Les herbs thumbnail

Spring.  It’s finally here!  Today I am working on some French herb signs for your farmhouse or garden. I have had these old slate roof tiles in my garage for three years now- just waiting for the right inspiration.  Yesterday it was raining all day so it was a good time to do some projects indoors. [click to continue…]

Using Milk Paint thumbnail

Great news!  The White Brick House is now offering Milk Paint by  The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company in our shop at Commonwealth Antique Mall and in our sister shop, Bluebird Urban Farmhouse, located in Peddler Antiques.  This company has been making milk paint for over 40 years!  I am so excited to be  stocking this and showing you how to use it in upcoming posts.  Let’s start with this display cabinet. [click to continue…]

Kitchen demo thumbnail

We started the demo on the kitchen at the rental house.  We sold the old range on craigslist since we didn’t want it.  We put the fridge in the basement in case the tenants need extra fridge space.  Then we ripped everything out.  When this house was built, the cabinets were built right to the wall and the wall was the back of the cabinet.  Not so easy to take out in one piece but we were able to salvage a few boards to use for signs later. [click to continue…]

We bought a house! thumbnail

So a friend posted on Facebook, “Anybody want to buy a house?”.  I answered, “Umm–maybe!”.  It was getting to be time for our girls to move out and be on their own.  They would have to find someplace to live.  Of course we wanted them to be in a safe neighborhood  and finding an affordable place in a safe neighborhood would be hard to come by.  So we went to look at the house. [click to continue…]

How to make homemade applesauce. thumbnail

Making homemade applesauce is easy!  Recently the grocery store had apples on sale so I stocked up to make some homemade applesauce.  My daughter likes sugar free foods so I used Motts apple juice to sweeten.  The apple juice also keeps the apples from burning while you are cooking them. [click to continue…]

Union Jack Crate thumbnail

This is a cool old crate that I painted in the Union Jack.  It didn’t have a top so Scott made me one out of antique boards and attached it with hinges.  Then it was primed and painted. [click to continue…]

Tips on building a house thumbnail

Building a house can be daunting, overwhelming and stressful!  Here are some things I learned in the process of building our dream home that could be helpful to you. [click to continue…]

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