This weeks Hometalk Helper Challenge is to create a Halloween project. A few months ago, I picked up an ornate gold-painted framed mirror. I had no idea until today what I was going to do with it. I decided this challenge was the perfect opportunity to use the mirror frame and try a few new techniques.
I found a carved wooden box at a flea market this summer. It was rough and unfinished on the inside. I doubt it was for jewelry...it didn't look refined by any measure. Still, I couldn't resist the challenge...
My sun porch is a multipurpose room at my house. First and foremost, it is my grandkid's domain when they are visiting. When I entertain, it is my overflow room. We often eat our meals out there, and it's the best place in the house to hear the rain falling. I wanted it to look better than it did and I needed storage for blankets, toys and games. I stain-painted the walls green to give it some color, pulled up the rugs and put down a vinyl floor, and then I got to work on the built-in seating. I have never built anything on my own before, but I have helped out and paid close attention to my dad when he did things. This was my first...from design to completion - even the striped pillows. I was most excited to see how sturdy it turned out...I hope I don't tire of it because it's not going anywhere.
Long story, short…Flea Market, ugly chair, $5, SOLD! I’ve been working on a vanity from the 1940’s and searching for the perfect chair. I found it at the flea market, however, it was hidden under layers of gaudy fabric and fringe. I knew immediately what I wanted it to look like, and for that matter, the direction my vanity was going to take. Old Hollywood. My mind conjured up images of lux fabrics and shiny trims. I hit the internet and found exactly what I needed to make it happen…glass buttons, silver velvet, and gorgeous dupioni silk. The best find I didn’t even know I was looking for was a shabby rose trim. Here's the thing…I had the chair, I had the vision, and I had the supplies. I had absolutely no idea how to reupholster a chair. I spent most of this weekend learning how.
I'm embarking on a new room makeover. This time it's my sun porch. It is a 9 x 13 room with windows on all walls. Every area of the walls and ceiling is covered in pine boards. The boards are covered in knots and other imperfections. If I was going to paint them, I would need to fill in, sand, and prime before I could paint. That would not only be time consuming, it would be expensive. Instead, I bought a sample of the paint color I liked and did the entire room. Here's how:
I just painted my front door black. It was something I've been wanting to do since I moved into my house last year. It was originally white with black frame molding. I love decorating my front porch and my door is no exception; but with that black and white door, everything I hung looked looked like it was competing for attention. Now I have a beautiful backdrop to showcase a variety of wreaths. For my summer door decor, I made this framed wreath. The frame was made by my father, out of wood from a pump house that was knocked down on our family blueberry farm . It doesn't sound like anything sentimental, but it really is. My dad has been gone for almost 10 years and that pump house was part of my childhood memories of the farm. I chose geraniums because my mother (also deceased) always had them growing on our back porch every summer. I love making family connections with my decor!
Challenged this week to find something at a thrift store to repurpose that also solves a problem, I found my way to our local ReStore on my lunch hour. I generally look for furniture items there, but I really wanted to participate in this challenge so I kept myself to the odds and ends side of the store. The problem I needed to solve was a blank spot on my dining room wall (although, I didn't know that was the problem I was working on at the time). I was coming up short when I spotted a stainless steel gravy boat and plate. Now isn't that something you'd love to hang on your wall?
This is Part I of a bigger project that will be posted sometime this spring. I am a collector of things that might be useful later on. Coffee cans are on top of that list. When the weekly challenge to turn something new into something that looked old, I decided to put a few of those cans to good use. I have been looking at the paints that oxidize and thought that this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.
If you've been following my posts, you are probably tired of hearing about my guest room makeover. I'm tired of working on it! There were eight projects posted for this room so I posted a link to my project page and gave you overall before and after photos of the makeover. After this, you won't hear another word about it...I promise! (disclaimer: I do intend to eventually redo my father's dresser, but I won't mention the guestroom makeover)
My guest room is getting a lot of attention lately. I am almost done. A while back I posted about hanging a curtain rod and sheers. Now I have added the drapery panels to finish the look. (In truth, I have only added one panel because my guests arrived before I could finish) LOL!This project requires intermediate sewing skills - not because it's so difficult to sew a straight line, but because you need to understand the construction of the panel in order to figure out your cuts and to get it to hang straight.
I have a DIY passion that covers home repairs, home decorating, sewing, furniture upcycling, and making things from scratch. My short attention span accounts for the variety of projects that I tackle.
I love spending time in antique markets, thrift stores, and architectural salvage yards. My vision usually begins after something catches my eye - then the fun begins. I am learning to use tools that once petrified me. I have even purchased a table miter saw recently. Once over the learning curve, it all becomes second nature.
I believe that if it doesn't take too much physical strength, I can probably handle it.