Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Year in Review

Another year of blogging has come and gone.  I started the year out with a full time job and ended it with my own furniture business.  Weird.  I never would have thought I would do this.  It's funny how things in life change isn't it.  Before I get all sappy and head down that road how about I just give a little project review instead?

At the beginning of the year I was all fired up to remodel our kitchen.  I started by building a new Kitchen Island. 

The look I was going for was a vintage shop counter.   The kitchen remodel stopped there though because as I mentioned above I quit my day job to pursue my passion.  It's been an amazing journey for me.  I plan to post more about it (the good, bad, and the ugly) soon for those of you who have thought of doing it yourself. 

I started by renting a small space in a local gift shop.  

I also decided to try my luck selling on Craig's List.  For the most part it works pretty well.  All the above items sold within a week but not everything I've posted has.  

Then I DIY'd some Built in cabinets for our Dining Room.  Totally abandoning the kitchen.

As well as a Ship's Ladder, my favorite Home Improvement Project to date.  If you click on the link you will see the nightmare that was there before.  Major Improvement.  I just think they are so darn cute. 

Pallet Gate and Trellis

Then it was Spring and I did a little work in the garden and built a Gate and Trellis out of Pallets and some reclaimed wood.

By this time the Store I had my space in downsized so I went looking for a space somewhere else and found a home at Abundance Vintage in Downtown Centralia.

I started by consigning a few pieces which led to renting the window for a month, then my own space.  This is when all projects at home stopped because I decided to focus on pieces I could sell.  I have been building, re-purposing and painting for a long time but never to sell.  It's a totally different deal when you want to sell your creations.  I have really enjoyed figuring it all out and hope to find a better balance in 2013.  Here's a few of my favorite items that I have either built or refurbished to sell.

I have some exciting things coming up in the New Year including teaching Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Classes at Abundance Vintage.  There couldn't be a more perfect product for me to talk about.  I love distressed chippy finishes and what this product can do.  If you are local and interested in taking a class visit Abundance Vintage on facebook or send me an email for details. 

I want to thank all of you who read my blog.  It seems whenever I need a boost one of you will come through for me with a thoughtful email or comment.  I hope that once in awhile I come through for you too with some inspiration.  Here's to another great year!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Secret Santa

I love playing Secret Santa.  When I worked outside my home we used to do that kind of thing all the time.  I actually used to be the one who organized all that stuff.  The party at work cheerleader.  If there was some sort of committee forming for fun I would be on it.  This year I was thinking I wouldn't get to play but then a group that I am in on facebook decided to do Secret Santa.   Yay I get to play after all.  So for the last few weeks everyday I would check the mail all excited like a little kid.  I love surprises.   

Here's what I got. 

My Secret Santa was Clydia from Three Mango Seeds.   She handmade me a sign with my Blog/business logo on it and a glitter letter M.  My initials are actually MMM.  She did a beautiful job!

What a perfect gift.  I am in the midst of trying to beautify my workshop and this will fit perfectly on my inspiration wall.  It's so nice to have something handmade by another blogger.  I get tired of looking at my own stuff.  You know what I mean.  

Thank you so much Clydia for my gift!  The blogger I had was Laura at Inspiration for Mom's who I've really enjoyed following.  It was so much fun to find these two new blogs.  Tons of inspiration! 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chippy Three Legged Table

And for my next trick I will turn an old table into a table.  Well old table parts anyways.  I mentioned on facebook a month or so ago that I scored three fabulously chippy table legs.  

Along with the legs I had the front piece, one side and some random boards.  Since I only had three legs I decided to make a corner table.   

(For some reason I feel like I'm looking up this tables skirt with this shot) 

The front and side pieces had been cut mortise and tenon style to fit into the legs.  I was able to glue and clamp the front easy peasy.  Then I cut the side piece in half and attached half to each side. I used the remaining boards for the angled back pieces.  Pocket holes and screws attach everything together.  I used 1" thick cedar boards for the top.

Are you a fan of chippy old paint?  If not I am sure I'd laugh if I heard your reaction to this photo ;)  

Now for how I finished the top.  This was an experiment.  I wanted to do a treatment that would tie in with the chippy finish on the legs.  I decided to use Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  Her color Mustard Seed matches the chippy color on the table legs perfectly.  Since cedar is very porous and the tannins in the wood tend to bleed through paint I decided to seal it with clear Shellac first.  I know your won't get the famous milk paint chippy-ness when you paint on raw wood but I thought maybe I'd get it to do it's thing if I sealed the wood.  In hind sight maybe I should have used two coats of shellac and let it dry longer. 

Next I painted a random coat of the color Mustard Seed.  After that dried I smeared some vaseline over the mustard color and on the bare wood were I didn't want the next paint color to stick.  I wish I had used crackle medium but I didn't have any.  Next I top coated with the color Ironstone.   

The next day there was no magic chipping or flaking but the vaseline technique left a few chippy looking spots.  I sanded until I got the look I wanted.  I love how the grain of the wood is showing and little bits of the Mustard color are peaking through.   

I applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seeds wax to the whole piece to protect and seal the paint.  I love her wax, it's very creamy.  It reminds me of pudding and smells pretty good.  It applies easily with a brush and buffs to a lovely sheen.

I think it turned out really fun and I will be taking it to my space to sell next time I head that way. 

I realized when trying to photograph this piece that I have no corners that are big enough to put it.  They all have doorways or windows in the way.  So I temporarily hung a curtain in the doorway.  Whatever it takes right? 



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Monday, December 10, 2012

Guest Hosting The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!

Hey friends!  This week I'm Guest Hosting a fabulous link party.  I hope you will join us and link up your creative projects right here.  

Welcome to Week 45
The Cowgirl Up! Link Party!
1 Party, 4 Blogs  

And this week, we have 5 BLOGS  
and our second GUEST HOST!

Meet Mimi from Blue Roof Cabin
  Hi I'm Mimi.  I am thrilled to be Guest Hosting for the Cowgirl Up link Party this week. 

My blog Blue Roof Cabin is all about sharing my passion for all things DIY.  Whether it's building from scratch or re-purposing old castoffs into functional new pieces.  Not long ago I found a couple old doors at a local Salvage yard and turned them into this

and this my Kitchen Island.

I also built my Faux Mantel.  Here it is all decked out for Christmas this year. 

I would call my decorating style Rustic Coastal Cabin.  I love to combine rustic pieces with natural elements in my decor.

If you have a moment come on over, I'd love to meet you!  

** Want to be a Guest Host here on Cowgirl Up? Just leave a comment with your name and blog address below If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time, so that’s a post you don’t have to write. Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you!
On to this week's features! Picked by Linsey from The Farmhouse Porch
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tricycle (Red) Milk Painted Dresser

Here's a dresser I painted recently.  I used Tricycle Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  It's the perfect red.  The before was a paint color that can only be described as the color of pale flesh.  Not so appealing on a dresser.  It was also very glossy and I didn't want to deal with too much flaking off so I decided to use the bonding agent.  Milk paint can be unpredictable which is part of the appeal but I knew it would be too much chipping because of the gloss so I didn't chance it.  

I had a great experience with the paint on this piece. It adhered beautifully and distressed really well.  I used medium grit sand paper on the edges.  It did chip in just a couple places which I love. I finished it with clear wax. Antique wax looks beautiful on this color but I just wasn't feeling it this time.

The thing about this dresser is that someone cut the feet off of it so I almost didn't buy it.  I thought about adding wheels or something but then I decided I kind of like it the way it is.  It definitely makes it a heavy looking piece so I decided to go with heavier looking hardware.  

It has some great details like curved top, curved drawers, paneled sides and key holes.

I picture this piece in someones entryway or mudroom.  You could throw shoes in the bottom and scarves and hats into the top drawers.  So many places she could happily live.

Have you tried Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint yet?  The store I have my space in, Abundance Vintage, is now carrying it.  We are stocked so if you are near the Centralia area come on down!  I am excited to try some of the other colors.  I have three pieces in my living room right now all lined up ready to go.  It's getting kinda crowded in here. 


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Mantel

This year I decided I wanted a little sparkle on my Christmas Mantel.  Don't we all just need a little sparkle in our lives once and awhile?  I mainly used what I had and only purchased a few small items.  To start I used three strands of garland to make it look really full.  Then I added several different sized pine cones and lights.  The lights were a clearance item from years ago.  They have a cage that fits over the light that is beaded so it makes each light look like a glowing ember.  

I tried a few different things but it all came together when I found the pedestal glass container while thrifting.  It was missing it's lid so it was $2.  How could I not buy it?  I decided to add some more glass in the form of candlesticks and a small cloche.  The cute little clip on birds are from Joann's Fabrics.  

I added a glitter Santa from my collection.  I at least needed one Santa on the mantle.   The JOY stocking hangers are Pottery Barn from years past.  No stockings yet.

The "fire box" inside part of the mantel is new.  I posted about how I used pallet wood to create it yesterday.  Click here to see that post. 

I updated the lantern I have had for awhile with a coat of Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint.  It's also from Joann Fabrics. I stacked some books in the old drawer to set it on and added more faux greenery, pine cones and lights.

Here's what it looks like at night with the lights off.

I just need a glass of wine and Christmas music and it would be complete.  Lucky me I have both!

click here for a post on How I built my Mantel 
click here for a post on How I built the Mirror above my Mantel


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