Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What I'm Working On Wednesday - Whites



I've been enjoying the Dixie Belle paint I bought recently. It really goes a long way. I've found the Dixie Belle paint is pretty thick, and I thinned it down to paint the things I worked on this week.

I mixed 2/3's paint and 1/3 water, using just a fourth of the small jar I bought. It seems to stick well to everything I've tried painting... wood, metal, galvanized tin...you name it. 
The pub table had been painted a while back and then very heavily distressed. Too distressed. So I gave it a few coats with the diluted paint and then distressed the table lightly this time.

I read somewhere the trick for table tops is to sand the top well between thin coats of paint. OK...thin it is!
I used the watered down paint to put a thin coat on the table top and let it dry, then sanded it smooth and put another coat on, and repeated. 

When I was happy with the coverage, I used a small orbital sander to distress it lightly this time, trying not to get carried away.
 I really love how smooth the top is now. I keep running my hand across the top in appreciation!

I want to try the new tough coat for table tops that Miss Mustard Seed created recently and has been writing about. I have to buy some, so I haven't put any wax or finish on the table yet. 
My next victim this week is this little galvanized tin pot I bought for 75 cents a while back. Love this little pot, but the decoration on the sides didn't show up very well when it was just plain tin.
I love seeing how chalk paint improves little pieces like this one. I left some unpainted edges around the embossed pattern to give it definition.
Here's the only "before" picture I have. Honestly, it's not even a before picture. It's the inside of the pot before I painted inside there too.

My third victim is this little bird piece that I've had for a long time. It was dark brown and not very pretty -- actually kind of blah. I tried giving it away recently, but no one wanted it. 
 I didn't even notice the grape leaves and band on the bottom before it was painted. Now they're my favorite part of it.
I used a dry brush dipped into just a little white paint and did several coats of it until it showed the details so much better. 
I like to try a variety of brands of chalk paint, and I don't receive any compensation from the brands I use. All opinions are my own and are based completely on how the paint performed for me.
To use chalk paint,  I like to pour a small amount of paint into a glass jar and mix some water with it, if needed, to thin it down. I usually dip my brush into the jar and paint right from the jar. When I'm finished, I like to cover the jar with a plastic sandwich bag and screw a lid on tight. 

The sandwich bag helps keep paint from forming on the lid and keeps the lid from sticking, making it easier to open the jar. If the plastic bag gets paint on it, I just replace it with another bag when I'm ready to close it up again.
Usually I wash out glass jars with their lids (such as pickle jars) and keep a stock on hand to hold paint. I write the paint color and brand right on the top of the lid with a black permanent marker. If I've added water to the paint, I usually write the ratio of paint to water so I can mix up more later if needed.

Hope you've been able to pick up a paint brush and add some white or color to your world this week.



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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Three Things I Couldn't Pass Up



Back a few weeks, I went to an indoor flea market. I bought the cow in my last post and three other things. 
One lesson reinforced that day...take a quick walk around the space and see what's available before you start buying, otherwise you'll see things you love better, but won't have any money left *sigh*... But I'll bet you already knew that, right? 

Here's the three things I bought in addition to the cow:

1. This sweet painted tote box with old rusty hinges and clasps holding the end pieces together due to cracks. Perfectly imperfect!



2. Some products from Dixie Belle Paint in two shades of off-white (like I didn't already have enuf white)... 
The demo lady did a good job of selling people on her product, and I must say it goes on as easy and smoothly as she said! 
 The top one is Drop Cloth. It's a little darker than Fluff, the bottom one. I bought a larger Fluff as I think it's a color I will use more.
It says "easy peasy paint" in the top left corner of its label. I have to agree! I painted a few things with it. I think I'm going to like it. It's made with minerals that give it a little more shine than most other chalk paints. 

So many good products out there...It's hard to stick with just one!

3. A black and brownish-taupe sign for the kitchen. 
I love the unique shape of the wood and the texture and colors. 


I thought it would be perfect for the vent hood over the stove in our kitchen. I'm trying to add black and white to the taupe-y color in there. None of my pictures came out a true color. Please use your imagination here. Having no windows in the kitchen makes it hard to take a decent picture.

Here's the vent hood. I plan to hang the sign right in the middle of the scrolly thing on top.
You'll have to imagine how the sign will look when it's hung up there. I tried to get Wild Bill to stand there on tippy toes and hold the sign up for me, but you know how guys are.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

You Never Know What You'll Find On Craigslist



We're downsizing our furniture...trying to be a little bit more minimalist. 

We've sold a couch and took a rocker recliner to my mother, but we still had another rocker recliner we didn't need, so Wild Bill put it on Craigslist...
A nice sounding lady emailed him last night asking to see the chair. She was having trouble with her texting so had to communicate via email. So there was some back and forth emails this morning, which ended in her calling Wild Bill for our address.

When he gave her the address...she couldn't believe it.  In 30 seconds she walked across the street and around to our front door!


"uhhhhh...Hello Neighbor that we haven't met yet!"

She came in to see the chair and sat in it for 2 hours while we discovered how much we all had in common. Like me she grew up in California, married a native Texan, and moved to Texas to be near his family. They've lived across the street from us for 6 months! Crazy strange! 

It turns out she and her first husband lived for years in the same neighborhood Bill did years ago in Vacaville CA. Small world!
I stood in our garage on the side of our house (we live on a corner) and took this picture of our husbands moving the rocker into her house with her "supervising" them.

So if you're looking for new friends, my suggestion is sell something on Craigslist. If you don't have anything to sell, maybe just walk across the street and knock on an unknown neighbor's door.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Why Our Front Porch Is Never Decorated



This is my tale of woe...
Other blogs have lovely porches, decorated especially for Spring and Summer. They usually have a wreath on their front door that changes with the seasons...
I would love to have a pretty wreath that welcomes people to our home.
But when I put a wreath on the front door, it always ends up in the garage trying to be salvaged. 
Birds like to build their nests on our front porch. It seems as soon as I put a wreath on the door, some bird couple claims that little piece of real estate as theirs, and the nest building begins.
Usually I don't discover their nest until they've lived in it for a little while...and pooped on the window...and made the wreath unsalvagable. 

This time though, I saw the birds right away before they had time to build a nest in our new geranium wreath. 

There was only a few twigs stuck in the wreath, so I pulled the twigs out and dropped them on the floor of the porch...
I was hoping the birds would be able to use them to make a nest somewhere else. Somewhere else far away hopefully!
And since the birds hadn't had a chance to dirty up the wreath, I found the wreath a new home too...




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Monday, April 17, 2017

Built-In Cabinet And Other Dreams



I might have mentioned we are blocking off an archway between the dining room and entry hallway. The reason is to increase our storage space and add a place to hang coats. 

Some people love "open concept" houses, but I'm not such a fan after living without many walls for over 6 years now.
Even before we bought the house, I knew I would want that archway blocked off.  
My idea is to put a china cabinet on the dining-room-side...sort of like this, but with doors instead of drawers as it will not be very deep.
Vintage Style Magazine, Spring 2017 issue

On the backside of the china cabinet will be a mudroom-type wall on the entry-hall side. Again, kind of like this, but without the built-in bench. We'll put a bench there that can be moved away when big things like furniture or appliances have to be moved in or out of the house. 
Old Magazine Picture. Source Unknown

I've dreamed of this for over 6 years, but first we had to put in wood floors (for the cabinet to sit on) and lots of other things on our To-Do list. Now, we're finally tackling that archway problem, and we've found a cabinetry shop nearby to do it.
Of course I gave the cabinetry guys lots and lots of magazine pictures while trying to explain my "vision" of how each side would function.  

I figured a picture is worth a thousand words...but you can believe I gave them the thousand words too -- just in case!

Despite the pictures and words, I really don't have much confidence that it will turn out exactly as I'm expecting! And I've made peace with that...really, I haveThree weeks to wait and then we'll see. Fingers crossed.



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Friday, April 14, 2017

Five On Friday



Linking up with Five-On-Friday, which is now being hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog.  Amy is taking a much needed break from hosting the blog party, but you can still find Amy at her blog, Love Made My Home.
My Five-On-Friday this week is 5 minutes of gushing about the vendors at a local shopping venue I went to last weekend. 

Most of the vendors were semi-local, coming from northern Texas and lower Oklahoma. I'm hoping to run into them again soon for another "shopping opportunity" when I have a few more $$ to spend!
ONE: The animals painted on the old door was one of the many delightful creations of this talented vendor. I snapped her Facebook details in case you want to see more of her work. 
She does a wonderful job of recreating dogs in art form for their owners. I actually cried over her canine pictures remembering all three beloved dogs our extended family lost in quick succession in July,  August, and December last fall. 
TWO: How is this for adorable? The rabbit above was beautifully hand-painted on old weathered boards. I really NEED one of those! 
So many other things I drooled over too. Can you blame me?
This cow (minus the wreath) did come home with me, and that table she's standing on probably still has my fingerprints all over it. It was a perfect size. I've been looking for a narrow table, but was low on $$ at the time.

THREE: Loved the large, single-letter monograms for the door or wall. We don't see them here in Texas much. I was sorry I had already spent all my allotted money before I saw these. When we were road-tripping in the Huntsville Alabama area last year they were on all the front doors and I really wanted one. 
FOUR: I admit I have eclectic taste in home decor. Here is something that was calling my name too...very loudly.
 The colors on that Mohawk Whiskey sign were perfectly aged and I loved the rustic frame. If I ever see it for sale again, it's mine for sure!
FIVE: I saved the best for last. This vendor was a very sweet Texas gal with lots of lovely signs framed in aged wood. 
While there were others selling similar signs, hers were brighter, crisper, and better styled. She does custom requests too, but when I tried to find her on Goggle I was lost in a sea of Vintage Chics in Texas.
I have a lot of business cards from that excursion. Sadly they got a little mixed up in the excitement. When I figure out the name and contact info for these shops, I'll do a quick post.  

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