Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pieces of Old Boards and

cutting boards, which I am always looking for at thrift and garage sales were used in the following projects. I have a good stash of cutting boards and pieces of old wood waiting for a new ideas.

I took some me time to make add stencils to boards to put in my booths at Village Antiques Mall. Finished 4 and tweaked an older sign.

My OPEN sign got some updating - the original sign (fence board) had split (DH glued), added red to the black OPEN word and outlined the head and tail of the arrow. See the original OPEN sign at this post.

I didn't take any photos as I worked on the changes to the OPEN sign. I made a 'thin line' small stencil to use for the outlining of the arrow with cardstock/scotch tape and it worked well. I use CeCe Caldwell Jersey Tomato when I re-stencilled the word OPEN, using letters from Funky Junk Interiors GROCERY sign and a letter N that I made from cardstock. I off-set the red letters so the black letters underneath created a shadow outline.

I took a few pictures with my iPhone as I worked, not as many as I usually take. You can check out my first Fresh Eggs sign and the original OPEN sign for the 'how to'.

The SMILE sign was made with a paper stencil I made while visiting my sister who has a Silhouette. Good memories. 

I numbered the sequence below (forgot to take a picture of painting the turquoise on the cutting board after picture #2) - used CeCe Santa Fe Turquoise chalk-clay paint for the background and CeCe Simply White for the letters. 

After I used the cardstock stencil I let it dry and then weighted it down to flatten the damp curling edges of SMILE .

Learned about using plywood as a background in my Fresh Sign stencilled sign this time. I used Annie Sloan Graphite (as a wash) on the bare wood and added CeCe Caldwell Jersey Tomato (as a thick wash) on top to create a barn red background for the sign. I numbered this collage for sequence.

Plywood has texture (read rough spaces) and when I stencilled the undercoat letters (CeCe Caldwell Simply White) there was quite a bit of paint bleeding outside of the stencil lines. When the white was dry I used a kitchen knife to scrape away some of the bleeds.  You can see the granite/jersey tomato paint mix in this photo. You can remove chalk paint bits with a damp paper towel/rag corner right after painting and I did that as well. 

Just an additional thought - I have washed chalk paint (immediately after painting) completely OFF a board when the painted area wasn't the way I planned it to be). It works fairly well and sanding the dried paint also works to remove stencilled often works, if necessary. Background may have to be retouched as well.

When I added the yellow (Fat Paint Tuscan Sun) slightly offset over the white letters to made a 'shadow' the yellow covered much of the white bumpy bits. I chipped bits that showed off and then sanded the letters and wiped the sign clean with a cloth before finishing with CeCeCaldwell clear wax, polishing when dry. Repeated once.

I enjoyed having time to make signs and suspect that I need to make time for other projects I enjoy too.

On Sunday I made another GROCERY sign. This time I made red shadows 1/4 inch wide under the black letters on an old grey fence board. When very dry I sanded and gave all sides and ends two coats of clear wax. I polished the sign 2 hours after applying the wax. To see the steps I use for making a GROCERY sign check here with the addition of making a shadow see here for how.

Supplies used: 

Stencils - Fresh Eggs (Muddaritaville), Smile (made on Silhouette), L'Auberge (Michaels), OPEN (used letters from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors GROCERY sign plus an N letter I made using cardstock and an e-xacto knife.

Paint CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise , Simply White, Jersey Tomato and Beckley Coal , Annie Sloan Graphite, Fat Paint Tuscan Sun

Other - Stencilled brush (1" d), paint brush (1 1/2"), wiping rags, newspaper, dish soap for cleaning brushes, green frog tape, kitchen knife for scraping paint, CeCe Caldwell clear wax, Annie Sloan Soft dark wax, sandpaper block, small bowl/water to make paint wash, spoon for stirring paint (and for opening paint lids).

Fun, some creativity, projects I enjoy making with the bonus of putting them in my booths at Village Antiques Mall.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

July Thrifted Finds

July finds are very eclectic. 

My favourite was the outdoor decoration - a very weathered Thunderbird. I sealed the surface with MMS Tough Coat

There has been some travelling to favourite out of town thrift stores this month as well as a lot of cleaning, researching, fixing some items and tagging.

I love finding vintage kitchenware, I find that many shoppers are looking for pieces that they can use, especially Pyrex kitchen bowls and fridge dishes.

Found a Corning Ware Wildflower Casserole and Teapot plus the larger  Cornflower Teapot and Casserole at a well arranged, organized and family run estate sale. 

Same sale, found a few more kitchen pieces.

Love finding vintage china and ornaments, the pieces below were all from different sales.

Could not let these pieces of copper stay in the Thrift Shop.

Garden, enamelware, log hooks and an old style laundry plungers and a well used green tool box. 

The Mickey Mouse Smash Ball paddles added some surprise and colour.

I have been enjoying Instagram and often add a few finds there.

I love this Price Bros. group of Cottageware, never knew they made a large pitcher/jug and a large bowl.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Driftwood, Shells, Stencils and Furniture Waltzing

DGS and his Dad (DS) drove out to the ferry terminal beach and brought back pieces of driftwood (DGS's great idea).

When a great idea happens usually a stencilling post follows and ...

You can check here for my tutorial 'stencilling individual letters'.

Stencilling on a curved surface was a little different. I stencilled each part of each letter, carefully holding that section of my plastic template flat, and then moving on to the next part of the same letter, repeat until each letter was complete.

 Adding clear wax felt a bit risky so I tried out hemp oil, clear wax, dark wax over clear wax on a small piece of driftwood before I chose the clear wax finish. 

I decided to use only clear wax and applied it with a brush. It darkened the driftwood (wax on left, unwaxed right).

The wood colour changed, darkened a bit and the Heirloom Fusion blue letters appeared brighter. You can see how the B and the e letters are curved right to the edge of the driftwood.

I added a shoelace to one Beach sign and decided that the colour wasn't bright enough, so I re-stencilled it with CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise. Better.

Also did a bit of addition to the Sand Driftwood - adding 3 shells and single push on/add a short nail hook

and I added a single push on/add a short nail hook on the back of this one as well.

I've enjoyed my short break from blogging. Went on two day trips to visit favourite out of town thrift stores, another afternoon to explore another town's thrift stores. DGS visited his Nani and Papi for several days, one dog went with him, Peaches (seen below) stayed with us and had a bit of a holiday too. 

DH and I added and subtracted furniture around the house. That made for a great deal of hauling contents and furniture and then deciding on the best place for each (of hundreds) item.

We added a new to our home Victorian Bay Front Mahogany Dresser to the living room. Good storage.

The kitchen received the pie safe (that was in the living room) and became a pot, cookbook and misc. cupboard. The shelves from the kitchen moved to a bedroom and are now full of books and records. 

New to us garage sale find of two unfinished pine 5 shelf shelves were added, one in the living room (now full of books and collectibles) and one to the small workshop (now filled with battery operated tools and tool stuff). 

Waltzing furniture. Not finished yet.

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