Monday, April 30, 2012

New Logo & a Giveaway

Good morning friends! Check out my new logo.  Isn’t it cool?
When I decided to turn my passion into a business I wanted a new logo for my blog.  Something I could use to make custom price tags and business cards.   I wanted a brand.  Being the control freak that I am about anything related to design it didn’t even occur to me to hire someone at first.  I’m creative right, I can do it?  Well the problem for me was I was stuck, I just kept putting it off, I needed help.  Then I found Molly through her blog Mixed Molly Designs.  


 Here’s a little bit about her in her own words:

 “I have been a graphic designer for over 10 years and I specialize in graphic design and branding for small business and artist's.  I do logos, business cards, websites, blogs, printed marketing material, catalogs, product and business photography, etc.   I also design custom invitations, announcements, and greeting cards for personal and business use.  If you can think it, I can design it!”

I love the fact that she blogs too, she gets what it’s all about.  She has made this whole process so easy and fun!  We started by talking on the phone and she asked me what my goals and vision for my blog were.   I explained that what I was looking for was just a simple graphic logo because the control freak in me still wants to design my own headers and blog buttons.   (but it’s nice to know that later if I get stuck she can help me with that stuff too.)  From that conversation she came up with a few different looks.   Then I picked the one I liked best and we tweaked it until it was just how I wanted it.  I had full input the whole time.   It was so great to tell someone what I wanted and have them present it back to me better than what I imagined! 

When I saw how she designed my business cards.   Love!  I could not have come up with that myself.  

Now I can watermark my photos with my logo too!  


When I told her I had no idea how to watermark my photos with my new logo she even recommended a free program for me and explained step by step how to use it.  Talk about going above and beyond. 

So now for the best part! 

Molly has agreed to do a giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive one Free 4x8 Photo Card Designed Uniquely for You by MixedMolly Designs!

Valued at $29.99!  You will receive one custom designed invitation or announcement.  Redeemable before December 31, 2012.  This item is transferable to another individual.  JPG Version of the Card Only. You can print these at your favorite online or local photo printer. Envelopes not included.

With graduation and wedding season coming up there could not be a better time for this giveaway! 
 
To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this post.  For additional chances to enter like blue roof cabin on Facebook or like Mixed Molly Designs on Facebook.  Just leave an additional comment letting me know you did.   I will select a winner at random on Friday May 4th.  Good Luck!!

 
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How To Build an "Antique" Wood Box

A while back I posted about how I built a wood box and fell in love with it.  Well ever since I have wanted to build another one and post a how to.  Not too difficult of a project but I love the end result. 



I love anything old and beat up and even though this box isn't old with a little paint and distressing it sure looks like it is.  Plus it's a great way to use up wood scraps since I have a problem throwing them out. 

Here's how I do it. 

I decide the size I want based on whatever wood scraps I have lying around and the space I plan to put it.  This one is 18" wide x 9 3/4" deep x 6 1/2 tall. I used a 1 x 3 and 1 x 8 for the top. 


For the box I used 1 x 6's two cut at 18" and two cut at 8.25" Then secure with wood glue and nails.  I use a nail gun because I have one, but you don't need one.


Make sure its square and attach a piece of 1/4" plywood to bottom with glue and nails.


For the top I attached the 1 x 3 to the box with glue and nails. Then attach the 1 x 8 to the 1 x 3 with hinges.   



I added a latch and hammered some copper nails into the front for some interest.  Then the fun part.  I beat up the box with a hammer and my favorite distressing tool.



It's basically a board with nails sticking out of it.  It leaves little holes that look like worm holes to me. 


Then I painted with an oops paint color I had.  The can says the color is Sherwin Williams Outer Space.  After it dried I sanded...


Then I wiped on a dark stain to age.


I wanted to personalize it so I used some stencils I got from Walmart for around $3.



I also dry brushed with the same white paint.  When that dried I sanded it again.  See the worm holes?



1975 may or may not be the year someone people around here were born....




It's perfect for the built-in cabinets I built.  Great for storing things like the dog's leash and collar since it's by the back door. I plan to make another one in a different style and color for the other cubby when I get around to it. 

So whatcha think? 


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Coffee Table to Entryway Storage



There is just something about white cubby storage that makes my heart go pitter-pat.  I can't believe it has been months since I worked on this project.  I first blogged about it back in November!!!  Back then I showed how I cut a coffee table in half to make the bench.  My intention was to use the other half to make a matching shelf.  What was holding me up wasn't that I didn't like the project it was that it wouldn't fit in my house or my shop space.  I finally got around to finishing it.




The only part of the coffee table I ended up using for the shelf was the top.  I wanted to tie the two pieces together.   I also made sure the shelf cubbies lined up with the benches cubbies.  For the rest I used pine boards.


I used pocket holes to screw everything together as well as glue and nails in some places.  It's heavy so I wanted it to be sturdy.  I hand painted the whole thing with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP)in Old White and finished it with acrylic satin for durability. A paint sprayer is on my want list(hope I win Gails Commandmax sprayer giveaway).  Hand painting inside cubbies makes me want to poke my own eyes out.



I heavily distressed for a rustic shabby chic look. 



Tons of storage.  This would look great with baskets in the bench cubbies.  Walmart, Target and Ikea all have baskets that will fit.  I have some that fit but I don't want to give them up.  I am a basket hoarder.



Super cute feet and paneled side detail.  The Hooks and handles are an oil rubbed bronze finish.

I knew I would have to sell this since my entryway is the size of a small closet, but I wish I could keep it.  I will be posting to the shop page & facebook just as soon as I decide on a price. I am thinking one million dollars for all the time I put in.  Do you think that's too much?  

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Coffee Sack Message Board

I am going to attempt the worlds fastest blog post here because I have a date with my two besties from high school.  You may have noticed I just published a completely blank post because I got click happy so sorry about that.  This may go very wrong.....



I whipped up a quick project yesterday and finished it up just now.


I started with a cool frame I picked up while thrifting.  Nice & chunky. and gold.



I cut a piece of luan down to 24" x 30".



I spray glued on cork squares and staggered the seams.



Then covered with some scrap lining fabric and batting. Spray gluing in between layers.



I covered it with an old coffee sack.   I had used part of it for something else so it was too small to cover the board the direction I wanted it to go in one piece.  I had to get creative.  I used the part I cut off for the side which created pockets to tuck things in.  I used upholstery tacks to hold it down in a few places.


I painted the frame with a minty green color then distressed to reveal some of the gold.


and then used stain to glaze.



here it is with stuff in the pockets, I couldn't find anything cool cause I was hurrying.




I love her! 



(here I am trying to blur the edges of the photo so you can't see my out of control yard.  Did I fool ya?)

Thanks for reading!





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Monday, April 9, 2012

Who the Heck is Mimi? and a Business Update

Did I ever tell you my name is actually Michelle?  Mimi is my nickname.  It wasn’t that I wanted to hide my true identity that I chose to use Mimi.  I just like it.  Also there are a lot of Michelles in the world.  A LOT.  I got the nickname from one of my favorite people that I used to work with, Krystal.  My first and last names both start with MI and at work we always had to initial everything.  One day Krystal said my chicken scratch looked like Mimi.  She started calling me that and it stuck.  The only problem is now that I am building a business the question comes up, what do I put on my business card?  I am thinking I will put my full name then list my email which starts with mimi right underneath.  Hopefully people will get it.

I thought I'd take a minute to give an update on how the new business is going.  So many people have commented that they hope to be able to do something similar one day so I want to share my journey with you.  I have learned so much from other bloggers sharing what they have gone through. I can't always just take from the blog world, gotta give back right? 
So first off it has been awesome.  I am trying to enjoy every step. I am definitely not bored.  I am keeping so busy working on things that I keep forgetting to eat.  (don’t worry I make up for it at night) I am working on making a schedule for myself that works.  It is hard at times to stay focused and motivated when nobody is there to call me on it.  It helps to map out my week on Monday.  A make a weekly goal list that includes projects I must finish, projects I want to work on and blog goals.  I love to start new projects but finishing, like totally finished not just camera ready, is the hard part.   

I'm not gonna lie though it's not all sunshine and roses.  Not having a regular pay check is freaking me out.  I knew when you quit your job the pay checks stop but it's still hard.  I have sold several small things and a few big but I obviously am not making what I did before.  I'm still figuring out what to price things at, what will sell, and what I want to make.  I thought I wanted to just build and re-purpose but I keep finding deals on furniture to refurbish and I am liking switching back and forth. 
The hardest part about working at home for me is not having all those coworkers to play with. I used to have people to talk and laugh with all day long. I can only call my sister so many times in a day before she stops answering.  I am trying to make it a point to meet up with friends at least once a week to keep me sane.  Oh and I miss my Tully's French Roast Coffee every morning.  I suppose I could buy a bag for myself and make it at home but it's not the same.  It's an adjustment, I am definitely not complaining though. 


So for the business part what I've decided is that I need to try several different methods to get my stuff out there.  The plan is to keep some things in local shops but to also use Craig’s list for larger items and furniture.  I have placed a couple larger items on Craig’s list to see how that would go and I sold them pretty quickly.  I also plan to post items to my facebook page that are for sale as well as list things on the shop page of my blog.  I have been doing a lot of research on other peoples blogs and have seen people doing all kinds of cool things.  I noticed one seller on Craig’s list added a line at the bottom of their items for sale that says, “for other items for sale check out our website”  Brilliant right.
Oh and I also found out a change is coming with the shop I have my space in.  She will be moving to a new much smaller location next month so I will not have my own space with her anymore.   I still plan to consign some smaller things in her store but it is up in the air how that will look exactly.    
I am also working on a logo, fun news on that coming soon, which will then lead to a new blog look, fancy business cards and product tags.   Oh and I need a blog button of course.  
Then there's this blog.  Do I add advertising? Do I sign up with a network?  I have gotten a few emails with offers for giveaways and sponsored posts but they haven't felt right to me and quite frankly I wasn't ready yet.  Of course I would love to make a little money for all the time I put into this but then it wont just be my happy place anymore, ya know?  I'm still working that out but my goal is this month to make a move.

Lastly you may have noticed all the pictures of me in this post?  No?  Well that's me.  I got my picture taken.  Actually 100 pictures taken.  It takes that many to get a good one of me. I just wanted one good photo for my blog. You know one that wasn't taken in a bar with my friend cropped out like I had before.  I have to tell you it was quite an experience. I do not like photos of myself.  I mean at all.  It's ridiculous, like get over yourself, right?  So I decided to just post them.  I always like seeing photos of other bloggers, don't you?  No one cares that I have wrinkles, a crooked eye when I smile, or that I am in desperate need of highlights.   My photographer friend April took my photos.  I trust her.  She's one of those people who is comfortable in her own skin and is just easy to be around.  Her faith just shines.  If you are local check out Impressions by April on Facebook she's brilliant.
So that's where I am at.  I want to ask you awesome blog friends for your advice.  (actually I'm begging please help me) How do you sell your product?  Does Facebook or Craig's list work for you?  Do you have advertising on you blog?  What kind of advertising annoys you.  Any and all advice would be so appreciated. If you prefer to email please do mimisblueroofcabin AT gmail(DOT)com.
Thank you all so much for your comments and support, I can't even began to tell you how much it means to me.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How I Built My Built Ins

Last week I revealed my custom built cabinets in my dining room.  Thank you for your sweet comments.  You guys are the best!  For that post go here.  Today I just want to show how I put them together and the cost.


When I was thinking about what I wanted to do, should I build custom cabinets or should I look for salvaged ones to modify I happened to be surfing Ana White's website.  Right on her home page she had a post about how to make your own kitchen cabinets.  I have built them before when I did my sisters kitchen remodel but her post reminded me how easy it is to make a cabinet.  You basically just build a box.  Here's a link to Ana White's  website I found it very helpful.  She gives all kinds of tips and things to think about before you start.  She is awesome.  




To make my cabinets I purchase a sheet of plywood at the local lumber yard.  I had them cut it into 16" strips which is the width I needed.  I couldn't fit the 4' x 8' sheet in my car.  So even if you don't have a table saw you can still do this.  The lumber stores have panel saws and they can set the measurement once and run the 4' x 8' sheet through several times.  Most times I have done this they come out great.  

I opted to purchase ACX plywood because it's half the price of furniture grade plywood.  What that means is one side is grade A and is very smooth the other is grade C.  The C side really isn't that bad and after a little sanding, priming and painting I'm happy with it.  I made sure to use the C side on the inside of the cabinets and underside of the shelves. 



To make each cabinet I used my Kreg jig Jr and drilled pocket holes into the two shelves.  Bad blogger I didn't take pictures because I was on a mission. The pocket holes make a strong tight hold. I used a 1 x 4 scraps I had across the back for support.

For the design I wanted some open shelves for display and some storage behind doors. Our crazy wall has a weird overhang at 39.75" so I chose to work with it and make them tall.  I built two cabinets that are 30w X 36h X 16 deep.  With the 2 x 4 base that brought total height to 39.5".  I then spaced them 12" apart and added shelves between them. 


Here I am trying it out.  The floor is crazy unlevel so there is some serious shimming going on. I hadn't removed the flooring from under it yet either.

For the back of the cabinets I used a sheet of 1/4" underlayment and made sure they were nice and square by measuring corner to corner.  I then attached with glue and nails.

So I mentioned that the floor is not level right?  I had made a 72"x16" base out of 2 x 4's for the cabinets to rest on but the far right back corner was so high I couldn't use it that way or I would have to shim every other corner over 1/2".  I ended up doing what is pictured below.  Not pretty but it worked.  It will be covered by base trim so no one but you and me will know. 



Oh and how could I forget there is an outlet and a switch inside my cabinets.  Of course there is.  The switch is to a light we don't use and the outlet we rarely used.  Mostly for charging things which we can still do just leave them in the cabinet out of sight while charging.

Next for the doors.  Cabinet may be easy but doors are the hard part.  I decided to build tung and groove doors to tie in with the area around the banquette and kitchen.  In Ana's White post she suggests that you can purchase just the doors from cabinet manufacturers and make the boxes yourself.  I think that's a great idea since doors can be tricky. You also might get lucky at Salvage stores and find doors for just a few dollars each, but you have to be patient for that.

I first made a face frame out of 1 x 2 clear pine using pocket holes again.



I cut the tung and groove to length and played around until I figured out how I wanted them to be spaced since some of them had to be cut down. 


Where they meet in the middle I decided to cut the tung off the bottom of one using my table saw so they could overlap.





To install I attached the hinges to the first board then flipped everything over and placed the rest of the boards.  I glued them together and added 1 x 2 supports to the back.  The tung and groove makes it very forgiving because you have a little play in it to minimize the gaps.  The boards are not perfectly flat though so the don't fit together "perfectly".  That's okay with me but if you want perfection you might want to go with a different style.


I then attached the face frames to the cabinet by gluing and nailing from the front.  Another way to do it would be to use pocket holes from the inside to attach the face frame.  I would have done that if the top part wasn't going to be open.  You would have been able to see the pocket holes and I felt filling small nail holes in the front was easier then filling large pocket holes.



To attach the top I used small 1 x 1 strips of wood and screwed them to top and then the cabinet from inside the cabinet.  Again I could have used pocket holes but didn't want to have to fill them.  Oh and the fact that a drill won't fit in that small space to be able to use the pocket hole anyways.  (note: if you want to use pocket holes to attach face frame and the top make sure to drill them before you put everything together or your drill might night fit in the cabinet with that long drill bit on it , just sayin.)  See lots of little things to think about when you build custom.



I then caulked, and used wood filler on all the cracks and nail holes.  One coat of primer followed by two coats of semi gloss latex paint finished her off.



Well that's how I did it.  I hope this inspires you to go build some cabinets yourself or at least think about it. 


Cost breakdown. 

I am listing prices for purchasing new wood and hardware but some of the wood I had in my stash.  The Hardware I splurged on because I wanted a specific type and I wanted it now :) 

$30   1- 4' x 8' ACX Plywood -(cabinet boxes)
$20   4- 1 x 2 x 8 clear pine boards (face frame)
$11   1- sheet of 1/4" underlayment (back of cabinets)
$18   3- 8ft pine tung and groove boards (doors)
$6    2- 2 x 4 x 8 (cabinet base)
$4    1- 1 x 4 x 8 pine (base trim)
$29   3/4 x 16 x 96 stain grade pine (top)from Lowes
$18   2 turn style knobs
$28   4 sets of vintage looking hinges.
$0   Paint, primer, caulk, screws, etc I had in my stash
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$164  For custom built cabinetry!  Thanks for stopping by.



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