In 2016, I became an AVID stenciler! I stenciled signs like this "coffee sign" above three re-purposed coffeepot planters. See the details HERE.
In February of 2014, I created a wall display in my kitchen with a barn board, mismatched hooks, cutting boards, a shutter, and a chippy step stool. See that post here for details. I still love it, so I work around it at Christmas time. This year I added a "Vintage Christmas" Sign, a wispy faux pine wreath with a scrap of red checked ribbon, vintage Christmas post cards and a tree shaped cutting board transformed into a Christmas card holder.
I purchased this dresser mirror salvage piece for my mantel earlier this year at Jackson's Icebox Antiques and Collectibles.
I am still busy purging, organizing and re-doing my den/guest room into a triple purpose room. It is now becoming a craft room as well. This rustic wooden shelf was used for a while in my shop for display. I decided to paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and faux distress it with the Plaid Layering Block. I have shared previous projects with the Plaid Layering Block here, here, and here. I am planning to do a training video very soon on the Plaid Layering Block and share it on my blog.
In 2015, I removed the legs from an old wooden ironing board, painted it with chalk paint and hung it on the door between my laundry room and kitchen.
I have been helping my daughter decorate her new apartment. We are fixing up furniture and decor, mostly with paint, to both unify the items and update them too.
When I wanted to add hooks for coats and purses on an entry wall, I used a red pallet arrow that I had purchased at a Moving Sale at Morgan's Mercantile and General Store, a local occasional shop.
Usually this old terracotta vinyl tile floor in my foyer is covered with lots of scatter rugs because I don't like the floor anymore. One year ago in August, while my husband was away for four days for a fly in fishing trip, I decided to paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. While white may not be the best color for an entry, I will have a mat and a couple of scatter rugs to keep it as clean as possible.
I thought the creamy white would lighten up the whole area.
So I started painting, and ran out of paint about 2/3's of the way through the project. I called several friends that use chalk paint to rehab furniture and nobody had any to spare. There are no stockists for 100 miles.
So I covered my half painted floor with some area rugs, and quickly ordered more paint and floor laquer online to finish the job.
And then LIFE happened, you know, unforeseen events, problems, time constraints, etc. and soon we had snow and I thought it would be difficult to use our other door regularly in the winter time, while a floor painting project was happening.
I ended up finishing the job this month. I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.
I decided early on in the project to lightly distress the edges of some of the vinyl brick tile so if I eventually get some scratches they would not be as noticeable. I used a white terry cloth rag and a green scrubby pad for the distressing. I cut the scrubby pad into smaller pieces, and took a new piece, every time my pad got too clogged with chalk paint.
My technique was to lightly (using very little pressure) rub the green scrubby pad along the edge of a brick and then wipe with the rag. This worked pretty well. I did it very randomly, some tile edges are more distressed than others. The older vinyl tile in my foyer had very little shine, if any, and the paint seemed to adhere well. In fact some of the floor that had been painted last year was much harder to distress and I had to rub more firmly to remove paint in spots down to the tile. Next, I had to seal and protect my painted floor.
A $5 old window, craft paint, a foam roller, jute, eye screws, black wood screws, old enamelware pans, and of course a stencil from Funky Junk Interiors/Old Sign Stencils are the materials needed to complete this project.
Today I'm sharing my annual blog tour of my sister in law Kris's YARD OF FLOWERS. The tour is always a delightful mix of colorful annuals, perennials and whimsical and rusty junk!
This photo, of a fun raised window frame with bird bath pedestal and galvanized boiler full of geraniums, is in the front yard.
When you are out and about garage sale-ing, thrifting, and browsing consignment and occasional shops too, you just never know what you will find. I am the queen of cheater building, but this was the start to a couple of really easy projects, even for me. I ran across these two directional signs at Morgan's Mercantile & General Store, a local occasional shop and Etsy store too. The owner confessed that she can't stencil and the signs weren't selling as is. I used to feel that way too about stenciling, but with practice and a really dry stencil brush, I think everybody can get the hang of it.
I purchased this small bookshelf a few months ago at a local thrift shop for $4. The ends were wood but shelves were veneered particleboard.
When my daughter needed a storage piece above the toilet in her apartment, I set out to restyle this piece. First the bottoms each side were sawed off to make the shelf appear more like a wall shelf instead of a floor shelf.
Next I painted the shelf with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen. I distressed the shelf and stenciled on a "doily" on two of the shelves using ivory craft paint and a 10" x 10" Decoart stencil called Mandala. The stencil was a little to wide but still worked out very well.
I live across the street from the Rainy River in northern Minnesota, and once in a while a deer family, (doe and one fawn or two fawns) takes up residence night after night feeding on our bird feeders and some of my flowers.
This year I really haven't seen deer in my yard, so I was lulled into a false sense of security.
But, as I prepare for my online, virtual junk garden tour for 2016, and have been deadheading daily, I ran across some evidence of deer.
First, I noticed the buds from the Black Eyed Susan Perennials were chewed off. I was mildly upset but I thought they are later bloomers and may have time to form new buds.
Labels: Flower Gardening
I have been looking at this dresser mirror salvage piece at Jackson's Icebox Antiques & Collectibles for a couple of years now. I knew the piece was large, and the only place it would work was on my mantel.
But I turned 60 last week, and I guess I thought, what am I waiting for if I like it? And I took the plunge and purchased it.
Recently, Susan from the Homeroad blog, had a fun garden sign made with spindle legs. When I found spindles at a garage sale for $1 last weekend, I quickly stenciled a sign on a weathered red piece of barn wood siding using a stencil from the Old Sign Stencil Extension package.