Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello

When I wrote my last post in mid-March it was not my intention to wait seven months to write another post.....but sometimes life gets in the way.

My absence was due to a lot of different factors that took my time away from creating and blogging, some good and some not so good.  I don't want to bore you with all of the details but things have settled down and I want to get back to having fun with creating and sharing projects on my blog.....hopefully you all will still be reading!

Due to the fact that I have a booth to fill for the upcoming holiday season, my thoughts are already shifting to Christmas projects.  My kitchen island is full of pieces and parts of projects and I have a feeling it's going to look like this for the next couple of months. (This is a real shot of how my kitchen looks this morning....sad, but true).
Thanks for sticking with me these past few months.  Looking forward to catching up with what you have been up to as well!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Repurposed Auto Mechanics Creeper

This past week my Mom and I flew to New York where we met up with my two sisters and my niece for a wonderful girls trip to the city.  We had a lot of fun being tourists, taking in all we could in our two and a half days together.  Here's a picture of the five of us from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.
My Mom will be turning 85 in May and this was an early birthday gift to her.  She didn't miss out on anything on this trip……I swear, she has more energy than I do!

Now that I'm back home, I had some time to work on a project using Country Chic Paint.
I received my first shipment of Country Chic Paint a couple of weeks ago but have not had a chance to work with the paint until today.
I wanted to start with something small so I dug out an old auto mechanics creeper I purchased at a thrift store.

Top side of the creeper.
Back side of the creeper (I'm going to be using this side for my project).
The wheels on the creeper were very cool but I didn't need the wheels for the project I had in mind so I removed them and will save them for another project.
I received six different paint colors from Country Chic Paint and decided to try this pretty green color called "Rustic Charm" on my project.
I wanted some of the wood grain to show through so I only used one coat of paint on this project.  The paint went on very smooth with great coverage.  After the paint dried, I lightly sanded the wood and then applied the Country Chic Paint clear wax.  I loved the finish!  
(This picture is before the piece was sanded or waxed).
I didn't paint the sections between the wood because I had other plans for them.

The top section became a bulletin board.
A metal vent was nailed onto the 2nd section - perfect for magnets.
The 3rd section became a chalkboard.
And the bottom section was covered with a fabric memo board insert.
The finishing touch was the addition of some twine to the top so the piece could be hung.
A big change from it's original purpose!
I'm looking forward to using more of the Country Chic Paint on some of the furniture pieces in my basement.  My next project is going to be this piece with nine file drawers.  
I think it will look wonderful updated in "Licorice".

Enjoy your week!

Jane

Disclaimer:  As a member of Country Chic Paint's 2014 Blogger Squad, I am compensated with Country Chic paint and waxes for my use.  I will always give honest opinions and experiences when using this product and all views expressed in my posts are purely my own.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Finds for My Vintage Inspired Office

I've been talking about updating my home office for a few months now but, I'll be honest, I just haven't made any progress.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I found an awesome piece that is going to be the centerpiece of my makeover and hopefully help jumpstart me into getting the project started.  I can't show you the piece just yet because it was too big to fit in my vehicle and I'm waiting to borrow a friend's truck to get it home.  But I can tell you it is a wonderful, old wood furniture piece with 25 drawers!

Part of my plan for the office makeover is to add more vintage touches so I've been collecting a few things that will eventually make their way into the room.

A vintage desk calendar.
Old paper cutters.
Pencil sharpeners.
Fountain pens.
Metal typeset.
And vintage clipboards.
I have a few other surprises for the room and I can't wait to get started and see how it all comes together.
I'll be keeping you posted.

I'll be away from my computer for a few days….hope you all have a great week.

Jane

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Six Projects from One Hardware Find

Anyone have any idea what this piece of hardware is called?
 I was browsing around an antique mall last weekend and found 12 of these pieces in one of the booths.
 I thought they were interesting and the price was right so I purchased all 12.

Now the fun part.....repurposing them into something new!

Project #1:  Chalkboard
The hardware makes a great place to hold the chalk.
Project #2:  Candleholder
 Four of the hardware pieces were attached to a piece of wood to create an industrial looking candleholder.

Project #3:  Serving Tray
 Screwed to the bottom of a piece of wood, the hardware makes great handles for a serving tray.
 Project #4:  Frame Holder
 I used three hardware pieces on a piece of scrap wood to create a holder for some framed maps.
 Project #5:  Brace for iPad stand
 The angle on the hardware makes it perfect for a brace for another iPad stand.  I still need to decide on a paint color for the stand.
Project #6:  Picture Holder
Add a magnet to the back of the hardware and it's a perfect photo holder.
I painted it with chalkboard paint to personalize it with my granddaughter's name.
I really need to check with someone at the hardware store and see if these pieces are still available.  I would like to make more of these projects for my booth.

It's cold and snowy here today so it's been a great day to stay inside and create....
Hope you're staying warm wherever you are!

Jane

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Country Chic Paint 2014 Blogger Squad

I am very excited to announce that I am a member of Country Chic Paint's 2014 Blogger Squad! It's going to be a lot of fun to work with these talented bloggers throughout the year to show you our furniture transformations using Country Chic Paint's paint and wax.
Not familiar with Country Chic Paint?
Country Chic Paint is a chalk and mineral based paint specifically designed for DIYers.  It is VOC free and contains no harmful solvents.
Here's a link to their website with more information, including color choices (you can even get custom colors mixed), tutorials, inspiration photos and how to order.

If you've been following along with me you know I have a basement (and garage) full of projects that are in need of a little TLC.  As a member of the squad I will be receiving Country Chic Paint's paint and wax to update these pieces and move them from basement "ugly duckling" to finished "swan".  I'll be posting my "before and afters" on my blog and on the Country Chic Paint blogsquad blog as well.
Now to decide what to work on for my first project.....the dreaded basement photo again.
I'm thinking something smaller might be my best option to start.
Maybe one of these chairs?
My paint should be arriving soon and I am anxious to get started.
I'll keep you posted.

Have a great day.

Jane

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Vintage Wire Glove Dryer - Jewelry Stand

Yesterday I went out to investigate some stores in a part of the city that I usually don't shop.....the weather was great and I felt like I needed a change of scenery.  I can't say I came home with a lot of finds but it was a fun day of shopping.

One of the things I purchased was a pair of 1940's wire glove dryers.
Each glove dryer had a hole in the bottom.
When I investigated on-line, I discovered the glove dryers originally had little hangers attached through those holes.  Makes perfect sense since these hand shaped dryers were used to air dry fashion gloves that were popular in the 1940's.

I don't have any gloves that I need to dry but I do have some rings and bracelets that are always in need of a jewelry stand.
 The hole that once held the little hanger was perfect as a means of securing the wire hand form onto a piece of scrap wood.
 Couldn't be any easier!
On another note......I haven't forgotten about my "What's in My Basement" quest, I just got a little sidetracked.

I went down to the basement today and came back upstairs with this old office chair.
It has a great shape and cool wheels on the bottom of the legs but that seat has got to go!
It looks to me like it's contact paper.  It will be interesting to see what I find underneath it!  I'll be working on this chair this week and show you the finished project next Sunday.

 Just a couple more quick pictures.
Isn't this the cutest little bird?
 I have some fallen tree branches in an urn in my living room that displayed my vintage Christmas ornaments this year.  I left the branches in the urn after Christmas and they have been bare until I found these little clip on birds at a local decor store last week.
They look pretty realistic.....good think I don't have a cat!

Have a great week.

Jane

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Doorknob Photo Holder

When I went on my "Junk Hunt Challenge" for Flea Market Style magazine last August I found several old doorknobs at a booth in Bella Patina, the store where I am a vendor.

I purchased five doorknobs that day with plans to turn them into photo holders.
Here are pictures and the description from the magazine.
I love the simplicity of the crystal doorknob as a photo stand, and I think it's perfect to highlight a favorite photo. (Wouldn't they be pretty on a wedding table?)

 But I also like the idea of using a white porcelain doorknob and personalizing it to match the photo.
I used scrapbook rub-on letters to add "Dad" to this old doorknob.

I then sandwiched a photo between the doorknob and a magnet.
A simple photo holder for a picture of my husband and son taken in 1996 when we lived in Minnesota.
Although we get our fair share of snow in Kansas City, it can't compare to the snow we experienced the two years we lived in Minnesota!

Have a nice evening.

Jane