Friday, March 17, 2017

Parma Mill Grain Sack Love {Chair Redo}

Hi!!!!!  It's a dreary, cold day in March, and I got a kid home from school with a fever but life rolls on and I've got a big silly smile on my face because life is just okay!  We've had some close calls the last couple of weeks with a car accident while the kids got on the bus two mornings ago that scared the snot out of me as I watched from the window, a tree falling on my workshop during some severe wind just as I was walking outside to work in it and watched it happen,

But we're all unharmed and happy!  Was a very sad week however for some of my friends who unexpectedly said goodbye to loved ones, are struggling with health, etc.  My heart broke for each one of them as I picked up the phone or talked to them and saw/heard the tears.  I wish I could offer comfort, but since I'm not in their shoes, I have to point them to the one who not only sees the BIG picture, unlike us, but He feels their pain in a real way. The Lord Jesus as prophesied centuries before He was ever on the earth in Isaiah 53:

".....a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
Was this post supposed to be about a chair??

Can you tell my mind is NOT on chairs and furniture makeovers today?
Life and God has been REAL lately, folks!

Okay let's get back to it.

The good ole' boys at the Parma Mill gave me some old legit grain/feed sacks:

They told me all the farmers initialed their feed sacks so nobody would steal them.
I can't remember if they told me who VM was.... but I forgot if they did!  Maybe some of you Parma folk would know!

So I just can't help but include this photo of where I got them.  Oh man I love this old place.  It makes me strangely happy to pull up and see Calvin in his 80's lean over that railing and ask if I need some layer feed..... (next time I think I need to make sure he's in the picture!).

Back to the chair.  After laying the seat on the feed sack, cutting around it and stapling it on the back, I needed to do some finessing to the wood.  The green paint actually sanded off with ease!  This chair had been sitting out in the weather for a while and I could tell that the paint was not an accident.  At one time, someone had really done a work of art on it!  I picked this up for $1, by the way, at my secret location.  I can't give away my secret or I won't have any more chairs to redo 'cause y'all will run right over there and snatch them up!  Haha.

So there it is, all beautiful and rustic.  I decided not to paint the wood.  I like it naked. :)

And so for now, it's sitting in the corner of the bedroom over at Gidley Station, until I can get a more comfortable chair in it's place.  Gidley Station is the house next door and is our latest venture and you can stay in the old railroad station now on Airbnb!  Click here if you're interested:

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hallway Storage When There's No Closet

Howdy folks!  I'm getting smarter with organizing in my old age.  At least I like to think so.
All my sheets/curtains/extrastuffthatididntknowwheretoput got stuffed into the drawers of this big dresser in my hallway.  There is no hall closet and the dresser seemed to work great. 

But it was such a behemoth.  And took lots of floor space.  And collected record-breaking monster dust bunnies in the dark space underneath. Record-breaking, People.

So after I hauled it away from the wall to paint said wall, I decided it just couldn't go back.  
I found a chippy old board (see photo after next to see HOW COOL IT IS THAT IT CAME FROM OFF THIS HOUSE!  Yes, I'm trying to repurpose and preserve EVERYTHING from this estate).  And then I also found a little shelf I had stashed that had silver hooks on it because heaven forbid I should have to run to the store to buy something new.  Heck no, I will just take the hooks off the shelf I found for a quarter at a garage sale, thank you very much!

Yeah, so as mentioned above, this is where the chippy board originated.  Get your magnifying glasses out and see those chippy white painted boards from decades ago.... that got tore off (oh sadness) when we resided the house and did other such updates.

Okay.  So now we've got the board screwed onto the wall, and the hooks screwed in it.... now how about those bags?  I thought I could find something I liked online for cheap, but nada.  Not for the prices and the sizes I was looking for.  Even China let me down.

So I resorted to my stash of fabric.... which usually isn't traditional fabric....
And in this case it was this gigantuous L Shaped Sofa cover that I bought once on clearance at Ikea.  I used it first to recover my dining chairs and do a graphic transfer on (see those HERE).  I had plenty left to sew my four new tote bags with.

Now I am not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination.  But rustic is the name of the game here, so who really cares if they don't look perfect?  Just so they hold!  And baby, I back stitched and forward stitched and back stitched till the cows came home.  

Then I sewed a matching ribbon (also dug something up that I had on hand and had JUST enough!!  Phew!) inside each side - which I also back stitched the snot out of - and tied them in a bow and hung them up.  I love having them so I can untie them because it's easier to open the bag wide up to dig stuff out of or put things away.  

I guess I should mention that I used a black paint marker to scroll the words "Queen", "Queen", and "Twin" on.  The fourth one does not say "Double".  It actually says nothing because I decided - for now - to put pillow cases in it.  Why I have a zillion pillow cases, I do not know.  Maybe it's because I have a zillion pillows.  And I do have a double bed, but it's in my guest room and so I just keep the extra double sheets in the dresser next to it.  Not that you really care... but thought I should explain myself?  No?  Sorry if I wasted your time.  It was just five seconds, depending on how fast you read.:)

Want to see the whole hallway makeover from green carpet and wall paper to present condition?  Click HERE or on this "BEFORE" photo!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Arrow Love On Vintage Doll Cradle

Got a cute little paint project to share today.
This little cradle wasn't even on the agenda, but let me tell you why it made it's way onto the agenda!
My littlest honey had the good ole' influenza and was feverish for days.  
That girl is a demanding little mite when she's sick.


So after about four days of something similar to that...  I ventured outside.  She convinced me she was feeling well enough to be my sidekick.  Well shoot, the fever was gone, but she wasn't allowed back in school yet so we rounded up some paint clothes and while I painted a coffee table, she decided this little vintage cradle would be her project:

She almost got done with the first coat (using a real pale aqua color) when she decided it was too much and she needed to reattach herself to the couch and sip Sprite.

(Seeing how messy and dirty my shop is in this picture makes me want to run out there with a broom right now!  Eeeeeek!  'Tis bad, 'tis bad.)

I finished up the paint job and then went through my stencils trying to find the perfect "something" for the end.

Arrows!  Oh how I love my arrow stencils!
(excuse the weird coloring in the next photo!)

I added the word "love" and an extra arrow for a little creativity.  Using orange, red, and dark turquoise was fun!  I used sandpaper to distress the edges and give it a good Shabby Chic look.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Coffee Nook {Beverage Station - Butler Pantry}

A few years ago, I never dreamt I would have a place just for coffee.  
I didn't even like the SMELL.  But drastic things call for drastic measures.
And to be blunt, coffee makes me poop.
What's the use of beating around the bush? 
Now I love coffee!
(Or I love creamer...caramel macchiato to be exact!)

This was one little spot in our house that totally had me scratching my head.  And it's not cuz I switched from Head and Shoulders to Suave.  We bought this place as a foreclosure on an online auction and while the kitchen was in shambles and needed updating 2 decades previous, this was shiny and new and even had a copper sink!  I did not realize the significance of a copper sink until i had one.  And then I saw a used one for sale in the resale shop for like $300 - I kid you not!  Gulp!

So the little Butler Pantry looked like this:

Nice, but just..... a little boring for my taste.  But whatever, it wasn't like nasty wallpaper was covering the walls or any hideous colors were screaming at me... so I didn't feel like doing anything. It was totally livable, functionable, and so I let it be. 

And then one morning.  I was pouring my coffee.  When some inspiration struck and I thought "today's the day I'm going to give this place some pizzazz!"  Not a lot, but enough to make a statement. 

I ran out to the barn and found a piece of trim that had gone over a doorway.  It fit almost perfectly under the cupboard - just had to cut 1/2 an inch off with the table saw.  I painted it with homemade chalkboard paint and then went rummaging through my hardware.  I wanted hooks, but all I could find were two black ones.   I wasn't about to run out to the store.  I just. Don't. Do that.  More rummaging.... and I  found some black knobs.  Perfect.  I went every other - knob, hook, knob, hook, knob, hook.  

And now you feel like you're back in kindergarten learning about patterns.

I didn't want the same coffee quotes everyone seems to have.... and "brewed yumminess" is what comes to mind when I'm making coffee, so that's what went on the sign.  I guess if I think of something better I can change it easily enough - there's a reason chalkboards are popular.  :)

So my "beverage station" also serves as the back hallway to go from the formal living room, to the kitchen, as you can see below.  I keep the kid's pallet cubby on the left for their school work and books and stuff.

I know this will sound dumb to many of you, but free handing words is SCARY to me.  My handwriting resembles a fourth grade boy's and I've always, ALWAYS used stencils to make my signs.  

My friend Becky Hollow never uses stencils and makes freehanding look SO EASY.
Like I have to try and not get crazy jealous over her amazing talent!
So I got super brave and tried some free hand on my "coffee nook" sign.
It's not awesome by any means, but I'm pleasantly surprised at how it turned out.
Maybe, just maybe, I'll get brave and try it again on some more signs.

See that black cast iron rooster?  My dad made that in his high school shop class.

Here's a closer look at  that special little copper sink:

So I love my boxwood ball on a bed spring.  And I love the chalkboard labels I bought from my kid's school fundraiser.  But what I REALLY love about this.... is that black chevron board.  Know why?
My six year old daughter wanted to paint with stencils one day and did that for me. :)
She's a crafty little one.

She didn't totally line up the stripes, but she's six.  I couldn't care less! :)

I also keep all my paper goods, extra dishes, tea, hot chocolate, ice tea, pitchers, etc. in this area.  We have a mini fridge for all of our Mountain Dew, Pepsi, and Cream Cheese.  I really do need a special fridge for cream cheese.  Last time it was on sale, I bought sixty four boxes.  True story.

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