Sunday, September 25, 2016

Last Gasp of Summer

Fall has officially arrived, but I picked this hydrangea the other day, right before I started decorating the front porch with mums!

This is not going to be my typical post since I've had major computer issues for the past several days.  My laptop decided it would be fun to freeze every page I tried to load.  Fortunately, I have tech-savvy husband who got right to work on it.  Long story short, he had to take it back to 'factory'. 
I saved most of the important stuff on the cloud, and was able to save a lot more before the computer was wiped.  Now, I'm in the process of getting everything back to the way I like it. 
My biggest issue is getting Pinterest to load properly.  It started right before things started to freeze and it still isn't right.  Whenever I open it,  the page starts to load, but as I scroll down, the pins start to form a single line down the right side.  It's so frustrating!  Is anyone else having issues?
Give me a few days,  and everything should be back to normal.  In the meantime, enjoy the 'Last Gasp of Summer' hydrangea.
Thanks for stopping by and listening  to my technology issues.
Have a great week!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Here, Kitty, Kitty....

The jigsaw has been getting a workout.  Last week I shared the Pallet Pumpkins and this week, it's Black Cats!
I love Fall and I'm not really into scary Halloween decorations, so these little cuties are right up my alley.  I had the wood sitting in a pile, so, the first thing I did was draw myself a pattern.
As you can see, I thought the bottom should be a little broader, so I had to add pieces to the original pattern.  After that was done, I placed it on a piece of wood and traced it with a marker.
Out came the clamp and the jigsaw.
Once the cat was completely cut out, everything was sanded and it looked like this:
Now, came the easy part: paint, distress, embellish.  As you can see from the first picture, I made 3 different sizes and dressed up some wtih raffia and others with tulle ribbon.  I can't decide which is cuter!
Which one do you like better?

I'm really enjoying my jigsaw and before you know it, I'll be sharing some Christmas projects.  I know, it's only September, but, before you know it, the holidays will be here!

Thanks for stopping by and, as always,  I hope you'll leave a comment, share, and pin.  Have a wonderful week and I can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pumpkin Time!

It's September and that means Fall is here or just around the corner. Since I still have a good bit of pallet wood to play with,  I decided pumpkins were next on the list.  I layed down 4 pieces of wood and was able to fit 3 pumpkins on them.
I don't have a tutorial this time, since the pattern came from 
Her Tool Belt.  - Great Site!
I made a few minor changes from the one on Amy's blog.  First, I didn't cut out leaves.  I don't have a scroll saw and I like my fingers!  I wired each piece together from the front to the back so the wire is smooth on the front.  She used a paint layering technique, I just used orange paint, distressed the pieces, and rubbed a little dark stain over them.
A couple of leaves from an old garland were glued on and a raffia bow was tied around the stem.  Pumpkins complete!
Now, if you take a close look at the center pumpkin, you'll see that I painted and distressed it, no stain.  I like variety!
Let's not forget, they came from this:

This is an easy project that is definitely putting me in the mood for Fall.  How about you?  What are you working on?

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Wicker Telephone Table & My Husband Is A Decorator

I saw this telephone table on a fb yard sale site.  The sale was starting the next morning at 9:00 and someone had already asked about it (even though the post said, "No questions, just show up").  I figured this person would be an early bird, so I moved on.
The next morning found me still thinking about it.  It was already past 8:30 and it was a half-hour drive to this yard sale. We hopped in the car. I figured if it was meant to be, it would still be there and, if I didn't go, I'd be kicking myself.  

We got there about 9:15 and it was still all of its pink-sparkly glory!
Even the fabric on the cushion was sparkly.  Yikes!

I practically ran over to it (my husband told me to slow down!)
and snapped it up for $30.  It's 2-pieces, so it slid easily into our car.  I was doing the Happy Dance!  Here's a look from another angle:

Those pink sparkles were not my style, so I grabbed a few cans of Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint and got to work.  

Now, here's a little tip for spray painting...get one of these:
It fits right on your spray can and saves you from finger cramps and painting your finger.  It's a lifesaver!

The process of painting wicker can be tricky. Since there are so many nooks and crannies, you have to keep flipping the pieces over and spraying from all angles.

Soon (after a few cans of paint) the pink sparkles were gone, and the beautiful blue emerged.
The final step was to find some fabric and recover the seat cushion. Before I could do that, my husband took the cover off the old bench that was on our side porch, wrapped it around the cushion, and put it in place.
Yes, my husband is a decorator - wink, wink!

I'm not sure that will be the permanent cover, but it works for now.This little bench fits right in on our cozy side porch and it's a perfect spot to sit for a while, or to put on/take off your shoes.

It's September already and it's time to work on those fall projects, but I just couldn't wait to share this with you.

Wishing you a wonderful week and commenting, sharing, & pinning are always appreciated!

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jewelry Organizer Revisited

Today we're taking a look back at a project I completed last year.  
This jewelry organizer started out as a key rack:
Anyone remember these?

The full story can be found HERE.  
This was an easy makeover and I'm pretty sure you'll be on the look-out for an old key rack now!

Have a wonderful week, my friends - be sure to share, pin, and comment...I LOVE comments!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Craft Cabinet

I'm in the process of moving my Craft Room from the basement to the spare bedroom.  In addition, I'm downsizing and purging the "stuff" I really don't need or use anymore.  It's quite a task!

In order to help with the process I bought an unfinished cabinet to store the "stuff" I want to keep.  Naturally I remembered to take a 'before' picture when I got to this part:

Yep, doors, drawers, & hardware, all removed!  What can I say?
So, I found a pic online:

I used that beautiful Peacock chalk paint that I talked about in The Ugly Duckling post.
Since this cabinet was bare wood, I read that it should be given a coat of shellac or primer.  Since there was no shellac in the house, I used primer, which raised the grain of the wood.  For a brief moment, I thought about sanding it with 220, but decided against it. This is chalk paint, after all!
Two coats of Peacock Chalk Paint and the color was gorgeous. There were still a few rough spots from the grain, so I gave it a light sanding - literally, 'swish-swish' and that was it.  The edges got a little distressing to add character.
I love how a little of the white primer shows through!

Next came a coat of clear wax and a coat of dark wax - both applied with a rag because I don't own a wax brush.  The knobs were spray-painted white and everything was reassembled.

The past week has been spent filling the cabinet with my craft supplies.  That little cabinet is also filled.  A show-n-tell is in order, but that's a post for another day...

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ugly Duckling-Swan Story

I'm back again with a little cabinet that was hiding in the corner of the basement.  It was painted a pink/beige color and was pretty dingy.  I loved the fact that it was solid wood, the rest of it?  Not so much!  The top was yellow with a nifty green edging.  Quite the choice for a pink cabinet, don't you think?

Guess what came off first.  I used a screwdriver and a hammer - gone in no time at all!
Next, the drawer knobs came off and the entire cabinet was scuffed with some 220 on my palm sander.  
The cabinet was painted with chalk paint in Peacock, distressed, and waxed. Once again,  this paint was purchased in my local discount store for under $5.  

Now I had to deal with the top.  I cut pallet wood to fit, sanded, dry-brushed some white paint, and stained it to give it a rustic look. I attached it with Liquid Nails and left it to dry overnight.

Then I had to addresss the unfinished edge.  After removing the edging, I was left with this:
So I bought some plain wood molding, cut pieces to fit, and gave it the same finish as the pallet wood.  Attached it with small nails, gave everything two coats of polycrylic and called it done!

I bought 4 new knobs for the drawers (wasn't crazy about the old ones), attached them, and brought the cabinet out of the basement.
It now sits in my (soon-to-be) new Craft Room, which is being purged and moved out of the basement.  You can see the Sahara Chair next to it and soon I'll share the whole room.  Right now, it's a work-in-progress.

So, there you have it.  An Ugly Duckling turned into a Swan, or, maybe, a Peacock!  
I hope you enjoyed this little makeover.  I hope you'll share, pin, and follow.  There's so much more to share.
Have a wonderful week and thanks for visiting the Cottage!