The Rustic Patio Makeover

22-DSCF0892-001When we moved into this rental the snow was flying. Our biggest goal was to just get everything moved. Things got put wherever they would fit. The small patio had a covered roof, so it made sense to pile stuff we didn’t know what to do with there.

I have been working on one house project at a time, and with the weather getting warmer, it was time to take on the patio. It may be a rental, but for now it is home and I want it to feel that way.

14-DSCF0797-001I can’t believe I’m am showing you this, but this is a before shot. Aside from the obvious junk piled on it, there were also a few other issues to overcome.

16-DSCF0797-002There is no light fixture. This is the lighting the previous occupants left us. Uhm. No.

17-DSCF0898-001We took down the dirty, multicolored Christmas lights (half of which were not working) and hung a hanging flower basket with clear twinkle lights in it. I only had a 50-count string, but it was a definite improvement. Even with 50 lights, they look awesome at night.

20-DSCF0890-001To spruce up the back wall and to blend it with our style, I shopped the storage unit for a couple of barn doors. The barn star above the doors is camouflaging the excess cord from the lights.

21-DSCF0891-001The couch is one we had on our old patio, but I added seat cushions and covered pillows for the back.

18-DSCF0895-001The potting bench and coffee table are from yesterday’s post. I also added extra lighting on the coffee table with solar lights in a flower pot and a oil-filled jar lamp placed in a feed pan.

The table and chairs were set just off the patio.

Bring on the summer heat!

Enjoy!

Upcycled Ladder

6-DSCF0521Upcycled Ladder

1-DSCF0404This huge ladder almost didn’t make the move from the old house to this one. Finding a place to store it until I got around to restyling it was a big consideration.

Ultimately I couldn’t stand leaving it behind and I am so glad I didn’t. These ladders were finished in an afternoon. Really! Sheesh! Sometimes I can talk myself out of starting a project when I think it will be bigger than it actually turns out to be.

2-DSCF0405The ladder was about 16 feet long. Keeping the placement of the rungs in mind, I cut three smaller ladders as close to the same size as possible. They are the perfect height for displaying quilts and other vintage linens, or they can be propped in a bathroom as a towel rack.

5-DSCF0515A quick dry-brushing of white paint…

3-DSCF0512…brought out their shabby chic personality.

6-DSCF0521These ladders will be heading to Quality Outdoor Design in Winfield, Kansas this week.

Enjoy!

Shabby Chic Drawer Boxes

16-DSCF0103Shabby Chic Drawer Boxes

I don’t know how it worked out this way, but I accomplished so much more today than I thought I would. Do you write daily lists? I am the list queen. Everything gets listed, but that doesn’t mean it gets done. Actually, half of my daily list rarely gets done. Well, today it happened! Woo Hoo! I crossed everything off my list.

To reward myself, and because I had time left at the end of the day, I finished a project that I had to put away when Christmas got too crazy.

06-DSCN7450Now most normal people would have thrown these little dresser drawers away, but I have never been accused of being normal. Look at them! They were a mess.

I removed the peeling layers and the drawer pulls.

07-DSCN7454Check these out! I had the bright idea of adding these old cupboard drawer handles as feet on the drawers. They were pretty gunky. Yep, another item most normal people probably would tossed.

09-DSCN7458They didn’t look too bad after a long soak and hard scrub.

11-DSCN7469Wow! Paint instantly makes things look better.

13-DSCF0095I went a bit further with the sandpaper. You know me, I just love me some shabby chic.

14-DSCF0101I think they turned out pretty good.

15-DSCF0102The smaller ones are my favorite…,

12-DSCF0092…but I’m most proud of the larger one. Once I started cleaning, scraping and sanding the drawers, this one fell apart. Yep, it wasn’t pretty. I had to completely rebuild it. I hate to admit it, but I actually considered throwing it away. Gasp!

Enjoy!

Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

3-DSCN7278Scrap Wood Christmas Trees

As a “junk” crafter I tend to use anything and everything to make that perfect creation, and since I cleaned the barn a few months ago, I have been challenging myself to craft with what I have available.

Mass producing for craft shows and regular sales has really stretched my imagination, but I am loving the new stuff I’m coming up with.

5-DSCN6755Scrap wood pieces that really didn’t seem to have much going for them all by themselves have been given a purpose.

5-DSCN7037This scrap wood tree stands about 4 feet tall.

1-DSCN7025Each branch and the trunk is a wood scrap I had available. Widths and wood types didn’t matter. I bought nothing new.

3-DSCN7033The star was cut from a salvaged piece of flashing and the hanging wire is from my stash of rusty baling wire.

3-DSCN7278I made several for a craft show coming up in a couple of weeks. I didn’t have the baling wire hangers on all the trees for this picture, but I have since fixed that.

If you are in Arkansas City, Kansas on November 16th, come shop at the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Craft Fair.

Enjoy!

Porch Sitters for Fall

7-DSCN6859Porch Sitters for Fall

1-DSCN6840It’s that time of year again when anything that can be painted orange is fair game. These junk finds were my latest victims.

2-DSCN6845I had to do a little bit of work on the seat of one of the chairs. Water damage had caused the top layers to loosen and peel. Once I removed all the layers, I was left with a hole in the center. Not a problem…

3-DSCN6846…I cut a few scraps of pallet wood and covered it up.

4-DSCN6848I painted the chairs a little heavier than dry brushing. I guess you could call it rough brushing. I like to use it on projects that I want to look old, primitive and weathered. I kinda scrub the bristles over surfaces and in crevices and tight spots. My brush looks terrible, but I like to think of it as well-seasoned. My husband keeps trying to throw it away, but he just doesn’t realize its potential. Hands off, Honey!

5-DSCN6851My Cricut was used to make the stencil. I use card stock. It’s usually good for quite a few stenciling jobs.

6-DSCN6857Stenciled greeting.

7-DSCN6859Leaf garland completed these festive fall porch sitters.

Enjoy!