Wednesday

MAKING A MAGNETIC CHALK BOARD



 
 
I was given the challenge to create a message center with a magnetic chalk board
and here is what I created.

 
One of these mirrors in the picture below broke after I had
refinished the frame so it was the perfect candidate to use for the project.
 
 

 
I used a vintage metal cabinet cup pull on the frame for a chalk holder and two *D* rings on the back
 to mount it the wall. The keys in the photo above are made by gluing a strong magnet to the back
 of drawer knobs. I also made a key stick pin with hot glue and a nail sunk into the screw hole.
You can see that one stuck into the cork below.


The metal chalk board and cork board are all attached to a thick backer board that was original to the
 mirror frame. I also used some extra molding to add a divider in between. The cork was purchased at
 the craft store and Daddy is the metal worker in the family so he supplied and cut the metal for me.
The chalkboard paint that was used comes in a spray can from Home Depot.
 
 


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Sunday

SHIPPING BOXES & PACKING TAPE

 
 
 
When I have to ship something in a box I want to recycle and reuse an old box but
then I have to use brown paper to cover all the labels on the box. This doesn't seem like
a very green alternative. I learned you can turn most boxes inside out.
The shoe box I used in these photos was simple, I deconstructed it by undoing all the flaps,
folds, and tabs, turned it over and reconstructed it backwards. Some boxes you have to undo
a glued seem but you just turn it inside out and tape it back together.
 
 



 Give it a try next time you need to ship something.
 
Another free tip:
Canada Post has the best packing tape I have ever used in my life,
and I have run 2 different warehouse so I know packing tape.
Pick yours up next time you are at SHOPPERS DRUGMART
 
 


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Saturday

FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS - small sideboard 2


 
Last time I spoke with you I was installing legs on a new project in the yard. Here is a photo
from behind to show those fancy legs installed.
Yesterday's photos with the BEFORE shot can be seen here:
 
 
I then moved on to painting the whole piece and here is a look at how it turned out. 
 

There is still lots to do with this piece and the others
but I think I'll take the weekend off.

Before I go I wanted to let you know there is a new dresser listed on the SHOWROOM page.

 
 


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Friday

FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS - small sideboard 1

 
 
Here is another piece of furniture in my yard getting a make-over this week. This is a smallish
70's side board cabinet that I've installing some old coffee table legs on.
 

I added some structure to the bottom of the cabinet by cutting a new piece of wood to extent across
 the back. You can see that below in the left photo. I also included some corner braces and used
3 inch long screws counter suck in the hardwood legs. 
 

  
 
I'll be back with another update tomorrow ...





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Thursday

FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS - tall shelf 2

 
The beginning of this project started here:
 
 
The next stage in refurbishing this tall 70's shelf was to add a little character on the bottom.
Yup I'm added feet ... again!
There is the possibility this shelf would end up in a bathroom and I like the thought of it on legs.
I re-enforced the bottom with corner braces under the inside and installed a pair of cute queen Anne
 legs under the front and a strong set of 3x3 square legs in the back. I trimmed the bottom edge with
new molding and jazzed it up with a center medallion.

 
I have to get back to work now ...
 
 
 

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Wednesday

FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS - tall shelf 1

 
 
I have pulled several furniture pieces out into the yard to work on all at the same time,
Greedy I know but the weather is sooo nice!
But it has become challenging to keep track for complete blog postings so I'm going to wing it
 and give you smaller updates and you can follow along as things progress with each project.
If you have questions, plz ask.
 
 
I removed the back of this tall 70's shelf so I could apply a wallpaper to it and to make
 it easier to paint the shelf. The pull down door in the middle has been removed permanently
 and the holes left from the hinge were filled. Then the painting started. A shelf like this
takes a lot of paint because of all the inside and outside surfaces. I even painted the inside
of the cabinet behind the bottom doors.

 
I'LL BE BACK ...
 
 
 

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Sunday

PAINTING A METAL TRUNK - beach house themed


 
I turned a lovely rusty metal trunk into a cheerful seaside cottage piece
with some paint, wax, and some stenciling.


The picture above is what the trunk looked like when I started. I had it propped up on a platform
so I could walk around it and brush paint the sides.
Below is a picture I took during the painting, distressing, and waxing process.
 

 
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paints for the whole trunk. The white is OLD WHITE, but there is no details for a color recipe of the blue as it was a mix of several left over mixes I had already created. If you would like to try duplicating something close start by adding a little PROVENCE to OLD WHITE and go from there.
 

 
Here is a picture of the inside before I stripped all the old paper out,
I finished by sealed the interior wood with a poly.
 
 
 
The BEACH HOUSE trunk is listed on the SHOWROOM page with price and dimensions.
 
 

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Wednesday

GREEK BLUE and COLOR LAYERS - mini 3 drawer chest

 
 
 
With the summer weather being so nice the bug has hit me to start a million different projects and
not finish any of them. The rest of the year I'm quite focused and I don't start one thing with out
the last being wrapped up and ready to go. Well I am pleased to let you know one has gotten finished.
 
 
This little 3 drawer chest was found at a yard sale. It is not old but a modern piece
 that had gotten quite banged up. Perfect for a layered distressed effect.

 
The first layer was Pure White then Greek Blue on all the edges that would be distressed.
The final layer and top color was a custom mixed turquoise, it was a very soft Florence mix.
 
 
I distressed with 220 sand paper and
 waxed with Minwax Natural.
 



 This three drawer chest is listed on the SHOWROOM page with price and dimensions.


 

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Tuesday

CANADA DAY

 
In honour of our Canada Day Celebrations I wanted to share some RED with you.
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2012/10/how-far-does-annie-sloan-go-red-dresser.html
 
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/09/princess-and-frog-blue-bedroom-chair.html


http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2013/05/bench-built-from-bed.html

 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/11/miss-cherry-pie-red-buffet-pt-2.html


http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/10/captain-and-his-soldiers-pt1-union-jack.html
 
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2013/09/distressing-primer-red-dresser.html
photo courtesy of Logan's mom. 
 
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!!!
 
 

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Saturday

PROJECT INSPIRATION - before and afters

 
 This post is a little inspiration for your weekend projects with some local news at the bottom.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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LOCAL NEWS
 
 
If you're too busy this weekend to get to your projects you can always bring your inspiration and
 join me making sign at The Passionate Home in LANGLEY this coming Wednesday July 2


I am teaching a sign making class with stencils from 1 to 4pm. 
 
 For more details & sign up click this link below or call the store directly 604-532-5931 .....
http://thepassionatehome.com/workshops/handmade-sign-making-workshop/

 
Hope to see you there!!
 
 



 


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