Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Find

Welcome to the very first Friday Find.  Today I want to share something that was originally found almost 30 years ago:
I found this shell one morning, on the beach in Aruba.  It's been packed away for a while and was recently rediscovered when I started unpacking boxes to Style the Hutch.   It's actually pretty large - the size of your hand and I was thrilled to find it, since so many of the other ones were smashed to bits.  That morning there were several workers raking-up the broken shells that had come in on the tide.  I was the only one out there and they must have thought I was crazy picking through the debris.  
I'm so glad I did - It's a treasured reminder of our honeymoon in such a beautful place!

Have a wonderful weekend...and thank you for stopping by the Cottage.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I Gotta Wear Shades!

Meet Chalk Pig:
He's the latest addition to the Pig Collection(yes, we have a pig collection!), here, at the Cottage.  When I took him out of the box the first thing my husband said was, "HE DOESN'T HAVE EYES!"

So I did a little searching, and found these:
I'm a problem-solver - don't you think?

I hope Chalk Pig made you smile.  Have a great week!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

'Stylin' the Hutch

Last week I shared the newly painted hutch.  It is now styled and I want to share this update:

I couldn't decide if I liked it better with, or without the hydrangeas in the foreground!

See the pig on the right?  There's a story - worthy of it's own post.  Stop back for that one tomorrow, won't you?

There are many treasures that were unpacked.  Each will be shared on a new feature:  Friday Find.  Be sure to stop by this Friday for the first one!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Painted Hutch

After several weeks of life with a paint brush in my hand, I am proud to say, "The hutch is done!"
I've been searching for one since we moved into the cottage about a year and a half ago and finally found it last fall.  It was your typical 1970's two-piece, dark pine hutch, and it was mine!  After wrestling it into the basement work area, it was ready for a makeover!

After all that work to get it in there, I wasn't going to ask my husband and neighbor to stack the pieces for a photo, so, here it is in all it's 2-piece glory!

I started on the bottom half by removing the doors, drawers and all of the hardware.  The top was sanded, stained a dark walnut, and sealed with two coats of polycrylic.  Here's a peek:
The next step was to scuff everything with 220-grit sandpaper and give it two coats of primer.  After that, two coats of paint were applied.  Here's what I used:
This part was set-aside to "cure" and it was time to start the top.  Once again, I removed the doors and hardware, along with the glass.  The same process was used to makeover this part.  

The hardware was cleaned (you can read that post HERE. and repainted with spray paint.
I noticed a bit of "sparkle" as I was spraying and decided everyone could use a little more sparkle in their lives!  Here are some close-ups:

Now, you may be wondering why it took so long to finish this project.  If you remember, I found the hutch last Fall.  I finished the bottom half in early November and then we did some traveling for the holidays.  The top was finished in January and, soon after, I had carpal tunnel surgery.  So, it was weeks of work stretched-out over a few months!

I'm very happy with the end product and have been working on washing my glassware, etc.  Be sure to stop back later this week to see the hutch "styled".

Thank you for stopping by the Cottage.  I hope you'll follow, share and pin!  Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

"No Chemical" Paint Removal

Hello, my friends!  I meant to post last week, but my vertigo was acting know it's bad when moving your eyes makes you dizzy!  If you suffer from vertigo, you know what I mean.  I suffered for a few days, then, finally tried the Epley Maneuver and was feeling much better the next day.  I'll have to share that in another post.  Now, let's talk about today's project.

Prior to my carpal tunnel surgery, I was busy working on a hutch for my dining room.  While I was painting, I had the brilliant idea to paint the hinges with a brush...yes, I know, not one of my finer moments!  I soon realized that it was a bad idea and was left with hinges thick with paint.  Chemicals were not an option.

I had read that one way to clean off the paint was to use a crockpot. I don't know about you, but I LOVE my crockpot and use it for FOOD!  No painted hinges were going in my crockpot, so I came up with my own solution.

Here's a quick peek at the hardware for one of the doors:
Even though everything wasn't painted, there was varnish (or some sort of finish) on the other pieces.

I grabbed a coffee can out of the recycle bin and place the hardware in the can.  Then, I sprinkled baking soda over all the pieces.

The kettle was filled with water and brought to a boil (on the Cottage's vintage stove).
The boiling water was poured in the can - just enough to cover everything, and the only thing left to do was wait - but, only for a few minutes.
As soon as the water was poured, you could see the baking soda and boiling water starting to work:
After a few minutes, I donned my rubber gloves (that water was HOT) and grabbed the painted hinge.  I rubbed my thumb over it and this is what happened:
Here's another view:
Pretty cool, huh?
Have a look at two of those unpainted pieces:

You can see the varnish peeling right off.

So, there you have it.  Paint & varnish removed.  No harmful chemicals were used, and the coffee can was rinsed out and place back in the recycle bin.  

A win for all, don't you think?

I'm so glad you stopped by and if you made it all the way to the end of this post, have no fear, you will see the finished hutch soon.  My husband needs to get a neighbor to help him carry it upstairs, since my hand isn't quite ready to carry a heavy load!

Have a wonderful week!

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