Thursday, 24 March 2016

Pallet Wall, Part I

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This is a wall in the mudroom of the stone house that I want to make... more interesting.  The plan is a wood wall, bench, and shelves.

I decided to go with a pallet wall.  Why not, I've never tried it before, this is as good a time as any :)  As I showed you in my last post, I stained up a few boards, but they just didn't have the variety of colour that I was hoping for.

I added some paint, and voila, this makes me smile!

I liked the technique enough to go ahead and start putting them on the wall. At the end of the day, I was a happy woman.

Today I finished it, and I LOVE it! Here are a couple of close ups.

And...the finished wall!

Three people have seen it, and three people like it,

What about you?  What do you think?
The next step is the bench, you know I love building benches. Tomorrow is going to be a good day, I get to build a bench, and the babies are coming for a visit! Woohoo! I'm going to be a happy Grammie MacGIRLver!

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

I'll Be Dreaming About Pallet Wood Tonight

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I decided it was time to get started on a project that's been waiting for me since last summer. I was asked to make a pallet bench in memory of a very special co-worker that passed away last summer.  He was a very special guy and certainly deserves something nicer than pallets, but at the same time I think he would appreciate the simplicity.  It's not quite finished, but I couldn't wait to share.  This one's for you Tommy!  If I had a can of Budweiser, and if I drank, I would raise a can right now.

Lots of sanding involved when working with pallets.

I was so pleased at how nicely this saw was working, that I chose to cut by hand rather than use the saw in the picture. Unfortunately I got in trouble with my son as it is his saw and he only uses it for drywall, oops, the tables have turned my friends.

This is how far I got on day 1, I was pretty pleased, as it came together pretty well.

Of course I couldn't leave it like that as it wouldn't be very comfortable. This is how it looked at the end of day 2.

So today I finished sanding and got it stained, Staining was very time consuming! I actually wasn't very happy with it when I was done, I think the stain is too dark, but I think it looks better in the picture than in person.  I'm going to paint a little something on it to dedicate it to Tommy.

So while that is drying I moved on to the next project. I've been trying to decide what to do with this wall with the window.  I know that I want to add a bench and some shelves, but couldn't decide between reclaimed wood (hoarding that, hate to use it up), faux ship lap (didn't want to pay for it), and pallet wood.

I finally decided to use pallet wood so I broke down the rest of the pallets that I had on hand.  I stained them...

and...I didn't like the look of the stain.  It's been a bad day for stain.  So I got out the white paint and dry brushed some white paint onto them.  When the paint mixed with the stain it turned gray, which I did like.

I did put up a few pieces on the wall but I forgot to take a picture, so I guess you will just have to wait.  This project has just begun.  
So I hope Sterling's not having a bonfire tonight, I noticed he has a nice collection of pallets up behind the garden, already got in trouble with one kid this week, hope I don't get in trouble again, but I guess I'm gonna risk it ;)

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Friday, 11 March 2016

Don't Let Floral Upholstery Make You Blue

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Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I wrote my last post!  Time sure flies now that I'm retired. Life has changed since my last post, I'm a Grandma now, to two beautiful little babies, twins, a boy and a girl.  They are the most wonderful thing that has happened to me since I had my own children.

I've been wanting to try painting an upholstered chair for a long time. My friend Toni talked to me about reupholstering her wing back chair. It was in good shaped, but was outdated and didn't suit her new house. I thought about it, but it used to belong to her Mom, and had sentimental value, and since I've never done anything that complicated, I was afraid of messing it up. Besides, if I don't have time to write a post I sure don't have time to reupholster a chair of that size.

Oops! I guess I forgot to take a picture before I started painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Well, you get the picture.

She quite liked it with only one coat of paint, but when it dried it looked blotchy.

Here it is with the second coat, I can't find the picture of it once we waxed it, but it came out a little darker than this.  You can still see the pattern, but not the colour coming through.

This is not a perfect solution for all upholstery needs as it is quite stiff, but we saved a chair that just didn't fit anymore, and she loves the way it looks.  It is a chair in a spare room so doesn't really get used, but looks a whole lot better than it used to.
 What do you think, would you have the nerve to paint an upholstered chair?

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Turquoise Trunk With a Flourish

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There is a funny story that goes along with this makeover.  Before I did the red trunk, I pulled this one out to work on.  Don't be fooled by the paint can, I didn't use Annie Sloan paint on this one, I was planning to, but I used it on the Compass Rose trunk. Anyway, back to my story.  I was about to scrape the labels off this trunk when I noticed that it used to belong to a friend of mine. I guess I bought it from her yard sale years ago.  She had been looking at this CN trunk to give to her daughter, so I thought I would see if she wanted this trunk made over instead.  She said she didn't, but would like to see it.  I sent her a picture and she called me back in a few minutes and said her daughter wanted the trunk made over, 

and she wanted the label saved. 

As you can see it is a metal trunk from the 1970's.

I scrubbed it down and painted it with Zinser 123, and then 2 coats of Smoked Turquoise Semi-gloss Cabinet and Trim paint by Dutch Boy.  I also added feet to the bottom of it (more feet that I made in Mesa).

Here it is, all made over.

I thought I would have to paint the brassy hardware, but I found that when I antiqued the whole thing with ebony stain, it changed the colour of the hardware just perfectly!  I then coated it with satin finish varathane to protect the antiquing.

I cut out the flourish on my silhouette cameo machine, man I love that thing!


The paper inside was intact, but quite stained so I painted it with Zinser 123 and then a coat of semi-gloss paint.  So fresh now.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Liquor Cabinet Made Out of an Old Dresser

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I can't believe I didn't take a before picture of this one!  Well if I did, I can't find it.  Anyway, a friend gave me this one (thanks Clifford you are the best!), he described it as "a cheap Walmart dresser", so you can all picture it now right?

Well this is what it looks like now.

I painted the inside gray, and made two shelves and finished them with tongue and groove pine that I "weathered" myself.  So loving this new technique, I'm going to have to use it again soon. 

I made a rack in the middle for wine storage.

I added these plumbing pieces that I picked up in Mesa (from my favourite Mesa artist, Lance Lockhart) for the two drawers that I left in place.

I primed it and then painted it with black, I sanded it to expose some of the original finish and then gave it two coats of varathane.

I hope you like it!

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Turquoise Hall Tree

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Hall Trees seem to be popular items, so I thought I would make another one.  

I started with this dismantled sewing stool.  I kind of propped it together for the picture, but it was in pieces. I could have glued it back together, but I didn't think it would be a very popular item anyway. 

I knocked it apart and attached the legs to a plywood box that I made.  For decoration I decided to nail the front of the original stool to the front of the box.  I also had to fix up some missing veneer.

I attached the box to the door, and when I put the shelf on it I realized there was something terribly wrong. Everything was crooked.  I had measured down from the top of the door to where the shelf should be, but it just wasn't right.  After replacing the shelf, I realized that the door had been cut crooked in order to fit a crooked doorway. 

 Oh my, now I know to square up the door before I do anything else. I had to lay the door down and square up the top and the bottom of the door with a circular saw.

I found the perfect mirror, and added coat hooks and old knobs from knob and tube wiring that we 
pulled out of the stone house. 

I also added an old doorknob that I was saving just for this purpose.

  You may have noticed that I added some wood accents to the front. Of course I antiqued the whole thing, and sanded some of the edges.

The cushion is hinged to allow for storage inside.

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Reclaimed Wood Dresser

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So what do you get when you combine this...

and this?

Why, you get this!

"How's that?" you ask.  Well I salvaged rough lumber from the kitchen sub-floor of our stone house.  The guys were throwing them in the dumpster, and I was throwing them back out.  Below is a picture of the dresser that a friend gave me.  Johnny pulled it home on the sleigh from across the lake.  Now do you understand?

I used the salvaged wood to make a new top for the dresser, and to replace the big chunky pieces that were on the front of the dresser.  I wanted to keep the rough look of it.

I bought the new hardware at Hobby Lobby on sale.

I mixed my own chalk paint front leftover paint from my son's room at least ten years ago.

 I seriously need a nice corner in the workshop to take my pictures, the background just doesn't do the pieces justice, and neither does the lighting.

How do you like it?

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