Tuesday, August 23, 2016

PURE MICHIGAN Wood Spool Table

It's been so long since I got this thing I can't even REMEMBER the story behind it!  I think it was the time I dug around someone's old farm and they said "help yourself"?  Not sure!

So I'm editing this post because I just found the picture that tells the story!  Yes, I was right, this was a stash I took home from said farm - see it in there on the left?? :)

Anyways, it's moved houses with me, escaped the burn pile a few times, and now is a happy little outdoor table.  "Outdoor" because I'm too scared to clean the cobwebs out of the long dark spooky hole in the middle.

You know I have black chalkboard paint mixed up and on my brush when suddenly everything that's been sitting around in my stash for far too long is suddenly a black chalkboard!  This wood just soaked it up.  I stenciled the letters "PURE MICHIGAN" around the top using a creamy off white and sanded it a little to distress it slightly.  

Wouldn't you know it, one of my smallish sized terracotta pots fit in the center PERFECTLY.  Match made in heaven, yo.

 So I got this awesome striped burlap "ribbon" on clearance at Wal Mart for 75 cents!  I could get maybe 1.5 gumballs in the middle of the mall for that!  Yeah, I bought all they had.  It was in 10 foot rolls.  What a smokin' deal.

So how did I secure it on?  Good question.  With my new favoritest (spellcheck, you really should recognize my words) tool on the planet, my batter powered nail gun.  It's a Ryobi and I'm pretty sure if Ryobi was a man and I didn't have my wonderful hubby, I'd marry him.  I even went out on a shaky, skinny limb and bought a battery powered Ryobi WEED TRIMMER this year!  I feel like a dweeb, but I don't care.  I'm so done with gas trimmers - all I've used the last 20 years.  And I am DONE with them, folks!  And I can't believe I just said that!  One of my clients even told me the other day "I just can't take you seriously when you're using a battery powered trimmer!"  I laughed and took his money. :)

So since ya'll aren't dumb and it's not like you didn't already know that you can turn an ugly spool in a cute table... consider this your friendly reminder next time you come across one.  Or just throw in in your truck and drop it off at my house! :)  I do not turn down free things delivered to my door.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Rope Words, Denim Hearts, and A Chippy Board

My sons wear out jeans like two year olds who just learned the word "why" wear out their moms.
Could be partly because they're probably the third child to have worn them... I've never bought my boys new jeans.  We have been very blessed to receive lots of hand-me-downs from the good folks around us!!  So I have this huge stack of jeans and I've been having lots of fun being creative with them.  From making my little girl a skirt (which I'll show you just as soon as I can get her to model it for a photo shoot!), to a cute denim purse, or just having fun with these denim hearts......

I've been wanting to try making rope words for a while now and this seemed like the perfect project for that!  It was  easier than I thought. Dude, love it when that happens. I just hot glued a little at a time, but since it dries so fast, forming the letters was not as painstaking as I thought it'd be.  Just don't use too much glue, or it's easy to burn your fingers, since you need to push the jute down into the line of glue.  Go slow, and a small bit at a time, or you'll have a mess on your hands.  Then trim the end and glue it down. 

I stenciled a "black bird on a branch" on to this chippy painted white board I've had in my stash, then used wood glue to adhere the jean hearts to the wood (hot glue doesn't usually stick real well to wood).

To hang this, I screwed two hooks into the top and used some more jute to tie around each hook.  Man, that jute comes in handy.  It's one of my favorite things to keep on hand!  

Me and You.  We love each other.  And the bird.  We love the bird, too.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Rustic Little Table For The Horse Lover

Oh Baby.  This is the kind of furniture updo that I lovest.  Small, quick, and easy but still get to use the right part of my brain which they tell me is the creative juicy side.

So this little table makeover is for all you horse lovers.  
I'm not necessarily a "horse lover", however I am a country girl and have a great admiration for the beast.  One of my favorite things about the community where I live is things like the following scenario:

I've got my truck and trailer in the Parma Ice Cream parking lot, and I'm just finishing up mowing their grass when three girls, each on horse back, ride up and go through the drive through to order their treats.  Seriously?  That just makes me sigh and pat my heart.  "A day in the country is worth a month in the city!"

So the bottom of this little table got painted with black DIY chalk paint and I sanded the edges so the wood would peek through.  Then on to the fun part - the top!  I sanded it with my palm sander, then using a horse stencil (see how to easily make your own stencil HERE) and the same black paint that went on the bottom I stenciled a horse in the center and then stenciled the stars on each side along with the "USA" between it's legs:

To make it look slightly vintage and add a rustic touch, I sanded a few spots on the painted picture lightly.  
I added a coat of polyurethane to seal it in and bring out the wood grain.

 I added an old horseshoe to the side for the perfect embellishment.  It's secured with small nails that have a head wide enough to hold it in place.  I picked up a whole metal bucket full of horseshoes once at a side-of-the-road flea market down South once.  I'm slowly finding a place for them. :)

Like it?  
The biggest compliment you can give me is to pin it! :)

I am thinking of being at the Tompkin's Center Freedom Festival this fall and if I am, yee haw, look for this table to be for sale! :)

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Turn "Bad Drawers" into Cubbies! {My FREE French Provincial Dresser}

It was one of those swell days where someone sends you a furniture photo with a "you want this? come and get it" message.  Not being one to turn down free furniture - especially a french provincial set no matter it's condition - I jumped in my F150 and met up with big bearded man Nate Drumhiller and his Dad who nicely loaded it all into the truck for me.  I was already envisioning it with it's new gray outfit and white jewelry.
I would worry about the busted drawer when the time came....

But that drawer.  It had been put in backwards, and someone had once attempted to glue the face of it back on but it looked like it was hot glue (thanks for pointing that out, Brandon!)  No, hot glue doesn't hold wood on wood real well.  I decided in order to make the defunct drawer to be "refunct" I was going to have to try to pick all that glue out of the dove tails and ain't nobody got time fer dat.

Since another drawer had a broken handle, I decided the two drawers would just go bye-bye and I'd turn the top into a shelf (or cubbies, whatever).  I removed the middle wood piece and painted it all gray to match the outside.  The using a darker shade of gray, I pulled out my well worn rabat design stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

I added the freshly white spray painted handles and had the finished product.  I'm so happy to have finally gotten to make over a french provincial dresser of my own after drooling over them on other people's blogs for years. Thanks Nate, for thinking of me when you had a storage unit full of potential instead of tossing it in the back dumpster!!:)

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Stay tuned, because there were three more pieces besides this dresser!!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Before and After Entryway Part II {Tenant House}

So we're back at the tenant house for another visit today.  When we finally stepped foot in to this house just a short little walk through the grass from our house, I have to admit I was extremely (and I mean extremely) aprehensive to walk through this dark creepy spider-web filled mudroom.  I couldn't get out of it fast enough.

I didn't get a picture at the very beginning because things started happening fast and I'm just not always on the ball like that.  One of the first things I did was put a good pair of gloves on and pulled off the dirty curtains and blinds to let some light in!  Then we took the carpet off the stairs and I finally brought in the camera.  Let's have a look-see:

Oh, and if you don't believe me on how scary this was, there's a reason my dad is wearing that mask!

I wasn't sure if these steps were worth saving since the carpet pad was like cement on the steps....

I'm really good at recruiting help.  These two awesome kids I watch before and after school and one of the best things about them is they love to roll up their sleeves and get to work!!  (So where are MY kids during this???  I'll hang my head in shame and say I don't know....)

So yeah, I'll just tell you now it proved to be a waste of time and we just put new boards across the steps.  Thanks anyway, kids!  Gave them something to do after school anyway. :)

Another angle:

We had to put a new dryer vent in, got some awesome-looking gray vinyl flooring down, and then put some new baseboard around the floor.  Sorry for some of the phone shots - I have an old phone that does not do well in the photography department!

Paint does WONDERS too, as I'm sure you well know!  Kinda like when I put a little make-up on my old face! The door got a new shade of dark gray, the walls are crisp and clean white, and the ceiling and stairs are a greenish gray color that is a "Kammy's Korner Specialty" color - meaning I mixed some mistints together until  I got enough and liked what I saw!  We also replaced the old light with a motion censored one, and new door handles

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The bathroom makeover in the Tenant House:

The mudroom makeover in our house: