Showing posts with label project. Show all posts
Showing posts with label project. Show all posts

Thursday, May 29, 2014

dining alfresco

The picnic season has officially begun! Here are a few ideas for decorating an outdoor table in style...and on a budget!
Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

Use what you have...

I removed the wax residue from old candles
and created this garden inspired glass hurricane.

Place a votive sized cup inside a 3 wick candle holder.
Fill the gap with moss and add a candle.

Layer mix and match green Transferware.

For an uncomplicated but dramatic centerpiece start by gathering a basket, pots, bottles, garden cuttings, small plants and moss.

Fill the basket with plants and cuttings...

Fill the gaps with moss and voila...

Upcycle old garden items like this metal sprinkler
into a candle holder!

Even Pea is amazed at how good the table is starting to look...

Dress your outdoor tables with the same attention to detail
that you give your indoor settings...

I hope you are inspired to dine alfresco this evening!

Monday, May 12, 2014

gardens under glass

I am so happy to be a guest blogger...aka the Domestic Diva...
at Garden Variety.
 To read a short tutorial on making terrariums,
I hope you will jump over to GV to take a look.


I couldn't help myself...I had to add a few seashells!

I hope you are inspired to make a mini garden under glass...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

beach comber's lamp...

Some projects come together immediately...
others take a bit longer.
This one was a year in the making!

I found this wonderful old post light while out junking.
The patina was perfection but it was not in working order.   

It had all of the metal pieces
and the beveled glass was beautifully intact...
but it didn't have any of the screws or wiring.

I added the candelabra lights in three different heights...

Then after almost a year of searching for just the right base,
I found two wonderful old pieces of wood.
The colors were spot on! Then it just needed to be constructed.
My Mom and Dad were visiting and this was the perfect
Father-Daughter project!

My Mom and I share an obsession for shelling
so the finishing touches were and obvious choice!

All that needed to be done was a fine top coat of a matte polyurethane to protect the patina.
It was a great deal of fun
and now I can't wait for the next project!!!
I love my job...and my awesome parents!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

teak shutters...

Here are the wonderful teak shutters as seen in a previous posting..."more treasures"

They have been fitted with a glistening new mirror...

...and I am so thrilled with the result!

They look so sweet on the bank of French door windows in my shop. sweet, in fact, that they found a new home before I could even post this story!

They will be missed but this also means I am off to tackle a new project...Yippee!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Desk Project

I have never shied away from a project and here is my latest...

I found this great old claw foot desk for a mere $40 and decided I must have it! Only problem...

It was wobbly at best...and in pieces.

First things first...get rid of the wobble.
Thank goodness for wood glue...

...and long clamps!

Next was to assemble the top like a puzzle and make sure that it was not missing any boards.

Then the sander did over-time. The delicate claw feet had to be done by hand.

Now it was time to stain the base and pen drawer.

The desk is not terribly heavy but it is large and cumbersome for one (me). So I decided to carry it up to its new home prior to assembling the top.

Once the top was all back together, safe and secure, it was time to stain the top to match the base.

A protective coat (or four!) of polyurethane was all that was needed to finish my project.

Voila! My new desk in its new home. So pleased!!!

I could not have done it without years of watching my dad refinish furniture. Normally I am the first to paint an old piece of furniture white and call it a day. But not this time. This grand old boy deserved to be brought back to his original glory.

Thanks Dad for the lessons, encouragement and tips along the way!!!

I love my Dad.