Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to make faux tin tiles

I have always loved tin tiles.  They are so interesting and add such beauty to a piece or a room.  I needed (actually wanted) to get some for a piece I am working on.  The problem  problems are finding the size I need, the amount I need and the price point.  That was a biggie, price.  Have you priced tin tiles lately?   Wow!
Anyways, I really wanted to have some and couldn't get some, so what's a girl to do?  DIY them of course!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Coat rack with shelf

I run across so many head and foot boards.  I wanted to do something different than a bench, so after a good look at this one, I was ready.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Spindle table numbers

As I said in my wedding signs post I have weddings on my mind.  My cousin is getting married this summer.  I knew I had a ton of spindles and after seeing (for the 3rd time) My Repurposed Life's spindle post, I had to make some of these.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Make your own appliques

First of all, I cannot take credit for this fabulous idea.  It belongs to The Polka Dot Closet.  Visit her post here.  It is very detailed.  I cannot believe I have never seen this before!  It is a great way to cut down costs and what DIYer doesn't have plaster of paris?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

head and footboard bench

I have posted some benches in the past, but this is my first one using a head and a foot board.  I love how this one turned out, probably because the headboard had so much detail already.  I am a sucker for detail.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sass up your flip flops

Whenever I say or think of the word flip flop I remember a friend I grew up with.  She insisted on calling them thongs and I insisted on calling them flip flops.  Now that I am a little older, I still insist on calling them flip flops!!!

My son outgrew a pair of flip flops that are still in excellent condition.  My daughter can wear them now, but they were blue.  What 4 year old girl wants to wear blue?  Not many.  I told her we will decorate them and make them special.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Primitive bench

Freecycle plus is awesome.  I recently was gifted this cute little bench.  It reminded me of a primitive bench and I had just in mind how I would make it over.
The cute little curves are irresistible.  The black paint, not so much.  It is not my color.

I stripped it with Citristrip.  Come to find out there were 3 layers of paint on it.  Under the black was a red and under that was a blue.  I didn't stress about getting all of the colors off,  I was going to distress it anyway and some color underneath would add to it's appeal. 

After sanding it and cleaning it, I added some Glacage to accentuate the curves.  I just pipe it on like I am decorating a cake.

2 coats of white diy chalk paint did the trick.  Since I was going to distress it I didn't need every spot perfectly white.  See the jugs in the right of the photo?   Those are my winter sowing jugs.  I am happy to say that plants are starting to sprout!
Anyway, back to the bench...

I distressed it.  I originally had in mind to make it very chippy...but after sanding, and sanding,  and sanding some more, I decided it was good enough.

This was a big makeover.  It was time consuming due to all of the stripping, sanding, adding detail, painting, distressing...oh my. I protected it with a coat of Vermont Natural Coatings wipe on polywhey.
I have to say, I love the result.  Hard work pays off; so the saying goes.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

large tin can wrapped in twine

Hello!  I have a lot of large projects in the works, so today I will share a simple project I did.  I used products I had on hand like this large tin can:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Flower stained table

Yesterday was such a nice day!  Maybe all of my wishing came true, but I am so thankful for the break in weather.  Today I am sharing with you a kitchen table makeover.

I have been waiting all winter to finally get this done.  One thing I won't do in my basement is stain...too stinky, not enough fresh air.  You can find the best tutorial on this staining technique at Sawdust and Embryos.
I received this table from the free section on craigslist.  It had some scratches, but still in solid shape.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Longing for some sun!

Oh how I wish the sun would shine...and stay!  I am anxious to get outside and breathe some fresh air while playing with my kids.  Speaking of sun, I went to work on some pieces to put in a store near me.  The owner wanted some of my black and white pieces along with some yellow to bring in spring.

Monday, April 15, 2013

French script bench

I hope everyone is doing well today!  I am certainly hoping the sun will shine.  We have had nothing but rain and grey skies here in Michigan for over a week!

Today I am going to share with you this french script bench that I converted from a coffee table.
Here is the top of the coffee table...dirty, grimy and split into 4 different pieces.  The 4th piece is not pictured.
Besides being a little dirty, the base is in solid condition.  I removed the top  and cleaned it up.  I looked around for some wood to replace the top and ran across a 3/4" plywood piece that would fit the top exactly.  That got me thinking this would make one cute bench.
Off to my fabric stash I went and found an awesome piece of french script fabric.  This gave me the color I wanted to paint the base.  I mixed up some diy chalk paint in a cream color.
I covered the board in foam and fabric and put the two together.
So much better!  Isn't that fabric so cute?
I like the crisp clean paint on this piece.  I protected that paint with Vermont Natural Coatings wipe on polywhey.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Wedding signs

My cousin is getting married this summer and I am so excited for them.  They are having an outdoor wedding so some rustic signs would be the perfect thing.

I had some weathered wood that would work perfect for these signs.

I didn't try to make the paint perfectly even.  It adds to the weathered look when it looks like some of it is fading.
I will not go into detail of how I made these signs.  They are pretty simple.  If you would like step by step instructions, you can follow the same steps I used on my Welcome sign.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Update a headboard using a curtain

This headboard had seen better days.  It had a few broken pieces and the paint job wasn't the best.  Yet, despite all that, it had potential.