Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Celery Rocking Chair

According to my husband, I never met a chair I didn't like.  That goes double for rocking chairs!  I found this one at a yard sale last summer.  It was solid and the price was right, so it came home with me.  The only problem was the finish.  It was old, checked, and worn.


I debated for quite a while about what to do and thought about stripping it down to bare wood and refinishing it, but with my shoulder the way it is, I decided against that option.  I decided chalk paint was the easiest and headed to the store.  The paint used can be found at your local discount store for under $5.  The color is Celery. Wink-wink!

There was absolutely no prep.  The chair got two coats of paint, some distressing, and two coats of satin polyurethane.  Done!


Apologies for the 'after' photos.  Naturally, the day it's finished and I need photos for this post, it's a rainy day!

This was a 'No Muss, No Fuss' transformation.  If you haven't tried chalk paint yet, you should, especially since it is no available at a very affordable price!

Have a wonderful week and be sure to stop by again soon!


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Monday, July 25, 2016

A Little Vacation & a Feature

Happy Monday, All.  The Apple Street Cottage is taking a little vacation this week.  No worries, though, I've featured a post on the right from last summer and I'll be back next week.

Have a fabulous week!
Ann


Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Find

Strawberry Pie


I'm calling it a 'find' because I found the recipe on Pinterest.  You can find it on my dessert board.

Super Easy - Super Tasty.  Make one.  You won't regret it!

Have a wonderful weekend...that includes pie!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The $10 Bar Makeover

I've been working on this project over the past 2 weeks in short bursts and now it's finally done!
If you've been following here for a while, you'll remember we brightened up the basement with white paint.  You can read about that HERE.  The lighting isn't very bright and the pine walls just made it darker.  We weren't sure what we wanted to do with the bar, so we just waited - until now!  Here's a before pic:
It didn't fit-in with the rest of the room, so it got 3 coats of white paint, leftover from painting  the room.  The footrest was covered with red linoleum, so I removed the metal edge, taped it off, and spray painted it with hammered gray - also a leftover from a previous project, and reused the same edge.


I finally found a use for all of those synthetic corks I had stashed away and created a design on the front of the bar:
The entire design took over 180 corks!
Then there was the top of the bar that was covered with the same red linoleum that I mentioned earlier:
My solution?  Vinyl Floor tiles!  Eight of them at 89 cents each.
A utility knife to cut, peel, and stick!

Some blue tape and caulk to finish the edge:
A complete transformation:
I did have to buy new caulk, since the tube I had was dried-out. 
Ten dollars later, I have this:

Time for cocktails!

If you've found another creative way to use vinyl tiles or synthetic wine corks, I'd love to hear about it.  
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Find

First harvest from the garden:
It was a cold Spring around here, so the garden was planted a little later than usual.  I was so excited to have fresh green beans for dinner the other night.  You can't get green beans with this much taste from the grocery store!

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you're able to enjoy some fresh produce from your garden!



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pallet Wood Boxes & A Vote!

*Updated Pallet Boxes*
Since I made these original pallet boxes, I dressed them up a bit with some lettering (the knobs were not a huge hit).  Here's a peek:

To see how I did the lettering, click HERE.


Original Post:

It rained all day yesterday, so I decided to pull out some of my pallet wood and build something.  Since I'm a beginner, I started with something simple, a box.
Styled with some hydrangeas, mason jars, and candles, it makes the perfect centerpiece.

Here's a little "How-To:
After cutting the pieces with my jigsaw and nailing them together, I had a box that measured about 19" long.
White paint was dry-brushed on:
When that dried, walnut stained was rubbed over the entire box.
A palm sander was used to smooth the box a bit (pallet wood is really rough).  I still kept the box rough, but I didn't want anyone getting splinters.  It looks like old barn wood now, don't you think?

Next came the 'styling'.  You saw the first one at the beginning of the post.  Here are a few more ideas:



I also thought these boxes could be used for gift giving.
  
Embellishments are the next step and I'm already thinking about some graphics, but, I had some wooden drawer knobs that I thought might work.  

Here's the voting part:  Knobs or no knobs.  The hubs didn't like it and I'm not sure.  I used glue dots to attach them temporarily - just in case it's a unanimous NO!

Knobs (there's one on each end)
or no knobs?

Let me know in the comments, won't you?

Have a wonderful week and be sure to stop back to see the results!




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Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Find

Just some beautiful flowers that were growing along the side of the road.
They came home with me.  Note to self:  Keep scissors in car!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Wine Cork Trivet

Admit it.  You save wine corks.  They're in a jar, a zip-loc bag, or rattling around the junk drawer.  It's time to do something with them.  I've made a large wall hanging and a wreath (I'll show you those another time).  But, this time, I decided to be practical and made a trivet.
How about a little how-to?

First, let me say, I used all natural corks, none of the synthetic ones that are so popular now.  I just don't know how the synthetic corks would hold up against the heat of a casserole dish!

Using my jigsaw, I cut a 9" X 9" square of plywood and sanded the edges. 
So the trivet wouldn't scratch any tables, I cut a piece of felt and glued it to the bottom using regular white school glue.
Since I forgot to take a pic when I did it, here's a look at the felt on the final product.

Out came my collection of corks and I decided on the pattern I wanted on this trivet.  Using E-6000, all of the corks were glued on the plywood. Done, right?  
Not so fast!  The edge had a very "unfinished" look to it:
See what I mean?

I decided to add some sisal rope to the sides to finish it off.  E-6000 was used again and the rope was taped until the glue dried.  I highly recommend doing one side at a time.  It takes longer, but, in the long run, it makes your life easier!
A nice "finished" edge!

You can make these in any size.  I chose the 9" X 9" because the corks fit and I didn't want to cut any of them.  Just a personal preference.
So get out those corks and get busy!  If you're not motivated to create something with your corks, send them my way - I'll take all the corks I can get!  

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Find

Just a quick post to share this little wagon found at a yard sale:
I thought about painting it, but decided to leave it a bit rusty.  A plant was added and it was put it in the spot that used to have my hydrangea.  Yes, I said, "used to".  The roofers kinda smashed it.  It was a sad day, but, plants DO regrow!  Besides, I've been getting compliments on the wagon just as it is!

Have a safe and happy July 4th weekend!


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