Building a beautiful life

Building a beautiful life
In a collected home

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pumpkins, Transferware And A Little Farm Table, OH My!

Well , I am here to report that the annual Pumpkin Buying Insanity
has begun.

I walked in to my neighborhood grocery on Friday and there they were.  I could not help myself.  

Last week I picked up this smaller farm style dining table off Craigslist.  I really try to grab them when I can.  They sell really well down at my shop plus they are great for displaying all of my dishware.  
This is what it looked like when I picked it up on my lunch hour:

Except for the finish on the top it was clean and in really good shape.  All I did was sand and refinish that top 

and paint the apron and legs with General Finishes Milk Paint in
Lamp Black.

Let me just say right now that Lamp Black is the bomb!  It is a soft, velvety black.  Not at all inky or cheap looking.  

It's quite impressive:)

It did take me three coats of paint to get to this finish though.  This is the second color I've tried in General Finishes Milk Paint line  and I will say that it did not cover as well as the first color, Queenstown Gray.

So when I got the little farm table all nice and made over I started digging around in my cabinet to find some stuff to play with.

I picked up this blue striped table runner on the Clearance rack at Marshall's for $8.  Quite the deal for a 90 inch long runner!

Minus the Blue Williow plates that belonged to my Mama, everything else is headed down to my shop tomorrow, 

Farm table in Lamp Black included!


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Chalkboard For The Season

Fall is my very favorite time of the year.  I love the cool, crisp air and the blaze of color when the leaves change.  I love the food we cook in our kitchen this time of year.  Warm, cozy comfort food like lasagna,  stews and pies.  But most of all,
I.  Love.  Pumpkins.
I don't usually spend money on  Fall decor because I don't want to store it.  
But I do spend a small fortune on pumpkins :)
Every single year.
Today I'm sharing  an easy, very inexpensive craft project that can be easily changed to compliment any Season or occasion.
That's my kinda project!

I picked up this great wooden frame with the glass still in it for $4 at Goodwill several months ago and left it to die in a pile of similar crap out in my garage.  So when I got home from work early on Thursday itching to do something, it was my next victim.  

Here is y'all's supply list:

Picture frame with glass
$1 craft bottle  of chalkboard paint
White paint

I applied three coats of the chalkboard paint directly to the glass , allowing it to dry thoroughly between  each coat.  This is imperative or you will have a BIG mess on your hands and you just threw your $4 out the car window.  Once the paint is dry let the frame cure over night.  

For the frame I simply dry brushed the white paint on to the frame and then wiped it off a little with a damp paper towel.

Easy peasy!

Easy, lovely and cheap.

I want a T-shirt that says that.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

My Habitat And A Contest!

'Habitat For Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  Our mission is to put God's love in to action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and HOPE.'

Building Hope.
Because without Hope, you have nothing.  This should be all of our visions, in my opinion.

'Habitat was founded in 1976 and since has helped 6.8 million people improve their living conditions.'

6.8 million.  
And in the world today I'm sure there are many, many more who need help.  

Today, my point is this.  
Speaking as a Maker, an artist of sorts, but definitely a Furniture Flipper, Repurposer and Upcycler, I think we as a community can make a contribution to this need.    
We pick up junk ALL the time.  
A good bit of it we actually pay money for.  I'm proposing that we give a thought toward this organization.  More than a thought, really.    Let's contribute to this goal of a decent home for all by shopping for our junk, furniture, smalls for our styling or booths, paint brushes and hardware . . . . 

At our local Habitat Restores!

Are we going to walk out of there with an oak dresser for $50 every time?  

 I am being realistic.  
We all have a budget when we go out to find our next flip.  I like to call it my 'Max Buy In' and currently it's $50.  I do not give myself much room at all.  Most of the time our Buy In is directly proportional to your local economy in terms of the big question:
What does painted furniture go for I your neck of the woods?  That's going to vary according to region of the country.

Here's what I do:

The Asheville Restore Is about six minutes from my office.  Meaning it's very  conveniently located for me to pop in when I can.   Actually it is more than convenient.  It is exactly half way between my office and my shop at Sweeten Creek Antiques. Just understand that I do not get The Cream Of The Crop down there but I have found some cool stuff:)
This brings me to my next point:

The Habitat Restore Restyle Contest!

That's me in the bottom right corner:). I won the furniture catagory last year with a bench Big Daddy and I made out of an d bed and I'm competing again this year.  Here's a link to this year's voting site and I'd really appreciate your vote!

Here's my entry, I'm #23!
You can vote once per day:)

Thank you so much for your support and I encourage everyone to drop in at your local restore !


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Oh, The Things I Find .......

 I find all kinds of things.  
Some cool, some not so cool.  
This one definitely falls in the Cool category,

In my humble opinion :(

How cute is this thing, I ask y'all?  
Well, I can promise y'all it did not start out this way.

But alas, the little Dingbat saw the potential.

I found this antique cedar chest on a Facebook local yard sale site.  Let me just go the record.  I LOVE these FB yard sale sites.  I find lots of my project pieces on these sites and usually at a better price than Craigslist.  


I got this chest from a very nice, young couple with the BIGGEST dog I have ever seen, Chevy.  
I loved him!

I had to do a couple of minor repairs to the chest.  The top needed to be reglued in a place or two.  And one of the hinges wasn't attached.  But I did not fix any of those cracks.
Those to me are character.

Character and beauty

Remember when I said I walked out with two pints of General Finishes paint when I left the woodworking shop last week?

Well this was the second color I chose.   This one is a beautiful vintage green in their Chalk paint line.
But to me it behaves just like a milk paint, minus the chipping part.

It took about three thin coats to get to the coverege that I wanted.  I knew in my crazy little head that I was going to sand the daylights out of this chest but I wanted it to sand down pretty even so I need to start with a very even paint job.
An even playing field of sorts.

Emmitt is fascinated with this thing.

Lastly, I used my orbital and a medium grit sandpaper and sanded down the entire piece.  

The key to this finish is two things.
Patience and time.

Do not get in a hurry.  
Just take your time and you will end up with s lovely, timeworn finish.

And that's all I did to it. 
 I applied no finish what so ever.  A piece like this just needs to continue to age naturally.

Naturally and gracefully.


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