Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chalk painted chest of Drawers.

If you love to upcycle or decorate or just refinish furniture , chalk paint is a fun way to update or just hide wear on lovely old furniture.    I recently updated our bed with a recycled headboard and a few upcycled night stands.  You can read the head board post here.
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The goal was to economically replace 1920 Edwardian furniture ...although beautiful it was lacking in functionality and it has seen better days.

Veneer is missing on it..and the drawers all need to be reworked and it will be done...and I think some chalk paint may be in store...have not completely decided yet......but this look is really in right now and I like it!

Both examples found in pinterest search.....
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Any how I am getting ahead of myself.

...The chest  of drawers I finally found at Habitat and paid 65.00 for.

You are right it is a pretty and heavy Piece ..However it has some damage on the top which made it a little easier to paint... 

Some great details on this oriental inspired chest....

The hardware is to die for...and No I choose not to paint it or restore it....

With some cleaning...and a couple coats of custom mixed chalk paint....She turned out really well....

I do normally put dark hardware on this color paint ...

However I just could not do worn and original they are!

She was lightly distressed ....and a few coats of wax later I am pleased...and what a deal !

Yes I noticed that this cheap flooring really needs replacing...but..the bank account is not agreeing!

She blends well with the headboard!

I hope this motivates you to look for that Jewel in the Rough...
Happy Hunting!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Burlap and velvet Farm Christmas Charm ornaments

 I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.  This is the first Christmas challenge.  I seem to always gravitate towards vintage sewing notions and fabrics and vintage jewelry.  This project is indicative of the fore mentioned loves. 

When I went through my stash I found burlap, vintage velvet trim, vintage large buttons , grommets, some light weight wire, vintage brooches and old jeweled picks.  The purchase item here is greenery.  The greenery was purchased at Hobby Lobby most of it 40% to 50% off.  total cost roughly 8 bucks .  Tools used glue gun with glue sticks, grommet setter, wire cutters ,scissors and vintage sewing machine (non electronic machine)  Tip for burlap and a sewing  machine:  Burlap is dust and lint heavy..I always clean my feed dogs and bobbin case after using burlap.  I am blessed in owning a vintage machine that does a great job and is easy to clean.

Singer 1949 15-91
This is my favorite TOY.

I set my stitch count to almost 25 per inch a small stitch to sew the side seams of the bags.  This will help insure that the burlap will not unravel.  Now yes you can run  burlap through a serger but I do not recommend it.  Burlap fibers are tough on blades I actually use my best pair of paper utility scissors to cut burlap...never my fabric scissors. Once my bags were made I turned down my top edge, placed my velvet and glued it on with a seam in the back then added grommets to the front..Glued in each individually arranged and taped together greenery element.The rest was easy peasy...just twist the wire to make your hanger and run in through your grommets.  Last finishing touches are Glued on pins, and  finishing the back velvet seam off with a old button .

These would be great on a large rustic tree, as a package ornament or on a door knob..They will be available at Vintage Collections down town Camden...Here is the link to there facebook page.
I hope this post inspires you to look at your stash a little more festively!
Happy Crafting !

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fence Post to folksy Pumpkins

The old saying  "waste not want not" is definitely my mantra this year.  I challenged myself to stock my very small 8 x 5 booth with holiday decor that is more than 50% recycled.  In other words no money to little money will go in to materials.  I had seen the idea of using 4x4s to make pumpkins on Pinterest so I cannot take any creative credit for the initial Idea.  
We had some old 4x4s laying around they had one time been fence post...

I asked Mr. RTI to cut them in lengths of 4,5 and 6 inches then I applied orange paint to them..only one coat.  I used valspar interior flat base with a tint added to it.  I choose flat paint because I wanted to sand then top coat.  I also had some decorative dowels that were from some items I inherited from my Dads Shop.  I choose to use these as stems.  So far the only money spent was 12.00 on paint and there will be a good bit left over.

I had some old stain that was not that great for any other project but this one....I put all the pegs and dowels in a glass jar dumped the old stain in and shook.  This covered them perfectly for this project.  I just removed them when I thought they were dark enough and laid them out to dry. 
 I also drilled a hole in the top of each block to add the "stem". 

I used one of my favorite craft room tools a Silhouette Cameo to cut the faces for the blocks and stenciled each size with a different face.  I did remember to make sure that the top of the block had the predrilled hole in it...No faces were put on Upside down in this step.  

They were left to dry.  I used chalk paint for the faces so it only took about an hour.  Each block had to be distressed and sanded and doing all this by hand was not the plan.  Mr. RTI suggested mounting my belt sander in the vise on my work bench.  The belt sander had a setting that would allow it to run with out holding the trigger so It could be used as a grider...Boy did this save time and I was able to get the last bit of use out of a belt that had been left on it.

I wrapped the grip with a rag as not to scuff it so the next I used it by hand it would not be rough.  

This was very quick work.  
And that belt is done....

The next step was to put a clear coat on them since they were painted with flat paint and chalk paint.  
I choose some American Paint company top coat for the job.  You simply rub it on and let it dry, no buffing!

This did a wonderful job and was also quick work.  I already had the top coat so no money was spent.

I dipped the "stems" in to wood glue and hammered them into the predrilled holes on the top.

And I did not like them.....the large ones were a little too tall!

The Jig Saw took care of that 

The stems of course had to be decorated! 
I did not have any paper wrapped wire nor was I going to make it.  I did not have any raffia and was not going to make it.  I did have however a burlap coffee bag and some gold wire.  
I pulled the burlap threads from the bag a little tedious however easy and the bag was free.  
I had the wire already, probably was in some  craft supplies I bought at the thrift store.  
So no money spent.!

And they are reversible!

A lot of this project was therapeutic and me being in the shop for a day is a privilege !
I managed to make 6 sets and they will be available at Vintage Collections down town Camden tomorrow.  
HAppy Fall!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wool Dryer Balls

Yes it is an green thing in more ways than one!

The concept of dryer balls are to save you money and time and these really work.  
I use them and love them!  The  idea is this the balls roll around in your laundry separating it in the dryer hence cutting some of the dryer time.  They also fluff keeping wrinkles down and softening.  The bonus is...I have one of these:
Meet Gnar Gnar..short for Gnarly little attitude!

He sheds long blonde hairs.....The dryer ball brush against your clothes causing the hairs to knot up on them selves.  The plus is I will find little wads of hair in the dryer but not on my clothes....Love that.!
Making the dryer balls is simple however time consuming.  A lot of post suggest buying wool that is 100% wool yarn and rolling it in a ball.  That is costly!  It takes a lot of yarn to make a ball the size of a tennis ball.  My short cut is a 100% wool sweater or blanket (found second hand) that I cut into strips, roll those in to a ball then wind yard around that ball.  Also a cost saver ; take your coupon or app on your phone with you to Joann's,  Micheal's or Hobby Lobby to get your yarn for at the least 40% off.  Also Ibotta has rebate offers for Joann's I think the last time I used it I got 10% back on my purchase.  It was super easy just scan the bar-code on your receipt in the Ibotta app.

Once you have your ball made you put in the leg of a pair of panty hose and knot it off.  One leg will hold about 10- 11 balls.  Throw this in your wash.  I throw in mainly washes that use hot to warm water.  The agitation in the wash will cause the 100% wool yarn to felt on it self.  This felting prevents the balls from coming unraveled.  It takes about 7 washes to really felt then well.  

Once they are felted you are done with washing them.  It takes 3 balls to effectively work in your dryer, I have not noticed any difference with more than three. Simply put three in your dryer with your wet clothes.  You do not  need to wash them again.  You can put essential oils on them .  The oils will really not scent your clothes that well but when you open your dryer it will be a spa experience!
I sell these in my booth at Vintage Collections downtown Camden. I decided to make storage bags for them.
I approached this with simplicity and minimal supplies.  I wanted the customer to be able to see the balls so the back had to be "see through".

I had some remnants of cotton dish toweling that I could get roughly two bags from each remnant.
This was another mug of Tea project!

I used twine, tulle and the remnants! 

And my serger.  I love this handy little machine once I just dug in and taught myself to thread it!

Simple process :  cut the remnants with pinking sheers to prevent unraveling and make an interesting edge, Sew folded over tulle onto the back leaving the folded edge as the top of your bag back..Insert a ribbon or in this case a jute string about 3 inches from the top in the seam with the string on the inside of the right sides together.  this way the string will be on the right side of the finished bag to tie it off.  Serge or machine sew and you are done!

Just make a tag with instructions on how to use and what a great little gift!

If you are local and want to save the green and go green but are cramped on time visit my booth at Vintage Collections down town Camden SC.  I have them for sale there!

Happy Savings!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Fence rails,treadles and wagons

I was privileged today and managed to get in the shop  and put together a Funky little table.  The components are: old radio flyer wagon, fence rail, treadle sewing machine base and treadle sewing machine trim molding , a handful of screws and e6000 glue.  Optional clear coat lacquer. Well and a few standard tools.

The most difficult part of this project was removing the wheels from the old wagon.

The bolts were pretty rusted and finally I resorted to one of my favorite tools the Dremel. 

A grinding wheel for metal split the nuts and I was able to pull them off with pliers.

I cleaned the wagon with some medium steel wool and general purpose cleaner.  

In order for the wagon to sit level and sturdy I used a fence rail cut in 2 peices.  I used the original holes that were used to attach the sewing machine cabinet to the base to attach them.  I drilled four holes in the wagon as well, as pilot holes in the fence rails.  I put a dab of e6000 in each holes and screwed the wagon down.  

The towel bar is a vintage piece of molding off a treadle machine.  I cut it to length , pre drilled the ends and attached it to the base with vintage screws. In order to prevent anymore rust from forming on the wagon I put a few coats of clear lacquer on it.  

Not every one,s taste..However, Funky and different!  Perfect for the dorm cave as a bar. towel storage in a bath or spice and utensil storage in that eclectic kitchen.  It will be available at Vintage Collections down town Camden.