Gunny Sack Window Art

8-DSCF4754Gunny Sack Window Art

1-DSCF4681I have the best customers!

I recently sold the cupboard I had restyled a few weeks ago and the customer who bought it gifted me with these two windows. She had already sold several windows, but nobody seemed to want these because a few of the panes had come out. Score!!!

2-DSCF4699My vision didn’t involve the panes at all so I just removed them. After cleaning up the frames I decided I liked the chippy finish and did not paint them.

I added a layer of chicken wire to the back…

1-DSCF4685…and then dug out my vintage gunny sacks. I only had a couple with printing on them left in my stash, but as always I worked with what I had. One sack has several hole issues so I decided to start with the one that was in better shape. I still think the one with holes will work, it just needs a little extra attention.

I opened up the bottom of the sack and then cut a slit up the center so the printing would be centered when the bag was opened and laying flat.

3-DSCF4701After ironing out all the wrinkles, I placed the frame over the sack. The excess on the edges was folded around the frame and taped to hold it in place. I flipped it over and stapled it to the frame. The excess around the edges was then trimmed off.

5-DSCF4708I loved it, but it still looked like it needed a little something-something.

6-DSCF4715Out came my collection of die cuts. I picked a couple of flowers to use as a pattern. Burlap is a horrible frayer. Hmm, is frayer a word? Well, if it isn’t, I say it is for today. 😉 Anyhow, I ironed heavy duty fusible web to the back of burlap scraps before I traced and cut out the flowers. The web prevented the flowers from fraying, as well as gave them a sturdy base.

Paint was lightly added around the edges of each flower to make them pop.

7-DSCF4721The flowers were sewn to the screen and gunny sack with jute.

8-DSCF4754I love it!

Enjoy!

Antiqued Western End Table

6-DSCF4680Antiqued Western End Table

1-DSCF4398I picked up this little gem a few weeks ago at auction. Okay, “gem” may be too strong of a word, but let’s just say I saw potential.

2-DSCF4641Paint. Yep, I love me some paint. After sanding, I gave the table a couple coats of white paint.

3-DSCF4654I, of course, had to give it my sanding treatment to make it look old again.

5-DSCF4689I bought this vintage blanket/bedspread at the same auction and it served as the inspiration for the design I added to the table. It reminds me of the stripes on old grain sacks.

4-DSCF4662I painted the stripes on the shelf top and the table top. The front and sides seemed like too much, so I left them plain.

And then there are some days I shouldn’t be allowed to pick up a paintbrush or stain rag. That was the day I when I applied an antique stain to the table. I had run out of the stain I usually use so I grabbed one off my shelf that I thought was similar. OMG! It was horrible! It just made the table look dirty. Not the cool-antique-kinda-dirty, but the yellow-greasy-needs-a-scrub-brush-sorta-dirty. (Don’t go looking for the pics of this disaster. I deleted them to protect my restyling cred. 😉 So…

6-DSCF4680After spending a couple of days trying to convince myself it looked fine, I couldn’t take it anymore. Did I learn from my mistake? Uhm, no. Instead of going to the store and buying the stain I knew would work, I convinced myself I needed something darker to cover the horrible mistake of the first stain. The change was so dramatic that I cursed and mumbled under my breath the whole time I was applying it.

And then something wonderful happened. The clouds parted, the sun came out and I could hear angels singing. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but…It looked good! I was going for just an antiqued finish, but I ended up with an antiqued western finish. Yay, me! That’ll work!

Enjoy!

Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

7-DSCF4396Shabby-Antiqued Cupboard

1-DSCF4040This cupboard was a find my youngest son brought home to me.

2-DSCF4042It had fabulous bones, but it was very blah. Just perfect for a restyle.

3-DSCF4230I started with a layer of light green paint, then continued with several coats of white.

4-DSCF4384I sanded it into yummy, shabby chic submission. I knew I would be sanded it after painting, but I had no idea if the green paint would be visible in the end. It was, but you have to look very, very close.

5-DSCF4385Not satisfied with the amount of green actually showing, I painted a green medallion on top and to the front of each door.

6-DSCF4391I completed the cupboard with an antiqued finish.

Enjoy!

Shabby Chic Train Cases

9-train caseShabby Chic Train Cases

1-train caseRestyle a vintage train case into a shabby chic case for organizing your vanity or corralling your photos and journals. This romantic container could also be used to display small vintage collectibles.

*This is a project I had originally published on FaveCrafts.

Things You Will Need:

Train case (overnight bag)
Craft knife
Rags
Light-colored, flat latex paint
Paintbrush
Sandpaper
Book pages
Ruler
Decoupage medium
Sponge brush
Measuring tape
3 1/2-inch wide lace
Scissors
Satin ribbon scrap
Key
Craft glue
Small flowers

2-train caseRemove the lining from the inside of your train case. The lining is glued in, so in most cases simply prying up an edge with a knife will allow you to grasp it and pull it out. If you encounter stubborn areas, cut it loose with a craft knife. Discard the lining.

Close the case. Use a wet rag on the outside of the case to remove dust and dirt.

3-train casePaint all sides of the case, including the hinges and latches, using a light-colored, flat latex paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat with additional coats if necessary. Since old cases tend to soak up a lot of paint, I like to use wall paint left over from previous home improvement projects. It’s a great way to use up that little bit left in the can and it prevents the added cost of purchasing a large quantity of craft paint.

Undo the latches on the case and lightly paint over the areas that didn’t get painted when the latches were closed.

Lightly sand the surface and the edges of the case. Lightly sand over the metal of the latches and hinges. Wipe away the sanding dust using a dry rag.

Insert the blade of a craft knife in the gap between the lid and the case bottom. Allowing the gap to guide you, cut through the dry paint that is gluing the lid closed. After you have cut all the way around the case you will be able to pull open the lid.

Rip old book pages into 2 to 3-inch pieces. I used ripped book pages left over from other projects. They came from a variety of old books. Even though they didn’t match, the contrast of different book pages added interest to the project.

4-train caseWorking in one small area at a time, apply decoupage medium to the inside of the train case using a sponge brush. Place a book page piece over the medium. Smooth out the wrinkles and seal with a layer of medium over the paper. Repeat with additional book page pieces, overlapping their edges, until the inside of the case and lid has been completely covered. Allow the decoupage medium to dry.

5-train caseUsing a measuring tape, measure around the horizontal circumference of the case and add 24 inches. Using this measurement, cut a length of 3 1/2-inch wide lace. Wrap the lace around the case and tie the ends in a bow on the front.

7-train caseCut a 10-inch scrap of satin ribbon that coordinates with your paint color. Thread a key on the ribbon and tie the ribbon around the handle of the case. Using craft glue, attach a small flower to the key. Arrange and glue additional flowers to the lace bow.

8-train caseEnjoy!

Wood Pile To Garden

7-DSCF4090Rain, rain, go away!

This process is taking much longer than we anticipated, in large part because it won’t stop raining.

3-DSCF4053This is where we finally moved my wood pile. When we moved into this house in Nov./Dec., we were trying to beat the bad weather and the wood was piled next to the driveway. The plan was to move it to a spot beside the house and put in a garden where the wood had been.

It has taken forever!

2-DSCF4052I didn’t get a before pic of the old wood pile, but after getting it all moved and the grass trimmed, this is what our new garden area looked like.

5-DSCF4060We decided on a raised-bed garden. The frame actually went together pretty quickly.

6-DSCF4088We then lined it with landscape fabric and had a load of dirt delivered.

And then the rains came again. I really wanted to finish this post with wonderful plants planted nicely, but we have been waiting for the mud to dry out enough to work in. Who knows how long that will take. Like a good portion of the Midwest, we have had rain, are having rain, or expecting lots more rain.

sigh…well, eventually…

4-DSCF4055At least the wood pile looks good!

Enjoy!