Monday, March 25, 2013

Plates For The Wall

I have a collection of thrift store plates and platters that I want to hang on the wall, I've been looking for more but for some reason I haven't found any that I like lately. So to add to my collection I decoupaged a couple of dollar store plates and a really heavy plate that  commemorated  a  culinary arts school gala.


I used a fabric that I've had for quite some time. It has a faded and antique feel to it and I thought it looked pretty with the platters and plates I want to hang.


These  are the two clear dollar store plates. I just modge podged the fabric onto the back of the plates.


I laid the plate on the fabric and cut a square of fabric around the plate, glued the fabric to the plate  and after the glue dried I cut away the excess fabric as close to the edge as possible, after that more modge podge was added to the back of the plate to seal it.



This plate was the heavy gala plate. It had black and white lettering on the front on a white background, (forgot the before pic oops) so I modge podged the fabric to the front of this one. It's the same technique as the clear plates except its on the front of the plate not the back. It was a quick project and very inexpensive, a win win in my book!


Thanks for stopping by, I'll be linking up with these great ladies this week,

                                           Savvy Southern Style

                                          Stone Gable

                                         Craftberry Bush

                                         My Romantic Home

                                            

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bathroom Mirror Frame

Since we're redoing the bathroom I thought I might put a mirror over the sink instead of the medicine cabinet. I've been looking in thrift stores and found nothing, then I remembered an unfinished frame that I bought a looooong time ago that was just hanging around in my closet.



I started out with this frame and these ornamental wood carvings.




I cut the wood carvings apart and  glued them to the frame. Then I painted the frame with turquoise paint and after that was dry I brushed over a thin coat of white paint. I sanded the white paint back to allow the turquoise to peek through, heavily in some places and lighter in others. Here' s a closeup of the finish. I couldn't capture the colors in the far shots.



To add another texture and highlight I added a little silver effects wax  to the raised areas. Now I need to have glass cut for the frame. It may or may not make it to the bathroom.





Thanks for stopping by, I'll be joining these great ladies this week.

                                                               Savvy Southern Style

                                                              Time Washed

                                                              Ivy and Elephants

                                                              Craftberry Bush

                                                             My Romantic Home

                                             

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stamped and Painted Books

I like old books, however I haven't come across those really beautiful vintage leather bound books.Feeling crafty one day I decided to paint, stamp and distress a few Dollar Store and thrift store books.





The books were random hard backs, I tried to stick with the ones that had a dark cover  because I could use that to help distress the books. This is a sample of the books in their original condition.



I painted them in multiple layers of gray and white paint wiped it back with a wet cloth and distressed the pages with distress ink.



Then I decided to stamp the binders with various stamps.It's dark and rainy today so it was hard to photograph these and get all the detail. I also used a little silver wax lightly on a few.






I have a few more that I'm going to try something a little more romantic with... I think. That may change between now and then.



Thanks for stooping by. I'll be joining these great parties this week,

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                                             My Romantic Home

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Adding Spring

All of my seasonal decorations are buried in my shed, behind home reno stuff and an entire dining room set that I have to re do. I didn't want to be left out of the spring celebrations in blog land so I used a few items that I had in the house and cobbled together a spring wreath and a little vignette.


I couldn't get to my grapevine wreath forms either, they are also behind the great reno wall, so I used a 10" cardboard cake circle to make the wreath. I added moss and silk flowers and eggs that I made a couple of years ago. I put a nest under a cloche and added faux tulips to  galvanized buckets purchased recently at Marshalls.










The rest of the house is in serious disarray, the slipcovers had to be removed and washed because of flying sawdust. Progress is good but it sure is  messy. This one bright spot will have to be removed soon to make way for painting and flooring. I'll tell you a secret, boxes of back splash tiles are behind this table LOL.  Thanks for stopping by, I'll be joining these ladies this week,

                                                               Savvy Southern Style

                                                              Stone Gable

                                                            Craftberry Bush

                                                             My Romantic Home

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Reno Update



I told you all about our kitchen plans here, we decided to work on our very horrible and scary bathroom before tackling the kitchen makeover. However we did have to install the new stove and dishwasher because the old appliances bit the dust. Now the kitchen looks even worse with the sparkling new appliances and the dingy beat up floors and counter tops, old crusty back splash and yellowing cabinets and general mess.On a brighter note, here are a few inspirations pictures that I pinned for my bathroom.




vintage bathroom
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Farmhouse Bathroom...
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CUTE PINK STUFF ... and more beautiful vessel sinks and chippy vanity
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My bathroom will probably look more like the first picture, because of the materials we selected. Here is a a story board I made with some of our selections, which we have been stockpiling for years!


I'm putting bead board from the floor to ceiling to cover the horrid textured walls we currently have, courtesy of the previous owners. Since everything is being done on a super tight budget I decided to keep the blue bathtub and paint it with white tub and tile paint. I bought new fixtures for the toilet to update it, and we're adding bead board to the front of the tub like the picture in the story board. I bought  inexpensive white field tiles for the bath and shower surround, the plan is to place them in a diamond pattern.  We have to work on the major things on my husbands two days off and after we get some of the demo done I will be able to do some of the work during the week. Exciting times! I cant tell you how happy I am to get these projects underway, it's been a long time coming. On another exciting note the flooring was delivered Thursday WHOO HOOO!!! It's gorgeous, still waiting on the laminate sheets for the kitchen counter tops to be delivered.  I cant wait to get going.   Well that's what we're up to, thanks for stopping by.
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