Thursday, January 18, 2018

Guest Cottage Sign

Today I am sharing a Guest Cottage sign (stencil by Muddaritaville).

A Guest Cottage sounds like such a wonderful place to stay and perhaps this sign will be on a Guest Cottage door someday. 

Below is the finished sign. Today's dream cottage is cozy and warm.

Just before Christmas Muddaritaville Stencils shared on Facebook 'we pay the postage' stencil sale. I love the many stencils they produce and have bought several locally at stores that carry ASCP.

Supplies used to make sign:

old board 5" wide, 24" long
Muddaritaville  Guest Cottage stencil
Fusion Mineral Based Furniture Paint - Lamp White
CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal
paint brush
stencil brush
masking tape
clear wax
clean rag for waxing/polishing 
2 Z bar hooks and 4 small nails (for hanging the sign)

Started by scrubbing the board - it has been around for quite awhile. Let it dry overnight.

Painted the the board, both sides Fusion Lamp White, 2 coats. Drying time was about 1 hour for each coat.

Lightly taped the stencil in place by 'eye measure' then measured twice (ok maybe 4 times carefully) to make sure the placement was balanced and then taped it so that letter and sign edges were covered to protect the board from unplanned paint marks.

Used a medium stencil brush and dabbed off most of the paint on newspaper until the brush was dry (I use my arm for the final dabbing test to make sure no wet paint is left on the brush).

Dabbed (up and down movement with the brush) over the stencil letters until each letter appeared to have the same density of black (not solid black).

Removed the stencil, washed and returned it to my stencil drawer storage. This is a new addition to my ongoing search for finding the best place to store long stencils.

A pink and purple poinsettia to welcome guests.

I have not received any compensation for this post - I just want to share where I bought the stencil I am using. 

This collage was made in Photo Collageemailed it to myself, edited a bit with PicMonkey.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Shrinking Bookshelf

It has been a good week for making a place to put 'things' as well as re-using pieces of a shelf that was too large.

No magic involved, just having an idea for re-using a too large shelf, planning, doing and finishing the project.

This is the finished project that is now a TV stand plus book/ornament shelf.


Great shelf garage sale find for $10.00 - 48"x48"x10" with 3 shelves (no before picture), 2 removable shelves, tongue and grove boards on the back, a pediment and trim plus sides, top and bottom was taken apart (had no useful place in the house, tried everywhere but there was no space to put the shelf)

Nails were pulled and saved, shelf metal support inserts saved, long screws saved, glue scraped off edges. There were several vacuum cleanups involved too.

Space was measured for building a TV Stand using the re-purposed wood. 

Genuine 1967 built fireplace - we haven't used it in 30+ years. Spider webs do well in that space.


One side piece from the original bookcase was cut for 2 sides. Bottom piece was cut to size as was the top piece and one shelf piece was cut to size. Left over - one shelf piece and 3 ends from the re-sized boards.


Pre-drilled before using screws. Put the TV stand/shelf together with screws, nailed on the back individual tongue and grove boards.  

Used clamps and sometimes extra hands to hold pieces in place for measuring, drilling, gluing, adding screws and nailing). DGS measured the tongue and grove pieces.


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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Free Thrifted Drawer Made Useful Plus

Welcome 2018

3 projects (one by DGS, 2 by DH)

Project # 1 - Making a useful rolling supplies shelf

Picked up a clean single drawer from the free table at the thrift store last year. It went in the 'what to do with this' stack for several months. Sturdy, nice wood.

Needed a convenient storage solution for the small office tools I use. Tags, scissors, tape, punches, string, stapler, current pieces of paper ...  ALWAYS on my kitchen table (and this is a tidy view). 

When we need to use the table for meals or projects the office tools have to be boxed, moved then returned again etc.

DH had some short scrap boards, 4 ball casters, nails, glue, clamps, hammer, drill, battery saw, the drawer and an idea.

Made a narrow shelf with 3 added shelf pieces (an old cutting board was cut up for 2 shelves) and ball casters.

Cost: zero

My contribution was to be making 5 inches of space between two freestanding cupboards in the kitchen so that the rolling shelf could be put away when not in use.

Top of the tall cabinet is where I store piles of wood I use for making signs.

Guess what - too heavy for me to move right now and I just didn't feel like emptying out everything that includes the piles of wood on the top and the contents of the large cupboard.

So, another small storage problem resolved. I've tried it out for a week now and it works for me. Here is the 'long view' of the end of the kitchen - and you can see the several storage solutions for paint, stencils, boards, brushes, files and 'stuff' (blogged about here and here).

If you type organization in my search box on my blog you can see other posts on organizing  supplies and equipment for stenciling, storing paint and related tools.

Project # 2 - building and painting a small shelf to fit under the roll top desk

Cost: zero

DH built the shelf with scrap wood, I painted it with left over paint

Fresh space to organize (yes it will have clear bins to hold 'stuff') but they are currently out in the shed and I am not going to slip and slide anywhere near there until the slippery deck and 12 steps surfaces are bone dry. 

Project # 3 - made by DGS

Grade 9, taking the woodwork elective, has a great teacher. This project is a 2 piece 'chair' sometimes called a camp chair. He brought it home from school and before he wrapped it for his Mom he let me (with Peaches in attendance) take a few photos.

The woodwork shop is well equipped. After the teacher taught 'how to use the various tools' and had the students practice using the tools, each student made their own choice of project.
More information on the 2 piece style chair:

Steve Ramsey has a page showing many different versions as well as a short video on the basic cutting and sanding and finishing and here a two piece 'X" chair.

Jessie Hensel has very clear instructions on making his  Plank Chair.

It has been a good week for building more storage, time was the only cost and since it is winter and cold outside it was time well used.

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