Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Ladder Gift Wrap Station

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I’ve gathered up all of my supplies and I’m ready to wrap up the Christmas gifts!  Ummm… I guess I’d better get online and start ordering some things quick : )

It is gonna be great having my supplies all in one place for a change.  Plus, this is cute and looks like a Christmas tree.  Bonus!  Wrapping d├ęcor!

It started out with an idea to participate in Debbiedoos Holiday Knock off party.  I just knew I had something lying around from one of my thrifting trips that I could incorporate.  And I found just the thing tucked away in my garage- umm staging area…

A crusty rusty old ladder with plenty of patina.  Just the way I like it!

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I wiped the ladder down and loaded it with rolls of wrapping paper; stacks of tissue paper; gift boxes; rolls of ribbon; gift bags; scissors, tape; and ink pens.  What else could I possibly need?  Besides the aforementioned gifts and a couple of helpful elves?

Here’s a close-up of my gift wrap station, just so you won’t miss a thing.  I kind of love it!

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I was inspired by this photo in Southern Lady’s November/December 2012 issue. 

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                                   My Version

I didn’t buy anything for this challenge.  I already had all of the Christmas wrapping supplies and the wonderful thrifted ladder.  I used a drop cloth (I always have one on hand) for my tree skirt.  And I had the two mini trees on the sides from last year.  The green one in the peanut sack was a gift from my mother in law, and I made the burlap and sweater ruffled tree in this post.   So, I will use up or reuse everything here.  Fun and frugal.

Merry Christmas all.  

May your packages be beautifully wrapped!


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

5 Simple Must Have items for painting furniture

This post came about in a funny way.  After losing the same items over and over in my garage, I began to think that I am unorganized and beyond hope.  I decided to solve this little problem by making sure that I had at least 2 of my “necessary” items on hand, so that when I really needed them, I could put my hands on at least one.  Yes, I know “everything in its proper place…”.  But, this works for me –okay?  

So what are these items that I am constantly using and always losing?  They are so basic, it’s almost silly to post about them,  But, I’ll bet there’s at least one person out there like me who needs to go ahead and buy 2 just in case one is ummm…misplaced :)

For painting furniture, these are my go-to items:

1- Purdy Cub paintbrush
Yes, there are tons of other paintbrushes out there, but for me and my small hands, the cub is my BFF.  And if you take good care of it, it will last for a long, long time.

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2-  Plastic Scraper
This simple and inexpensive tool comes in various widths.  Buy several; they are cheap.  They are great for scraping off excess paint after sanding and for getting the goo off left over from labels and stickers.
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3- Paper plates
Again simple and inexpensive.  I almost never use the paint trays that they sell at the home improvement stores, unless I’m using a roller.  And that’s really ,really rare.  So a good ole paper plate does the trick for mixing colors, thinning paint, and providing a disposable palette.
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4- Drop cloth
Yes, you can use old sheets, towels, blankets, etc. to paint on.  I have done that and still do sometimes.  But in my experience, nothing beats the drop cloth!  The seams on a drop cloth are weighted just a bit.  So, as you are painting that end table, a big gust of wind doesn’t come along and blow your sheet over the freshly painted side of the table causing it to stick.  Don’t ask me how I know!  The big box stores charge quite a bit for drop cloths, but I’ll tell you a secret.  Shhh… If you are lucky enough to have a Big Lots in your town, buy your drop cloths there.  They are half the price.  And if you are really frugal like I am, you can cut off one whole panel or at least six inches or so along one side to get crafty with.  Make yourself a banner like this Candy Corn Banner

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5-Baby wipes
What can I say, painting is messy, and I like to hide the evidence- quick!  No really, baby wipes are wonderful to have on hand, because they stay wet all the time and are portable and handy.  I buy the generic- whatever is on sale type.

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Okay, I’ll bet you are really ready to tackle a big ole painting project now huh?  Doubtful, but I did want to share a few of my favorite little things that keep me going as I paint all kinds of furniture with different kinds of paint.  There are so many other cool tools out there, but these top 5 are “must have’s “ for me to even get started.  Maybe I’ll talk about paint next, or how to choose a good piece of furniture…. keep reading along.

Share:  What are your favorite painting “tools” ?  You can leave a comment here on the blog, or on my Facebook page.  I’d love to know what you find invaluable.  A few of my Facebook friends have already chimed in.  Go check it out.  And “like” my page to keep updated.  You never know what I may come up with next….


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Yellow Sunburst Dresser

stenciled sunburst dresser

So, how do you like her?  Ain’t she a beauty?   I’m not shy!  I worked hard on this baby!  I wanted her to stand out! 

My before pictures stink, as always.  No need for e-mails or comments stating the obvious.  I always rush right in to get rid of the ugly.  It’s so hard to remember to document the ugly.  But here’s what evidence I have of the before.  Not bad… just old and brown.

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But see those “indentations” around the knobs?  I loved those things!  They were screaming for attention!  So, I painted the body of the dresser with 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White.  I painted the drawers with 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Arles.  And I stalled… and waited… and searched Pinterest for inspiration.  Nothing.
I read a quote on Miss Mustard Seeds blog about this time that said
“there is almost always a point as I’m working on a piece of furniture when I hate it and want to haul it to the closest thrift store just to get it out of my sight. I resist that urge, though, knowing it’s going to look amazing in the end”
This was me at that moment!  But hey, if MMS didn’t give up, I certainly wasn’t going to!
I got out my sanding block and roughed up the edges of the body and drawers, which I will say brought me GREAT JOY!  This piece sanded so easily!  Mostly because of the chalk paint, but also because the piece is old and solid maple with no finish to speak of.  It was like butta…
I used Annie Sloan’s clear and dark wax on the body of the chest, and then I stared at those drawers….  I repainted the pulls with my trusty Oil Rubbed Bronze.  Can’ t live without that stuff!

Then I remembered that I have a Silhouette machine!  Hello???  I went into to the 99 cent Silhouette store and shopped ‘til my heart was content.  Well, I actually spent like $3.96, but I was sure that something I bought might work as a stencil on those drawer fronts.  I played around with sizing and cutting etc.  I finally found what I was looking for.  (Take THAT Bono!)  I cut it out on heavy cardstock and used it for a stencil.  I then spent the next 27 hours (more like 2 hrs, but my back was killing me), hand stenciling those “flowers” around the drawer pulls.  SO WORTH IT! 

To finish off I sanded the drawer fronts and flowers and sealed with dark and clear wax.

I’m in furniture love….

Hey! Don’t let that fabulous scale distract you from the dresser!  That’s for another post.  Stay innn the moment….

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Now, I’m off to hate another piece of furniture ‘til I love it!  Honestly, that really is how it works.  For me and Miss Mustard Seed :) !  Catch you later.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Halloween Chair- Saw it- Made my own

I first saw this idea for a Halloween chair on Facebook.  The link led me to a blog post by asentimentallife where she found this amazing chair at Goodwill already painted up!  What a cutie and a great find!

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I started thinking about making one of my own and putting it in my booth to spice it up for Fall. 

I looked through my stash of chairs.  See photo here.  Remember- don’t judge :)

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I spray painted it black with Rustoleum x 2 in a black matte finish.  I tried to avoid the seat but didn’t bother to tape it off.  I kind of regretted that later on…

Once the black paint was dry, I taped off the spindles closest to the chair and the little curved side pieces.  Then I painted away with Valspar’s Autumn Blaze.  It’s ORANGE! As in –construction zone- but that’s what I was looking for in this chair…. Just need to find some more bright orange projects to use up this quart!

I used my Silhouette to cut a Jack-o-Lantern face stencil out of cardstock.  I taped it on with painters tape and used a make-up sponge wedge to apply the paint. I peeled it back and revealed the cutest little punkin’ face you ever did see :)

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I hand distressed the black with a little sanding block and fancied her up with some raffia and some Halloween candy corn ribbon.


And here she is ….

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I hope someone likes her, and she finds a place of honor amidst a sea of mums on a beautiful covered porch… Or if not, she can sit on my porch, and my kids will love her!

Happy Fall,


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Beachy Blue Desk

I have painted a LOT of furniture in the last few months, and I have not blogged about hardly any of it.  Not only that, but I have been horrible about taking “before” pictures of my victims…  In the case of this desk makeover, I have only a couple of pictures, and for some reason, they are pictures of only half of the desk..?…  Don’t know why.  I picked up this desk at Goodwill.  I was immediately drawn to it because of these babies :)

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Yes!  Glass pulls and knobs!  Actually I had to buy a badly damaged waterfall dresser and mirror along with the desk just to get this desk.  It was to be sold as a set at Goodwill, and they wouldn’t split it up.  Lord knows when I’ll get around to tackling the peeling veneer on that dresser!  But that’s another post.

The desk was painted an evil, horrible spearmint white with the drawer fronts a pale pepto pink.  It was not pretty; it was filthy.  But those glass handles…ahhh… they called out to me.

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Here’s the half of the desk photo that I took.  Again, no idea why? As you use your imagination, you’ll guess that the other side of the desk is identical :)

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So, I took off the precious hardware and scrubbed and scrubbed this baby 'til it hurt!  Then I decided to paint the base in Annie Sloan’s Old White and the drawer fronts in a mix of Old White and Duck Egg Blue.  You just can’t go wrong with that combination. 

Then the headaches started… The evil, horrible spearmint white that I pointed out earlier began to rear its ugly head!  The Old White gives great coverage, but honestly, that spearmint white wanted to be seen!  It’s hard painting “white over white”; at least it is for me.  It’s because you can’t see clearly if you’ve got really good coverage all over like you can if you are painting a light over a dark color.  But I digress…  After 2 coats and many touch ups and a very light distressing (because too much distressing revealed too much spearmint), I finally got the body like I wanted it.  the drawers were fun!  I just painted them Old White and dry brushed Duck Egg Blue over in one direction.  I just eye-balled it and did it however I liked it.

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At first I put the desk in my booth with no chair.
No sell…

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Then I added a chair from my out of control stash… Hey, DON'T JUDGE!

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Muuuchhh better…

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Please excuse the weird collage borders.  Pic Monkey and I are just now making friends!

Finally, I had the privilege of being in the shop when a very sweet lady came in and purchased my desk to put in her beach home.  She loved it, and I was happy to see it go to a place where it would fit right in.

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Here’s wishing you never find any spearmint white paint, but that you luck up and find some fabulous glass pulls…


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Welcome back Scrabble

I’ve been scouring the thrift stores looking for original Scrabble games to use in a little project that’s been brewing in my brain for quite some time.  I’ve seen lots of Scrabble art- big and small.  And this may not be an original idea, but it’s original in my tiny world, and it makes me smile : ) 

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This set belonged to “Beth”, and she was quite attached to it.  All of the owner’s paperwork was filled out and many of the trays were labeled with her name.  I’m sure she played many games of Scrabble at her friends’ houses, but wanted to be sure she got all of her pieces back!
Well, since this set was from the 60’s, I’m sure that “Beth” wouldn’t mind if I updated it a little…

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I’m using these little beauties all around my booth on my furniture pieces to attract the customers’ eye and to show off some of my paint colors and finishes.  These are just some basic Annie Sloan colors with a little distressing and dark and clear wax.  But I have more trays and plan to mix some colors and make more eye candy in the near future. 

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I used a single piece of scotch tape on the back of each word to keep the letters together.  It has worked great!  The “Welcome”  below has been in my booth for a couple of months, and it’s still in tact despite my own kids and other shoppers’ kids playing with it.


Have you played any Scrabble lately?


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