Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Thrifted Finds

Made another stencilled sign this week too (picture #8).

Fall is my favourite season for ease of decorating. It takes just a few random pieces to make a Halloween/fall grouping. The lantern was already rusty and worn looking, favourite faux pumpkin came out of storage (the bigger of the pumpkins here) and the front porch became the background, the pumpkins were picked up on an upcountry drive and the squash - a gift from a friend.

Thrifted finds seemed to learn toward orange this month and Tupperware orange fitted right in to the fall colours.

Black is another good fall/halloween colour. The black faux vintage phone needs a paint touch-up, the black frame makes a handy background for the black hobnail cream and sugar, pitcher and vase.

Seasonal characters, a faux bird house and a tin sign have the deck gate and a roundish shield (DGS has a new project underway) as the background for this grouping.

The window makes another appearance, fresh coat of paint, a handy background for the metal stool and lantern and the last of the dahlia (the constant and heavy rain has pounded the stalks down and it is really the end of those wonderful flowers this year).

I did paint a second plywood pumpkin and I decided to keep it for backgrounds. The eagle is Blue Mountain Pottery, a Canadian company that not longer exists except through the BM Pottery legacy. The map is printed on a thin leather like scroll.

Metal pencil sharpeners (and there are hundreds of different looks) come in many different vintage furniture, tools, etc. designs. Always looking for signs and globes to take over to my booths.

Painted 4 of these very common framed mirrors with CeCe Caldwell white a couple of years ago. This week (since finding my missing stencil) I sanded, stencilled words, clear and dark waxed. The tray was on the 'free' table at my favourite thrift store and the  little silver container is from my own collection.

The wicker bed tray was sitting in the thrift shop for days and on the 50% off day it was added to my collection. Love the details. That well rusted licence plate is the last one left from February finds. It just jumped into the picture because it was a mid-century piece that found a mid-century friend.

Here are some close ups of that lovely wicker bed tray.

The already white frame and tin box found at a thrift store both had some chipping and black marks plus some turquoise showed through on the outside of the lidded tin box, updated them with Rust-oleum White.

It was time to bring the house plants in from their summer and early fall time outside. Fire King swirl chip and dip set, Made Of Honor orange square dish and Pyrex Spice O'Life casserole mixed in with the house plants.

Favourite find this month was this heavy transfer ware platter, "Barnyard Giant", Johnson Bros, 20 1/4 x 16 inches. I wonder who had to carry it loaded with a turkey ready for carving.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Organizing Paint and Stencil Supplies

Job this week has been organizing a small storage area for stencils and paint/supplies in one corner of the kitchen. 

This post seems like a story, it has a before, middle and an ending.

This is the 'end' photo - finished project, for now.

Looking back

Way Back - after reno, before the kitchen was 'very much lived in'. 

Photo below is a bit fuzzy, couldn't find the early 2009 original photo (pre-blogging days), The left corner by the back door is the area where I making small storage changes.

Earlier post March 2016 (picture below) about adding some storage and organization to that area for paints, supplies and stencils.

The small wicker shelf (left side of picture) worked well for the rolls of tape, wax and paint storage (small shelving piece). The hutch shelf with curtain looked good but was not convenient for quick find/use of brushes and supplies although it was an improvement from getting supplies out of a box each time I worked on a project. Curtain soon disappeared.

Recently moved all the small jars and large tins of various brands of chalk type paint to the second self in this hutch (no picture). That was an improvement, all the colours were together and visible. The negative was they were supplies and not display items.

The stencils clipped to the board also worked but not as well as hoped, awkward to hang/remove from the narrow space.

Problem still to solve: MORE stencils have been added to the collection and need somewhere to 'live'.

So, what changes were made for paint and stencil supplies storage in the corner of the kitchen?

First I used what is already in the home. There was an unused boxed narrow black shelf (not put together) from IKEA in a corner in the basement (thanks DS). Painted it pale grey (same paint we used to paint the kitchen (see below), March 29, 2012. Think this area has never looked so pretty and tidy since.

Adding a new shelf to the little corner space behind the back door...


•  grey paint (from painting kitchen)
•  boxed (unused black IKEA CD shelf, hauled up from basement)

Painted the black IKEA CD unit grey - sunshine, clean flat surfaces (deck railing) and TIME to work, ahh. What could be better, painting (2 coats) including drying took 3 hours. Love painting on the deck in the sunshine.

Putting the shelf together

My share of the 'putting together' was haul, find and hold. DH did pegs and installing the screws.

Moving supplies to their new storage area...

Tea cupboard now shares 2 shelves with the chalk type paint and finishes and this has cleared off the shelf (to the right) where the ornaments now are (photo below).

The paint brushes stayed on their same place in the hutch, in glass bottles, sorted as before by use - wax and polish brushes, painting brushes, fine brushes for lining and various sized stencilling brushes.

The chalk type paint moved into my Tea Cabinet (still have tea and other things on two of the shelves) along with some finishes and waxes (and blackboard chalk pieces). I am pleased with the changes.

Stencil Storage Updated

Spent some time checking organization of stencils on Pinterest plus thinking how I wanted to store them for easy finding.

Smaller (letter size or smaller size) stencils in a 4" binder in plastic sleeves seemed worth trying, dividers between each stencil set.

I checked in the thrift store and found a plastic file holder for 3 different sizes. Brought it home and it worked for storage for all but the long stencils.

The long/wide stencils, clipped together, are hanging from hooks off the sides of cupboards (which I was doing before I lost some of my storage inches). I added green arrows to point out where stencils are now stored. 

You will notice that the bottom shelf of the hutch has an arrow - boards waiting to be stencilled plus a stencil not yet opened and some general junk that needs to find a new home.

Still looking in every pile around the house to find my new french words stencil (misplaced). Update: FOUND the stencil on the floor under the dog's chair, whew! 

Looking for the stencil has made me clear off and put away the stuff that was on my wooden counter which has been buried in stuff for two weeks, now the counter is clear, oiled and polished again.

For now the supplies have a convenient for me home. 

This lead to stencilling signs...

After a few days of sunshine we got more rain. When the rain stopped we had a sunny, cool afternoon, good time to work on my favourite hobby - making signs. 

I had picked up two free white shelves (with a lot of old masking tape stuck on) at a garage sale on Saturday, cleaned/scraped and washed the boards and used one for my first try at an ANTIQUES sign. I planned it out but didn't take into account the size of the Q when I was stencilling (thought the 'tail' should be below the line - no is should NOT be below the line, it should have been spaced higher. I made some notes on my pattern so next time I will be mindful when positioning the Q (higher) and S (which is a bit tilted) letters.

Everything I use when stencilling is close to my (cleaned off) counter and I made 3 signs, two of them old favourites.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Finishing Painted Projects

This past week has been a painting catch up time - sunny days, cold nights. 

A second plywood cut out pumpkin was painted, currently using it for a background.

Here is the first plywood painted pumpkin from a 2016 post below.

4 frames were painted and waxed. DH added handles to the backs of the 2 largest frames so they could be used for 'framed photo' shoots. 

I wrote an earlier post here (2014) showing my sequence for painting and waxing frames, picture from that post below.

A small white storage stool was painted a bright yellow and waxed. 

You can check to see a similar stool from 2012, picture from that post below.

A 4th project was finishing painting the frames of two vintage leaded glass windows. I added some recent garage sale finds with the window, below.

I have used the leaded windows for backdrops here.

and I am glad that they are now both painted and waxed.

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