Friday, September 15, 2017

Easy Tile-Look Back Splash {Plus Before and Afters of Tenant House #2}

So this is in one of our rental properties on our "estate".  It was in yucky shape when we got it!
Do you see what the nicotine does to walls in a house???  Those walls were white at one time: 

This is after SCRUBBING the walls before coating it with Kilz!
Seriously, smokers!  If you don't care about your lungs, at least care about your walls.

Anyways, this post isn't really about how yellowed the walls were from cigarette smoke.
It's about a back splash!  I had painted it a light gray, but really wanted to do more with it.  So when the first tenants moved out, I grabbed my  moroccan stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils because it has a "tile look" to it and used a darker gray paint and a foam roller.

When I was done with the stencil, it still looked unfinished to me.
So I found a piece of white trim leftover from who-knows-what project and cut it to fit under the cabinets.  I used my handy cordless Ryobi nail gun to secure it to the wall.

See how just adding a piece of trim can really make something look finished?

This project was super easy and if you get tired of it, all you have to do is paint over it!
Forget trying to tear off old tiles or remove glue in a decade....  win win!

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While we're here in the little "Tenant House's East Side" how about a few more before/after pics for fun?

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Scrumptious Salmon Loaf {Even For Salmon Haters!}


5 minutes before supper:

What's for supper, Mom?
Salmon loaf.
Ugh.. salmon loaf??

5 minutes into supper:

Please pass me more salmon loaf!!!!!!

Even my husband, who hates ALL. THINGS. FISH....  asks for seconds when I make this!

Scrumptious Salmon Loaf

1 (14 3/4 oz) can of Salmon
2 eggs
1 cup dry oatmeal
2 Tbls mustard
3/4 cup Miracle Whip (whipped salad dressing)
1/4 cup ranch dressing
cracker crumbs for topping
dash of: salt, pepper, thyme, sweet basil (all optional)

Stir it all up until thoroughly mixed, then spread in a greased loaf pan, top with cracker crumbs, and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Simple as that!   Bon Appetite!   

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Gray On Gray Mandala Stenciled Wood Floor

You know what's fun about having a few extra houses on your property?
Getting to experiment and do fun things that you might not do in your own house - like 
stencil a floor!  

If you're a regular Kammy's Korner follower, you'll know this is not the first time I've stenciled a wood floor.  Last time I shared one, it was in Gidley Station (our Airbnb next door) and it was even the same stencil!  But this time I went with a dark gray on gray instead of white on gray.  I also did what I should have done in that room, and staggered the design so it didn't look like giant polka dots (until I added a diamond design in between each medallion design and fixed that!  Phew!).

So this entire apartment had to be covered with a couple coats of Kilz.  
We won't even go into why.  Let's just say I hired a couple of kids to help tear out carpet, and nobody wanted to come back the next day!
Excuse the blurry phone pic, it's all I could find.  Wish I had a picture of the carpet!

So armed with my 24" Prosperity Mandala stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and a foam roller, I started painting.  
Mandala stencil design stenciled wood table mandalas
I had found a quart of mistinted dark gray for only $1 and I poured some into an ice cream bucket and mixed white paint with it for the base color.  Then I used the dark gray straight-up for the stenciled design. The stencil hardly takes any paint at all!  You actually want your roller to be almost dry of paint, so that you have to apply quite a bit of pressure to get the paint off, otherwise it will bleed under the stencil and you will have blobby lines. And blobby lines are.... well they're just bad.

Always keep a wet rag close by to erase any mishaps quick!

I hate numbers, math, and measuring, so using the 
lines in the wood floor as my guide, I eyeballed it.

Folks, for reals.  This is easy.  From the first stencil to the last, I think it took me about forty five minutes to cover the entire floor.

This closet in the corner of the room was a funky blue with a boarded up doorway......

Let's check it out now!

I didn't stencil the closet floor because I figured the door would be shut.... and heck, it's a closet.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Vintage School Desk Makeover

My little messenger "ding" went off on my cell phone, telling me another message had come in.  It was a friend who was wanting some advice on how to go about painting a little table.  Since I'm super pooey at tutorials and strongly dislike trying to explain how to do things because I don't even know what I'm doing half the time, I told her to just bring it over some day and we'd do it together.
Now that, is what I call a girl's date!

So we set a date -and then another, and another - until we could finally get together and she pulled in my driveway and I was all excited to see the little table (and her, and her cute kids!!) when she pulls out this vintage old desk - complete with hot pink paint, chalkboard paint, and stickers, nooks and crannies, metal and laminate, wood and ohhhhhh the same desk that I have been avoiding redoing in my own workshop!  Haha!  But hey.  Let's do this!!

After peeling off stickers and scraping all the chalk board paint off the desk top, we set to making some chalk paint.  I can't remember if I used Plaster of Paris or Webpatch 90, but they both work great!  Just dissolve a couple spoonfuls in some hot water and add paint.  We went with a charcoal gray on the metal and black on the wood.

Then we needed to add some pizzazz.  So we went hunting through some of my stencils and AnnMarie decided on this small chevron design.

Since we were keeping the laminate desk top in it's original state, we used an off white cream color for the stencil to tie it all together.

I absolutely LOVE the outcome of this little desk!  And it kind of even made me want to tackle the one that's been sitting in my shop for everrrrrr.

I sent her home with some polyurethane to seal it all in good.  Well, about enough to do .02% of it since I was almost clean out, but the can told her what to buy at least.  

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Eagle Dresser With DIY Rope Handles and Barnwood Top

Hi, Hi!  I came across this dresser at a yard sale just down the road from me.  I didn't even have a dime of cash on me, and about one minute to spare, so I put my name on a few things, and ran down the driveway shouting over my shoulder that "I'd be back!!!!".  It was just a few dollars, very sturdy, and had great bones.

The problem was, it had been painted with this super thick enamel and had lots of runs that had dried as hard as a rock and I couldn't scrape it off or anything.  So I decided to just paint over the drips, even though it now looks like my drippage - heaven forbid (yeah right) - and cover up the top with reclaimed wood since I started to scrape it gave up on that real fast!

I had saved lots of the boards from the old corn crib we tore down last year and they have come in handy!  I didn't realize until after I cut them and started nail-gunning them down that the last one was a little warped.  I hope it doesn't pop up.  Urgh.

I put some dark wood stain on a rag and soaked it into the raw edges that had just felt the heat of the blade so they would match the color of the old weathered wood.

Then it was time for some new drawer pulls.  The old handles were white plastic, which was partially wearing off, and just looked like el cheapo.  I couldn't find anything in my stash that I liked for this little chest of drawers so decided to make my own using some thick jute rope.

If you've ever tried to stick this twisted rope through a small hole, it can be hair-yanking-frustrating.  You get one little piece, give it a tug and the rest bunches up and refuses to come through.  So the remedy?  Cut the tip at an angle and use a touch of hot glue to bond all the threads together.  I used a rag so as not to burn my fingers, and pulled the hot glue down to the tip of the rope to make it a point.  Then it's a piece of cake to feed through the screw holes!

I tied a knot in front of each hole so it wouldn't pull through, and cuz it looks swell, and then tied the ends together inside the drawer.

In case you were wondering why I was calling this an "Eagle Dresser"... well hopefully you're still with me because Ta-Da!  Peek-a-boo eagle drawers!  Cutting Edge Stencils is awesome and usually tucks a free stencil in when I place an order and once I got this awesome flying eagle in my package.

You can find this over at the Parma Antique Mall in my favorite town, Parma, Michigan. :)

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