Saturday, 20 May 2017

Door rehab.

I've been filling in holes and gouges.  That is the first stage of rehabilitation at the door hospital.

I'm fixing a stack of doors.

Literally, a stack.

Before applying filler.

After filler application.

I vow, I will never, ever, take a smooth, nicely-painted door for granted again.

The good news about repairing doors, is that I get to make Pinteresty improvements.

Measure twice.

Measure a rectangle, score the lines, mark with painter tape, and apply two coats of blackboard paint.

Ugh, I hate paint bleeds!

Stay tuned for more door rehab!

happy thrifting ;)

The Kitten Bride, Spanish Garden and other Treasures

Two weeks ago I took a breather away from the renovation at the lodging house. My head was achy, and I've been a tad feverish. So I took the afternoon off and had a nap (best afternoon ever!). Later I popped to the chazzas to see what could be had.

I headed to housewares.

Advertising mugs.

Kitten bride.

Souvenir dish.

Crystal decanter with rhinestones.

Hello! What is that I spy?

Woo-hoo!  Nothing is sweeter than finding more bits to my Spanish Garden Midwinter collection!!

These plates came home with me for $1 each.

I already own a Spanish Garden sugar bowl. It holds my make-up remover pads.

Mod martini glasses.  They didn't come home with me.

This jewelery did!  I can hardly wait to crack out my pretty dresses so that I can pile the jewelery on!

Dangly earrings, vintage thermoset necklace, statement necklace.

Back to the grind!

happy thrifting ;)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

3 month renovation check-in

Hello friends! Welcome to the 3 month check in.

In mid-February the renovations at the lodging house began in earnest..we began removing old, battered drywall.

Later, new materials arrived.

New drywall and insulation!

New windows!!

New switch plate covers!!

This is what $600 worth of GFI electrical outlets look like.


Lots of new materials are going into the renovation, which means that lots of old stuff is coming out!!

Like this cast iron bathtub (it weighs about 300 pounds).

And these old windows.

And lots of garbage!!

I feel like this post (and the renovation) should be sponsored by caffeinated beverages from McDonald's.

I'm saving these bits of drywall, and insulation. They'll be used for small repair jobs later.

We removed a lot of scrap metal.

Jackpot! I found a great deal on curtain rods at our Habitat for Humanity!  They are still in the box!!

We removed a LOT of old appliances from the building.  Some of the collection is outside, waiting to be picked up.  I used to refer to the building as the "dead appliance museum".

Have a cuppa on me everyone!

happy thrifting ;)

Friday, 10 March 2017

Outfit of the day OOTD Homewrecker edition

Good day friends! We're enjoying sub-zero temperatures here in Northwestern Ontario.  Which leads to my outfit picture.  A tuque, warm Norwegian wool sweater and cordouroys. The sweater and cords were thrifted from a Salvation Army.  I love finding Norwegian sweaters!  They are thick, warm, colorful and comfortable.  They are the perfect thing for bone-biting, winter weather.

Nothing says "class" like a bathroom selfie!

I accessorized this outfit with safety glasses, work gloves and thick shoes because of this project.

A few months ago, I cashed in some savings.  The savings were accumulated over 27 years of penny-pinching and budgeting.  I used the proceeds to purchase an investment property in our rather dilapidated, downtown core.

 On January 31st I took possession of this lovely old building.  

Cumberland Manor House, established 1940??

The Cumberland Manor House is a 19 room boarding house. It is a solid, two-storey brick building.  Located in what used to be a bustling industrial area.  My neighbours include fast food restaurants, a meth clinic and a liqour store. The good news is that the neighbours also include an art gallery, dance studio and a learning academy.  After 20 years of a rather downtrodden existence, there is rejuvenation in the downtown area.  Vacant banking buildings and old-style tailor shops are turning into bustling restaurants, pubs and boutiques. There is a long way to go before all vacant buildings are filled with new enterprises, but we're getting there.  The Manor House is located a few blocks away from this growing entertainment district. I know that once rehabilitated, this boarding house will fit nicely with the newer, upscale clientele.  

On February 28th, I helped the last tenant move out of this building.  Some of the tenants didn't leave their rooms in a tidy state.

I have been busy clearing out rooms, and demolishing old nasty drywall.  The previous tenants were allowed to smoke in the building.  The new tenants will not.

Here is my 'to do' list, written in marker in one of the rooms.

Let me tell you, my arms and shoulders are getting an excellent workout from demolition and debris removal!!

And so friends, if I neglect this blog for a few weeks, please forgive me.  I still visit your blogs regularly.  They're a welcome distraction from drywall dust and debris removal.  

Happy thrifting ;)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Organizing Thrifty

Happy Chinese New Year, ya'll!

The new year is traditionally a time where consumers sort out their belongings, and purchase high-priced organizing solutions.

I choose not to over-spend on storage solutions.  If I wait long enough, I'll find what I need at a second-hand store.

I have lots of clothes.  

And don't get me started on my purse collection! 

I used to store my overflow clothing in these plastic drawers.

$20 on sale at Walmart.

A few weeks ago, I found this fabulous wardrobe from Habitat for Humanity Restore.  All the contents from the plastic drawers fit into one of the drawers.  I have room to grow, hurrah!

Vintage Lane Wardrobe, $100

Did I mention that I have a plethora of purses?  I store them in suitcases.

This suitcase is a metal steamer trunk.

Aren't these leather handbags fabulous?

The remaining purses went in this suitcase.

Now I need to sort out my boot socks and my tights.

My overflow scarves went into a thrifted basket.

Here is a picture of my storage.  Items I use everyday are in easy reach.  Other items are stored up, and out of the way.  I hope you like the way it looks.  It's nice to have things organized in an interesting, eclectic way.  

The steamer truck was thrifted for $40. The suitcases and basket were thrifted for $6 each. The wardrobe was $100.

Be careful when purchasing furniture and suitcases.  Bedbugs can lurk in dark corners.

Other thrifted finds include this nice selection of china.

Royal Albert, fine bone china for a few dollars each, hurrah!

Crystal glasses for $1 each.

Vintage expo67 Canada Day ashtray for $4

Selection of CDs, DVDs, Toby mug and earrings.

Even though my jewellery collection has taken over several cupboards and the top of my dresser.  I had been eyeing these earrings above for weeks.

I bought the earrings, and a few other treasures very cheaply.  The Loft crystal necklace, crystal heart necklace, zipper necklace and cloisonee clamper bracelet came home with me for $3 each.

This month I knitted several infinity scarves.  You can loop the scarf several times around your face and neck to keep out the cold.

One friend kindly commented that the scarves I made are nice enough to be sold!  Well, perhaps I will while my time away knitting for profit once I complete more urgent projects ...hah!

Happy organizing everyone! I hope you all enjoy a happy and prosperous 2017!!  Cock-a-doodle-doo!!

happy thrifting ;)