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. . .lucky day---after all!I do really love this cabinet.  Especially its curved & bowed doors and its glass -but-

it’s SMALL.

6ft tall and a mere  ……20″ wide.

Yes, very impractical,

but let’s see….

 

First–I stripped the doors, and then the face frame~which was the only other actual wood.  The rest is all composite~plastics and “wood.”

Next, I had to figure out a paint scheme for the balance since it’ll be living in mom’s LL for a while.  But I’m planning to load it with as much china as it will hold so the colors need to look good with all that too.

Thankfully, my china tends to be mostly in varying shades of whites with golds and platinum detailing.  I love to mix & match china for different looks!

working on the small china cabinet

Boy oh boypaint colors.

I didn’t want a shabby chic look,

and although I love old whites and pale grays, I knew my china would not only “blend in,” but the cabinet wouldn’t go well in the room.

I didn’t want another “black” piece so close to the dark-stained sofa or the off-black island, or a green “like” the kitchenette base cabinets…..

I was only half tempted to veneer the outer sides for more options, but –another stained piece–???

I finally decided on a “peanut buttery” color of paint I had on hand for the interior and to play with a faux paneled side idea.

I dry painted and smudged a white on the sides for a mottled “base” effect and gave it 24hrs to dry.

While that set up I played with a change of hardware to capture something more simple Euro-looking.

working on the new china cabinet--Day 2 I taped off and painted the paneled sections

I used 2″ tape to create a consistent measuring guide while taping off and an exact-o-knife for clean up…

Unfortunately, it has been incredibly humid while working on this project and I honestly think it’s responsible for the “fail” you see on the one side.  So before I can do the finishing touch of some detailed hand-painting, I have repair work to do.   :  \

painting the faux paneled sides--

I’ll leave you at this point  -for the moment-

with another design change.

another design change--

I’m having the hardest time getting any decent pictures to show you anything more because of lighting….we’re in storms now so I hustled the piece inside and to the LL for the remainder of work.

Subterranean lighting is always difficult -but add in stormy skies….

So till tomorrow,

Catherine

I’m sharing my project with these few linky parties!

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a glimpse of our garage sale--We’re TRYING to have a garage sale,

and it’s SNOWING out!

Seriously.

Again, I say—I don’t think summer is in the cards for us in 2014.

Catherine

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Can you believe it's snowing on May 16th?Maybe I should’ve written “SNOW delay.”

garage sale day--

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All I can find is this picture to show and share.

This is a really  O L D  project!

You’ll have to use your imagination as I explain. . .

my patio table---

See the dark rim around the table top?

That’s a steel ring.

That’s where this project started.

Someone gave me that steel ring—noooo idea why.

And one day I got this Crazy Idea.

What if I lay it down on some heavy gauged plastic,

and mix up some QuickCrete,

and pour it into the steel ring–??

Hey!  Before it sets up—can I press some artsy tiles into it–??

So either I just did something really cool. . .or really bone-headed and sacrificed some cool tiles.  Hmmmm. . .

Shortly before this Crazy Idea, I happened to stumble onto an incredible, and sUper heavy, cast iron pedestal-table-base.  In a thrift store— $20.    (if my memory is good)

It seemed rather serendipitous they should be paired together—nO?  And it all worked out—YaY!

Could you picture it?

And~I’ve always wanted to do it again, but a little differently.

What if I pressed ceiling tin into the concrete before it sets up—just for its IMAGE to transfer?

And what if I added some concrete stain to the mix–!?!

Alas, I’ve never come across another steel ring. . . .

btw~our Arizona monsoons never blew ThiS table over!  ; D

Catherine

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driving cross country--First. . . .I’m sooooooooooo sick of packing-unpacking-repacking and loading and unloading trucks and driving a “lame” truck cross country.  I’m hoping that will be the last for at least a little while—pretty please-!

choosing hardware--Now on to something FUN!

My cottage-y closet doors!

They’re essentially finished, except for some details to make them function even more!

I thought I was going to use an actual screen door handle but opted for this flea market pair instead!

before and during---

the details---And this is how beautifully (I think) they came out!

I love them–and think they are the perfect touch to this gazebo-styled bedroom

Catherine

a better view of the lace drapes---

~The colors are very soft, but I’ve yet to catch a sunny day to picture anything with any color accuracy—  : \

The colors are Ben Moore’s Wickam Gray and Alabaster White.

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The lace drapes are thrift store-found, I loved the loose-to-heavy patterning!

details of the closet doors--Cottage-y closet doors for the gazebo-like guest bedroom!

I’m sharing my cottage-y closet doors with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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So you want to see more of that ceiling detail….

sleeping under a sunny sky…I wrote about it initially in this blog post!

Uhhhh, y e a h—I admit, I still haven’t finished it.

I liked my designs for the center scrolls and fleur de lis “finial” (not applied yet), but I just couldn’t get the outer scrolls right.  So I stepped away from it.

And I haven’t returned as yet.  Oooops.

C’est la vie!

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Why the sky–??

Well—this is the guest bedroom I’ve claimed for my own while at my mother’s.

And—I really missed my Arizona skies….the clearest and most incredibly brilliant, turquoise-y blue skies that are impossible to forget!

So I’m “taking comfort” in a painted version!  Sure, I gave it wAy more clouds than you’d ever see in Phoenix, but it needed some layering—including those sparrows and barn swallows!

sleeping under a Sunny Sky!I found the four corner corbels at TJMaxx long-long ago and ripped the lattice on the table saw.

I tied a loose loop in string around the chandelier, stretched it out 4ft, and tied another loose loop around a pencil.  And then drew out the 8ft diameter circle.

I bought a PLASTIC version of detailed cove (usually used for exteriors) so I could trim out the circular shape—and then I painted away!

—inside the lines!—

It’s a nice way to wake every morning!

Catherine…….

my “Panetière”Here’s another view of my desk and “Panetière.”

You can see the posts on the making of this HERE 

HERE 

HERE 

HERE.

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Yes, I have a full plate of priority projects -but-

make anything a chalkboard

when I saw this product recently,

I thought it was a really awesome idea-

TRANSFORM EVERYDAY SURFACES

INTO A CHALKBOARD

-and I was eager to try it out!

I tested it on a thrift store over-sized pizza board I really didn’t want after all, deciding it might make an fun message board instead!

The board’s finish was a bit “fuzzy” so I gave it a thorough fine-sanding.

*When I’m using regular chalkboard paint I always give a very light sanding between coats to lessen the brush strokes  -to get the smoothest end finish.

the FAIL--That being said I brushed on a first coating of this product -per their instructions- all in one direction, waited an hour, and brushed on the second coat in the opposite direction, then let it cure for 24hrs.

Okay, NOT liking those brush strokes, I admit to lightly sanding the project before applying the 2nd coating–which did NOT go over well, peeling in a few areas.  So I tried to feather it out and I suppose I over-compensated for it with the 2nd application.  Again–I let it cure over night/24hrs and tried to soften the brush strokes with another light fine sanding–this time it peeled a little in other areas.

“Priming” the board with chalk seemed to exacerbate the issues, and, it actually scratched more of the finish.  To me, this was a project FAIL.  I darkened the picture above so you could better see some of the scratches, and the “blotch” below the 10″ was one of the areas it peeled.

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my pizza board chalkboard-001I turned over the pizza board for a Do-Over and took a different approach.

This time I poured out a small amount and used a cloth to spread it around evenly.  This approach was so much more EVEN and SMOOTH and I applied 4 thinner coatings.  I still gave an hour between coats and 24hrs cure time.

It looked WAY better, and there were no problems when I primed/coated the board with chalk–YaY!

It was really nice writing, erasing, and re-writing on this side of the board!

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I still think this product is an awesome idea  -but-  I also think it’s going to take some “practice makes perfect” to find the best application/outcome.

I love that you can now create a “non-colored” or “clear” chalkboard over an original wall color, door color, glass. . . fabric maybe–?

my pizza board chalkboard-002

Playtime over . . . . . . back to real work now!

Catherine

DSC06512-On a BTW foot note–

that glimpse of blue stove you see is my mother’s 1954 GE slate blue stove.  The only one she’s ever had.  It too has traveled all over thanks to the Air Force!

The little chair (1900) sits beside the stove in memory of our beloved great aunties, just as it always sat beside theirs in the old farm house.

*The kitchen is the only room not renovated-

sOOn,

I hope!

; D

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no more lamp--my new trophy urn!Running errands all  around town a little earlier today, I happened to be close by the very same thrift store where I found the Urn Lamp I turned into a trophy just recently-

-so I detoured for a quick  pop-back-in!

I don’t go there very often because it’s rare I find anything– –or a price tag I’m willing to pay-!!

But look what I found there!  AGAIN!

And for chEAper this time!  It sucks they didn’t put both out together that might have both had the cheaper price (?).  Oh well

So, I really don’t think I need two of these, and will probably put it directly in the antique mall for sale–as quickly as I alter it too!

Catherine

URN lamp to trophy urn

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