Time to talk about projects and what I have been doing!
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|Posted on April 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on September 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Been working on this coffee style table for a month now. Kinda a love/hate relationship I have going on with it.
Found the base at one of the local picker sales for $10.00.
Immediately thought, I could make a little coffee style table out of it. I am a woman of vision, just sometimes not sure HOW I am going to make that vision a reality. So, I painted it two of my CeCe chalk paint colors: Virginia Chestnut (ironic since I am in Virginia) and Nantucket Spray (lovely light green/blue). Did some dry brush and wet distressing on it. It sat like this for over a month.
Looked and looked for something that would be suitable for the table top with no success. One day, on one of my many trips to Lowe's, I was wandering around, as I often do, and came across the pre-cut wood section! Found a round top that would work - and rushed home to begin putting it on - which I realized, I am NOT a carpenter!
But, come on, how difficult could it be to put a top on a base. Well, let me tell you, it took some brain power on my part, but eventually I figured it out. I ended up drilling 4 holes in the top, counter sinking some pretty big wood screws into it. SInce the base is so heavy, I didn't want to put a top on it and the minute you tried to pick it up and move it, the base would fall off and break a toe.
Now that the base was attached, I had to fill those 4 holes in - In my haste to get it finished, I used Wood Putty - great stuff - however, I didn't read the label and couldn't figure out why it wasn't setting. Come to find out, this wood putty stated on the label - "does not harden to a sandable surface" - GREAT!! Had to use my handy "paint can lid remover thingy" (this thing is very versatile - see my mirror project for reference) to get all that putty out and use a wood filler!!! Duh, live and learn. Well, wood filler is the opposite of wood putty - let me just say that it dries SUPER fast, much to my dismay, but to a HARD sandable surface.
I am feeling pretty confident at this point. Now I finish painting the surface, to blend with the base and think that this top is a little too plain Jane. I start looking around for something I can transfer to the table top - Now, I haven't blogged about my very first attempt at ModPodge - which, to keep this blog short - was not something that I would do again. I clearly was learning as I was going - It was truly not that great, but I learned from it! It is an adventure - gotta learn somehow! Let me just say, I should have sanded it down and painted over it - but I didn't and I will never do that method again! (see below)
Early on I found this great site for free printables - The Graphics Fairy She has a ton of incredible printable items that you can use. She even has them set up as .pdf files to make it easier for you to print them out. If you get a chance, check her site out!!
I found a lovely french print and made sure I selected the reverse image, used the wax paper method to achieve the look I was going for - vintage and old.
Basically, I took one of those full size White Shipping Labels sheets (Avery 5265) and peeled the backing off of it. Placed the sticky side up on the counter, took a piece of wax paper - a little longer than the label and placed the extra up against the edge of the counter and then I leaned on it - I wanted to keep it taunt as I slowly placed the wax paper on the sticky side of the label. This way I could control it as I laid it on the label and it created a more flat adhesion to the label and I didn't have any bubbles or ripples in the wax paper, which is what you want.
I then trimmed the extra wax paper that was hanging off the edges around the label, making for a perfect 8.5 x 11 sheet. Then I put the label in the printer and it worked perfectly, no jams or the need for me to guide it in straight. The label provided a sturdy base for the wax paper to go right thru the printer. I then placed it face down on the table top, taped the corners so it wouldn't shift around, and gently rubbed with a large spoon and then lifted it up to check to see if it was working. I then applied a light spray of Satin Enamel to set it and to keep it from smearing. After the enamel was dry, I applied clear wax to the table top, wiping off any excess wax and buffed it to a nice shine.
Hope you enjoyed my adventure!
Keep being creative!!
|Posted on September 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
Previously, I admitted that I was a Goodwill regular. I should probably say I am an obsessive compulsive Goodwill regular!
I am starting to think I need some type of step program to correct my OCD when it comes to Goodwill. Kind of like Pinterest, but that is an entirely different type of animal. Anywho, I glance at Goodwill stores with a longing that simply can't be normal. It doesn't even have to be one in my town. I can be on vacation and do it. Fortunately for my husband, our SUV isn't large enough to stop at all of them. But, dang it - you can truly find some AMAZING things. Like the saying goes, " one man's trash, is another man's treasure".
I had to stop in to make sure I wasn't missing out on any "Treasures". This is my internal conversation I am having with myself, "I am dropping off some donations anyway - I just wanna look and since I am already here, I probably won't find anything anyway, can't hurt to look, I will make it quick" LOL
I am so excited about what I got today - I couldn't believe the fabulous finds! I literally had to STOP myself at 2 tables and a chair. There was an incredibly huge desk - solid and about 5 feet long and 2 feet deep - but I couldn't get it in my truck with the other items I bought - so, I guess that is a good thing - but man, it was exactly what I had been picturing in my head for our front "parlor", which I have visions of turning into a library/office/sitting room.
So, I drop off the two boxes of clothes and park the car. Walk in and immediately make a beeline for the back of the store, where all the furniture is located.
My first pick was this gorgeous farmhouse style table (well, It will be when I am done with it), sturdy and solid. The price tag said $36.00 - hmm, that is a little more than I wanted to spend, but I see that it is marked 50% off ($18.00) and the kicker - I had an additional 20% off frequent donor card!!! - final price $14.40 (THAT is a STEAL)
Next! - I spy this round table - now, at first I wasn't all that impressed with the top on it as I glanced over at it a row over, but I was thinking that I really wanted the hairpin legs off of it for another project I had in mind. I have been pricing hairpin legs and those aren't cheap - at least not good quality ones and the height I wanted for a table - I found some on Amazon and Ebay that ran anywhere from $79.00 - $57.00. So I wander over to this table and go to tip it back to look at the legs and realize - it is super heavy. The top is solid plank style construction with a poly sealant and has a metal rim all around it. It is rustic and at closer inspection it is old. It would go lovely in my kitchen. Price $12.00 - What?? that is crazy - but crazy or not - it must be mine! Plus, with my 20% off - final price $9.60 (Can't beat that with a stick!) Grab a neat looking highback chair - which I will re-upholster and paint for final price $7.00 and decide I gotta stop - but not before I run over and look at some mirrors and photos.
Make my way to pay and all my furniture items have been brought up to the front for me. As I am in the check out line, I keep watching folks walk up to all 3 pieces and keep looking at them, moving them around, tipping them up and trying to flag down someone to help them - How much is this? Each one was told, sorry that Item is sold. Made me feel good to know that I got some great items at a steal and others thought they were fab too. Plus, even my husband loved it - his only question was - how did you carry this in the house by yourself, it is really heavy?
Keep being creative!!
|Posted on September 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
I am turning into a Goodwill regular lately. Much to my husbands dismay. He insists it is all "junk" - which I immediately remind him that it may be junk to him, but it is a treasure waiting to be discovered!!!
I have been known to hit three Goodwill stores in one day. Which isn't really all that bad considering I live smack dab in between two which are 15 minutes from my house in either direction. Each one is different in the types of items they have, the way they organized and the prices are hit and miss. Some items are priced ridiculously low and others are priced ridiculously high. I recently found a large collection of floral prints, and each print was priced differently? The funny thing about those prints, 2 were actually reproductions in these cheap plastic frames ($6.95 ea.) and 2 were original prints,that had been matted and framed in lovely frames ($3.50 with a colored price tag that was 1/2 off). To me, it is a joy to find something original, priced lower than a reproduction. I asked one of the gals that worked there, what gives on the pricing; she said there are different people in the back on any given day and they all price things different and she didn't understand how they came up with the prices either!
Anywho, I digress. I make frequent donations monthly and have a frequent donor card - which gives me an additional 20% off my entire purchase.So, this comes in handy when I am looking for pieces of furniture! Just a hint - make sure to check at your local Goodwill for the frequent donor cards - I happened to see one on the counter one day and asked about it. Apparently, some of the drop off guys don't mention it. After 4 donations - they stamp your card each time- you can use it for a 20% discount. Also, the number of things you donate to get the stamp is not limited. So, if you only drop off a bag of clothes - you get a stamp! Alright - back to the chairs.......
So, my last purchases were these lovely (cough), should I really say ugly chairs. There was a whole set of them, 2 chairs had the arms and the other 4 did not. Out of the 6 that were available to buy, 2 were actually broken and 2 were really scratched up and the backs were incredibly loose. So, I opted to purchase these 2 - really thought they would be lovely for a sitting room and not dining room chairs (which they are). I had no idea how old they are, maybe the 80's? But, I was thinking - updating and recovering them.
Take off those hideous cushions and start painting. I found some beautiful chocolate brown, gold, teal and orange shade fabric that I thought had a lovely pattern and texture - so I knew that at least I had that element all ready to go.
I am currently in love with chalk paint because of its versatility and ease of use. I know I wanted a 2 tone look to these, so I made my own chalk paint using non-sanded grout and a sample container of Valspar in a bright teal tone.
I really slapped the teal on there - no actual direction or special application to it - only because I knew I was going to put another coat over it - a cream color chalk paint and distress after it was dried. Then I placed the "fab" fabric and immediately thought..UH, yuck - I don't like that :(, what about this other lovely fabric? - too frilly and it didn't match just right. Now I was thinking, great - now what?
In the end, I commited to a printed burlap - I love the final product - Plus, burlap is crazy hip right now?! Everyone I know wants something with burlap.
Plus, I decided that I was making this way too difficult for myself
Keep on being creative!!!
|Posted on September 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
I have always enjoyed history and am a little sentimental about all things old. I feel that everything is entitled to a second chance and that could be a flea market piece of furniture or a freebie on the side of the road. Now, sometimes that something old is passed down from family member to family member. Everything that is vintage has a history and was once a treasured "something" to someone and we should do our very best to preserve that treasure.
As a young teenager, I was drawn to vintage clothes and "things". I would spend my weekends in the old vintage shops around town buying old things and using them. I was lucky to have family that also had a love of old pieces of furniture and we had many "family treasures" that have since been passed down to myself or other family members.
I became something of an eclectic collector of everything I found interesting. I learned early, buy what you like and you will never be disappointed. At one point, I was a huge collector of old Victorian era photos and portraits. I would wonder who they were and how sad it is was that these photos ended up in an antique shop to be sold to strangers.
I remember a time when my cousin and I were snooping through old boxes of pictures in my Nana's closet and saying to each other, "who is this"? I am sure that one day, when we are old and our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren look at our photos they will say the same thing to each other and our beloved photos may also end up in an antique shop too.
So, for a while, I would buy photos I thought were lovely and sweet and interesting and put them in frames and hung them on my walls. I didn't know who they were, but for a short period of time, I felt like that person wasn't forgotten or discarded.
I have made it a point now to label the back of old family pictures with names, locations and dates, so that one day, should they end up in an antique shop, five states away, someone will look at it, and if we are lucky, they may think like I did, buy that photo and we too will have a second chance and not be completely forgotten.
Beautiful Victorian colorized photo Sweet child
|Posted on August 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
So, I decided to finish a mirror that I had gotten over a year ago. It is a lovely mirror, with a beautiful old window style. I bought it originally to use in my house, long before I started "updating" stuff. I decided I could paint it, distress it and it wouldn't take me anytime to do it - 2 days - tops! Ah, but what did I know? You would think that it couldn't be that hard to do, right? Lessons learned on this project,
I jump right in and start painting the frame a vintage white chalk paint. Then I realize that I am going to end up painting the mirror, and I truly don't want to have to use painter tape to cover those areas exposed. So, I think I will take the mirror and the insert out! Easy! So, I flip it over and take out the gabillion (not sure that is an actual number), screws out of the back. Remove that cover and discover - cardboard! I start to remove the cardboard only to realize that it was glued down!! Gently now, ever so gently I get that off and see the back of the mirror - and again see a gabillion flat metal pieces to hold the mirror in place. I begin the slow job of prying each of these up and try not to put too much pressure on the mirror, I don't want to crack it! I tried a flathead screw driver at first, but was nervous about slipping and cracking the mirror, so I got a bright idea to use one of those paint can lid "crowbar" things they give you when you buy paint and it did an excellent job and was the perfect size..
So, i go around the entire mirror, prying these up and get them all and try to lift the mirror out - no dice! It isn't moving? I realize that there is GLUE holding the mirror in place too. Using a knife, I now go all around the mirror and cut that bond and NOW I can remove the mirror and the insert and begin to paint!
So, I paint it a lovely antique white chalk paint with the teal insert, distressed it and added a coat of aged wax and it really turned out lovely.
Lessons learned: think things through before I just jump right off the start line!
Have fun and keep being creative!!!