Apr 25, 2013

Beautiful Large Sheet Music Flower

About a month ago I was browsing a linky party when I came across this absolutely beautiful flower by Whimsical Perspective.  I loved it so much that I literally started making one right away.  This isn't totally like me.  I usually sit on an idea for a while before I get around to doing it.  I guess I really must have liked this idea.  I'm not going to give you a tuturiol on the process because Laura did a great job and you can check out hers here.

Here is my version:
And here is Laura's:

I had such fun making mine that I had my sister-in-law help me make two more to put up at church for spring/easter decor.  We used multi-coloured scrapbook paper because they were going on a plain white wall and we wanted them to be nice and bright. If you're going to make one using scrapbook paper, it's way easier to use the thin paper as opposed to thicker cardstock-like paper because it's more flexible. 

Linking to:
My Repurposed Life
Classy Clutter
A Pinteresting Link Party

Apr 23, 2013

French Script Burlap Bench

I had the opportunity on Saturday to go to my first yard sale of the season.  It was a church rummage sale, held indoors.  It's still been a little too chilly for outdoor sales to start around here.  I picked up this bench there.  Then I also went to an auction on Saturday. I managed to snap pics of the things I bought at the auction, but somehow missed this bench.  Oh well... The legs were peachy and the seat was navy stained velour.  It definitely needed some love!
Well, yesterday was finally nice enough to work outside and I sanded down the legs and spray painted them semi-gloss black.  The Rustoleum 2x spray paint works great. 
The blue velour seat covering was easily removed.  Whoever had redone this before had decided regular staples (you know for paper?) were good enough.  Needless to say, it didn't take long to rip them out. 
I recovered it in this lovely printed burlap that I purchased at Joann's.  Actually as soon as I saw it in the church hall, I knew that I would use this fabric on it.  Sometimes I can never make up my mind what to do with a piece.  It was kind of nice to know right away with this one... made it a little easier!

Apr 18, 2013

Shabby Chic Trash Can Makeover

The other night I was wasting time being extremely productive and browsing around a bit on pinterest when I happened upon the prettiest little garbage can.  You can see it here.  By the way that site (Schlaflos) is full of beautiful shabby chic projects and pictures, it's worth checking out. 

Anyways I immediately thought of my plain pink plastic garbage can in our bedroom.  The next day I got to work transforming it. 

It only took 4 dictionary pages and some modpodge to cover the outside.  (Well, technically 8 pages because my first attempt turned out pretty wrinkly and I had to start over...)   Add a bit of trim and  a pretty flower and it's hardly the same any more!

Both crochet trims are from Fabricland in case you are wondering. 

The first thing my husband said when he saw it?  "You know that's going to get dirty right?"  Ummm... maybe if you have dirty garbage...
But I did seal the outside of the paper with mod podge, so that part should wipe off fine and I didn't do anything to the inside, so I can wipe away at that all I want!

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Apr 16, 2013

A Fresh Turquoise Dresser Makeover

This is a dresser that I finished recently. 
I only remembered to take a before picture when there was a 6 inch strip of original colour showing across the top. Oops.  I figured by then that there wasn't any real point.  It was painted already, white underneath and then it had been painted brown with that faux graining technique that is so ugly now, but so popular years ago. 
The layers of paint did leave a nice aged texture, though, which was nice. 
I used Cece Caldwell paint in Santa Fe Turquoise.  One thing I like about this paint is that it is non-toxic.  Which means this pregnant gal can use it without worrying!  I finished it off with clear wax and a little light aging wax.  One thing that is nice, is that if you apply too much dark wax you can reapply the clear wax and it lightens it up. 
It is for sale, but if it doesn't sell, I won't be too disapointed because I could easily use it for the baby's things. 

I think that it's a solid oak piece.  I had my dad check it out when he was down and he agreed.  If I end up keeping this piece I can see it being stripped down to the wood in the future.  But for now it's turquoise and I really like it. 
I reused the handles it came with.  Although they are not original, I thought they worked okay.  For once I didn't have to paint, or rub-n-buff or do anything to them.  Just unscrewed them and then put them back on.  That was nice for a change!
The colour is pretty vibrant and has a bit more of minty/green undertone to it than I am used to, but it's still a very pretty colour. 

Apr 1, 2013

Dresser Makeover in Vermont Slate

 This is a dresser that I recently finished.  I painted it in  Vermont slate chalk paint by cece caldwells.
After I purchased this dresser I ended up finding a very similar one at the Salvation Army in town.  Hopefully I will be sharing that makeover soon, but I've run into a small hitch that I've been mulling over. 

It's not a huge dresser, so it will fit in smaller places.  Usually my pieces end up with more of a feminine feel to them, however I think this dresser has more of a masculine feel to it.  What do you think? 

I dry-brushed a bit of metallic silver paint onto the handles and the grooves.  My husband thinks the handles would look better darker.... Should I take a poll? 

It's on it's original wooden castors, which makes it easy for me to move around! 

One thing I find with the cece caldwell paint is that there can be a lot of variation in the colour as you can see below.

Curious to know what this one looked like when I brought it home? It wasn't the most horrible finish I'd ever seen, but it wasn't the most beautiful, either!

Linking to:
Coastal Charm
Domestically Speaking
Southern Lovely
The 36th Avenue
Tatertots & Jello
Funky Junk Interiors
My Repurposed Life
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest