Monday, April 25, 2011

Subway Sign

I decided a while back to make one of the subway type signs that would be words that my family used and were special to them with concerns to food. I am saying this because some of the words you see on my sign might not make much sense to anyone other than our family. But I got it done and that is what matters.

I started out with a plaque that I bought from good will for $2.00.

It took several coats of primer and then I used the color to match my kitchen table project.

I had decided on what I wanted on the sign, now all I needed to do was to draw the words on. With the help of my stencils I was able to draw the words in a cute font and  get the different size words onto the board.

Then with a fine tip marker I outlined the words.

Then I used a sharpie and filled in the words one at a time being really careful not to go outside of the lines that I made with the fine marker. I think my sign turned out really cute. I want to try another one when I get time for the laundry room.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Canary yellow Patio Set

Well remember my post from when I painted the deck at the beach house? My daughter suggested that we paint the cute patio set Canary yellow. A few of the followers agreed that Canary yellow would be great for this little set. I went and bought indoor outdoor paint for metal at Walmart, they usually have a good selection. These little chairs were totally oxidized from the salt air.

The cup of coffee is on the table but you could not even enjoy the set the way it was. It was totally scratchy and horrible to sit down on. It left white stuff all over your clothes. 

This beautiful little set came with the house when we bought it. Someone had sprayed some graffiti colors on a few of the chairs and the top of the table. 

I took a sponge sander and the garden hose and totally washed all the salt and oxidation off one of the chairs. I sprayed the chair on a blanket in the back yard.

You can see some of the pink graffiti paint on this chair. 
It took about 4 coats spraying them lightly each time for complete and even coverage. I only finished one chair but I loved the look and especially the feel of the shiny new finish. I was leaving for home and could not finish the set.

My daughter went down to the beach house and asked where I bought the yellow paint in case she needed more. I was so excited that she was going to finish the set. Much to my surprise I get a notification in my e-mail today to check out some pictures. 

Oh my gosh I was thrilled with how the set turned out. Too cute, the cushions are from Walmart as well and she decided on doing the table in white. I think it turned out adorable. Good job Morgen!!!

What a wonderful little place to sit and visit over a cold glass of lemonade. 


Transformation Thursday

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I need some Help!!!!

I want to revamp the guest room. I hate the wallpaper and Mr.Parfait loves it. I was thinking I could live with it if it looked faded and old. It was here when we bought our home. I also want to re-do this dresser with another color or decoupage on the drawers. Any ideas ladies? Has anyone out there bleached or painted over the wallpaper to make it look faded?

This is a really nice piece and it really holds a lot of toys and Etsy Merchandise.

I was thinking of stripping the top and doing a dark stain ala Miss Mustard Seed style. I really do like that look and it would not be hard to do. 

Really pretty details on this piece and we have had a lot of guests.  I like when the room looks nice and I figure if the pieces in the room are really pretty maybe know one will notice the ugly wall paper. 

Even the sides really lend it to the decoupage treatment of some kind. 

Well ladies I think that I need some suggestions and I have a gift for the person who's idea I pick. This lovely tray will be given to the person who's idea I choose to do for the dresser revamp. It is a lovely large tray 16" long and a lovely rose design in the center. Thanks for any help you can suggest.


I have linked up to the party's below be sure to check them out.

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My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cute little Ruffle Shade

This is so sweet, it turned out even better than I thought it would. I have wanted to do this for a very long time and finally got around to it. 

I was digging around in the basement today and found a bag of satin ruffles I had sewn up a long time ago. I have been wanting to do something to my lamp shade on the kitchen table. It really bugs me when  I can see all the lamp parts, when I sit at the table. 

I think this lamp shade is much too short. See what I mean about all the lamp parts showing. Well I started out having to iron all of the ruffles they were a mess from the day that I tea stained them. I realized there were two different sizes so I first ironed the large ones to see if I would even like them on the shade. 

I held them up to the shade and they looked so cute, so I ironed up the whole bag. I am sure I won't need them all but I will iron them all, then I won't have to iron more, if I run short. I started on the bottom with the large ruffles, I did three rows of them and then started on the small ruffles.

I used a glue gun and went around the bottom edge first. Then I went around the next ruffle just covering over the ruffle below so that you can't see the rough edge of the ruffle below. I did this in the evening so the pictures are kind of yellow.

I don't see any ugly lamp parts now and I really like the lamp so much better. I painted this lamp it was a dark metal and it has little cherubs harvesting grapes, all the way around it. Really cute for the kitchen. 

I am linking up, below you will find fun sites.

My Repurposed Life

Transformation Thursday

Monday, April 11, 2011

Thrift Share Subway Tile

I have been looking for this tile forever and I finally found it. I am going to do my own treatment for a counter top for the laundry room, but I really wanted to find the subway tile for the back splash. I asked my husband to stop by the Habitat Restore the other day since we were in town and going right past. We don't usually go to Manassas but once a month since it is over an hour away.

This is the tile that I found after I cleaned it all up. 

Their room with the tile if very organized but finding enough of one tile is usually pretty difficult. If you wanted to break the tiles and do a mosaic it would be heaven. I searched and searched and then saw this laying out of place in the very bottom with some trim tile. 

Could it really be that I had actually found what I was searching for. Yes it is the subway tile that I have been wanting. I knew I needed at least 16 tiles to go across the wall and there were close to 99 of them. Some had little chips but I could use those for the ones on the ends that I needed to cut. Wow, I was so excited. I thought this is too good to be true, so they will probably want an arm and a leg for them. I emptied a box that was close by and shoved the loose ones in the box and made my way up stairs with the dirty lot. 

I asked the guy how much they wanted and he said that the guys downstairs are supposed to give me a cost on a paper to bring upstairs. I said I didn't see anyone down there. I knew I had about $80.00 worth of tile so I was trying to figure out in my head what is the most that I would pay. The guy says how about $5.00, I about died. Yes that would be great, I said. I can actually do four rows across and I found the bull nose trim for the top, exactly 16 pieces. I think this was meant to be. 

Be sure to check out Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl it is really fun to see what great stuff other people got this week as well.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Remember the side yard gate?

Remember our project of the Side yard gate? Well we finally finished it and wanted everyone to see it. We are actually back in Virginia now. I got the gate painted on the front side and the fence section we built, just before we left to come home. I must say that I am having a hard time with the temperatures and no peacocks in the yard.

Here is what we had when we started an old fence on the right and a few posts that we removed and relocated. Of course Diesel is right there helping Zach.

Here is after the left side of the fence was built and then we added the gate. 
The corrugated metal is to keep Diesel in the back yard. 

Here is the same shot from further back see the old fence on the right, we tried to build the other side to match. I think it looks pretty good. 

Finished gate and fence, took me forever to paint it. Zach did a really good job. I of course had to communicate what I wanted and after that we were on the same page.

My daughter is going to paint the front decking to match the gate and fence on the side. They also plan to paint the stucco this summer. We all want it to be a cute beachy little cottage that we all love.  It is a work in progress and with our creative efforts it is becoming a great place to go and relax. I will keep everyone updated on the new colors and progress of the Beach Cottage.