Monday, April 29, 2013

Vacuum cleaner Review. Warning...Not pretty!

I need a new vacuum cleaner! I just took my 8 month old out to the curb. You are probably asking WHY?? Well, here is my story about the vacuum from h***! I will apologize now for writing a bad review. I don't know if I should. However, it seems that people need to know that this is not the best machine out there.

My old Eureka died so I bought a new one. I have always had good luck with this brand, until now. I decided to go with their bag less brand, and since I have 4 pets, one of their products designed for the pet hair would probably best suit my needs. Or so I thought.

This was a headache quite soon after my purchase. Within the first month the hose was clogged and the rep I spoke to tried to tell me to put a broom handle in the hose to dislodge the clog.  My ad here is not the exact vacuum I have but close.

I soon found out that after using the machine, it had to be cleaned too. Wash out the canister; clean the filter, rinse the filter and wait two days for it to dry. Well, just to get the pet hair out

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Traveling to WA and Montana next month!

You all have to know that I am not one to travel much. I like to stick close to home.

But in late May, I am headed to my home state of Washington. I will be going to my son's house and from there, with my son and his family, going to Montana!!

My first grandchild is 18 years old Today~ Happy Birthday Kody!! This young man has made his family proud, with plans to go to college next year, after he graduates on May 26th! So I get to attend his graduation in Montana and spend a few days there. This is HUGE for me as I have never been there. I am extremely excited to go!

Upon returning to Washington, I will be spending a few days with my daughter and her two girls. I miss all of my family with all my heart, and seeing my girls will be a treat! I have not seen them since last summer. My daughter works full time, and of course the kids will be in school so I will have some free time during the day to go shopping! Whooohoooo!

I know there are a few wonderful shops in Washington that I want to go visit. However at the moment I cannot think of a single one of them! So if you know of any shops where I can go visit and see some of their stunning painted furniture and other beautiful items, please, please, leave a comment and or link in the comments below!

I am hoping to do a few posts along the way of my trip too. I am going to cut loose and let my hair down and have some fun, free from my responsibilities! I just need a list of places to visit along the way!

Oh and I want to see about taking a class from one of the shops too, so be sure to let me know who you would recommend!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hutch Reveal~

It is not all I had envisioned in the end, because of a Mod Podge Fail, but I think she is still light and better than that big hunk of brown thing that I brought home.

She came with these copper plated hinges so she got to keep them. 

I am spending tomorrow at my mom and dad's (a couple of miles away) to have my first ever sale. I did not paint the inside of this hutch, because to be honest, it is massive! If no one buys her as is, I will do a little more to the front and sides to decorate, and whom ever does eventually buy her, will get the option to have the inside painted for a small fee. 

Here is the Before: 

The windows in this piece were so disappointing! While they look like they have mesh wire in then, it is actually like a plastic kinda 70's style mess of Yuk! While that was what originally caught my attention, I had decided to proceed with buying it and making it over. I wanted to use lace in place of the plastic yellow mess, but in my town, I can't just run to JoAnn's a get the fabric. I had this white fabric with light bluw lines on hand, so decided to use it. 

In the long run, the white fabric and light blue lines enhanced the light gray paint of the unit and made me very happy with the results. I hot glued it in before reattaching the little rails that were there to hold the yellow plastic in. 

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Today's Sneak Peek!

I am simply dying to share my hutch project with you all, and while it is not quite done yet, I have decided to share a Sneak Peek!

Whenever I work on a project, I try to envision if it is going to look like something I might buy if I were  shopping for something like it. I had NO vision for this piece when I started, other than I wanted it to be a smokey gray. I am using home made chalk paint, so when I got my latex paint home, it was lighter than I anticipated. Nothing to panic about though! I went to work, and here is the sneak peek of what I came up with. Personally, I am liking it, and think it will be beautiful when complete!

This was a quick photo I snapped on my way out. Mt parents were going to lunch, and I opted to come home for a bit ... to post this. 

Check back this evening after 6pm, PST, for the complete Reveal! 

The hutch is not going to be finished tonight. 
One of my plans for the lower doors turned out to be an epic fail :(

The lesson I learned today is this: 
Do not try to decoupage on top of freshly waxed surface! 
At least not the way I did it. Thsat may have also been the problem. I was trying to reduce the amount of space on the waxed surface that was covered in Mod Podge, so I covered the back of the picture. Then I placed it on a freshly waxed surface. It bubbled. And bubbled some more. 

I had to remove the pretty paper, sand my surface, wash off glue, which was much easier than I expected, and repaint and re wax. 

The good news is that as soon as it was re painted and waxed again, when my mom came to see what I was doing, she could not tell the difference between the one I messed up and another door. All of the doors can be hung in the morning and then I will post the final project. 

My apologies for the delay. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

No sneak peeks

No sneak peeks anywhere today, but that hutch is almost done. I painted the shelves today and finished the top 3 doors. I love how they turned out! Just a little touch up tomorrow on them and they are complete (one got smudged up).

The bottom doors are going to have some decoupage work done to them, and I think this will really make the piece pop! Can't wait to see how it all comes together tomorrow. One upper door is already hung. 5 more doors to go and I am all done with this piece.

Here is the 'before' to remind you what piece I am talking about.

All I can say is that it looks totally different now :) Can't wait to share it with you all. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Creative legs

Remember the old desk I did a couple of weeks ago?Well, the wood so pretty brittle and the legs were really brittle. It was as if it had never been cared for in any way. So I needed to do something for the legs so the don't splinter; I moved the desk once and a piece of the leg splintered which was what drew my attention to the problem.

I searched this itty bitty town high and low. I wanted to put a strip of tin around the legs. But couldn't find what I was looking for. Strange, I know. This place is like that though. I also tried Plasti Dip. I got the spray can because in all honesty, dipping eight desk legs would be rather awkward. Wood filler failed due to the places the legs were splintering.

I finally decided that the only answer left was ......

Duct ( duck) tape!

This was not the color I had in mind, but it is what was available here. Then I thought it was okay since it is paint splatters hehe! With the desk top being chalk board, I was thinking this might make it a fun desk for a kid. And the best part is that it can be replaced if needed! 

So I really need to a bad way...what say you? 

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Last week I scored another pair of shutters. Super cheap.

They were in the back of my mini van for a few days and then out by the fence for a day or two. Today I took a closer look at them and knew right away they had to be cleaned, even to sell them as is.

So I have just spent the last 45 minutes cleaning one of them. The difference is incredible!  The one on the left is clean, the other will give me another blister before the night is over.

So in cleaning them up, I have decided that I am not painting them. Painting shutters is so time consuming and one of the reasons I have yet to complete my custom build.I have to admit I got bored with the shutters and saloon doors for that project, despite that it is going to look amazingly cool when it is done.

Now I have blisters with one shutter still dirty. Ughh!

Tonight I plan on painting that little night stand I picked up at the auction last weekend and have it ready for the sale too. I want to have at the least, ten pieces, ready to sell this weekend. That's in just 3 days, and I only have 5 of those pieces over at dad's where I am having the sale, with two more that need to be taken over.

Mom has suggested I use some of her pretties to set on my pieces (funny because I was yakking about it one day but it is her idea...sad because her dementia caused her to not realize I had mentioned it before). She has lots of beautiful things that will make these pieces really pop.

Like her candy dish

And her flowers she brought in today

My old desk that I posted before still needs finishing touches; the 2nd shutter cleaned; the little table painted, and the curvy desk will be offered as is w/the offer to paint if they so choose. I am also not painting the inside of the hutch w/option of painting and their choice of color for it. I looked for lace to use in the windows of the upper doors of the hutch and found nothing...another ughh! So for now, I have no choice but to keep pluggin' along with hopes that something will turn up so I can complete that piece, or resort to chicken wire. Either will work but I like the idea of lace better. I have two more days to wrap up the projects I have going and then will spend two days at mom and dad's to see if anything sells. I am also going to talk to a lady about a consignment deal for the time being until I can get my inventory built up again.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Still on the truck!

As promised, I am dedicating this post to my scores from the Auction last Saturday. This first piece is just off the truck, sitting in my dining room now. A little end table, or perhaps a night stand.

And here is my curvy desk. A little damage but nothing I can't figure out with out a doubt. I am looking forward to seeing how this one turns out. 

The damage on this piece is minimal in reality. 

I fell in love with the hardware below!

This is so very exciting for me. I have yet to acquire a dresser or anything else nice, so this desk is the best. It should be fun to work on! 

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What would this have been?

The other day, I posted this neat box, and this stool. The stool had knobby things on it, and as it turns out he stool had a place for the knobs to fit and make the box sit securely on the stool.

As par for course, I had failed to look at the bottom of the box, and painted it with the intentions of using it to tote around my paint and supplies while bouncing back and forth to dad's when working on projects in two locations. Haven't started on the stool yet, and now have to rethink what color it wil be.

Have you ever seen one of these and know what it was used for?

I would Love to hear from you!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

My Lucky Day!

The yard sale I was to go to with my dad was a dud. So I went over to the Auction and put in a proxy bid on 5 items. Then this afternoon, went with my parents and brother to a Halibut feed. After leaving the feed just a little ways out, mom realized she didn't have her purse. To turn around and go back for it, we had to go all the way to the exit before ours to go home. Turned around, went back, got her purse and got back home. Kind of sounds like a bad day so far, right? Well, read on!

Dropped everybody off and dashed over to the auction to see if I won any of my bids.

Low and behold I won 4 out of 5 of them!! Two items I will pick up Monday, and two I brought home now. Here is a super cool box I got for $1.00

I got a milking stool too. For $2.00

And this scooper is really cool; it was in the box so I got it too.

The two items I will pick up Monday mean another post, another day! I can say that I am totally jazzed about one of them, and truly do hope you come back then to see what it is! 

I painted that box! Who would have expected that, right?

I didn't want it to be totally covered with paint, but rather wanted it to have that worn look. 
For the inside, I will be going to mom;s tomorow and playing with fabric and her sewing machine to make a liner for it as I didn't paint the inside of the box either. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Grandma's Mirror and another First (for me)!

Many years ago, My parents were going to be taking a trip to Washington state, where I was living at the time. They had finished cleaning my Grandmother's house after she had to go to an assisted living home, and weren't sure what they would do with a bedroom set from Grandma's house. I said I would love to have it.

At first, mom wasn't sure dad would bring it to me, but in the end they did. I remember that day, arriving home from work to the set already being in my apartment and all the drawer's being back in their correct slots. My brother just happened to be there and helped bring it all in.

It has take a beating since then. I have pets, and I used to move frequently. It is a set with 2 dressers, a nightstand, the bed frame, head board, foot board and a mirror. This is a very heavy mirror too. I was always scared it would get knocked over somehow and hurt a pet.

While it can hang on the wall, it also needs to sit on the dresser top. I hardly ever used it, and it spent years of sitting behind the dresser instead. 

After this move to Oregon, upon seeing my bedroom, I knew it could not be used here either. It spent about 6 months in my brother's room getting moved about to keep it out of the way. It also had paint splatters on it from when he painted his room. 

I have been thinking about painting it for a couple of months now, and yesterday I went for it. 

The 'first' for me is using Antiquing wax. I have a small jar of MMSMP's Antiquing Wax, but had not used it really. I also had my complimentary sample of American Paint Company's Chalk Paint, in Turquoise. And their soft wax too. LOVE it! 

I removed the photo that was here to replace it with a nice one. But first, my photo shoot got photo bombed!

That's my girl, Nadia, checking herself out! Had to click fast because she doesn't like her picture taken!
And here is Grandma's mirror all finished up.

After the first coat of paint, as I prepared for the 2nd coat, I poured some into another container and added a trickle of water so it wouldn't be so thick. Once the 2nd coat was dry, I buffed it out, then immediately added the Antiquing Wax. I let this wax sit on one section while I applied it to another, then back tracked to wipe it away, and repeated this process throughout the project. Then I applied another coat of soft wax to soften the dark wax appearance just a little and let it dry for about an hour, before going back to buff it all out again. (The photo below is not buffed yet).

Any distressing as with the photo above, is natural. I chose to leave it that way. I realized later that this particular post only had one coat of paint...oops!) With buffing complete, I cleaned the mirror. The glass is so old it really doesn't clean wellat all. Staging is impossible in my house because every inch is under construction as my brother remodels it all, so I improvised as best I could. Please forgive the quality of photos! 

So proud of the sheen on this piece!

Now I don't know if I did the right process or not. I figured what matters most is that I am pleased with the end results. I have not decided if I am going to keep it, sell it or do the mirror with chalkboard paint. 

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I finally commited to a decision regarding the possibility of chalkboarding the mirror. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Quick note tonight

Just a quick note tonight to share a Super Huge 2nd Blogoversary over at Cottage in the Oaks!

I just spotted it on Facebook so thought I would share. Be sure to follow al of the instructions.

This Giveaway ends tomorrow the 19th at midnight.

Good luck to all who enter :)

Have a Blessed night!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

3 months ago I was....

Just sitting here. Surfing Pinterest a Lot. Bored and cold. Wishing the snow would go away.

Then I started seeing a trend. Beautiful painted furniture that made me drool. I thought, "Hey, I can do that!" So I found some bloggers, quite by accident as I began a new blog here on Blogger. For the life of me, I could not come up with a catchy name.

My oldest Grand daughter, Kayla has called me Granny for ages. So I incorporated 'Granny' into a temporary name. All I could think of was  DIY Granny. And years ago, I had started up my PayPal 'business' with the name of Granny's Goodies. But that was all a lot lame and misleading. I mean, I can't cook and I don't bake...not unless it comes out of a box or a can....LOL

As I started following a whole bunch of bloggers, I started playing around with paint. And wood. And stencils. And twine, and a lot of stuff. I have been working hard to prove that yes, I too can do this.
And here is my first real project...a little telephone table, done in a color I made up with latex paint and a little $4 Paint Pod I found at my Local Ace Hardware.

You can find the rest of my little table here

So today, I found myself teaching my dad the art of making over a piece of furniture with paint. It is my biggest piece to date and is not quite ready to post yet. I just thought it was kind of cool to be able to show my dad something. You should have seen his face when I was about to mix the non sanded tile grout into my paint to make home made chalk paint! 

He is 78 years old and is old school, so the way we criss cross the brush strokes was almost appalling to him. Before I was done for the day, he was taking the doors apart for me....taking hinges off, taking windows out of the doors, and carefully storing them all away. He asked lots of Questions too. Like how much does the paint and wax cost, and how much can I sell the hutch for, and all the good stuff. It was nice to have my dad interested! Maybe he is finally starting to realize that girls can do something besides cook and clean and sew! Haha! 

So back 3 months ago I might have been bored and wishing the snow away, but these days, I am starting to feel just a tad bit like I just might succeed! I owe it all to all of you out there who stop by my blog and FB Page! So thank you ALL!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Imagine that!

Just a silly little post here. Not furniture or craft related in any way.

Being a newer blogger, I was just fiddling with my settings. I knew I had other pages, but never figured out till just a few minutes ago that I could put their links at the top of my page! Funny, I know! Here I am feeling all proud of myself because now I can categorize my posts! I mean who knew!!!! Yep...probably all of you blog savvy ladies ;)  Wonder what else I don't know about how to tweak my blog!

Anyways....Thank you to all who liked my Facebook page via the Facebook Frenzy Hop! And if you haven't found me yet on FB you can find me via my my home page here!

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone as I pursue my dream to be better at pianting furniture and developing my skills. Who knows, maybe I can turn this into a business after all!

Have a Blessed afternoon and evening, all!

Monday, April 15, 2013

My first little Chalk Paint project.

I have to say, I am thrilled to have a sample of Chalk/Clay Paint from the American Paint Company! It was included in an order of wax, which I am equally happy to have. The wax is an off brand that they helped me out with. The paint is their Turquoise Blue. There is no doubt in my mind that I want to order more paint from these folks. I called Orphaned Decor, located in Spokane WA last Friday because I needed wax for that big desk. David answered the phone, and took my order. I mentioned that I have not had the opportunity to use real chalk paint yet and he sent me a sample with my wax order!

It was so exciting to have real chalk paint, that I basically grabbed the first thing available to check it out. I had just been thinking I wanted to paint this napkin holder anyway, and then there was the paint on my doorstep! I even forgot to take before pictures of the napkin holder. Oppps!

Waiting for paint to dry:
(please excuse the horrible table needs sanding and my brother has been busy)

I gave the napkin holder a quick coat of paint and waited for it to dry, waxed it and here it is in a pretty, happy and fun color! I have the salt and pepper shaker's for this set and want to do them in white for a little more fun, and maybe try drawing a little flower on each. Do you see that shine?! I applied the wax, and buffed it right away. Took just a few minutes.

At any rate, the wax was so easy to work with, smells great, and I know where I am doing business! Great people and a great product. I have only had the wax for an hour. Of course now I get to take the napkin holder apart since I found screws to do so and do the inside, but I really am just so excited to tell you all about Orphaned Decor and American Paint Company!

Did I mention I am over the top thrilled to get to try real chalk paint? 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hutch to paint!

I am thrilled to say that I scored a hutch to paint today. In my little town, Craig's List is not very popular, but that is where I found it.

Isn't it pretty?!?! I am excited to get to work on it. Sadly, it will take a few days before I can start. Maybe even a week. But I got it cheap and it is going to be stunning when I am done, I promise! 

My brother was in the middle of digging out our basement, and both of his trailers were occupied at the time, so I got my dad to help me pick it up. Then, once we got it over to dad's, where I will be painting it, I had to ask a neighbor to help unload it. It was heavier than I anticipated, and seemed to grow between picking it up and getting it home...a whole 5 minutes! 

It is 5 feet wide and over 6 feet tall. I will be standing on a ladder to get the top done! It now sits in dad's garage, and I will be getting all kinds of tips, I'm sure from him on what to do. Best part is, I got this for only $45! I asked dad out of curiosity if he thinks it is worth the money and he says "yeah but you're going to have to get, what, $60 out of it". I sure hope I get more than that from this piece! 

I would love to get some input from other's with more experience! x

Friday, April 12, 2013

Old desk makeover & reveal

First of all I want you all to know that this desk was vintage or antique or just plain old. There was not a straight line on this desk. Painting it was a challenge and it is still not perfect. You will not see any straight lines, perfectly formed anything on it.

 I started with this

I did not realize it when I brought it home, but it had an odor all of it's own. It was bad enough that while I worked on it, I considered taking it to the burn pile a few times. 

I washed it with bleach several times. I let it air out for days. I washed it again, air dry again. 

Finally, I was able to begin working on it. The drawers were easy compared to the desk itself. 

The desk saw many positions during this trasformation

I can finally say this project is 'almost' done. I still need to wax it and get that one drawer to fit back in, and to put hardware on her. I had sanded the desk top with both an orbital and belt sander trying to get it as smooth as possible. It was just too old to sand any more without destroying it all together. The desk top is chalkbaord paint, and still good enough for a child to do a math problem on, or to enjoy drawing a picture or two. 

I have put way more work into this desk than I intended to and since I got it at a good price I will be letting it go cheap. I just wanted the experience of painting a large piece. 

I learned a ton of things while working in this,and I look forward to finding a new project to work on! 

Please let me know what you think of this piece by leaving your comment below!

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