Sunday, November 26, 2017

DIY Filing Cabinet Desk


Hello you all! I’ve been wanting to post about one of my latest projects for a while now and haven’t gotten around to it. So finally, here I am writing after midnight, since that’s when I enjoy it the most. :)

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I can hardly believe we are in that time of the year again. To me, it seems like it just was! I’d be lying if I said I’m not already thinking about the next season, right around the corner, but for now, I will try and enjoy Ohio’s winter season, which can often be described in a few words, GRAY and a bit BLEAK. :(

Before getting into the topic at hand, I wanted to share my latest Etsy listings. I have a box of interesting books, old documents, checks, etc. from my great grandparents that I like to rummage through now and then. I found these cool old book pages that I felt were worth printing out. I thought they would make a neat vintage farmhouse wall decoration. You can view the listing here.

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And I also found some old books at a local thrift store that I used some illustration pictures to frame. You can see them on my shop here.

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I have also been busy creating scrolls and I am presently doing some research on different papers and sizes to use.

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Here is Twinkle doing his best Sphinx impression as he watches me work..:)

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Now, for the featured project..

Starting at the beginning…this summer I added shiplap to a section of our living room wall, which you can read about here. 

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Even though it’s in our living room, I had plans to add an office area along the one wall eventually. Sure, a nice big studio would be nice to work in with all kinds of space but for now it won’t happen so I decided to make use of the space I have.

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I wanted to remain as thrifty as possible with this project so I dug through my stock of wood out in the shop and managed to find a few nice, long boards to use for my desk top. I didn’t get a picture of how I fastened them together but I basically just used short boards and screwed them on the bottom side, holding the planks together.

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I had a little “end of the summer” visitor watching me as I stained the boards…

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I got my inspiration from this pin on Pinterest..

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So, again, here is the “before”…

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And now the “after”…

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I spend a lot of time in this little corner! I do in home secretary work and also work on my Etsy designs here. I love it since it’s on the same floor as the kitchen, so I can multi task without having to go too far.

As you can see, I used three black filing cabinets from Walmart as the base. I was going to paint them gray and give them a “zinck” look as pictured in the Pinterest image but I haven’t gotten around to it. I still feel like they are too black but for now they will do.

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I am really attracted to the color charcoal, white and stained wood combinations these days so I tried to incorporate those three into this area. 

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My youngest son, who is eleven made this pretty wood sign for me this summer. Doesn’t it fit in perfectly? :)

I was impressed how smooth I was able to get the planks, using only my little electric sander. After the top was stained, I gave it a few coats of Polycrylic, which helps with getting it smooth.

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A scroll ready to ship out.

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So, all in all, I didn’t spend a fortune to get this much needed space set up. The biggest expense would have been the filing cabinets, which were around $40 each. Coming in second is the chair, which I ordered from Amazon for around $110 for a set of two. The lights are from IKEA and I believe they were $20 each. I won’t count the wood since it was just left over from a former project. All the wall decor I made spending next to nothing.

I hope I can inspire you to create things using what you have, or spending nearly nothing, but still getting something useful out of it! It’s a good feeling!

Thanks you all for visiting my blog and I hope you are having a great day!

-Mary

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Autumn Skies and Pumpkin Pies


Here I am posting about Fall and it seems like the season is over with already! How does one keep up? I had a crazy busy late summer and Fall with the vintage fair in October and it seems ever since I’ve been trying to catch up.

Here are a few belated pictures of my booth. I had a lot of fun and pretty much a sell out, which I’m always thankful for! I appreciate everyone who comes!

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I know a month has gone by and it seems a bit late to be posting pictures of the event but since I didn’t get it done sooner this will have to do.

I added a few autumn touches in our home this year..

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I know these little Rosemary plants are more on the Christmas side but I couldn’t resist when I saw them at Lowes a few weeks ago. I know they get harder to find as the Christmas season approaches so I thought I better get them while they are there.

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I kept the mantle very simple and natural this year..

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I did manage to capture a few outdoor pictures before all the leaves were gone from the trees..

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Downtown Marietta. Love the historic town with the river running through it!

I still have a few of these table runners available on my Etsy shop. I thought they would be fitting for a Thanksgiving table setting..

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Hopefully it won’t go this long for my next post as it was for this one! I apologize for the lateness.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Fall season! Thanks for visiting!

-Mary

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tray Tables makeover


Colorful leaves floating in the air, deep blue skies, crickets, crisp air and apple cider are just a few beautiful things about autumn. I love this time of the year and wish it would hang around a bit longer!

I am especially enjoying this nice weather we are having since it’s perfect to work outside on the many makeovers I have going on all the time.

You all are probably about tired of these posts all the time but I wanted to share a few more before Friday, the big day of the Farmhouse Fair, in hopes of tempting you to come. :)

My mom found these TV trays or little folding tables at a garage sale and knew it was something I’d want..

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Pardon the clutter in the background. :/ The reason I am always so attracted to these little tables is because we love the few we have floating around our home. They are so handy to set up quickly as an end table or even as a place to set a laptop. We have also used them as nightstands. They are just that right size to tuck away, yet easy to get and put to use.

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These of course, were screaming paint me! I don’t especially like this yellowish color.

The first thing I did was take the tops off since I knew I wanted the legs a different color than the tops. I painted the legs black, using my trusty sprayer.

I’m not sure what it is with me, but I’m liking some black again. Not too much, but just a touch. I like the combination of stained wood and black so that is what I went with for these.

I didn’t get any pictures of this but I also cut some grooves into the tops with the table saw. I had to set the blade way down and remove the guard in order to do this. I think grooves of any sort give a piece that farmhouse flair.

After the grooves were cut in, I gave the tops a coat of stain. I can’t tell you what color the stain was since the label wasn’t on the can anymore. I’d guess a dark honey color. I applied this using a rag and rubbing some of it off.

Now the fun part of applying some more character with the greatest invention ever, the Silhouette Cameo..

Getting to the point here is the before again, followed by the after..

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Sorry to bombard you with pictures like this but I like to play around with different lightings and angles..

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Anyway, I imagine if these lil tables don’t get adopted into a new home, I shall keep them for myself. :)

I hope you enjoyed this before and after show and are inspired to give a new look to a piece instead of discarding it!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

-Mary

Monday, October 2, 2017

Changing Table to Coffee Bar Makeover


I am so excited for the Holiday Farmhouse Show coming up this Friday! My booth will be smaller than the spring one, but hopefully people can find something to take home.

Although the fair is a holiday fair, I can’t seem to get into the Christmas mode. My booth will be decked out in Fall splendor. Fall is my favorite season to decorate so I’ll be in my glory getting my booth ready!

Now, for the makeover at hand..

I snagged this changing table for free at a garage sale this summer!

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The moment I saw it I envisioned an island or a possibly a coffee bar. Hubby looked a bit doubtful as we loaded it into our already full vehicle but he didn’t complain. :)

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It even had a neat little bin on wheels that would make a great trash can.

First I removed the railing..

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I wiped the piece with Krud Kutter which is a liquid sandpaper. I then applied a white satin paint with my sprayer. After that was dry, I distressed the edges and gave the piece a coat of Polycrylic, again using my sprayer.

I went through my stash of old barn wood and picked out a few pieces for the top. I added the coffee sign using my trusty Sihouette Cameo.

So, here is the after..

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The lighting was a bit hard to work with when taking these pics so I tried a few different angles.

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This piece will be available at the fair on Friday..

Hope to see you there!

-Mary