Wednesday, 31 July 2013
I primed them with spray on Zinnser cover stain and they still ate up the additional white spray paint as if they had been starved.
I have been working on 4 new chairs that I picked up at the Goodwill for $5 a piece. I thought it would be fun to add some embellishment to make them unique. I am waiting on the wipe on poly to dry before I can bring the inside, but here is a peak at what I have done to them.
That blue is the cats meow, and I’ll tell you all about it in an upcoming post and why I will never use Valspar spray paint again.
Sunday, 21 July 2013
The best part of this makeover was that my best friend came over half way through and helped me finish it. We got to spend some time together and accomplish this makeover in just a few hours. I am still working on accessorising and quite frankly, don't like too much stuff on the walls, it may just stay this way.
All of the changes were made with things that I had bought at thrift stores.
Here’s the breakdown:
8’ x 6’ jute rug – $10
Fabric for headboard and cushions – $4
Maltase coverlet and two pillow shams – $16
Curtains – $14
I had left over paint from the kitchen and painted the one wall that was previously chocolate brown. I also painted out a square above my dresser because I had previously had a tv on that wall and painted around it last time I painted, don’t be a ding dong like me:)
The jute rug was a steal at $10 and is in great condition
The fabric is so pretty and there was just enough to do the king sized headboard and two pillow covers.
It’s not how I had planned to spend my Sunday, but when inspiration hits, you just have to go with it.
I hope you are having a great weekend.
Read more at http://diyshowoff.com/2013/08/04/that-diy-party-28/#vkkuZfZhlPURtkoT.99
Saturday, 20 July 2013
I have wanted to make my own chalkboard paint for a while and finally got around to doing so. of all of the colours I could have chosen, I went with grey, boring!
After I sold my rattan étagères, this wall was left blank. Not that there is anything wrong with a blank wall, but this one is 15’ high, so without anything there, the room didn’t feel anchored, which is especially important when you have high ceilings.
I moved this dresser over from it’s old position where it hosted my tv. The frame was one I have had kicking around here for well over a year. I bought a piece of wood cut to the dimensions of the frame and painted on two coats of the diy chalkboard paint.
Is anyone else confused about DIY chalkboard paint versus DIY chalk paint? I used 1 tbs of unsanded grout in 1 cup of paint. Well isn’t that the same formula for chalk paint? I’m a slow learner. Either way it worked out fine. The only caution I have is to be absolutely sure you get every last little grain mixed in really well, stir for at least an hour, ok, maybe not quite that long.
Maybe some day I’ll live on the wild side and paint with something other than neutrals :)
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
I was asked to make a memorial sign for a family who lost their family dog to a tragedy; it involves a groomer and a table and being leashed to that table and not being paid attention to. So sad.
This sign was made with a 16” x 16” piece of plywood. I added banding to the edges then painted it in three coats of Behr linen white (which is my fave new white).
Sorry for the crappy photos, I finished it last night and couldn’t get a good picture, then I rushed to take a picture of it before I left for work this morning.
The picture frame was attached with Velcro so that the photo can be changed if the recipient wants to. The edges were rubbed with black distressing ink and that’s that.
These signs are easy to make and the velcroed (is that a word?) frame makes it easy to change!
Have a wonderful day.
Saturday, 13 July 2013
I made some new cushions for my patio chairs with some thrifted fabric. I have since power washed the stones, please ignore the algae. LOL
I followed a fantastic tutorial by Christy at Confessions of a serial diyer. Easiest covers, ever.
I found this utility box at a garage sale for $2 and gave it a few coats of different colours to come up with a pretty little display box.
We drink tea in our house every night after dinner, it must be our British roots. I found these EAT letters in a bright yellow but toned them down to better suit my space. And, rearranged them to be more appropriate for us.
I have fulfilled some sign orders and have one more in the works.
Today I am off to meet a fun and wonderful friend that I met through my blog. She is visiting from North Carolina and we are going to make a day of it, I can’t wait.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Saturday, 6 July 2013
One of the side chairs has had a repair to the strut on the bottom, but it’s not a big deal. All of the seat caning is in pristine condition.
I’d love to get started right away but it’s a scorcher out there today, not weather to be taken lightly.
Ok, so any suggestions on finishing them?
Monday, 1 July 2013
It was only $20 and I figured was worth the work, as it has some pretty features and is a good size, but that stain is horrendous.
I started by taking the table apart in order to get to the bottom shelf properly. I followed that by a coat of Zinner Cover stain, spray for the legs and roll on for the table tops.
I hung the legs from twine on a tree to make it easy to get all of the areas covered at once.
I used the same blue/grey paint that I used in my kitchen, followed by linin white in all the grooves. It has some pretty details.
I applied 3 coats of polycrylic to the top, which turned out streaky :( I am NOT redoing it. I should have known better than to do this in high heat, high humidity in the garage…grrrrrr. It’s good enough for me.
I was inspired by Crystal’s table redo. which you can visit at My Elements to Elegance Crystal lives close by and has some great projects, please stop in and pay her a visit. Her table is gorgeous, don’t you agree?