Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Eye Candy – Container Gardening

Pinterest is one of my favorite places to spend a rainy afternoon.  I can get lost for hours at a time.    Since Summer is officially upon us, I thought I would share some out the summer lovelies from my Pin boards.   (You can click on the images to visit the original source.)
Garden - Galvanized pots
Some of my favorite flowers are Spring bulbs.  I love how these look in the galvanized pots.

Kettle container
You don’t need a piece of land to have a garden.  Container gardening can be beautiful.   Love the kettle!
Shabby garden decor
You can even have a shabby garden.

Pallet garden
If you live in an apartment, you can even garden UP!

Door garden
An old door garden.
Log garden
Now this one won’t fit on your deck or balcony but it’s still awesome!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cheating with Martha - Room Divider Redo

On my thrifting adventures one of the things that I am always on the look out for is pretty fabric.   It can be sheets, shams, curtains, whatever.  Sheets work especially well because they’ re usually wider than most fabrics. 

It was on one such adventure that I met up with Martha.  Yes, Stewart.

Room divider CLOSE
I found this beautiful pair of curtains with a buttery yellow  background and cabbage roses from the Martha Stewart collection.   I didn’t have a plan for it then but it was definitely coming home with me.   Then inspiration hit.   An old room divider needed attention.  (Ooops.  Forgot to take a ‘Before” of the divider.)

Room divider TOP

This is where the benefit of recycling fabric comes in.    There is always at least one hemmed edge that can be used.  I sewed a seam on one end and used Velcro to create a pocket for the dowel to go through.  It might be cheating but it sure saves time.   A hem, seam and Velcro on the other end.

Room divider
Recycling fabrics is a “good thing”.
This is furniture....'ish, right?   At the risk of being banished, I'm linking up for Furniture Feature Friday and Sunday Showcase.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

It looked like an easy one…….Petite Drop Front Desk

I was deceived.  It didn’t have too many nooks & crannies and I thought it would be a quick fix.   Curvy lines with mostly flat surfaces….but… was a bleeder.
Drop front desk
I prefer to take things completely apart if I can.  Then do the prep work.  Sanding.  Wood filler.  (I prefer not to use stripper because it’s a messy proposition and it just feels toxic.)   Then prime.   Yada yada.
Drop front desk 2
I started by using a brush on primer but that’s when the trouble began.  Pink bleed through.  So I went to my ‘go-to’ spray primer (Rustoleum – Artist’s Touch – 2x coverage) in very light coats to seal in the old stain.    It worked.
Drop front desk 3
I put it all back together and spiffed it up with crystal pulls.  I used foam board covered with batting and a pretty pink fabric to create a pin-board in the back.
Drop front desk INSIDE
Good to go.  Into the shop it went.