Skinny Side Table-Western Style

Skinny Side TableSkinny Side Table-Western Style

Since my friend passed away my husband has helped to fill the void by doing things with me that she would have done…like looking for bargains. I appreciate his thoughtfulness so much.

DSCF8700He went with me to some yard sales a few weeks ago and we came across this little gem. It had great bones and the price was right!

As we drove away I told him how much I loved the little drawer.

Hubby: Did she say that was where she kept her stash?
Me: (One eyebrow went up and I looked at him cross-eyed.) Uh, no. She said that is where she stashed the remote so the kids couldn’t find it.

Yep, me thinks my hubby needs his ears checked.

After a good cleaning and sanding I painted it white. White seems to be my go-to, but it’s a great base for several finishes and besides, I like it.

DSCF8704I then sanded it again to shabby it up some. Another good go-to, but it needed something more.

DSCF8740-002I got out my waxes and and gave the finish a cool vintage-western look.

But then there was that drawer. (There was no stash…I checked. 😉 )The whole project had been such a no-brainer that I wanted to do a little more. I had just finished a project that used the cover of a book and the pages inside were just sitting there waiting for me to notice them. The book was an old Emily Post etiquette book and the pages were pretty hilarious. I picked a couple and decoupaged them into the bottom of the drawer. I love that drawer even more now!

Enjoy!

Crafts to Make With Old Window Shutters

DSCF8184-001Crafts to Make With Old Window Shutters

Somehow I had accumulated quite a pile of window shutters, so when an opportunity to write an article on projects to make with window shutters came along, I was thrilled. It was just the incentive I needed to reduce my pile.

Click on this sentence or any highlighted text to open the article for the project instructions.

Primitive Flag Shutter
If you are looking for a new decoration for the Fourth of July, you have plenty of time to whip up one (or several) of these flag shutters.

DSCF8146-001Hanging Shutter Wall Display
I’ve made different versions of these in the past, but I think this one is the quickest and easiest to achieve.

DSCF8178-001Shutter Shelf
If you want to be even more frugal with this shelf, repurpose shelf brackets from old shelves.

DSCF8184-001Enjoy!

Woven Chair Seat

DSCF7376Woven Chair Seat

DSCF7351I picked this chair up at a local auction a couple of weeks ago. There were a lot of chairs at the sale, but there was a bunch of competition with the bidding. I prefer cheap, so I patiently waited. I finally snagged this one. I actually think the other bidders took pity on me because I wasn’t getting anything. LOL! Then again, it may have looked like too much work. 😉

The transformation began with paint. Paint can work wonders, but there was still the glaring problem of not having a seat.

DSCF7372I decided to make a woven seat out of fabric. Digging through my stash, pink prints just seemed to be calling to me.

DSCF7376-002What do you think?

I now have things at Trunk N Treasures in Winfield, Kansas. If you are local or visiting, come by for a look. You can also find Trunk N Treasures on Facebook.

Enjoy!

Laminate Cupboards Restyled

DSCF6776Laminate Cupboards Restyled

DSCF6596I picked up these cupboards at a local auction a few weeks ago for a couple of bucks. By the looks of them you probably think I paid too much.

DSCF6576I mean, they are laminate! You can’t paint laminate! Wrong.

First of all I need to explain the difference between laminate and veneer. Many people use the terms interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Veneer is a thin layer of wood covering a cheaper product. It can be sanded, painted and stained just like any other wood, but older pieces are often chipped or peeling. Those usually require a bit of gluing and wood putty. Laminate is like veneer in that it is a thin covering over a cheaper product, but it is not wood. It is man-made, often plastic. You CAN sand and paint it, but a primer is essential. It cannot be stained.

DSCF6588My cupboards were laminate. The insides were in great shape, but the outsides…not so much…well, at least the longer cupboard with the sliding front doors. I started by cleaning them up and giving them a light sanding, then they each got two good coats of primer. After these coats dried I gave the cupboards another thorough going over. Flaws that aren’t visible before often show more clearly after being primed. Glue and caulk are wonderful for correcting flaws on laminate furniture, but the base on the long cupboard was beyond fixable. Everything I did just seemed to make it crumble more. I finally gave up and removed it and built a new wood base.

DSCF6664They each got a couple coats of a pale butter color and were dry brushed with white.

DSCF6736Then I gave them about a week to cure before I stacked them. My new cupboard unit now looks like they were meant to go together.

DSCF6776I paint and sell a lot of furniture, but these are mine. Storage for pennies! Yay! You can’t beat that!

Enjoy!

Old Stencil Ornaments

DSCF6121Old Stencil Ornaments

There’s always something that needs a transformation and when I went through my stencil suitcase I realized I just didn’t use these old brown stencil templates anymore. I still like the vintage look of them, but I have newer stencils that work for actual stenciling. Not one to get rid of anything, I decided to try a little restyle.

It took me a few tries to get the look I was going for, but I think I nailed it.

DSCF5672The fronts were dry brushed with white paint. While the paint was still wet, they got a dusting of crystal glitter.

I “painted” the backs with glue and pressed them onto burlap scraps. When the glue dried I cut the burlap around the edges of the stencils.

DSCF5683A line of craft glue was added around the edges, then the glue was sprinkled with silver glitter. I left them alone for a bit to dry. Well, that’s what I told myself, but really it was because I didn’t know where to go from there.

DSCF6126And then it hit me by accident. A happy accident. I was working on another project and bits and pieces happened to fall on the stencils. I liked the way they looked, so I kinda went with it.

DSCF6124A punched hole with a ribbon hanger…

DSCF6128…and a bow completed the look.

Enjoy!