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It would be a huge job, but pine can be painted. First, it would have to be sanded. Then, a Kilz type product to seal the knots to prevent bleeding. Then the paint. I would use a pretty white with a hint of gray or beige, not a brilliant white. The place would look clean and new and less depressing. The suggestion of sanding, then lightly pickling would also contemporize it and make it look Scandinavian. Pickling can be done by watering down latex paint a bit so that the wood grain shows through. I would take one room at a time if I couldn't afford to hire someone to do it. It would take a while, but the finished look would be worth it.
Ways To Modernize Pine Ceilings and Walls? Good Questions
|10/18/12 12:30 PM|
My husband like the bedroom 85 degrees and achieves it with a loud heater that he can't sleep without. He snores way less since using a breathing machine for a while. But he sighs and yawns extremely loudly all night. So loudly that we can hear it all over the house despite sound insulation walls and insulated doors. He chases me to the edge of the bed, making his noises right in my ear. People who hear him think he is kidding and making noises for their amusement , but I assure you he is not. We have been to several doctors, but nothing has worked. I like complete darkness, complete quiet, and a cold room with lots of blankies. We have had separate rooms for 20 years (married 43) and I wish we could resolve our issues because I miss having him beside me. That is, until we go on vacation and share a bed, and then I want to kill him dead.
When Couples Don't Sleep Well Together...
|3/31/12 1:13 PM|
So many memories---where to begin? Martha has taught me a lot over the years. One of the more important lessons was not to be so particular you drive everyone around you bonkers. I remember her lemon meringue pie recipe. The meringue was 12" high! Not kidding! How anyone could cut and move that to a plate was beyond me. Also, she was talking about not using paper towels in her kitchen---just white cloths because of the trees that could be saved. Then soon after she was making sandwiches for a picnic and she used half a roll of waxed paper to wrap the sandwiches to put in the fridge till time to pack the picnic basket. Then she proceeded to rewrap them in another type of paper to pack them. She also said to a woman guest that she never uses her dishwasher! Everyone knows dishes are cleaner and more sanitized and you use way less water than handwashing. I can see handwashing delicate or antique objects, but not everyday dishes! (Does Martha HAVE everyday dishes? Wonderful, beautiful, hardworking, clueless Martha---she sure is entertaining!!!
In Bed With Martha: Favorite Quotes from the Homekeeping Maven
|3/31/12 12:38 PM|
We bought a house in the late 60's when I was still a teenager and furnished it slowly as you are doing. People would come to our home and take an hour's tour to look at my "interesting" decorating. I had virtually no money and spent many fun hours in little country junk and "antique" shops. My in-laws emptied their basement so we would have furniture in our home. I redid everything to make it mine. I refinished all the doors in our circa 1910 home and stripped the painted Rookwood fireplace. When I see so many of my ideas used on decorating blogs and tv shows, I'm pleased and amused. Back then I would buy lamps for 50 cents and rewire them. Also, I found tables and dressers for free on trash day or for a couple of dollars at yard sales and refinished them or painted and decorated them. I made lamps out of terra cotta pots glued together and painted. I stripped the bark from branches from our yard and put them in baskets. I started "decorating" my bedroom at age 5 with antique dresser scarves from my mom's dresser and have been continuing my funky ways since. I can't imagine decorating any other way even though I am now 62 years old. Your home is beautiful, interesting and yours alone. I love it!!!
Leah & Rich's Evolving Patina
|3/15/12 11:11 AM|