Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bedroom Barn Door

We've had a project in mind for quite sometime.. and it's now finished. When we bought this old house almost 5 years ago now, there was a beautiful old 15-pane glass door into the master bedroom (which use to be a parlor in the "olden days").  Since the bedroom is very small, we removed the door and used it for our pantry door which we love.  This left no door for our bedroom.. until now.

After searching for unfinished pine doors at local 'big box' stores (Lowe's, Menards, Home Depot..), we found one by a local guy that made them (for less expense than a commercially-made one).  

Knowing the door was going to be painted to match our trim and woodwork, this door made a lot of sense to us.  It definitely has some "character" and is "rustic"!  

It took a few coats of paint.. a more ivory color that was facing the living room, and a white that would be closer to the trim and woodwork in the bedroom.  We primed, painted, painted, painted, and then hung the door.  Well, it wasn't even that easy.. but we'll spare you the details!  

Primed Door

The door is now hung and we love the look of it.  We still need to add some rollers to the bottom (attached to the floor) as the door will sway a bit, but that is minor.  So, we now have a finished bedroom door... until we decide to re-do that entire wall (when we remodel our front sagging and rotting porch!), at which time our new barn door will remain.. but the rest of that bedroom wall will look different (more to come on that project)!

Closed bedroom door from living room

We have many projects slated for this summer.. so we'll see how much energy (and money) we have for them.  Heck, these photos were taken with our cell phones because I haven't had the time to take the good camera and make 'beautiful images' with it.  In the meantime, we're enjoying our new bedroom door!  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Wreath 2015

It's finally Spring in Michigan... at least for a few more days, we never know what kind of weather we'll get here!  In any event, it was time to start adding a little color and life into the landscape and home!

And.. what better way to start is with a new wreath?  Well, it's not new.. the large grapevine wreath is several years old and has weathered the elements in the past.  However, with adding some fresh flowers and a new burlap bow, it can look fresh and rustic, again.

The mini tulip bunches were purchased at Michael's for a whopping $0.75/ea.  Believe I used about 9 bunches of them, and then made the burlap bow from the burlap ribbon I get at Hobby Lobby. Because it's a grapevine wreath, I just "stuck" the mini tulip sprigs in between the tight vines and it holds quite nicely.  Now, you could hot glue them or use garden wire or zip ties, but I wasn't up for that much work (hey, it's early in the year and I'm still coming out of hibernation).  Pretty easy to do and adds a splash of color to our door.

Our black canvas canopy over the door definitely does its job.  It was impossible to get a nice photo of the wreath this morning as you can see the top section is shaded by the canopy.  Well, that is why we put the canopy up.. and to protect from rain & snow when coming out of the old house.  It was well worth the money paid! 

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HBG Bars

These bars are so good I had to share!  And.. well, they're healthy too.  It doesn't mean they are "low calorie", but are a good way to start the day with a mug of java!

I'm calling them my "HGB Bars".... "Healthy, But Good".  They are super easy to make and quite delicious.  They're also the type of bar that you really can't eat more than one as they are filling too.

Creamy, yet lots of texture to chew on

They could also be called the "6-Ingredient Bars"


- 1 cup peanut butter (I used Jiff Extra Crunchy.. but use whatever you have or prefer)
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (no substitutes, this is what gives its creamy texture and flavor)
- 2 cups oats (steel cut oats - not instant)
- 1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips (I used Heath Toffee Crunch bits)
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries

In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.
Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted. Spread into a 9×13 pan (I sprayed Pam cooking spray on my pan). Refrigerate until hardened, about an hour. Cut into desired bar size and store in refrigerator for easy access.

I get my coconut oil from Costco... it's an excellent quality product.

Quick & Easy!  I'm sure you could easily freeze these bars as well if you're a single person.  Go ahead and try them.  If you have all ingredients on hand, you'll have them in the refrigerator in less than 10 minutes.