Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Headboard Makeover I Couldn't Resist

I've been trying to think up excuses to keep this
dreamy white headboard
I recently rescued and made over...
But I just can't seem to come up with one.

I'm a fool for finials...

And a little hint of a distressed finished...

And for taking something old...

And making it new again...

Yes, I'm selling this one. Partly because we don't need one more bed in this house and partly because I have a serious creativity addiction to support.

I'm posting this here first to see if one of my readers is interested before I list it online.

Full Size Headboard


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Sunday, July 25, 2010

My Four Favorite Projects

To say I love projects & making things over is a gross understatement. I have a mental list going all the time of plans for things to make or re-make... or decorate or re-decorate. I love Hobby Lobby & I've been known to visit a certain thrift store twice in the same day. I'm addicted to creativity. And I have this blog to prove it.

And sometimes I get questions from friends & readers asking how I have time to think up projects, do them, blog about them and still have time for everything else. And the answer is: I don't always. But, no matter what else is going on & what latest find is sitting in my garage waiting for its turn to be painted, my four biggest projects are always on my mind. They're my masterpieces. My life's work. And when even my favorite pieces of furniture have long been outdated & tossed aside, these projects will still be my favorite and most important of all.

These are the projects I will spend my life and whatever else I have to make sure they turn out right.

Aren't they gorgeous? I'm crazy about them. But, they do require a lot of work. And a lot of creativity. Especially in the summertime when days are filled with picnics, barbeques, swimming with friends, and-oh, yeah- fighting with your brother or sisters. And this is the part we've been working on lately.

I've been on a campaign. I haven't yet made up signs & banners to hang all over the house, but that may be next. Our campaign is based on Romans 12:10, which states:

"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another"

I'm calling the campaign "You Before Me". We're working on preferring others before ourselves & being kind. And so far, it's a tough campaign. I still haven't ruled out the signs and banners.

But I did come up with an award for the one who's best showing forth the spirit of the verse. It's just a little incentive to encourage them all to keep it going. Here's how I made it:

I started with piece of thin cardboard (the backing of a pad of scrapbook paper), some glue, and some other scrapbooking supplies, and some ribbon.

I traced a circle on the cardboard with a spool of ribbon, then cut it out.

Then, I cut out several pieces of cardstock & trimmed them out with different types of scissors & glued them on the cardboard. I also used some punch-out letters to add the theme for our campaign.

Next, I punched a hole & added an eyelet at the top to thread a ribbon through. On the back, I glued a plain ol' clothes pin. I used this to hold some strips of ribbon & one more "ribbon" made of a $5 bill folded accordian-style & then folded in half at an angle. This way, the winner can remove the money & the award can be used again for another winner.

Here's the finished product:

I've got big plans to use this type of character award for other campaigns as well. I think the Clean Room Award might be next. Or maybe the Taking Initiative Award. All my furniture re-do's are a piece of cake compared to these 4 projects...but they're so worth it!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

French Cabinet Makeover

I'm not sure if my latest (and maybe greatest) project came about through 99% inspiration or 99% perspiration, because it felt like it could be 100% of each. That's what I get for taking on a huge project in the dead of summer. But, it's finished now & I'm in love with it.

I should start with the inspiration part. That came from Holly at Life in the Fun Lane. I've been a fan of hers since the first time I came across her blog. In fact, her French Provincial Cabinet was one of the first projects I ever saw on her site. I loved it immediately. It was so my style. So, you can imagine I was thrilled when I found this french cabinet of my own in one of my favorite thrift shops.

So, I set out from the beginning to shamelessly imitate Holly's cabinet. I started with Sherwin Williams' Pro Classic Satin in Extra White. I should've started with their latex primer, but I didn't realize this until after the first 2 coats. So, learn from my mistake and use the primer first!

I might also recommend spraying a piece like this if you own a sprayer, just because It did take a long time to brush-paint. After painting 4 coats & sweating off what felt like 10 pounds, I decided if I did something like this again, I'd spray.

After the painting, I put the hardware back on exactly like it was in its gorgeous antiqued state. And I sanded the edges just slightly to give it a little dimension.

And then, with the help of my talented husband, I installed the "wallpaper", which really wasn't wallpaper at all, but rather a very thin sign material that my husband custom-printed for me in a pattern he designed to imitate Holly's original piece. It's one of the advantages of being married to a promotional graphics guru. And it's the perfect finishing touch for this piece.

Did I mention I'm thrilled with it? Let me know what you think. And thank you, Holly, for your inspiration. I hope I've made you proud!



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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Game Room Chalkboard Table How-To

For best results, start these steps at a very early age.

Step #1: Pick a best friend whom you foresee will have great taste in decorating when she has a home & family of her own one day.

Step #2: Begin to build a friendship by inviting her over to your house now & then, writing her notes & signing them "BFF's 4-ever" & "LYLAS" (love ya like a sister).

Step #3: Buy matching shirts that say "Best Friends Forever" and have your picture taken while wearing them so you will always have proof that you are really BFF's.

Step #4: Suggest to your parents that they invite her family along for a vacation to Disney World.

Step #5: Continue step 2 for several years until you both graduate from high school.

Step#6: Choose to attend the same out-of-state college & continue your friendship there.

Step #7: Find a guy & get married as soon as possible after she does, preferably within a month or two of her wedding.

Step #8: Have your first baby within a few months of the birth of her first child. If at all possible, make sure your baby is the same gender as hers so that they can also be BFF's.

Step #9: Continue this process, making sure you always keep your friendship at the BFF level. Have her family over for cookouts & for all your kids' birthdays. Have a girls' night out now & then, and offer to bring her Starbucks when you're on your way to see her.

Step #10: One day, casually ask her if she has ever thought of having a yard sale. Mention you've heard that people can make a lot of money at yard sales. This should seal the deal. On the day of her yard sale, offer to help so that you can have first shot at all the great stuff.

Step #11: Buy a table like this:

Step #12: Take it home & sand it down to rough it up & prepare it for paint.

Step #13: Spray the table top with a few good coats of Chalkboard Spray Paint, and paint the bottom in the color of your choice.

Step #14: Put the table in your game room to use for all kinds of things such as keeping score during a card game...

or keeping track of how many Wii Bowling games are won by each player...

You could even draw a checker board on it & play checkers! Or just use it to hold your glass of sweet tea!

And it would also be great by the front door at a party to hold a basket of party favors with a little message for all the guests.

Just don't forget to invite your BFF to the party. After all, you've been through a lot together!

P.S. I'd like to dedicate this project to Denise, my BFF for (dare I say) 34 years! And yes, I did every one of those steps to get this table. Thanks, Denise!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Freezer Paper Stenciling

This project has been on my list of things to do since I first learned of this kind of stenciling months ago. And let me say, now that I have met this beautiful thing called freezer paper, I can tell this is going to be the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship.

With this method, you can turn almost anything into a stencil. Here's how it's done:

Start by choosing your pattern and printing it out. It's better to choose images with thicker lines and simpler shapes rather than thin and complex. You'll understand why when you do the next step.

Take your printout and tape it to the top of the NON-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. (This is found near the aluminum foil at the grocery store or you can buy a large roll online here.) I chose a bird on a branch this time. Lay your pattern and paper over a cutting mat or thick cardboard.

Next, take an exacto knife and cut out the design, making sure to cut all the way thru the freezer paper. When you're done with this, you'll have your freezer paper stencil. Now use a hot, dry iron to iron the freezer paper to your chosen fabric. Make sure you iron shiny side down.

Now you're ready to paint! Use your favorite color of craft paint and simply paint in the stencil.

Once it's dry, peel it off carefully and admire the results!

I made my design into a pillow and even embellished it with some fabric leaves that I appliqued into place.

This was so easy! Can't wait to do it again soon.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Anniversary Clock

After 15 years of marriage, I have somehow come to the point where I'm buying even my husband's anniversary gifts at a thrift store. What does this say about me? The answer to that could be complicated, but let me just say that when I first saw this little clock at one of my go-to thrift stores, I hadn't planned to give it to my husband for our anniversary, but then again, I didn't know what to do with it. But I knew it had potential, and that's all it needed to convince me to bring it home.

At the moment, I've been thinking a lot about the library, a.k.a. our home office. (I think I can call it that officially since I finally got a desk in there.) I have a plan to decorate this room in a travel theme. Someday, there'll be bookshelves & curtains & all our travel memorabilia that we've collected thru the years, but like everything else, it's one step at a time.

So, it was a combination of needing to accessorize the library & the fact that I'm a hopeless romantic that inspired this clock. I started with a google search of a map. But not just any map: a map of the place that I first met my husband.

When I found one that had some nice colors I liked, I printed it out in the size I needed for the face of the clock.

Then, I carefully removed the hands from the face of the clock & cut a hole with an exacto knife to allow it to fit over the rod that holds the hands.

I also used a paper punch & punched a medallion out of black card stock for just a little more detail. And then I carefully placed the hands back on.

And because I wanted one more element of surprise, I used wire cutters to snip the end off of a sewing pin, then glued it in place, adding a pinpoint on the map of the exact location where it all began.

Don't tell him this whole project only cost $4. He might think I'm a cheapskate. Actually, after fifteen years of me spending his money, he knows me better than that!

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