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Making Do [Nov. 19th, 2016|05:02 pm]
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There's another name for this now, but when I was growing up, my mother could make useful things (and did) out of all sorts of stuff.  Nothing was thrown away (it might be given away) as long as it had any use in it.  She made end tables out of apple boxes, painted them so they were bright an attractive.  She had other furniture, but mostly she combined materials she could get cheaply and made them into what she needed, and most had more than one purpose.   When we moved from Austin to San Antonio, into a small house (not the 'tiny house' being touted today, but 750 square feet) it did not have much storage (understatement) and she came up from south Texas with a lot of wood and masonite already cut to size; the masonite became sliding panels on the tiny screened entrance fo the kitchen, and the plywood became four 18" cubes with lids, in which I stored (in heavy plastic tubs) flour for baking bread.  That was in...1973 or early '74.   The cubes have been used for other storage, too, like yarn, magazines, toys.

But the years have not been kind to the faux woodgrain finish we put on them, and I wanted to use them again, so I bought paint Thursday and R- painted them that afternoon.  Here they are in the process of going from brown "wood" to solid dark green:

Cubes-painting-11-17-16

And here they are set up where they will be, in the living room that last year got new carpet and new furniture.  Pretty spiffy.  One at each end of the large couch, two in the space between.   We played a game of Chinese checkers to celebrate.

Cubes-in-use-11-19-16

it's a narrow space between the loveseat and couch; the geometry of the room (where doors are placed) makes this necessary.  But the 18 inch cubes fit perfectly   When the paint is fully cured (they dry to touch in a couple of hours but curing to "you can wash it with soap and water" is said to take 14 days)  I'll take the lids back outside and give them a good polyurethane top coat.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-11-24 12:23 am (UTC)
Lovely work! Your mother was thrifty, and I love that you've kept these, and kept a use. The shades of teal (and is that grey in the background?) go really nicely with the lounge.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-11-24 02:06 am (UTC)
The carpet is pale gray; the walls are pale cream. They could use a paint job, but not this year. And new carpet in two of the bedrooms comes first. (The carpet in the LR and hall was sculptured gray that had gotten very worn and stained over the years; the carpet in the bedrooms was long gold shag. The floors are wood under carpet, but a dark reddish stain (like the baseboard in the photograph, that makes the rather small rooms look smaller. Anyway, I'm saving up from the outflow last year when we had that house re-roofed in metal and the LR and hall carpet done, plus the new furniture. (There's a reason there's no picture of the room with the old furniture!)
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-11-25 09:07 am (UTC)
Oh boy, I had long gold shag in one of my childhood homes. It was a very loud gold too. I loved it -- but I don't think anyone else did.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-12-13 04:29 am (UTC)
There was a long shag in this house that combined gold and orange and one other color...and turned out to be the exact color of the local scorpion species. You could not see them on the carpet unless they moved. So walking along reading a book down the hall...was not smart. In fact, I learned to watch the floor in front of me carefully at all times.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-12-13 11:07 pm (UTC)
That's alarming! I'm glad scorpions aren't something I have to deal with here (despite the snakes and spiders).
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