oh well, the fur balls will have to wait, I'm having fun!</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/UIRWjOHatQw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/distressing-using-heat-gun.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-56057005040285831762016-03-17T14:44:00.001-04:002016-03-17T14:44:30.004-04:00First steps on preparing new wood for paint<div id="wrapperid_d6cf_3a56_6751_e2d2" class="___smartHandler" style="position: absolute; width: 297px; height: 222px; z-index: 100; top: 4px; left: 5px; border: 1px solid rgb(67, 135, 223);"><br></div><div id="wrapperid_d6cf_3a56_6751_e2d2" class="___smartHandler" style="position: absolute; width: 297px; height: 222px; z-index: 100; top: 4px; left: 5px; border: 1px solid rgb(67, 135, 223);"><br></div><div id="wrapperid_d6cf_3a56_6751_e2d2" class="___smartHandler" style="position: absolute; width: 325px; height: 243px; z-index: 100; top: 4px; left: 5px; border: 1px solid rgb(67, 135, 223);"><br></div><img id="id_79ba_a1b9_95bd_e368" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TMts3xyoJH8/Vur6ysq4HBI/AAAAAAAAfkY/NxAna9irQp0/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 327px; height: auto;"><div><br></div><div>I've been working on the entertainment center I my spare time, it is going to be a time consuming process, but one I love doing.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_231_1796_b32e_1467" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lAW6-pk3IXk/Vur60x1iCAI/AAAAAAAAfkc/h3zD9kdboXQ/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>First thing I had to do was to fill all the nail holes</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_a08b_76e7_c5e5_54f6" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_hHOHgjx564/Vur63m9KDqI/AAAAAAAAfkg/6ldsi4tJUHo/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>There were many</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_cb1f_77aa_ad9d_8c1b" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Rpx6VCwC5Gk/Vur65qVRoEI/AAAAAAAAfkk/oKcKqh7FuS8/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_80dd_88ff_43ad_6de7" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lJMOno9imII/Vur675BGy9I/AAAAAAAAfko/vU8A-4V9Y8Y/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>After the nail holes dried, I sanded the whole thing down, inside and out. With the exception of two old doors, the whole thing was built with new wood so I needed to soften the edges&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Then I had to vacuum the whole thing down, inside and out.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_3365_6830_6e4d_b631" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-L6R3Ie1WR10/Vur6-bhNV7I/AAAAAAAAfks/G7S_c1cWFvg/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Next step was to cover all the knot holes with Kilz primer, so they don't bleed through all of the layers of paint that's going on this thing.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_c8ab_5324_46c2_a22d" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4DNbpc0xmSs/Vur7BHPLdTI/AAAAAAAAfkw/QRaDhbvYm94/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>I'm going to put three coats of primer on the knots just to make sure there is no bleed through.</div><div><br></div><div>So far so good!</div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/ENZF5etuX6w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/first-steps-on-preparing-new-wood-for.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-11190843286791133392016-03-14T12:47:00.000-04:002016-03-14T12:47:45.548-04:00The entertainment center "before" photos<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> The last post I wrote mentioned that our entertainment center was finished and that we'd have to make the trip to go get it this coming weekend, well, the gentleman called back and said he was going to be in the area last Saturday and we could meet him and pick it up. Sweet! So here it is, sitting in the garage waiting for me to get started on the transformation.<br /> <div> <br /></div> <div> I can't wait<br /> <br /> <div> <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">My husband picked it up in a nearby town, I was away for the weekend with two of my daughters, so I wasn't able to tell the gentleman how wonderful I think the piece is, however...........he forgot to put doors on the opening that holds the TV. No big deal really, but that's the only real stipulation that I had. Not to worry, the hubby and I will add the doors.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br /></span></div> <div> <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">Anyway here she is:)&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">Use your imagination.....I will make her look wonderful!</span></div> <div> <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br /></span></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_f0fc_8175_5596_97b7" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-r__rwj5EQl0/VubqBIFSTSI/AAAAAAAAfjU/sHtX2bvoJ68/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br /></span></div> <div> <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br /></span></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_15ae_dcab_eee9_a42a" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-thNQlksVbMM/VubqCmJFt8I/AAAAAAAAfjY/wZuBNAsKpks/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br /></span></div> <div> <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br /></span></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_eae7_f378_9a07_be45" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BaCXIjIDP2o/VubqDzDE5QI/AAAAAAAAfjc/91UJ2c2Dt9I/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br /></span></div> <div> <span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);"><br /></span> <div> <img alt="" id="id_4b3_f866_c694_f372" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mzJc1R0_XsM/VubqFJkyPUI/AAAAAAAAfjg/P9P4pJ0ZRew/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_73d0_a412_92df_be9b" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-stmiUYYJZX4/VubqGXTSmBI/AAAAAAAAfjk/HqKNvcF25bE/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_e34c_577_30de_53f0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8zqZRKiWWgY/VubqJheMbRI/AAAAAAAAfjo/jHFsMJ6gDF4/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> </div> </div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> I haven't seen it in person yet, my daughter's and I are returning home from a short trip for my middle daughter's 40th birthday!&nbsp;</div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <img alt="" id="id_657_d1f8_57be_9fb3" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AOupIc5zlGw/VubqK5J69wI/AAAAAAAAfjs/8m6D1r0DfSo/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> </div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/PJfq681dgm0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com0http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/the-entertainment-center-photos.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-27623149419307157982016-03-10T22:14:00.001-05:002016-03-10T22:14:25.115-05:00Update on our bedroom entertainment centerIt's been over a month ago since my husband and I made a trip to Angola, IN to order an entertainment/clothes storage center for the master bedroom. We told him we weren't in any hurry for it when we ordered it, but now I'm really anxious to have it.<div><br></div><div>I finally got a call from him this week telling me it was finished and we could come get it anytime. Unfortunately we are busy this weekend and aren't able to make the trip to go get it. Hopefully nothing comes up and we'll be able to get it next weekend. &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>I am so ready to reorganize things in our bedroom and having this piece will give us the storage we need for our bedroom and my husbands office, since the current cupboard will go in ther to help organize his space. I haven't been able to do anything anywhere until I get that piece in place because it will mean finding new homes for everything that hangs on the walls in those two rooms.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gKmrTbCPeJc/VuI4Cp85v6I/AAAAAAAAfio/GxIbPBcDjK8/s640/blogger-image--2088331322.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gKmrTbCPeJc/VuI4Cp85v6I/AAAAAAAAfio/GxIbPBcDjK8/s640/blogger-image--2088331322.jpg"></a></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I'm really anxious to see how it looks, we drew it up on paper, but actually seeing what we came up with has me nervous, I hope I like it after we get it! And of course it won't be painted either, I opted to finish it myself, so I'll have to picture it finished in my mind.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Md7fVERe29I/VuI4EBvYDvI/AAAAAAAAfis/jIwWmpLmROA/s640/blogger-image-1675337508.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Md7fVERe29I/VuI4EBvYDvI/AAAAAAAAfis/jIwWmpLmROA/s640/blogger-image-1675337508.jpg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Actually the timing couldn't be any better, I have been painting a clients house for the last two weeks, so I wouldn't have had time to finish it anyway. But I am so excited and next week will be a long one.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I'll post pictures of the "before" and "after" as soon as we get it.</div><br></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/6Zzj1HaJHHM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com1http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/update-on-our-bedroom-entertainment.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-519746455090554412016-03-05T19:39:00.001-05:002016-03-05T21:00:16.573-05:00My finished lamps<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> I finally got a project finished to completion! I love how the lamps turned out, and it was a fun project to do with my hubby. We do pretty good, the two of us, I design and he builds with my direction. We are true DIYers that's for sure. </div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> The baluster's cost me $5 each at my local junk shop, but by the time we bought the lamp works and the shades I could have saved myself the work by buying some beautiful lamps at TjMaxx, but I wanted real wood lamps and I wanted them distressed. They turned out exactly how I'd pictured in my head. </div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <img alt="" id="id_3d2b_9c29_c641_284" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-m4D-X-gkY8k/VtuJn161PnI/AAAAAAAAfiM/Hz4G20UB1rg/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The baluster's were pretty thickly painted with what was, no doubt, lead paint, so I stripped two layers off and stopped at this point.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <img alt="" id="id_76ea_77bb_5b7a_650" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EdG4K50Sczg/Vtt7S3n469I/AAAAAAAAfhU/GKEVsQ2TEyY/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> <br /> <div> <br /> <br /> My husband thought we should add a base so the lamps wouldn't be top heavy, then we added a bit of trim to finish them off.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <img alt="" id="id_5d47_b50c_6413_69fe" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_tY0PqKtlKA/Vtt7UB7M3yI/AAAAAAAAfhY/Rvrxqarl4Fc/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> <br /> <div> I then had to recreate the finish on the bases to match the lamp bodies. I painted the base first with a tan craft paint that I had, then I dry brushed white and cream paint over it. I wiped them down while the paint was still wet and sanded them to match the tops.<br /> <br /><br /> We went to Home Depot today and I found the perfect shades.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <img alt="" id="id_e93c_a01a_9692_4cc" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-56jYExDZOjQ/Vtt7yfKY0-I/AAAAAAAAfhc/dmgq9KLLHz0/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> <br /> <div> <br /> <br /> One of the lamps went in the guest bedroom<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <img alt="" id="id_df7f_15e2_86dc_a2d6" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CVMfh7EYRrE/Vtt8Kb8Ku1I/AAAAAAAAfhk/hVwAOVdiYdU/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" style="height: auto; width: 298px;" title="" /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br /></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> the other lamp is going in my husbands office, but he said he needed to clean it before he places his new lamp.......</div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> (happy dance)</div> <br /> <div> </div> </div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/V2TSKiaobs8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/03/my-finished-lamps.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-57785163278390925162016-02-29T21:11:00.001-05:002016-03-01T15:12:37.700-05:00Baluster lamp update<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> I've been so busy the last week, I got my&nbsp;root canals done&nbsp;on Monday so that was a good thing. Didn't have any pain at all with them so it didn't slow me down much. </div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> I painted my grand daughter's bedroom, she's going from her "big" girl room to her tween room, my how they grow! It seems like yesterday that I painted her colorful&nbsp;room&nbsp;in bright pink and blue.</div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> She chose her colors this time, she's 13 now, and we painted her room a creamy white on three walls and a nice light gray color on her "accent" wall. Gone is the pretty little twin four poster bed in exchange for a double.</div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> <br></div> <div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"> I have been working on my lamps as I have the time, I got the two balusters stripped last week when we had 60 degree weather, and Sunday my hubby and I got them all put together, now I just have to paint them.</div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br></div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img id="id_f4c3_e8e2_d67b_fd15" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LQ4rhJ0vFK4/VtX3p5Dt4gI/AAAAAAAAfgo/FTGx6SGHg9A/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br></div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;">This is as far as I wanted to strip them down, I wanted them to look distressed so I stopped at this point</div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br></div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img id="id_1042_9344_634_1c76" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QeqPcFZvPPQ/VtX3q5VAZQI/AAAAAAAAfgs/21HJX98_Mic/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br></div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;">We added a base to the bottom of both lamps just to make them sturdier, now I have to paint and distress the bases to match the lamp body. I'm hoping to get that done this week yet.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"> <div> <br> <div><img id="id_37df_6eff_25ef_c7b3" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-s6jB0mOZYqw/VtX3sCrH5yI/AAAAAAAAfgw/jmJqo_TUbZ0/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div> <div><br></div><div>My floor lamp got a few coats of refinisher on it trying to get rid of the cherry stain, not sure I'll be able to remove it. I'll give it a few more coats and see how it looks, I may have to paint it.</div><div><br></div><div><img id="id_3cfe_d326_bfa8_37df" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ubWeY6mBjeY/VtX3s4ct5rI/AAAAAAAAfg0/nIJho5qR_Wo/%25255BUNSET%25255D.png" alt="" title="" style="width: 298px; height: auto;"><br></div> <div><br></div><div>Today I had two of my grandkids here because the electricity went out overnight because of high winds, school was canceled.</div><div><br></div><div>So we did some crafts</div><div><br></div><div>Then they got grandma to play Wii with them! I got my workout that's for sure!</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/irIHVbf_sHw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/02/baluster-lamp-update.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-5929469000381560352016-02-20T10:46:00.001-05:002016-02-23T14:52:50.019-05:00Paige's art<div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I mentioned in my last post that I'm working on getting some art and/or wall hangings of some sort too fill all of the bare areas in our home. The walls look a bit bare, but I'm a stickler for what goes up, and I haven't been actively looking either.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">My 13 year old grand daughter, Paige, is quite the artist and she recently drew a still life in school and I loved it! I asked her if I could have it to frame and hang on my wall, she scrunched her nose up as if to say, "seriously?!" She gave it to me &amp; papa so I found this simple frame for it so it doesn't take away from her work.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">It hangs in our kitchen with two of my favorite things, my Ohio/Iowa sign and my little sign I bought while in Germany.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6PxNRLboDms/Vsyx_-4_sNI/AAAAAAAAfak/Qi8P_3G2kYA/s640/blogger-image-838211585.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6PxNRLboDms/Vsyx_-4_sNI/AAAAAAAAfak/Qi8P_3G2kYA/s640/blogger-image-838211585.jpg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Paige's still life</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AJdAUZshKDA/VsyyavBTn6I/AAAAAAAAfao/WY8pO-zxzro/s640/blogger-image--1949774304.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AJdAUZshKDA/VsyyavBTn6I/AAAAAAAAfao/WY8pO-zxzro/s640/blogger-image--1949774304.jpg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">My daughter bought me this little Ohio sign, but the "heart" of it is an outline of my home state of Iowa, where my heart still resides.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-C7cLuEIml2s/VsyyjgJkh9I/AAAAAAAAfas/NhDAtHalZbk/s640/blogger-image--456326146.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-C7cLuEIml2s/VsyyjgJkh9I/AAAAAAAAfas/NhDAtHalZbk/s640/blogger-image--456326146.jpg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I love this little German sign, which translated, means "Home is home"</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QzU9PVn0bTQ/Vsyx7BWNVOI/AAAAAAAAfag/qRDTdP-4ybk/s640/blogger-image-872467308.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QzU9PVn0bTQ/Vsyx7BWNVOI/AAAAAAAAfag/qRDTdP-4ybk/s640/blogger-image-872467308.jpg"></a></div><br></div>So one bare space filled, and one that makes me smile:)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><br></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/688zV2dJ4es" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com4http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/02/paige-art.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-75053822246819465792016-02-18T18:46:00.000-05:002016-02-18T18:46:16.205-05:00Finally feeling good again!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> Today was the first day that I haven't had tooth pain in seven days and it felt wonderful! That pain is the worst and the fact that you just can't do anything because of it was driving me to the brink! I've been taking an antibiotic for the infection and prescription pain medicine too, but today I stopped the pain meds..........I hate taking anything like that. I think the infection is going away, which is taking the pain away too. Soon, I will have the teeth fixed and all will be good in the world:)<br /> <br /><br /> My house is a mess because of it too, I haven't done much, so today I started cleaning the house and wandering around thinking of some of the changes I want to make. I'm getting a little bored with what I've got and I just need&nbsp;to make a few changes. I also need to&nbsp;think about some wall art, I've had bare spots on the walls for months, but I just don't know what I want.<br /> <br /><br /> &nbsp;Art is&nbsp;very personal for me, I can't just go out and buy a picture that doesn't mean anything to&nbsp;me.&nbsp;I've never really had a lot of pictures on the wall except for my gallery wall and the heirloom pieces that belong to my mother-in-law. And I have my ornate antique frames that I leave empty just because I feel they are a work of art in themselves. I don't want many pictures, but I do want something that means something to my husband and I. We've been on so many wonderful trips, I think I'm going to look into turning a few of our photos into black and white prints to frame. <br /> <br /><br /> The weather is suppose to be nice this Saturday, in the 60's, I think I'm going to get out and revel I the warmth!!!<br /> <br /><br /> Have a wonderful weekend ahead, I know I will.........pain free!!! YaY!</div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/IYF2p85-et4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/02/finally-feeling-good-again.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-88445990113689180362016-02-16T17:08:00.004-05:002016-02-16T18:09:55.741-05:00Winter has arrived and my two root canals...............Yay!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> So, I guess we are now getting our winter weather! We got hammered last night with 6 more inches of snow on top of what we already had. We lucked out and had a very mild winter.....until the middle of January, but&nbsp;we can't complain. <br> <br><br> I do love living in an area that has the four seasons, I love cozying up to our fireplace in the cold snowy months, but sometimes we just need to get away from it for just a bit. My husband and I managed to escape right after the huge snow storm that swept the lower states below us and the states to the East,&nbsp;we lucked out here in Ohio because it just missed us. Never the less&nbsp;we got out of here and headed to Key West, where we spent 8 wonderful days. Which is one of the reasons why I haven't been posting on my blog. When we got home, we were met with what we escaped from in the first place, more dreary, cloudy, rainy/snow mixed weather and it hasn't stopped snowing since. <br> <br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Y9kOQ4zT5yQ/VsOpK1Vo22I/AAAAAAAAfaA/jNeMf0RuieE/s640/blogger-image--739621184.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Y9kOQ4zT5yQ/VsOpK1Vo22I/AAAAAAAAfaA/jNeMf0RuieE/s640/blogger-image--739621184.jpg"></a></div><br>It was Monday, the 8th, when we got back home,&nbsp;and on Thursday I started having issues with my teeth on the right top and bottom. I have been having problems with sensitivity for quite some time and my dentist appt. in January showed nothing. If you've ever had a toothache, headache, earache, you know there isn't anything worse than head pain.&nbsp;I've always thought I had a high pain tolerance, but for the past 5 days, it has been debilitating, which is the second reason why I haven't been posting. Crazy as it sounds I didn't have any issues while we were away, I think maybe we just need to move south!<br> <br><br> Yesterday I went to my primary doctor, hoping she could find the problem, she couldn't, but she&nbsp;did suggest I go to an Endodontist...............a doctor that specializes in root canals. <br> <br><br> So today I had my appointment with&nbsp;the specialist&nbsp;and thank God he found&nbsp; the problem that's been causing my pain. I have an infected tooth and a dead one........I need two root canals and are scheduled for next Tuesday and I can't wait, I just want this pain to end. Until then he gave me a prescription for an antibiotic to get rid of the infection, and a pain med to control the pain. <br> <br><br> I feel pretty good this afternoon, the pain is tolerable, but Tuesday won't come quick enough for me.<br> <br><br> The last post I wrote was about my entertainment center that we are having built for us, I haven't heard from Dog Eared Primitives yet and I am getting so anxious. Not that I can do anything with it anyway until I'm 100%, I'm just anxious to see it!<br> <br><br> I'm hoping to get a call telling me that we can come pick it up this weekend, and that I'll feel good enough to go get it. I'm going a little stir crazy just hanging out and not being productive. I hate being a slug!<br> <br> <br></div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/7MBVrdjaKfk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com4http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/02/winter-has-arrived-and-my-two-root.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-35384330118040643442016-01-29T23:24:00.000-05:002016-01-29T23:28:47.507-05:00Information on my Entertainment center<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> We've&nbsp;ordered&nbsp;our new piece of furniture for the master bedroom, the one needed to hold a TV and some clothes&nbsp;and I'm so excited about it. I loved the idea of customizing a piece so you know it's going to be exactly what you want and need. I'd looked and looked for used pieces of furniture that would work but I just wasn't successful.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> I really didn't want to spend the money on a custom piece but sometimes you want something to be just right. I knew I wanted to unload one of my dressers in the master bedroom, that's why I wanted a large piece that would&nbsp;be multi-functional.&nbsp;And even though I spent more than I wanted, it still&nbsp;cost considerably less than a piece this big at any traditional furniture store, and I will have this furniture for a long time.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> If you follow my blog you'll know that I am having the piece built by my favorite furniture builder, Dog Eared Primitives. And I have two pieces of furniture that get a lot of attention from my readers.&nbsp;So I thought I would&nbsp;feature them in this post. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> This is the corner cupboard that we bought several years ago. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> </div> <div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-w3gLXopb06Y/Vqws0a9xxnI/AAAAAAAAfXw/znmCXK_0apE/s640/blogger-image-1544790472.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-w3gLXopb06Y/Vqws0a9xxnI/AAAAAAAAfXw/znmCXK_0apE/s640/blogger-image-1544790472.jpg" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> And our entertainment center, we bought it&nbsp;about four years ago and have gotten a lot of inquiries about it.&nbsp; It's actually three pieces, each are 36" wide and 6' tall. It spans 9 feet along the long wall in the great room. I wanted something that would utilize that whole space, and &nbsp;I got&nbsp;that and so much more! It has storage galore and I just fell in love with the old doors.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jzb3FpXHxrM/Vqw4niPrajI/AAAAAAAAfYs/CqnbCjWgTII/s640/blogger-image--769812584.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jzb3FpXHxrM/Vqw4niPrajI/AAAAAAAAfYs/CqnbCjWgTII/s640/blogger-image--769812584.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> &nbsp;Both were built by Dog Eared Primitives, but we bought them in a little shop in Shipshewana, IN called "Thankful Heart", he sells a lot of furniture to them. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> The gentleman who builds this furniture has a shop in Angola, IN and an&nbsp;antique store&nbsp;called "Homestead Antique Mall". I'm not sure where his workshop is, where he makes his furniture, but he sells it inside of the mall. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> He also does shows and there is a list of the towns and dates on their website. He also has a warehouse that you can visit by appointment only.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> His&nbsp;furniture is super primitive, his designs, his finishes, everything he does makes these look like authentic primitive antiques. If you love the grungy, purist primitive look, you will love all of his furniture. But if you don't want that look you can order it unfinished and finish it yourself. What I love about&nbsp;this furniture though, is&nbsp;that they can easily be transformed into the country "farmhouse" look just by painting it white. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> They were really easy to work with and he can build any configuration you can think of. He uses old doors in his designs if the piece calls for a door. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> When we bought our corner cupboard and entertainment center they were painted as you see these pieces, but I painted them white myself. On our new piece I thought about asking him to leave it unfinished since I was going to paint it anyway, but I loved the texture his finishes gave my pieces after I'd painted them, so I ordered it finished.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> Here's what my corner cupboard and entertainment center looked like when we bought them..........</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> Before:</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6idNtsVjGqU/Vqws-GXMQPI/AAAAAAAAfYA/hHdXJl44Pr8/s640/blogger-image--882260191.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6idNtsVjGqU/Vqws-GXMQPI/AAAAAAAAfYA/hHdXJl44Pr8/s640/blogger-image--882260191.jpg" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> Before:</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SzJzw1snfZU/Vqws4Z5UbAI/AAAAAAAAfX4/RC8HmcYht1Y/s640/blogger-image-662627776.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SzJzw1snfZU/Vqws4Z5UbAI/AAAAAAAAfX4/RC8HmcYht1Y/s640/blogger-image-662627776.jpg" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> </div> <div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> Sorry about the quality of this picture, I took it in the Thankful Heart shop, in a hurry thinking I wasn't suppose to be taking pictures of the furniture!</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> Here is an example of just some of his furniture:</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CVJM4Q6YaoA/Vquwgys2jhI/AAAAAAAAfWY/C90mgI_2U-Y/s640/blogger-image-86827411.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CVJM4Q6YaoA/Vquwgys2jhI/AAAAAAAAfWY/C90mgI_2U-Y/s640/blogger-image-86827411.jpg" /></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br /></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-onxGQkrxXV4/VquwoOePlrI/AAAAAAAAfWw/1Qh5Ks4YcjQ/s640/blogger-image--803509664.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; 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margin-right: 1em;"></a><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D9D-VJEctDg/VquyXNAIS3I/AAAAAAAAfXM/L7gPoRaQ7uA/s640/blogger-image-1271039428.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D9D-VJEctDg/VquyXNAIS3I/AAAAAAAAfXM/L7gPoRaQ7uA/s640/blogger-image-1271039428.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> Check out their website <a href="http://www.dogearedprimitives.com/">here</a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> www.dogearedprimitives.com</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> And visit their antique mall in Angola, IN</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> It's right of I-80</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <span style="color: #0000ee;"><u><br /></u></span><span style="color: #0000ee;"><u><br /></u></span><span style="color: #0000ee;"><u><br /></u></span><span style="color: #0000ee;"><u><br /></u></span></div> </div> </div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/-ZeZLL7UZUY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com0http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/01/information-on-my-entertainment-center.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-11327424212579952032016-01-26T19:08:00.004-05:002016-01-26T20:13:45.795-05:00Finding treasures to repurpose and restore!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> So, I went junking with my daughter yesterday to find a bedside&nbsp;stand for my grand daughter's room, and we did find the cutest little table for $44.00. Picture it turquoise....</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-T26SsCfUNbA/VqgUOETSDnI/AAAAAAAAfUM/c_lhF9eYIt8/s640/blogger-image-365070644.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-T26SsCfUNbA/VqgUOETSDnI/AAAAAAAAfUM/c_lhF9eYIt8/s640/blogger-image-365070644.jpg"></a></div><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I&nbsp;went&nbsp;to look for a lamp that my&nbsp;husband has been asking for&nbsp;to put in his office, and I'm&nbsp;always looking for things to repurpose&nbsp;and resell. I did have great luck finding some Fenton &amp; Westmoreland milk glass to resell. Country Living magazine had an article in it's last issue on milk glass so I thought I'd jump on that band wagon and see how it goes.</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--1JhgCWZziQ/VqgULQlGQ5I/AAAAAAAAfT8/dNqDlv3Vw3U/s640/blogger-image-441836035.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--1JhgCWZziQ/VqgULQlGQ5I/AAAAAAAAfT8/dNqDlv3Vw3U/s640/blogger-image-441836035.jpg"></a></div><br> <br> I didn't find any lamps that I liked for the office but I did find a few other treasures. Now mind you, this is how it ALWAYS goes, I'm sure with you as well. As we were perusing the junk store my daughter runs across a couple of porch balusters. Perfect in every way, perfect height, perfect dimension, perfect color. If you'd known how long I'd been searching for porch balusters to make lamps out of, you'd understand my frustration, yet I could hardly contain myself!&nbsp;Of course I gave up my search just before Christmas and buckled at Target and TJ Maxx and got a couple of really nice lamps at really nice prices, because let me tell you that the balusters I did find were a bit costly for my blood. The ones we found yesterday were $5.00 each, so&nbsp;I'm going to make a lamp for my&nbsp;husbands office.</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br> <br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WpYYm2Rgd2M/VqgUM0ULgJI/AAAAAAAAfUE/T9-J0dbxbfw/s640/blogger-image--611177133.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WpYYm2Rgd2M/VqgUM0ULgJI/AAAAAAAAfUE/T9-J0dbxbfw/s640/blogger-image--611177133.jpg"></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><br> A couple of years ago I was out junking and ran across an awesome antique turned wood floor lamp, I loved it, but didn't need it so I&nbsp;passed. It was only $35.00 and the wonderful chipped paint on it was perfect. Since then, I&nbsp;had to buy a different floor lamp for&nbsp;behind my husbands chair so again, I went and bought one a new one at Target.&nbsp;It wasn't an antique, but I do love it. I never got that beautiful real wood lamp out of my head though, and was quite upset that I didn't just buy it.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br> <br> Yesterday, as we were walking through the antique mall, there sat a beautiful Antique turned wood&nbsp;floor lamp............$20.00!&nbsp;Needless to say it came home with me, I needed a lamp in&nbsp;my reading room anyway because the ones I had in there were just too heavy for the room (you can see them&nbsp;in my Etsy shop). Now I can get one more piece of furniture out of that crowded little room because I don't need it to set a lamp on!</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nkYabs57VeY/VqgYMCvuy5I/AAAAAAAAfUY/HpxXnvEv3lQ/s640/blogger-image-2051482755.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nkYabs57VeY/VqgYMCvuy5I/AAAAAAAAfUY/HpxXnvEv3lQ/s640/blogger-image-2051482755.jpg"></a></div><br></div><br> <br> Win! Win!&nbsp;</div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/cjzLhmaBPRc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com4http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/01/finding-treasures-to-repurpose-and.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-39412831647915607882016-01-24T19:53:00.002-05:002016-01-24T20:25:01.680-05:00Continuing my quest for simplicity<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> So a week after I proclaimed myself as a minimalist wannabe, I posted on my Restored Treasures Too Facebook page that my hubby and&nbsp;I were on our way to Angola, IN to order a piece of furniture for our master bedroom.<br> <br><br> It's really a big part of my TRYING to&nbsp;become minimalist, just fueled by my husband's latest purchase.<br> <br><br> Let me explain. <br> <br><br> <div> <br></div> <div> Right before Christmas&nbsp;the hubby&nbsp;bought a&nbsp;new TV for the great room. We already had a nice TV in there, but the entertainment unit&nbsp;is big enough&nbsp;to&nbsp;hold&nbsp;a 49" TV, so&nbsp;I guess&nbsp;he felt the need to accommodate. (Can I just mention the man has a 52" down in his man-cave! What is it about a man and his TV's?) Anyhow, he took the 40" TV that used to be in the great room and put it in&nbsp;our master bedroom,&nbsp;now I'm left in a predicament, it doesn't fit in the current TV cupboard.</div><div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--oRxQlXvy2U/VqV5O6-3jWI/AAAAAAAAfTQ/PO3EDWtedD4/s640/blogger-image-247605021.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--oRxQlXvy2U/VqV5O6-3jWI/AAAAAAAAfTQ/PO3EDWtedD4/s640/blogger-image-247605021.jpg"></a></div><br> <br> The small TV that we had in the master is still inside this cupboard because I have no clue where to put it, (You've heard of "musical chairs"? How about musical TV's!!) and this cupboard also&nbsp;has three shelves that hold our clothes, so it served two purposes.&nbsp;The TV to your right was in the great room, the one that needs a new piece of furniture, right now it's&nbsp;just sitting on these chests waiting for a home.</div> <div> <br></div> <div> <br><br> To be honest,&nbsp;it's been my plan&nbsp;for some time&nbsp;to rethink our home space. Some of our furniture just doesn't serve our needs very well anymore, so this whole TV situation has actually pushed me to start the process.&nbsp;It's going to be confusing because it means&nbsp;deciding which pieces to keep and moving furniture that I want to keep around from other parts of the house, finding better homes for them.<br> <br><br> Take this little black cupboard here in my husband's office........<br> <br><br> <br></div> <div> <br></div> <div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--fAYtlOkZZQ/VqKlvuCn73I/AAAAAAAAfSI/8pt4xhld2eE/s640/blogger-image--1008794449.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--fAYtlOkZZQ/VqKlvuCn73I/AAAAAAAAfSI/8pt4xhld2eE/s640/blogger-image--1008794449.jpg"></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> This room never got the makeover that the rest of the house got a few years ago. I just couldn't even go there, and I&nbsp;mean that literally, I couldn't go there because I can hardly get in the room. Lol, I'm exaggerating a bit, but the room is a nightmare. And I'm ready to tackle the mess.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> &nbsp;First I need to find a new piece of furniture to house all this stuff that's in this little cabinet&nbsp;because it's too small, and because we have to get down on our hands and knees to&nbsp;get at the stuff inside, lol. So now I'm hoping that the&nbsp; tall cupboard in the master bedroom will work.&nbsp;It's perfect for the job, if it fits in the space. That will remedy this problem. But then I'll be left with the little&nbsp;black cupboard that will get a new paint job for sure,&nbsp;and if I can't find a place for it I will sell it.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> &nbsp;I've also been rethinking the whole&nbsp;dresser situation in the master bedroom for some time. We have&nbsp;two dressers, a large chest, and the tall cupboard that hold clothes and a lot of them we&nbsp;don't even&nbsp;wear. I mean how many everyday clothes does one need, I have my favorites that I always go back to. Why do we hang on to stuff? Seriously, I think we could downsize on the clothes just a bit and eliminate one dresser so we'd have more space in there. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> So I want a functional piece for the master bedroom that houses the TV and clothes. I've gone to several used furniture stores in the area, I've perused Craig's List, gone on eBay and Etsy looking for something that will work. I couldn't find anything that I didn't love enough to warrant the prices on even the used pieces. And I wanted something that fit the aesthetics of my other large furniture pieces. So we decided to have it built, by my favorite furniture builder from Angola, IN. Dog Eared Primitives. Yesterday we drove the 3 1/2 hours one way to visit his antique shop and to custom order a piece that will serve us well. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">They built two pieces we currently have:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ux8tEZy8Fuo/VqV5QYUUCOI/AAAAAAAAfTY/a3WEmzHN85w/s640/blogger-image-151581726.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ux8tEZy8Fuo/VqV5QYUUCOI/AAAAAAAAfTY/a3WEmzHN85w/s640/blogger-image-151581726.jpg"></a></div><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CqAyxfX55KE/VqV5RioNoBI/AAAAAAAAfTg/CSJlVzAyn1I/s640/blogger-image-1041445754.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CqAyxfX55KE/VqV5RioNoBI/AAAAAAAAfTg/CSJlVzAyn1I/s640/blogger-image-1041445754.jpg"></a></div><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> In the meantime, I am going to be focusing on the functionality of our home, move pieces that can be better utilized in other areas of the house and getting rid of those pieces we simply don't need. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> It will take a few weeks to build our furniture piece and I can't wait, but I will be sharing pictures when we get it. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> My goal for our master bedroom&nbsp;is&nbsp;to simplify it and pack a punch at the same time.</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> &nbsp;I&nbsp;will not sacrifice great décor on my quest for simplicity!</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> .&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <br></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/n6UHivzLYa8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com6http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/01/continuing-my-quest-for-simplicity.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-52504269181261858042016-01-19T18:37:00.001-05:002016-01-19T20:41:42.777-05:00My reasons for "simplifying" my life<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Being a minimalist has always&nbsp;been sort of a way of life for my husband and&nbsp;I,&nbsp;pretty much all of my married life actually, but not by choice. We were both so young when we got married in&nbsp;January, 1974. Since our birthdays are both in January....we just turned 19.&nbsp;Only a year out of high school, and no college for either one of us, our money was tight. So tight&nbsp;that a few of our first homes in Iowa were old farmhouses&nbsp;that, if it weren't for us, would have ended up abandoned. The landlord just wanted someone to live in the house so&nbsp;there'd be someone there to watch over the property. Our rent was&nbsp;25.00 at one house and another was 25.00 during the&nbsp;summer months and free during the winter months because&nbsp;of the cost of heating them. The houses were livable.........barely, but we managed to make them home. It didn't matter to us, we&nbsp;were young and in love.&nbsp;Honestly we didn't have two dimes to rub together, as the parents would say, but it&nbsp;didn't matter, and I wouldn't change thing. </span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span><br> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">That's the way things were for&nbsp;quite a few years, just getting by. When our kids came along, I would work only part time because I wanted to be there for them. I didn't have to work, it would have been hard, but the money I made went for the extras, which were pretty important extras....&nbsp;Christmas, birthdays.....The amount of money I&nbsp;made really determined what type of Christmas we had, fortunately we never had to go without a nice holiday. I think living like that definetly teaches you how to prioritize, and appreciate the things you work hard for. </span><br><br> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">In the summer&nbsp;I would pick up&nbsp;"bean walking" jobs&nbsp;to make extra money for school clothes in the fall, and&nbsp;a couple of years I made enough money to take us all on a family vacation. Bean walking in Iowa means walking the soybean fields and pulling and chopping weeds that were sometimes taller than we were. We &nbsp;started in the wee hours of the morning, when the dew was heavy on the plants and we would freeze, we'd work into the afternoon when the sun was too hot to continue. Bean walking usually lasted for two to three weeks, it was hard work with&nbsp;long, dirty hours in the hot, hot sun..............again, I wouldn't change a thing. We didn't get but two family vacations when our kids were young, but we made great memories and that made all&nbsp;the hard work well worth it.&nbsp;We worked hard for our money back in those days and are now able to reap the rewards.</span><br><br> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Now the kids are all grown up with children of their own and my husband and I are able to make wonderful memories with them.&nbsp;Every year we take the crew to the Outer Banks, the smiles on the grandkids faces are priceless to us, they have a blast!</span><br> <br><br> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EL2j1JT7L7Q/Vp7IfkDOUXI/AAAAAAAAfRQ/_uAc6SyhvPo/s640/blogger-image--1643847103.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EL2j1JT7L7Q/Vp7IfkDOUXI/AAAAAAAAfRQ/_uAc6SyhvPo/s640/blogger-image--1643847103.jpg"></a></div></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SflUyDe9jcg/Vp6VX6sLu3I/AAAAAAAAfPg/fAohhlGok-U/s640/blogger-image-857675748.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SflUyDe9jcg/Vp6VX6sLu3I/AAAAAAAAfPg/fAohhlGok-U/s640/blogger-image-857675748.jpg"></a></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><br> </div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o2HTdq7MrOE/Vp6VSGpf4RI/AAAAAAAAfPI/zk-SD174Hwg/s640/blogger-image-1048299089.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o2HTdq7MrOE/Vp6VSGpf4RI/AAAAAAAAfPI/zk-SD174Hwg/s640/blogger-image-1048299089.jpg"></a></span></div> <br> </div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">And that's what has become more important to us as we get older, it's not "things" that make you happy, but the memories that you make.&nbsp;</span></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">My husband and I went on a trip of a lifetime at the end of 2014, parts of Germany and Paris. We were invited by my niece who had been living in Germany for three years. Since my husband and my relatives came over from Germany years ago, it was always our plans to go. He still has relatives there, but I'm not sure I do, my maternal grandfather came to the U.S. as a young man and my maternal grandmother's parents were from Germany although she was born here in the United States. It was our plan to go to Germany first to get an idea of what to expect, then again in a couple of years, take my mother along and maybe go further north towards the Polish border to visit her parents homeland. Our trip was rather spur of the moment in that we knew Nikki and her husband were being relocated the following Spring and she wanted us to come during the Christmas season so we could experience the Christmas marts. We were so fortunate to have Nikki there as our personal tour guide....it's pretty intimidating when you don't speak the language. We did, however, take&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: &quot;helvetica neue light&quot; , , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">my brother, Brian, (Nikki's dad) on the trip with us. She took us to all the places we had on our wish list, and to a few places we never thought we needed to see.&nbsp;</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: &quot;helvetica neue light&quot; , , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br></span></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">We visited places and saw things that'd we'd only ever saw in pictures, and walk.....we walked a ton! On one day my Fitbit measured 25,000 steps, that was the day we trekked all over Paris. I couldn't believe I was there.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sKLl9RYtuXw/Vp6VZLzwC_I/AAAAAAAAfPo/bZQ3wYJ5I1E/s640/blogger-image--524499319.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sKLl9RYtuXw/Vp6VZLzwC_I/AAAAAAAAfPo/bZQ3wYJ5I1E/s640/blogger-image--524499319.jpg"></a></span></div> <span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">Neuschwanstein Castle-Fussen, Germany</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br></span></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B3k3QEm9Y8M/Vp6Vj_SDqVI/AAAAAAAAfQQ/7xNYZ-XplO8/s640/blogger-image--1383437065.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B3k3QEm9Y8M/Vp6Vj_SDqVI/AAAAAAAAfQQ/7xNYZ-XplO8/s640/blogger-image--1383437065.jpg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fleId8_yvnM/Vp6VT--ctAI/AAAAAAAAfPQ/_18W-Kjo8ow/s640/blogger-image--772411841.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fleId8_yvnM/Vp6VT--ctAI/AAAAAAAAfPQ/_18W-Kjo8ow/s640/blogger-image--772411841.jpg"></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-edKmQmBqciQ/Vp6VKE52SFI/AAAAAAAAfOw/0hJJkjBOtAA/s640/blogger-image-1248027110.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-edKmQmBqciQ/Vp6VKE52SFI/AAAAAAAAfOw/0hJJkjBOtAA/s640/blogger-image-1248027110.jpg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> I imagine my mother loving this image, while we were having breakfast in Fussen, a gentleman walked in the tiny bakery dressed in true Bavarian style. I thought my mother could envision her father dressed like that, however, I'm not sure they dressed that way in the Northern part of Germany, none the less, she would love it. These were the villages that I wanted to see, no commercialism at all. Authentic Germany, beautiful quaint villages that transported you back in time, no reminders of today's world. I would&nbsp;<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">have loved seeing her reaction at such history and beauty.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br></span></div> <br></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9N3hkbWNhM8/Vp6Va9o3VmI/AAAAAAAAfPw/hGn26RtxZNU/s640/blogger-image-894447581.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9N3hkbWNhM8/Vp6Va9o3VmI/AAAAAAAAfPw/hGn26RtxZNU/s640/blogger-image-894447581.jpg"></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> My handsome brother and my great niece Dorothy:)</div> <br></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EW66uDx1KaM/Vp6Vf5s9goI/AAAAAAAAfQA/zAnjLrRfSiY/s640/blogger-image-1153662095.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EW66uDx1KaM/Vp6Vf5s9goI/AAAAAAAAfQA/zAnjLrRfSiY/s640/blogger-image-1153662095.jpg"></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <br></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cK1Gqt_zFsQ/Vp6Vh6_WfrI/AAAAAAAAfQI/74mLmWBoDXU/s640/blogger-image--157442251.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cK1Gqt_zFsQ/Vp6Vh6_WfrI/AAAAAAAAfQI/74mLmWBoDXU/s640/blogger-image--157442251.jpg"></a></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-V7ZW4pqtLNE/Vp6YtYoFL-I/AAAAAAAAfQk/nLOQHUA09Jw/s640/blogger-image--891011883.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-V7ZW4pqtLNE/Vp6YtYoFL-I/AAAAAAAAfQk/nLOQHUA09Jw/s640/blogger-image--891011883.jpg"></a></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><br> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Unfortunately we won't be making a trip to Germany with my mother due to circumstances. So that's why my husband and I are so determined to travel these days, before he retires, who knows what tomorrow will bring? We want to do this while we can still walk those 25,000 steps in a day! And we don't want "circumstances" stopping us.</div></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">This is one of the reasons why I am more determined than ever to become a minimalist, not only do you feel liberated from all the "stuff" but it gives you the financial freedom to make it possible to experience all there is in the world to experience. I could give up all that I have today to have more experiences like these and to see those smiles on my kids and grandkids faces:)<br><br>You only have this one life and I want to make it count.</span></div> </div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/9akkdzL8hB4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com6http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/01/becoming-minimalist-part-2.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-69546317746226964422016-01-15T13:53:00.000-05:002016-01-15T16:56:50.799-05:00Becoming minimalist<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> Well, other than having a bug the first part of 2016, this new year is starting out pretty well. I've gotten a lot of my Christmas decorations that I didn't want anymore off to Goodwill and I can't believe how much "lighter" it feels to get rid of a bit more baggage. My basement closets even have some empty storage spots, I just need not fill them up again!<br> <br> <br> New Years Eve is a cleansing of sorts, at least for me, I always want to start the new year fresh in every area of my life, and it doesn't look like I'm alone in that thought process.&nbsp;I've been reading all kinds of articles lately on becoming minimalists, a lot of the blogs that I personally follow are also blogging about simplifying. Everyone is wanting to rid themselves of unnecessary "stuff", longing for simplicity and everything that goes along with it.</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br> With the whole "tiny house" movement that has become even more popular in the last couple of years, it's proof that we are ready to downsize, to rid ourselves of material things to make it possible to experience all there is in the world to experience.</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br> I've always been a bit of a minimalist, I've never been one who wanted to be defined by material things. "Keeping up with the Jones's" is a concept that I could never understand. Why on earth would anyone want to go into debt trying to keep up with the neighbors?! I&nbsp;<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">could care less about social statice, it means nothing to me. Other than a mortgage we owe nothing and nothing is more liberating than that.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">My husband and I aren't tight wads by any means. We have always lived way within our means, and it's provided us with a lot of perks.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I love to shop but I never over indulge, I shop when I need something and sometimes for fun, but I never buy just to buy.....never.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I don't have a drawer or drawers full of beauty products. I have one tube of mascara, one container of blush, one lotion for my face, one bottle of shampoo etc. you get the idea. And I don't replace stuff until it's gone. I don't have anymore clothes than what my closet can handle, same goes for shoes. I've just never been one to over buy....on anything.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I'm still driving my 2009 4-runner, we eat out maybe twice a month or when we are running errands and maybe on special occasions.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">We do live in a beautiful home, but it's filled with furniture I've bartered for or have gotten at flea markets and thrift stores. Knowing how to paint, refinish, repurpose and sew has been a big help.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">That being said, I've become even more interested in becoming a minimalist.....if it means experiencing and living life to the fullest.&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">What are your thoughts on becoming a &nbsp;minimalist?</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br> <br><br> <br><br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br></div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/NIq0_TZCyqA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com4http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/01/well-other-than-having-bug-first-part.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-39828358948686817152016-01-10T16:01:00.002-05:002016-01-26T20:37:04.434-05:00Pillows made and my Etsy shop<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> I'm completely cured of my nasty cold that I thought would never go away and I've been working the last week getting all of the Christmas decorations put&nbsp;away. I did a&nbsp;managed&nbsp;to get everything into six totes, which leaves me with four empty totes!! Everything now neatly fits in the furnace room in the basement and everything is labeled too, so I don't have to go though every tote next year when it's time to drag it all out again! <br><br> Last week&nbsp;I worked on pillows that I started way before Christmas, I got them finished and posted them in my Etsy shop, Luleemaes.<br><br> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-eYBe3FUg3XQ/VqgfDvXsAJI/AAAAAAAAfUo/35YPoLWNxLk/s640/blogger-image-1067287485.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-eYBe3FUg3XQ/VqgfDvXsAJI/AAAAAAAAfUo/35YPoLWNxLk/s640/blogger-image-1067287485.jpg"></a></div><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> My pillows are made using antique or vintage fabrics and lace. I have always had a passion for old lace and I started collecting it years ago not knowing exactly what I would do with it,&nbsp;I just couldn't leave it behind. I have quite a stash so I thought I would start making these beautiful pillows. I have made and sold quite a few of them at Alter'd Relics but have never sold them on Etsy. I use vintage embellishments when I can find some that are affordable enough to use. And I learned how to make fabric flowers thanks to YouTube so I wouldn't have to buy them. And, because I like the fact that my flowers aren't perfect, makes my pillows a bit more charming:)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-akcpBFsXIZQ/VqgfHFUx4kI/AAAAAAAAfUw/-yMwJyRgHJg/s640/blogger-image--954885033.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-akcpBFsXIZQ/VqgfHFUx4kI/AAAAAAAAfUw/-yMwJyRgHJg/s640/blogger-image--954885033.jpg"></a></div><br></div><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-p8wLTLtAVao/VqgfKW71WyI/AAAAAAAAfU4/65pJqXFBiKI/s640/blogger-image--1551429004.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-p8wLTLtAVao/VqgfKW71WyI/AAAAAAAAfU4/65pJqXFBiKI/s640/blogger-image--1551429004.jpg"></a></div><br></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> If you notice haven't noticed already,&nbsp;I added a few new features on my side bar. My favorite little shop, that you may remember me mentioning before, Alter'd Relics in Barberton, Ohio. It's&nbsp;where I take some of my Restored Treasures to sell. I'm lucky to have found such a great place to sell some of my bigger pieces of furniture. </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> I'm also featuring my Etsy shop, it's something my daughter, Carrie, and I started some time ago. We love to shop, we love to go junking is a better word. And we know we can't keep all of the awesome stuff that we run across so we decided it would be fun to&nbsp;pass&nbsp;these treasures&nbsp;along to you. We really haven't been that&nbsp;serious about it, it's&nbsp;been a&nbsp;fun project for both of us and we do sell things, but this year I'd like to step it up a notch and actually sell smalls that I make.&nbsp; </div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">So click on Alter'd Relics photo and check out their website&nbsp;to see how beautiful their little shop is, or follow them on Facebook. And click on my Etsy shop to see what we have to offer, keep in mind that we try all the time to add new items.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br></span></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> &nbsp;</div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> <br></div> <div class="separator" style="clear: both;"> &nbsp;</div> <br> <br></div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/jTUh7n4XgZU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com0http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/01/im-completely-cured-of-my-nasty-cold.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-54165756523681740172016-01-03T21:48:00.000-05:002016-01-03T23:32:10.805-05:00My hopes for the new year<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> I hope every one's New Year is starting off on a good note.<br> <br> <br> &nbsp;Mine............not so much! I&nbsp;started getting a cold the Sunday after Christmas, the day we celebrated with our family. &nbsp;I have had such a nasty cold for 2 weeks, my energy level&nbsp;has been&nbsp;0.&nbsp;&nbsp;Every time I coughed a sharp pain would shoot through my head and my ribs would hurt. When it moved to my head I had vertigo so bad that I only felt good when I was laying down. I'm a mess!&nbsp;The only thing I've managed to get done in two weeks is take some of the Christmas decorations down and vacuum after our party. My trees are undecorated but they are waiting to be put away. And because I was sick and because the weather forecast called for rain, ice and snow along our route to Iowa, we had to cancel our annual trip back home to see the grandkids. We're going to wait until the weather is nicer to make the trip!&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I got off track there, anyway,&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">the totes are spread out in the basement waiting for a home. I don't want to put them away until I've&nbsp;made one final pass through them.&nbsp;My plan was to organize my Christmas decorations again this year and see if I can eliminate a few more totes. My quest for organizing and purging continues.&nbsp; I feel a bit better today, so I may be on the down slide.</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br> <br> Have&nbsp;any of you made any New Years resolutions for 2016? I usually don't make any, to me,&nbsp;that just invites failure. But,&nbsp;like every one else I'm sure, I try to&nbsp;think&nbsp;about changes that I hope to make during the new year, or continue doing those things I've discovered that make me a better me. <br> <br> <br> Like making time for myself. At the end of 2015 I started riding my stationery bike 17 miles a day, 3 times a week. I'm going to continue that and then some. <br> <br> <br> Last year my husband and I both&nbsp;started to slow down a bit. Just taking &nbsp;time to live life, spending Saturdays together, just the two of us, driving to wherever looking for places to stop to go antiquing or junking.&nbsp;Spending more time tending to my gardens and actually enjoying the process instead of thinking of it as a mundane chore. I actually learned to&nbsp;embrace it and even planted some herbs in a large pot so I had fresh basil and oregano to put in my home made spaghetti sauce,&nbsp;and the fresh&nbsp;rosemary is amazing in my chicken dishes!&nbsp;Making sure all of the important things&nbsp;get done and not obsess over the&nbsp;things that don't&nbsp; <br><br> <br> I do have a list of things that I want to start up again.......<br> <br> <br> Read more. I suppose this could go under making time for myself. But I have got to get back to reading..........is there anything better than curling up to a good book on a wintery day?!<br><br> <br> Paint. I want to start back into painting acrylics and learn to paint with oils. This is my year for that..........I need to start painting and creating art. <br><br> <br> And one thing I want to learn.........for sure, even if I have to take classes<br> <br> <br> Photography. I've always been intrigued and &nbsp;my husband bought me a beautiful camera for my birthday last year&nbsp;and I have to learn how to use it without relying on auto! I'm excited about this!<br><br><br> So, are there any changes you want to make for the New Year? <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br></div> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/Suo339eURYE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com3http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2016/01/i-hope-every-ones-new-year-is-starting.htmltag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-20392092885774990202015-12-31T19:09:00.001-05:002015-12-31T19:09:14.056-05:00<content type="html"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QJGwUVVOzPs/VoXDqJX3tSI/AAAAAAAAess/2uDWAUdWrcY/s640/blogger-image--803460991.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QJGwUVVOzPs/VoXDqJX3tSI/AAAAAAAAess/2uDWAUdWrcY/s640/blogger-image--803460991.jpg"></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/zRs_ld6jJ80" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></content><link rel="replies" type="application/atom+xml" href="/feeds/2039209288577499020/comments/default/index.html" title="Post Comments" /><link rel="replies" type="text/html" href="/2015/12/blog_post_31.html" title="0 Comments" /><link rel="edit" type="application/atom+xml" href="http://www.blogger.com/feeds/8301302916213478515/posts/default/2039209288577499020" /><link rel="self" type="application/atom+xml" href="http://www.blogger.com/feeds/8301302916213478515/posts/default/2039209288577499020" /><link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~3/zRs_ld6jJ80/blog-post_31.html" title="" /><author><name>Rhonda Vaudt</name><uri>https://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117</uri><email>noreply@blogger.com</email><gd:image rel="http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail" width="32" height="32" src="//lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ZNYh0vz8LS8/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAtlY/UaqmnGaZPUc/s512-c/photo.jpg" /></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QJGwUVVOzPs/VoXDqJX3tSI/AAAAAAAAess/2uDWAUdWrcY/s72-c/blogger-image--803460991.jpg" height="72" width="72" /><thr:total>0</thr:total><feedburner:origLink>http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2015/12/blog-post_31.html</feedburner:origLink></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8301302916213478515.post-2745475869289806571</id><published>2015-12-25T09:20:00.001-05:00</published><updated>2015-12-25T09:20:11.470-05:00</updated><title type="text">Merry Christmas!<br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-69qfjr6c44E/Vn1QmAsCtdI/AAAAAAAAesM/9iyMYdqTqMs/s640/blogger-image--269701892.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-69qfjr6c44E/Vn1QmAsCtdI/AAAAAAAAesM/9iyMYdqTqMs/s640/blogger-image--269701892.jpg"></a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/RestoredTreasuresToo/~4/JnIM7Eor0ds" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>Rhonda Vaudthttps://plus.google.com/117108752317219921117noreply@blogger.com2http://www.restoredtreasurestoo.com/2015/12/merry-christmas.html