Monday, May 18, 2015

Custom Picture shelves...

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I will share how I made these picture shelves.  I couldn't find any pre-made to the size specs I wanted for this wall, so I did some research on Pinterest and came across this tutorial at Viva Cindy Blog.  Literally, we have the same exact story!!  LOL!

So here it goes:
The blank wall!

The supplies!  Oops, forgot to fill in the nail
holes.  Couldn't tell anyways.  LOL!
The can of GF top coat was
empty (how did that happen??)
I used Minwax's spray polyurethane satin.
Lowe's cut all the wood to size for me (30")
2- 1x4 pieces and 1- 1x2 piece for each shelf.

Glued in between with good 'ole Elmer's wood glue.

Since I wasn't using power tools and was home alone, I used
a piece of scrap to hold in place while I nailed together.

Ta Daa!!
1 down and 4 to go.  :)

All ready to sand.

Stained with one coat of GF Java Gel.
Then out to get sprayed.

I used black wood screws and went into the studs.  They
were not exactly centered on this wall (surprise, surprise),
but you can't tell because there are pics in front of
them.  ;)
That's it!  Now I am off to work on the craft room.  Got one piece started.  I'll share that soon.  It will be a work in progress.  I sure miss my old craft room at the old house.  I'm sure this one will be just as fabulous!  Yay!!

Until next time...

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Office Craft room/Office Chair makeover with ASCP...

Hello Crafty Friends!!

It's a gloomy rainy day here today.  Woke up at 4am to thunder and lightening.  A while later, huge downpour.  Not complaining, we need the water here in CA, but I was enjoying working outside these last few days.  :)  Oh, well.  Got me to finish my office chair.

I'm really missing my old craft room.  Haven't gotten the new one together yet as we always have something else to work on first.  Ugh!!  (Maybe next month.  ;) LOL!)  I loved the color in the old craft room, it was called Green Tea and it is a very soothing yet help me be creative color.  Recently I found this fabric at Walmart and it became the inspiration for the new craft room/office.  I won't be able to paint my walls here (as they are already painted and the craft room/office is part of the main area of the great room in the new house) but I can bring in that Green Tea color in fabric and accessories I love so much.

Here is the chair I worked on this week for my new craft room/office...


ASCP Old White with clear wax, heavy distressing, and
a 50/50 mix of  clear and dark wax.

Love this fabric!

Here is the link to the old craft room if you want to check it out.

Until next time!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One Farmhouse table reno complete!!

Hello Crafty Friends!!

FINALLY!!!  I have my dining room table reno into a farmhouse table complete.  :)  Yay!  Just the table mind you.  Still have 4 chairs to finish.  LOL!  I did buy to fabric covered chairs to take the place of the end chairs.  Got to love  And they match our living room decor perfectly.

I have lot's of pics to share, so brace yourself...hehe!

STEP ONE: Find a used table and chairs (or redo your own if you have one).  This one had a leaf which I was thrilled with because I wanted a really long table.  I found this one on a local online garage sale site on Facebook in my old neighborhood.  SCORE!!! 

STEP 2:  Locked on the leaf and then painted the base with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and waxed with clear.  Sanded lightly and then waxed with a mix of light and dark wax.  Polished up with the drill motor and a round brush attachment.  

STEP 3:  Attach pine boards.  For my table I used 3 10x8's and 2 8x8's.  This gave me some
over hang to widen the table about 6" and lengthen it by about a 1'.  We trimmed off 3" from each
end.  We also countersunk the holes about 1/4" and filled with
some oak putty I had laying around.  One of the boards was a little
catty wompus, so I shimmed it up.  

STEP 4:  I wanted our initials carved into the top like if it was in a tree trunk.
Romantic right?!?!  <3 <3 <3
I drew it out on the computer and then used a scoring tool to carve
it into the top.  Pine is soft so it was real easy.  Then we used at little torch to 
burn the wood.  Which didn't work so we used a soldering iron.  We really
could have just skipped this as it didn't show through the stain anyways.  

STEP 5:  Now to the stain process.  I used General Finishes Java Gel and their 
recommended top coat.  I only did one coat of stain and 3 coats of top coat.  Sanding
with 320 (?) grit lightly between coats, wiping down thoroughly before the
next coat, allowing dry time of 3-4 hours.  Let it completely
dry for several days before use.  

I still need to get the side chairs done.  I want a bench for one side, which may be another homemade
project.  ;)

I am so thrilled with how it turned out.  Exactly how I imagined.

Stay tuned for more fun projects.

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