Sunday, July 31, 2011

"B" is for Birthday

A birthday present for the neighbor boy next door.

Friday, July 29, 2011

"S" is for Secretary

A secretary makeover.



Another Freecycle find, love folks who want to give me their furniture!


You can bet this piece wasn't this pretty before.


Here it is:


Brown, a little beat up, but otherwise solid wood and in good shape.



You can see once upon a time there was a top piece, would've loved to have that!

And after some elbow grease:




Definitely worth the time and effort.


Here's how I did it:

1. Remove hardware and sand with 120 grit:



2. Prime.
3. Paint two coats off white satin finish.
4. Distress 220 grit by hand.


5. For the interior cubbies up top I used two coats BM Harbor Haze matte, one coat satin poly.


6. The knobs are from Target, $4 per knob.
Three kids in tow and I wasn't about to make a special stop at Anthropologie for some 'cool' knobs.

These will do.


PS - They're acrylic, not glass, but you wouldn't know by looking.

6. For the drop down hardware I simply used steel wool to clean it.

Nail the pieces onto scrap wood through the screw holes and using the steel wool scrub, keep scrubbing.

Hardware before:


Lots of years of wear on there:


And after, the steel wool 'sands' off all the gunk:


Total cost for makeover: $32 and lots of sanding!




I lined the little drawers up top with a toile fabric:


One last side by side:


Thanks Jen for your great piece, it has found a perfect spot in our home.



I'm linking up to:


Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk, Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello, Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative, DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Before & After Party @ Thrifty Decor Chic
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
POWW @ Primitive & Proper
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
All Things Furniture @ Perfectly Imperfect
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"S" is for Sea

Sea & Sand, Sun & Surf painted signs.



Thanks Pottery Barn for the inspiration.


A take off of Food & Friends sign I made from here.


These signs are going to a one day fair I'm in at the beach.



Lots more beach themed items to come.


I'm linking up to:


http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/, The 36th Avenue.







http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/
http://www.504main.com/
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/
http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/
http://www.remodelaholic.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/, http://justagirlblog.com/,





Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage

Monday, July 25, 2011

"S" is for Stamps

Painted stamp art.



Inspired by these stamps:
 
image from USPS

I'm giving full credit to Jose Ortega, the illustrator who created the design for these Love stamps.

In the words of the USPS,  "award-winning illustrator José Ortega created an abstract garden of bright flowers, a butterfly, a strawberry, and doves, interlaced with vines that run from one stamp to another. Each prominent element of the design is in the shape of a heart."

  I simply did my own version on some reclaimed cabinet door pieces.

 

Detail image:


I just hope the US Postal Service doesn't come after me!

I bought the stamps because the design was so beautiful, thank you Jose.


My version:


Here's how I did it:
1. Filled holes and sanded cabinet door fronts.
Painted one coat BM wedgewood grey.


2. Draw design with pencil using stamps as inspiration:


3.  Paint with acrylics, layer up the colors.


4. Sand to distress, seal with poly.



These lovelies don't have a home yet but the wheels are spinning.


I'm linking up to:

http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/, The 36th Avenue.







http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://www.abeachcottage.com/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com/
http://www.504main.com/
http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/
http://www.remodelaholic.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/





Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk

Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home

Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z