Friday, August 30, 2013

It's in the Air....

 Fall.....I know it's only August 30th....but to me its the eve of the eve of Fall. September signifies the start of Fall in my book. Maybe its because I was born on Thanksgiving and I'm part turkey or something, or maybe it's because my favorite colors are reds, yellows and oranges.
 or maybe it's because I've been mass producing Autumn signs, and Fall decorations for my house.

 Maybe its because I'm a redneck now(by marriage) and it means it's the start of all the hunts and I get to go enjoy God's Country with my family.

All of these are the reasons why this season has ALWAYS been my favorite!! Autumn leaves, dirt roads, hot beverages, sweater (make that a hoodie for me) weather, yummy fall treats, family really doesn't get much better than that in my opinion.

Growing up my Mom didn't decorate much for the holidays, I remember one ceramic ghost that had eyes that would light up red that she would put on the entry table. For Thanksgiving she would make festive nut cups for each guest...but that was pretty much the extent of the festivities at our house, (I think I over compensate for that now lol) so I enjoyed the neighborhoods festive displays always hoping someday I would have fun decorations at my house when I grew up.
One of my neighbors always went the extra mile and would put a squashed witch on the telephone pole near my house. I LOVED it!!! I wanted something similar to remind me of those memories so I made something kinda like it for my own front door. Maybe someday my kids will have fond memories of our squashed witch and this awesome time of year.
 Wanna know the best part about Fall?? We're having another boutique...get excited!!
October 25-26, 2013 in Spanish Fork, Utah.
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 Whether you're ready for it or not Fall is coming....soon!!
Go do something crafty and enjoy this beautiful time of year.
Yay for Friday and Happy Fall Ya'll !!!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Flagstone Fireplace Redo

Hi it's Debbi from Tattered Butterfly.  Here is a a redo of 1983 fireplace.  I finally did it!  I have wanted to redo this ugly fireplace for years now.  We've lived in this home for 12 years.  I embraced the fireplace by painting the wall a burnt orange for awhile.  It was looked great, but at Christmas time seeing my Christmas tree made me cringe.

  I have to admit it was super easy and the results far out way the time I put into it. 

Our house was built in 1983 and this fireplace screams that era.

Step One:  Wipe down the fireplace with soap and warm water.

Step Two:  Use painter's tape around the edges of the fireplace

Step Three:  Paint 2 coats of Zinsser B-I-N (This is shellac base primer that helps seal's the porous flagstone) Let Cure for 3-5 Days

Step Four:  1 Coat of Valspar One Coat Gloss White Paint

This is 2 coats of  Zinsser B-I-N  Primer

Looking a lot better but has a creamy color and that will not do!

Tada!  I love the fresh clean lines.  I painted the metal butterflies white to give a modern look without being too cheesy.  Butterflies have a special meaning to me and helps me remember that we can always reinvent ourselves.  Fresh roses from my garden add a pop of color.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Old Book Crafting

Easy Books Craft!

Hi All, its Paula again, the flea.o.logist with an idea for an easy and fun craft to make.           I collected some old books, peeking down the back of their spines to make sure their 'underwear' was pretty.  I got them at a thrift store in Idaho that let you fill a bag for just a buck ... OK, I also found an Anne Perry I hadn't read, and a cool book of short stories about English Manor House Murders ... (shiver) too!

I tore off the covers, then printed off a great graphic looking fan illustration, probably originally from a catalog, via Graphics Fairy, of course.  I used an old book page and ran it through my printer, taping it to a sheet of printer paper to stabilize it.  Then I wrapped the stack with with some torn muslin, and seam binding.  I strung little metal letter tags onto an old bit of wire, and added a rusty key!

I think it would look great in an all white, industrial decor scheme, and since I am doing an all white booth this Saturday at flea.o.logy ... I think it will fit right in!    Be sure to drop by 218 N. Main in Payson from 8 to 4 on Saturday, August 31st!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

French Typography Dresser

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Hi, It's Debbi, from Tattered Butterfly.  I've only been with Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks for about a month. I'm so happy to be associated with this amazing group of artists. 

I have to admit when I found this junky old dresser I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  The top was severely damaged!    

 It had severe water damage to the top.  The veneer was bubbling up.  My handy husband sanded and peeled the loose pieces off.
 Two coats of black paint and I was thinking about decoupaging with some damask wallpaper.
 At the last minute I decided to pull out my favorite stencils.  I used cream acrylic paint and I randomly place the words all over the dresser. I lightly sanded the french typography.  

Two coats of Cabot Polystain in Walnut Gloss.  This stuff can give an age look in one fell swoop.

 Added some glass knobs and sprayed the old hardware with Krylon's Oil Rubbed Bronze.  I love this stuff! It goes on so smooth and gives hardware a little more sheen and depth then using black spray paint.

They are rough patches on the top but it gives the effect of old paper on top.

Using the gloss polyurethane creates a lot of reflection in pictures.  It doesn't look this glossy in person.

 Gotta love the camera strap in the picture.  Err!  
This is one of my best trash to treasure redesigns.  I have to to say this is one I'd love to keep.  
This went to a lovely lady who had the perfect place in her home. 


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Friday, August 23, 2013

How to Reclaim Old Brass

Hello all!  This is Kristin K.  Just recently I acquired some old brass lamps and knick knacks.  Some were from my grandmother and others I had purchased from thrift stores and yard sales.  They were kinda ugly and I knew I could figure out something cool to do with them. 
First, I taped off the cords and switches on the lamps.  I wrapped the cords up in a bag and then taped around them. 

 I then primed them with my super favoritist primer in the world.

I decided I wanted some bold colors, so I chose cherry tomato, jargon jade, and a golden yellow.  I sprayed on two layers of paint.

I wanted the lines and details of the lamps and trinkets to pop, so I added a dark walnut stain.  

I applied a wax protective finish and here is the end result.  My favorite is the red lamp!  
So now that you can see what your grandmother's old brass can become, don't donate it to a thrift store or sell it at a garage sale!
Reclaim it and Enjoy it!!
~Kristin K.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Furniture postings that remind me of my childhood

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As my children woke up early this morning to embark upon their first day of school for this new school year, I began to remember how I always felt the first day of school, filled with anticipation, butterflies, excitement, and then thinking at the same time oh crap now I have to do homework. 

The other day I saw a pic posted of an old school desk, and since I'm old School, it immediately brought me back to 3rd grade and sweet memories of getting up early to the smell of my dad making pancakes, to the sound of the birds chirping in the trees as I walked to school, the feeling of wearing new clothes, and the smell of a freshly sharpened pencil.

Sometimes when we are on the lookout for some wonderful pieces for you to enjoy we come across a piece from the past that strikes the reminisce bone in us, and then it makes our projects even more exciting to finish.

We would love to know about different pieces that you would want to see finished and the memories attached to that piece.. 
PLEASE leave your comments and feedback... It will be fun to take a trip down memory lane.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Project Complete

You know those projects that you've always wanted to try but have never got around to actually doing it?  Well I completed a different kind of project this past's been on my mind for a while...I have an old coffee table that I've been wanting to re-paint...not your typical paint but using chalkboard paint!  I finally hauled that table out and did it...and it turned out pretty cool if you ask me...I know my kids are loving it!

Here is the table "before"
just your basic wood coffee table

I used Rust-Oleum Chalk Board paint (for the table top) & Ultra Cover 2x in Apple Red Gloss (for the legs)

I taped off the areas where I didn't want the black to touch the red and got to work...
1.  Sanding
2.  Wipe down the sanded areas, clean the rest of the table so there is no dust or dirt
3.  Tape the areas you don't want the two paints to mingle
4.  Get to painting following directions on the can
5.  Let it dry
6.  Sand areas on the table legs & edges if you like the "distressed" look, if not, leave the paint as is
6.  Some like to coat with a wood stain, I did not in this case
7. Prepare your chalkboard surface
Did you know that you have to "prep" a chalkboard before you can write on it?  You do so by taking a piece of white chalk, laying it on it's side and going over the whole surface of the chalkboard...once it's completely covered you use an eraser to wipe down the chalkboard surface...then it's ready to have chalk written on it!  Here is the end result...

I thought this table would be a fun way to relay messages back & forth to my family...such as grocery lists, or "Hey Mom, can you pick up some more cereal?"  Or "Hey kids, ran an errand, be back at 3, love you!"  It would be a fun table for a college apartment too!  
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Antique Dresser Turned Vanity

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Hey!!  Im Sausha from Sweet Pickins showing how  to easily transform any dresser into a vanity for the bathroom!  We did this a few months back in our basement bathroom that we have recently finished.
Something i knew that i wanted in there right from the start was an old dresser to be turned into the bathroom vanity.  Ive always loved that look and its so simple to do.  It gives the room so much more character than a “normal” bathroom cabinet.  I would love, love, love to change out all of our bathroom cabinets with an old dresser.
1st thing to do is to purchase your sink.  I really wanted a bowl type sink to sit on top of the vanity, but it would have been a little too tall.  But i found this drop in sink @ Home Depot and i really liked the detailing and it was cheap – like $70 cheap.
Sinks come with a template so you can get a perfect circle – all you need to do is cut out the template, and then measure your counter top to get everything lined up perfect.  Then you could either trace the circle with marker or chalk or tape it on and cut around the template.
Then just cut the circle with a jigsaw.  You will need to drill a hole somewhere inside the circle so you will have a place to start the jigsaw blade.  You can just use a large drill bit or hole bit.
I dont have pics of the next step, but after you have dry fit your sink to make sure everything fits, put a little bit of silicone or plumbers putty around the edge and then set your sink.
Install your faucet and then hook up all the plumbing.  We cut out a small square in the back of the dresser so that we can easily access the plumbing.
Depending on how deep your drawers are, you may have to remove some of the guts of the dresser.  In our case, we had to make the top two and the middle drawers just false drawers.  The bottom drawer is a full drawer.
If you have enough room, you can make your drawers still work by removing the back part of the drawer and moving it up just to make a shallow drawer.  In our case, we didn’t have enough room so we just had to make false drawers.
Lastly, you just need to caulk around your sink, which i haven’t done yet.  And that’s it!  Easy as pie.
How much better does this look than your typical builder style of vanity!!