Thursday, June 30, 2016

Saltwash Costal Inspiration - A Dresser


I hope like heck that you haven't been waiting with bated breath for a new post from me.

Because if you were, you're probably in the hospital, or worse, right now.

I've been sort of preoccupied with some stuff going on - which I will post about very soon.

I had to stop this very exciting life I have and share my latest furniture transformation with you.

This one is for the June Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest.  The theme is Coastal Inspiration

The contest sponsor is Saltwash.

Have you heard about Saltwash?

Saltwash is an easy to use base coat formula to give a layered and textured effect when mixed with any brand or type of paint.

You will want to take a look at this video to see how fast and easy it is to completely transform practically anything into layered, textured, beachy goodness.

See what I mean? 

I particularly like it that with Saltwash it REALLY doesn't matter how gross the piece is that you're starting with.

Case and point -


But free.

On the side of the road free.

The only redeeming factor was the knobs.

Someday I'm going to do something with these knobs.

I feel sure of it.

But not this time.

But I did use the dresser.

I mixed up some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence with the Saltwash powder and blobbed it on just like the instructions said.

Note: I found out that I liked the look better if I stippled the paint (just punching the paint on to the surface rather than raising it with the side of the brush like this picture shows. I didn't like the way the longer strips of bumpy paint sanded.

When this coat was dry I covered it with a layer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

Then I sanded with my random orbit sander and started sanding.

I hated it.

So I sanded pretty heavily to remove a lot of the texture from the Saltwash mix and started again.

This time I did the first coat as the lighter color. I used some leftover Plaster Paint in Ivory Lace - which by the way I'd never used before. I was just looking for something "white" to use and a friend had it to give me so I took it.  It worked fine with the Saltwash mix.

I didn't bother to completely cover the already painted surface.

I also used strictly a stippling stroke with the brush. No side of brush strokes.

The second coat was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg.

When everything was dry I sanded.  By hand.  With 80 grit paper.

I started out just gently sanding and then pressed harder in some spots where I wanted more white to show through.

Then I waxed the whole thing with a combo of clear wax and liming wax. This softened the contrast a little and I liked that.

I bought the knobs at Hobby Lobby.

A little bonus for the chippy, casual look is that I didn't feel compelled to replace the area where the underside of the corner was chipped off. It just matched. Chippy paint, chippy corner.

If the original finish had been wood (and not bright orange and yellow) I would have probably sanded to the wood in several places. Wood certainly fits with this look. But not bright orange or yellow.

The finish ends up being textured but smooth to the touch.

I have a lot left so I will certainly be experimenting with it more in the future.

Thanks to Saltwash for providing the Saltwash I needed for this project. Someone will win this contest and they will receive a prize package from Saltwash and Saltwater Salvage Design.

Thanks to the stellar women that coordinate this whole Fab Furniture Flippin' thing.

Hostesses for this month are

Click on one of their blogs to see all the Coastal Inspirations that were created this month!

The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is open only to the entrants who have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you are an active, furniture flippin' blogger, and you'd like to participate in future contests, you are welcome to join in! Just reach out to the hosts to find out how.

something beachy!                                                         

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Turn A Vintage Mirror Into Shelving


It's spring!

I can tell because I'm spending A LOT of time pulling up the weeds that took over the area (grass) that I dug up two falls ago which I never dealt with last year. Last year I spent my spring in Oklahoma with my grandson and other family. Then somehow the summer got away from me and I never got ANY of the gardening done last year. I did kill the saw fly larvae that try to eat up my creeping Jenny every May.  All that said, I'm a full year behind in all my gardening.

And it sucks.

Remember this shelf? I liked that shelf.

But it was too small.

And it was missing something.

Like a mirror.

I had this mirror . . .

In my shower.

It was the perfect size for my space.

I just had to cut off the trim on the right side. The left side trim was already missing.

So I painted it up and added 3 sets of brackets. Some I had already and some I bought at the Hobby Lobby half-price.

I painted them, too. 

Then I distressed it and waxed it.


I hung it on the same cleat I put up for the shelf.

Remember, I use cleats when I want great stability and even weight-bearing.

Until the white shelf moved in, I always had a mirror in that spot.

And it was right.

The mirror there does something very important.

It reflects light.

From some angles it reflects light from the living room windows.

From other angles it reflects the light from the dining room.

And in the magical world of mirrors, it continues to reflect, which continues to reflect, which continues to reflect . . .

It's miraculous.

And important in the greylands where I live.

I know what you're thinking.

You're thinking that the black walls make the room dark.

But you are wrong.

And that is a discussion for another day.

I really didn't like the closed in sides of the first shelf.

These metal brackets I used to hold the shelves leave the sides open with just a hint of interest.


Truth be told.

The first shelf was a little traditional for my taste.

This shelf is perfectly me.

But I said I would let you vote.

So please vote.

The old one


the new one.


I live in anticipation of your answer.

Please don't let me die.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Making A Wreath From Wooden Spoons


I've been doing stuff.

I've been finishing stuff.

I've been re-doing stuff.

I've taken pictures of stuff.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Hutch Turned Upside Down


Is it me you're looking for?

That's a song.

It's the first thing that crossed my mind after I typed Hello!

I couldn't resist writing it down.

Back to business . . .

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Creating Original Elegance With Pure & Original Paints

Hello! I'm glad you're here!

Even more glad than usual!

Want to know why?

It's the third weekend of  April and this means that, once again, I have a project to show you for the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest - April edition.

I have to say that I'm more excited about this months contest than ever. 

I know you're thinking WHY, WHY, WHY???????

It's because April's sponsor is so GREAT!!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Accents & Colloquialisms - Real or Wrong??

Hello! I've been missing you!

I was born in Arkansas and lived there until was 11(?).

Then I lived in Oklahoma for 31 years, followed by 6 years in Kansas City, and now 10 years in Michigan.

When I'm having a lot of fun, talking really fast, or I am really mad, you can tell I'm from somewhere south of the Mason Dixon Line.

At least I think the Mason Dixon Line.

I don't actually know where the Mason Dixon Line is.

One thing I know from living in the south and southwest during my tender years, is that people of the south and southwest have accents. 

But not all the same accent.

Friday, March 25, 2016

New Pillows For My Back Porch - March Fab Furniture Flippin Contest!


Happy Good Friday.

It's the third Friday of the month and that means I'm sharing my March Fab Furniture Flippin project.

This month's sponsor is Fairfield.

Fairfield is one of those companies that might not ring a bell at first, but once you look at their website you realize that you've been using their products for years and years. If you have ever bought batting, foam, pillow forms, interfacing, fillers (like Polyfil) you have probably used their products. 


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