Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Crazy Convex and Concave Mirrors


Concave or Convex?  How about one of each?
I picked these funky mirros up at an awesome garage sale in Iowa last summer and here's what they looked like:


Now seriously.  Could you pass that quirkiness up?  Not I!

I painted them slate blue - the same slate blue mistint that I painted my piano with, and a multitude of other projects because it's like the vessel of oil in the Old Testament that never went dry!

Then my partner in crime, Maran, helped me hot glue jute rope around the edge of the mirrors....


And then they sat on the shelf for months.  And months.  Until....  I found these decoupaged plaques in Saint Vincent DePaul for 75% off!  Not only did I score on the plaques, but I could use those screw-in rings for the top of my mirrors!!!!  




Happy, happy day.  The mirrors were finally able to hang with jute rope from a little gold metal loop that screwed into the top.  I put some polyurethane over the paint to seal it because the paint was scratching off the wood way too easily!


So the convex mirror is like one of those crazy mirrors in a fun house, and the concave... well it not only distorts, but it flips the image upside down!  And the only reason I remember the difference between convex and concave was from back in school when I had to memorize it for a test: concave is "caved" in.  See, something stuck. :)



I don't know.... but I think they have a nautical look to them. :)

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Retro Nighstand


Happy Monday!!! 
I don't know why most people hate Mondays.  I generally LOVE them!
I'm sure it mostly has to do with the fact that I don't have a traditional nine to five job. :)

It's a fresh start to a new week... 
just like this little nightstand was a fresh start to a new paint job.


I picked this up at a friend's garage sale just down the road for a few dollars.  I loved that it was in nearly perfect shape. That doesn't seem to happen often!  So all it needed was a fun little paint job!

I had a very small amount of aqua blue paint left at the bottom of this paint can and am trying to thin down my massive stash.  I absolutely loved the color contrast with this wood!
I used frog painters tape to make nice crisp lines to a carefully measured drawer center.


I didn't even change up the hardware like I sometimes too.  I just love the whole retro feel of this drawer pull, paint design, and honey wood color.  Who's with me?



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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sprucing Up Little Garage Sale Shelves


If I can drop coins for something, and it can be painted, then I'm dropping coins and painting!!

We've all been to those garage sales where there's little out-of-date doo-dads, shelves, plaques, whatever,  for a quarter.  I pick up so much of that stuff, it all runs together after a while.  Mom and I were having fun creating the other day and had the paint out so I decided to give this little guy a quick makeover.  After painting it white, I attached chicken wire to the back.

Now normally, I despise working with chicken wire.  It gets bent and wonky, it's sharp when you cut it and can slice your skin, and it can be difficult to nail down, staple down, etc.  UNTIL....  I got this Ryobi airgun - NO - air STAPLE gun.  Oh man, it is slick as a soccer coach whistle.  You just have to make sure you shoot the staple straight down so it doesn't go jutting out the side of the wood!  Cuz once you shoot it in, it's IN.


Now look how CUTE!  

We staged it a couple of ways... first as a little cosmetic (finger nail polish!) shelf:


Oh, maybe I should pause and show you the little hooks we screwed in?  Little key chain hooks.  I have no idea what the technical term for these is.


Spice rack?  Measuring spoons?  Sure!
I like it like that, too!

 

We also did one with keys, matches, tape, flashlight.... but my picture turned out dumb.
I shouldn't say dumb.
On our looooooooong drive to Florida for Spring break, this conversation happened:

8 year old: MOM!  He called me a DUMMY!!!
Me: Okay I think it's time for all of us to say something positive about each other.
10 year old (to 8 year old): You have a good dummy face.

Ummm....  try again.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Little White Night Stand Beautified With Stenciled Sides


This cute little gal started out bright red and was not needed in the church nursery anymore.  Nobody wanted it except of course, yours truly!
I forgot to get a before pic, but you can see the red as it's getting primed and it doesn't take too much brain power to envision how it looked.




You know I have a hard time leaving something plain, so after it got freshly bathed in white, I dug through my stencils, and landed on this one - the same one I just used on the french provincial nightstands.  Maybe I figured since that project did so well on Pinterest, the stencil was good luck.  Or not...?  I'm aware that this little project isn't quite as exciting as those... ;)


So using that stencil and some light gray acrylic craft paint... I did the sides, taking probably only about twenty five minutes to accomplish.  
I love adding those little details to make a cute little piece extra special! :)


Oh, and I gotta say something about that rug.  Our K-Mart closed it's doors last weekend, which I could really shed tears over, but the exciting thing was I found so many bargains that last sad store-closing day!  My mom and I were loading our cart and almost done canvassing the store when everything switched from 80% off the entire store to 90% off.  I went back and just started grabbing these rugs.  They ended up being about $1.50!!  I got them in gray stripe and navy stripe.  Not to mention cute shoes for $1.50, fleeces, skinny jeans, and all sorts of other stuff!!! Big bottles of conditioner for 39 cents?  Stock up!!   I saved $486 and spent just over $50.  That will make any frugal girl swoon! :)

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Repurposed Vintage Lug Wrench


I was doing some thrift store surfing a few weeks ago and not having any luck when this rust old lug wrench caught my eye.  I couldn't leave the store without it.  I knew it would look good on some weathered barnwood doing something. :)

My mom has been here this week and we have been putting our big noggins' together and creating up a storm in the basement!  (The basement!!!  I can't believe I'm staying that!  To think a few months ago I was scared of it!)  I wasn't sure how to go about securing the lug wrench (mom insists it's a tire iron, but she doesn't know that I googled it and it's a lug wrench!) when she had the idea of using rusty nails.  Then I had the idea of bending them over towards the middle to secure, and she had the idea of taking a break to eat a cookie.....  we work great together like that. 


We screwed hooks in the top and looped an old chain through the hooks to hang it on a wall.


Using some black paint and letter stencils, I put N, E, S, and W to make the coolest "junk" compass ever!  And yes, I had to say "Never Eat Slimy Worms" just to be sure. :)

And now if your son needs this in his room, which I'm pretty sure he does, you can find it at the Parma Antique Mall. :)


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Delightful Details! French Provincial Nightstands With Stenciled Drawers



This french provincial set was every girl's dream back in 1962.  Now that girl is spending money on Arbonne wrinkle cream, not french provincial bedroom sets.  Unless of course, she spots it in a boutique with a gorgeous makeover like this one (and it's big sister) received!


Thanks to my bearded friend (as in AWARD WINNING BEARDed friend), Nate Drumhiller, for scoring this french provincial set for me!!  Those are the kind of friends every junker wants.


Sorry ladies, he's got a cute little lady.  BUT if you need any chimney/fireplace work done - Nate is your man.  When it comes to beards and fireplaces, he doesn't mess around. Check out www.thegratehaus.com.  

I painted them each a different shade of gray.  Not only because I thought that would be chic, but because I ran out of paint. No surprise there!  

I've always seen these cutesy little details on drawers and hidden things and always figured "WHO EVEN CARES?  Ain't nobody sees that stuff anyway."  It's like wallpapering the closet.  But THEN.  I started renting a space in the Parma Antique Mall... and open drawers make great displays.  But when I pulled open the drawers on one of my dressers in the booth....  oh sheesh.  Embarrassing naked sides.  They needed clothes....

Or stencils!


I stenciled this design on the sides in a dark slate blue color, and a light aqua blue on the smaller night stand.


I used a homemade gray chalk paint on the whole piece, and then used a coarse grit sandpaper to sand all the edges for a delightfully distressed look.  I also spray painted the handles a nice fresh white.
Sh-sh-sh-shabby CHIC.










This darling pair can be YOURS!  Ohhhhh yes.  Don't y'all get trampled running to the Parma Antique Mall to get them. :)

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