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.

Thanks for visiting today.

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  1. I love your driftwood signs!! I'm trying to get some old pieces of furniture out and try not to bring too much back in. I am always looking for good storage though.

  2. You always inspire me! I have not given up!

  3. What a darling nautical project. It is so interesting how the different treatments (wax, etc) result in very different looks. Thank you so much for joining the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  4. Nothing like a break and a change-up in the house to make a person feel recharged. Especially a break that includes visiting thrift shops!

  5. I like how your driftwood pieces turned out with coastal words on them! I love driftwood. Sounds like you were very busy during your blogging break. Sometimes it's good to take time out to get things done. It clears the head!

  6. Drift3wood and seashells just go together!! Automatically makes me think of the beach. Thanks for sharing. Stopping over from Morning Cuppa Jo link-up.

  7. O MY! The driftwood pieces look spectacular!! I love how they were transformed!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!!

  8. Love the driftwood and shells! Makes me long for another beach vacation. Welcome back after your break. Thanks for linking up with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share.

  9. I like your driftwood project. It makes for a nice bit of beach decor that is popular and so pretty.

  10. Joy, what a wonderful idea to stencil the driftwood! Love it! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinned!

  11. Isn't driftwood just beautiful. We haven't been to the beach in a few years and I find myself missing it. We are going to Colorado in a few days, and I will need to find some pretty pieces along the river and bring it home to try this project!
    This is so very charming.

  12. So much texture in that old wood. Great post

  13. Driftwood is so amazing and love this project idea. Thanks for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  14. I love that project and your new piece of storage is very nice!
    Joy @ Books and Life

  15. Hi Joy, my name is Anne, and I'm a first time visitor to your blog (by way of Amaze Me Monday). Your style really appeals to me. I use barn wood in much the same way, but I love the idea of using driftwood! But I grew up at the beach, so I may be a little biased, lol. Anyway, have a great day, and hope to see you stop by my blog sometime to say hi (

  16. As a child we had a cabin on a lake and I would collect driftwood every summer. Wish I still had a few pieces.

  17. You can create so many great things if you have the mind to. You did a super job using the drift wood.

  18. Hello Joy, Your driftwood turned into a work of are. I love what you did. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time at the beach. Thrift shopping just adds to the fun.
    Happy Blue Monday and thank you for linking and commenting.

  19. Hi Joy, I love collecting driftwood. They inspire creativity. Have a nice day.?

  20. Hi Joy, I love your idea of simply stenciling on the driftwood. It turned out great. From one driftwood lover to another! Teresa

  21. Awesome stenciled driftwood project!! Beautiful furniture as well!!

  22. Love how your driftwood pieces turned out - great choices.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,

  23. I love all of these pieces, Joy. Coastal decor is a favorite of mine and you've given me lots of inspiration. Pinning. Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  24. Hi Joy, looks like you had a fun break and accomplished a lot. Love your driftwood signs! I gathered some in Lake Powell last summer to make some sailboats and still haven't done a thing with them. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  25. love the turquoise signs! Thanks so much for sharing them!

  26. love the turquoise signs! Thanks so much for sharing them!

  27. Lucky for me I have a pile of creek driftwood sitting beside my porch. LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing with us.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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