Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reuse, Redo, Rejoice!

Lots of people ask how I refinish furniture for the White Booth.  Here's the technique I'm using right now.  I continually refine my technique.  Right now I love all the new products being carried by the Benjamin Moore store in Peachtree City.

Sand and prime with Zinsser 123 latex primer

Ugly side of cabinet

Aura semi gloss Ben  Moore

Pro doo- Z Detail Roller and good brush

White painted completed

Distress it!

Scrape off paint on mirror

Tools - sanding sponge, rag, sock, glass of Malbec, primer

Finished product - Rejoice!!!

My re-tirement has become an adventure in thrifting and learning to reuse. This is a lesson on how to redo a $15 blanket bench and several mirrors.  The largest one I won at an auction for $1 by staying until the VERY end of the night. So let's begin to reject buying new and learn to redo and save that, that others think is trash.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Traveling Like a "Free Bird"

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now,
'Cause there's too many places I've got to see.
But, if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn't be the same.
'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change.
Lord knows, I can't change.

    Our philosophy of travel is to travel with NO PLANS, NO RESERVATIONS and NO EXPECTATIONS.  It started because my husband worked for Pan Am and we could travel free and never knew if we'd be on the plane or off.  Therefore reservations were not possible because in Pan Am jargon we traveled sub-low. Sub-low could be 1st class with crystal and Beluga caviar or sorry no room for you, fool.  Flexibility is key.  If Paris is full, how does Rome look?  One time we headed out to New Zealand, where it was summer and ended up in Scotland in the winter!  So 4 or 5 times a year for weekends or even weeks at a time, we head out somewhere with no set itinerary, rent a car and head in any direction.  Then we stay as long as we are having fun and have money left.  Sometimes we stay in one area and sometimes we jump from country to country.   Last month we traveled as free as a bird to Manchester, England because it was the only city in Europe that had space available. We visited:
York Minister

  1. York Minister
  2. Treasurer's House
  3. Fairfax House
  4. Jorvic Viking Center
  5. York Wall
  6. Yorkshire Air Museum
  7. Newby Hall
  8. Horn Blower, Ripon
  9. Bolton Castle
  10. Fountain's Abby
  11. Birnham Rocks
  12. Beningbrough Hall
  13. Chatsworth
  Now I you want to take a virtual vacation follow the links or just look at our vacation pictures!
The Fountains Abby

Arboretum - Garden of Trees

Street dancers

English countryside


English breakfast

Knot Garden

The perfect English cottage