Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Renovate Fox Ridge: Good Old-Fashioned Luck at La Maison Verte!
The last couple of days have been a
dream come true!
It's gonna be awwwweeesssooomeeee!
Re-Purposing Old #$!* We Should Have Thrown Away: Triumph #2 Once we'd gotten the sink up to the greenhouse, we had to figure out how to get it-- well- up. You know, sink height. Then I remembered that we had a slowly decaying (mostly molding) panel door in our basement that was missing one of the recessed panels. (It was one of many broken prizes that came with our house when we bought it.) Up came the door, and after a little adjusting with the circular saw, it was a fine table top. Then I grabbed five big hunks of wood that were scraps from building our fence, and bolted them and bracketed them onto the table top. Now we were in business! John and I lifted the sink up and plonked it into the opening I had cut for the basin, and voila-- sink table! Free! Plus, now there isn't a moldy door in my basement or five big hunks of wood behind my house! Even better!
...And The Bargain Basement Yard Sale Finds: Triumph #3 Writing about these particularly incredible finds makes me worry that I might be making enemies in the D-I-Y community, because they were plum lucky and no real work on my part. Last fall, we picked up that spindle-legged farm table for $2.00 at a yard sale, and then found the industrial looking green pendant light for $5.00 at another sale. When I bought them, I had no idea what I was going to do with either thing, but it was just too good of a deal to pass up. And what do you know? Now they've found the perfect home! There is still a lot of work left to be done before the greenhouse is totally finished, but I am so chuffed with everything we've accomplished in the past two weeks. And now I have to get planting so that my little seeds can enjoy their brand new digs ASAP.
I tell you-- the D-I-Y-ers work is never finished!
I've got a new Do-It-Yourself Project in the works for tomorrow, if I can squeeze it in, so check back to see what I'm up to next!
Have a great day!
*Note: I'm pretty sure La Maison Verte is NOT french for The Greenhouse, but it has a nice ring to it. If you know, please feel free to fill me in.
Merci beaucoup. Or as some prefer to say: Mercy buttercup.