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Orange You Glad I Did? A Chair Rescue

 

Hey friends! Enjoying this beeee-utiful sunshine? Me too!

Well the blogosphere has been a-buzz with spring home tours, creative and oh-so-cute Easter crafts and beautiful tablescapes.

Me? Not so much.

I’ve been on a rescue mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can I say? I am a sucker for a sad, neglected piece of furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this one said ‘I could be pretty, if you want me’. How could I say no?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s just be honest, she had me at $7.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her shoes needed to be replaced…

 

 

 

 

 

 

She needed a little filler here and there…

 

 

 

 

 

 

…And a good exfoliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of coats of paint later and she’s a beautiful pop of sunshine colour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truth is, she was a beautiful chair in her rough state. But like any rescue, a little love and attention and she turned into the real beauty that she always was.

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Shopping Your House – A Mudroom Makeover

 

Do you have a room that is just womp womp womp?

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Yep. This hallway / mudroom.

*sigh*

Awkward, half hidden and turning into a dumping ground, this mudroom / hallway was sooo overdue for a makeover. (note the wall depth on the left is deeper than on the right.)

But you know how these things go – a proverbial can of worms.

And that can of worms? It’s never inexpensive, no matter how hard you try.

So how do you make a change, a refresh, a mini makeover for next to nothing?

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Shop your house.

You heard me right. Shop your house for items you already have.

Hold onto your undies my friends; this makeover was a grand total of $51.36!!

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My ‘slight’ paint addiction means I have a healthy stash of paint in the basement. In this case, Benjamin Moore’s Collingwood was leftover from the main floor refresh earlier in the year.

The wallpaper was leftover from another project in the house.

Four of the hooks were recycled from the original coat rack in the mudroom.

The deer head has been patiently waiting to be hung since it was removed from another room’s refresh.

So what did I buy new? The barn board, screws, one hook, the wire basket and a new vent cover. That’s it!

$51.36 for a new room that actually functions?

Yes please!

 

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I have not been compensated in any way for products or materials used. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Driftwood Sign

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Summer Round Up – Part 3

Drifting Away

Hello friends and welcome back. We’re wrapping up the Summer Round Up with another easy project. One I hope, will inspire and bring back fond memories of the summer. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you can go here and here to catch up.

I know that posting the last of the Summer Round Up in October seems, well, odd, but there are loads of people who close up their camps, trailers and cottages just after Thanksgiving. And, as we’ve had the most glorious of early fall weather, many have taken advantage of stretching out those lazy, late summer days into early autumn.

With closing down of summer properties, there is always fall maintenance which includes inspection, repairs and possibly removal of docks. That’s where today’s project comes from. An ooooh so lovely piece of driftwood that washed ashore, probably from a dock once upon a time.

So get out there and scour the waters edge. It could be a piece of dock like ours, or perhaps it’s a well worn branch, smoothed over by pebbles on the shore. Whatever flotsam you pick, you can find inspiration in it’s beauty.

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Gather your supplies together:

  • light grey and black paint
  • rags/paper towels
  • pots for mixing paint
  • paintbrushes – including a finer one for details
  • carbon paper

Grab your driftwood and brush off any bits of debris – sand, dried plant material, etc. Make sure the wood is really dry all the way through. Mix up or use light grey paint. I used leftover Country Chic chalk paint in Lazy Linen with enough water added in to make a milk-like consistency. DO make sure to mix up enough paint … you do not want to run out half way through!

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In smallish sections, brush on your watered down paint and then quickly rag off. This allows the beauty of the wood to come through while allowing you to layer up the colour if needed. Let dry for several hours.

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From your computer, print out a saying or word that reminds you of your summer. Play around with the fonts and sizes of letters to give it interest or emphasize the meaning. Individually cutting the words out and spacing them along your find can add even more interest.

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With carbon paper behind your words, trace out the letters.

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Mix up a darker colour paint for the words. I used Lazy Linen mixed with Craftsmart chalky acrylic black paint and a little bit of water to achieve a smoky grey colour. Again, make enough to finish painting all your words! 🙂 Thinning with a bit of water stops the paint from ‘sitting’ on top of the wood and allows it to soak in a bit. Use your detail brush to fill in the letters.

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Don’t overthink this. Use whatever colours you want. Free hand the letters if you want. Let the beauty of the wood inspire your creativity!

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And. You’re. Done. Taa Daaaaahhhh!

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I hope you enjoyed the Summer Round Up series. Until next time, be creative and stay inspired!

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I have not received compensation in any form for any products used in this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Way To The Lake Canvas

Summer Roundup – Part 1

This Way To The Lake Canvas

 

Well, we have officially finished the first full week of school here. Raise your hand if a) you have sung “It’s The Most Wonderful Day of The Year” at least once, b) you are sick of making lunches already c) found yourself wandering the wine aisle at the grocery store…. Hahahaha! Don’t judge. Welcome back to the reality grind!

The weather turned cooler in the last couple of weeks and the evenings and mornings are definitely chilly. Although this week was unseasonably warm (and I am NOT complaining in the least!), I thought with summer coming to a close, it might be fun to do a roundup of sorts. Easy crafts that are reminiscent of summer activities, memories and those found treasures along the way; all cottage, lake and camp inspired.

We didn’t make it up to a lake this year but I know many of you did. Despite not being cottagers or boaters, I have always enjoyed simple décor pieces with lake themes. There’s something very comforting in water inspired colour schemes and activities associated with summertime lake living. Todays DIY pays homage to the simple word “LAKE”.

As always, I hope to inspire your creativity. This is a project that anyone can do, with or without special tools. Today I am going old school because I wanted this to have a slightly rustic feel. If you are a little OCD and NEED perfection, you could use a Cricut or the like, or less techy you could simply use store bought vinyl letters. OK, let’s get started!

You will need:

·         A wooden canvas. These can be found in various sizes from DeSerres art supply stores or in my case, a ‘dollar store’

·         At least two colours of paint, one light and one dark and any other colour for accents

·         Carbon paper and pencil or vinyl letters

 

If using an inexpensive canvas, prep your board by giving it a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. Often the cheaper ones have a slightly rougher finish. Give it a good wipe down to get rid of the dust.

 

Paint the top and sides of your wooden canvas using the lighter colour. I used Fusion mineral paint in Lamp White (leftover from another project). While this is drying, let’s move on to the next step…

 Total aside, can I just tell you that you should have a box of Glad Press and Seal in your paint box arsenal. This stuff is absolutely brilliant for covering and sealing paint brushes and rollers while you are in the middle of a project. This stuff really keeps the air out and can be used again and again until that project is finished. Greatest. Invention. Ever.

 Using the computer, I typed out the word LAKE, arranging the letters LA over KE. Use whatever word works for you – ROW, OAR, BOAT – you get the idea! Enlarge the letters to whatever size works best for your canvas. In this case, I think I enlarged them to around 48 pt. I also printed out an image of a paddle/oar. Again, enlarge this to fit your canvas. I wanted the paddle to be wider than the letters.

 

 

You may need to do a little cutting and taping to get your letters and oar in the position you want them. Once you’ve got your layout done, place the carbon paper dark side down on the canvas followed by your print layout. Use painter’s tape to secure it to the board.

 

 

 

Trace over your letters and oar. Remove the layout and carbon papers – I always find this part exciting!


 

Ta Daaaa!!

 

 

Using your darker colour and a fine tipped paint brush, outline with paint around your words and oar, then paint the rest of your canvas. I used Fusion mineral paint in Liberty Blue (again, leftover from another project). I recommend two coats to get a good contrast between light and dark. When your paint is dry, embellish your oar/paddle with different colours and patterns. I used triangles to give the impression of the paddle acting as an arrow (Fusion paint in Tuscan Orange).

 

And that’s it! How easy is that?? Leave your canvas as is or use your artistic license to age it. You could go over it with a tinted wax or sand it slightly to give it a weathered look. However you choose to finish it, display it with pride and remember those lazy, hazy days of summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I have not received any kind of compensation for any products, brands or services mentioned in this post. All opinions are 100% my own.