Saturday, July 19, 2014

Meet Amelia, the dresser

Meet Amelia.


Looking kind of drab until she received the makeover that uncovered her true passion. (Ugh - just caught the blur that must have been on my lens.)


Decided to name this piece after Lady Lindy, Amelia Earhart.  I can only imagine she would be proud to display this piece in her home.  ;)


I added a bit of trim to the top and bottom to give it a bit more definition.


I usually hand paint the silhouette over the base coat, but because the red is highly pigmented, the white plane was painted in the negative space.  Took lots of coats but it was worth it.


Gotta love friends who pick up furniture from the side of the road knowing you will welcome it into your garage.  :)  Thanks Tina!


I hope this dresser makes it's way into a child's room and reminds them to soar.


Have a fabulous day,
Debbie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

DIY Soccer Goal

Summer's here.  Want another way to keep your kids active and out of your hair?


It took very little funds and under 2 hours to make this goal.  And my kids LOVE it!  Follow the easy instructions below and then pour yourself an adult beverage while your kids keep themselves busy - a novel idea.  ;)

I made my goal to be 51" across, 27" high and 27" deep.  I used 1" PVC pipe for this size goal; if you want a bigger goal, you may want to increase the diameter of the PVC so it's not flimsy.  You want to buy enough PVC to create all cut lengths below in the photo.  If you have a hacksaw, you can see how easy it is to cut in the second photo.

Super easy to cut with a hacksaw
After all your pieces are cut, use the photos below to start to put them together. (Note:  90 degree connectors are the same as "elbows".)



Next combine the parts to make the photo below.


Then attach the last pieces to finish the frame.


Now, stand your goal upright and TA DA - your frame is finished.


To make your goal more sturdy, you can use PVC glue like I did below.  Take it apart and work quickly and get the angles correct, because the glue dries fast.  If you don't want to deal with the glue, you can use duct tape around all the joined pieces.


I just grabbed some bird netting at the hardware store to use as the netting.  I used cable ties to attach in place.


I just draped the netting over the frame and cut to fit.  To make it more sturdy, I double wrapped the edges before attaching with the ties.


NOTE:  After many goals, this netting is starting to tear.  I have purchased a few yards of fabric netting (see below) and still need to find the time to attach it to the frame.  ;)


All finished.


So, there you have it.  Another activity to keep your kids busy this summer.


And keep Daddies busy too.


Enjoy your summer,
Debbie

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Meet Jacob, the dresser

Meet Jacob.


Jacob was in very nice condition (minus the drawer that I couldn't find at the time and me being too lazy to attach the mirror), but fairly boring, and I was not in a boring mood.


Now Jacob holds his head up high and is loving his new duds.  He now gets second looks when he walks into the library trustees meeting.


I loved the finish on the drawers, so all I did was clean them up and add some wood conditioner.


The base received my own custom color of chalk paint, topped with a heavy coat of glaze.  I sealed the top with layers of polyacrylic and base with wax.


The hardware was very nice, and only needed a coat of paint using this method.


Jacob will have no problem charming the ladies at the weekly tea party.


Have a sunny day,
Debbie


Monday, May 12, 2014

DIY Gutter Garden

"Mommy, when can we start a garden?"
"Now?"
"Is it time yet?"
"Now?"
"Are we ready yet?"

My five-year old has been asking for a garden since last year, so I thought it was time to dig in.  But there really wasn't anywhere to dig in our yard.  No worries.  If you are looking to start a garden with limited space, just start one on a wall or fence.


If you search "gutter garden" on the web, you will find endless examples.  Just know you will be limited with the kinds of plants you grow, as you need ones with a shallow root system.  Strawberries, lettuce, and herbs are great choices.

I decided on two 10' sections of vinyl gutters.  I also purchased the end caps and gutter hangers which I thought would help keep the shape of the gutter after it was filled with soil.


Our fence is kind of ancient, and I felt we needed to reinforce where the gutters would hang, so we screwed in a few pressure treated 2 X4's.  Tom's getting it done with the screw gun.  :)


Then it was pretty simple to hang by putting screws into the hanger.


And I almost forgot to drill in drainage holes.


We mixed some nice top soil with compost and filled our gutters and flower pots.  The little lady was thrilled to finally be getting her hands dirty.


We settled on some flowers . . . 


 . . . strawberries . . .


 . . . herbs and lettuce.


I think our little lady is happy.



Now if I can just get her to stop asking when we can pick the strawberries.


I'll keep you posted on how well the gutter produces our bountiful harvest.  :)

I hope you have a fruitful day,
Debbie

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Meet Blondie, the dresser

Meet Blondie.


Blondie had enough of the years showing and decided it was time for a tune up.


Now she is proud to show up to the weekly ham and bean dinner at the local Elks club.  She shows off her newly painted hardware to anyone who will listen.


Blondie had a lot going for her, with 11 drawers, an enclosed jewelry keeper, and wheels to make moving much easier.  She just needed a little refreshing.  After sanding it down, I added a very diluted paint to the drawers and top, then wiped them off, creating a "blonde" look to the wood.


I would have loved to use all the hardware, but there was some missing and replacements were no where to be found.  So I decided to make some rope pulls for the bottom drawers, adding some beachy quality to my Blondie.


She is for sale at Robin's Egg in Milford, NH if you have room for her in your home.



Thanks for reading,
Debbie


Monday, April 7, 2014

Meet Sunny, the dresser

Meet Sunny.


She has a beautiful design, but began to show her true colors as I went to move her into the garage.


And I had some damaged veneer that I had to take care of.


But she wanted to shine.  Like the sun.


Sunny tackles life.  She wakes in the morning to half an hour of meditation, enjoys fresh fruit and cottage cheese before her daily yoga class.


She reads every book that her book club prescribes and has the full discography of Peter, Paul & Mary.  She is just a ray of sunshine in your otherwise rainy day.


This piece was picked up by a customer and I was given the opportunity to brighten her up.  I stripped and stained the top and all doors, as well as the side wood panels.  The customer really wanted to keep the wood top, and since I wasn't sure what I would get under the veneer, I just added some wood filler and stained it along with the top (forgot to take a photo of the repair).


I made my own chalk paint and distressed lightly so the super cool trim could pop.  I also painted the hardware using this technique.


Sunny is going to be used in a nursery . . . . the perfect spot to brighten your day.


Thanks for reading and may your day be sunny,

Debbie