8.14.2018

"BEACH" - turning an old piece of rustic, reclaimed pallet wood into a beach sign


I'm not at home right now or I'd have a great "AFTER" photo to show of this rustic and vintage looking "BEACH" sign as it hangs on our wall.  However, I have photos on my computer of the process and I decided to update my site using whatever I happened to have 'on hand' in my computer.

Much like beach signs!  If you've vacationed or traveled to the beach... not the high end, hoity toity nose-in-the-air resorts, but a location where the people are real; houses and shacks are lived in and things are legit, you will find people make do with what's on hand.  It's what gives the beach the honest laid back, slow down and use what you got attitude. 

THAT is what is so awesome about making a beach sign. 

Use what you have... and make sure it doens't look too new or it's going to look as fake as the nails on the hoity-toity perfectly coiffed young woman checking you into your over-priced resort suite.




When we moved into our home, it had set unoccupied for almost 2 years.  While doing some scouting around the property I found a partially submerged old pallet in the small creek.  I pulled it out, thrilled!  While my husband saw... an old, gray, half rotten pallet.  I saw potential.

And over the past couple years I've used pieces of that old pallet for things like a garden planter, 3 glass votive candle holders and this beach sign.

The first thing I did was use my foot to press it down into place on one end while I sawed and pulled up on the other to get a piece broke/cut off.  I didn't want a clean cut.  I wanted it to look rustic to match the rest of it.

Then I dug through the kitchen junk drawer to see what old craft paints we had laying around.  I found a couple blues, some white, a black, a silver, a green.  Cool.  These will do.



I had some leftover stencils from my "Oh Holy Night" Christmas banner I had made a few years ago, so used the letters to spell out B E A C H and brushed some paint on.  Then went back and dry brushed again with a different shade of paint.  I mixed and matched as I wanted the old, used look.

After I spelled out BEACH I put a tiny bit of white craft paint on an old brush and dabbed a few lines here and there to give the effect of highlights and to make the letters stand out a bit and not lay quite so... flat.


I wanted to put an arrow on the sign, like you would see on a beach sign on the side of a side road, pointing the way but after I attempted one, I hated it...  so I quickly ran my piece of wood under water to wash and scrub away the not-quite-right arrow.
 


To finish it off I staple gunned two metal 'pop tops' from energy drinks on the back and tied on a piece of rustic twine.  I hung the sign above a family photo we took... at the beach.











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6.27.2018

Spray Painting a Cheap Brown Hutch into a Cream Colored Hutch for the Dining Room - Thrift Shop Find



I'm not someone who enjoys shopping.  I just have other things I'd rather be doing.  So when one of my daughters wanted me to go to a large thrift store with her a few months ago, I went; but I didn't have anything in mind that I was actually going to look for.  Books maybe... but that's it.

Then I spied this hutch on the floor and for some reason, I liked it.

Which is totally out of character for me.  Because I don't usually care about furniture pieces, I don't like extra 'things' in my house taking up space, I didn't have a place in mind for it and I do not like refinishing furniture.  I hate refinishing furniture actually.

But when I tried to walk away, I stopped and looked back at it again.

And again.  And finally, I walked over and looked at the price tag.  $14.99.

Hmm.  Fifteen bucks.  So if I got it, and hated it, or messed it up somehow, it's not like I would be out a lot of money.

So I bought it.  I decided I wanted it to be an off-white color - vintage, creamy white - not perfect - but something with character.












And I was going to spray paint it... because there was no way I wanted to sand and refinish every single inch of this thing!  Too many curves and small areas.  

Although I started to sand the top (because it's large and flat - so that means fairly easy) - again, I was NOT going to sand everything.  So instead I used  Zinser 1-2-3 water based primer which I had read would cover almost any piece and ready it for painting over without sanding.

I took off the hardware and laid it aside.
I removed the doors on either side but unfortunately you can't remove the center - nor the center GLASS.  So that would be an issue to tackle later (as the front of the middle shelf shows through the glass and there is no way to reach it easily.)

FIRST I spray painted the hardware with a dark brown spray paint.
SECOND, I used the Zinser primer to cover all the spaces on the main piece and the doors.
Letting everything dry for a few days I then decided on the color spray paint I wanted.
I chose "satin ivory" by Krylon - even though I love Rustoleum brand, the color I wanted was only in Krylon.
And I loved it. I knew I would as the post before this one featured the tall vase I painted with it first to be sure I liked the color!

And then I applied the finish.  The top coat.... (sigh).

I had researched online and read that using Minwax polycrylic water based finish would be safe to use on white without it turning it yellow.

I chose the  Minwax polycrylic water based in clear matte and...  yes, it did turn it a creamy yellow.

Not a 'yellow yellow' but enough that I could tell when I walked into the garage area the next day that it was more creamy yellow than white and not the color it was before the top coat was applied.

However, what I decided I could live with, was I carried the piece outside, I spray painted a light coat on top - figuring it still had the protective coat, but wanting to brighten it back up again to off-white and not a creamy yellow.

It worked well enough for me to live with it.

The piece is almost done - the last part I'm doing is that pesky shelf I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

It is right behind a piece of glass that cannot be removed from the piece and the shelves are permanent as well - so I'm slowly painting that but having to let it dry between attempts.



I'm actually spraying paint inside the cap and then 'painting' with a q-tip bent an angle to get between the glass and shelf.  That is why it's taking a bit of time, but it's working and coming along.

The round rivets in the before photos - are not metal.  They are wood and are attached to the piece.  I decided to finish them by painting them by hand so they looked like they were metal.  I just used some random craft paints I had on hand; mixing a metallic silver with some metallic gold and a little black.


I put the original hardware back on the hutch after spray painting it brown.


Overall I'm happy with it; especially because it was a budget friendly $14.99!  


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4.17.2018

Painting my red, green black and gold tall floor vase: vintage ivory antiqued


About sixteen years ago we bought some dark green furniture and found a gorgeous rug to match with dark green, dark red, gold and black.  I also found a tall floor vase that matched the rug exactly - even though they came from different stores.

Over the years the rug went somewhere. (Donated?  Garage sale?) and the decor changed but we still loved the furniture, it was in great shape and not showing wear and still a classic style that is still sold in various fabrics and colors.  The 'green' still works but the dark red, black and gold?  Not so much.  And as we prepare to give our green furniture to a graduating college daughter, I'm slowly changing our decor over to ivory, linen, mushroom and grays.  And since I still love this vase - just not the dated colors - I decided I wouldn't be out anything except a $4 can of spray paint by trying to refinish it.

This morning I was running errands to Walmart anyway, so I picked up a can of satin ivory spray paint.  (I knew I didn't want bright white, but I didn't want beige or cream either.  This ivory was the exact shade I was hoping to find.)

I was going to sand the edges and raised design to give it a vintage look so spray paint was all I needed to invest in as I had sandpaper at home. 


I took the vase outside and painted it and because it was spray paint, it was completely dry in about 35 minutes.  Probably less, but I let it sit on the deck for about a half hour and then brought it in as it was dry.  I started to sand the edges and quickly realized I could achieve the same 'look' by dry brushing some dark gray paint on it instead of the time consuming job of sanding (and going through sand paper as the ivory paint clogs it.)


A small bottle of pewter gray craft paint ($.50 at Walmart) and a little sponge - I simple dabbed and rubbed.  When it looked a little heavy to my eyes, I just used a towel to wipe some off.


In the end it was exactly the look I was hoping to achieve.


As I slowly start to transition this room over to a more neutral color, this vase can now serve another 10 years!  I just need to get new tall grasses and branches to put in it as the current 'greens' are too dark for the new, lighter look.






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3.13.2018

Frequently Asked Questions about "Subscribe and Save" through Amazon


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In the past year or so I've found a handful of friends and family members that actually do use... even though it's not a topic that regularly comes up so I think perhaps there are even more people I know who use it - and I just don't know it!


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