Thursday, July 26, 2012

Crafting With Friends: Wedding Banners, Table Runners, and More!

My friend, Bonnie, the one who encouraged me to start this blog adventure, has been visiting for a week from Massachusetts, and we have been busy sewing, painting and thrift-shopping the entire week!

Her sister is getting married in a couple of weeks and Bonnie volunteered to decorate the hall, so we have made burlap and muslin table runners
mason jars with burlap and ribbon bows
and burlap garlands.
Just to name a few!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Painted Kitchen Countertops, Take 2

Remember the kitchen counter tops I painted a few weeks ago?
I promised photos of the finished painted counter tops, so here they are:
I think they came out pretty good.
However, I am thinking about adding beadboard to the backsplash.
Not sure about the yellow.
But a definite improvement!
They seem to be holding up, except for the side that I only waited 2 days instead of 3 to start using (it was the side where Husband makes his coffee).
 So I think I am going to put another coat on the whole thing while we are out of town for a few days.
I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Furniture Projects: Art Deco End Tables

A few weeks ago I showed you some pictures of yard sale finds that I was anxious to get started on, but I was in the middle of Vacation Bible School. As soon as that was over, I pulled out some of the furniture and set to work in the backyard, under the shade of my new patio roof.

The end tables were the first project I decided to tackle. They look a little Deco to me, with their gentle curves and lines and the little wood details.
I decided to go with a color scheme of grey and white.
I started with a dark grey, but I wanted to accent the details.
So I drybrushed some cream paint onto the tables,
 paying close attention to the details.
They turned out to be very sweet little tables.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Painting Kitchen Countertops

I have been working on my kitchen with both short term and long term plans in mind. The last project on the short term list was the counter tops.
As you can see, they are an old, ugly, stained laminate. I bought Rustoleum Countertop Paint in a Putty color a few months ago, but life got really busy... So I am finally getting around to it!
I started out thinking I would do a little test spot and live with it a few days before committing to the whole enchilada, but that usually doesn't work with me. I get too impatient to get it all done.
So I no sooner had my little test spot painted, than I decided to go for it. 
After all, how could it look any worse?

The paint is oil-based, so it's pretty smelly. Make sure to keep your windows open and wear a mask if you have one.
The directions are pretty simple: clean and dry the surface, use a small roller and paint away! 
The only real hitch is you can't use the countertop for 3 days.
So I decided to work in one area of the kitchen at a time so it would still be somewhat functional and only a little inconvenient.
In 3 days I will put everything back on the counters and paint the other side of the kitchen.
I will post pictures next week of the finished project.

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