The saga of this Cheesebox has been an interesting journey.
I think it was two years ago when my neighbour, Paul, came over and
gave me this antique cheesebox.
It was all dirty, but still had the original writing across the lid.
What did I do with it?
I painted the base rim off-white and the actual round box of it "red".
That was during my menopausal red stage of wanting to brighten my world.
Now, I just want peace and serenity in my world with lighter, muted colours.
Did I take a before photo? No, I didn't. I wasn't a blogger then.
But, did I take another before photo of the red cheesebox?
No, I didn't...I was a stupid blogger then.
I was just going to paint it and throw it somewhere as extra storage, however,
had the bright idea of adding legs and making it into an occasional table.
Here it is.....
I found some 2-1/2' lengths of whatever those legs were originally...we can't figure
it out? Anybody know? Didn't seem long enough for a kitchen table...there were
only three of them and they didn't seem to be from a stairwell?
But, they served my purpose for $4.50 for all three.
Dan cut them down for me and...they were already painted!
How great is that?
The top was a bit of a dilemma for me.
I sanded it down, but carefully...just enough to get the grime off it and not
obliterate the writing as I wanted to preserve at least the outline of it.
That's shadows on the lid, not stains...I'm really not the world famous photographer you think I am...lol!
As you all know, I'm the queen of bone-headed moves on my projects.
I had it completed...just like above, when I decided it would be
lovely to put an image of a crown above the wording in the empty space.
Nuh-uh! Oh no....too much grain in the wood to transfer it properly, so then....
I attempted to draw (by hand) over the vague outline of the crown with a black wood marker and that just looked so tacky and horrific.
That's when I sanded it all back again and restained the top of the lid.
Why does it always take me double the time to finish a project you may ask?
Because I get overzealous about tweaking it with my own touches?
Well, I like how it turned out after I had gone over just the original trace of wording.
And that is how I've left it sitting in my screened-in room and it's perfect
with the wicker furniture in there!
Ahhhhh.....another project put to rest, along with myself!
I finally cleaned the garden soil off my hands and knees and
allotted some time to post something!
It's ridiculous this time of year how busy you get in your gardens and
the day flies by because you think...just one more section of weeds or
I'll just water these wee plants or perhaps I should transplant these.
If you're me, you end up having a day like today where I really "can't" do
anything because my mind wants to step outside into the sunshine and garden, but
my body isn't co-operating! Is anyone else like that?
We purchased this wrought iron delight a couple months ago at an antique store for $47.00. It might seem like alot for this, but I fell in love with it and knew exactly
where I wanted to put it....after I spraypainted it, of course.
You would have had a better idea of how gold/brown/black it was BEFORE, if I had
remembered to insert my memory card into my camera prior to doing a
big photo shoot and then spray painting one side of it already.
But...this is what you're getting!
These are the after shots....I simply love how this looks hanging from our porch beam!
What do you think?
I really like the simple elegance of it now!
Our front gardens are all coming together now and Cathy from My 1929 Charmer
has asked me to do a guest posting later this week in honour of her 1yr Blogaversary!
Come on over and see the unveiling of the completed portion of my perennial gardens!
I'm posting there on Friday, May 25th!
I'll meet you there!
I've had this mirror hanging in the laundry room over the set tub
for quite some time now. It's just where I hung it to keep it from getting broken, not
where I'd planned on leaving it.
Don't look at my yucky walls in my laundry room....pretty soon, they'll be
the same colour as the powder room!
Here's a closeup of the carving on the top.....
I decided this would be the perfect new mirror for my powder room.
The one that was in the room, stuck out from the wall about two inches and
I felt the room was soooo small (just a toilet and sink), there should be
something flat to the wall with more reflection area.
I painted two coats of Mayonnaise Benjamin Moore mixed into Chalkpaint by
putting 2/3 paint to 1/3 Plaster of Paris with a wee bit of water.
and then sanded the mirror down on the carved bits.
That was a little tedious...but really not so bad. I enjoyed it!
I feel this mirror is more in keeping with the look we're trying to achieve
in our powder room, don't you?
Thanks for checking out my latest project!
Happy Good Friday!
Did you think I dropped off the face of the earth?
I'm sorry....I've just been BUSY!!!
Over the next couple days I have lots to show you, but we're going to start with
my daughter's old-style coffee table which we gave her in 2004 because it
came with our park model trailer. It was really way too large for the space it was in.
And....so 80s looking.
Here it is finished, after I gave it a driftwood treatment!
We brought the table home several months ago and Alana & I attempted to
mesh our schedules in order to do it together.
Well...it was shifted around in my husband's garage many times and on the weekend,
Alana asked me if I wanted to come hang out with her in Toronto yesterday.
So...on Sunday, I popped up and said to Dan "I'm going to paint that coffee table today!"
Little did I know he would have to dig it out....there were bins piled on it, moving
blankets under it and it was behind various power tools against the rear wall of
the garage. He said he was happy to get rid of it...imagine!
Many of you probably owned a table much like this?Alana has a beachy theme in her two-story apartment and was hoping for a driftwood look on this table.I had a few tutorials saved on "how to" get this effect and they were my inspiration for sure!1st.....Kristybelle's coffee table...much the same style
Armed with these two tutorials and my own twist in the form of
a dragging tool....I began.
I'll try not to make this too long and wordy....loads of photos k?
First thing I did was a light sanding and then went over it with tackcloth.
I painted a latex paint (Bejamin Moore - Atmospheric) over most of the table.
(Don't forget inside the legs where it will show)
The next step involved using this little tool I picked up at Michael's.
You're supposed to use it with a glaze mixture, but I thought...what the heck...let's try it with chalkpaint! I just had to be quick.
The top edge shown here is what I used on the surface of the table and the bottomedge of the tool, I used on the legs and sides, giving the table a woodgrained look.I painted over the blue in long strips on the top with Chalkpaint
made from 2\3Mayonnaise Benjamin Moore Latex and 1/3 Plaster of Paris with a wee bit of water.The long strips were done quickly so I could drag the teeth over it before it dried out.
I actually could have left it at this point and been happy with it, but I knew
Alana wanted a rougher look to it, so I started sanding back and letting
the blue and the wood show through.
After spraying about six times with a protectant clear acrylic, I was ready
to take it to Toronto and surprise Alana!
I was scared to bits that she might not like and feel obliged to keep it in her
livingroom because I'm her MOM!
But, she said she absolutely loved it! I'm so happy!
And was she ever surprised!?
The best part was getting ready for her to come home and making the table look
like it belonged in her home.
Alana's man, Mark, was away in Miami and comes back tonight.
I so hope he likes it too!
Sunday truly was a productive day for me, so come on back tomorrow and
see the Antique Mirror Redo to be followed with another post the next day about
my exploits with Alana!
When Dan & I were down in the States picking up Blarney,
I came across this little shelf in a mall store that sold used items and country folk art
in the form of furniture and plaques, etc.
For the life of me, I can't remember the name of that store.
(I'm almost 50, don't forget!)
But, the best part about the rusted dirty thing was that it was $9.99!
After spraypainting, it now takes a place of honour above the royal throne
in our powder room on the main floor.
It's rather quaint isn't it?
Those of you who grew up in the 60s/70s must remember this steel diamond
patterned look that was on outdoor patio tables or magazine racks....
What I really enjoyed doing was adding special little accents to my shelf.
A doily with a mercury birdy along with two vintage medicine bottles
from my collection of bottles.
A pretty candle (which I'll loathe lighting)
Four new, fluffy, white towels from HomeSense
and a wee little scent holder I can add lavender to and finish it off.
This powder room was painted prior to my starting a blog, so I don't have before
photos, however, this next photo will show you the colour it was before.
I'm ecstatic to have it transformed to light and airy.
That's my dad (r.i.p.) when he was 14yrs old.
I had already hung these depression era plates my friend gave me a few months ago.
I like the feel of them here on this wall and they're not stowed
away in a cupboard somewhere where no one can see them!
I know...it's a little bit strange to hang plates on the wall of your
powder room...but I'm nothing if not strange!
I also hung a lovely dried flower collage my Aunt Linda gifted me many years ago.
She created this herself and I'm happy I have a place to display it now.
It's all starting to come together and don't you just love how a
bargain buy can change your whole view of a room?
Simple things can be so whimsical!
Many, many years ago my husband, Dan & I purchased this old stool
at some not remembered antique shop.
Maybe 10-15 years ago!
It sat in our old garage at the old home we lived in and had been taken
apart, but never stripped down.
The metal portion had been painted over & over, was rusted and pitted and
the seat was a mess, the step was broken but the pieces were both there.
Sorry! No BEFORE shots at all! I know...I forgot!
I guess I've given him some inspiration to finish old projects we'd both
forgotten about, because he worked at this slowly and diligently and now
it is proudly displayed in our kitchen by the stairs
(although I took the photos somewhere else...lighting!)
It's a beautiful old piece and I'll bet some of you remember having one of these
in your family's kitchen at some time or another.
This is kind of a neat stool because you can fold the bottom step into the frame
to keep it out of the way.
It's super sturdy because the legs are iron so it'd be perfect for
using as a guitar stool don't you think?
He did a fantastic job and made it look new, but old, but new....
A few weeks before Christmas,
an idea was hatching in my pea brain.
I was seeing all these beautiful pillows on blogs and I kept thinking...
where, oh where, will I have room to store all these seasonal or festive pillows?
And, then the epiphany!
Girl! Use your brain!
What if I used one neutral coloured pillow and changed up the look of it
whenever I felt like it?!
And it worked!
Thankyou to Graphics Fairy
for this image!
Romantic Fabric Flower!
Baby or Child's Room?Thanks again Graphics Fairy!
And definitely, let's not forget Christmas!
This was a fun, creative project to do and the great thing is....
I finally got my sewing machine out and dusted it off, but, if you don't sew,
all you need do is go shopping for a neutral pillow and let your creativity guide
you with your glue gun.
Here's the shot of the Velcro attachment...
See how easy this is?
Imagine only needing a wee drawer to hold your seasonal bling for pillows!
The possibilities are truly endless don't you think?
I bet you're thinking in your minds right now....hmmm...I've got an idea
for a pillow embellishment!
I'll do a couple wee tutorials in the coming week of the how-to's on the
accessories I made here, but I'm sure you will all do just fine!
I've got to get working on more!
For some time now I've been looking for two
identical vintage corbels.
They've been either too expensive in antique shops or too large or too rotted.
Recently, when we were in Pennsylvania, we found two...identical....
vintage....for 24.99 total.
And so it continues.....
part of our bedroom redecorating process.
We have a long hallway, where our closets are, leading to the main bedroom.
The doorway is quite wide as it isn't a door-framed doorway, just a doorway,
and I wanted to add some vintage spice to the entry into the bedroom.
These fit the bill perfectly.
I don't even have to paint them because I love how chippy they already look.
Here's the view from our bedroom looking down the hallway with the corbels.
Blank slate with just a touch of vintage now.
Disclaimer....please disregard any things you may see in the photo like
teeny baseboard, unfinished wall switches, lack of window dressing, etc...Hahahaha!
After all the master bedroom is my project to finish in 2012!
It's funny how such a small touch, like adding these corbels, has
sprung me into action on our bedroom again!
Definitely have to change those flying saucer light fixtures!
The following photo is the view coming down the hallway into the bedroom.
I'll be giving BEFORE photos soon of the whole bedroom!
How do you feel about my corbels find?
Does it inspire you to find such an item for a space in your home?
I feel like it's the beginning of loving my space!
Have a lovely Sunday!
Recently, when Dan & I were in the States,
I had the opportunity to visit the acclaimed Hobby Lobby store everyone on
these blogs of ours speaks of.
I was enchanted by this store which is like a Michaels/HomeSense
equivalent in Canada and purchased a couple items....of course....who wouldn't!!
This is just one of them
(don't forget I have to post quick before the next puppy accident!)
Isn't it so charming?
I love that it's already vintage & chippy and I don't have to do a danged thing
except put in a candle and light it!
I think it'd be a welcome addition to my vintage bedroom I'm working on as well,
but for now am admiring it in the central area of our home.
It was 30% off the regular Spring Boutique price too!