Thursday, October 20, 2016

Huge Faux Clock From Repurposed Table

This "table" just keeps getting better and better.  This is the THIRD TIME it has been featured on Kammy's Konrer.  Let's go through the stages of this here home made coffee table I found for a few dollars at a garage sale in my hometown of Parma.

It started like this:

Then went to this:

But I didn't have a place for it and nobody wanted to buy it sooooo I chopped off the legs and hung it on my wall....  (take careful note of this next picture... cuz not  just the clock changes as you scroll on down through this post!)

It was still a little blah.  And I know.  It needs hands.  Maybe they will come in a fourth post someday!
My grandma came to visit last summer and her mind is bad but she had suggestions about how to make my 'faux clock' look better and she mentioned them every time she stepped into the family room.  She used to have a great sense of style to so I decided I'd better heed her advice.  My mom actually grabbed a black paint brush one day to satisfy her and added some "minute marks" and also went around the outside edge - smudgy-like - so to make it look a little distressed and old.  She earns her keep sometimes.  Haha.  OH, we also stuck a sawblade in the middle - just hung it on the nail that's holding up the clock. It added the needed pizzazz UNTIL....  I got THIS in the mail!!!!!

Mandala stencil design stenciled wood table mandalas

A gorgeous medallion stencil made by Cutting Edge Stencils called Prosperity Mandala Stencil.  
It is beautiful.  I immediately took the big ole' coffee table top off my wall and laid it on the floor.  It was bedtime, so in the photo it's a little dark and yes, I'm in my PJ's.

I made two mistakes the first time around:
1. Used way to light of a color (since I thought I wanted it to be really subtle)
2. I used a stencil brush.  What was I thinking.  Way too time consuming for this big of a design!
This calls for a foam roller!!!!!  

So I redid it with a foam roller, and used black (which I rolled on very lightly so it looks more like dark gray) and was literally done in less than a minute!

The KEY to stenciling is to use HARDLY ANY PAINT.  I cannot stress this enough.
The other day I read a review on why a user did not like this stencil.  I was doing a big face palm when I read that no matter what the person tried, the paint bled though.  Are you kidding me?  Sorry Charlie, but that IS NOT the stencil's fault.  It's the users fault.  Plain and simple.  (Sorry, I feel like I'm being a big Negative Nancy here but sometimes you gotta set things straight!).   Too much paint will ALWAYS bleed under.  When you think you hardly have any paint and are ready to go, take more off!  Less is better!  You can always go over it twice.  When using a foam roller with a stencil, you should have to press down fairly hard to get any paint to come off, which means it should be nearly dry!  TRUST ME!

So above is what NOT to do, unless you have time on your hands,
 and below is what you SHOULD do:

YES!!!!  Doesn't it look a billion times more fabulous?  

And did you notice what else changed in this room?  I'll show you the old photo again and then you see if you can name five different things - GO:

And someday.....  If he's real good and listens to Jiminy Cricket, he might get to be a real clock.

Stay tuned for a Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway coming soon!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Black Kitchen Chair With Medallion Designed Seat

Years ago, I picked up four of these chairs somewhere.  It was so long ago I can't remember if they were free or a dollar a piece.  I do however, have a vague recollection of one flying out of the bed of my truck as I went barreling down a back road.  Oops!

This is the only one I have left, and it's been hanging on a wall in my shed by a big nail.  
Since I had some black chalk paint on my roller from the Eastlake Desk (read about it here) I  naturally went searching through my stash to see what else could easily get a fresh look with some black paint.  My eyes landed on my next victim - this chair.

After I painted it and sanded the edges to let some of the "wood" - or whatever crazy finish was on the chair previously - show through, I felt I needed a design with contrasting color to add some pizzazz.  
I had just received my Mandala Prosperity Stencil in the mail from Cutting Edge Stencils and thought that might be fun to off center on the seat!

I wasn't totally pleased with how it turned out, until I had the bright idea of letting the design only cover the seat cut-out.  I had originally let the medallion design overlap over the whole seat, not just the added cut out piece, if you catch my drift.  I painted black over the design that hung over the raised seat and fell in love!  I used a foam roller with a super tiny amount of off white paint to over the stencil and it literally took about forty five seconds to stencil this!  I did not go over it twice because I was going for a distressed, faded look.  If you want a more pronounced design, go for a second coat!


I love doing chairs.  Simple and fun and easy to be creative with! :)

This is currently for sale in my booth at the Parma Antique Mall.
Tell them Kammy's Korner sent you if you stop in! :)


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Monday, October 10, 2016

The Eastlake Antique That Was Being Obliterated With a Sledge Hammer

So one fateful day...  Mom and I were driving around in our little village of Parma.  Not just 'cuz... but 'cuz it was village garage sale day.  So naturally when we came to a house with furniture scattered all over the driveway, we assumed they were part of the sale.  But NO!  Much to our horror and sheer astonishment... there were people.  With sledge hammers.  Destroying gorgeous antiques!!!!  AHHHHHHH I can hardly think about it.  What happened next is a little blurry in my memory but I think I ran up the driveway like a phsycopath yelling STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPP WHAT ARE YOU DOINGGGGGGGGGG.  They looked totally annoyed at me... and barely hesitated before the next drawer from a beautiful desk got smashed to smithereens and tossed into the back of a pick up truck.  

Mom and I surveyed the remains of several former beauties and tried to regain our freaked-out composure.  I convinced them that if they were just taking it all to the dump ANYWAY, and if I could be back in five minutes with my own truck...could I please try to salvage a few things?  It was too late to save all of this beauty - it once had a third piece that went on the sides and up tall behind the cubbies/drawers (see those pegs on the edge where it sat?) but I still thought it could be salvaged and fixed up, whole or not.

Without the back piece, I couldn't keep the cubbies and drawers on the desk because it left an open space on the desk behind it and the drawers stuck out back too far and were left exposed.  Hopefully you can follow a little bit of what I'm trying to describe here.  If not, just trust me when I say it wouldn't work to keep the awesome cubbies on the desktop, dog-gone-it.

The top is really cool and slides out.  That made it much easier to work on!  I sanded it all down... but wow - it had some major carvings and grooves that were just plain ol' too deep to sand off.

I decided to paint the middle black to try to hide some of the craziness that was going on, but really wanted to have some wood for a richer two-tone look so I stained the outer edge with Minwax Dark Walnut.

Here you can see the big open gap in the back of the desk!  I found a board and cut it to size with one of my besties - my miter saw - and painted it black.  Yes, I really love my power tools that much.

I secured it with wood glue and a few nails from my other bestie, a Ryobi battery powered nail gun.  YES, they really do make such a thing!!!  And it is fan-double-tastic!!!  Understatement.  Ryobi, you really should be paying me to advertise for you like this.

I love how that part turned out - phew!  Kind of one of those things that has you scratching your head but seems to work out in the end:

Then there was the problem of no drawers.  Those were all in little splintered pieces in the back of the truck.  I don't even want to think about what they were laying next too.  Sniffle, sniffle.  Well shucks, we've conquered the "missing drawer" problem several times here on Kammy's Korner, so that really wasn't all that difficult.  I took one of the dividers out to make it a larger cubby, and then cut shelves to take the place of the drawers.

The open spaces under this desk make the perfect book shelves!

Gotta love the detail of this Eastlake style:

 While I was cleaning up the wood and wiping off all the spider webs, I noticed on the back of the bottom right "cubby" the words "Leslie, Michigan".  Well, I sure couldn't paint over that!  Leslie is a town not far from us.  I left the wood "as is". :)  It matches the top that way, too.  Too bad I couldn't keep the look symmetrical as the left side didn't match.  Drat.

One final shot of the before and after:

And while I debate about whether or not I want this Eastlake beauty-turned-rustic to stay in my possession, it is for sale at the Parma Antique Mall.  So hurry and grab it before I decide it needs to stay in my living room and go get it back.  I can do that, you know. ;)

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Welcome To The Newly Opened Parma Antique Mall!


"We're getting a WHAT?!"  I asked the man behind the Parma Ice Cream counter.  "An antique mall.  Right there on Main Street.  He's hoping to be open in a few weeks.  You really should go down and talk to him...."

And so there I was, just two days before grand opening, signing papers to have a booth in Darin's Antique Mall in our bitty town of 768 people.  A new adventure for Kammy's Korner and a new adventure for Parma!

Welcome to Parma, MI!
(Not only a new local business, but a new sign for our town!)

So here we are on our quaint little Main Street - sandwiched between Terra Dorr's Parma Mercantile for your screenprinting needs plus and my friend Steve Reule's snazzy Edward Jones Office.

Beautiful antique furniture greets you in the window:

Along with fantastic local Jackson finds like this Jackson Cracker Crate:

Before we go any further into this little shop, I think I need to introduce you to the main force behind it all, Darin Simmons, and that happy face that makes you feel like you've known him forever even though you haven't:

The next two photos are a snap shot of my booth where I sell old windows, barn doors, signs painted on old reclaimed wood from the old Miner Estate (aka the Lefere Mansion), and other vintage trinkets and salvaged furniture.  My sweet pal Becky Hollow has a few things tucked in here and there as well.

And then there's the "Man Cave" booth tastefully done by Al Pizzala.  
That lawnmower grinding sign calls my name a little louder every time I walk by....

What's a little rustic home decor without a vintage fan?  You need this!

And then there's an explosion of Raggedy Ann and Andy! 
My daughter thinks she's in some sort of wonder world when she steps into this booth!

Rustic ladders, lanterns, and more -  yes please!

And a few of the faces of our friends and neighbors selling treasures here:

Here's Man Cave Man Pizzala setting up late the night before grand opening:

Stacy and I were both "Last Minute Lisas" setting up our booths late the night before grand opening, also!
We both have kiddos in the 2nd grade at Parma, and now we share something else in common - spots in the new Parma Antique Mall of course.  Oh but that goat....  :)

So there you have a little tiny taste of the Parma Antique Mall.  It's just a mile off of Interstate 94 so if you ever find yourself on the jaunt between Jackson and Battle Creek, take a moment to exit off and visit us!  And while you're here, make sure to have a hot roast beef sandwich at the Parma Cafe - just two store fronts down from the Parma Antique Mall.  Best hot roast beef sandwich you will have EVER put into your mouth.  I promise.  If it's not, send me the bill and I will pay it.  I'm that confident it's the best.

Be SURE to "like" the Parma Antique Mall on Facebook so you can see the new stuff coming in and keep up with what's happening!

Need some more specifics 
on the newest place to find great antiques and vintage items in Jackson County?


  Tues - Fri 10am ~ 5:30pm 

  Sat / Sun 11am ~ 4:00pm

  Mon - closed

124 W Main St., Parma, MI