Monday, May 13, 2013
Before and After of my bathroom makeover. I worked on it last week everyday after work, and all day Saturday.
Before and After of my bathroom makeover. I worked on it all last week after I got home from work. Then worked on it all day Saturday.
For some reason I can't delete the high lighted line above this one. Sorry. This is kind of the reason I haven't blogged in so long. It takes for ever to post a picture and then when you want to write about it you can do it the way you want to! ugggg.... Anywho.... I'm very happy with the way my makeover came out for my bathroom! It's a whole new space!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I couldn't wait to share the dresser all done.
I also wanted to a little bit of my family. I never have pictures of us 3 kids all together. Left to right, Glen, Tony, then me. This was from Easter.
The little guy is Nate, Glen's son.
Tony plays the organ for the church. Tony's Wife is the Pastor of the church.
Here is my best friend and husband John.
This wasn't much blogging but I just wanted to share!
Monday, April 8, 2013
My gosh, I have been sooooo busy working at my day job (furniture refinishing), then on my own furniture and jewelry at home. I love what I do but somedays I really should take a break but it so hard when I have so many things running through my head and want to see the project done. Now that the weather is getting warmer I will be out in my flower gardens!!
Here are the projects I did this weekend.
A cheese box that has been sitting in my basement for a few months.
I used a white wax and I love the way it came out. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet.
This is a little table with draw....oh you can see the draw because it covered with stickers. Someone was sticker happy!
I stripped the table, knocked it apart, sanded, then glued it.
I didn't do this one is the white wax. This is two coats of white paint then scuffed and waxed with a light brown wax. It looks really white with the flash of the camera. I was thinking about keeping this one but it didn't fit where I really wanted it so for sale it goes.
I got this dresser at a yardsale Easter weekend.
I sanded it all down and glued the draws.
I'm doing the dresser in black lightly scuffed. I was able to finish the draws only before running out of dark wax. So tonight I'm going to get it done. I can't wait to see it done. This one will be for sale!!
Thank you for checking out my work.
Friday, March 22, 2013
This is a end table of some kind I think. I have never seen one like it before. My husband found it at a store and brought it home for me to redo!
I did my magic and painted it black.
then red, then scuffed it.
Then I waxed it. I think it came out pretty good. Now all I have to do is put some wooden knobs on it.
This little table my husband and I found. It's oak.
I did some more of my magic and painted it black,
I scuffed and waxed it.
I feel in love with this coffee table. I really wish I had the room to keep it in my living room.
It does have a draw. I forgot to put it in before taking the picture.
So that's a little of what I have been up to.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Last week on a storm day I stayed home and clean my whole basement. My workshop/craft room was one of the long over due clean up projects!! I moved everything around to make the space more usable. I hung up my tack boards finely. One is for projects I'm working on and order details. The other one is for all beautiful notes, letters, and cards at people have sent me about their orders. So it's a uplifting board.
Around my whole work space I have uplifting sayings. I also have toys and items from my past. When looking at them it fills me with joy. Who doesn't want a workspace that inviting and makes you feel happy.
Having this space is something I have always dreamed of. I know some people think it's silly, but I have always been crafty and wanted a space that would help that. Thanks to my husband, he made my dream come true!! I couldn't have done this without his help making my bench from my craft area. Now he is going to me working on another bench for my tool and woodworking area. Can't wait because I will be able to hide more of the tools and what have you, to make the space more inviting and not so over whelming like the picture below. We also plan on getting a cabinet for my fabric so it won't get so dusty.
Today we are going to be mudding the walls down to the basement. It's a long over due project that we keep talking about. I don't want it to feel like your walking down to a basement. I want it as a part of the house and living space. We have made the other side of the basement the game/party room.
We are slowly getting there. We have been here 5 years and are making this our home.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
In order to cane a chair, the first step is to determine what type of cane is needed. Some chairs, especially those made after the 1860s, were designed to be caned with “sheet cane, or pre-woven ” which is cane that has been machine woven and is sold in sheets. Chairs designed for sheet caning have a groove around the seat for the edge of the sheet cane to be tucked into. Then you use the reed spline with glue to hold it in place. Other chairs integrate woven cane, which means that there are small holes around the seat of the chair for the cane to be woven in and out of. I do not know how to hand cane yet. Not sure if I will take that next step or not. The chair I do are the sheet cane seats. Last week we had a snow storm coming so brought chairs home from work to do, so I didn't have to drive to work.
These chairs were knocked apart sanded and glued already. The old seats were removed by using a chisel and hammer . I also cleaned out the groove where the reed spline goes. You need to get all the old spline and caning out for a good fit. Supplies that I used were. Caning, spline, caning wedges for holding the cane in place, hammer, sharp utility knife and scissors for cutting the spline and cane material and yellow glue, a flat thin bladed utility knife for trimming the excess cane after in is pushed into the groove. I made my own tools for pushing in the caning out of small wooden pieces. I rounded over the ends.
The caning and spline need to soak in water until it is flexible. Cut the caning about 2 inches more then the groove all the way around.
I tap in all four sides in the middle, and place a wedge in the spot. I then work my way around the chair.
I then add the yellow glue all the way around the groove. I tap in the spline at the back of the chair first. Work my way around back to the spot at the back of the chair.
When I cut the spline I cut it a an angle so the two piece set well together.
I then hold back the caning to cut the excess cane off
All done. Now the chair needs it last sanding by hand and can be stained and finished.
Thank you so much for checking this out.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
This past weekend was so great. I was able to hang out with my brother, his family and friends. We did some ice fishingand playing in the snow. The only one who was able to get a fish was my brother. When he pulled the fish up all the kids came running to see what it was all about.
He showed them how to take the hook out of the fishs mouth.
Josh had so much fun driving around. He took everyone for a ride. It was hard to get him off that thing.
While we were on the ice, a plane came so close to us. The plane was so much closer then this picture makes it look. I wasn't sure he saw us. It was so low until it was right over us. Very cool.
We stopped and took some pictures before getting to the lake. A farm house, I would have loved to have taken more pictures but where we were pulled over, wasn't a great spot. I hate that because there are so many places I would love to stop the car and take pictures but just unsafe.
It was snowing on the way to the lake. I was able to get some good shots.
I now have to go out and find the birds being they are no longer stopping at our bird feeders at home.
Remember to make someone smile!