Archive for December, 2011
Last year, when it was all over–I rested. I wrote in a post to you how, “all the work leading up to it is utterly exhausting, so this morning, I slept in, then camped out on the sofa watching movies, watching backed-up shows on the DVR—watching the back of my eyelids. Played samurai sudoku, & now playing on the computer—a much earned L-A-Z-Y day!“
But there’s no rest yet—
I have to get the first project going for the One Month to Win It contest.
The 1st project is due Friday!
I got my demo and construction done today. Tomorrow, I paint. I can’t tell you anything else–and I can’t show you anything. It’s the rules.
But I sure hope you’ll all go check it out on the day voting begins!
All the pillows and blankets I made for the little kids were a hit!
One of my nieces (and her little family) live in a small, old house–with NO CLOSETS on the entire 1st floor. –Huh?
When you live in the Midwest, a coat closet is a must!
So, her husband and I conspired to remedy the situation for Christmas—
and we installed it today while Brandee was out shopping!
I started sketching ideas–based on their family needs. And this is my crazy thought process getting worked out.
Made from what is known as 5/4 board I had on hand! I guess some are too lazy to call it 1¼” wood. Mine, however, is actually closer to 1½”—I found it at the ReStore–cheap!
I needed to dowel two pieces together to get the needed depth.
Another ReStore find, is this frig cap–$5. I used to design custom kitchens, this is a very expensive add-on and was a great find!
The Top Section—
I wanted the “hall tree” to install flush on the right so I cut off the right side crown return (besides clipping the depth).
My finished scheme is Farrow & Ball’s Off Black, an Early American stain, and Annie Sloane’s Dark wax.
The top is cut from a 1½” glued-edged board. It’s got a “sort-of butcher-block” look, and stains nicely.
Concerned about potential damage from wet shoes & boots, I used my new drill press (early Christmas present!) to bore ventilation holes, & heavily coat the board w/a rubbery spray paint.
My Their finished piece!
I forgot to mention that after building a simple door frame, I changed my finish to a chalkboard face so my niece could leave messages for her boys!
And I added a kitchen cabinet under-mount light!
1 present done –uh, down, several to go!
One Month to Win it, Season 7 contest!
Yikes-ies! Uh, I mean, YEA! (–yikes!)
I’m still a novice to the blogging world, and only found The Shabby Creek Cottage a couple of months ago! I saw they were auditioning for contestants, and sent in a project—but had no real expectations for anything more to happen.
I’ve been sooo busy getting ready for Christmas, and when I saw an email from them, I just figured it was to say “Thanks for trying out,” and delayed opening it. When I read their email before heading to bed that night–boy was I surprised!
And nervous–two of the projects listed are things I don’t do. At first I was going to disqualify myself, but I like a challenge–
so I’m going for it anyway! Wish me luck, please!
The contest rules won’t allow me to show you anything in advance, or tell you which is my project–
but I sure hope you’ll follow along to see all of the challenges–and VOTE!
–Let’s see how far I make it!–
Hey, let’s put up a real tree for the kids this year! Uhh-boy.
You know what they say about necessity! I pulled this garden urn from storage–but needed to alter it to make it work (I was always intending to re-finish it anyway).
A simple–but messy–project of painting and waxing! Et, voilà!
—I wasn’t trying to fully cover it with paint, I wanted the pits and crevices of it to add “age” and depth, and some dark wax for that final finish!
With a bucket for water, the tree is set for the season!
We are a large family.
brothers and sisters-in-law,
nieces and nephews,
great nieces and nephews
16 adults and 18 children.
We always gather in Mom’s small’ish 2 story house (thankfully, there’s also a finished lower level). In summer, we can spread out on her over-sized, 2-tiered party deck, and the gardens of her huge city lot!
But at Christmas, it’s up and down, and all around the three floors—it gets pretty warm! Plus, we tend to have aunts and uncles and cousins join in, so Christmas is a crowd, to say the least!
This year I decided on a small, real tree for the kids! But having donated all the tree stands, I had to improvise–and I love it!
The Kid’s Tree began with gum-drop lights, and stayed with a whimsical direction! But the garden urn was a peculiar green–so I painted and waxed it!
And when none of the tree toppers looked right, I cut the bottom off a snowman container–it was perfect!
The Upstairs Tree has a very “old” feeling this year. Loaded with varying shades of whites, pearls, golds, with a splash of red, and hydrangea heads from the garden.
It still looked “flat” to me, and I noticed a faint musty odor. So I came up with a totally off-the-wall remedy.
I sprinkled the tree with a lavender baby powder! My own twist on flocking the tree— and the room smells really nice!
1st, I digress.
I love to peruse the
scrap remnant piles in fabric stores. You never know what you might find. But it truly sucks when you find something you love–and that’s all there is. It’s the laaast cookie in the jar.
Back to my project—At one of those St. Vinnie’s ½ price sales,
I saw this old coffee table,
Since I’m over the moon for any Chippendale-style Ball & Claw foot–- of course, it was Mine!
Instinct said it would make a great bench!
So, although ↓ this ↓ is basically what everyone saw at the sale. . .
. . . this is what I was seeing!
I ran to my fabric stash, praying for my small’ish 99¢ scrap to be large enough (please-please-oh please!)
I was on the fence to paint it, live with the blonde wood, or
strip it and start over–?
I popped the top off right away and got it upholstered. –Only enough fabric for BUTTON TUFTS, but it still looks so beautiful! And, with the top done, I could re-place it, making it easier to choose the finish!
A note on delegating work:
- I hate stripping. And while the professionals do their thing—I can work on another project!
- I’ve developed a good rapport with these guys because I’ve taken a lot to them!
- I’m generally only looking for stripping, am completely flexible to their schedule, and always negotiate $$!
- And, I’m not above bribery–I go in armed with DQ Blizzards for both guys!
I really have to laugh at myself–What. Am I. Going To Do. With. One. More. Bench?
I love to use different mediums to oxidize a piece of furniture.
Glazes, dark waxes, stains, paint. In this instance, I used a paint color called Pecan Sandie! It’s the absolute, most perfect paint color I’ve ever found to use as a “light” oxidizer! It seems to work well with any color and/or finish!
–I oxidized this piece both sparingly, and deliberately. You can see it most visibly at the feet.
Sorry, I can’t remember which paint fan-deck it comes from–but I can search through for it if you want to know!
I love iron, and thought this was such a cool piece–
I had to have it!
So look what I found recently on
Very cool–but mine is still going to become a cabinet base.
It’s in my queue of projects –I’ll share when I get to it!
I can breathe again!
Page 10 is restored to working order—future projects are queued up, and, available to pull for work!
I rediscovered this light fixture in the mess. I found it at the ReStore quite a while back —and began to alter it, but interruptions took me away, & I forgot completely about it.
I think it would be fun to use in decorating for the holidays! –Love the $5 price tag!
I disconnected the light, & taped the glass to paint over that garish gold.
~now the gold is barely noticeable!
~yes, I also collect vintage lamp parts!
And these are my 3 favorite candidates to top it off with. But, which one–?
I’ll use it as a Cloche!