Monthly Archives: April 2012

Old Brass Light Fixture Becomes A Terrarium!

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I visited the Restore for Habitat for Humanity yesterday, a great place for some old and used finds! Found this old Brass Light, looks very similar to my parents light that hung in the foyer. Obviously I took it all apart and cleaned up the glass first, next I painted to brass with a black acrylic paint that’s indoor/outdoor. Of course I had to scuff it up a bit to make it look old and have some of the brass color come out, I used some very fine steel wool to do this.

I then filled the bottom with sea glass for drainage and potting soil on top of that.

Mike visited the Home Depot today and picked up a beautiful succulent for my terrarium. The only problem was that the pot was 6″ so I had to divide it to be able to fit through the 3″ opening.

The really awesome part about this light turned terrarium is that I can put it on the coffee table and hopefully Mr. Kitty can’t eat it. I always have to put plants high enough so he can’t get to them! You can see him in one of the next pictures that he’s contemplating it!

 

Yet another side table:)

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So here goes nothing! This table was Mike’s, I actually had it outside to throw away for weeks when we were renovating the house. Mike however lugged it back into the house and it has sat in the basement ever since. This could be a really nice side table or Nightstand. To start I Sanded this table with a coarse grit random orbital sander, removed the ugly table top and scuffed up the yucky forest green paint!

Next up the paint…I used Rustoleum spray paint in Slate(satin), a really pretty blue. Make sure you have a calm day, the wind was a little tough with the spray paint. I kept having to stop while the wind wipped through because my paint was going everywhere but where I needed it to go.

Now for some stain I used a Minwax stain in Dark Walnut, love the light paint color with the dark stain.

Last step 2 nice coats of Polyurethane(gloss), to give it some shine!

Not the greatest place to take the final picture…the basement! It’s so dark down there, I love the new brightened up table:)

Wood Shim Wall Art!

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I was totally inspired after seeing Addicted to Decorating’s Blog on a Wood Shim Sunburst Mirror! Can you believe that it’s all wood shims!

So after visiting The Home Depot and purchasing 18 packs of wood shims and made sure I had plenty of hot glue, I started my creation:)

I wanted my wood shim sunburst to be different so I did 1 section of 5 wood shims and another with 6. For the 5 piece section you start with one shim and on either side glue a shim about half and inch down and repeat. With the 6 piece section you glue two shims together and then on either side glueing the shims about a half and inch down and then repeat again. So then when you start to glue it together you glue a 5 piece then a 6 piece section and keep repeating till you make a circle.  Also one major thing started to happen instead of being flush with the table the sunburst starting becoming curved. I think it looks so cool this way check it out!

I had a little trouble getting the last section to glue into place so you see my hair tie above squeezing it together. Once it was all done I used a Wipe on Polyurethane in satin to make some of the colors of the wood pop out. While I was putting this together I made sure to place all different surfaces of shims in the 5 and 6 piece sections. Some of the shims still had their bark and also a few knots, I love how it turned out! With addicted to decorating’s blog her Sunburst was flush with the table and she placed a wood wreath form to secure it, I ran into a little problem because mine was so curved so I decided not to use the form and take a chance. I love the look of the sunburst without the mirror in the center. Hooray for my new decoration created solely by wood shims,  hot glue and a little wipe on poly to warm it up a bit!

Heres when I started to wipe on the polyurethane, it brings out the detail of the wood shims! Well here it is below!!

After looking at this crazy beautiful wood shim sunburst I think it reminds me exactly of old gears, here’s a picture below see what you think!

I am so excited to have a new decoration in my house that I made from simple wood shims! You should try it, I worked on it yesterday morning and that was it! Hope you enjoyed have a wonderful weekend!

Easter Hike:)

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Happy Easter to all! Wanted to share some beautiful pictures of our hike yesterday at Sky Meadows State Park in White Post, Virginia. Mike and I enjoyed the day with our pup and his parents Jeanne and Wyck, took a very steep hike and had a picnic by a beautiful red tin roof barn yay!

 

We brought our puppy Barleigh on one more hike before her 2nd surgery on her shoulder scheduled for today. She will then need to be on limited movement for close to 6 wks! OMG I think Mike and I are going to go crazy…we live in a townhouse and because of the surgery we have to be in the basement to not have to do stairs. Barleigh had surgery 3 months ago now for OCD in her shoulder, because of rapid growth. OCD is pretty much overgrown cartlidge thats creates a lesion on the shoulder. Needless to say she is still limping and the Dr. thinks that more has grown:( Hopefully this will be the last surgery poor pup! So enough of that we had a great time and Barleigh loved her long hike! Check out some pics

Put a Spring in your Step with Ranunculus!

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Hooray we made it to the weekend! I wanted to post a picture of the top of my piano, it looks so springy! For those of you who know me I like to rearrange my house weekly with different decorations I have around the house. So today I spent the morning decorating my piano top somewhat like a mantle above a fireplace:)

Pretty much every Friday I go and visit one of my favorite stores Trader Joe’s! This morning I couldn’t pass up the ranunculus, TJ’s has their store designed just right because I  have to walk by all the wonderful flowers.  I know some of you are like what the heck is a ranunculus? It’s such a beautiful flower which petals sometimes look as delicate as tissue paper. When they fully open they slightly resemble Peonies, but they are not part of the same family surprisingly. This is one of many flowers I had in my wedding bouquet, the ranunculus are by far one of my favorite flowers plus they come in all sorts of colors.  I brought them home and put them in a chunky candlestick I found at world market(another one of my favorite stores). Mike discovered an opening at the top of the candlestick the other day that I didn’t even realize was there, yay so many opportunities for this candlestick now. So I filled the entire candlestick with water and made my arrangement! Don’t you love how you can see all of the stems thru the chunky candlestick/vase:) 

Beside the beautiful flowers are some branches that Barleigh and I picked up on our walk on Wednesday:) You should have seen her jumping for all of these as we were walking, I think she thought they were all for her. I wanted to bring them inside but not just as brown sticks so I painted the branches. I used a Valspar crackle spray paint I had lying around, first with a black and then the white top coat that after a few minutes starts to crackle. I might try painting them different colors for a centerpiece in the future, I love bringing the outdoors inside!

My Breakfast Smoothie:)

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Every Morning during the work week I blend up a delicious smoothie to start my day! It consists of frozen Bananas, Strawberries, Skim Milk and Peanut Butter. I take a handful of strawberries and banana’s and put them in the blender first, we always have these on hand. Mike and I go to costco pretty frequently and have found this is the cheapest option for fruit, we buy a huge pack of strawberries and 2 bunches of bananas. We cut up the strawberries and bananas and throw them all in freezer bags separately so there ready to use. 

Next comes the Skim Milk I pour it almost to the top of the fruit, it all depends on how smooth you want your smoothie the more milk the more liquidy it will be! I like my smoothie like a milkshake, really thick. Now you can add your peanut butter, I usually put one big scoop. This will give you some protein to hopefully hold you over till lunch! Now you can blend it up and voila you have breakfast, quick and easy! This is also a healthy option for those of you on the run!

I also wanted to share a sign I made a few weeks ago for my kitchen. Thought I would incorporate it into my smoothie post! I’ve been seeing lots of wooden signs lately that are beachy and fun so I figured I’d try one. So I went to Michaels and purchased an already routed edged peice of wood and some letter stencils.  I decided I wanted an aged look to my sign so I hit it mith a bunch of Mike’s tools and took a carving knife to some of the edges. Then I painted the whole piece with a yummy mustard yellow acrylic paint and after that had dried stenciled my letters on with a black acrylic paint. I wanted to stain the piece so it got into the cracks, so I used a polyurethane and stain in one and brushed it all over and then buffed it with an old cloth. You see some shine to the piece in some areas and the dark stain in others, it’s definetly not perfect but that was the look I was going for. Right now it’s on display in the corner of my kitchen counter on my recipe book rack, trying to decide a good place to hang it maybe over the pantry! I love that it say’s EAT in the kitchen, makes me hungry:)

Antique Shutter Turned Jewelry Organizer!

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Happy Wednesday Everyone! I’ve been thinking about the next project to do:) I’ve been eyeing an old shutter I bought years ago from Luckett’s Antiques.  A few months ago  it was on display on top of my upright piano, I love the dark green paint that’s chipping away giving it a rustic look. I do usually keep it in my family room,  at Christmas time it actually held all of the Christmas cards we received, I just slipped them into the little shutter slats. Recently I moved it upstairs on my dresser, It holds a few necklaces on the hinges. I realized today I could put a lot more jewelry up if I just did a few things to the shutter.  Check it out below!! 

Here’s my pretty green antique shutter! All I did was take a strip of white crinoline and stuck it through the shutter slats and tied in the back. Next I nailed a few finishing nails along the top and on the left side.  Whats nice about the shutter is that there are already 2 chunky hinges that you can see at the top that are perfect for hanging necklaces!

Look how cute it turned out! On the left you see I put all my rings on a piece of ribbon for easy access, and put some of my go to bracelets hanging from the finishing nails. As you can see the crinoline is perfect for hanging Dangling earrings and even stud earrings, I  just pierced them thru and attached the backs.

Hope you liked this easy DIY idea:)