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Friday, August 29, 2014

reverse glass painting

I picked up this pretty plate for $3 at the Restore but I can't find much information about it.  It is pink glass and the flower decoration is painted on the back.  If anyone knows what this is please let me know.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

new projects

I currently have about 10 windows sitting in my kitchen in various stages of work.  These are a couple I have finished.  I think they will make great message board, hanging racks in a kids room, family room or kitchen.  The back of the smaller one is lined with burlap while the larger window has more hooks as well as several spools for additional hanging space.  The glass can be used as a dry erase board.  The perfect organization for a busy family.



Monday, August 25, 2014

designing fabric

When you live in a rural area shopping options are limited.  Sometimes you just have to make do with what you have or make it yourself.  I wanted fabric with words on it for a couple of projects so I made my own.  I used some heavy canvas fabric that had been washed and dried.  I drew lines with chalk because I can't write straight, looked up the lyrics to one of my favorite Beatles songs, and started writing with a permanent Sharpie.  After everything was dry I ran it through the rinse cycle on the washer just to get out the chalk.  I did the same thing with some of my favorite inspirational words on a different piece.






Friday, August 22, 2014

rummage finds

I visited the big big city last weekend and hit a couple of my favorite charity thrift stores.  I spent less than $20 total and came home with some great buys.

jewelry and a pretty glass bowl

Not sure what the wood things are, maybe the bottom of a basket base???

glass divided dish, pretty hand towels and two white bowls.  I also picked up a large shutter for $2, I'm thinking shutter table or book case for that.

towel holder



Monday, August 18, 2014

fun with friends

I had the opportunity to celebrate two good friends birthdays on Sunday afternoon.  We took off for the big city, had a great late lunch, early dinner.  A little retail therapy, ice cream and home by 6.  A wonderful way to spend and afternoon.  I am so blessed to have wonderful friends.  We can not see each other much for weeks at a time and pick up like we hung out yesterday.  I would do any thing I could for each of them and they would do the same for me.



Friday, August 15, 2014

black shelf

Last time I told you how we made the shutter shelf project.  The black weathered wood unit was made the same way except for the finish.  To make this look  I first primed all the pieces except the top with grey spray  primer.  After the two coats of primer were dry I mixed a little black paint into white until I had a shade a little darker than the primer.  I dry brushed that on all the pieces.  If you have never used the dry brush technique the name defines how to do it.  Dip your brush tips into the paint, brush most of it off onto news paper, then brush onto the wood.  After the first coat was dry I did another with black paint.  I wanted a wood grain look so I was careful to drag the brush all the way down each piece before lifting my brush.  It sounds much more difficult than it really is.  Just be patient(unlike me) and if you don't like it, paint over it.  I painted the top black.  It is much easier to paint all the pieces before you put it together.  I think it turned out great.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

drawer table

I had a couple of these drawers I wanted to turn into tables.  This one could not have been easier.  I painted the drawer and the legs, sanded and waxed each piece.  I turned the drawer over and used construction adhesive to attach the legs.   I weighted that down and let it sit for 24 hours, then nailed the legs for added support.  Cute as can be.  Cost was minimal, the drawer was a leftover from another project, the legs were $2 for the set and less than $1 for paint and supplies, less than an hour to make not counting drying time.  I love junking!!