Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Playing with my Silhouette Cameo

My hubby bought me this Silhouette Cameo a couple of years ago.  I haven’t really used it to much, because my room was sooo chaotic that there really was no room to work with it!  But since I reorganized the room, I can now use it with ease!  So the other day I broke it out and started cutting some fun stuff!  I decided to make some gifts to try her out!

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I cute some 12” x 12” squares and painted half of them in Eden Green from Rust O’leum…and stained the rest in a nice dark hickory stain.

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I then cut out my sayings…  Seahawks are popular right now…so I went to town on making some of these!

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I haven’t mastered layering yet…one step at a time!  But here is the sign in just white on the green!

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I also used some contact paper and made a couple and put them on the stained wood.  I then spray painted over it and peeled it up.  I love how it turned out!  I am still working on Seahawks stuff…so stay tuned for more fun pieces!

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I used a drawer front and made a cute sign for my neighbor lady.  We have a weekly wine night on her front porch during the summer and I thought this would make a nice gift to say Thanks!

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But my favorite was the “Look Like a Lady” plaque.  I made this as a birthday gift for a sweet friend of mine who is going to law school…and she just happens to love shooting!  I used a simple cupboard door and mounted the vinyl directly to the door.  Needless to say she was thrilled!

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I spent a week in bed sick…and am just now feeling sort of normal!  I will be posting some new and fun creations!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ugly End Table Now Pretty Cork Board

Remember this wonky little table that I used the base for the Box Table?  Well the frame on the top was solid and I knew I could give it a new life.  

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I sanded it a bit and gave it three coats of Miss Mustard Seeds Luckett’s Green Milk Paint.  BTW…this is my new favorite color and I am trying to figure out how to paint my walls in this color!  I also sealed it with a couple of coats of poly.

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I cut a piece of cork board and covered it in the fabric that I used on my dining room table chairs seen here...

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A quick Before and After!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let School Begin!

 

In honor of the first day of school, I thought I would share my clients project with you.  My client is a pre-school teacher and needed some extra chairs for her classroom.  

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They had good bones, but had seen better days in red!  The larger chair needed some TLC to the top rung…I’m not sure what happened.  So I went to the automotive store and bought some car Bondo.  My hubby who had used the bondo before showed me how to use it.  Let me tell you, there was a lot of sanding!  

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After stripping the red paint and sanding her down, I gave the little chair a coat of primer and 2 coats of a bright sunny yellow!  I then glued letters and shapes to the top rung.  But wasn’t a fan of them…so I took them off!

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I then gave the seat a couple of coats of white, and distressed the entire chair. 

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Not sure why I didn’t get pics of the Bondo job…but you get the gist of what I did.  I then primed and painted it in a soft blue, and did the white stripe.  I read somewhere that yellow and blue were calming colors and inspired learning.  Let’s hope so!  

Because the top rung wasn’t 100% perfect I decided to cover it up.  I found my book of old atlases and cut out one of the most colorful ones!  I deco pauged it on the top rung…then distressed the entire chair!  Love it!

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I loved how they turned out!  I think the maps give it a bit of whimsy!  

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I hope they have many more years of use and love!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Grandma's Frame

When my brother came to visit last week, he brought me this frame from my Grandma’s Stock Pile of things she plans to get too!  It definitely has seen better days!  The burlap was glue directly to a wooden board, so I am not sure what it’s purpose was…my guess was there was something attached to it.  I loved the shape, and wanted to make a cork board for my work space out of it.  

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I bought some of Miss Mustard Seed’s Sample Sized Milk Paint Packets…and figured this was as good of time as any to try them out.  So I mixed up a batch of Luckett’s Green…let me tell you, this stuff will mess with your head!  The powder is yellow until mixed with water.  Than it became the perfect soft minty green…but if the paint settles in the jar it looks dark teal!  Bizarre!  Note to self…stir, stir, stir!

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3 coats of Luckett’s Green and the natural chippiness occurred only on a few spots…which I was fine with.  I then coated it in some polycrylic.

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I used the original board, and removed the burlap.  I then glued these cork squares that my other brother brought me awhile back.  They were perfect, and only needed a little bit of trimming.  I used my Dremel Saw-Max to do this…Quick and Simple!

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I then covered the cork with simple painters drop cloth.  I attached a wire to the inside of the frame so I can use mini clothes pins…which I LOVE!  

I used my Primary Words Cards from the 60’s that I got at a junk shop years ago to dress it up!  I loved how it turned out!

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A quick Before and After...

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

A box and a dream!

I bought this wonky little table last year sometime at a local thrift shop.  It’s been in the garage ever sense.  The top has seen better days!  But I love the legs on her!  The box was picked up at Hobby Lobby for 80% off!  It had a chunk missing on the lid…you can kind of see it on the far corner.

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I dismantled the top off the table and reinforced the frame on the table.  I painted the entire thing a soft cream color.

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After attaching the box to the top, I decided to add some molding to give it a more finished look.

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I then painted her with green ticking stripes…I love ticking stripes!

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Simon Barker has developed a hoarding problem in my work room lately...

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I picked out the hardware that I wanted to attach to the sides of the box.

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I cleaned and painted them green.

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Notice the toys piling up in my work room?  Hoarder!  I love how the little end table turned out!  

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Freedom

I dug out this rather plain looking cupboard door the other day.  I wanted to do something rather Patriotic with it, in honor of the 4th of July!

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I gave it three coats of white paint with primer…stuff I had on hand.

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Then using my Sihouette I cut out the word “freedom”.  I wanted it to be a fancy script…sorry I don’t remember the font name.

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 Well turns out the paint I had used was really old…and decided to peal off on me!  I wanted to cry!  My whole plan to paint it like a flag where dashed!  So I sat there and stared off in space for about 30 mins…and then my eyes finally landed on a pile of scrap book paper I keep around to send fun notes to my brothers when they are deployed!

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I spotted the 2 different pages of stars and stripes…and figured why not!  I started ripping them up…but the pieces were to big…so ripped some more!  I then deco podged them to the outer boarder of the frame. 

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After they dried I gave it a coat of black gel stain!  SCORE!  It antiqued the paper perfectly! I put it outside to dry for a few hours…and my hubby decided to wash the car…so water went all over it!  UGH!  I think this project is cursed!  

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So another coat of black gel stain…and he can deal with the smell as it dries INSIDE the house!   I then painted the center an antique silver and added red stripes.

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After they all dried I pulled the tape, and peeled the vinyl lettering off.  I then sanded the stripes for a distressed aged look…another coat of black gel stain…and Viola!  It’s finished! 

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 It is not what I envisioned…but I think it’s better!  Sometimes things just work out that way!.  My parents came to visit for the holiday weekend, and guess who the freedom sign went home with!  Enjoy!

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Remember to Thank a Vet for your Freedom…EVERY chance you get!

 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Busy...Busy...Busy...Oh who am I kidding?

 Sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted.  The last week of April and first week of May(13 days total) brought about the 4th Annual Carnival for the Troops!  4 years…wow…  If you want more info check out www.guardiansoffreedomproject.org

Aside from that, I have been dealing with some personal issues…and battling the weather, since I decided to spray the 4 dining chairs! On top of getting Simon Barker and Guinness neutered!  
We were the house with back to back cone of shames!

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Yes, he was stuck like that for quite awhile.  Dobies don’t have a back up mode in the cone of shame!

 

I finished my dining room table and chairs today.  This is the first project I have finished for myself, since Simon Barkers Bed…which was more for him, than me.  

Here is a recap...

I got this claw footed table from a friend via a craigslist ad that I placed.  

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Again, sorry I didn’t get a before of the table…not sure why.  Someone had spray painted the top a high gloss white…not so pretty!  So I stripped it, sanded, and stained it.  I then painted and glazed the skirting and base.

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After the table sat completed for weeks…I finally got to the 4 dining chairs that I bought over 5 years ago! 

 

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I just knew with all that detail these chairs would look awesome!  So I painted and glazed them, and recovered the seats!

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Fabric I chose to recover the seats in!

Since I have really bad pain in my hands, I dreaded dragging out my staple gun to recover the seats…so I took my Home Depot Gift Cards from Christmas and my Birthday and I bought this...

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One of my most brilliant moves year to date!  I breezed through recovering the chairs and my hands were fine!  Woot! Woot! Woot!

Ta Da!  Didn’t the chairs turn out pretty?  The hubby says he even likes them…even though I painted over the wood!

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And here she is all done!  I feel like such a grown up…with my finished dining room table and chairs!  That all match!

 

So on this day of Memoriam for those who Sacrificed Everything for me I say Thank You!

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