Friday, March 29, 2013

Bird cage project

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Welcome. I'm Audrey one of the R.0.C.C gals (and guys). I'm super excited to share some of my projects with you all! The first one I would like to share is dear to my heart. I think everyone has a certain piece(s) of family history hanging around grandma's house or garage. Last summer while visiting my sweet grandmother I spied something in her garage that caught my eye...It was a vintage bird cage stand. It had been in the garage for at least 40 years and was many years older than that as it was my great grandmothers stand. My grandma began to smile from ear to ear and tell me about her step mother would talk to the little birds she would keep in this cage. She went on about how she could make sounds just like  the birds and the birds would talk  back to her. I instantly loved the bird cage even more than I did before. The story my grandmother told me was of a fond memory of her mother. A year passed by and I asked my grandmother again about the bird cage stand. I wondered if I could take it home with me, I had the perfect idea and place for this to go in my home!

First thing that needed to be done was to clean it up, no more dust and spider webs for this cage!
After a good clean up I started to spray paint. I chose Krylon for metal and other surfaces spray paint. I also love these nifty nozzles you can buy to make spray painting smoother and easier on your trigger finger. :)
A few spray painting tips: 1-Don't spray paint in the wind (this really does NOT work)
                                           2-Chose the right spray paint for the type of surface you are painting
                                           3-Let each coat dry before spraying another one (patience is not my virtue)
                                           4-Remember, its just paint so if you don't like it you can repaint it!
Alright, after a couple coats of white Krylon satin spray was ready for a little light distressing. I didn't want it to look "too new" so I took some steal wool to it in certain places to add character.
The idea I had in my mind was to hang a chandelier from the cage. I was searching online to try & find a chandelier that would  fit & be the right style but was not having any luck. Until a few weeks ago I was shopping at one of my favorite stores, Hobby Lobby and ran ac crossed this- I knew it was PERFECT and I bought it right away!

 This is my favorite thing in my home. Every time I look at the soft warm light this bird cage & the fabulous story of my great grandmother "the bird whisperer"
Do you have a family heirloom you display in your home-or maybe something in grandma's garage you could turn into something usable and lovable in your home? Please share with me if you do!

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P.S. I need to buy some twist ties to hold back the chord out of sight..:)
Thanks for coming! Audrey "The HassleFreeChick"

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Why is "Shabby" Beautiful?

Hi everyone!  My name is Kristin.  Today I am going to be writing about why I love everything shabby!
 Mirriam-Webster defines “shabby” as faded, ill-kept, and dilapidated. Why do we love this style?  I believe it brings us back to a simpler time.  A time of farmers, homemade pies, and hot summer days spent sipping lemonade on the porch. 

A beat up chair or two is always a must have in my house.  This chair looks like it belongs on the porch of an old farmhouse.  I imagine a woman, tired from a hard day’s work, sitting down to knit and watch the sunrise.

Old hutches are the best!  These remind me of my grandma’s kitchen.  She was always baking and cooking large meals for us.  Her kitchen always smelled like deliciousness!  Whenever I went to her house, she would look at my wrists and say, “you’re too skinny!”   She would then sit me at the table and set large bowl of chocolate pudding in front of me.  Life was perfect.  :)

Dressers.  They have so many uses!  I love to see a dresser being used as a tv stand or a buffet.  One of my favorite pieces is a huge dresser I refinished that is now being used as an entertainment center.  I am fairly positive that neither my grandparents nor even my parents had such an elaborate place to put their tv.   In fact, my parents put our tv on an old plant stand!  

Vanities are great too!  I am sure that both of these are at least 50 years old.  I would love to have an old piece with lots of history.  Who knows how many girls looked into the mirror and practiced putting on their mother’s lipstick?  I bet they even hid love letters inside the drawers…

Furniture is not the only way to give your home that “shabby” look.  I have been drooling over these wreaths made of old book pages!  The vintage postcard banner compliments the wreath perfectly.  Whatever happened to sending postcards?  I haven’t gotten one since I was a kid and my aunt sent me one from the Grand Canyon.  

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love old, beat up stuff.  “SHABBY” can be beautiful!  I have only posted a view of the great examples of this from some of our reclaimers.  You can check out these and more great items at our

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