HVAC Work – New Kitchen Vent

This photo says it all — big, unfinished mess. I had to have Joe my HVAC guy move the kitchen air vent over a couple feet so my new range can go on solid floor.

Renovation Mess

IMG_4328, originally uploaded by espeedy123.

Here is what the old pink guest bathroom looked like yesterday. The electrician was installing a new bath vent/heat fan. This bathroom already has a ton of junk in it from the kitchen, waiting for new cabinets.

I think I underestimated the mess that would ensue during renovations. I am on my third dumpster now.

Kitchen Renovation Begins


Before we moved in here’s how it looked….


And this morning we were here….


Around lunch here we go….


And by tonight….

Galley Kitchen with Bar from ThisOldHouse.com

Yeah just kidding. Maybe in a couple weeks. 😉

1885 Crazy Quilt Project

1885 Crazy Quilt, originally uploaded by espeedy123.

My mom recently gave me this quilt that’s been in my family for over 100 years. It had the following note with it:

All hand made
Crazy quilt pattern
Good example of featherstitching
Made about 1885
Mrs. Ebenezer Jane (Zane?) Reed
and Hand Painted in Oil by her daughter
Carrie Reed
(formerly) Property of Mrs. Leonard C. McCrary
1852 Springhill Ave.

I am working on figuring out how to conserve and display it.

Galley Kitchen Elevation

Here is how the kitchen plan is shaping up. Plain galley, but much more functional than before.

galley kitchen elevation

Link to PDF of it here.

Furniture Refinishing Project: Paint and Gloss



I bought this sofa table on craigslist awhile back. It’s found a spot in the front bay window, and it also acts as a stylish room for my sweet dog Ruby who loves to spend hours gazing out. A doggie bed fits nicely beneath.

I felt like the wood finish was dated but liked the line detail that gives it an Asian, parquet feel. I used dark grey oops paint and black Gem Glo gloss to achieve the new finish. It’s nothing Earth-shattering, but I like it much better than before. Mission accomplished!





Recent Acquisitions

Lots of craigslist furniture activity recently.

Bought: Ethan Allen love seat, from a guy who liked it but said his wife wanted to sell it. Paid a lot, and the guy wasn’t into negotiating, which always irritates me.


I like how it fits into such a tight spot. It completes the tiny conversation area in the old dining space:


Which brings me to the next item – Baker Furniture black tiered end table. This is not its final resting spot, I just brought it home from Denton yesterday. I think it may go in the far corner. Paid $75 which I think is a good deal. A guy was selling it on behalf of his older lady neighbor.


Flat woven wool rug. I like this but don’t love it. As they say at the dog pound, mine may not be it’s furever home. Fortunately I feel certain I can flip it!


Thomasville sideboard, from a super nice storage unit in Fort Worth. I was really excited about this piece but it seems sort of lonely on the large back wall. I’ve been hunting for a big buffet and thought this could fit the bill. We’ll see. That’s the beauty of craigslist. As long as the price is right, if you don’t like it, you can always sell.