Sunday, March 2

It's Been A While

It's been a while since I posted here. Life seems to get in the way. I've been busy with my Etsy shop and also with Mom who recently fell and broke her ankle. I've also been helping Brandon who is attempting to get a Horticulture Apprenticeship. There is a lot of red tape in that process and many hoops to jump through.

I surely miss all of my friends here on blogspot. I have connected with some of you on Facebook, but miss the others who don't use social media.

I will try to post more often, in order to keep in touch with everyone.

Thursday, June 6

Oak Night Table

My latest project is an oak night table. It's a beautiful piece and really heavy. It's made of real wood, not the chip board that most furniture is made of today. The top had been damaged by someone setting hot drinks on it, so I decided to give it a makeover.

 Above, is how it turned out. Still all the beautiful wood but with an ivory top with roses on the corners.

 I think the roses really set it off. I am going to have a difficult time parting with this piece.

The drawers are nice and deep and it would make a great place to store things. That's one thing we don't have here is enough storage. Still struggling to get everything downsized and unpacked from the move.

I really enjoyed refinishing this piece. It's my favorite so far. Hopefully I can find it a new and loving home.

Thursday, May 16

Project # 2 Vintage Wooden Chalk Painted Stool

 I found this old black badly chipped wooden stool at the flea market. It is solid wood, probably handmade in the 30s or 40s. It had been given at least three coats of paint. White, red and black. Maybe more, but those are the colors that were showing through the black.
 In some places the white was showing through and in others the red. It needed some TLC. I made up some forest green chalk paint and decided to give this old piece some new life. Two coats of green paint, a little touch up here and there, a coat of sealer and then I added the picture.
 Since we live in an agricultural area, where farmers work to provide crops and food for our table, I decided to honor the farmers and of course, the Dads, since Father's Day is coming.
 I think it turned out fairly well for only my second time doing this. I enjoy giving new life to old things and even have a name for my new little venture. NEW LIFE DESIGNS and my motto is, "giving old things new life."
Here is a closeup of the farm scene on the stool. For the first few times I looked at it, I found something new. Cows in the background, a distant farm, a blooming shrub, a red-winged blackbird, a John Deere tractor, a black dog, a rabbit.

This stool is now for sale at the flea market. I'm hoping it will sell for Father's Day.

I continue my projects and am almost finished project #4. Project #3 is waiting for hubby to put the seat on it for me. Not sure when that is going to happen, but hopefully soon.

Wednesday, May 1

Some Creative Inspiration

 It's been a while since I've posted anything on my blog and I think it's time to show you what I've been doing. Besides working on my Etsy Shop, I've taken a spot at the flea market. We went half with a friend of ours, which is a great way to start.

I decided I needed something unique to sell, so found myself a few things to work on. I had been scanning the Internet for something I'd like to do and came across a blog that explained about a new trend...Chalk Painting. This method is fabulous. You don't have to sand pieces before painting. Chalk Paint will cover veneer, varnish, old paint, laminate and can even be used on plastic, terra cotta pots and so much more.

My first project was a small table. I didn't want to start with anything too large. I had a half quart of light blue paint and from that I made my own Chalk Paint. It didn't sound difficult and I decided I'd give it a try. I was successful on the first try.

I forgot to take before photos, but have a few after ones. The table was quite beat up, but the marks from past generations just gives it more character. I know this won't be my best piece, but it was great for a start.
A couple of photos of the top of the table. It would make a great plant stand and I put a coat of protective sealer on it so cleaning is simple. Just wipe with a damp cloth and wipe with a soft cloth or piece of toweling.

Since I wanted to enhance it a bit, I transferred an image of bluebirds onto the top for a nice touch of nature.

I'm going to have a hard time parting with this one, as it was my first and I love the bluebird image on the top. However, I have no place to put this, as our new place is really quite small and I'm downsizing a lot of stuff that I've had for years. I am going to keep photos of all my pieces and eventually, when I think I'm ready, I will be doing custom pieces as well.

This piece is now at the flea market waiting anxiously for its new home. I'm hoping that someone will spot it and love it as much as I do, even with its flaws.

I've already started on my second project...a chair. A lady gave it to me, as she was going to throw it out. The seat was horse hair and I decided to leave that and just recover it. The seat is reupholstered with a piece of fabric that Mom had. I think it's going to be super. Once it's done, I will post photos of before and after here. The before photos have already been taken.