Our BIGGEST e-book ever!!!

Well, being snowed in for two weeks wasn’t entirely futile!  I managed to get another e-book written, and it’s our biggest ever!  I even had to edit it down a bit (and have the start of two more e-books thereby!) to ‘just’ 118 pages.

And launching it on New Years Eve couldn’t be more perfect.  After Christmas everyone seems to ‘purge’ their old stuff and get rid of a lot of it.   In our  “Outdated / Updated” e-book you will discover ways to KEEP that old stuff, but make it LOOK NEW!

Here are BEFORE pictures of just a few of the items that you’ll see ‘updated’ in this e-book:

Just about everything that you (or someone else) thought had seen it’s better days, we’ve taken and updated to a wonderful cottage or primitive style.  “Outdated / Updated” contains 118 before and after pictures and simple how to’s in an easy to navigate Picturetrail photo album.

You can buy it via our blog or in our  Etsy shop for $29.95.

Simply send your $29.95 payment via PayPal to folkartoriginals@yahoo.com  and note that it is for the ‘Outdated / Updated e-book.

I will send you the Picturetrail link to the album within 48 hours. 

Please note:  Winter weather sometimes affects our internet connection ‘out here in the boonies’, and may delay the arrival of your book.  But I do check email every day and respond to purchases as soon as possible.

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The ‘pink parfait table’ tutorial

 Remember this pretty little table from a few posts back?

Here’s how we made it. 

In Michael’s dumpster divings he found this nice plywood round AND a circle (I call it a donut because of the hole in the middle).  I wanted to give the table a scalloped edge so we needed an ‘inset’ space.  But since the donut was the same size as the table top we had to do some cutting.  To try and shave 1/4 inch off the outer edge of the donut and keep it even would have been nearly impossible.  So my thought was to cut the donut into four even pieces, then cut an equal amount off each end until we got the right size.  Since the donut would not show at all once we were done, the extra cuts were no biggie.

Once we got the right size, Michael glued and screwed the donut to the underside of the table.

Michael went on a ‘bar stool binge’ a while back and we’ve got a bunch of them awaiting a purpose, so I decided to use one for the table base.  I just spray painted it a flat white.  (it’s much more TIME efficient to spray paint things like chairs and stools.  Brush painting around the legs and spindles is just a pain!)

Then Michael attached the top to the base, screwing it in from underneath.  Now I was ready to work on the top!  I gave it a good sanding, two coats of pale pink paint, then sanded to distress it.

For the scalloped edge I painted four pieces of lathe, two shades of pink (one the same color as the table) and two shades of white.

Then cut them into pieces using my scroll saw.  I just cut them ‘freehand’ because I didn’t want them to be perfectly the same.

Once cut into the rectangular sections, I ‘carved’ them and distressed them using my 1″ belt sander.  Again I did this ‘freehand’ not wanting them to be perfectly matched.

I decided to stamp a little bit of a design around the edge of the table.

Using a foam stamp and craft paint.

You can see the design much better in person than in these pictures!  This pale pink paint just does not photograph very well.  NOW it’s time to add the scallops!  I flipped the table upside down:

And just glued them along the inset under the rim of the table.

Alternating the colors.

Left it sitting upside down for the glue to set overnight.

Turned it right side up the following morning and gave it a couple of coats of waterproof matte varnish.

Had a bunch of the scallops left over so I glued them onto a couple of white shelves.

Ah-ha!  You can see the stamped design around the edge of the table better in that photo!

One thing I learned from this project is that the ‘donut’ for attaching the scalloped edge to was NOT the best idea.  It worked ‘okay’, BUT with all the scallops added, the table is a little ‘heavy’ on the outside edges and will tip if you lean on it.  Next time we make one of these we will make the inset a solid smaller piece of wood to better balance the weight of the added scalloped edge.

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Little orphan Annie

Michael found this sweet, but unkempt darling on the side of the road with a ‘FREE’ sign taped to her, and brought her home.

Missing her bottom drawer . . .

Dotted with happy face stickers . . .

She was tired and dirty . . . but she had a spirit worth reviving!

Her drawers were still sturdy and clean.

Because of the missing drawer, Michael’s first thought was to remove all the drawers and make her into a bookshelf. But we had too many orphaned drawers laying around already, and didn’t really want to add to the pile. HMMMM!!!! Maybe one of those other drawers would fit! Nope. BUT, that gave me another idea! Michael had brought home some skinny cupboard door fronts . . . maybe one of those would fit and I could just make a faux drawer! EUREKA! It fit!

But first I had to scrub her down and scrape off those stickers. During that process a LOT of paint peeling occurred, so I brought out the sander and gave her a good sanding. Which brought through a lot of the dark mahogany color from underneath; which determined my color choices for the faux drawer front.

To help prevent further paint peeling, I gave her a coat of clear varnish, which kind of helps ‘glue down’ the loosened paint. And I wasn’t too fond of those big bulky knobs, so I used some architectural star knobs.

Ta DAAAAAAAAAAA!

And here she is, in all her glory in our space at Stars Antique mall in Sellwood; awaiting her adoption into a loving home!

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FINALLY!!! A project to share!

Just a little one, but a project none the less.   Have had these old electric carriage lantern housings sitting around for quite some time.

I scrubbed them up, scraped off the peeling paint, gave then a dose of fresh white spray paint, and added shells and a candle.

This is the biggest one.  Trying to decide if I want to ‘sponge paint’ on a little bit of sandy brown color to the metal housing of the smaller ones before adding the candle and shells.

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