Their claws stretch out to hold them up, and they have made gouges in the woodwork of the window in the family room. Fortunately, that is not an "original" woodwork windowsill, it had been added sometime in the 80's by the previous owners. I have covered up the scratches with new stain and added new poly to seal it up. But.... sometime in the future if I find old windows, we will restore that back to the way it was. I hate seeing the scratches at any cost.
Since we rearranged the living room, now my "new to me" ottoman is located under the front living room window. Those sassy dogs want to jump up there to see what is going on out on the front sidewalk. When we are in the room, they know it's "OFF" and they don't dare jump up there. But if we happen to be in another part of the house, they have no fear of our wrath, and ignore their inner warnings. They jump up and park their paws on that windowsill and bark their fool heads off!
(they spit on the glass as they bark as well)
Most people would just say to move the ottoman --- but but but --- it looks so good there and I just covered it to make it coordinate and round out the new livingroom arrangement of furniture.
Soooooo I came up with another idea to preserve the beautiful windowsill.....
I ordered up 20 little hand painted Mexican tiles. They were on Ebay for only $1.60 each and they offered free shipping from Mexico as well. I only needed 12 tiles for the windowsill itself, but I ordered 20 in case some broke during shipping. The remainder I could make into coasters by gluing felt on the bottoms.
I was amazed to see them come packed in just a thin layer of newspaper (printed in Spanish which is cool) and a thin wrapping of foam. Not a single tile was broken or cracked! Wonderful! I left the seller positive feedback on Ebay.
I didn't want to adhere the tiles to the woodwork, the idea is to preserve the original woodwork. We had a sheet of plexiglass in the garage, so I helped Steve cut off a strip just the width and length that I needed. I drew with black magic marker along the edges of each tile so they were dark instead of the clay terra cotta color. I got out my handy dandy glue gun... and a new pack of Gorilla Glue Sticks. What on earth did we ever do before the age of glue guns???
I glued them on one at a time to the plexiglass strip. Working quickly so the glue didn't harden, I pressed each tile into place. The strip needed was 12 tiles long to fill the entire windowsill.
Steve came into the house and brought a 48 inch long board to help transfer the plexi strip from the kitchen island where I was working on it, to carry it over to the livingroom and slide it onto the windowsill. Voila! It worked out perfectly!
I still set the three containers of shiney rocks (that I had modge podge coated a few weeks ago) and it all tied together. I like the bits of blue and white with the Craftsman style decor in our home.
It's all worth it for these two:
Now back to the kitchen to the rest of the tiles!
I cut little squares of felt the size of the tiles,
just a tiny smidge smaller.
There we go... the glue gun did it's thing. I have 8 coordinating tiles for coasters for the small end table between our chairs in the livingroom. We often have drinks that sweat or make a ring on the woodwork if we don't use a coaster. I always have a glass of ice water at hand, so having pretty tile coasters is just the thing. (I had some I made with other tiles we brought back from Mexico a few years ago that I can put in other areas of the house now) I did put some on the coffee table and end tables in the family fiber room.
This morning things were cool, as a new front moved in. We were down to the low 50's when we woke up. Ahhhhh Today was cloudy, but we had open windows, fresh air, and lower humidity. Tonight it will be a lit fireplace in front of our chairs, but that is so much better than the humid junk we have had lately. Actually as I type this, I have on wool socks and a quilt over my lap.
Stay tuned for an upcoming "Our Old House" project to come. We are working on it, and as soon as the mosquito population diminishes out there, we will put the new parts into action.
Speaking of mosquitoes: They are so bad that some sports teams have called off games or practices. Drive up restaurants have closed window and car hop service. Golfing and fishing numbers are down as well. Even campground reservations have been cancelled in unprecedented numbers because they are so bad....
Here is what they said on the NPR news site:
We need a good hard frost or freeze to kill them buggers off!!!!