Monday, June 28, 2010
Today I got this awesome little enamel cart with wheels! (I left it outside so I will add a picture in the morning!) for only $3.00. I also got a cute rustic shelf that is perfect for books in my son's room. It'll be getting a coat of black paint ASAP.
The manager told me someone had bought the contents of a storage unit at auction, picked out what they wanted and dropped the rest off on the sidewalk in front of the rescue mission thrift shop. I wish I had my camera with me. It literally looked like someone dumped a trash truck on the sidewalk! I felt bad they were having to dig through it.....someones trash is definitely not always anothers treasure! Sometimes it is just TRASH!
Anyway, I can't wait for a little sunlight to show you my new little treasures! I was so excited about the enamel table that I stopped at Lowe's on my way home and got the perfect color green to paint it! Guess you guys know what will be coming up on here in a few days! :)
Saturday, June 26, 2010
They look great and are quite useful for cold drinks. I have seen the vinyl ripple and curl if you put a really hot drink on the tile.
You can see it has lost it's shine! I was excited to get the vinyl off and see how it turned out.
Friday, June 25, 2010
This is one of my closets! I found these at a yard sale and got them for a bargain! They are solid oak and are about 7 feet tall. This one holds frames, mirrors, tiles....things that are ready to have vinyl applied without any prep. When someone calls me to order a quick gift, this is my go to!
So...back to our project! As I was cleaning, I noticed 2 things:
- I need air conditioning in the garage. Summers in Alabama are not really mild.
- I had a lot of pre-painted scrap wood. I should make something!
My "cleaning" now abandoned, I grabbed a piece of scrap wood. These pieces are pre-painted b/c they are trimmed off of standard size boards I keep on hand for orders. I just chop off however much I need, leaving me with small scraps. This one was 8.5 by 8.5. There was one raw edge where it had been trimmed, so I painted that and let it dry. Next, using vinyl scraps from mis-orders or mis-cuts, I applied my vinyl to the board. I know most people have applied vinyl, so I won't go into any detail.
Applying the transfer tape and vinyl to the board Remove transfer tape after rubbing over entire surface. When I positioned it, I intentionally had it overhang the edge of my board Trim the overhang with a sharp knife. Apply second color of vinyl. This is a pale yellow and one of my new favorites!
Here it is with all the vinyl on and all the transfer tape gone! My plan is to hang this on a large wreath on my door, so I then drilled holes in the upper corners. I also distressed the edges. I love distressed edges.Next up is the sealant. This is my hands down favorite! We use this for all our signs and even our tiles for our shop. I nearly cried when I went to Michael's and couldn't find it. Luckily, they had just rearranged and it was 2 isles over. Add a little ribbon (which does match in real life).
I like to get the flame to my ribbon edge. Just don't grab the ribbon after you do this. Not smart. Trust me. Owie.
And there it is. I need to paint my wreath then get this on the door!
This project cost me nothing. I had everything on hand, and even used vinyl that would likely not have been used. I love the cherry blossoms and hummingbird! Go take a peak in your craft supplies, I bet you can make something pretty cute out of scraps and cast-offs too!
I am excited about tomorrows project. I just noticed it is blue again.....oh well! I love blue. Check back and find out what it is and how to do it!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
She may be ugly, but she is solid wood, is a great size, and has some real potential! Not to mention she was a pretty good deal. We found her Saturday at a local church garage sale. There wasn't much there to look at, and she caught my eye when I walked in. I have been wanting to find a smaller table for my entry. I love the table I have there now, but it is too big for the space.
At first look my opinion was that the piece was overpriced. It wasn't even 8 a.m., the church was trying to make money for a mission trip somewhere so I didn't feel like I could ask for a lower price yet. Suzanna and I talked about her and decided she was just too ugly for what they were asking! I wrote her off as somebody else's ugly treasure and we headed for the next sale.
I couldn't get her out of my mind as we shopped. Later in the afternoon, I had just left WalMart and saw a sign for that garage sale that listed the time as 7am-1pm. It was 12:45. I turned the car around and figured it wouldn't hurt to pop in and see if she was still junking up the place.
She was, I bargained and she came home with me for $15.00. Half of what they had asked for it.
Here she is after removing the doors and sanding. (FYI she fit in the backseat of my husband's Maxima....don't tell him)
The hardware had a nasty hue to them. I call it "20 year grunge...no cleaning"
The hinges and handles were painted using one of my favorite paints for knobs and hardware:
American Accents Hammered Finish
Instantly it updates the hardware. I thought of replacing the hardware, but i kind of like the BIG chunky look of these knobs!
Here is the body after one coat of spray paint. I used Krylon Blue Ocean. It is the same color I used on the foam piece in yesterday's post. I took a break after this coat and went inside to get a drink. I heard something hitting the windows and looked out to find a torrential downpour! I made my 13 year old son come help me drag it back into the garage! Thankfully no damage was done!
After drying, I began sanding. There were LOTS of edges on this piece b/c of that thick molding on the doors. You can from the top I wasn't too even on the coat of paint, but I didn't care since I would be distressing and aging the whole thing.
Sanding these doors took time. It was 95 degrees in 90% Alabama humidity. I was one hot, sweaty mama!
I tried to make sure to get into the grooves with my sanding block. In doing so I also scratched the smooth back. I have to admit it bugged me a little bit, but I decided it didn't bug me enough to go back and repaint.
On this piece I used Valspar Signature Colors Antiquing Glaze.I watered it down equal parts water to glaze. This gave me the coverage I wanted in a glaze that was wet enough to do large areas in 95 degree heat but was still thick enough that it wouldn't run and drip.