Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Orange You Glad I didn't Say Banana?

Hi it's Jeff from the Rusty Ranch

Here's the story of an Orange Industrial re claimed warehouse cart, pictured here in it's first incarnation, a kitchen table using the 2 x 4 Reclaimed Oak top, and the base of the cart, and fork lift skids as legs.
But wait.....

Take the side rails and make another table, this one a coffee table using a half of a gas station sign, "Modern", 
the bottom has new rolling castors.

Hold the Phone....

My son asked if this was a "zombie apocalypse" garden gate.  The end piece of rail came from the original orange cart.  

You gotta love that natural aged orange patina!

There's more.....

Here's a Junk Art tractor, pulley wheels and various junk parts went into this tractor, the frame?  Another section of the fork lift skid from the original warehouse cart.

Had enough?

the posts on this bird feeder.......

and the wheels on this coffee table, all from the ware house cart.  

And lastly this may look familiar....

It's a twin to the Modern Coffee table. 
                       The other half with the Salt Lake address                                                            
 I guess I live the old adage:  

Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do or Do Without!

Keep On Junkin'!!

Jeff Carter

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Old Weathered Boat Technique

The Old Weathered Boat Technique

Brought to you by Denise Madron with 'The Vintage Pelican'

 Close your eyes and imagine an old row boat.  One that gets painted year after year and then when no longer in use...it sits, abandoned, out in the elements; the wind, the rain, the sun, the cold, the sea....and over time...it starts to weather...and chip. 
All that chippy goodness...mmmm.. 
Hey!...not like chocolatey chippy goodness....
more like vintage-y chippy goodness! 
Sheesh!...You with me?!?  Focus!
Do you still have your eyes closed? 
Can you see it?
A Weathered Boat
(I'd post a pic here...but I couldn't find one that WASN'T copyrighted so we'll continue to use our imaginations)
  Today, I'm going to show you how to replicate that chippy look without having to wait forever for it to age naturally.  Just follow this picture tutorial and then check out other projects that I did using this same technique.
What I use to get this look: 
  • 4 to 5 different Colors of Paint (I prefer Annie Sloan Chalk Paint [ASCP], because that's my go-to paint,  however I'm sure you could use just about any brand or kind)
  • Paper Plates
  • Water Bowl
  • Paper Towels
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Spatula (or use a scraper)
  • Scraper (metal or plastic)
  • Wax or a Sealer (depending upon the project)


Using the Weathered Boat Technique
 These tin letters were purchased at a local decor store.  I loved the letters... I loved the look but I wasn't in love with the color.  It was a wha...wha...wha...wrong
Here's exactly what they looked like prior to starting this project.

...but again wrong color....so let's make them marvelous! 
Aside from prepping for your project (collecting supplies) you should always first start with a clean and dry painting surface. 
Once that is done follow these steps in this order:
STEP 1 - The 1st coat. Ask yourself....do you want to totally cover up the red (I'm using my project as an example) and have your first coat of paint be your base color?  If the answer is no and you don't mind seeing the original surface color or wood...skip this step and move on to STEP 2.  However, with this particular project the answer is YES!  I don't want to see ANY red!  So...I will just apply the 1st coat (ASCP Graphite) as I would paint anything else.  This tin surface is not readily absorbent, like porous wood...so I will apply a thin coat and a regular second coat letting it dry completely before moving on to STEP 2. (of course I must insert here that Chalk Paint adheres better than most anything...so using chalk paint on projects like this is ideal!)

ASCP Graphite painted over the original red surface.
Not completely dry...hence the variation in color.
STEP 2 - Pour the next two or three colors (the order of colors should be decided on before you start)...onto separate paper plates.  Be sure to pour enough needed to cover your project.  Once poured you want to let these sit out and thicken before applying them to the surface of your project.  You can see in the pic below that I have an assortment of colors in various stages of drying.  I did that on purpose. 
And please note: Don't let the paint dry fully!  Pay attention!!!  You do however want a nice thick glob of paint. With ASCP...I'd say 12 to 20 minutes (depending upon temperature and humidity)...but with any other paint you will have to experiment.
  Another must is to always have your drink of choice readily available because sometimes standing around waiting for these things to thicken is exhausting!! 

STEP 3 - Using a paint spatula (or scraper...or even a real spatula) glop on a thin layer of thickened paint.  I used ASCP Provence.  Spread it out with your spatula and frost it...like a cake.  Then let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes. 

Doesn't it look yummy?

STEP 4, 5 & 6 - Repeat STEP 3 each time using a different color.

Once done with the last paint application it should look like this.


This project has 5 coats of paint over the initial red color.
You can choose how many coats you want...but I'd say 4 or 5.

STEP 7 - Let the last coat dry about 90%...then take your scraper and start scraping off the paint.   You'll want to take off about 90% of the last coat.  And then smaller percentages for each layer down.  In this instance, I DID NOT want to see ANY red so I had be very careful to not go past that very first coat of Graphite.  However if you are okay with going down to the original color or the bare wood...have at it! 

All scraped and to my liking.  I preferred to have more white and gray show through so it's perfect for me. 
However...you may prefer to take off more...and that's what's so great about this...it's totally up to you.

Please note:  Do not let any portion of this project, in any stage...dry overnight.  If you do...the paint will be much much MUCH harder to scrape off!  Give yourself plenty of time!
 STEP 8 - Wax or seal the project if you think that it will be something that will be handled, or exposed to any sort of things that may harm the finish (in a bad way).  In this particular case, I did not seal this and instead chose to save my precious wax. 
STEP 9 - I glued and screwed the letters into a prepared reclaimed wood sign but the screws were exposed...and stuck out like a sore thumb!  What do you do with those hideous  screws that are shiny and new?  Don't leave them!Paint them...old weathered boat' style!  
A big glop or two should do the trick!

AFTER... Where did it go?
Project Finished and Hung

Here are some other examples of this technique:
Whales - I used the same technique but at a smaller scale.  I did not want to waste a lot of paint, because essentially you are glopping it on...then scraping more than half of it off.  So instead of doing that and covering the entire board ...I did sporadic coverage making sure to overlap the different colors.
ASCP Provence, Pure White, Graphite and French Linen

ASCP Graphite, Pure White, French Linen, Paris Gray

Reclaimed Wood Sign: Prior to building this sign I used the WB (Weathered Boat) technique on only one fence post. I actually set this board to the side in my workshop...and as I finished other projects...I would glop the unused thickened paint onto this board...knowing that one day...I would use it for something.  And here it is...

ASCP Graphite, Pure White, French Linen and Paris Gray

So if you like what you see...try it out...just make sure to keep your eyes open, eat lots of chocolate-y chip cookies and chip to your hearts delight! 

OH!...and please be sure to stop by my facebook page @ The Vintage Pelican to share your completed WB projects! 
I'd really love to see them!
 Happy Weather Boating!! 

♥ Denise

Denise Madron is from Saratoga Springs, Utah.
The Vintage Pelican that was initially inspired by the need to recycle her own home décor, has now turned in to a full-fledged business where she shares her adventures of restoring, restyling and re-loving unique items.  She now shares stories and pictures from all of the items that she shops, finds and restores from local flea markets, vintage shows, and antique shops.  Quite a few of her finds, after being re-loved, make their way onto her sales page.  She says, her niche is the lake; the love of the water.  Coastal décor, lake décor, ocean décor…it’s what she tends to gravitate towards and hopes that is what makes her stand out from other Utah businesses.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nāzys Nest update!

This last week was so much fun here at Nazy's Nest. Since we are a family based business we were able to spend some much needed time with our family all while doing what we love. Devan and Rachel came from New Mexico and made the 13 hour drive to come help us get ready for the nest fest. Elle and Devin came from Roosevelt Utah 3.5 hours away. Aubrey and Spencer have been working their tails off day in and day out here in Monroe to make this dream a reality. And I have been working hard right along with them.  Our family was able to come together and work to create a store in just a few short days. Out of a small dance studio! 

Years ago I illustrated scrapbook paper and one of my favorite sayings was "Love what you do!". We have turned that into a reality and can't believe how in love we are with our new store. It's coming a long, and we wouldn't have imagined a year ago we would be where we are now. Even though we weren't able to be in the store on Center Street in Monroe, we were still able to spend a few days in a rented building for Black Friday and Super Saturday. The support we received was unbelievable!!!! We would not be where we are with out all of you! We love the support we receive and the smiles we get to enjoy! And can't wait to do it day after day! Our building is so close! We are waiting on the electrical and plumbing and then we can get busy with the sheet rock and muddling. We are so anxious and really can't wait to share what we have in store for all of you! 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

French Provincial Hutch Makeover

French Provincial Hutch Makeover - Over     

A couple years ago I picked up this hutch at a garage sale for $50. Score! I bought it to use in my daughters room, it would be perfect to display her dolls. I had dreams of her taking perfect care of her dolls, brushing their hair, dressing them in their little clothes and then lovingly displaying them in this beautiful hutch. She could pass the dolls and the hutch down to her daughter someday. And she would love and appreciate all her mother did for her. Sigh.....

Hutch purchased at a garage sale in 2004.

Reality hit - Sadly, the beautiful dolls soon became unappreciated dolls with matted hair and ripped clothes, carelessly thrown into the hutch. I soon hated looking at it when ever I walked into her room.

A couple years later there was a new need for the beautiful hutch. A little sweet little boy would soon join our family. A new use for the hutch! A place to put his little clothes, diapers, and baby things. After several trips to the store I realized that I couldn't afford the beautiful baskets that I had been dreaming of. 

A new plan was hatched: A Hutch Makeover - the glass had to go! 

Rubber strips holding in the beadboard
Replacing the glass with beadboard was really pretty easy. The glass was held in place with rubber strips. I carefully removed the glass and saved the rubber strips. I used the glass as a pattern for cutting the beadboard. I placed the glass over the top of the beadboard, making sure the lines would look good when it was in the hutch. Then I cut the beadboard with a jigsaw. I used the rubber strips to secure the beadboard in place.

Black Hutch with beadboard in place of the glass
This is how the hutch looked after it was all done. (above photo, please ignore the clutter) Over the last 10 years it has been used to hold many things, baby clothes, dvd's, books, toys. 

Notice the handles - you can't hardly see them! (I will talk about them more down the page a little)

This spring I finally got around to setting up my craft room. I pulled this dark hutch into my space. As it sat there it reminded me of something dark and dreary, something like you would see in a haunted house! As my room started to take shape, something had to be done to this beautiful hutch!

I think I coated this hutch on a whim at 11:00 at night, gotta love chalk paint - no prep needed! I used Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint. I usually do two coats on my furniture, a full strength coat and then a watered down coat. But I wanted the paint to look worn, with the dark kind of showing through.

You can see in the picture above that the paint isn't stark white, the black is slightly coming through. I sanded all the edges and the lines in the beadboard.

Accentuate the flaws
In the photo above you can see where the beadboard was damaged when it took a direct hit from a football thrown by a 16 year old teenage boy. Instead of trying to hide these little flaws, I sanded them down a little until the black paint showed through. I think it adds to the character of the piece and makes me think of that sweet 16 year old boy who felt so bad about hitting (and denting) his mother's hutch.

I painted right over the hinges, I didn't take the time to tape them off - there was black paint on the hinges from my carelessness the last time I painted it, or I probably would have. They look great! And blend in nicely.

The original Beautiful French Provincial Handles
Here are the beautiful handles that I mentioned above. In 2004 I had replaced these handles with silver drawer pulls and knobs that I purchased at Home Depot, the more modern silver knobs were a better fit for my little boy hutch. After we moved I found these beautiful handles in a bin in the garage. It was like striking gold! I was so excited and glad that they hadn't been discarded or taken to good will during the move.

Don't they look beautiful? And they really pop out against the white paint.
Broken knob
Another reason that I replaced the hardware was because the knob in the photo above is broken. Someday I might find a replacement, but for now - who cares!
Beautiful knobs

Drum Roll please.....

Here it is! The makeover - madeover!

What do you think? Beautiful! I love how this turned out. This is a piece of furniture that will always be treasured. It is my first true furniture transformation. I loved it back in 2004 and now in 2014 - I love it even more!

It now has a permanent home in my craft room. I will talk about what is hidden behind the doors in another post. Coming soon - my big craft room makeover reveal! I am just putting the finishing touches on it. Can't wait to share it with you all!

Thanks!!  Staci Wray

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Before and After

Everyone likes a great before and after.  I know I do, so today I'm sharing my favorite one.  It's my kitchen. 

I’m sure you’ve all heard it before.  That kitchens and bathrooms are the two places in your house that add the most resale value, so if they are outdated then that is where you should spend your money.  With that in mind it should come as no surprise that this kitchen was #1 on my to do list when we bought our house three years ago.
This is a picture of the house before we bought it. For something that is supposed to be a selling point it is definitely lacking in shazaam!    The appliances are super old and those orange cabinets are a hot mess.  The walls are a fleshy tan; if you look on the left side of this picture they look pink.  Yeah, my whole house is that color.  Also, I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but that “backsplash” is just a flat piece of Formica that has been glued directly onto the wall.  This whole kitchen needed a face lift, and that is exactly what it got.
If you’re interested in knowing more about the process and the products I used then read along.  If you’re only interested in what’s coming next on the blog then you can skip to the end.
Step 1: Decisions, decisions, decisions.  My house isn’t super light so I knew I didn’t want to darken the cabinets and make it more cave like so we opted for painting the cabinets white.  I wanted to find a white that contrasted with the countertops, so I wouldn’t feel like I needed new countertops when my cabinets were done.  I also needed one that I liked when the florescent light was on and when it was off since I knew we wouldn’t tackle the lighting situation for a while.  This may not sound difficult, but I probably tested about 15 colors.  In the end I bought a Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation Kit in white and loved the color.  I have no idea if they sell the kit anymore.  I know the kit claims you don’t have to sand or prime or whatever, but the kit is a dirty liar.  They may have received enough complaints that they decided to discontinue the product.  I knew what I was getting into so I wasn’t disappointed with the product at all.
Step 2: Grain Filler.  There was an advantage to trying so many colors on my cabinets.  I actually finished an entire cabinet with it’s base in one color and hated it.  After it was painted you could see the deep grain of the flimsy inside panel. Some people love that, but I HATED it!  I seriously agonized over this.  I wanted white kitchen cabinets so bad, but I didn’t want to do all that work for me to end up hating them anyway, so I stewed over it for about a year.  Yes, I said a year and I meant it.  Finally one day I took to the internet and googled how to eliminate wood grain and came across this product called wood grain filler.  It looks like I’m not the only one who hates the painted wood grain.  I ordered it and let it sit on my counter for a few months while I mentally prepared myself to start the project again.
51aBNl2zH4L When I got sick of looking at my hideous partially painted kitchen I decided to jump right in.  I started disassembling my kitchen.  This sucked because I found that a bunch of my cabinet doors were in fact broken.  I repaired them using wood glue and clamps and then filled the cracks with spackle.  I also filled the old hardware holes with spackle and had my hand dandy husband drill holes for the new hardware before painting.  After this was done I started using the grain filler on all of my cupboard doors.  I only did the fronts since I knew the backs wouldn’t bother me.  It says to squeegee the filler onto the cabinet doors.  I purchased a squeegee (that word is so weird right?) from an auto parts store that had a sponge side and a squeegee side.  I used the sponge to rub the filler into the wood grain and squeegeed the excess away.  I still had to sand it smooth after it dried and I used a flat head screw driver to scrape it out of places I didn’t want it.
Step 3: Caulking.  After your doors and drawers are all sanded it’s time for the caulk.  I used a quick dry paintable caulk to fill in the gaps in the doors.  Just on the inner panel where it meets the outer trim.  Then they were ready to be primed and painted, but before I tackled that I got started on the cabinet bases.
Step 4: Bead board.  I knew I wanted bead board around the base of the cabinets so I went and got some bead board and had it cut it down to size.  I used a jig saw to cut out the electrical socket and the corner cut out.  We used liquid nails and some brads to adhere it to the counter.  If you decide to ever do this you will find that your cabinetry may not be uniform.  On the side with the outlet the bottom was wider than the top, so we crapily carefully shaved some bead board off the bottom right hand side.  A similar thing happened on the back piece.  Nothing a little paintable caulk couldn’t fix.  I filled in the gaps with the caulk and also caulked all four sides of the bead board.  In the end I think it looks great and only I know where all the mistakes were made.  This part of the project only took a few hours and was less than $30 to complete.
Step 4: Painting the bases.  After the bead board was up it was time to paint the bases.  I didn’t bother to tape anything off since I knew I was going to paint the walls after I was done.  I cleaned them using the cleaner from the kit and that made it so the paint would adhere to them.  The bases are made out of some wood and some laminate and I didn’t have any adhesion problems at all with just the cleaning solution as my prep.  I used two coats of white paint and primer (a.k.a. the best paint EVER) from Sherwin Williams plus two coats of the kit paint.  Then two coats of polyurethane from the kit.  Yep, that’s SIX coats in all.  It took FOREVER!  Totally worth it!
Step 5: Painting the cabinet doors.  After the bases were done I went back to the cabinets.  I knew from my experimentation that I needed to keep the orange from coming through on the cabinet doors.  The bases didn’t have any issues with that because they were made out of difference materials.  After some research and more experimentation I decided to use Kilz oil based primer (two coats) followed by two coats of the kit paint.  The primer covered the orange beautifully and I don’t have any orange seeping through and uglying up my cabinets.  After the four coats I did two coats of polyurethane.
Step 6: Hang and hardware.  Once everything was dry I hung the cabinets and put the hardware on.  I bought my hardware off of ebay.  They have the best prices on stuff like that.

After everything was done I was able to step back and look at my pretty white cabinets.  I must say that I LOVE how it turned out.  It was totally worth all the hard work.  What do you think?  Did I add resale value?  Do you prefer the new kitchen over the old one?
Obviously the kitchen is still a work in progress.  You can see where I am currently looking for the new paint color for the walls and there are a bunch of little projects I need to do in there, but the cabinet transformation was by far the biggest project on my to do list.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Reinventing through Marriage

Hi, its Paula from flea.o.logy, here to share a favorite post from my own blog, pollyanna-reinvents.  

In the antiques business, where I have worked for almost 20 years, we often refer to furniture that has been pieced together from parts of other furniture as a marriage. Of course married pieces don't have the same value as original and intact antique furniture, but they often have a charm all of their own.

This is the story of a marriage. The back splash that was eventually wed to this turn of the century chest of drawers was a find at an auction, an orphan, if you will. It was probably off of a large English dry sink or wash stand, as the English used marble this way. The dresser is one that I found, and purchased at the end of the day, at my own flea market, flea.o.logy. The other dealer didn't want to drag it home, and hardwood furniture, this one is mahogany, is a lot to drag. When I gave into the reverse haggling, I got a great deal and a project!
This is the completed piece of furniture. It sold at Treasures Antiques for $179.99 and has a new home. A happy ending for an unwanted chest and its orphan companion, wouldn't you say?

In this picture you can see the lines of the chest and the splash. They both have curvy lines, but are void of other decoration.  They are also both bulky in formand to add to that the size was right, this is the main reason I put them together. The orphan splash waited at least five years for the right base to come along.
This is the chest of drawers as I purchased it. My husband had to cut a new top because the veneer had issues. The fact that it was painted didn't matter, since married pieces need to be united, usually, by paint.
Here is a close up of the splash in its original condition.

I love being able to salvage items that are essentially useless in their current condition. I like to use oil base paint on the reinventions, because it has a harder look, like old paint you see on vintage furniture, which was usually oil base. Oil base paint IS messy, and I have learned to just throw out my brushes after using them (which is OK because the little natural bristle brushes I like best are cheap) but the resulting finish is so much more durable.

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