Friday, September 30, 2011

Fleur de Lis Tray

In case you're not convinced yet,
here is a little more magic with the 
Annie Sloan Paint...


Take an ordinary wooden tray...
 Give it a coat of Old White chalk paint 
(coat #1)


This tray had a very shiny surface...
but after only 2 coats it looks like this, 
and it dries in a flash...


Sand and distress...

very pretty!


Paint on a Fleur de Lis design...



And the old brown tray has a brand new life!



Love this paint, it makes it so easy!
Susan

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bring on the Fall!

My Fall mantel decorating is all about wooden baskets, 
my favorite rusties, 
and white candle holders.


Character is added with old rulers shaped into stars,



several crisp white frames,


and a garland of fall leaves and fabulous cement pumpkins.


Scrabble tiles welcome "autumn"


and a hint of fall can be found in the shelves 
to the left and to the right.


More autumn accents around the room,



and finally a bowl of leaves, mini pumpkins, and gourds! 



Good-bye Summer....
Welcome Fall!


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Printer's Block Pillow

Am I the only one who buys things at the 
thrift store and has no idea what I am buying?





I think it is some kind of print block...
I asked the art teacher and she thought it might be Chinese.



It definitely has some damage...


I tried printing with it to see what I'd get...
I pounced on some black paint with a sponge brush and 
pressed it down on fabric...


and wow! a print!



I tried printing it on other fabrics with different textures...





Then I tried painting the print...



 I'm not sure what I was painting but 
it came out looking pretty nice...

Almost looks like a zucchini, don't ya think? 



I added some piping and it made a cute little pillow!

Susan 


it all started with paint

Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple Crate

Here I go again making boxes and crates...
In this one I began with shims from the hardware store...


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thankfully

Thankfully, I'm an organized person and my posts are set up 
to post for the next few weeks...

because...

not only was I starting school with a new classroom to set up
and a new class to meet...


But after only 2 days back to school... 

I broke my ankle and I'm laid up for a while...


Can't even put weight on it for at least a week!
The moral of this story is...
always be prepared
and
do not ever walk down stairs in the dark!
xo Susan

Monday, September 12, 2011

Turning a Table into a Foot Stool



Here is a great little foot stool that used to be a table...
The glass was missing so I decided to give it a new purpose...


The first thing I did was to cut the legs down, 
this height would be perfect...



I painted the whole thing with a dark metallic finish...



This is what the color looked like on the wood...



Next I used a piece of masonite, and cut it to size to make a top.



For the padding I used an old quilt... (free)



 I cut up the quilt in several layers to pad the masonite.



 First I lined the batting with white fabric and stapled it all the way around the underside of the stool...


Then I used the decorative fabric to cover the lining, and stapled that all the way around...



And here it is all finished...



I'm storing it under the glass coffee table so it's 
ready to be used and it looks great too.


An easy project with a great look!




Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Never Forget


Our family and friends will never forget...
God Bless America!
Susan

Friday, September 9, 2011

Utensil Crate

I'm making another crate today, this one is a tote...


I began by using old fence wood from the garage...
I cut it to lengths with my saw
and assembled the box...


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Glass Top Desk Goodies

Here's a close-up look at the functional and very original desk in my office... Made with found and thrifted objects.


I gave you a little glimpse of it in my room update...
Now here is a closer look.
I used two old doors found on the side of the road, I put them together in an L shape and attached them to the top of an Ikea table. One side is for my computer, the other side is a workspace for crafting and my sewing machine. 



This is the side I use for the computer,  I added glass to the top of the door. I couldn't help but fill the inside space with all kinds of fun thrift store finds, important papers and embellishments.


I found vintage movie reels and their cases, 
shells, numbers, keys, old post cards, stamps and tickets... 
(thanks graphic fairy.)








  An old rusty barbell with a crown dish on top.
The dish has a hole in it for a knob.


I love that I can add to it and change it up any time 
I want to just by popping off the glass and switching out the inside.

 


Susan

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