Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pot Holder Face lifts....

 So in the midst of our half a kitchen renovation I decided I hated my mixed matched pot holders.....

I have everything from Christmas teddy bears to the fat French chef ....none of which matched anything in my kitchen.  The OCD kicks in because they sit in a stoneware antique platter above my stove.  
So here is how I addressed mixed matched pot holders on a budget.  

First the pot holders other than being stained still got the job done.  I had some drop cloth and upholstery fabric that I liked and matched the neutral tones of my kitchen.  I simply made a cover for the pot holders and sewed them in.....
Cut your desired fabric about an half inch larger then your pot holder.  I used a half inch seam allowance because the extra will come in handy when you are sewing them in.  
I  sewed three sides....right sides together...

Then turned it right sides out and finger pressed the seams..inserted the old pot holder...Turned  the back seam allowance over the edged of the pot  holder and turned to front allowance down and pinned them together.  

Sewed the seam down and continuing around the edges to tack you pot holder in so a wash will not bunch it up 

If you do not think that you caught enough of the pot holder on your edge seam then just tack it in the middle.  

The final face lift was a handle cover.  I have a few pans that go from stove top to oven to table.  To remind me and the family that it is hot I would hang a pot holder over it.  The solution, I saw on Facebook , was to fold over your pot holder and stitch three sides..leaving an opening to slide it over your pot handle.  
Worked like a I have a nice matching stack of pot holders Right in reach over the stove.  at little to no cost.  the perfect upcycle project.....
Here are some hints:  Make sure that you have the right needle for the Job.  Heavy duty to get through all the layers.  Cut the hang tags off the pot holders makes the edge smoother....and a machine washable fabric makes care easy...
I hope you see your fabric stash and old pot holders in a new light now....
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Foot Locker shuffle

 On the same excursion that the tables were found so was this foot locker.  It was priced right, in good shape and had the original key.  Who can pass that up?  

The interior had the tray and it was in nice shape as well.  Some of the paper had started to peel but structurally it was nice and sound.  

I elected to add a layer if primer .  I was not using Annie Sloan full strength.   I added some latex blue to some old white and wow what a great color...

I will admit that I may not have needed the primer because distressing this was hard work. The paint did not want to let go!

The final step to the outside was to wax.  And here is what I used:

I lucked up and found a full can of SC Johnson paste wax at the Goodwill a few months back.  The brush is by plaid and is a large wax brush.  It retails for 19.99 I had a 40 % off coupon making it roughly 12.99.  I like the brush.  I does what it says applies even wax on different surfaces and cleans up wonderfully with dish soap and water.  I have purchased another one and it is used for dark wax only.   Johnson paste is very very easy to use.  It hardens and gives a glass like feel.  It is affordable even new.  I like the fact that this wax does not seem to soften as easily in diverse temperatures.  Annie Sloan wax in my opinion does soften and become sticky when exposed to heat.  I have a booth that this will go into .  The owner does not run the air at night so the building can heat up.  Johnson paste wax will remain hard.   

The end handles were rotted and one was missing.  I had some sisal rope that was in a basket kit and it made some nice handles.  

I needed to address the inside.  I still have maps so maps it is.  

Modge podge is a time consuming method and is messy.  However it is also sorta Zen ...relaxing and the progress is instant.  This is a big job requiring a lot of glue.  I mixed my own modge podge with Elmer's Glue all (A huge Jug 128 oz at Lower was 14.99  Wood glue you can use,it will dry stiffer) and water.  2 parts Glue 1 part water.  Here is mental note:  The paper process is wet pulp that is strained pressed and dried to into paper.  Wetting it reverses the process. The thinner and older the paper the more fragile it is.  Make sure that you are prepared to work quickly if using old paper.  You also may want to back your water off when mixing your modge podge.  This project called for less water.  The maps that I used were dated before the 1990's and map paper is not always good paper.  You may want to consider cutting the large sheets and working them back together on your surface .  You can control the air bubbles a little easier.  And make sure that you hands are wet if you are touching tacky glue.  If you hands are dry the paper Will stick to you and lift off of your project making a mess.  

The final process is DRYING.  The Sun on the new deck came in handy this day.

I hope that you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New "SKIRT" for the woman cave.

Here is another example of our ever changing home.  We had a fabulous deck in the back yard.
It housed a sitting area and hot tub.  Looks nice and I really enjoyed that hot tub.  Well things change! The hot tub is gone and the black mold took its toll on the decking.  The upper level of the deck caved underfoot so we needed to make a plan.


And it took a few months...

ALMOST Ready to start the landscaping here!

Yes this story is going somewhere.....
The wood that could be salvaged we did....

The plan was to make a small deck from the floored lean to , that will tie it into the steps off the end of the Woman cave stoop.  I just love it when handy drags out the power tools...something exciting is about to happen.  

Almost there......

And look a small plot of real estate!  This stuff will also be recycled.

MUCH MUCH Better.  Makes that walk from lean to ..back to the shop a little easier on the knees.....and what gal does not love a decorating opportunity.
Glad you stopped by!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Table face Lifts

There is nothing more satisfying than a good thrift run with a great Friend and Neighbor that was followed up with a Sonic Butterfingers Blast and onion rings.  
On this excursion I did find some shabby tables that were priced right and had some potential.
I warn you now Smart phone Photo alert....

These were, when new cheaper, brand tables .  They had really nice lines and screamed chalk paint.  The dilemma was to paint them to match or go with complimentary colors.  Complimentary colors won.  

After tightening up the tables a bit they were ready to get their make over,

I choose Paris Grey by Annie Sloan for one and Claudie Bell by Southern Honey...Very Different chalk paints but both gave me good results.
They were distressed and then waxed with American Paint Company wax,  I chose this wax because it is easy to work with and does not give off harsh fumes.  The air was on in the cave and I had no intentions of opening a window.

If you are brave and not the matchy  matchy type you can use these together.  They really have a Beach feel and would look great in a lake or beach inspired room.  

The legs were distressed and waxed as well as the cross bar..I love the curvy details and I am pleased with the out come.

A quick note on the differences in paint.  The Southern Honey took 3 coats for good coverage...the Annie Sloan Two .  Both paints work well with the spray bottle  method to smooth out the brush marks. Both distressed and waxed beautifully.  

I hope this inspires you to not look over that shabby little table!
Have a good one!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

This is sew sew much better..

Of course we all love that big project .   We love to read about it and like to be blown away by the After Photos.  This is not a big blow you away project, but  the after is not that bad .  A utilitarian sewing caddy not that expensive or even that well made, but I saw the potential and the fun.  

Unassuming little sewing box.  Made in China pretty well built but not that attractive.  

This was a great project for Annie Sloan Chalk paint in French Linen and graphite.  The stencils are from Martha Stewart. (used a 40% off coupon at Joann's)

Prep was light sanding and cleaning.  

Three thin coats of  paint with spritz of water to even it out a bit. 

Sanding lightly before applying stencil then light sanding after to distress.  

The inside of the drawer was Modge Podged with an 80's pattern .  I envisioned a vintage pattern doing this job.  I have a wonderful stash of 40's-1960's patterns.  BUTTT  I could not bring myself to cut one up.  

The top pin cushions were covered with drop cloth.  I love the raw color of a drop cloth and it went great with French Linen.  

This is "sew sew" much better!

Now it is brag time.  Hubby  is a big supporter if my blogging and my Booth located in Camden .  I had a very nice Pacifica that my good friend and neighbor quoted on a few occasions "man you can pack this thing."  However it was still limited.  We considered a mini van but did not want to store the seats.  So we started looking at Stow n go seating.  WOW what a nice feature.  So now we are the proud owners of a Town And Country with stow and go and a lot of other nice features.  I am a lucky gal!
Glad you stopped by!
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Must have tools Part 2 Balanced bliss

We all have that go to appliance, dress, pair of shoes and Tool.  I have one that if I am in the shop it is sitting in the caddy and ready to go.

This is a painters multi tool by Shur Line.  I picked this one up at Lowes a few years back.  My local Lowes does not carry it any more.  However you can find it at Amazon for around 16 bucks. Just search Shur Line 10 in 1 tool.

 Scraper, nail puller, screwdriver,

 paint can opener, bottle opener, roller cleaner and on occasions Tack hammer.  It has a contoured handle that is rubber coated and comfortable to hold.  Well balanced it does not feel clunky in the hand and versatile.  It is my favorite tool and on occasions Hubby has asked if I had it on me .  He likes it too.

The number Two on the work bench is a hammer by Plumb

This Hammer weighs in at 1 lb 10.6 oz.  It was not cheap roughly 26.00 bucks.  And worth every penny.  
Here are the reasons I like it:
anti-vibration shock absorbing technology
This hammer does not have a "kick" it absorbs shock and minimizes muscle fatigue.  When the hammer makes impact  you do not  feel it in your hand.  

Contoured rubber coated comfort handle that is easy on the hand as well. 

Magnetic nail starter keeps those fingers out of the way a must....
This hammer is well balanced you do not need brute strength to use it.  One good swing and the weight helps to drive your nail. 
I found mine at my local Ace Hardware however they are also available at Home Depot for roughly 26 bucks in may area.  
I hope that you have found something useful and have been motivated to stock your tool box!