A vintage girl at heart…

Six-month-old me

I’m old-fashioned girl at heart. I love God, my family, my home and my country.

Though I didn’t marry my high school sweetheart, I did marry a gentleman with a beautiful heart. (We met for the first time when he held the elevator door open for me, but more on that later).

I also want a simple life (read: I could live in Mayberry). But since Mayberry isn’t a real place, I have to be content with creating a little slice of my own Mayberry in southern Michigan.

One of my favorite things to do is shop second hand. I love to take something that someone else discarded, fix it up and give it a new lease on life. The older and uglier, the better.

That’s one of the reasons why I’m so grateful to God – because that’s exactly what he did for me. He took a helpless baby girl no one wanted wanted and gave her a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Slowly, patiently and through much pain, He’s changing a lot of the falsehoods I learned in my childhood. Most of what I learned about love, parenting, money, priorities – and especially God – was wrong.

I’m thankful that “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it (Phillipians 1:6).”

I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this crazy thing we call life. Sometimes it soars and sometimes it really hurts. But I praise God that one day I’ll see the One who took away my sins and gave a little lost girl an eternal home with Him in heaven.

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Published on October 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. Lovely blog…so pleased to have come across yourposts..ELiza Keating

    • You are so very sweet. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  2. I came across this page when I was doing research on the ‘Net about oil-rubbed bronze paint. I’m doing an upstairs addition to my house, and my HVAC contractor put standard white vent covers on my wall vents…which won’t match the vibe I’m trying to achieve once I have all the walls painted and the switch plate covers installed. So I’m considering simply spray painting the vent covers with oil-rubbed bronze paint, like the Rustoleum kind that you used to transform your table lamp. Do you think I need to do any priming before I simply spray the existing covers? Also, do I need to spray seal them afterwards? These are typical cheap, metal covers….and I’m a newbie when it comes to doing things like this, so I apologize if this question seems dumb! 🙂

    Thank you so very much!

    • Hi there, Steve, thanks for stopping by! There are no dumb questions – you can learn a lot from other peoples’ mistakes;) Though I haven’t painted wall vents before, I think they are a perfect candidate for spray paint. Because spray paint is oil-based, I don’t think a separate primer is necessary. This is especially true because spray paint tends to adhere really well to metal. Just make sure to wipe the vents clean first and let them dry thoroughly. (If you don’t then sometimes the paint can bubble up. Same goes if you are working in an area where the temperature is too hot or too cold – check the bottle for the optimal temperature range). Then I would spray two THIN coats of the oil-rubbed bronze (ORB) spray paint. Two thin coats are much better than one to prevent drips. Umm…ask me how I know! The spray paint dries really fast, so it won’t add too much time to your project. As far as using a separate sealer, I don’t think that is necessary either. If they were on the floor in a high traffic area, then I’d probably say it’s worth the extra step. But on the wall, not so much. One more thing…the Valspar brand at Lowe’s has a cheaper version of ORB spray paint. I like it, but I prefer the coppery flecks in the Rustoleum brand. I just think it adds a nice depth to the color and it’s not that much more expensive. I do hope that helps you. Plus, it will be a big improvement over the cheap white wall vents that we have in our house, too. Good luck with your project!

      • Thank you SOOOO much! Very sweet of you to reply to a total stranger. Well…here’s the dealio…I happened to be next to Home Depot this evening and so I stopped in and bought a can of Rustoleum “Universal”, which seems to be a favourite amongst you women “DIY’ers” based on all the blogs I’ve been researching the past couple of nights…which is very cool, I’m so glad I have a variety of sites to glean research from. The only difference is that H.D. sells Metallic “Paint & Primer In One” cans, which I assume is the exact same as the the other kind, only that it “supposedly” acts as a primer AND paint source in 1 can, which I would think is a chemical impossibility…but what do I know? But anyway I’m guessing the final outcome is the same as far as the colour goes.

        Here’s my difference though…to me, “Oil-Rubbed Bronze” means dark oil finish, with the copperish finish only showing up on the highlight areas, like the areas of rub and wear. This spray paint idea seems to spray speckles of the copper highlights throughout the whole project, which is the point I guess…so…if I were wanting to paint the “rub ‘n wear” areas to make it look like there was something other than spray paint involved, would you recommend a copper or a gold finish on the raised areas of the project?

        Again…thank you…I love reading your posts!

      • Hmmmm. I’m not so sure. I think it would come down to your personal preference, whether you wanted copper or gold. I would probably look at the other finishes you already have in the room and take your cues from them. The copper and gold are so similar, I bet you couldn’t tell from far away. Sorry, I’m not more helpful:(


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