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Saturdays on the Porch

Welcome to the porch! Let’s chat for a while!

Saturdays on the porch
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I wasn’t feeling well most of the week so I didn’t do much.

However, I did manage to repaint an old dresser that we had. We bought it off Craigslist years ago for super cheap. Our boys shared it for a few years, then it went to my daughter who used it for a few years. Eventually, the drawers had a hard time opening and closing, but my husband finally fixed them. I gave the dresser a new coat of fresh paint and now it’s going in our bedroom for my husband to use.

It would be so nice if furniture made today was as sturdy as furniture made years ago.

It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the dresser before was a two-toned dark grey with light grey drawer fronts. Now the dresser is black with white drawer fronts.

dresser before
dresser after

Last weekend I spent both days working on the bedrooms at our other house. Here’s what I managed to get done over 2 days:

  • Bedroom 1
    • Ripped up carpet
    • Removed staples and nails from floor
    • Removed all nails from walls
    • Took down old shelves
    • Painted closet
  • Bedroom 2
    • Removed vinyl flooring
    • Painted closet
    • Took down old shelves
    • Removed all nails from walls

For some reason, the closet in my daughter’s bedroom was peach on top and white on the bottom. I can’t believe in all the years we lived there that I never painted that closet!

Lucikly when I pulled up the carpet and the vinyl flooring in both bedrooms, the hardwood floor underneath was fine. It just needs to be refinished and it will look good as new! Next on the list of things to do in the bedrooms is clean the walls and paint them and repair parts of the ceiling and paint it. And refinish the floors, of course.

ripping up carpet
bedroom closet
bedroom floor
bedroom floor

Home Update:

The guys finished our roof earlier in the week and Friday they came back and replaced the facia boards. (The long, straight boards that run along the lower edge of the roof.) Then hopefully next week the new gutters can be installed.

Yellowjackets have found a home in the side of our back deck and while the guys were working the vibrations must have made the yellowjackets mad. They were flying around and managed to sting one of the guys 6 or 7 times. Luckily he’s not allergic, but I still felt horrible that he got stung. I absolutely hate yellowjackets!

roof before
roof after
Kitchen Roof Before
Kitchen Roof After
Weekly Menu

What’s on the menu this week:

  • Monday: Hot dogs, Chips, Potato Salad, Maccaroni Salad
  • Tuesday: Beef & Bean Taco Casserole, Brown Rice
  • Wednesday: Chick-fil-A
  • Thursday: Picante Chicken, Shells and Cheese
  • Friday: Leftovers
  • Saturday: Eating out
  • Sunday: Spaghetti & Garlic Bread
Beef and Bean Casserole

Positive Story of the Week

giant beach ball

The story of the giant beach ball rolling into a Wisconsin town left me smiling this week.

Apparently the beach ball escaped from its yard. Someone posted on Facebook asking if it belonged to anyone. After that, people started signing the ball and moving it around to different streets. There’s even a map on the town’s Facebook group that shows where the ball is!

Fun Photo of the Week

My daughter noticed this week that one of the markings on Balto’s back looks like a cat sitting down. How cool!

Can you see it? The ears and the tail off to the left side?

cat image

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On the Blog this Week:

In case you missed it, this week on the blog I teamed up with some great DIY bloggers for our monthly blog hop challenge. This month’s theme was a DIY of our choice, so I made a summer grapevine wreath. It was a quick and easy project to put together. Plus, it didn’t cost me a dime since I already had everything on hand. And it will be easy to change out for fall, which is just around the corner!

DIY grapevine wreath

Last week I shared that my husband and I got some funiture pieces from our favorite online auction site for pretty cheap. I didn’t get a chance to share photos of those pieces, so I thought I would share them today. (These are for you, Alicia!)

We were able to get a Bassett Furniture China cabinet for only $30! Bassett Furniture is very expensive and I’d never be able to afford any of their new stuff. Also, we got a dresser that I put upstairs in the “nook” area at the top of the stairs to store bed sheets and pillowcases in. The dresser looked like it had recently been painted, so all I needed to do was clean it up a bit.

The glass in the left side of the China cabinet is missing, but that’s ok. There’s wire that covers the glass (you can kind of see it on the right side) which looks similar to chicken wire. Whenever I get the time to paint the cabinet, I’m going to remove the glass from the right side and just use the wire on both sides. I think it’ll give it a country vibe.

upstairs dresser
China Cabinet

Your turn!

How was your week? Did anything exciting happen? Did you accomplish any goals you made at the beginning of the week? I’d love to know!

Thank you for sharing!