Last week, started out well but by the end of the week I was feeling pretty miserable. I found a new-to-me headboard for our bed. We really needed one – I was super tired of leaning against the wall. It’s beautiful – white pine with a seashell centered on it. It’s HUGE and beautiful and I’m totally IN LOVE with it.
So, what happened? Since we’d gotten the headboard used, it had been stored a while and was covered with dust. Silly me, I dusted it without thinking and without wearing a mask. Inhale dust. Dust settled in my sinuses and triggered a head cold/sinus infection. Yay me!!
Soooooo for the past week, I have been sick and I really hate being sick. Especially with a yucky, stuffy, constantly need to blow nose. I hate nothing more than a runny nose. But, lucky me, I was stuck with one.
I was also stuck in the bed for almost a week as I suffered through a fever for days and then the after effects of being drained, tired and congested. PureFlix (thank goodness for PureFlix) was my only real friend. So many good movies to watch as I lay miserable waiting for this to pass. Let me recommend the “When Love Find You In…” series… it’s beyond awesome!
I didn’t want to go to the doctor or to take an antibiotic (I’m really into naturally treating things like this) so I quickly researched natural antibiotics to try (Thanks Google!). I already knew that Apple Cider Vinegar is one, along with Oregano. Onion and Garlic are as well. And Honey… oh the wonders of Honey! I made a mixture of all of these which I took twice a day and, let me tell you, it worked! I began to feel better and my fever broke. Natural remedies are a real gift!
I’m thankful that I’m now feeling better. Despite the congestion, we’ve managed to get a lot done around the house. My headboard is installed behind my bed and it looks awesome! It’s been a long time since I had a headboard and never one this beautiful!
I scored a free file cabinet at the local thrift store the other week. It was in really bad shape but it had all the drawers which all worked. Don sanded it down and we spray painted it. Now it looks brand spanking new! I will share it in another post soon.
I finally found a desk, too. I’d been searching for months. I needed something to keep my writing supplies, and to put my laptop on when I’m working on reviews and writing. I was getting desperate because I couldn’t find anything, especially not something that was affordable. I prayed and I hit every thrift store around us. NOTHING. Blank space – air – NOTHING.
I saw one listed Facebook super cheap that needed refinished. I sent a message, sure this would be snatched up before I could even get the chance to buy it. BINGO! We picked it up that same day. Don spent a week sanding it down and last weekend he coated it with several coats of Poly. He spray painted the handles, which I later reinstalled and VOILA, Momma now has the desk she’s always dreamed of owning! Antique and beautiful! I’ll share photos and more about it in another post to come as well.
Today, I repainted the chair I plan to use with the desk. It is an antique that I picked up free somewhere along the way. It was a lovely Robins Egg Blue but had lost a great deal of it’s paint over time. When we moved in to our house, there was half a gallon of light blue paint left by the previous owners. I used that to repaint the chair. I bought a cushion for it at Walmart and now I have a “new” chair for my desk. So exciting!
I also refinished a 60’s style shelf I picked up locally. It’s metal in an ugly faux wood print. Spray paint to the rescue for it as well. Painted to match the file cabinet, though they’re used in separate rooms.
I also spray painted the family photo frame that my kids gave me last year for my birthday. I hadn’t put it up on the wall yet but it was scratched from our moving this past year. I painted it to match the other items and I’ll share it as soon as I get it up on the wall with some family photos.
Last but not least, Don sanded our table top and refinished it. My Mom grabbed this table from a local thrift store back when we lived in Georgetown, SC several years ago. It’s Amish style and we love it. The design is simple and it’s a beautiful natural wood color. The top had worn down from years of use and needed a new coat of poly. Don sanded it and resealed it for many future years of use.
We’ve been super busy with all these redo’s and reorganizing the house but it’s really paying off. We’ve been blessed to locate many items we’ve needed to replace those that were donated by Don’s brother last year. Much of them we’ve been lucky enough to find for free. And organizing sure makes life easier, especially when you live and have school in the same places.
I can’t wait to share more about our finds and redo’s with you soon in future posts.
Until next time…