Monday, May 2, 2016

Makeover Monday 2

 

Greetings  on this Monday morning everyone!

Is anyone else enjoying this season of spring like I am? Seriously, what could be better than falling asleep to the sound of spring peepers directly outside your bedroom window and waking up to birdsongs ringing through the woods?

The color green is so vivid this time of year, you can almost smell it! Here and there other colors are bursting forth..it’s like a land of magic. Our God is an awesome God in all his ways. To think that he created these things for our enjoyment is so much more than we, or I, deserve! I praise Him for it.

I love entering my little greenhouse shed and smelling the rich, damp soil of plants. Earlier this year I started some seeds, and though they didn’t all germinate, enough did to give me that feeling of awe and satisfaction at being able to plant a seed and watch it grow!

Here is a peek of my greenhouse from a couple of weeks ago.. (Hopefully I’ll get around to posting some updates soon)

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The orange owl is my son’s. He got it this winter while attending a bible study class at church called wise guys. (how fitting, I thought :) ) He planted grass seeds in the owl and enjoys giving him a “haircut.” :)

 

Now, let’s get to the makeovers.. This past week I worked on a number of furniture pieces and I’ll share a few of them with you.

This antique buffet was one of the pieces..

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An older piece like this always scares me a little. I try not to mess any piece of furniture up, but a family heirloom like this makes me a little nervous, though I enjoy the challenge.

Speaking of antiques…In the next few weeks I want to share a new and exciting discovery I made with a new product with you all. I got really brave and tried the product for the first time on an old hutch that was built in the 1800s! Thankfully it turned out okay. :)

Anyway, back to the buffet.. I’ve started to use a stain blocker on old pieces like this. It seems some of this old wood will start to show stains once it’s painted. The product I used for this piece is called B-I-N by Zinsser.

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I brush it on because I had a bad experience with using it in my sprayer. To this day, I’m not sure if it’s just not meant to be sprayed on, or was it because my sprayer had a little water in it when I added the sealer and it caused the paint to become lumpy and clog my sprayer. (a nightmare to say the least!) So, I use a bristle brush to apply it. It dries super quick, almost too quickly, but once you learn how to work with it, it goes pretty good.

This is how the buffet looked with a coat of B-I-N primer…

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I sand the surfaces after the sealer is dry, to even out any brush strokes.

Next, I applied a very light gray, almost white paint, called Spectral. After that was dry, I used the “cheat distress” technique, which is taking a paint marker and coloring the edges or any other areas to distress. In this case, I used black.

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I also applied Polycrylic, by Minwax as a topcoat. I sprayed it on.

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Again, the before…

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After..

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I enjoy setting a piece of furniture amongst flowers or other “props” just to see the color or texture combination it creates..

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I also painted kitchen chairs for a client. I didn’t get a before picture, but here is the end result. The paint color is a nice gray called Rocky Bluffs.

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Happy Monday everyone!

-Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Makeover Monday 1

 

Earlier this year I decided I would start painting again for people for at least a year and I’ve been blessed with tons of work, almost too much, to be truthful! But I’ve really enjoyed it too. I love giving a new look to something, whether it be a room,cupboards, or a piece of furniture.

I want to start posting some of my projects every Monday, so you can possibly be inspired to dig out an old piece of furniture that you have almost given up on, and turn it into a treasure! A lot can be done with paint and a little bit of creative thinking!

Following are two pieces that I redid for a client this past week. I don’t even like using the word “client” because I spent a few weeks at this persons house and we became friends. :) This family amazes me. They have five adorable children and she home schools three of them, plus prepares food, does laundry, cleans, etc…you get the picture. They also have 30 laying hens and they make their own maple syrup. I’m sure there’s much more that I don’t know about that they do, but I was truly inspired. This friend has so much patience. (something I sadly lack most of the time) :/ Oh, and she makes the best shakes, something I got to sample almost every day for two weeks!

Anyway, the first piece here is a book shelf.

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After..

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I sprayed an adhesive on the back, after it was painted, and glued old maps onto the wood.

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The next piece is a chest of drawers that needed a makeover..

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After..

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I painted and distressed the piece and put contact paper on the raised panels. I used newspaper to cut out a pattern for this. I spray painted the locks and hardware with a hammered silver paint.

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I hope you enjoyed this “Makeover Monday” post and are inspired to give a facelift to a piece of furniture. (or bring it to me) Smile

Have a great week everyone!!

-Mary

Monday, April 18, 2016

Vintage Wedding Decorations

 

Last month I had the privilege of decorating a wedding for a friend. I was basically turned loose on doing all of the decor, which made it all the more enjoyable. The style was to be vintagey, right up my alley. :)

I got to do the flowers for the bridle table, guest tables, and the basket hanging between the handle bars of a vintage bike. All went well if you discount the fact that I somehow managed to snip off a little chunk of my finger while cutting baby’s breath. :( My main concern at that time was to not add any red touches among all the pure whites and pale pinks. Let’s just say the band aid box is empty in the first aid kit at the church where the wedding was. :\

But, all that put aside, everything went great! In fact it was probably one of my favorite ventures, decorating wise.

Following is a picture tour, along with brief descriptions every now and then.. I wasn’t able to take the amount of pictures I would have liked (partly due to holding a blood soaked paper towel in one hand at all times) :( so my friend kindly allowed me to use some of the professional photographer’s images.

 Small Moments Photography (Vironica Horst) took the pictures and she did a great job! The photos that aren’t watermarked are the ones Vironica took.

First, the lovely bride & groom…:)

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The only decoration on the bridal table was a lot of painted bottles and jars with one or two pale pink roses in them.

Behind the table were panels that I made and had used in the past as room dividers. Hanging in the center of the panels was a rustic sign and a string of lights.. all very simple!

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The centerpieces for the guest tables consisted of a wooden square of wood, with the word Love transferred onto them. I used parchment paper for the transferring.

On the piece of wood where three jars, the largest being a pickle jar that I spiced up a little by adding a vintage looking wire&wood handle. They held floating candles.

The medium sized jars, which held white Hydrangeas, were a variety of different types of jars. Anything from antique milk jugs to wine bottles were used. I designed a vintagey looking label to dress them up a bit. I attached the label using hot glue.

The third jar was a pint jar, holding fake pink flowers.

 

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I also sprinkled flower petals around the jars.

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The guest sign in area…

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I added a few pictures of the couple in an old window frame.

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I made the flowers in the cage using coffee filters and food coloring.

The sanctuary was decorated with swags of white tulle, ribbon and flowers. Also present was the arbor that I made to use in events such as these.

 Wedideas.com is a great place to order real looking, fake flowers. The garland that adorns the arbor was made there.

 

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If you are interested or know of anyone that is in renting any of these props or decorations, let me know! In the future, I want to create a blog post or facebook page of details, such as pricing, along with pictures on what all I have available to rent out.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of vintage wedding charm and are inspired to perhaps create your own when the need arises.

Happy spring,everyone!

-Mary