a weekend update.

I just had the most awesome weekend.  It began Friday night with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.  Mr. Q, my sister & niece and I met another couple in Mears Park in St. Paul to listen to some jazz.  It was really crowded and fairly hot and humid, but it was still a fun night with some great music including Ellis Marsalis.

Ellis Marsalis

(photo source here)

Then on Saturday morning my sister and I had a really fun mission.  We took photos of a house for an upcoming home tour here on q is for quandie.  I’ve done a few home tours before; Sue’s house part 1 and part 2, Jen’s house part 1 and part 2 and Meggan’s house.  I also did a house tour of Lisa’s home (part 1 and part 2) for the Reclaiming Beautiful blog.  My reasons for doing home tours are pretty much selfish in nature, I just love seeing other people’s homes.  Especially when they have a knack for thrifty decorating.  So when the opportunity to tour Kim’s home presented itself, I jumped on it.

Not only does Kim have a fantastic home, but she also has this amazing barn.

stone hill farm

And she holds an occasional sale in her barn each summer.  It’s coming up in July, so I’ll be sharing a tour of her home plus details on her upcoming sale shortly after the 4th of July, so be sure to check back for that.

Then on Sunday the humidity finally died down and although we had temps in the mid-80’s it was really breezy and the perfect weather for painting.  My sister popped over and finished up her trash can.  Remember it?  She picked it up at the Linden Hills sales …

linden hills 10

Since she doesn’t have an out of the way spot for her recyclables in her apartment kitchen, they have to sit out.  She thought this bin would be the perfect way to make them less unsightly.

She added a couple of coats of Fusion paint in our custom mixed Lake Superior Blue.  Then she found the perfect stencil for it at Hobby Lobby and she used a pale grey craft paint for that.

debbie's trash

debbie's trash lid

A pretty fab transformation, right?

Since Debbie was on a roll with her new stencil, she also stenciled some wooden totes that she plans to sell at my fall sale.

stenciled totes

I’m so proud of my protegee.  Didn’t she do a great job on these?

stenciled tote

While Debbie was working on these, I was painting a dresser.  You’ll have to check back later in the week to check it out, hope to see you then!

4 thoughts on “a weekend update.

  1. Nice work Debbie! Great before and after. It’s those little things that can make such a difference at home:) looking forward to another house tour and hearing about the sale!


  2. 2 👍🏻’s up Debbie! Great job love using stencils for the perfect effect. I too look forward to the next tour!


  3. Great job Deb….your items look wonderful..love the colors and the stencils. Looking forward to seeing more do-overs from you! Sunday was the best…no humidity…just a beautiful Minnesota day!


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