Rock Me Mama

I’m going to start right off by saying that this is my absolute favorite project that we have done yet.  Last December we picked up this old rusty wagon wheel from the “Epic Estate Sale.”


I had been stewing on the idea for some time about making a wagon wheel chandelier to hang above the dining room table and this lovely old gal fit the bill to a “T.”  After some debate about the best/most attractive way to run electricity for the lights, we settled on drilling 5 holes through the hub.


Hanging the wheel was also a challenge as she is nearly 60 pounds.


We went with some heavy duty chains that wrap up and around a double joist in the attic.  I decided to spray the chains with a mix of Rust-Oleum paints to try and mimic the rusty look of the wheel.


We went with an antique gold vintage style socket and olive colored cloth wrapped wire for the lights.


Then it was just a matter of running the wire and deciding how to stagger the lights.


And done!


It’s pretty awesome, right?  I think I’m in love.

Epic Estate Sale Haul

When a friend calls on a Sunday morning and says a combination of the phrases, “huge, estate sale, western memorabilia, and happening now” you can bet your bottom dollar that Slowhand and I got off of our asses and hightailed it across town to check it out stat.  Let me tell you, it was beyond awesome.  Every inch of the house inside and out was PACKED with western and movie memorabilia–posters, autographed photos, film props, southwest décor, books, records, tools, and many, many, many odds and ends.  Needless to say, we didn’t leave empty handed.


We scored a number of nicely framed movie posters.


The sale went on for 3 weekends.  We were there the first weekend and then I went back alone the last Saturday and Slowhand ended up there on the last Sunday.


We got quite a bit of stuff–much more than what is pictured here.  As I post more pictures of the house in the future, I’ll point out items that came from this sale.


I have big plans for the wagon wheel and the little bench pictured above.  I actually have a full-time job now, so I don’t have as much free time to devote towards working on house projects, but as I get to them, I will be sure to share!

Backsplash Be Gone!

I thought the 4″ granite backsplash in the kitchen was a bit underwhelming and that a tile backsplash would be a more aesthetically pleasing option, so we removed it.  Confession: It drives me crazy when people leave the backsplash up and tile above it.  I think it looks so much better to tile all the way down to the counter.


First we scored the caulk along the top and sides with a razor knife.  Then it was just a matter of tapping a scraper in between the wall and the backsplash to separate the glue from the wall.


80% of the backsplash came off looking like this.  Not too bad to deal with.  The back walls would be covered in tile and this side wall just needed to be patched and textured.  But then there was this:


Holy gap Batman!  I debated on the best way to deal with the gap.  I finally settled on several coats of MH Ready Patch which is a spackling and patching compound (available at Home Depot and Menards).


I love this stuff and have used it for years because it dries fast, is easy to work with, and it dries pretty hard and solid.

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This was after 2 layers of patch.  Because there was nothing behind the gap for the patch to hold on to, I had to build it up slowly.  3 layers did the trick.  You can’t see it in the above photo, but I left a tiny gap between the newly filled in wall and the counter top.  I was worried about the wall flexing and the patch cracking.  I’ll fill that in with caulk.

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It seems to be a thing here in the Southwest to have textured walls.  I personally don’t get it.  I think it is hard to deal with making repairs and I’m still wrestling with getting the wall texture right.  Anyway, you spray on the texture, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then “knock it down” or flatten it lightly with a scraper.

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I still haven’t mastered the technique to making it look exactly like the original texture, but I am getting closer.  I found that doing one layer, letting it dry and then following it with a second layer produces a better result.  This wall should now be good to go with some paint and a little caulk.

On a side note, we celebrated Slowhand’s birthday this past week and had dinner at a place called Pot Liquor here in Las Vegas.  It’s billed as a contemporary American smokehouse and it certainly delivered on the bold smoky flavors.  We went all in and ordered the “Lord Have Mercy!!,” which was a heaping platter of chicken, baby back ribs, spare ribs, pulled pork, and hot links plus 3 sides (we chose the greens, fries, and mac ‘n cheese).


Lord Have Mercy is right!  There was enough food for 3 meals, but it was nice to be able to try everything.  I particularly liked the greens, but then again I am a greens fanatic and could sit and make a meal on those alone!  We’ll look forward to going back and dining there again sometime.

The Gray Bucket of Doom

The previous owners left behind a 5 gallon bucket of the aforementioned white paint from my last post (here if you missed it) that covers EVERY SINGLE SQUARE INCH of our new home’s interior.   I need to repaint most of the baseboard trim and it is a basic white semi-gloss, so I was hoping to salvage it. I have been putting off opening the bucket for weeks now because I was afraid to see what was inside.


You just never know what you are going to get in this kind of situation.  It has been sitting out in the garage for who knows how long.  Crossing my fingers that it is still good…


Oof.  The smell!  Good gawd.  Moldy and putrid.  I guess that answers that!  It’s a good thing Sherwin-Williams is having a 40% off sale this weekend.  I guess I’ll be adding trim paint to my list. 😛

In a Nutshell

Hey there!  This is my 3rd attempt at blogging and y’all know what they say about that (but hey, I am going to make a noble effort to post regularly…like, at least once a week, because that seems reasonable in my mind).  Since you are taking the time to peruse this here blog, perhaps a quick backstory is in order: A midwest gal, her forever boyfriend, and their princess of a dog leave their family, friends, and super cute mid-century modern home and hightail it to the wilds of Las Vegas.  New house.  New style.  New life.  Got it?  Sweet.  On to the real postings!