Mid Century modern canister set

Gosh, this canister set has been buried in my craft room for EVER.  I was in one of my ‘use it or toss it’ (into the donation box) organize the craft room moods when I happened upon it.  Told myself to DO something with it right NOW, or donate it.  I didn’t even stop to take a before picture.  They were that fake wood grain color AND texture.  gag!

P1190253They needed to be painted, inside and out, so spray paint was the best option.  Turquoise for the canisters and white for the lids.

P1190256I think they still maintain that ‘mid-Century’ vibe, don’t you?

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 Available to purchase in my booth at Stars for $19.00.

NEW! Beach cottage decor ~ in my etsy shop

P1200044Some large and small starfish plaques.

P1190995The large ones are 11″ across; have a sawtooth hanger on the back and are sold individually.

P1190949These smaller ones are 5″ frames; sold in set of three, as shown.

P1190952These small one have a sawtooth hanger for hanging on the wall and a removable wood peg for sitting them on a flat surface.

P1190977And I finally used up the last of my beach glass on these wreaths.

P1190964This one is light green and white.   These wreaths take take several days each to make.  Each tiny piece of glass has to be carefully hand selected to fit together just right, and is then glues in place. Once one layer is full, I have to let the glue dry for 12 hours before building the next layer on top of it.  There are approx 12 layers of glass on each wreath.

P1190968I make my sea glass wreaths on FLAT wreath forms instead of the tubular looking styro wreath forms.  But they are NOT flat once I’ve built up all the layers of glass.   I just think this way they are a bit more ‘organic’ looking.  Although it does take a LOT more glass this way!  The one made using the styrofoam wreath forms just look to ‘perfect’ to me.

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Once I’ve added all the layers of glass, these beach glass wreaths are VERY big and full.  I even partially cover the back with glass so no bare spots will be visible when they are hung.P1190971This one is a brighter green with bits of aqua.

P1190969This is the back.  Not as completely covered as the front, but enough that you don’t see any bare spots on the back when it’s hung on the wall.  (and yes, the ARE very heavy!)

P1190970Looking at the side angel you can see how deep they are, and why that little bit of extra glass on the back is important.

P1190974Darker blues and aquas.

P1190976Such pretty colors!!

P1190980All these items are available to purchase in my etsy shop.

Trio of small chests

 

It started with this box.P1150075

Thrift store find cigar box; taller and better construction than your typical cigar box.

P1150076While the outside was a bit scratched up, the ‘innards’ are nice and clean!  I can easily ‘paper over’ the inside of the lid to cover up the wording.

P1150786I removed the broken hardware from the front and spray painted it a sea-foam green.

P1150823Perfect place for me to use this scrap book paper map to cover up the writing on the inside of the lid.

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Decided it needed a little ‘something’, so I glued on a repro white skeleton key to the front.  Just right!

P1150789Then I found this box at the thrift store. Not terribly fond of the wood burned design in the top.  Not even sure I’ll be able to ‘sand it off’.  But I can always ‘paper over it’; which actually might look perfect with the raised trim around the edge of the lid.

P1150790Clean and divided inside.

P1150791  Fortunately my orbital sander fit inside the trim, and the design on the lid sanded off better than I’d expected.  A wee bit of the wood burned color still shows, but the top is smooth, so I can just paint over it.

P1150792Alas, I found a piece of trim in my stash that fit perfectly, so I decided to add it.

P1150824Used my lightest aqua acrylic paint on this one and hand distressed a bit.

P1150825I had removed the hardware on the front before I painted it.

P1150826Pretty easy to remover and reattach; one screw for the latch and an eye screw.

P1150827Decided to leave the inside ‘as found’.

P1150834Sanding detail on the wood applique.

P1150835And along the edges.

So, now I had those two individual pieces done;  but before I got them priced and stocked them in my booth at Stars; I found this:

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On an ‘inspiration excursion’ to Home Goods.  It’s not at ALL the blue that I normally go for.

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and it’s got a GLOSSY finish, which I NEVER do. (and which is impossible to capture in photograph!)

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 But it was such a cute little chest, and for some reason it ‘spoke to me’.  And I listened and bought it!

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The DARK inside was a bit TOO dark and dreary for me, so I added some vintage atlas pages (on the lid and bottom) to brighten it up a bit.  (the area was too big to use the same scrap book paper as on the first cigar box.)

P1150819I really didn’t NEED to do anything to the outside.  But I like to add my own little touches everything, so I attached a skeleton key.

P1150829Ah-HA!!!  This is why the biggest chest at Home Goods was speaking to me!

P1150833It wanted to come home with me and join the other two blue chests!

P1150832I LOVE it!  And I’m gonna KEEP them all to myself!  (for that big home redecorating project I have coming up very soon!)

P1150830Just waiting for me to fill with treasures!

MORE picnic baskets!

YEP!  I keep finding them.  No one else wants them so they sit in the thrift store until their color tag goes on sale for half price and I grab them up!!

10.20.13 BAR pics 027This one needed a bit of repairs where the braiding is.  A bit of tacky glue and a few carefully placed finishing nails solved that issue.

10.20.13 BAR pics 038The slat part is super fast and easy to ‘dry brush paint’.  Then I use a small foam roller to paint the lid; two coats, inside and out.  Use the dry brush on the braided handles too!

10.20.13 BAR pics 039Then I sand the lid, inside and out.  (oops, a little paint drip on the inside!)

10.20.13 BAR pics 040The base of this one was particle board (which I LOATHE!!!!)  And it had a few water mark type stains that bugged me.  So I grabbed an old atlas and my jar of Mod Podge and covered the inside base.

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I had just received some new stencils, so I used one on the top of this basket.  I just can’t seem to leave these spots ’empty’!  They feel too much like a ‘blank canvas’ to me!

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Finished off with a couple of coats of matte varnish.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 185This small one was in VERY good shape too.  And while the bigger ones ARE more popular than this size; it always looks cute to have various sizes in a stack.  These are a good size for storing kids toys in too.  A pretty basket that you can slide under the coffee table and pull out as needed.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 186Always remember to check for clean ‘innards’!  I’m so happy that they aren’t adding those fabric liners as often anymore!  HATE those things!

10.20.13 BAR pics 036Again with the dry brush technique.  It LITERALLY will take less than five minutes to paint the entire thing!

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I continued the paint to the inside trim on the lid on this one; then sanded it a bit.

10.20.13 BAR pics 041Since I couldn’t add any ‘decorative features’ to the lid of this one since it wasn’t flat, I decided to STAIN the inside and over the top of the dry brush paint on the outside.

10.20.13 BAR pics 043It’s a very SUBTLE color difference.  A greyish brow
n, like cedar fence boards naturally turn with age.

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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . . now that I look at this again, it might be fun to hand letter some kind of saying around the trim on the top of this one???  Any ideas?

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I TRIED to put these two photos ‘side by side’ so you could compare the color difference; but it just wasn’t coming out right.  I hope this is good enough!

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This is BOTH baskets, side by side.  The big ‘just painted’ one at the back; and the painted and stained smaller one at the front.  VERY subtle aged wood look.

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The bigger basket has already sold.  The smaller one is stashed away until after the holidays.

Shabby beach-ified wicker picnic basket

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 069The middle basket in this stack had been in my booth at Stars for some time.  It was time to bring it home for a make over.  Since the sea grass trunk on the bottom had sold so quickly, I decided to ‘beach-ify’ this one too.

P1070654Since i had put a white fingerling starfish on this one that was still in my booth at Stars, I decided to do something different on this next one.

P1070809So I did a sugar starfish on this one, AFTER I dry brush painted it s slightly darker shade of turquoise.

P1070808The hardest part was finding a starfish FLAT enough to adhere to the wicker.  I used e600, and weighted it down with a heavy box while the adhesive cured.

P1070827Ready to go to Stars.

P1070838It stacks nicely with the other two baskets.

P1070846Priced at $35.00.

 

Child size desk chair

Found this cute child size desk chair on my recent thrifting rounds.

P1070539And while I LOVE finding ‘child size’ items; I HATE that they almost always come laden with stickers!!!  ACK!!!  Only a few to deal with on this particular piece.  Plus, it had a fairly shiny finish, so I was going to need to sand it before repainting it anyhow.  And the stickers sand right off with the finish.

P1070647About ten minutes with the orbital sander and it was prepped for painting.

P1070646If you don’t have an orbital sander, and you want to fix up and repaint old furniture; you really NEED this tool.  It would have taken a good HOUR to hand sand this little chair.  With the orbital it took about 5 minutes.  Time IS money!

P1070696Most of the chair I was able to paint using a mini sponge roller.  Just needed a brush for the corners.  Using a paint roller is a real time saver too.  Plus the paint goes on much smoother and more evenly.

P1070698After two quick coats of paint and almost NO drying time in the summer heat, I was ready to distress; again using the orbital sander.

P1070700Fast and easy!

P1070701I debated whether or not to paint some kind of design on the seat or back rest.  Went withOUT for now.  If it doesn’t sell right away I’ll bring it home for some additional detailing.

P1070708It is available to purchase for $25.00 in my booth at Stars in Portland.

Seaside Picnic Basket

But first, and because someone asked how I had displayed the recent white bust I repainted; here she is:

P1070564I’m actually not certain that she won’t get repainted a cream color.  I really don’t have much bright white in my living room.

P1070563So, for now, I’ve got her sitting on this chest in my living room; amongst my angel and Santos collection.

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I’d really like to find (or MAKE!) some kind of pedestal to set her on.  Until then . . . this is where she shall reside.

P1070540Recently thrifted picnic basket.  Notice how the lid is hinged on the lid?  I’ve discovered that this kind of lid has proven to be the sturdiest and longest lasting.  (as opposed to one that is hinged on the edge)

P1070542Nice and clean ‘innards’!  Clean innards is really MORE important than the outside.  The outside can easily be painted.  Innards are harder to clean and/or paint.

P1070541The only think I didn’t like about this basket is the eagle painted on the lid.  But that’s easy enough to remedy!

P1070647A couple of minutes of sanding with an orbital sander removed enough of the eagle so that I could paint the lid.

P1070650I dry brush painted the body of the basket.

P1070649Then completely painted the lid.

P1070651After the paint dried (about five minutes in this heat!) I sanded the lid to make it look weathered and faded.

P1070655I stenciled the word ‘SEASIDE’ on the lid.

P1070652And glued a big white fingerling starfish (using e6000) to the front of the basket.

P1070653And there it is!  All set to be filled with goodies for a trip to the beach!

P1070722It is available to purchase in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland; $29.00.

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Refinishing FORMICA tops.

Bought this PAIR of night stands at the thrift store.  The only BAD thing is that the top is FORMICA.  They were in GREAT shape though, so I grabbed them; figuring I could always PAPER the top if painting didn’t work.

I used my trusty orbital sander to sand all over, INCLUDING that formica top.  Then primed all over with KILZ (brush on kind). Then my favorite beachy blue paint!

Time to tackle those formica tops!  I sanded them with my orbital sander again.  And while I only sanded through the top coat of paint to the white primer; with the dark wood EDGES showing through I thought it looked just fine.  How much of the top is really going to even be SEEN once it’s in use anyhow?

Michael doesn’t like the knobs I used; and they happen to be MY favorite part of this make-over!  hehe

They look like little hydrangeas!  I found them at Marshall’s.  A couple of the little ‘flowers’ are missing, but I still love these knobs.  And I figure if a customer doesn’t like them, it’s an easy enough thing to change out.

SO, it looks like you CAN paint and distress a formica top; to an extent at least!

These will be going to my space at Stars very soon.

One fine day

This time of year (and the preceding 7 months really!) ‘nice days’ are few and far between.  I watch the evening news weather reports and literally plan my week around it, IF a ‘nice day’ is predicted.  What IS a nice day to a Pacific Northwester?  Any day that is DRY and warm enough to work outside wearing a jacket.   SUNSHINE is not definitive to nice days here.  Monday was a GORGEOUS day!  SUNNY and warm!  I’ve had ‘outside painting projects’ piled up for MONTHS, awaiting a day like that!

Sweet little desk.  This one was going to have to be SPRAY painted in order to get paint into that open drawer space.  Need to be sure I have a NOT windy ‘nice day’ for spray painting.

Another spray paint candidate.  When I tried to straighten that dowel it popped right out!  Ended up leaving them out, after trying unsuccessfully to permanently attach them.

Yep, another one to spray paint!  Lucky for me, spray paint was JUST on sale and I got 4 cans of white.  Spray paint is getting SO dang expensive.  The cost to spray paint an item is something to consider when selecting project pieces.

Lightly hand sanded this one to distress.  Still debating on applying ‘something’ on the desktop area.  Old book pages maybe?  OR I’ve got lots of old floral wall paper samples.  OR I could stencil a design on??

Just may leave this one ‘as is’ and not distress it.  Still thinking on it.

Need to sand this one for a bit MORE distressing, and may stencil a design in the center.  Looks a tad bare without those decorative turned dowels.  It took 3 cans of spray paint to cover these three pieces.

This one I had primed previously, but ran out of painting time.  I have another similar, but BIGGER 2 tier drum table  like this.  Can’t wait to see how they look stacked together!

This table had a shiny varnish, so needed to be primed (or sanded) before painting.  Due to all the details, priming was going to be quicker and easier than sanding.  THIS is how ‘heavily’ you need to apply brush on primer.  It does not need to completely cover the surface.  Just quickly ‘slap it on’!

After 2 coats of paint.

And distressed.

Michael built the 2 bigger benches for me.  I built the little pink one YEARS ago!

Couple of little thrifted benches.  ALWAYS on the look out for little benches and step stools like these.  They are great for adding height to displays AND they always SELL well!

Painted and distressed.

This one is more of an ‘end table’ size than a bench.  Just lightly distressed it.  Pondered painting stripes on the top.  May still do so.  Most of the striped aqua/white stuff I did last year sold quickly.

Forgot the before pis on this one!  Was just stained, no varnish; so a very quick sanding was all the prep it needed.

Distressed and ready to go.

Stencil something on the top maybe????

Not bad for ONE days work, eh??

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SO, here’s what I’ve spent the last 2 days doing:

As you approach my space.

On the outside left.

On the outside left.

Front and center when you walk in.

Beachy bistro table and chairs.

I’ll try to post the rest of the more detailed pics tomorrow.  Right now I just want to put my feet up!

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