Monday, February 27, 2017

Thrift Store Metal Planter

Here is another one of my $1.00 finds at our local Hospice Thrift Store.  Actually this is a picture of a planter very similar to the one I bought.  Somehow the original photo disappeared from my camera.  Mine started with a finish very much like this one.

I used the shade, Eterno, chalk paint to give this planter a base coat.

1st coat

2nd coat

Next I thinned down the color Sheepskin chalk paint with water.

And painted the entire piece and then took a paper towel and immediately wiped most of this color off giving the piece an aged appearance.

Once the paint was dry I gently used a piece of sandpaper to distress the entire planter.

Next I wrapped a few bouquets of silk flowers in paper to look like they just came from the flower market and placed them in the planter.

Another project for Spring decor.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Week in Review


Vintage Feeder Upcycled


Set of Silver Pedestals


Little Easter Lamb


Little Thrift Store Basket


Vintage Silhouettes

Happy Weekend!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Vintage Silhouettes

Silhouettes have been popular in home decor for quite some time.

These two little silhouettes have been in our family over 60 years.  They were originally cut at Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California in the mid 1950's.

It was time to give them a little face lift.  Their little frames were not in the best of shape and the background paper has yellowed with time.  

There isn't much I can do about the background paper but I could paint the frames to make them blend better.

I started with a base coat of dark gray.

And when that was dry I painted both with black acrylic paint.

While that coat of paint was drying I washed and polished the glass and reinstalled it back into the dried frames.  Then I put the little silhouettes back into the frames and hung them on the wall.

And here they are hanging on our gallery wall on our stairs to the second floor.  A little bit of time and paint makes such a huge difference.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Little Thrift Store Basket

It looks like maybe we are in of a couple of days of sunshine, again.  What a relief from all the rain and wind.  The other night it sounded like the wind was ready to tear off the roof.  The winds were close to 50 mph.  On the pass to the east of us the wind reached 200 mph.

We need a few days to dry out before the next storm hits.  

We have been super lucky.  Our backyard was under water for awhile but didn't get all the way to our back door.  Sacramento is now at 230 percent of normal rainfall.  I think this is enough now.

Good time to stay indoors and work on more crafts.

Freeway collapse

This was a very simple and quick project.

Found this cute little basket at the thrift store for 25 cents.  I thought it would be so cute as part of my Easter Decorations.

Not crazy about the color.

I liked the inside color, so I used a dry brush to just lightly coat the raised areas with a white paint.

After the paint was dry I filled my basket with a sheet of green paper grass, that I bring out every year.  Added some faux carrots, a daffodil and a vintage chicken holding an egg.

So cute.  And ready to take it's place in my Spring themed decor.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Little Easter Lamb

Finally had time to redo this little lamb I bought at the vintage fair.

I liked the two tone look but his eyes and nose were a bit strange looking.

Plus the glaze on this piece was pretty well crazed.  

I like the way the Spring animals of Pottery Barn were all one color.

Pottery Barn rabbits

I am giving this piece more of a "Pottery Barn" style by painting this lamb but in two colors "Timeless" and White,  chalk paint. Not just one color, but much more subdued in color and hiding the crazed glaze finish originally on the piece.

Here is how it started.  Shiny and cheap looking.

And after being painted and ready for my Easter decor.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Set of 2 Silver Pedestals

I have had a set of of 2 plated silver plated pedestals for several years.  I haven't used them in quite awhile because I got tired of constantly polishing them.  They have just been collecting dust, but I didn't want to get rid of them because I really liked their shape.

You guessed it.  I decided to paint and distress them.

 It took 2 coats of chalk paint.  The largest one I painted white and the smaller one I painted aqua.

first coat of aqua paint

Second coat of aqua paint

first coat of white paint

 I really like the way they turned out and I think I will be using these much more often now that I don't have to polish them all the time.

When the paint was dry I used sand paper to lightly distress the raised areas on the pedestals.

This was a very easy makeover but a very needed one if I was ever going to use these pedestals again.

The smaller of the two pedestals I decided to use under my ice tea jar, making it much easier to dispense the beverages into the glass now that it is raised.  The larger of the two is back on the shelf until needed.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Vintage Feeder Upcycled

We had a break in the rain Saturday, so we ventured out.  Went out to breakfast and then headed off to old town Roseville.
Beautiful fluffy white clouds were scurrying across the sky.  The sun felt so warm and so good.  The ground is still very wet with puddles and mud everywhere.

When we got home I caught a glimpse of my camellia bush.  It is in full bloom, Spring can't be far off.  I cut a few blooms from the bush and popped them into a vase.

I found this little rusty vintage feeder a a cute  antique store, Tumbleweed and Company, in old town Roseville.

I immediately thought it would make a darling Spring display.


I dusted it off and gave it a covering of white chalk paint.  I used a dry brush technique, leaving some of the galvanized metal still visible, but covering most of the rusty areas.

When the paint was dry I used Mod Podge on the outside panels and cut pieces from vintage sheet  music to fit the sides.

Next using the 2 holes in each end I added a large jump ring and a 2 foot length of chain to hang up my finishes feeder.

I had a couple of strips of salvage I tore off of muslin yardage leftover from another project.  I threaded these through the outside of the jump rings and tied them into bows at each end.

I tried out a couple of different types of bottles, a set of 3 and a set of 2.  I decided I liked the set of 2 the best.  I used Mod Podge to glue on vintage styled labels and filled each bottle with a daffodil and some greenery.

I used Tacky Wax, a type of museum wax, to make sure the little bottles won't fall or get knocked out.

I hung my finished display on my glass door of my china cabinet in our front hall.  Now we have a little touch of Spring to welcome our guests.

Happy Crafting!