and it’s SNOWING out!
Again, I say—I don’t think summer is in the cards for us in 2014.
Again, I say—I don’t think summer is in the cards for us in 2014.
Posted in construction and finishing TIPS, inspiration, thrifting!, tagged an alternative patio table, cast iron pedestal base, concrete, decorative tiles, patio tables, steel rings on May 12, 2014 | 2 Comments »
This is a really O L D project!
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!
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–!?!
Posted in construction and finishing TIPS, re-purposed furniture, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, thrifting!, tagged alternative closet doors, screen doors, the guest bedroom, thrift store lace drapes on May 6, 2014 | 13 Comments »
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-!
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!
~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.
The lace drapes are thrift store-found, I loved the loose-to-heavy patterning!
I’m sharing my cottage-y closet doors with a few of my favorite linky parties!
Posted in bedroom furniture, construction and finishing TIPS, painting, salvage, tall cabinets, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, thrifting!, tagged corbels, painted ceilings, painted skies, Panetières on April 19, 2014 | 3 Comments »
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.
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!
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!
Here’s another view of my desk and “Panetière.”
You can see the posts on the making of this HERE
I don’t go there very often because it’s rare I find anything– –or a price tag I’m willing to pay-!!
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!
Posted in antique mall space!, bedroom furniture, benches, building for charity, building green, chairs, Children's Furniture, curbies, for charity, hall trees, lighting, mirrors, re-purposed furniture, salvage, sewing projects, tall cabinets, the Journey of a Stylish Renovation, the ReStore, thrifting! on December 30, 2013 | 3 Comments »
But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL. What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled! Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!
~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway! Woo-hoo!
I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend! It started with a fire place…
And there were lots of miscellaneous projects….
But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!
Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches ; D
reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,
2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubby. And one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.
I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…). There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…
I would’ve liked to come up with some crazy, off the wall design–but I need some quick projects for the antique mall so the easy thing to do was a bench (and they sell well for me).
Last year I saw this brass branch with birds-thingy for $7.97 in a thrift store. I had an INstant flashback to an old ad for Patina Furniture. They were featuring this beaUtiful bed with birds atop each of the four posters. ~And it was an inCREDibly expensive bed.
So I bought the tacky brass-bird-thingy with the intentions of making my oWn version of the bed!
And then I waxed EVERYthing to the smOOthest finish! While I was at it–I even waxed the inside drawer rails because the drawers were just horrible to open and close. Now they just gLIDe!
Out of all the mayhem came these beautiful pieces!
Like I said, I cut off the foot board posts (again, because one was sO bad),
cleaned scoured the whole bed–it was really gross! Then I painted away, sanded, painted, sanded–waxed. Wow did my arms ache after that time off.
I unscrewed 2 of the birds from their branch and quickly figured out a way to attach them to the top of the posts. Double threaded screws. So off I went to the big-box-store. But guess what—they don’t have anything so small.
The guy said, “I guess you’ll have to scrap your idea, huh?” Silly man. Never under estimate the power of a determined girl!
Okay, plan A—out. Plan B. Why don’t I enlarge the hole, and re-thread it to the smallest double threaded screw you have? The guy actually looked surprised, but agreed, THAt could work— .
So we grabbed the double threaded screws, headed over to the isle with the drill bit/re-threading parts -aNd thEN- he said I would need to buy this $9 hand tool to do the job. “WHY?” I asked. After he explained why, and we “discussed it,” I said I really thought I could do it without the pricey (probably, 1 time use) tool, but I wOUld buy it just for back up.
Maybe WOmen are just better at this stuff—I never had an ounce of trouble using my drill–very s l ow l y, and finished the task in less than 5 minutes. And I retURNed the unopened tool for a refund the next day.
I wanted to float the bed in my small space, so I needed some supports to hold it upright. Bed stores actually sell short little bed rails for display purposes, but they’re expensive. And, honestly, I wasn’t sure someone wouldn’t assume they go with the bed at sale and take them too!
So I grabbed some scraps and made an improvised “collar.” While I was at it, I made a little platform so I could display some pillows in the void.
Here are my 2 concoctions—
PS~ I’m saving the other two birds for a project that will be for ME!
I’m sharing my projects in these linky parties!
I’m still alive—the shingles are finally at the end! Can I get a woot-woot, he-ey!
~And thEN I got hit with a 2nd punch. About 3yrs ago, I -somehow- got a sebaceous cyst on my back, between my shoulder blades, right over my spine. The doctor cut it open to drain it, easing the pain (after causing mOre 1st) and it was over. For a while. It slowly started to come back, and we’ve been monitoring it since.
About a week and a half ago, it suddenly got really inflamed and I was in just awful pain. ~Like there was a competition going on between my head and my back.~ I headed back in to the doc—it was all infected and about the size of a golfball. “Totally coincidental,” I was told. S-u-r-e. I’m on anti biotics.
I was also told to check out a couple medical videos (you can find on Youtube) because, when the infection clears we’ll have to do one or the other—cut it out, or drain it again. Whichever~it’s gonna hurt, and it’s gonna leave a scar—jOy. Have I paid my dues now. . ?
And now I’m going to bury myself in a thousand projects! No more talk of pain and misery.
I popped the little glue-tacks that held the accordion-styled over-shade to its liner-shade. Cleaned it with the vacuum hose/brush and then spray painted it. Could it be aNy easier?!?
Then using an awl, I punched a small hole in the over-shade, and threaded the cut flower through. I bent the wire into a little curly-cue, and added a little dob of hot glue for extra staying power.
After I applied all 7 flowers (that I found at mom’s Hobby Lobby on clearance for $4.76), I re-affixed the over-shade to the liner-shade with some hot glue. Easy-peasy project!
After a big discussion about selecting flexible colors for her new room -that she can grow with- we are using more of that same green! Wait till you see how~
I’m feeling better enough to get back to finishing her bookshelf-dresser now, so mOre to come—at last!