Monday, October 16, 2017

Reclaimed Wood Rustic Thank You

 

One of our staff pastors was retiring and I was asked to make some type of thank you gift.  I found this quote on Pinterest and I really thought it was appropriate.
I dug around in my garage and found this big, old piece of wood in the rafters.  It measures about 24X15 and it was heavy, solid wood with lots of character.  I sanded it down and where there were odd 'nicks' or cuts, I emphasized those by sanding deep into those imperfections.
I applied a white wash of chalk paint and was surprised to see these vertical ridges pop out adding even more natural character to the piece.  The words were printed out and then with graphite paper on the backs of them, I traced over with pen.
It's a simple technique which then leaves the letters on the wood, ready to paint.  I used watered down, black acrylic paint and a fine tipped brush.
I decided to go back with my sander and remove some of the paint along the edges.
Simple process to create anything you want to say on any kind of wood!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Vacation and Two Winners!

I took a short break from the blog while we went on our annual trip to St. Simons Island, GA.  This year, our twin girls joined us -- that meant lots of laughs and craziness! 
 No pics of hubby this year -- he was sick in bed for at least half of the trip! But us ladies "soldiered on"!

I was the only one who got up several mornings to catch the sunrise.  

We had quite a few days with very large waves which made for some amazing visits to the beach.

I was totally geeked out one day to find a pelican on the pier so close you could almost touch him! I've never seen one that close.  Unfortunately all I had was my phone so the pictures aren't that great.  Then he was joined by some seagulls -- it was beautiful!
Do you know what these are?  They're called Purple Beautyberry - aren't they stunning!? They were hanging on these bushes like clusters of grapes.  On day five hubby was well enough to join us on a 10 mile bike ride on Jekyll Island. We came upon these and my daughter googled to see what they were.  SUPPOSEDLY they are edible but we didn't want to take a chance!
So now I'm back and trying to get caught up on work, laundry and getting used to dreary, rainy, cold Chicago!  But that also means it's time to announce the two winners of the Rust-Oleum Chalked paint.
 The first winner is Cecelia from My Thrift Store Addiction.
The second winner is Kathleen Rupp from Everything Karupped!
Congratulations ladies!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lighted Ladder Display and a Giveaway

I have several of these old ladders, including this one that I got for free.  I saw it at a garage sale and asked how much they wanted.  They just said, "Oh, that old thing -- you can have it".  Um . . . OKAY!  I had an idea rattling around in my head in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep (thank you menopause) and this is the result.
I've been using this paint by Rust-oleum, "Chalked" which is a SPRAY chalk paint and I love it!  For this project I used Serenity Blue.  The actual color is more of a pale, 'true' blue than the cap color which appears to be more of a pale green-blue but I still loved the look.  I'm giving away two cans of this paint to two winners so be sure to read the end of this post for details on entering to win!
I like the paint splattered, rusty, corroded metal parts so I carefully taped those off and then gave this two quick coats, removed the tape and voila! I hadn't even noticed that some of the paint splatters actually matched the new color!
Now the really fun part.  I knew I wanted to add lighting so I purchased some inexpensive 'tap' lights at my local Big Lots (3/6.00).  They're battery operated and easy to attach with a stick on pad.  They are pretty bright, LED lights so I cut a few pieces of decorative paper and attached those over the light to 'dim' it a bit.
To add even more softness and character, I added a fabric panel to the back.  I had these beautiful, shear curtains that no longer match my bedroom so I cut one and used it for this project.  It has a delicate, embroidered leaf pattern that I love.  I wanted to make it washable so I attached using velcro at the top edge and two small pieces at the bottom of each leg.
  Wouldn't it be fun to make different panels for different seasons??
This could be a fun display in any room of the house.  You could also use it as a side table, plant display -- lots of possibilities!
By adding the books, you get a little more 'ledge' depth for adding other items.  Now that I think about it, you could even attach the books if you wanted using E600 or screws!  Hmmmmmmm .  .  .
Now for the Giveaway!
Thanks to Rust-oleum, I'm able to give away two cans of their Chalked spray paint to two winners! The winners will get to choose two different cans of paint.  Click HERE to see what the colors look like.  The colors I have available are:

Charcoal
Linen White
Serenity Blue
Coastal Blue

For a chance to win, you get 

one entry if you follow/like me on Facebook (link at the top of my blog)

one entry if you become a follower of my blog

one entry for simply leaving a comment on this post.

If you ALREADY follow me on FB and/or are already a follower, please let me know that in your comment so you get the entry!

Because of restrictions on shipping the paint, I am unable to extend this offer to those outside of the U.S.

I'll be taking a short blog break soon but will announce the winners on OCTOBER 13.  

On any given week (depending on how busy I am!) I love to participate in Link Parties.  These gals put a lot of time and effort into hosting these parties so I always want to show my appreciation by directing my readers to these blogs. 

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