Thursday, June 27, 2013

French tray

I found an awesome wood tray (maybe teak) at a garage sale.  I forgot to take photos of the before.  I was so busy last week getting ready for that craft show that I missed a few things.  Anyways, I painted it with magnolia La Craie from Maison Blanche Paint company.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cute birdhouse stands

I have been wanting to make some cute birdhouse decorations.  I finally found some that would work with my vision.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Outdoor fair/craft show

This past weekend my sister, a friend of mine, and I all 3 decided to enter a local outdoor fair and craft show.  This was my first of this type of show.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but I am glad we all went in on it together.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

From retro to shabby chic- it can be done!

I am always so inspired by 4 the love of wood.  She has some of the most amazing furniture makeovers.  The transformation I am about to show you is because of her inspiration.  Who knew you could take something plain and retro and turn it fancy?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Simple Bath sign

A few weeks ago I picked up some broken chairs.  I used some legs to make more dragon flies, a seat to make a jewelry display, and now I will show you what I did with the backs of the chairs.
Simple project that already has so much detail due to the shape of the chair back.  I know I saw something like this before, but I can't find it (of course).  Have a great day!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

One table, 2 projects

This little table was found curbside.  All it needed was to be tightened and one of the wood planks on the top was missing.  I thought about replacing that one piece, but I had a TV table top that would work great.
I took the top off and added the tv table top (since the bottom was broken) and married the two together to creat a new table.

I added a coat of diy chalk paint in white to cover the stencil on the bottom.
For the top of the table, I put the boards together by stapling some wood on the back.
Next I painted it first with diy white chalk paint, then used a watered down Robin Egg Blue  La Craie from Maison Blanche Paint Company to create a wash effect.
Here you can see I started to paint "The Beach House" onto it to make a sign.
There you have it, 2 projects from one (and a half) piece.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Chippy old desk

Anyone else get excited when they see "Barn sale"?  I sure do.  You never know what neat stuff you will find.  I went to one recently and found this very cool old chippy desk piece.
Oh sure, it needs work, and it is missing some important pieces, but I could see the potential.  Can't you?

The top was in the worst shape.  All that peeling and missing veneer.  Nothing else to do but take it all off.  That is the toughest part of all.  After all that scraping and sanding, I decided to replace the missing parts on the desk.
There were only 2 of these triangle pieces that are meant to hold the legs.  I had to take them out, since the 2 that were there were in sad shape.  I used a 2x4 to cut 4 new brackets.
The brackets were attached with wood glue and screws.  I used t nuts to attach the legs.  The legs I used were from a canopy bed I believe and already had the bolts in them.

The easiest way I could think of to build a desk top was to use a thin piece of wood so it wouldn't disrupt how the desk closes.  Since the desk top would be so thin, I used a piece of wood in the center for extra support.  (This is my hubby helping, thanks, Joe!)
In order for the top to stay on I used small quarter round glued to the sides and front of the desk.  I then put the desk top on top and clamped it into place.

Here is what we have so far.  A good cleaning was next, as well as removing the loose paint (don't forget to wear a mask).
Some wood glue and clamping was necessary on some of the loose veneer on the inside of the top.  I used 2 pieces of wood to help press down the veneer all across.
I found the closest paint color I could and painted the top.  I used some vaseline in places to mimic the chippy aged affect.  After the paint was dry I wiped it off, then added some dark brown antique wax from Maison Blanche Paint Company.  I also waxed the wood piece I added for the desk surface.
The rest of the desk got a coat of Vermont Natural Coatings wipe on poly whey.
Here it the chippy desk all finished. 
Not bad, huh?

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Thrifty Treasures was on the radio!

I did it!  I stepped out of my comfort zone and agreed to a radio segment.  To be honest, I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be.  The Down and Dirty radio/video hybrid show -- hosted by Frank Fontana formerly of HGTV's Design on a Dime contacted me to talk about my saved disaster table.

I mean, how intimidating does that sound?  Of course, I didn't hesitate.  What an opportunity, right?

The DIY Disaster segment is where I was featured.  They stream live every week on and (with video) online, and archive the show on YouTube.

You can watch the segment here:

Have an awesome weekend, and remember it's ok to make mistakes!  We all do!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

New use for an old fountain

My mom had this fountain that had one piece completely crumble.  When she looked closely, she noticed lots of cracks and a few other crumbly parts.  She decided not to save it.  I knew I could find some ways to reuse it.
I started off giving it a good cleaning with bleach water and scrub brush.
I knew what I wanted to do with one of the smaller bases and the small bowl.  I drilled holes into the bottom of the bowl to allow for good drainage.  If you are going to drill into cement like this, be sure to have a cement drill bit. I had to wait 24 hours after washing before I could move past this step.
With my handy dandy gorilla glue, I glued one of the bases to the small bowl.
Here it is with some weights on it to help the glue hold strong.

Once the glue was dry, I sealed the cement pieces with this sealer.  This will prevent any more damage for 10 years (or so it claims). I waited another 24 hours for that to dry.
I moved the new planter to the garden where I wanted it.  I began preparing the bowl for the plants by lining it with coffee filters.  These will help the dirt stay in the bowl.
Next came some rocks to allow for good drainage.
Next came some soil and some succulents. 

I am working on the other bases.  I gifted the large bowl piece to a neighbor who wanted to make a fairy garden.  It was their idea, so I let them go with it.

That's the name of the game, finding new uses for old things.

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