Friday, March 29, 2013

Auction Preview

I went over to preview everything at the Auction house for tomorrow's big day sale. 

To the left you will see a Vintage Edison record player. While it would be a neat conversation piece, I have no doubt I would not be able to bring myself to paint this beauty! It is in mint condition other than a bit of dust. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In the name of thrifty Decor

I want to share with you today how my brother has gotten creative with our back splash!  Yes, this is the linoleum on our kitchen floor! It is also being repurposed as back splash. There was such a good amount of it left over after

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Opportunity Offered

Today I recieved a message on FaceBook and was surprised when I clicked on it. This message resulted in a phone call between myself and someone who offered me an opportunity. 

I was asked if I would be interested in selling a certain brand of Paint! 

Needless to say I was extremely excited to speak with these folks! 

As it turns out, I am not in a position to take advantage of the offer quite yet ... Boooo!
Being so new to painting furniture, I do not have a shop...Yet! I am, however going in a few minutes to talk to someone about setting up a booth in their shop.

The next step will be to work my tail off getting pieces and painting them, setting up a booth and saving some serious cash. To take advantage of the offer, I will have to invest in my inventory. I think my best course of action is to see just how this will work in the location I have in mind. I will have to advertise, of course, and will have to work hard to make the booth work. The location is relatively dark inside, so lighting will have to be upgraded. It is also at the end of town..not the most popular spot. 

But I am going to try to make this work because it would be a dream come true! 

Just out of curiosity, how much did you all have to invest when you started to carry paint brands? Like CeCe Caldwell's, or Miss Mustard Seeds? Another thing I will have to consider is getting a business license, I suppose? So many things to think about! 

ALL input is more than welcome! 
I ned help and guidance!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Blog Hoppin'

At least once a week, during any kind of 'down time' I might have, I make it a point to go Blog Hoppin'!

I enjoy seeing things other's are doing, reading about their experiences, their projects, and thier families.

I don't have a pattern, or a linky party, or special method to my madness. I just Goooo! I thinkit isinteresting to see what is happening outdside of my own little bubble on this earth! Along my way, I leave a comment here and there, to 'show the love' as they say.

Hopefully, in time, more peeps will find their way to go Blog Hoppin' like a bunny over to my Blog every now and then too. And for those of you who do, I Thank, from the bottom of my heart!

Wishing you all a wondeful week!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Finally celebrating Spring~

Let me just say that I have been Green with envy for all of you celebrating spring. I didn't really have anything to paint, and had the itch to do just that.

Looking around the house, I decided this planter would be a perfect target! I bought it months ago when visiting our local Habitat for Humanity Restore shop. It matched our house and was only $5.00. One thing I definitely love is being spontaneous!

While waiting for paint to dry I went over to the Dollar Tree and looked for something to add to this planter. It is still too early here for any plants to go in it, but when the time comes I will add some moss, soil and pretty flowers to greet visitors.

I used 4 different Brands of paint on this baby!

The top row is actually a pastel pink...the one I used on the shutters and saloon doors. It is so very pastel that in pics, it seems to appear white. This is Clark and Kensington's paint. 

The middle row, is a yellow chalk paint I had on hand, and the bottom row is MMSMP's Luckett's Green. The four corner's are a pastel blue and it is by Royal. 

Clark and Kensington and Royal are both flat acrylic latex paints. 
All paints are just what I had on hand and the project was simply something to do on this wonderful Sunday! 

I like the fact that it incorporates paints that I already had, and they are soft pastel's easily used for Easter or to brighten up a room for Spring! Can't wait to get some pretty flowers growing in my little baskets!

As you know from experience, comments always make us happy! 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A weekend of Company

I haven't had much to blog about this week. We have been busy cleaning house and wrapping up our kitchen remodel so my nieces can have a good weekend here. They are taking the bus from Washington state to our house here in Oregon. That doesn't seem like a long trip, I know, but it is an 8 hour drive, so probably 10 hours or so on the bus.

It has been a year at last since my brother saw his girls. They are 20 years old I think...twins. It wil be interesting to have them visit. They are also my parents youngest grandkids!

We don't really have a lot planned other than to spend some quality time with the girls. There really isn't much to do in a little town like this. At least nothing that they haven't already done in previous visits. The girls have been working and going to college, so this will hopefully be a relaxing vacation from their busy young lives.

As for my adventure painting furniture....well that has come to a temporary standstill...I had to pay some bills, and focus for just a minute on things around the hosue and my pets. I am waiting for an AUction on the 30th...that is 8 days away! I feel like such a slacker! The pieces have bee getting snapped up like crazy around here so it has been difficult to grab anything to make over! Yard sales haven't started yet because it is still too cold, and we got mor snow the other night, making it even worse to try to snag anything to paint. In the mean time, I am working on a website. Now being so new to this, I probably don't really Need a website yet, but it gives me something to do in my spare time while waiting for the big auction and looking for a job.

Rest assured, I will be back very soon! After all, I still have those saloon doors and shutters to put together for my very first build tht I am dying to share!

Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A simple, tasty and easy Recipe!

I don't usually share recipe's here but I have one to share with you tonight. I just made it again, and have to say it is one of our favorites here. Anything I cook has to be easy because, well....I am just not the best cook!

Here is the link I got it from and I will give you my tips on how to enhance it!

I use Rice A Roni's Spanish Rice. Follow the directions on the package.
I use hamburger since chicken is rather expensive right now.

The black beans ...I just get the cheap can, drain well.

Once the burger is cooked and drained, I add the rice, corn, & beans. Simmer for 15 minutes.
That is when I add the salsa and top with cheese. And I use about half a jar of salsa. I save the sour cream for each to add their own on top. The best part is mixing up some guacamole to top it off with. I do not use tortilla's because it is too sloppy for them. Mine looks very much like the one in the photo with the recipe and it is Scrumptious!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Butcher Block

I recently messed up at the auction, went late, didn't preview anything, and yet my hand shot up like a rocket when this butcher block came up and the price was right. 

Don't ask me why.

Okay, it was because my brother had just talked that day about building something similar to put in the spot where the dishwasher would go, and we don't have one. The price was right and I knew I could paint it and fix it up. 

Got it home and cringed as I really checked it out. 
It is made out of plaster board and was covered with contact paper.  Ughh!

So in making the best out of a bad situation, I took the contact paper off, and primed it.

Then we talked over the color. I thought about selling it, but he said he wouldn't mind having it, and to be honest, we can't afford to build anything for the price I got this for. 

I replaced the little end caps that hide the screws that hold it together, and the casters will be on tomorrow morning.  I changed the little ring to a copper knob to open the door, but kept the hinge and little chains that hold it open. The front of that little drop down door needs one more coat of paint. I just didn't have time to get the casters on and do that last coat of paint, in part because my parents had to come visit this evening. 

Sometime soon, I think I want to get a 2x6 and make a real butcher block top for this. Until then, it is what it is. 

No distressing. Looks white in the photo. It is actually more of a cream color. 
Plain Jane!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Primed to paint!

I picked this up at the auction the other night. he auctioneer called it a butcher block. I call it plaster board. I didn't know that at the time or I would have passed. 

It was missing a caster, and it was covered in contact paper. In trying to make good out of a bad thing, 
I stripped the peeling paper. Cleaned it up. Now it is ready to paint when the primer is dry and I can get back to it, later this evening. Still no clue what color it will be.  Probably MMSMP Luckett's Green. Or it can be Salmon Red from the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. 

So from this when I brought it home

To the current stage with primer


I will be replacing all of the hardware and putting new casters on it. 

I am kind of thinking Luckett's Green for St. Patrick's Day.
But I am always open for suggestions too, and you can leave a comment in the box below! 
That would make me so happy!

Salmon Red or Luckett's Green?

Friday, March 15, 2013

An Auction Buy

Last night, my brother says, "oh, I almost forgot. It's Auction Night" and he was going to run out the door to go to it. I was under the impression, wrongly I might add, that there was no auction last night, but would be one Saturday. 

So I jump in the truck and go with him. Now mind you, it started at 6 pm, and it was already 7:30pm when we bolted over there. 


That meant we didn't get to preview anything. I should have just watched. 
Instead, my little hand shot up for a piece that I "thought" was going to be a nice piece. 
As we unloaded it

Monday, March 11, 2013

Redressing that wooden crate

Remember the post where I shared how I was Dressing up a wooden Crate? And remember how totally silly it looked? How non post worthy it really was?

Well, I decided I didn't like it and on a whim today did something different with it. Hopefully this looks a little better ...I like it much more than my first feeble attempt!


Believe it or not, I really am making progress getting ready to build something neat. And believe it or not my pieces for this are pastel pink, not

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Clark and Kensington Paint

Ace Hardware has a new line of paint, called Clark and Kensington. 

They were giving away a free quart yesterday and I am all about taking advantage of things like this so was there bright an early!

As some of you might know, I am planning to build something that I think is going to be a Smash so yesterday's freebie provided the perfect opportunity to get started.

I chose a very light pink color for this project, and started with my saloon doors. 

This is a paint and primer in one, so all I did for prep was wipe off any dust on the doors.

It worked like a charm. This paint has low Voc's and you truly hardly notice any odor at all. I am exceptionally sensitive to odor's of finishes and paints, and this paint did not bother me at all. 
It glides right on and applies evenly throughout the project. 
Clark and Kensington Paint also has a beautiful Ultra Smooth Finish that I like and is said to be stain resistant. {I have yet to test the stain resistance}

I like the fact that I can paint two different finishes and still have the same color and finish in the end. 

If you are ever wanting a Paint that will not require waxing afterwards and good coverage, I believe you should check out Clark and Kensington 

They are reasonably priced at $25.99/gallon and $15.99/quart.
Their colors are gorgeous too! 

For painting my shutters and saloon doors, I chose to use a foam brush to get in between the shutters and still get an even coat. Coverage was perfect and the results are amazing!

Check back with me often to see how my project progresses! 

I was not paid or compensated for writing this review. I did however, take advantage of a free quart of paint being offered to the general public. All comments and opinions are my own and simply because I truly enjoyed working with this paint.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pink Saloon Doors!

I am excited today! I am currently waiting for paint to dry.

Today is the freebie at Ace Hardware. They are giving away free quarts of Clark and Kensington acrylic flat paint. I just applied my first coat to one side of one of my saloon doors. It is a creamy paint, and being flat, it feels much like chalk paint. It has low VOC's so is easy to work with, and they have very pretty colors.

I started with the saloon door because I needed to know how well it would go on, and how it will compare to painting my plain wooden shutters. I also did a test spot on one of the shutters and it will be fine, look great!

The doors and shutters are going to be the main parts of my 'build'. I wanted to get them all painted before I begin building because once it is built I don't think it would be nearly as easy to paint. 

This picture above does not do the color justice. It is kind of a pastel mauve. I can't wait to finish, but it is going to take time to paint everything. I cannot take the doors or shutters apart so painting will be the most time consuming portion of this project! 
I am done with the first saloon door. 
My screen doesn't showcase the color well at all but hopefully yours will!

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Can't keep a Secret!

I have had a secret and can't keep it any longer!

I had the opportunity to pick something up, and I gave it a week to see if it was something I could use or not. Of course I can! The idea grew quickly, and I am going to start working on them today!

What would YOU do with these?

Can't wait to hear what you all can dream up to create with these saloon doors!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Thank you Old Fashined Milk Paint Company!!

I am writing this to let you all know how wonderful my experience with this Nilk Paint has been! 

First I will say that operator error always kicks me in the butt. I made the mistake of startng when I didn't have time to complete each piece of a twin bed set. That meant I had to mix the color I chose three times and messed it up.  I did sand the pieces, simply because I wanted to make sure the paint would adhere.

Once I got it together, (today) I finally got the color to match and got it finished. 
I love this Milk Paint! It feels like silk going on, and I like the sound when painting the second coat too. This paint goes on smooth and looks fabulous.  

In this picture, it looks like a baby blue, but I can assure you it is the lighting. It really is a darker green. When this paint is not diluted with white, it matches MMSMP's Kitchen Scale, Exactly! I know because I found something that needed a bit of that color and I used this since I was out of MMSMP KS. 

This next photo shows the headboard in back and foot board in front and also shows I managed to {finally} match the colors. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Dressing up a Wooden Crate

In light of painting skills, or lack thereof, I decided to try something else.

I found these balls of Maxi Cords the other day and went back yesterday to grab a couple. Today I decided to dress up one of several wooden crates I have just to see how it looked.

I think I am going to love this look, but might have to go all the way to the top! 

I am learning, I think!

I was not going to post about this simply because it is embarrasing. But I have to in hopes that others in the DIY world will step forward and help me to figure out a few things.

So here goes!

I have been working on a simple head board and foot board. Twin size. No biggie, right?