Friday, August 19, 2016

August Makeovers

 

I know it’s been awhile since I posted so I will combine some random things we have had going on that kept me from posting.

So if you are here for the actual makeovers, you may want to scroll down a bit and skip over the following ramblings. :) I will keep some of the pictures smaller so it’s less loading time for you.

As I type, I am 18 floors up on the balcony of an ocean front condo on Myrtle beach. Sound dreamy? Not to rub it in, but it kinda is. :) We’ve had great weather so far and this afternoon we were able to watch a thunderstorm roll in over the ocean, which was awesome. Every now and then, there’s still a rumble of thunder and there’s a light rain falling.

On our way down last week, we spent a few days in Washington DC. I have seriously never in my life seen such a busy place! It was neat to see some of the landmarks and historical places there, but I don’t think I could survive for too long there. We were a little intimidated to use the metro, so we ended up using our vehicle to get from place to place. Probably not the best idea. There is hardly any parking in this place! I will never again look at an empty parking spot the same way.

Ironically, the Cleveland Indians were playing against the Nationals the first day we were there, so hubby got tickets for us to watch the game. I would never reveal how much we had to pay to park :(  I’m not a huge sports fan, so this was a first for me, being at an Indians game.

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We kinda stood out with our Indians attire. I was fascinated by the player with the long hair playing left field. He had to be sweltering under those hair since the temperature was in the upper 90s.

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The other thing I will always think of when I think of DC is scorching temperatures. I don’t know was it because we were in the middle of a big city that it seemed extra warm, but there wasn’t much of a breeze and it was quite hot.

We walked a lot, or hubby and I did..

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The segways were cool until they ran out of battery and had to be carried. :/ Oh, and they weren’t permitted in front of the white house. Our oldest is bragging to people how he had a conversation with one of Obama’s secret service agents. It went like this:

Secret service agent: Sir! You need to get that off the sidewalk.

K: Okay.

End of conversation. :)

I took pictures of landmarks, but I found myself taking pictures of other things that were just as appealing to me. Old buildings..

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Cute guys..

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Obama’s porch light…

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Loved this row of street lamps with the tomb of the unknown in the background…

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We walked the streets at night along the beautiful Potomac river…

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I felt like a child with a fascination of the jets that came roaring in all the time..

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We walked to a remote little island in the middle of the Potomac, called Theodore Roosevelt Island where I was more in my element..

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Blue Sky… (capitol building under construction, like most things are in DC)

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Arlington Cemetery…

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Blooms…

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Traffic (a most common sight)…

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Now, onward to the beach!…

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Balcony View…

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So far we saw three weddings from our balcony..

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Love beach colors..

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Okay.. now for a few makeovers..

I enjoyed restoring this antique Hoosier cabinet a few weeks ago..

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Just looking at it, it doesn’t look too bad, but the back needed replacing, along with the bottom and the inside of the lower door. The owners wanted to keep the wood look, but didn’t like the orangish color. Polyshades by Minwax to the rescue!

After sanding and cleaning everything, I applied a coat of polyshades, honey color to it. I’ve mentioned this before, but will again.. Polyshades can be applied over an already stained surface! I’ve never tried going from dark to light and question whether that would work, but it works with a similar shade or darker.

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Here is a picture of the inside as I started removing the bottom.

I also gave all the insides two coats of polycrylic. The cabinet had a bad smell and the polycrylic helped with that.

I decided on a naturally finished bead board for the back. It could always be painted to add a little color, but I thought it looked more original to keep the grain showing through.

The finished job..

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The other little project I had going on of late was an old, rusty tea cart that had seen its better days..

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I took it apart and sanded it down. I was able to get all the rust off of the frame, giving it a nice brushed silver finish.

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I gave the trays two coats of Rustoleum paint. (primer and a satin based topcoat)

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The drawback of painting outdoors.. :(

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The after..

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Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for visiting!

-Mary

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Shabby Chic Entryway

 

As I type this, I am in one of my favorite places of all time. I am sitting out on our back deck, surrounded by crickets, tree frogs, Cicadas, toads and other musical little creatures singing their hearts out. It is pitch dark around me and everyone is in bed but me. I love times like this. We are so blessed to be able to enjoy God’s wonderful creation. He could have made everything less beautiful, less musical, less colorful, but no, he chose to create amazing things for us to enjoy. It’s hard to imagine, but we know heaven will even be so much more than what we have here!

I’m having a lot of fun these days working on things around our home. I also have a few pieces of furniture waiting to be refinished that people dropped off, but nothing that needs to be done immediately. (which is always nice) :)

I woke up one morning recently with an idea for an entryway bench/shelf combination in my head. Now don’t judge me, but I sometimes dream up ideas. Literally, during the night. I know it sounds weird, but I do. For years I never talked about it, but lately I’ve come to realize this isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s like getting two birds with one stone. You sleep to get rest and “think” up something to create at the same time. This is saving time since the “thinking up” part sometimes takes longer than the creating. :)

Anyway, I got this chest of drawers at my aunt’s garage sale recently…

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Using a skil saw, I cut the bottom drawer and legs off.

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Here it is all sanded and ready for paint.

I also had plans to turn the broken drawer into a wall shelf. Nothing goes to waste in my shop. :)

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I painted both pieces with chalk paint that I made. So far I haven’t gotten around to posting on here how I make my chalk paint, so if you want to know, you will have to buy my book. :) In there I share three recipes that I’ve tried out and found to work quite well.

So, after applying two coats of chalk paint, I topped it with Annie Sloan clear wax. I love the feel of a waxed surface!

Unfortunately I didn’t do a very good job of taking pictures as I went, so we’ll jump to the final result..

 

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I spray painted the pulls on the drawer and made a seat out of old barn wood, all sanded and varnished.

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The cushion cover I had made several years ago out of an old sweater, so I just added the word “hello” to give it an entryway appeal. I cut out the fabric letters, using stencils. I then hot glued them onto the cushion.

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For the drawer shelf, I added a header and a hook board to it. I wanted to instill a shabby chic/ vintagey look to this shelf, so I cut out a rectangle section of an old sheet and glued it onto the back. I then placed chicken fence over that, using small nails to hold it into place.

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I was impressed how well the real Hydrangeas match with the printed ones on the sheet!

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I dug these cardboard boxes out of storage. I had originally painted them black, so I used Annie Sloan’s    Duck Egg Blue chalk paint and repainted them. I distressed them and added little vintage labels. The design on the labels is from an an old check that came from my great great grandparents. I added the flowers, using Microsoft Office Word.

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The hat comes from my Grandpa, who just recently passed away at 95 years old. Mom said her and her sisters used to wear it when they were working out in the fields years ago.

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This kid puts anything on his head. Seriously…

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He’s supposed to be washing dishes. :/

I hope you enjoyed this idea of cutting up a chest of drawers to create some entryway appeal and are inspired to try it yourself. :)

I like the idea of having a welcoming view from the front porch looking in..

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Have a great day, everyone and thanks for visiting!

-Mary