Monday, January 27, 2014

Hooray for Headboards

Hello All, I hope everyone had a splendid weekend.  I feel accomplished in that I finished off a couple of projects that are being posted on my other blog.

But this post is to share this headboard I scored for FREE.  Yep, that's right FREE.  A week ago I was checking behind a local shopping center for "finds" when low and behold the first dumpster I came across had this twin size headboard leaning up against the railing.  No, it wasn't inside the dumpster; so technically it wasn't dumpster diving.  It took a bit of tugging and pulling to get inside my mini SUV; but I managed.  I've already wiped it down and started to sanded.  But I thought I'd better get a before picture because I tend to get excited about projects and forget to take one.  I don't think the makeover will take very long; but since I only work on my projects on weekends; it may be a couple of weeks.  I haven't decided on a color for this; so if you have suggestions - I would welcome them.  Paint colors in stock are:  babbling brook by Valspar; Dallas Cowboy Gray by Behr (old); a dark green exterior paint from Walmart (old); Creamy Linen by Farmhouse Paint; and Almond oil based pay by Rustoleum.  I don't really want to buy more paint; so those are the choices to pick from.  I also have some cover stain; but have learned that priming and painting tends to be a long process between coats because of my schedule and weather.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Shutters Have a New Purpose

I originally purchased some old shutters to upcycle into jewelry displays.  However, over the weekend I really wanted to get my kitchen area more organized.  Since I do not have an extra room to use as a studio or workshop; I didn't have a place to store paint inside.  I didn't want to continue leaving it in the garage due to the extreme temperature changes in Texas.  One day it will be cold; the next (or the same day) it could be hot.  I have a rarely used fireplace in my kitchen.  (Don't ask me why the builders put a fireplace in the kitchen; because I have no idea.)

So I gathered my paint and supplies and set them in front of the fireplace.

Then I wanted it to look less cluttered; so I cleaned up two of the shutters and set them in front to hide the paint.  It may not look perfect (broken slat); but it is a lot less distracting and cluttered looking.  I have 3 remaining shutters to do something with; so, I could still make a couple of jewelry displays.

What do you think?  Good idea right?

Have a blessed day;

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Where I Re-Create....I Want a Studio to Call My Own

Hey everyone!  I've been pretty busy with work, kids, and a couple of projects.  But while I patiently await the time to complete my projects; I thought I'd share where I do my re-creating..... Depending on the weather, I sometimes work on the kitchen floor.  This isn't always good for my back; but I do it anyway.  In the picture below I took this vintage magazine rack apart because its a bit wobbly.  I've repainted most of the pieces and can't wait to put it back together (with new washers/screws) so I can show you the finished project on

If the weather is good; I will work in the garage.  This current project has been sanded, and primed.  But since I am using oil based products I cannot work on it indoors; so its waiting for a weekend of dry, warmer weather for ventilation.  I like parking in my garage; so I don't leave projects in there for very long.  I really want to get them finished so they don't dominate the space.  As in this project; since part of the paint on the table top is dry; its sitting in the house waiting to be finished.

I'm hoping someday to have an actual studio, storefront, and workspace; but for now this will have to do.  So, where do you recreate?

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thrifty Finds at New 2 U - UPDATE

Update:  February 19, 2014

Both of these sweet thrifted finds have been repainted and I really like how they turned out.  Check one of the post out here. Or see the updated pictures below:

Here are a couple of thrifty finds from New 2 U Resale Store benefiting the
"Meals on Wheels" program of Comal County.  "Meals on Wheels" provides FREE meals to homebound seniors who otherwise may not have anything to eat.

I'm looking forward to redesigning these and sharing them on my second blog:

Vintage Magazine Rack

Vintage Side Table