Sunday, April 22, 2012


Here are a couple more pieces I just finished.  I've already priced them and taken them to Lalah V's but woke up this morning thinking of two wonderful places to put them in my own home.  If you walked into my house today...other than the mess in the garage and in my'd never know what I've been up to. 

First up, the pie safe.  (Forgot the before pictures, but this did have doors on it.  I took them off to use in another project)

I glazed both the inside and outside of the piece and lightly distressed it.  I used vintage sheet music to create the tree.  The picture of the details really didn't turn out great, but it looks pretty amazing in person-if I do say so myself :).  It's not pictured, but I glazed over the tree to bring out the  edges of the sheet music leaves and branches.

Next up, the table.  I love the lines of this table.  Especially the legs.

Yes...I pulled out the painters tape again! 

I knew what I wanted to do with this piece as soon as I saw it.  I pulled inspiration from some pictures I saw from a store called
Sticks and Bricks -Love love love what they do! 

I've been sweeping up the dust from distressing my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint pieces and this is what I've accumulated so far.

I needed a color wash for this piece, so I thought it would be the perfect time to try out a technique I read at Paint in My Hair.  I can't find the post now, but I just added hot water and put it in my little bullet blender until I had the consistency I wanted.  Talk about recycling!

This is how it went on.

It needed some color, so I added a yellow and a blue color to the 2 smaller boards on the top.  I sand off a lot of the paint to make it look old and worn out, peeled off the tape and Voila!

I did end up having to sand down and re-stain the legs.  Once I peeled off the tape I realized that the base was much more yellow than the top. 

I finished this one off with a couple coats of poly.  I know I say this about every piece, but I really do love this one.  It would be a great coffee table.  It's a little on the tall side, so kids chairs fit perfectly under it for a play room or kids room table. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

I love tape!

This little desk/entry table sold in record time for me!  I didn't even get a chance to blog about it.  The pictures I took just did not do it justice, so I had planned on taking some more pictures in the store tonight....but it was gone.  Yay!

Here is what it looked like when I bought this desk at the Wood County Habitat for Humanity ReStore a few weeks ago.

Well, it has been sanded, puttied and it has a coat of grey primer on the top already...almost forgot the before picture.

I knew what colors I wanted it to be, but wasn't quite sure how to put my stamp on it.
I'm learning that I just need to start working and see where things take me.
This is what I ended up with:

Started with Grey Primer then I used a blond paint on the top and drawer front.  Then I took painters tape to make flower petals and a stem.  For the petals, I rounded the ends off with scissors and I also cut the tape to shape up the stem.

I forgot to take a picture.

I put a coat of Annie Sloan's Old White on the entire desk.  After it dried, i peeled up the tape to find....

It took me a couple of days to get up the nerve to put some shading and detail into the flowers.  I wasn't sure if I was going to hand paint it or if I should sand it down to expose the other layers....I'm glad I decided to sand!

I lightly distressed the whole piece and used 3-4 coats of poly to finish it up.

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I really need to figure out this camera!

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Here are some other fun little projects I've done using tape.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Things Little Guys Say

Every now and then, I'll have to add a few things about my stinkin' little monsters.  Here's a little blurb from the ride home from school with my 6 year old.

"Mom, how did you feel when I was in your belly?"
"I was so excited to meet you."
"Yeah, but you were a little scared right?  Scared they were going to cut your belly to get me out?"
"Uh, yeah?.. Sure.  I was a little scared." 
I didn't have a c-section so now I'm getting nervous about where this is leading.
"Well, when Aunt Erin was having her kids, did you wish you would have kids too?"
"Yes!  I was wishing for you".
"Well...Lucky you."

What?!  It took all I had to hold together.  Just the way he said it.  With his head cocked to the side while shrugging his shoulder.  Ugh!  He's so funny sometimes.

Then to end the conversation he says,
"Sometimes your wishes and dreams come true...You know, like Martin Luther King Jr."
Oh, how I love him!