Sunday, January 22, 2012

Drysink, and other projects

Hello one and all! How has your day been going?

Everyone is taking a nap now after our meal (I fixed an amazing lasagna). I am planning to make a pound cake this afternoon too.

I thought I would share with you the latest project my husband has just completed (all from a picture no less)! 
He made this from plywood, pallets and some trim. We used Valspar #3002-3A Roasted Chestnut, then used Minwax gelstain to age the piece.  He did an amazing job didn't he?  I think he surprised himself LOL!

He has two classes next month, so no other big items are in the works for now. I think he should make some of those cute little stools, though. don't you?

I have been buying wood bowls where ever I can find them, and have gotten around to painting and aging a few today, as well as a cute little wooden tote.

I need to get on the ball though with some handwork, crosstitch, as well as some bowl fillers though.

I also want to show you something I like to collect. Little chairs. Aren't these cute?

This little gray one I picked up for $2 at a yard sale this summer. The little blue one sitting in another child's chair I picked up at an estate sale for $18. I love the chippy paint on it.

On a final note, I took the leaf out of the dining room table. I am having a heck of a time figuring out what type of centerpiece to use. How do you downplay a very formal cherry dining table and chairs. I did make chair covers for the backs out of muslin. Maybe I will make a burlap runner again like I did last year.

Well bye for now. I hope you have a great week!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

FAREWELL 2011 - HELLO  2012!
I hope this new year brings you happiness and good health!

I hope you had a very merry Christmas. I had a pleasant surprise this Christmas. Let me show you what my hubby gave me for Christmas.

This settee was given to my parents by a family member whey they were first married in 1960.  From this....

To this....

The upholstered and wood restorer estimated the settee to date from 1860-1880's. It means a lot to me to have this restored and will have a place of honor in our bedroom (away from the family pets).

Hubby has been busy too in the workshop. He built a bin for the trashcan...
 As well as a bin for the pet food.
The 2 pet food bins wouldn't fit due to some alterations during construction, so we are using it for a recycling center.

We used Lowe's Valspar paint - flat finish, in Roadster Blue, and a dark gel stain for aging.

I would like for him to build  a cabinet for the TV with two doors on the bottom  with the look of old tongue and groove for the doors. He plans to use recycled wood, hinges, etc. I wonder how it would look painted a mustard color and then stained?

Things are going well at the booth. I have moved the location of the booth again, from the front of the store to 1/2 of a room with a wee bit more space. I hope to have some of hubby's masterpieces for sale there this spring.

This month I plan to slow down a bit and plan some crafting projects. My daughter needs some curtains for her kitchen and laundry closet doors. I will knock that out this weekend. Then Valentines Day will be soon upon us, so I plan to make a few new (old) things for the booth. I also want to make a few prairie style dresses (like those below) and see how they will sell.

And lastly, a couple of thrift store make-overs. The box on the left was a nasty breadbox with melamine trim purchased for $2.99. Looks good after some sanding, painting and a wax job! The cabinet on the right houses the toaster.

The merchant's box I picked up at a yard sale for $2. I cleaned and stained it. It makes a great place to store those K-cups and sugar and creamer packettes. The bowl is also a TS re-do as are the cutting boards.

In closing, I wish you good things in 2012!