Sunday, June 12, 2016

Free Dresser Makeover

One of my favorite signs of spring, actually, favorite sign ever, is seeing signs like this: FREE. Especially when they are on such a gorgeous piece of furniture that also included the original wheels! It needed some work, replacement of a few knobs and replacement of the little thingies that keep the drawers from pushing all the way back, rework the paint job, but nothing major.

My neighbor and fellow booth owner drooled over it with me and suggested just sanding it down for a more distressed look. Sure beats stripping and repainting!

Glad I followed her advice, it turned out BEAUTIFULLY!

Sanded and sanded and sanded then sealed with FAT Paint clear wax. Looks wonderful in the sunlight! Had to stop and take pics while loading it up.

This is my favorite shot. 

And here she is set up in my booth. The dresser wasn't even situated yet before someone came by and started gushing over it. She literally couldn't keep her hands off it and kept stroking the top and sides while talking to me. Can't blame her.

Peek a boo, you can see my reflection in the mirror. 

The quote in the frame reads: Beauty is Ageless.

And a quick peek at what is hanging around in the booth. 

I'll be sad to see this one go. 

Off to find more FREE signs. :)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Garden Junque Part 2

Junque in the Garden, Part 1  was published thirteen, almost fourteen months ago. I'm not even sure what happened to keep me too busy to create a Part 2. Other than time, the other element that separates the two parts is that Part 1 is junque I kept for myself and Part 2 is junque I made for someone else to purchase...or hopefully purchase.

All of these items were found on trash day. I love making money from someone else's discards. The other day, while driving around treasure hunting my six year old asked, "Why do these people throw all these good stuffs away?" He ponders his own question than replies, "They aren't problem solvers like you, mom." This kid's a keeper!

Without further adu, Garden Junque Part 2:

Step Stool Converted to Plant Stand

 Look at all that natural rust. Thank you Mother Nature!

Painted in exterior paint from the oops paint shelf. Tried not to cover over all the rust. Its part of the charm. 

What is this? Its such a funny size, not large, not medium, nor does it qualify for small. Maybe medium small? It only fits tiny pots, one per shelf. Maybe a decorative display for toilet paper? A unique canned soup holder?  Or a standing mail organizer?                                                                                                                                                              This was originally black and included the two pots which were the MOST boring shade of beige. Blah.

Same exterior paint from the step stool was dry brushed on but left some of the black exposed. It created a very lovely effect. 

The pots were simply covered in rope. I might have to do something a little more exciting to them soon because they've been sitting in the booth for a while. The step stool and the wire plant stand flew out the door. I'm running out of things to put these on!

Maybe stencil an anchor on them? To match the remaining Anchor Tote. That would be cute.

This chair is totally trash. Like as soon as I put it in my backyard and realized how broken it was I was tempted to drive back to the dumpster and return it. The back is split and its totally unsafe to sit on, you'd lean back and fall on the floor. This thing needed more than a makeover, it needed a new purpose. A chair it ain't.

This random pot was sitting neglected in my backyard...which means its a spider habitat I'd rather not have! Cut a small hole in the seat, used the sawed off pieces to reinforce around the hole so it can manage the weight of a soil filled pot.

This piece isn't moving either. To increase its appeal I made it this lovely sign. Made me snicker. Inside the pot are copies of vines ideal for our region. ~hint hint hint~ Hopefully someone will see the vision and cart this re-purposed chair to its new home. 

The End

Friday, May 20, 2016

Converted Stool to End Table

I love coffee, the smell, the taste, the pick-me-up-and-get-me-rolling feeling. Pretty sure I bleed brown, with creamer.

Anyways, when we were first married we struggled finding "our style," like really really struggled. Once we even told some friends how much we liked their house and asked where they bought every single item. We then proceeded to buy furniture where they bought theirs. Hey, imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?

It was close to seven years before we finally settled into an "us" style. During our trial years I went thru a coffee decor phase. I still like the pieces but have moved into more colorful accents. This coffee themed clock sat in our basement for two years because I was unwilling to either part with it or hang it back up. Then the hands fell off.

Inspiration finally hit, slowly, but eventually all the pieces and colors came together.

Enter a broken stool, a wooden spool, and the coffee clock. The stool needed some slight TLC, one side of the spool was removed, and then the coffee clock was removed of its clock parts. Some glue, screws, and nails later it was ready for paint.

The white/beige paint looked better in my mind. The brightness of it clashed with the more subtle colors in the clock face. The final color, Granite Peak, looked much better. (Pictures below are during the paint transition. Totally forgot to take an all white pic first.)

Much better. 
Sealed the entire piece in a food safe lacquer. 

Booth pic...terrible lighting for photos...much cuter in person.

This sat in the booth for a handful of weeks and final found a home today. :) So glad I didn't toss out or donate that clock. The inner hoarder in me was right, I really would use it for something, one day. And I've recouped whatever it was that I spent on it to begin with...alllllllll those years ago. 

Trash to treasure, its a thrill! 

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P.S. Saw this tea towel in a cute little boutique in Tulsa. Made me laugh!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Faux Planked Coffee Table

The Silver Troll strikes again! 
(I've decided to name my trash-seeking alter-ego: silver mini van trolling the 'hood for garbage. That's me.)

A bit used and abused, this table was part of a moving purge. In addition to the tattered top it also had a screw loose, literally, one of the screws fell out underneath. 

water stains, melted wax, a sticker, and some mystery goo

Took a couple turns for the paint stripper and some sanding to clean up the top. To create the faux planks I used my dremel (click here to see short tutorial).

Used Wood Conditioner before applying two coats of Early American stain & sealer.

I wanted more definition between the "boards," so I took a thin water color paintbrush and delicately applied Walnut stain into the grooves.

Finished off the top with two coats of lacquer.

The legs were first sloppily layered with homemade beige chalk paint. A white acrylic paint was then dry brushed sparingly. Lacquer sealed the finish.

The lighting isn't the best in any of these pics but you can kinda see the layered paint.  

And here she is displayed in my booth. She went in around noon on Saturday and sold before closing. I've NEVER had anything sell so fast. Must make more! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Checker Board End Table

Remember the cigar-box-checkers-board I made earlier this month? I expressed my surprise at how time consuming it was to paint a checker board pattern and resolved next time to use scrapbook paper as an "easier" way to create the same pattern.
 Yeah, not so much easier, but then again, I complicated it. 

I chose a vintage book page with a picture that was a bit tricky to stagger while maintaining the essence of the image. Now, if I had just used plain old book pages without an illustration this process would have gone a lot faster. Lesson learned.

An old creme cheese container with a french print served as the box for the checker pieces. I used the same method & materials for these checker pieces as I did for the cigar box checkers. 

 The end table is a fairly large and sturdy table and was part of a set found on freecycle a couple years back. 

On the left is the first table that, out of curiosity, I had stripped the top. 
That end table became part of my door-table/shelf booth display. 

On the right is the twin table, which now functions with a dual purpose: tabletop and game board. 
It flew out the door in less than a week, which is nice because it was a bit bulky for the booth. 

The cigar box checker board is still hanging around.  

Hopefully third time will be the charm in creating an easy checkerboard pattern. No paint. No illustrations to stagger. Fingers crossed! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Upcycled Candle Jars

These old candle jars were fished out of my craft supply. I really can't tell you how long they've been stashed away for a project of unknown vision. One jar is from Yankee Candle Company and the other one is some mysterious store brand bought somewhere at some point in time. After the candles burned down, I just couldn't toss out such lovely jars with lids. 

Cleaning the jars is a simple process. I DO NOT recommend microwaving the jars to melt the wax, the end of the wick is secured with a metal tab. Instead, using an old pot, I set the jar in boiling water. Using an oven mitt I carefully poured out the melted wax into a tin can, saving it for later for who-knows-what (you know you're a hoarder when...). After the jar cooled, I sprayed it with rubbing alcohol and wiped clean with a rag. 

I went with a spring themed creation. 

Bless Our Nest 

Didn't realize until I enlarged this photo that it looks like a bird mug shot. When seen from an angle, this is an adorable bird-in-a-jar.

 Empty Nest Spring Jar

The pic was camera shy and didn't photograph so well inside the it is enlarged:

I didn't set out to create an empty nest spring display, it was supposed to include a bird, but my two year old bit its beak off. He's not a vicious child, just a hungry one evidently. He also chewed on the faux bird eggs set aside for another nest project and that I could understand, they did look like candy. He must have been disappointed when he bit into those! No chocolate insides there. Maybe I should keep snacks in my craft room so he stops nibbling my supplies.

 Tried for a top shot...just wasn't working. IRL (in real life) it is much easier to read the picture.

On a side note: I just learned what this "text speak" meant, IRL, and I'm sure tweens everywhere would roll their eyes at that confession. They can't imagine a world where everyone spells out WHOLE words when three letters will do. Spelling is only for old people, you know, like the empty nesters, or the on-the-verge-of-middle-age women who are trying to arrange a teenage babysitter via text.

Anyways, here they are sitting on the middle shelf of my door/shelf. I really really wanted to use them in a Pinterest worthy vignette but people keep buying things (the nerve!) and it messes with the display (the rough life of a booth owner). While I didn't go all Pinterest crazy, its an aspiration this greenhorn will keep shooting for. Baby steps. 

I'm on the hunt for more candle jars with fitted glass lids.