Monday, June 20, 2016

I'm a Slacker and I admit it!

Maybe you've noticed and maybe you haven't.  

I haven't been posting on this blog lately.

I could make my excuses- busy with the kids, helping more at school, etc.
But...the truth is if I really wanted to,  I would find the time, right?

I'm a slacker.  I've not been motivated to post much.  I also haven't done too many projects that are really new and exciting.  I don't like to post about things I've done before or things that are pretty ordinary.

I have, however, been posting on my facebook page.  Not as many details as I would blog about, but if you are interested in knowing more, I'm always happy to answer questions.

To find me and my latest projects...

Hope to see you on facebook!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Screen to dressing screen

Hello all.  I hope all is good and you are enjoying some early sunshine as I am.  

I had this collection of 6 large screens and finally got around to tinkering with them.  For this project, I used 3 screens.

Here is what the screens look like when I got them.

I removed the screens, then cleaned them up real good.

The next step was to add a decorative top.  These were created by using some scrap plywood I had and cutting out a shape.  Next, I glued on some appliques.

I painted 3 screens with their new decorative tops in a creamy white. (I mixed the whites I had on hand).

I added just a touch of cocoa on the edges for a shabbier look.

I sewed some curtains using a drop cloth.  The color is perfect and the fabric is cheap.

To attach the curtains I picked up 6 of these cheap curtain rods so the fabric would be attached at the top and bottom of each screen.

 The screens were attached with hinges so they could be folded for storage or made smaller for space.

A nice shabby addition for behind a couch or to partition off a room.

Happy sunshine!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gorgeous chair makeover

This is one of those pieces I was struggling with what to do with.  The wood was gorgeous, but unfortunately for me, unpainted does not sell well here.

What did I do?

I asked my facebook people and I had a taker.  She wanted it painted and the result is stunning.  I wish I could keep it now.  Oh well!  Like I need another chair!

 Here is the before.  Can you believe that fabric used to be a lilac color?  Gross!
It had some spring repair that needed to be done, but other than that, the chair is in really good condition.
I always love white.  It's just so refreshingly elegant.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015- Top 10

I trust you all had a Blessed Christmas and will have a great start to the new year. 

This means it's that time again to post the top 10 projects of the year.
It's hard to believe another year has flown by!

If you have a favorite not mentioned here, I would love to hear from you what it is.

2015- TOP 10 PROJECTS (Click on each title and it will take you to the main post)

10. Project 2: 1 Highboy, 2 Projects

9. When you can't find it, make it

8. Icing on the Cake- a dresser makeover

7. Fireplace screen DIY

6. Things you can make with plain cabinet doors

5. 10 different ways to repurpose shutters

4. Inspired by Mom, Open cabinet

3. Some new ideas for cabinet doors

2. Building a settee

1. Reviving an antique fainting couch

I would have to say my favorite is # 2.  What's yours?

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fabric Matters

Hello all,

Today I am sharing 2 different upholstery projects I completed last week.

These transformations make it plain to see how much the fabric you choose can make a difference.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A little hiatus

Hi all,

Yes, I have been M.I.A.!

Oh, I have lots of reasons or excuses.  Whatever you want to call them.  The truth is I was being pulled in too many different directions and needed a break.

While I have been away from my blog, I have learned a new skill.  I can now arm knit, arm crochet and finger knit and finger crochet.  It's been fun and a great way to fill in some of my Christmas gifts.

I am prepping for a craft show this coming weekend, so the crafting, painting and building is still happening.

Let me share a few things I have done lately.

I made this out of some scrap wood and trim I received.  I added slivers of legs and a cool metal decorative piece.  Wouldn't it look lovely over a mantle?

This pair of pedestals was made from 3 different pieces.  The main piece was from a bed.

This used to be a brown metal piece with a butterfly and the word believe in it.  I painted it all white, distressed it and made some angel wings to adorn the piece.  Sorry, I am too lazy right now to fix the picture and turn it the correct way.  

Hope you are all well on your way to a deserved extended weekend coming up next weekend for Thanksgiving.  Enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Trying something new

A lot of you know, I'm a big fan of white and light colors, and of course, white!

I decided to do a dark color...almost black.  I call it that because I mixed the color myself out of chalk paint I had on hand.  I didn't want to go out and buy when I could mix it.  Are you with me?

I have painted things black before, but follow along and see if you can see what I mean.

I found this steal of a deal this past weekend at a local garage sale.  Honestly, I've been looking for a good deal all summer.  The kind that gets you very excited.  This one was it. 

I wasn't sure what color.  I've done white, sugar cane, aqua, and maybe one other I can't think of the color.  I wanted to do something different.
So here's what I did.

This is how I did it...
1.There were a few repairs to tackle, but nothing major.
2.I painted it in my almost black mix.
3.The detail was painted with linen.
4.I clear waxed the whole thing.
5. I dark waxed the white details
6. I used white wax on the whole piece.
7. The inside was painted in linen
8. I used white rub and buff on the hardware.  The door handle I pulled out of my stash of handles since it was missing.

I've never used white wax on an entire piece, especially not an almost black one.  Do you like the look?

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