Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Valentine Mantel 2015

I always hate taking down my Christmas decorations. Especially from my mantel. Christmas seems to come  around so quickly, and then it seems that as soon as you put out the decorations, it's time to take them down again. 
The good part about taking down the Christmas decor, is that I get to decorate for Valentine's Day.

I don't go crazy decorating for holidays (other than Christmas) and seasons but I do like to decorate my mantel. It's the focal point of the room so it's fun to change it up.
I made the banner a couple of years ago. You can see how I made it HERE.
This year I tried string art for the first time when I created this heart. I hammered in the nails, but my daughter took over and did the fun part!


I also created this mixed media heart art...
I'll be sharing the tutorial for it soon.
How about you? Do you decorate for special occasions other than Christmas?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Table That Really Measures Up


This table started out like this...
It was in rough shape! It had been outside under a carport for who knows  how long.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it when I saw it!
So, I gave it a coat of paint, then cut yardsticks that I had been hoarding collecting to cover it. 
My favorite yardstick is one from Travis Hardware...
Travis Hardware opened in 1952 on the square in Fayetteville, GA. It's long gone, but the building (now a restaurant) is still known as the Travis Hardware Building.
They sold a little bit of everything, as the yardstick states...
The yardstick is so old that the phone number only shows the last 4 digits...

I used one that was a little wider than the others and had a great saying...

And one was from a 1976 campaign for state representative...

And, I had to add the John Deere yardstick in honor of all my Georgia transplant friends from Michigan!


All the yardsticks are glued down using wood glue. They are lined up so that the yardstick on the bottom lines up with the same yardstick on the top. 


I have a few inches left over from each yardstick.
I wonder what I should do with those?!!!
I'm sure I'll figure out something!
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mid Century Modern Makeover


Lately, I seem to come across more and more mid century modern pieces of furniture. 
I felt like I hit the jackpot when I came across this pair of mid century bar stools the Salvation Army for only $6.99 each!
One was in a little better shape than the other, but it doesn't matter when you're going to paint them!


A few days after I bought them, I saw the exact same bar stools on Facebook in a photo from 1961. You can see that vintage photo HERE. For being at least 54 years old, the stools were in great shape structurally. They just needed a face lift!

I used chalk paint from Dixie Belle Paint Company and painted the first stool white and added a gray stripe.



For the second stool, I did the reverse and painted it gray with a white stripe.



I'm so glad I chose not to paint them the same!




Now that they've had a little TLC, maybe these bar stools will last another 54 years. I can see it now...
in the year 2069, someone will come across these painted bar stools and feel like they would be perfect...
if they were stripped and stained!
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Evolving Chair: Third Edition

You know the story...
This chair needed a makeover.

Upholstering is a pain in the neck (for me anyway).
Let's paint it for Fall and put off the upholstery job for later...



She sat proudly at Earth Mama's General Store.
But wait! We can't have a chair with pumpkins on it for the Christmas Open House! Time for that upholstery job.
Nah...I think I'll paint it again...

But now, sadly, Christmas is over.
So, a new year brings yet another change for the chair.
And it's still NOT an upholstery job!

The evolution of a chair...
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