Friday, May 30, 2014

My new favorite color

Hi all!! I think summer is here, or at least right around the corner. Today was gorgeous. It was around 80 with a light breeze and not a cloud in the sky! Absolutely beautiful! It's hard not to smile on a day like today.

Anyhow enough about the weather. I have taken a break from blogging for a few weeks. I guess not intentionally but this spring the weeks just flew bye and I wasn't able to catch up. So I am going to start up again with a project that was really fun for me because I got to try the famous chalk paint (not just stuff that I made). It was a little different consistency to work with but I liked it. I used this beautiful coral color. I can't wait to use it on more projects. So this is the before and after. On the finished product I might have gone a little crazy with the sander but that's how I like my pieces to look, a little rough. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

From Ugly Green to Cheery Color

Good Evening everyone.  It's Friday evening and I have been trying to get on the computer and do a little blogging.  The day was busy because I had to do a bunch of errands and get ready to go to our annual flea market shopping tomorrow with one of the Shabby Gals which is Jessica.  Jackie just had her twins in December and decided not to come this Spring with me and Jessica because the twins are just to little still.  Kim, my other daughter usually comes too but she had a family wedding to attend to.  We go to the flea market in Springfield in Ohio and boy oh boy do they have the stuff!!!! What a lot of fun and great ideas and we always come home with a bunch of lovely junk.  What fun we have!!  Well, here is one of my latest projects.  My husband and I picked up these 4 kitchen chairs at a garage sale (I am only showing 2 but they all looked the same).  I think they have the 50's styling and I really like the look but these were so so so sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is the before picture:

 Aren't they sad looking.  They needed a lot of TLC and some good scrubbing.  I had picked up some really sweet looking oil cloth at a little gardening store in the Farwell area located here in Michigan.  I bought the material before I found the chairs because one doesn't usually find such cute material in the area.
So, when I found these chairs I decided this material would look adorable on these chairs.  I stripped all the old green material off and than stripped off the lovely yellow material and really scrubbed the backs and the legs with Soft Scrub cleanser and the aluminum came out looking pretty good.
 I than covered the seat and the backs of the chairs with this adorable print.

 Wouldn't these chairs look great with an old 50's style table or even mix and match with a modern looking table?  They would add such color and sweetness to a kitchen set or even a game table.
So, what do you think?  Better or worse?
Until next time, Dianne..........

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Ruler Table

Good afternoon everyone. It has been a while since I have posted about anything.  It's a beautiful day here in Michigan and it is really warm.  That's Michigan.  One day cold and rainy and the next warm and nice, but I am not complaining about the warmth. We have had a long and hard winter.  It's been a busy 5 months for me since I retired and as the old saying goes I wonder how I was so busy before because these 5 months have flown by and I'm still not getting all my projects done.  I have been enjoying pacing myself these days and not have someone else tell me when to do things.  We had a big garage sale or should I say an Occasional Sale for Shabby Gals.  It was a lot of work but it was fun and we sold a lot of pieces that we couldn't fit into our little booth.  It was fun selling and of course enjoying the grand-kids while they ran around.  Anyways, here is one of my latest projects and it was so fun to do and it really transformed this little table.  Again I forgot to take a before picture of this particular table but I also did another table the same way and they looked the same before.

This is a nice size table but as you can see the top was really bad but not the rest of the table.  It did have a veneer on the top that was cracked and chipped just from use or maybe water damage.
I stripped off the veneer and this is what it looked like.  I didn't want to paint the top because this wood was a little rough so I had a bunch of old yardsticks that I was collecting and I thought why not?  I cut them to fit the top of this table and some I staggered the lengths to give it a little design and glued them down and this is what it looked like.
I think this is really fun and unique.  Definitely a conversation piece.
I really like the color mustard yellow right now and I thought it looked good with all the different yardsticks that I used.
I than distressed all the little grooves the table had and rubbed a little black in some places on the table.
So, here is my little table with my little bird sitting on it looking quite comfortable.

So, what do you think?  Better or worse?
Until next time, Dianne.........

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