Saturday, April 14, 2018

A few recent creative adventures

Last weekend I had the pleasure of getting together with some amazing ladies for a creative weekend.  We stayed at a wonderful place near LaCrosse Wisconsin called the Dragonfly Retreat.  What I loved most about the place was their large classroom equipped with just about everything creative people could need.  I led some of the group in creating two fun projects (I let them pick ahead of time via a survey).  Others made some beautiful quilts.  Below are a few images of the two projects we worked on. Each project cost only about $15 in materials.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Little Fun with my new Cameo

A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought a Silhouette Cameo 3.  So far I really like it.  There was a bit of a learning curve though with vinyl... but I think I'm getting it.  Below are a few of the first signs that I made.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

In honor of the Fourth of July, I decided to make another one of my Stars 'N Stripes quilt.  I was hoping to have it done for today... but I am going to need today to finish.

I just have 43 more stars to make... and I need to sew all the stripes together.  The pattern I'm using is the one I made about a year ago.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Repurposed Sewing Machine Table

On a whim I stopped by the thrift store on my way home from work on Thursday.  I found these two items for a combined total of 25 dollars!  Yes, they are in poor condition, but the sewing machine has most of it's enamel intact, and it has a bunch of attachments!  

For Memorial Day weekend I decided to tackle the sewing table first.  Mostly because I love sewing, and this seemed to speak to me :)

PREP:  To begin I removed as many things as I could (i.e. sewing machine, table parts, etc.) and gave it a really good cleaning.  For the parts that would not be painted, like the lower cover that is under the table and conceals the sewing machine when lowered, I used pledge.  For the rest I used windex and a damp cloth.  I also needed to remove the laminate that was peeling away.  I used a scraper to get all of the loose pieces off.  I then gave it a really good sanding all over.  I then cleaned it with a damp cloth.

REPAIR:  I then used Bondo to fill in the parts where I had to remove the laminate... It was very very very smelly... but easy to use. 

SAND:  After the bond dried I went back over it with a sander using 80 grit.  It was surprisingly easy to even out, I can see why auto repair people use this!

PAINT:  I then wiped it down again.  To paint the piece I used my new favorite color-- Stolen Kiss from Behr, semi-gloss latex.  It's a really pretty pale pink.  I started with a roller... but it was hard to get to the small spots, so I used a foam brush for the remaining coats.  It took about four coats.... which seams like a lot... perhaps next time I'll try using a primer.  I did sand between the first two-three quotes.  

DETAIL:  I decided to add a few frilly details to the piece.  I found these decorative wood pieces at Home Depot and purchased some glass knobs... added about $29 to the project... which is more than I spent on the furniture... but I think it will look nice in the end.  I stained them a dark brown first because I planned on distressing them later.  I then painted them with antique white semi-gloss paint I had.  I wanted them to stand out from the pink a little, so I chose the white.

Distress:  I than distressed the piece using 150 grit sand paper.  Later I did go back and paint some of the spots over... because it looked a little to distressed...

Add the Detail:  The detail pieces were then added to the table using liquid nails.

Reassemble:  Once the paint had dried I put all the pieces back on.  I also (with much frustration) reattached the sewing machine.  I then decided to plug it in to see if it actual my surprise IT STILL WORKS!!!. What a deal for 19.99--- nice table and nice working sewing machine!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Future Coffee Station Table Flip

After completing my first furniture flip--- which was surprisingly easy, I have ventured on to furniture flip number two.  I found this perfect sized table that was in somewhat poor condition at Goodwill for $40.  The size and detail were perfect though for my future coffee station table for my bedroom.  I chose a light pink (mostly because I was tiring of all the antique white I have in my bedroom) called Stolen Kiss a Behr paint from Home Depot.  As I did with my first table I used a semi-gloss latex paint.

Preparing to Paint:  
Before I started the fun part, I gave the table a very good cleaning.  I used a water/vinegar mix (3 parts water to 1 part vinegar) and sprayed it all over the table.  I quickly ripped it down and dried it.  I then gave it a light sanding everywhere.

I also needed to repair some of the trim that was popping off.  To do this I used liquid nails to glue it back, and then clamped it down to secure it.

I then took a little beeswax and put it on a few spots that I wanted to distress later.

I used a high quality paint brush meant for smooth surfaces.  I painted one layer, then gave it a light sanding.  I ended up repeating this for three coats sanding in between.  My final sanding was with a 220 fine sanding paper.

Refurbishing the Brass Hardware:
I removed the handle from the drawer prior to painting.  I tried soaking it in coke... it helped a little.  What ended up being a surprise was how a little sanding with 220 grit--- polished it instantly!!  No need to soak it.

Distressing the table:
To distress the table I used 150 grit sand paper and sanded the spots I had beeswax on.  I also sanded the edges.  

Protecting the table:
Since I will be using this table as my coffee station I decide to give it a clear coat.  I used a semi-gloss polyurethane from minwax.  I gave it two coats on the top, one coat for the rest of the table.

Overall cost: $68ish...  $40 table, $19.99 Paint, $8 semi-gloss finish.  I have enough left over paint to probably make 3-4 more furniture flips, enough semi-gloss to do 1-2 more.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Different kind of Creative-Flipping Furniture

It has been awhile since I've been able to post. Over the last couple of months I have moved!! As exciting as that has been, it's come with a lot of time and anxiety... but still worth the move :) One of the fun things that comes with a new home is finding new furniture. Being of the frugal mindset I decided to try to flip my own furniture. So far I have found two beautiful old tables. This one below is my first flip. I bought it at St. Vincents for only $26.25. It is a solid piece from Ethan Allen.

To prep the table I cleaned it with a vinegar and water mix.  I then sanded it slightly.  I used beeswax to create a few spots where the paint wouldn't adhere to for distressing purposes.  I then used a semi-gloss antique white paint from home depot.  I ended up doing three coats and lightly sanded between each.  After the final coat I sanded the edges and my few beeswax spots to create the distressed look.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hidden Chevron

Yikes life got busy! But here's something I've been working on.

This was a super easy quilt using organic cotton.  The fabric I used was from Birch Organics- Hidden Gardens collection.

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