Saturday, June 30, 2012

Today I'm at the DIY Club

Hi Friends!
Today I am a guest at 


Come on back right here tomorrow to 
link up your July projects!



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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Woven Nautical Tray


This is exactly the kind of tray that might get overlooked 
at the thrift store. It was brown, stained, and pretty ugly.

But I saw the potential... 

I knew with a quick coat of chalk paint, 
this old wicker tray could have a new life...



It looked a little coastal to me, a perfect summer tray...



The extra large size was particularly appealing...


It just screamed summer to me...



I'm really glad I took a second look at this great find!



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After the Rain


Take a closer look...



after the rain...


At how beautiful everything looks...






All bright green and shiny...





It makes you appreciate even the days that 
can't be bright and sunny!


Enjoy!



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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chalk Board Memo Board


A quickie memo board made from a vintage
green chalkboard and some twine...

green chalkboard www.homeroad.net


Determination and a Dresser

My project today was more about patience and 
never giving up than it was about painting...




My very early Sunday morning began with an 
old dresser in the garage. 


My plan was to paint it because it was 
#1 in great shape 
and #2 a good size for someplace in my house...

Just not sure where it can possibly go because 
I'm quickly running out of room.

Unfortunately after I committed to this project, I realized that the veneer on the top was a mess.... a real mess!

 I Googled how to remove veneer... 
it looked easy enough....

I got out the iron and the wet towel (like they suggested) and I started steaming and scraping off the veneer....


Hmmm.... this wasn't as easy as it looked....


My veneer sure wasn't coming off in the large sheets 
pictured in the post I read...

But I stuck to it...

more steam, more scraping....


After a while I resorted to a hammer and a paint scraper...
I was determined to finish this project!

Thank Goodness only the top needed to be removed!

Finally, somewhere about 3 hours later... I was finished.


The dresser was now ready for paint...


Painting was the easy part...
I used Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint

Then waxed it with Johnson's furniture wax. 
It is less expensive than Annie Sloan's 
but I have to tell you, it smells!



So here's the finished dresser and it didn't take long for 
daughter #3 to lay claim to the newly finished beauty...

Where was she at 6 am when I was scraping the veneer? 


Enjoy it Kerry!




Did you ever try to take a picture in a really messy room?...
 It's all a matter of positioning yourself with the camera so the mess doesn't show in the mirror!


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Sunday, June 24, 2012

An Extreme Makeover Birdhouse Addition



Good Morning Birdie Family!!!


This awesome birdhouse was at my Mother's house and really needed some help....
I loved the mossy entrance ...


and the great growth on the roof...


But it had a problem....

All that mossy goodness had rotted Mom's birdhouse...

It was wet and falling apart... It crumbled as I moved it.


This birdhouse really needed an Extreme Makeover...
In an attempt to save it, I took it apart...

I used wood from this old crate and traced all 
the pieces of the old birdhouse...


I used the crate slats for the front and back...

Using a hole attachment for the drill, I cut out 2 holes...




The last slat I screwed on held the license plate roof which is removable in case the inside needs to be cleaned out...


I painted the whole birdhouse white...


And added a license plate for the roof...

Alaska? 
These birds are going to think they took a wrong turn!


Some old scrap signage for the side...


I think it's still missing something...


Move that bus!!!!


That's better... a little junk!


Welcome home birdies... welcome home!




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