Monday, April 27, 2015

Shabby Mushrooms

Good Afternoon everyone.  It's been a little while since I have blogged but that doesn't mean that I haven't done projects.  I just really haven't had the time to blog because our family has had a long hard winter but we are now on the road to recovery and things are getting back to normal.  Anyways, here is my first project to blog about and we (my daughter Jessica and I) had some fun doing this together.  We had gone to a flea market last spring and found these teak wooden salad bowls and she said she had seen somewhere how they had made mushrooms out of them.  We bought them and decided to craft together.  Well, we jumped right in and started projecting and forget to take before pictures but we forgot about one bowl, so here is the before picture before it got any paint:

We starting paint with acrylic paint just out of the small tubes and decided to pick fun and bright colors for the outdoor mushrooms, so they would stand out if one decided to put in their flower garden.  Colors we picked were red, orange, lime green and of course, pink.

We found old ends of table legs and turned pieces of wood to use for the stems because of course, mushrooms need stems.  We left some of the pieces how we found them and painted some and sanded them to look old and shabby.

Sanding like crazy.

When they were all painted, the spots had to come on and we decided to use a large marshmallow to dab the assorted color spots on.  Some of the spots were first painted on in white and than a 2nd color on top.  The tops were than all sanded to try to match their stems and of course to look a little shabby.

And these are our shabby mushrooms.  What do you think?  Would you put them in your spring garden or how about your patio for some color and fun?

So until next time, Dianne.........................

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Shabby Lamp into Candlestick

Good Morning everyone.  It's been a long time since I have blogged or shown any of my projects.  I have been busy even with the holidays but just haven't been able to sit down and share my thoughts and projects with you.  It has been a nice holiday and it was busy just like everyone else.   Anyways, here is one of my latest projects and it was a fun one.  I had this old standing lamp that didn't work and I didn't want to spend the time and rewire it and it could have been done.  I decided to make it into a large standing candlestick and I'm bad because I forgot to take a before picture of how rough and rusty this lamp was, but try to imagine rust all over it and no shades.  Here is an after picture of this lamp:

 I had to paint everything on it and clipped out the electrical wires so that I could put candles into the lamp.  I started painting the stem of the lamp with a soft ivory acrylic paint.
 I painted the metal parts with a burnt umber paint and than highlighted the parts with a gold acrylic paint.  I rubbed gold onto the ivory parts also and even the fake candlestick base.  I also had to add a little shabbiness by adding an old rhinestone necklace around the top of the lamp for a little glitter.
Everywhere the was a stand out part on the lamp it was rubbed with gold.
 This is the bottom part of the lamp that was so pretty and it was also painted and rubbed with gold.
 This base was so rusty that I had to sand some of the rust off and than paint with the brown and that highlight with gold and I think it came out so pretty.  It also had a marble base which I think it was highlighted when the base was painted.
 So here is my lamp turned into a large free standing candlestick. 
So, what do you think.  Better or worse?
So, until next time of the Shabby Gals.....

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Monday, November 24, 2014

With Just a Little Spray Paint......

Happy Monday everyone.  It was quite chilly and snowy last week here in Michigan.....and today it is a balmy fifty.  In fact I'm enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting by an open window.  Our new house is coming along....although the weather last week killed the momentum.  The next big step is putting on the roof!!!  Then hopefully the siding will start going up and then the brick.  I cannot wait to see how everything will look together!  I am crossing my fingers that our decisions about color and texture will coordinate nicely with each other:)  There are a lot of decisions.....:)  Big decisions:)  But in the end, whether we've made mistakes or not, it will be our house that we created together and that makes me smile:)

I just wanted to share a few quick spray paint make-overs.  I do love spray paint....I love how quickly it transforms something.  It's fun and easy!!

I found both of these items this summer...a little stool that could be used to hold a plant and a key holder.  Not big ticket items by any stretch, however cute in their own way.

With just some spray paint and a bit of antiquing....they both look more appealing!

A new key holder.....I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for those darn keys!

Enjoy the rest of your day!
If you're reading....ThAnKs!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bless This House.....

Hey there!  It's Thursday evening and the house is quiet....peaceful...tranquil:)  Makes me smile:)  My son and I put up a small Christmas tree this afternoon.  He was so excited and couldn't wait to buy some candy canes for the tree.  I love this time of year and kids make it even more special!

It's tough to write this but just recently my family has been given some heartbreaking news about my dad.  He has some health concerns and we will need some prayers.  He's been diagnosed with cancer and he will begin treatment soon.  We, as a family, are hopeful and optimistic that he will get through this trial.  He's a strong guy and I hope he fights like he has never fought before......Although we have been given this trial there is still much to be thankful for during this holiday season.  We have HOPE that he will kick cancer to the curb ....we are thankful for modern medicine.....we are thankful for knowledgeable doctors...we are thankful for our FAMILY and FRIENDS that have been there with their support and a hug.....and most importantly we are thankful for our FAITH.  I love him so much and ask that you keep him in your prayers.

I would like to share a project that I recently completed....I found this scrap piece of wood at a yard sale. I decided to leave it as is and put some lettering on it.  (My mom actually suggested that I leave the board in it's natural state)  I used my handy dandy cricut and went to work....Here it is in finished form....Although I haven't put any hardware on the back to hang it.  It's a bit it may sit unfinished for awhile:)

If you're reading thanks!
Have a wonderful evening.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Decorating with Flea Markets and Redos

Good Morning everyone!  It's a Tuesday morning here in Michigan and we are expecting some cold weather.  The U.P. is experiencing some wintry weather but so far we aren't down here.  That's okay with me, winter will be here soon enough.  Well, guys we have been collecting pieces from flea markets, garage sales and estate sales to redo our little cottage on the lake.  It has been a work in progress and we still aren't quite done, but almost done.  It started with some hand me down furniture that has been recovered and stripped.

My husband picked up this adorable little rocker at an estate sale but it was so sad.  I painted it a white and added a burlap coffee sack for the cushion and distressed the paint so if the grandkids knocked it, it wouldn't make a difference, just add some character.  The little green table was also an estate sale piece which was painted a soft green and my son, Tedd, carved a deer scene on the top which was covered with some glass.  The lamp was a garage sale find which was painted and sanded with a lampshade covered in wrapping paper and ribbon loops for the border.  The small bookcase in the back is 2 wood crates that I stacked one on top of the other.  Love this look.  Will add more when I find more. A work in progress!!!!!

 This cabinet was found at an estate sale, too.  I loved it the way it is and put the television in it.  Love the little drawer on the bottom.  The mantle next to it was a flea market find which I have blogged about.  I painted it and shabbied it up.  I tiled the inside of the mantle and it's waiting for a gas insert, which is coming.
This lamp was a garage sale find that I just love and the shade was found at an estate sale but I think they look great together.  The lamp has a wood base and the filigree is wire. Painted both the table and the lamp the same soft color green with a little white.  I have green painted cabinets in the kitchen which opens up into the gathering room so I decided to keep the furniture that I have painted to the same soft green and putting white and some wood into the styling.When I think about this little cottage there is nothing new in here, everything is old and has been redone.

Love my crates for the bookcases.  They have come in handy.
My mantle is sporting an antique mirror which I believe they called a piano mirror.  It is just sitting on top of the mantle.  It's a cozy room and if you are a little crazy you can decorate with a lot of mismatched and a lot of redo's and have it all come together and make a statement.!

So, what do you think? Crazy or not? Like or not?  Until next time, Dianne........

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