Sunday, May 26, 2013

Re-purpose an Old Ladder

Hope you are all having a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!   My Mom is visiting from out of state this month so we all went to the Packwood Flea Market on Friday.   I only found one treasure and it was for my husband.  Some days are like that though.  My Sister found a few candy dishes to add to her collection. 

Anyways, speaking of my Sis, she was sweet enough to give me an old weathered ladder that she had.  It pretty much looked like this but better because it is all grayed out and rusty.

I wanted the round rung side for myself and so that left the other side to play with.  The steps were mostly rotten beyond salvaging so I decided to cover them with cedar boards.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

How to Make a Lamp From a Broken Table

A couple weeks ago my in-laws were cleaning out there garage and they asked me if I wanted this broken and warped table.  Of course I said yes, I love stuff that's broken and free.  

It had been put in the attic above the garage and the heat was too much for it apparently.   The top had warped and de-laminated.  At first I thought I could just glue the base back together and find a new top but then I realized the legs hadn't just split apart they were warped as well. 

My Mother in Law was bummed about the table being ruined because it had belonged to her Grandmother.  I brought it into my workshop and as I was taking it apart & assessing the damage I had a light bulb moment.  I could re-purpose the table base into a lamp and give it back to her for Mothers day. 

I started by removing the top and only leg that was still attached and then I cut the dowels from the piece with a handsaw.   I filled the imperfections with wood putty and sanded smooth.  

Then I removed the top piece by unscrewing and attached it to the bottom to form the base.

For the wiring I had my husband drill through the entire piece with a really long 3/8" drill bit he had.  He has all the random cool stuff that I don't.  He put the base in a vise to hold it.  Those long drill bits don't have the drill part all the way up so make sure to pull the drill bit out several times when you drill something this deep so the sawdust can come out and lesson the chance of splitting it. 

I picked up a wiring kit that you can get at any hardware store.  They are around $10.  To secure the wiring part to the new lamp base I used some JB Weld I had on hand.  Once you pull the wire through attach to the screws on lamp part.  There is one on each side.  Then slide cover over everything and it clicks into the base. I had my hubs wire this one since it's for his parents ;)but I've done it myself several times before, it's actually pretty easy.

I painted the base with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  First a coat of Old White then a coat of French Linen. I distressed with a wet rag then sealed with wax.  The shade is from Target's Threshold line. 

I love the little stitch detail on the shade.

I think it turned out very cute and now my Mother in law has her table back.  Sort of.  She loved it!  I hope all you Moms had a great day!  

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Have you Heard of HomeTalk? Oh and I Need Your Help

I think I am setting a record here by posting three times in less than a week.  I even have another post all ready to go for Sunday.  So unusual for me.  It's not my new normal it's just today's post is special because I'm excited about something.  That something is Hometalk.  If you haven't heard of it before let me be the one to tell you.  Hometalk is a website for home (& garden) fanatics like us.  (I guess home enthusiast is the proper word) I have been loving the site and posting there for quite awhile.  I've even been sporting their button on my sidebar.  

One of the cool things about hometalk is besides the fact that there are tons of fabulous bloggers who post on there site there are people who don't have blogs or websites posting there too.  So you see stuff there you won't find anywhere else.  You could post your projects there if you don't have a blog and connect with other people who love what you do.  It's a great site if you are looking for inspiration or have a question.  You can post your question and have professionals and home enthusiasts answer it.  You can also clip posts for later or share them with others.

I love how in your feed you get a few pictures and a short description of each post.  If you want more you can click on the title.

I entered a drawing with hometalk to win a trip to Lucketts Market in Virginia.  I don't know if you know this but I'm a blogger.  (hehe) In my little blog world I have heard a lot about Luckett's Market.  It's known for being fabulous and it's totally famous to me.  While there I would get to meet a few of my favorite bloggers.  

Before I can qualify to enter I need to get ten new followers on Hometalk.  So if you would like to help me here's what to do: 

-First click this link to the hometalk homepage once there click on the red "Join Now" button. If you are already on hometalk you can move to next step. 

-Then click on this link to my profile and click "follow".  

I will love you forever if you could help me with this and I know you'll love Hometalk.  Please and Thank you!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Recent Finds

Well hello there.  How's it going?  Me I'm trying to get back in the groove after the show I just did.  I didn't know I was doing it until two weeks before so I scrambled to get things ready.    I posted about the show here if you missed it.  Here's a few things I picked up.  There was so much great stuff it's amazing I got out of there with just these.   

First up some fabulously rusty barn door hardware.  I have the perfect over sized weathered door that I am going to use these on.  It will be for display in my booth space.  The door is pretty cool on its own but these will make it super duper cool.        

I have several possible ideas for this piece.  I paid more than I normally would but it inspired me.  What would you do with it?

Last up this cool rusty scale.  It's a keeper.   I am going to display it in my cabinet in the kitchen.  I love the sunny yellow color. So have you found any treasures lately? 

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Country Chicks

This weekend I participated in a fun show out in the country.   We could not have had better weather, it was gorgeous!  For you locals it's called Country Chicks in Rochester Washington.  They have a few shows a year this was my first and I had a blast.  My sister came out to help me and it was great to hang out with her for two days. 

So let me set the scene for you.  The show was held off a country road, pastures, blue sky, eagle flying overhead giving everyone a show.  There was at least forty vendors set up throughout the yard.  The perfect setting for a country show.  

I'm will try and not be too wordy and just show you all the fun stuff.  These first four photos are from my booth that I shared with Susan the owner of Abundance Vintage the store I have my space in.  She brought some of her stock of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and I did some demos on Saturday.  It was fun and I didn't get paint on anybody so that was good.

Our space was in the barn.  Here's some photos of my neighbors. 

Country Loved Primitives (vendor at Abundance Vintage)

Country Loved Primitives (vendor at Abundance Vintage)

Here's some more vendors that were set up outside. 

 Two Bugs Creations (vendor at Abundance Vintage)

Prim Rose Primitives (vendor at Abundance Vintage)

Ronnie Nichole's Boutique (vendor at Abundance Vintage)

Ronnie Nichole's Boutique (vendor at Abundance Vintage)

Shabby Black Dog (vendor at Abundance vintage)

Prim and Proper (vendor at Abundance Vintage)

& here's some more eye candy

& lastly my absolute favorite booth Old Geezer Art.  I have his contact info if you want it just shoot me an email.  My sister bought a pig made out of a pink helium take.  So stinkin cute. 

I am seriously kicking myself for not getting this dog. 

I picked up a few treasures which I will show you very soon but for now I need to get outside and soak up some sun!  It's gonna be 80 degrees today.  

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