Thursday, January 31, 2013

Month in Review

I have been blogging for two years now and have been thinking I should do a month in review post every month for over a year.  Which means this will probably be the first and the last one.  Oh and also that just reminded me that I forgot to celebrate my two year blogging Anniversary.  Get it together Mimi. 

This month in case you missed it here's what I've been up to:



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Monday, January 28, 2013

Oak Fluorescent Light Cover Re-Purposed into a Shelf


So the other day in my travels I scored an old Oak Fluorescent Light Cover for a few bucks.  It didn't have any of the light parts just the frame.  I immediately thought shelf.  I loved how thick and chunky the frame is. 
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Re-Purpose a Door into a Hall Tree & More


Well it seems my obsession with doors continues.  I have had this door for almost a year and finally got around to doing something with it.  



I started with a door that was missing the middle panel.  (I forgot to take the before photo until after adding the crown) With a little crown, bead board and a shelf I think she cleaned up really nice.  Perfect for a small entryway. 



The Oil Rubbed Bronze hooks are from Lowes. 



The decorative half "legs" were found at a salvage store awhile back.  They worked perfect for this project.  

Now for the more part.

The other day I was chatting with my friend Katie of Creatively Living Outside the Box and she mentioned she was working on a door project as well.  We thought it would be fun to share our projects together.  If you haven't discovered Katie's blog yet you are in for a treat.  Her blog is all about home renovations, decorating and her love for turning what most would see as trash into a treasure.  She is crazy creative and can turn anything into beautiful decor for her home.  



Here's what Katie came up with.


She also started with a single panel style door.



I love how her Chalkboard turned out!  Since I know we all love a good door re-purpose here's a few more of Katie's fabulous projects.  Click the title link to be taken to the posts.





Hop on over and check out Katie's blog and tell her I said Hi!  




Want even more door projects? 
Oh and this one Trumeau Mirror or Whatever You Wanna Call it I didn't use a door I used plywood but you could use an old door just as easily.



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Friday, January 11, 2013

DIY Map / Nautical Chart Art



I have been loving all the map projects I've seen all over blogland lately and decided I needed one of my own.  I love maps but nautical charts are my favorite. We have a fishing boat and live about 5 minutes from the Puget Sound and boating is what we do for fun.  My husband calls it fishing but for me it's just hanging out on the water with friends. 

Tacoma Narrows Bridges

It feels like you could be anywhere in the world when you are on the water.  The Puget Sound is beautiful.  

It was a really easy and inexpensive project.  I built the frame out of old cedar fence boards that I rescued from my brother.  He was burning them.  Seriously?  I could not believe he didn't think of giving them to me.  He said he didn't think I would want them because they are so weathered and dirty.  How is that even possible?  He knows now, and he will never do it again ;)


To build the frame for my chart I used four fence boards.  I started by cleaning them with a solution of bleach, dish soap and water scrubbing them down with a scrub brush. They really were pretty dirty.  



Once dry, I ripped them down using my table saw.  I set the gate to 3.5".  (the guard is only up for the photo I always use the blade guard, please use all safety precautions when using power tools)

Now I had the two pieces that make up the inner and outer frame.   If you don't have a table saw and are purchasing new wood you could just buy pine 1 x 2's and 1 x 3's from your local lumber store.  To make the pine look weathered checkout my post on how to make new wood look old here.




I miter cut the corners with my chop saw attaching them with pocket holes, glue and screws.  Then I cut the wood for the outer frame.  Just a straight cut, not mitered.  I attached the outer frame with glue and nails.

The Nautical Chart is pretty new, I stole it from our boat but you can get them online by searching for printable nautical charts.  My husband purchased it at a local West Marine store.  I searched on line and found there site, West Marine, it looks like you can get them for about $20.  


  

To mount the chart I didn't want to use glass or damage the chart by gluing it onto a board so I decided to staple it to the frame.  I'm sure eventually I will get tired of it and I wanted to be able to give it back to my husband.  


It's very light so I just used two saw tooth hangers and small nails to hang it on the wall.  That's it.  I love the statement it makes and it's fun to show friends where we have taken them on the boat.  People get so turned around on the water.


On another note, I finally handled my root problem and got my hair colored.  So hard to get a good picture of yourself with your phone isn't it?  Peace out! 





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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Milk Paint Chippy Success & Blog Goals for 2013



Because those two topics go so well together right?  Can I just tell you that I am having so much fun playing with milk paint.  Here's some pictures of a recent vanity I painted with you guessed it, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  I have been using it a lot lately since I am now teaching paint classes about it.  How did I get that gig you ask?  Totally fell into it and could not be happier. 
  

For this piece I decided to make a custom mix using Luckett's Green and Kitchen Scale.  I mixed equal parts of each color dry then added the water.  

I LOVE this color.  



To prep I did nothing to the vanity except wash it.  It was stained a warm brown and I could tell it had a clear finish on top of that but it wasn't very shiny.  



Two coats later and this paint did it's thing.   All I had to do was lightly sand with medium grit sandpaper and it chipped and cracked just like it's supposed to in random places.  I protected the finish with two coats of wax.




I found the sparkly knobs at Lowes. 

This is my favorite piece ever.  Until the next one. 

So for the goal thing.  I haven't gotten around to writing my business update post yet because the thought of writing a whole post about it just is too much so here's blog goal update.  My goal for this blog in the next year is to focus mainly on builds and re-purpose projects.  That is what I am the most passionate about.  I also want to get back to working on our home and share some DIY home renovation projects.  I have so many ideas it would take another 10 years to finish them.  After starting my business I have ignored our home for at least the last 8 months.  I neglected the housework and my projects were everywhere.  It got to the point that I stopped inviting anyone over and if they showed up unannounced they were not invited in.  I'm serious.  That is just unacceptable.  I was becoming a Hermit Hoarder.  I haven't gotten my hair done in 8 months either.  My roots are practically down to my earlobes.  It has been weighing on me like a ton of bricks and I just have to stop the insanity!!!  So I took a few weeks to clean and organize.  You'd never know if you walked in right now but it is a lot better.  I even asked my Mother and Father in law to come in the other day.  Still need to make a hair appointment though.

My blog has grown in the last year so naturally I started to worry about what I felt my readers wanted to see.  (sound familiar) which caused me to feel like I wasn't being true to myself.  Then I didn't want to post, weeks would go by sometimes or my posts lacked any excitement.  I know people can tell when I'm not excited about something.  When I'm excited I spell things wrong and leave out important steps and use poor grammar. (so yes I am almost always excited)       

An example of this is I purposely tried to limit the amount of posts about painted furniture makeovers last year.  Why, because my stats, comments, and features on other blogs tell me that my readers prefer builds and re-purposes from me.  It's was really hard to do that sometimes because painting was what I was doing most of the time.  In the last year I have found such a love and appreciation for the art of painting furniture.  I've been painting my projects for years but that was never my favorite part and it showed.  Now sometimes it is my favorite part.  I think Chalk and Milk paint really are all that and a bag of chips and those products have changed the way I paint.  And wax, swoon, I love the way wax looks and feels on a painted piece.  Just ask my husband I show and tell him every time I finish something.

So for this Blog in 2013 look for mainly builds and re-purpose projects for our home and for sale. I will also continue to throw in painted pieces when I'm excited about them.  Look for more re-upholstery projects coming too because I just love doing it and I have two custom jobs coming up.  (if those ladies could just pick a fabric ;)).  I will post about my experience with my business and retail space soon, I promise.  It is a hard post for me to write.  It's so personal but there is so much I want to tell you about it.  Oh and in spring I may get back to my Garden again. I totally neglected that last year too.  I hope you stick around for the ride.  I appreciate all the support you give me.  It still amazes me.  I was telling a new friend about what blogging means to me the other day and I got kinda teary eyed.  I hadn't even finished my beer yet so that says a lot.

Goodbye 2012.  Really, truly it was a great year. I learned so much about myself.  First and foremost that I do not want to be a Hermit Hoarder with bad hair.  I'm making an appointment today  Also I need to be more purposeful. With my business, my blog and my relationships.  Make time for friends and family, celebrate small victories, and be open to and ready when opportunities come my way.        

Last thing, Is anyone going to Haven in August?  I'm going with my friend Katie and I cannot wait!  Comment or send me an email if you are, I would love to meet you!






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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Vintage Sofa Project - The Reveal



I finished my Vintage Sofa Re-upholstery Project.  I had fun staging it.   I just realized how masculine the staging is for such a feminine sofa.  I guess those of you that have been around for awhile know I'm not a frilly decor kinda girl. 

For all the details and things I learned along the way here's the links to all the posts in the series: 

Tear Down to the Frame 
Covering the Bottom 
Diamond Button Tufting


This is what I started with back in October.  A free sofa that needed to be taken down to the springs. 


I ditched all the old foam and batting.  Then removed the arm and repaired the side.






Then finished the curved outside back


Wow that was a lot.  The only thing I haven't showed yet is how to make a cushion cover which I will do sometime soon and just add the link to this. Really though, breaking it down and doing it in smaller do-able chunks really made it easier.  Of course it's not perfect but I'm really proud of my first attempt at a reupholstering a sofa.   



I love how the curvy white legs and trim look with the soft gray velvet. 


My favorite thing is the coordinating fabric on the bottom under the cushion.  No one will ever see it but I know it's there. 


As far as the cost goes I spent just about $100 to makeover my free sofa.  The bulk of that was spent on fabric and the foam cushion.  The fabric is the biggest variable.  I found my fabric on sale and used a coupon.  You could easily spend over $100 just on fabric.  I used five yards but I bought seven.  I have extra for another project.  Keep in mind if you use a patterned fabric you will need a few extra yards to match the pattern.  All the little stuff adds up so think about saving as much as you can from the original piece.  Zippers, piping, buttons and of course foam if it's in good shape can all be reused.  

I am glad to have this done so I can start the New Year fresh.  It's actually been done for two weeks but I didn't feel like writing this post until today.  I have been focusing on cleaning my house and workshop.  I have worked myself into a corner and just need to stop and take a moment to think about where I want to go with my business in the New Year.  Don't we all feel that way this time of year?  Clean out the closets, organize, start fresh.  Make a to do list. I might even write down some goals.  We shall see. 

Check the Vintage Sofa Project off the list!









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