Monday, 26 September 2016

Stenciled Antique Maple Floor

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I'm so excited to show you my floor that I'm going to post the picture right off the bat. This is the front entrance in the stone house that we are renovating.

Here it is after it was sanded and repaired. It is maple, and original to the house.

In this picture you can see the original sanded floor at the left, then the area that has 2 coats of stain, and closest to the camera you can see what it looked like after 1 coat of stain.

Two coats.

I have seen this stenciled floor many times on the web and I love it!

 I made a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo. It is large, 24", so I had to make it in two pieces.

I decided to cover it on both sides with clear vinyl to help hold everything together.

I then cut out the design with an utility knife. I realized that the Silhouette changed things a little bit and it was no longer a one piece stencil, so I had to tape part of it back together again. Later I realized that it had changed more than I realized and had to add more tape to cover parts that I had cut out. I would not have gotten the look I wanted had I not done this.

 Here we go! The first painting is always the scariest, what if I mess this up? What if I paint it too heavy? What if I lay the pattern out wrong?
I started a little bit off the edge because I have to add one more board to the beginning of the hallway.

Here's how it looked after getting several of the designs done.
A work in progress!

Here it is, all done! Well, all done for today because at this point I could hardly get up off the floor. I pulled a muscle in my back on Saturday and this project just about did me in! I need to put a couple of coats of varnish on it.
This is the view from the kitchen to the front entrance.

 Here it is from the livingroom to the foot of the stairs.

So far, with the people that have seen it, the women love it, and the men don't! Ha ha, luckily the men weren't around when I was doing it, and now it's too late to change it.

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

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My posts have been few and far between, but don't think that's because I haven't been busy, I definitely have.
My son Budd is trying to get his house ready to put on the market, so we've taken a break from the stone house to help him.
Upstairs has been finished for a few years, but he hadn't gotten around to finishing the basement. He got it framed and dry walled. Then it was time for flooring. The spot where he and Johnny are standing is right where the bar will be going.

Just like the magic of television, the floor is all done. Doesn't it look great?

Jumping ahead by leaps and bounds, Budd and Johnny built a short 2X6 wall for the bar, and they started the cupboard where the bar sink will be. I started putting up the faux barn wood boards.

All of the wood in this project was reclaimed.  I'm pretty proud of that. Budd scavenged some scraps from his friends garbage pile, and of course Johnny and I never throw out a piece of wood.

Another view. Doesn't it look nice with the floor? 
For the barn wood I used a variety of salvaged wood, that top piece with the nice grain is actually a plywood scrap.

 I love how the pot lights shine down on it.

Here's a look at my work site. Yup a tailgate.  Busy staining and painting boards to get that look I wanted. I salvaged these nice wide boards from the windows at the stone house.

A nice sunny day for working outside.

Finally it was time to work on the face frame for the cupboard. All the information I need is on that piece of paper. I picked up the cupboard doors at the Restore for $5 each, I bought four, but plans changed when Budd remembered he wanted to put a mini fridge in the cabinet.

Here's the process for making barn wood. The piece on the left is the backsplash and the one of the right is the front of the counter top.

Rub some black stain randomly. 

Go over it with some light stain, which lightens the black stain.

Then I dry brushed some white, and rubbed it in. I went back with a little smudge of black stain here and there until I had the look I wanted.

Once the cupboard was all put together, Budd cut a hole in the counter and installed a bar sink. The bar top was leftover from his kitchen when he changed the cupboard plan and it wasn't needed.  The bar sink he had for a while, I think from a friend.

The pictures aren't the best, but I love the finished product!

He plans to put a couple of bar stools on this side of the bar, so people can sit and watch TV on the opposite wall. It will also leave space for a couch on the other side.


Here we are after a long day, it's almost finished at this point, you would think we would be smiling :)

So what do you think of our project?

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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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