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reviving vintage furniture with paint, stencils, wax, and more. Home decor.


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waiting

I do not like waiting for things to happen. Like, at the moment, I am waiting for Fed Ex to arrive to bring me a new cell phone. It would be nice if they would come now, so I can get on with my day.

I am also waiting for the mailman. I am expecting a thing or two in the mail and would like to get on with my day.

Can’t do much of anything until they come. . I could go up and paint, but then would have to stop when they did come. The kitchen is at a standstill as my brother isn’t well today.

So here I sit, impatiently waiting and despising it. Bored. I tend to get a headache when I am sitting around too long. Not good. Watching TV is not my idea of productive and my projects have to wait until I get home this afternoon. I probably won’t touch them today.

Trying to keep myself entertained when I know I have plenty to do once I get my delivery and mail. Then there will not be enough time in the day to accomplish everything on my to do list. That sucks!

The good news is that our kitchen is almost ready to occupy. Cabinets need to be attached to he walls still, and leveled. But the sink is in. We still need new counter tops. They won’t be ready till next month. I have moved a few things into some of them anyway to get things back to normal.

So, Fed Ex man, come on by! I have things to do! And mailman, I need you to come too! Think they are reading this? I don’t! I might have to wait all day!

 

UPDATE: I didn’t have to wait all day for a change! It came shortly after I posted this. Then I had to spend another few hours setting it up.

My review for the Motorola Droid 4 is coming up!


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DIY raised Dog Bed

Quick post before visiting the Sandman!

Today in the midst of our kitchen reno, we were getting burned out, so changed gears. 

It took one hour and one sheet of plywood with left over pieces. 

I had a shelving unit that I repurposed into one dog bed rather easily and for free. But having two beautiful Long Coated German Shepherds, I needed another one. I still need to make the cushions I want, which means I wil have to face my fear of sewing machines real soon, and it still needs to be painted. 

The free one is 4′ long, the new one is 3′ long to fit my space and dog size. Both are 16″ tall. 

Here is my boy, snoozing on the new one with the free one in the background. 

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I have storage under both to hide away all of my clutter. Under the new one I am using wooden crates to stash their backpacks, leashes, collars, poop bags, toys and whatever else needs to be put away out of sight. LOVE it!

As soon as the kitchen is put back together, I will be starting a build. I won’t give away my plans now but here is a hint. You are welcome, even encouraged, to take a guess at what I am planning. I will say this: For the DIYer’s out there, I am hoping this will be one you won’t want to miss! (PS…the picture is only one portion of materials I will be using and can be misleading!)

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Our kitchen is Gutted!

With new cabinets delivered last Monday, there was bound to be a lot of work to come. Little did I know it was going to be back breaking work! I expected to have a few tough spots, but yesterday was The.Worst! 

I live with my brother is a house built in 1890 and it was in serious need of TLC and updates. Having always lived in rentals, I was never in the middle of a home renovation before. So this is all new to me. I moved here 6 months ago right after he bought the house, to help with our elderly parents. Little did I know, I would quickly find myself working as hard as ever in the house renovation as well as caring for our folks.

So yesterday was the Big Day. First thing in the morning, he started ripping out more old cupboards. Several of the new uppers are in already, but it was the lowers that would cause the work. By noon, he was close to ready to lay new linoleum. I had helped to remove the counter with the sink, and at this time, it is in the back yard. 

Here are a few pics of our disaster.  Continue reading


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Kitchen demolition

I will not subject you to looking at the pictures. Won’t.Do.It! Suffice it to say, our kitchen is in shambles. The fridge is in the dining room, and we can’t find the dustpan either!  I won’t mention names, but someone tried to move the fridge from kitchen to dining room with no help and without emptying it first. When I came upon the scene) from upstairs where I had been painting in peace, I found it in the kitchen doorway and was told to give it a push from the top. Then I heard things clattering. Acckk!! 

But we have several cabinets up and in use. We have shuffled dishes and food stuffs from here to there and back again as we got the new cabinets up. This is Faaaaar from over though! There is still one upper to finish tomorrow. There are two that can’t go up until ‘adjustments are made’.

Then comes the lower cabinets. And before that, comes the disconnecting of the sink, removal of everything on the floor, and the installation of the new linoleum. We will have no water in the kitchen for two days at the least, maybe three. That means getting water for coffee elsewhere. The idea of getting water from the bathtub bothers me. Probably because our bathroom is not finished either. Might have to get water from mom’s and transport! 

Either way, I refused to cook. Can’t cook in a demolished kitchen right? SO called mom and invited us over there for dinner. Arrived on time. Then dad got a call we waited for all day.had to go to next town (about 35 miles away) to pick up their TV from repairman. Took all 4 of us to get ‘er done. LOL It was a pretty afternoon and we took a family drive. At least dad has TV to keep him entertained so he doesn’t try to come help with Demo! Had dinner when we got back, then home to care for and feed pets. 

Oh and I painted today toooooo! I just received some Milk Paint from the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. They posted on Facebook about a Giveaway and I got in on it. They gave a choice of two colors. After exchanging emails, Anne promised to send two Quarts of my choice of colors and some Wax! I picked Sea Green and Salmon Red. So today I started painting a twin head board and foot board. I will also be painting the (metal) rails, but probably not in Milk Paint. I have to say the paint was SWEEEEEEET! I had also ordered some from them. It came yesterday. Snow White.And more Wax. Glad I did too. I mixed one part Sea Green and two parts Snow White with warm water. I made it thicker than I did MMSMP. SafePaint can be used on walls, and you can occupy the room as soon as it is dry. It has NO VOC’s. All I could small was the lavender wax because I use it to finish off another piece I had. This SafePaint is exactly what I was looking for! Easy to mix, goes on perfectly. I did spend yesterday sanding my head and foot boards and I did wipe them down with TSP first and let them dry.I simply could not have asked for a better experience! I think being a newbie to painting furniture makes this paint even more special because I have tried home made chalk paint and MMSMP and like this the best. It is reasonably priced and shipping is cheap and fast! 

 

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I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to try it, and absolutely LOVE the results! 

Due to the fact that this project is not finished I will not be showing it tonight either, but rest assured it will be up in a few short days! Check back soon for updates on our kitchen remodel and my OFMPC project too!


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I never did show the top of the telephone table. That’s because I just decided what I wanted to do with it today. I just knew that I didn’t want it to be a plain white table top.

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I kept it simple. Cute. And finally finished with one little telephone table, & it is up for sale. $35.00

I have also been fiddling around with a little cabinet of sorts. It reminds me of one that a person would put ribbons in. I have friends that participate in Dock Diving with their dogs. They get ribbons that would look fab in this little guy. Deciding what kind of finish to add, then it is also for sale. $30.00

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I’m Back!!!

I haven’t been on word-press lately. For that I apologize. I have been busy with life and other things. I really keep up with my Blogger blog most. That can be found at http://diygranny.blogspot.com. I also started a face book page for my crafts and creations which is at https://www.facebook.com/DiyGranny?ref=hl and last but not least I am Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/mamabevi5/

Now please remember, in all that I do and al that looks lame, or silly or whatever, it is because I am one of those people who has just started out with this crafting thing and do not have a creative bone in my body. LOL 

Seriously, until a couple of months ago I had Zero interest in crafting of any kind. Couldn’t draw a half way decent stick man and definitely not a straight line,. Not a good cool either. My brother can atest to that! 

So when I got a bug to get creative, it shocked me. Literally. Then I decided to roll with it. Now I am more determined than ever to work hard at it to supplement my income. 

I live in an historical town in Eastern Oregon. I moved here 6 months ago to be closer to my elderly parents and ill brother. Although he has MS, he gets around pretty well…well enough in fact, that he bought a house and is in the midst of remodeling it. Every.Inch.Of.The.House! The dining room is his ‘shop’, and it is right outside my bedroom. That’s fun! 

Anyway, here is what I have been up to lately.

The Auction. Oh my is it addictive! It is where I found this:

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So I made this

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It is painted in MMSMP Kitchen Scale. Just the right amount of chippy going on. 

I got this telephone table at the Auction a while back and started to paint it MMSMP Luckett’s Green, but it was chipping before I could get a coat of paint on the whole thing. I wrote to Marian Parsons about it because I didn’t know what I had done wrong. She sent me a quart of paint to ‘play with’. Before the paint arrived, I was going nut with this itch to paint, so I mixed up some chalk paint, added some color to my base which was white. I get Paint pods from my local Ace Hardware and used that to add color. Works nicely when making small amounts of paint. I chose a peach color. Darker peachy sort of. Here are the pics of my epic fail on the MMSMP, and before and after pics of the table. 

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I beg anyone reading this to ignore the messy floors. With the house being remodeled and 4 pets here it is mighty hard to keep up and still do anything constructive to feed this burning desire to craft and paint! It is about to get worse because we have new kitchen cabinets arriving today. Very pretty Hickory cabinets, that will require the existing ones to be ripped out. Oh yay for us and the mess that will create!

Okay, so on to what I have been up to. 

Last weekend I had waited all week long for the Auction to give me a sneak peek at the items coming up. They had scheduled a Saturday auction, a big one, and I was supposed to preview the furniture coming out of the storeroom. They got waylaid with a couple of estates coming in and had people dropping off tons of stuff, so the furniture in the back is still in the back. I was seriously bummed. 

The thrift store here doesn’t get much in for decent pieces to paint. But there is another little second hand store that I stopped in at last week. I spotted something there that caught my attention. The store owner was busy with other folks so I didn’t talk to him, especially after I saw the price tags, but last night I got a magnificent idea and plan on going back in today. All I can say is that I hope the price tags on these things were for the pair, in which case I will snap them up and start building a very unique piece. I drew up my idea last night. Time will tell if I can pull it off. 

Meanwhile, if that falls through, I plan on starting on that twin bed from an earlier post. I was lucky enough to talk my brother into letting me, and helping me to set up a craft room upstairs. It is filling up fast now, with my dad sending me his leftover paints and brushes(even watercolor brushes haha) and miscellaneous things, along with everything I find on the cheap. It is hard to come by things I need in this little historical town! 

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The picture above is right after we made the crafting table. It consists of two pallets and a sheet of particle board. We built supports under it to make it sturdier. It looks nothing like this now. It is pretty full.

And about to get a lot fuller too. I almost forgot to tell you all…I saw a post on facebook about a week ago, from The old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. They were giving away milk paint to try out in exchange for a review on blogs. I don’t know about what all the other’s signed up, but they are sending me 2 quarts of paint and some wax. That will hopefully be here late this week.Then I ordered more wax and paint from them that should arrive a few days later. I also have some antiquing wax from MMS coming from a retailer in state. And I ordered some stencils as well as found some at my local dollar store. So the twin bed will be an easy job. I finally have a vision for it too. 

 

Stay tuned and I will be back to share pictures of my next project(s)!