Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label projects. Show all posts

Monday, June 19, 2017

Gardening with our DYI Cold Boxes

I really miss our gardens!
Moving here,we have to start all over.
One of the things I wanted in my new garden was Cold Boxes.
My son and I gathered all kinds of scrap wood around our house and got started on building our own.  We found three windows on the Facebook Marketplace which is very addicting.
I painted them with some outdoor white paint we had.
We planted some Kale from seed in one and English Lavender in the other.
Here is some squash, dill, and a hanging gourd all from seeds.
So here is the beginning of our new garden.
We have found that too many bunnies live in our yard!
They love my oregano.
Kale is growing and my daughter also is trying to grow some zinnias too!
Hubby also built the stone wall in the background.  A stone wall must have been there years ago, because we found all those stones hiding under the bushes.  Great find for us!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

My New Primitive Hutch! Project #1

Finally, we are moved into our new home!
We have been painting and fixing and painting some more.  The first thing I had to do was paint my kitchen cabinets.  I will need to post about them another time though.  Hubby was painting the living room and dining room while I worked on the cabinets.  I did not want to unpack anything unless the place that the item was going to be stored was painted and ready to accommodate them.  So in between cabinets and wall painting, I decided to work on my hutch. 
I bought this pine hutch at a consignment shop.  It is not old and was not primitive enough for me. The person that built it did not sand the edges.  Every edge was sharp and perfect.  I don't necessarily like perfect in my decor :)  The doors are also too country looking and not primitive.  I needed to change that too.
 The first thing I did was to take off the doors and tear off the "T" shape center piece.  In doing so, I gouged the top frame....oops...but wait, that will make it look more rustic and used.
 I had a white shelf top that I used as my new door frame.
Here it is sanded down and ready to take in some stain.
 I painted the hutch (right over the sanded red paint) in Benjamin Moore's Carter Gray.  I absolutely love that color!  You will see more of that color in my future projects.  I just added a layer of Walnut stain over that counter top, but other than that the stained part of the hutch stayed the same.  You can also see in the top right photo that I did not paint all the way to the edge of the center frame board.  This gives it that worn and aged look without sanding.
I finished it with Minwax's Dark Walnut (my favorite).
As you see, I made two new doors that go all the way to the bottom edge of the hutch frame.  To me this looks more primitive.  I also changed the hardware and painted and stained them too.
Here is a before and after.
What do you think?
It feels so good to be doing projects again!
Happy Sunday to you all!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

A Tip ~n~ A Stitch

The stitching contained in this post is NOT perfect.
Viewing some of these pictures may cause anxiety.
Proceed with Caution :)

I was experimenting with a tip that I got from my good friend Pumpkin Pie Painter.
She told me that I could use Anne Sloan's paint as a primer and then use flat, regular paint over that.
She was RIGHT!!!

I painted this frame with a coat of Paris Grey.

I only have two AS color paints--Paris Grey and Old White.  I did not want this frame to be either one of them.  I just wanted it to be black.

So I got out some Wrought Iron Folk Art Paint, and painted over AS Paris Grey.
I only needed one coat of the Wrought Iron.
After it dried completely, I sanded it and put some Fiddes & Son's Jacobean Wax over  it and buffed it up.

I wanted to stitch a verse on muslin to go in the frame.
This is how I do my stitching on muslin.

I first took the 5x7 paper that comes in the frame out and wrote the verse on the back of it to see if it would fit.
I then used that as a template for writing the verse on the muslin fabric.
I did trace around the glass on the fabric to give me a guideline of where the verse would fit.

I began stitching. 
Each of my letters are not perfectly the same, neither are they perfectly straight.
I wanted to highlight some words, so it is stitched with two different colors.

Of course I am one that loves old looking fabric.
So I tea-dyed my final product to give it some age.

It is hard to see the tea stain in the fabric, but I think it turned out just right.

I ironed it and stuck the muslin to some sticky board I bought at Joanne Fabrics.
The frame is aged along with the stitchery.
The two look fantastic together....just the look I was going for.

I am so glad I can use other colors over Anne Sloans.
That really helps to give me some options on some other craft projects

Thanks Pumpkin Pie Painter!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Shuttering" with Patience

It is a slow day here for my sale, so I thought I would blog about a shutter I made for my craft sale.
I miss blogging and checking out everybody's projects.  I am looking forward to some relaxing evenings where I can just browse again.

I've had these shutters for years.  
They are small -- about 24"
My son took out all the slats.

I had to fill the holes in with wood filler.
I couldn't find my hubby's spatula that he uses, so I came up with my own "spatula".
The kiddos thought I was crazy.

After the holes were filled in, I got out my ASCP Old White and painted it.
I also used a graphic from The Graphics Fairy.
 I copied the word "Family" in Word with a font that I liked, 
and transferred both using the Charcoal Pencil Method.

After I waxed it with clear and dark wax, I got out the chicken wire and tacked it to the back.

Now you can place pics of your family inside the shutter.

I also made one that looks just like this, but it says Friends.

It was a fun project.

I painted two other shutters black, sanded them so that the yellow would come through, and then stained them.  I am still waiting for them to dry and that was Monday night.  This is another reason I LOVE the Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint--because I have no patience :)

Please don't forget to enter my Giveaway which ends Sunday Dec.11.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

"Laundry" Dilemma

Remember this?

I thought this piece would make a cute sign.

So I painted it with one coat of Annie Sloan's Old White.

I decided to write the word "laundry".
I thought it would be cute to hang with this framed laundry bag I did.

I printed off the word in a font that I thought would be cute.
It is cute too, BUT.....

It is also crooked.
Now I really didn't care or think of how crooked it was until I had the brilliant idea of putting hooks on the sign.  You know...to hang some laundry on.

I thought these hooks would look great.
And they did until I put them on the sign.

Now I don't like my sign.

What should I do?
Should I keep them on there?

Oh that saying is so true about "taking a picture because it lasts longer".
I don't like looking at it!

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Monday, October 31, 2011

A Pretty Gal

Here is another great piece of furniture that was given to me.
The only problem was that she was missing a pull on the door.

Isn't she lovely next to the Woods Purple!

 I decided to make my own pull for her out of one of Bessy's pink beads and wire.

This is what it looked like before I applied three coats of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.

This is after I painted, waxed, and buffed it.

I painted the cabinet with ASCP.
I used Paris Grey for the whole cabinet and highlighted her with Old White.
I applied clear wax, distressed her with my sand block, and then antiqued her with the dark wax.

Here she is!

I truly love the look of the wood coming through the paint.

Here is  another look at her before and after.

Thanks Lori!

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