Thursday, February 21, 2019

Repurposed - Built a Shower Bench


Repurposed a low stool into a very sturdy shower bench, used thrifted and on-hand supplies.


Finished.



A shower bench was needed. DGS measured the space, the necessary height and width. DH repurposed various pieces of wood to add height to the tole painted thrifted low stool. I painted.

The cute bears short stool (before) was the beginning of this project.




Supplies:

garage sale - pine (teddy bear tole painted) low stool
free piece of salvaged plywood (just right for the side extensions and brace)
free - nice board from the cabinet turned into a cupboard

on hand - screws, nails, glue and clamps, skill saw, hammer, screwdriver, measuring tape, set square

on hand - Marine Enamel Paint (garage sale), foam brushes, Exterior Varathane, Polyclens (garage sale), clean rags, newspaper, paper towels


The beginning - gather supplies, measure, square, cut.  




Measure, square, cut, glue, clamp.
First leg support in place, repeat for the 2nd side.





Added the 2nd supporting side over the first. Glue, clamp and screw, repeat.





The bracing board was glued to the edge of the original side supports and clamped. Screwed down along the joining edges. It was also screwed in from the outside of the lengthened side pieces.





Heavy, sturdy, very solid. I know, not a beauty, just needed.


Next up - painting/sealing with Marine Enamel and Exterior Clear Varathane. Two coats on sides, 3 coats for the top and a final Varathane Exterior on all surfaces.



Sequence:

• decide the stool could be re-invented (no cute little kids
  around)
• gather supplies (involved checking in the carport, paint
  storage shelves and workshop)
• plan sequence
• Cut the plywood board into 2 sides and a braceing piece 
  (after measuring twice)
• Cut the nice board (ditto on measuring)
• add the 'extended height' pieces, glue/clamp
• add the nice board to outsides to grungy board
• add a piece of grungy board to brace the legs
• first coat of paint (dry overnight)
• second coat of paint
• Varathane Exterior all surfaces.
• place the sturdy rebuilt stool for shower seating


Before and After



It makes me happy to see 'found' supplies
used for a needed item
(also a bit more stuff is used up).

If it doesn't work as well as we hope 
then it can be a potting stool
(the cactus told me so).

We use our living room when we are 'making/fixing/rebuilding' something 
so the carpet (which has just a bit of pink to share with
 Beverly of How Sweet The Sound) takes a beating 
(not the 'clean the carpet' beating).

Since we like fixing things we 'live with it', clean up afterwards and wait for inspiration for our next project.

Always happy when my blogging friends drop in.

Thanks for visiting today. 

Joy

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Save To Pinterest Not Happening on my Blog


Snow days. Shovelling, making sure drains are 'clear', following the 'clear your sidewalk by 10 am' municipal law.

The snow days were extended and are mixed in now with Pro-D and Family Day. Happy Kids.



Pretty.





Pinterest Save

Pinterest Save button - has this happened on your blog posts?





I use Firefox when blogging - My SAVE pin disappeared from my blog photos. Gone. Don't even know how long ago, just never noticed. 


'Hovered' over the corner of the photo below but the 'hand' didn't show in the Command/Shift/3 screenshot as well as - no SAVE in Firefox and Safari.





I noticed this when I was visiting another blogger - while using Firefox - and wanted to PIN - but no pins showed on her blog. That was disappointing. 



I decided to try out Chrome for opening my blog and reading posts. WHAT !!! 



There was the SAVE pin. Not consistently but it could be 'found'.

With Chrome - the SAVE pin appeared on my photo, usually AFTER I clicked on the photo (enlargement happened), closed it with the X and - there was the SAVE pin on the photo. Sometimes it was just 'there' on the photo.

Relief that I can now pin again. So I pinned several weeks of projects.

Decided to try Safari - no SAVE pin on my photo's. 

Weird.

Have you ever noticed this?

Now I need to see if there are solutions to the Save Pin on Firefox and Safari.


I haven't tried the instructions yet on this link but is quite clear. I am going to do a bit more research first before I make the 'fix' attempt.


itfix.tech.com/blog had a link to: how-to-fix-pinterest-not-working-on-mozilla-firefox-firefox.


So I know I am not the only blogger with this problem since the search engine found suggested fixes.




Thank you friends for visiting today.

If you noticed that pins do or don't work when you use Firefox and Safari just add a note in my comments. I am curious. 

Have you tried any solutions for having Pinterest 'save' pinning for Blogger posts when using Firefox or Safari?

Joy

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Vintage Dolly Bed Restored



Favorite thrift store had their 'occasional 50% off' on their 'special and more expensive' vintage colllectibles.  Couldn't resist the large Dolly Bed.


This is the 'finished' bed put back together with the Dolly Bed banner.




The frame had been sanded down in a few places so first up was restoring the colour and finish.






I will admit it was tempting to use the bed rail sides for hanging linens, the spring bed bottom for hanging pots and collectibles and even the ends for displaying more vintage.



Didn't.


The dolly bed frame pieces were sponge brush painted with Minwax Polyurethane Transparent semi-lustre.





DH's put the pieces together.




I added a  banner "DOLLY BED" to make sure that no one thought that a real darling baby could use that for naps - not at all safe.



Project: Making A Banner



I was going to use a felt pen to write the letters on each star ... but it didn't look right so I ...






... used Beckly Coal Chalk-like paint and a stencil brush to add the letters to the stars.





The stenciled look worked better for the banner.







Supplies:


• stars left over from a primary school project many

  years ago
• baker's twine, scissors
• small hole punch, newspaper, ABC stencil letters
Sharpie Permanent Marker Chisel Tip
• Beckly Coal Chalk-like paint and stencil brush



I always surprise myself when I am looking for a particular item (such as the Bakers Twine) and look into one of my many 'craft storage baskets' and find MORE stars (enough to make the banner) as well as the twine. I was actually looking for a shape cutter and the stars were a good replacement for making a the banner.




The revived Dolly Bed will be a place to display quilts, vintage linens.







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Hugs

Joy


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

January 2019 Thrifts and Stencil


January Thrifted finds plus stenciled
Galvanized Tin Plant Holder (at the end of post)

The vintage child's chair was found at Restore - guess is from the 50's or 60's. Small side table was saved and refurbished by DH (post here). Neptune Tin Boat and Winnie the Pooh ...




Vintage, well worn.



A bit of Valentine Love.




More brass candle holders and brass. Vintage.



Love finding brass - first 9 light candle holder I've found. Vintage, well used.


Home Made Jam (stoneware), a homemade piggy bank, a happy little cow and a well worn Friends and Neighbours (yes that was a reader from my primary years - not this issue, just the same title).





 Next up: stencil on galvanized tin plant holder.


Love galvanized containers.





Stencil added. July 23/15 post - stencil made with my Sister's help (and her Silhouette/Cameo). 

This is the original cardstock HERBS stencil.


 
Tried green, not dark enough, Chesapeake Blue, not any brighter, Sedona Red, not too good either.




Sometimes ....

Carolina Sun Yellow finished with Fusion Tough Coat Sealer, Clear.





Dreaming about spring.


Thank you Friends for visiting today.

Always a pleasure to read your comments
and visit back.

Hugs

Joy

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Chalkboard and Repairs




Chalkboard tutorial after the repairs...



Repairs to the finials on the magazine holder - I first shared the original photo here  in front of the china cabinet - you can see the breakage along the top edge.



DH did all the repair work. The curved ends of the finial were drilled, new pegs were glued in. The top of the magazine rack was drilled and a match was made between the curved end pegs and the holes. Very inventive clamping was involved.



The unpainted bead was also drilled and pegged to hold the centre of the curved finial in place. 

I used CeCe Caldwell's Walnut Stain, applied 4 times, to the replaced bead, then waxed with ASCP Clear Wax so it would blend in.



The magazine stand is back to its original look. Wasn't a quick or easy solution but it worked, thanks to DH. 

(I had to 'blow up' the top part of the magazine stand and do some editing and that is why the bead looks a bit fuzzy - I should have taken the finished pictures and not have to borrow from the only shot I could find).



Chalkboard Project:
  Thrifted find - small cutting boards on a stand.


 
Changing up one 'write-on' board 

Supplies:

Rusto-oleum Chalk Board Paint
my favorite paint brush
stir stick 
masking tape
CeCe Caldwell Simply White
my favourite stencil brush
stencil from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors

First Step:


After gathering supplies, taped the back up to the edges to make sure no black seeps onto the back.



Before painting again (couldn't resist, its the red apron I wear when painting that brightens things up).



I put a thin piece of board underneath the cutting board so the sides touched nothing (showing the taped side, the small board).



First coat.
 



After 2 and 3rd coat - drying. It looks somewhat like a tablet back.




Couldn't resist - I added lovely lines from a stencil by Donna of Funky Junk Interiors. I have been waiting to try it out - lightly stenciled with a very dry brush (CeCe Caldwell Simply White) - so they look like chalk lines.



Clean Up

Chalkboard paint dries quickly and when dry (on hands/brush etc) takes a lot of extra work to remove. I recommend cleaning hands, spills, brush etc. - - especially your hands immediately after finishing each coat - of ChalkBoard paint as well as after your project is painted, with soap and warm water.


Let the paint DRY between each coat of chalk board paint. I paint each layer in cross directions - down, then sideways, then down. Remove Frog tape carefully, touch up any areas that need more coverage.

I usually let the chalk board paint dry overnight before preparing the chalk board surface for use. Take a piece of chalk (hold it flat on its long side) and rub over the chalk painted area then remove this chalk with a cloth. Add your message and display. 


Could be used many ways - short note, reminder, description of food on a buffet, background close-up, wooden gift tag.

One finished.  
  
 


Thank you for visiting today.

This past week or so many of my long time blogging friends have been thinking about stopping blogging and they shared their reasons, most write they will still blog when they want but not with regularity. Take the pressure off.

I was contemplating that as well, for who reads the ordinary everyday posts of those who don't blog for profit? 

And yes, some of my good blogging friends blog do augment their incomes for good reasons. Keeping advertising on one side of each post and above and below the post makes it easier for the readers to read without clicking their way through.

Who do we write for? Many decided it was for family and friends, a way to keep contacts, share what they were doing. Projects, thoughts, things learned.

I generally post about whatever is happening in my little piece of the planet that is sharable. Something about my hobbies, things I find, various collectibles, sometimes repairs, a bit about being a collectibles reseller.

Have you noticed the changes in what, when and how long time blogging friends are posting?




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