Monday, February 22, 2010


I'm almost too tired to type. We put in another full weekend converting the old sauna into our home gym. But due to my inability to focus on just one project at a time, I also managed a few other side tasks. One task was a five minute bed makeover...explanation to follow.

Hubby worked every second of the weekend putting in fir floors.

While he cut, I pitched in by installing some of the boards. The paint on my jacket is from painting this room last weekend.

The tongue and groove fir flooring went over the concrete floors. It was surplus from the wraparound porch. Some of the boards had been pre-primed and some had not, but for our purposes, it doesn't matter because we plan to paint the floors grey. These boards are mostly seconds, so the paint will cover a lot of the imperfections in the wood.

I took advantage of Hubby's every pause, and wandered inside where I replaced our old beige quilt with the above antique popcorn quilt.

I also managed to repair an antique frame (a piece of the rounded detail was missing).

After the spackle was dry I touched it up with gold paint, which I need to finish.

Lucy provided the supervision needed to accomplish all of our tasks (even my multi-tasks). She is still wearing the bright yellow bandanna she received when she had her hair and nails done at the beauty spa.

I like the brightness and the old-fashioned charm the popcorn quilt offers. I also think it defines the bed better than the beige quilt did against the jute rug.

And of course the detail of the crochet is just beautiful.

As you can see, I haven't yet reupholstered the Victorian chair. I ordered some velvet samples but none of them were the right color. And after the bench upholstery job I did for the closet vanity, I know I will have to take it to a professional. No doubt about it.

The lovely and talented Brooke over at
Blueprint Bliss did a post on our farmhouse last week. She has a beautiful, inspiring blog...go check it out!


  1. Beautiful work. What is life without projects?

    : )

    Julie M.

  2. You have been busy! That floor is going to look so good in grey. Love your popcorn quilt too.

  3. Love your projects! I even think the floor looks kinda cool like that! Now you need a weekend to recover from your weekend!

  4. oh I'm the same, I never seem to be able to do things one at a time but I do mostly get things done in the end. Love that victorian chair by the way!

  5. Your style is outstanding! I adore the bedspread, it is a beautiful addition.

    I admire how you incorporate the antique pieces with the freshness of white in your home. The simplicity is gorgeous.

  6. Your projects are always so inspiring and I LOVE that popcorn quilt.

  7. Hi there,
    What a beautiful home you have!
    I can't wait to see the floors finished,and your Lucy is adorable.
    Kelly :)

  8. I adore that popcorn quilt. It looks beautiful in your bedroom against the browns. I love that you are going to paint the wood floor. Can't wait to see it!

  9. Wow Trina, your home and property is amazingly beautiful. So inspiring! Lucy is so sweet...I wish her and Kiki could romp around together sometime! :)
    Glad I found your blog, I look forward to following your posts, and looking at your old posts, too.
    If you haven't already been, I think it's about time your home was featured in Country Living magazine.
    xo country girl

  10. That bedding is so beautiful and different from the bedding you find out there now. I love your four poster bed. I will look to see if there is a picture of the whole room, from an earlier posts. You and your husband are working so hard and the rewards will be great. My hubby and I built our home and did a majority of the work almost fifteen years ago. We have done a lot of upgrades since. The work on a home never ends.

  11. I love your version of's all work related! No talking on the phone for this hard working gal. Of course, I enjoyed it all.

  12. Wow, you did cover some ground this weekend! i was impressed just with the painting alone, but you got busy everywhere - good work!

    have a big crush on the pop corn quilt, just lovely.

    I finished painting my nest of tables, just have to bring them in from the workshop and figure out where they're going - should only take another week :)


  13. You have been busy! It's going to look great.

    And the new quilt looks so pretty in your room.

    Thanks for the link (& for letting me post photos of your home. I just love it).

  14. Busy weekend! What lovely weather though - I can only imagine that!
    I like the new quilt better on the bed with the wood bed frame-it's a drop dead gorgeous quilt.
    If you tire of your night stand table...please send it my way! :)

  15. I'm so thrilled to have found your blog. I love what you've done to your home and so enjoy reading about every project. I've nominated you for a Sunshine Award, and would be honored if you came over and visited me at HollyGoesLightly to claim your award. Keep up the fabulous work!

  16. Bummer about the paint on your jacket! Great job with the floors and I adore that popcorn quilt.

  17. I love that popcorn bedspread. I've started a popcorn afghan in a lovely fisherman cream wool - I hope it turns out half as pretty.

  18. WOW! I am seriously addicted to your blog and every new picture that you post! I never really liked "traditional/classic" pieces until I saw them in your home/blog. You do such a good job of making each one look special. Thank you.. I am a changed women and now looking at antiques! WHO KNEW ! Totally impressed!

  19. What a great blog! You have an amazing eye Trina, and so lucky to have a handy husband! The details and style of your home show all the hard work you have put into it. A labour of love as they say?

    So glad to have stopped by...I think through BBliss...although your blog window was open this morning on my computer, so I can't quite remember!! lol

    love the hex tile on the bath floor...great choice!!


  20. Hi Trina,

    You two are making me feel SO lazy. Just kidding. Really loving that bedspread too. I think it's the perfect touch to the perfect bedroom. As always just beautiful.


  21. you've been busy! I really like the new quilt, and can't wait to see how the gym evolves. xo

  22. You were a busy bee this weekend. It is nice to do a quick make-over like your bed. It looks so fresh and inviting. All ready for Spring!! Keep up the good work,Kathysue

  23. love this...congratulations on all of your progress!!!! xx

  24. Is it weird that I like the floor in your home gym just as it is? Though I'm sure they will look lovely in gray as well! Love the progress you have made.

  25. Sounds like you did a lot this weekend! That's a lot to be proud of....and here you are feeling bad that you didn't reupholster the chair as well! All in due time girl...soak in the accomplishments you've made so far. Everything is looking lovely. I love the popcorn quilt. :)

  26. It looks like your home gym is coming right along. I love the walls painted white. Instantly the space looks brighter.

  27. Beautiful quilt and of course it looks great in your room. Just love your style.

  28. I'm so envious of your spa; it's going to look great. And I'm digging the popcorn quilt too. s.

  29. I just discovered your blog today and I am hooked!! You have a beautiful home!!!!

    There is nothing more satisfying than shining up a tarnished gem! Gorgeous!!

  30. Oh I do love the bed too. What fun you must have working together on your house. I have enjoyed visiting you since I recently found you. BTW I saved your photo of the elk to show my Cowboy he spotted them right away.
    I love your doggie supervisor. My dog does the same think wanders all over the yard as we do jobs outside. When she gets bored or tired she just lays down and guards or supervises. I am not sure which.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely home. I love visiting here.
    Have a Blessed Week,

  31. Gosh I bet you guys were exhausted come Sunday night. You must love going to work on Monday for a rest! Lovely to see the sauna/spa retreat moving along & your new bedcover is gorgeous. I spent the w/end with MOTH in the Bathroom reno. cutting tiles & getting yelled at!
    Millie ^_^

  32. What a beautiful bed cover and a lovely country bedroom. I think it's very emotional when you bring an old treasure back to life and restore it, not only for yourselves but for generations to come. Your blog is very moving in that way. All I can say is well done! Rachael x

  33. Trina,
    Everything looks amazing! I think it is wonderful that you and your husband can work together to make your house a home. I think the quilt is divine! I can't wait to see more.

  34. Your bed quilt is beautiful. Really enjoy your blog.

  35. Wow, thats alot to get done. The floors are so neat. I can't wait to see them painted grey. I love your style. ~lulu

  36. Hi Trina,
    I just love your blog and your home is simply gorgeous. I hope you don't mind but I've put a few of your pics on my blog today to inspire others - all linked back to you of course.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  37. This is the good blog with good images and good details. Please keep on posting the more stuff. I will like to hear more from you.

  38. What great projects! The new/old bedding is beautiful - your whole house speaks to the great job you do in using old things in a fresh way. Lovely!

  39. Lovely!

    My husband and I are on a search for our ranch. We currently live in the Bay Area of SF, and are looking for a ranch in SLO.

    I am a new follower.

  40. Lucy is too cute - love her bandana. Where did you get velvet samples from? I'm on the hunt for just the right velvet to recover a chair.

  41. Hi Emma, I ordered my samples from the Fabric Mall. But every sample looked completely different than it did online so I'm going to go the old-fashioned route next time and actually go to a fabric store! Trina

  42. OOPS! It was Interior Mall -!!! ; ) Trina


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