Sunday, December 28, 2014

Side table complete

This table was given to me in shambles a year ago. The lady was in the middle of restoring it. I tried with all my might to piece it back together but it did not work out. The thin sides were falling apart and having not seen how to taken apart, I was not able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

So I did the next best thing! I kept the legs and mounted a new top. Just a pine round, but it works and is sturdy. This is how I got it.

And here it is now. I have it posted on a Auction site in my town with a starting bid of $30. The buyer will have the option to add more details for an extra fee, or to simply have top coat applied for free. 

I bought the pine round at Home Depot last year for $5.00 and have had it kicking around ever since. It is screwed onto the base of the table and is very secure. 

Simple yet nice, is what I was going for. It will make a lovely table for someone, hopefully soon! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


From the moment I moved into this rental, the drapes in the living room have irritated me. The old curtain rod, was a white one, with the little rope to pull them open. The rope was broken, and the center support was sagging due to losing the screws to hold it up.

I have loved the idea of using a painters drop cloth, paint it pretty and use fabric tape to 'sew' the hems, but alas, I have not made them yet.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit is 45 miles away so I don't go often. While there I Picked up their cheapest curtain rod, and ring clips as these are what I will be using with the painters drop cloth when I get that ready.

However, my biggest dilemma was that all of the holes for the hardware were extremely worn and would not likely hold my new rod. So in the name of saving money, I had an idea..

Cut a thin block to attach over those spots using drywall screws, and Then attach my new hardware. I was not sure it would even work so I didn't take the time to paint them. Now that they are actually up and doing as intended, and partially hidden, I will wait until my arms recoup...LOL

See that little block up there? I made 3 of them. They have two drywall screws holding them up. The curtain rod is attached with a drywall screw as well. 

Now the other issue I have is the drapes are pleated, and I wasn't sure they would okay on ring clips. I decided to go for it anyway. If it drives me crazy, that will be my motivator to get busy and pretty up a drop cloth! 

Overall, the pleats aren't causing the issues I expected. My drapes meet in the middle and overlap enough that it doesn't feel like people can peer in, and they are straight. 

What?? I made them straight? ME??? That's a first! hahaha! Ummm yeah, I can't draw a straight line to save my soul, so for the drapes to be hung straight is a Huge accomplishment for me! 

Now to clean up my mess and enjoy them....Would you hang pleated drapes on ring clips? And would you use these little blocks to support your drapery? I would love to hear suggestions and input on how you would handle this situation in a rental! !

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pair of chairs

I am sure you have probably seen them all over Face Book already but I decided to write about them any way.

I am in love with this pair of chairs! Partially for the soft color, which is Persian Blue by General Finishes. And partly because they are exactly what I envisioned them to be. With the white stenciled designs against the Persian Blue and not having both chairs decorated the same.

These two chairs were part of a set of 4. One chair had a broken seat that I opted not to repair and the 3rd chair I sold as is. These two are destined to be a part of my home for years to come.

First I cleaned them up, and primed then with Zinsser primer. After priming I gave a light sanding, followed by painting. After painting, I used General Finishes High Performance Top Coat to seal the paint. Once that was completed the real fun began!

I picked out a design in my Silhouette software that appealed to me and cut a reverse stencil. For this first chair I cut the stencil 3 times, using vinyl. I use vinyl because it seals well and there is no bleed through. I applied my stencils, and painted them one at a time, because each stencil had some intense weeding to complete after painting over them. 

My second chair was easier to weed, but delicate. For this chair, I cut the stencil into three parts. I did this After the stencil was cut on my Silhouette rather than to to try to adjust the stencil in the software.

For both chairs, after weeding my stencils and giving ample time for the paint to dry, I applied a second coat of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. This will seal my stencil onto the chairs and ensure these two simple yet appealing chairs perform in my home for years to come!! 

I hope you like them as much as I do! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My First build!

Please don't laugh at me for this build. It is my first and my measuring skills need improvement to say the least....

But I need desperately to replace this:

See how crooked that table is? It was in this house when I moved in. I tried to make it better but the fact is rebuilding it would be the only way to do that. It is press board and who knows what scraps the 'legs' were made of. 

So, awhile back I scored three door frames. The glass has been broken out of all of them. I decided one would make a fabulous base for a new table to replace this with. I also have at least a dozen pallets taking up space in my garage, so why not pair the frame and some pallet boards together for a new table next to my dryer!!

Now, as I said, my measuring skills are not perfect, and cutting straight lines on my measurements is a challenge too. But, I have been giving this my all. Last night my brother brought me a good deal of firewood, so today I built a fire and started putting my vision together. 

I have a shelf/coat rack  that needs to be finished as well, and it is longer than this door frame is wide, but I think I am going to attach it to the top. I will apply pallet boards all the way up, with the shelf on top. At this point, it has all been sanded down. I have not decided if I am going to paint it or not quite yet. I am also giving thought to adding a bottom shelf to it. It would probably look more 'finished' with a bottom shelf, don't you agree?!

I am pleased with the progress at this point, as it is a first build for me. It is Awesome experience and I look forward to building more things in the near future! 

Now I know that I am getting bad about promising that I will complete a project for you to come back and see in a few days, but for this one the build will be complete tomorrow for sure. I will update this post tomorrow evening with the final pics of this shelving unit. 

Until then, I would love to know what you all think...

Paint? No paint? Poly as is? paint the door frame and poly the pallet boards? Please leave a comment and let me know what I should do with this piece! 

Oh wait....I also built a pallet tree this I guess this is my second build. Still decorating this, but the sentiment is the same! Merry Christmas!