Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dragonflies, frogs, and lillypads

    I was asked if I would repaint a dresser for a family expecting a new baby girl.  I could pick the colors, using this adorable blanket for inspiration, and the knowledge that her new crib was butter yellow.
    While I am always drawn to blues and greens, I felt that the pastel colors would be better and less likely to overwhelm the blanket, and the butter yellow of the crib.  I took the blanket with me to Lowe's thinking that I would pick up small pots of paint that they normally have made up, but they didn't have any.   I was probably able to pick out colors that better matched the blanket by having them custom mix it anyway.
    The dresser was painted brown with black handles.  I felt that the best method to remove the paint would be to strip it, as some of the corners and edges were rounded from previous sanding.  In the end I had quite a bit of trouble removing some of the paint with the different strippers that I used and eventually did some sanding too.  I chose the yellow with green accents for the outside and the light lavender on the inside for a bit of a surprise.  I felt that painting the hardware white would give it a really fresh look.  
    I feel like I learn something every time I do a new project.  I was prepared to have to do extra coats of paint to cover with such light colors.  Despite always waiting at least a day and sometimes many, between coats, I had some problems with blocking.  Occasionally paint will become a bit sticky, from moisture between layers and this is called blocking.  I have heard people say the pieces they paint never dry and after placing something on a painted piece, when they lift the object, small pieces of paint come off.  In reading about it some  painters said that they sand and start over, and some said putting some talc on it will sometimes absorb the moisture.  For most of my pieces I custom mix non-sanded grout, or plaster of paris into the paint for a chalk-type paint.  Occasionally, I don't.  With this dresser I didn't, and I reasoned that wiping the places down with a small amount of unsanded grout would make more sense than talc.  I found it worked wonderfully, although I did sand a few places also.  I added a back to it, and will put in a tension bar for hanging little dresses on.
    I love how this turned out, I hope the owners are going to be happy with it!
Shared at:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Curating a wood care board for Hometalk

     I was once again contacted about curating a board for Hometalk based on my post about the Historic Delta door that I turned into a table. Hometalk is a great place for DIY tips and ideas for home and garden.   I tried to find some with methods I had used and that featured unpainted wood.  There are tips ranging from floor care to DIY furniture polish.  I hope you enjoy looking at the board as much as I did creating it!

While you are there, take a look at all Hometalk has to offer
Shared at:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

We interrupt this blog post for a!

    Yesterday I finally finished rebuilding the cart I will tell you about.  On looking up at the sky, though, I realized we had a major problem in the form of an Alaskan wildfire.  Now, last year at this time, I spent many days at my cabin at the Farmer's Market, huddled around a small electric heater, and keeping out of the rain.  Talk about opposites!  This summer it is HOT, and so dry we are living in a tinder box.  I am sure most people have heard about the current fires in Alaska.  We are near one of the smaller ones.  Yesterday we had some lightening strikes, near here and it started a couple of blazes that have been very hot and fast moving.  Even though it is a few miles away and across a river in this picture, it looks a lot closer and believe me it is scary.  Last night in the middle of the night I got a call that the fire had jumped the river to our side in a few places.  We spent the remainder of the night watering everything down in case burning embers landed near.   Today they hit it hard with flame retardant and it sounded as though we were listening to an old war movie with the planes flying low and noisily.  I have NO problem with that at all and I think that it really helped the situation.
    This is the cart that I rebuilt.

    A family that we knew were moving away a few years ago and we got to pick their back fields that had all sorts of treasures.  This had never been painted and had two sets of wheels to begin with.  It had seen better days and was in a sad state.  Fast forward to a few years later and I realized it was missing from the spot where I had put it.  Hmmmm, a quick perusal of the burn pile(um, maybe I should be glad it has been too dry to burn that???), and there it was, this time in quite a few pieces...I was pretty sure I could put it back together.  So, with my Ryobi drill I did just that and also put in new screws in several places to make it sturdier.  I had to discard one of the axles completely, but this one, with tires was still usable, so I moved them to the middle of the cart.  I added a tongue, and reinforced the tail gate with just a little bit of new wood.  It balances well with the tail gate down.  This is NOT a toy, or child safe.  There are places where the ends of old nails stick out and it does appear that my rebuild may not have been the first.  I don't think this is very old, but I wanted to keep the aged look to it, so I painted it with milk paint and I like the result.  The wheels are not great and a bit wobbly, but this is supposed to look like an old peddler's flower cart.  It is large enough that it would not fit in the back of my Subaru, so it will be delivered by truck on Saturday, to the cabin.  This would look great with containers of flowers spilling over the sides, in a yard or garden setting.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hanging planters this time!

    I had the tops to two of the chicken waterers  left.  I originally wanted to turn them into hanging lights, but I seemed to be on a planter roll, so I stuck with that!  I used the wires off  some old planters that had seen better days.  Petunias, that will eventually hang down were chosen for these.  At my Highway's End Farmer's Market cabin,  they hang, waiting for someone to take them home.  The Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays....I need to get some pictures of them hanging there.
Shared at:

Friday, June 12, 2015

These are a few of my favorite things.....

    I bought this slag glass lamp a few years ago at a charity auction.  I don't know a thing about it, so if you do I would love to know more.  I was so surprised when I took the back off of the small picture and found out it was a tobacco card from Richmond Straight Cut Tobacco.  Written on that back is an inscription that indicates it was given as a gift in '01.......NOT 2001!  Can you believe I got it at a Salvation Army for $.99???  I don't know anything about its value, as I haven't been able to find another one like it.  Last is my latest wonderful old thing!!  A friend sold me this brass fan.  I've wanted one for a long time but never thought I would get one this cool!!
    Shared at:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Two nice finds today

I found these two great items today.  Did you have one of those paper cutters in your classroom????  Can you even imagine having one in a classroom today?  Me either!  It is really cool and very useful.  It even has a parts list taped to the bottom.  The other thing I found was this small iron stone tureen.  No lid, but in great condition, no cracks or chips!  I was so excited to find it.  It is Wedgwood and Co, and it is quite a bit older than any other piece I have found.  It is hard to tell from the picture, but there are the typical areas of discoloration common on the older pieces.  I was shocked to find this piece, in Alaska, in "the wild".  I think these are few and far between, just based on the difficulties in getting them here and keeping them nice.  Guess which one will be at the cabin tomorrow?  I have to keep the iron stone!
Shared at:

Monday, June 8, 2015

Some bunny's little chair


 This cute little chair still has its original company label on it, complete with the date.  It was made in 1985.  Probably maple, it still had the original stain and finish.  Mint green seemed a good gender neutral color to paint it.  The stenciled graphic is from who so generously offers her graphics for anyone's use.  This chair is just so sweet and would be a great addition to a child's room.  This should be available on Weds. at the RESCUE REHAB cabin, at the Farmer's Market in beautiful, downtown Delta!
Shared at:

Flour or Flower, more planters!!

    I seem to have lots of ideas for planters this year.  The fact that I am at the Farmer's Market means that having some unique planters with flowers is a great idea, especially when it will be quite a while before I have veggies for sale in the cooler on the porch.  Although I may have Oregano on Weds!
I didn't use the flour sifter and only had it for display.  It was missing a small piece on the bottom, so I thought it would make a really cute planter.  It has a purple and yellow viola  in it.  I love the color of this old cast iron sink, and with a few rocks in the bottom the drain is perfect for allowing extra water to drain out.  This has violas in it also.  They are such easy keepers and violas and pansies are my favorite.  These will be at the Farmer's Market on Wednesday!
Shared at:

Friday, June 5, 2015

Another planter!

    Since my summer home is a cabin at Farmer's Market it seems fitting that I seem to have many planters this summer.  This cute wagon had seen better days.  The back of the seat had broken off and the green paint was worn.  Red and black seemed just right for a fresh coat of paint.  I had to make a few repairs.  I drilled out the holes where the seat spindles had broken off and replaced the back of the seat.  A little hard to see but I stenciled "Fresh Flowers" on the body of the wagon.  It has gone to it's new home already!
    Shared at: