Sep 19, 2014

Turning a Child's Folding Chair into a cute Farmhouse Chair

I actually completed this project quite a while ago, but never got around to writing up the blog post. Maybe because I'm missing some pictures. For this project I started with a simple child sized folding chair and painted it with Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Tavern Green.

I then created a grain sack image using my Silhouette software and cut it out onto sticker paper. Once the chair was prepped I peeled away the sticker backing and stuck my stencil to the chair back.

Next I mixed up a small but thick batch of Miss Mustard Seed's Linen Milk Paint and used a small stiff brush to stipple the paint onto the stencil.

Once the paint was dry I removed the stencil which pulled up a little bit of the paint leaving a nice aged look to the chair. I sanded everything down and added a coat of hemp oil to finish it off.

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Sep 17, 2014

Workshop Organization and Storage

Here's a little peek into my wood shop.

I recently did a little cleaning and organizing. The first thing I did was purchase a bunch of plastic buckets for the items I want to keep as dust free as possible. The tubs also keep mud daubers from making nests in the motor assemblies your tools.

For instance my Kreg Jig and my air nailers.

I keep everything together so all my pocket hole screws and Kreg Jig accessories are stored in the same box and all my nails are stored with my nail guns, etc.

I also have a bucket for the following:
Orbital Sander w/ Sanding Pads
Mouse Sander w/ Sanding Pads
Miter Saw Accessories
Router Bits and Accessories

I then customized my workbench to fit my router and the plastic tubs.

For my other tools I found a scrap piece of peg board that was just right for the spot left of the window. The barn has a loft and a shelf that is just right for storing my wood. On the edge of the loft I have several hooks that I use to store the pipes for my bar clamps.

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Sep 15, 2014

Fall French Country Farmhouse Mantel & Free Fall Printable

I am very slowly decorating for Fall. I don't have a lot to decorate with and pretty much need to do so on a budget of $0 so I am working with things found around the house or that are in my store. My favorite part of fall is decorating for Halloween, but I don't want to jump into that until the 1st of October. I also don't want to get ahead of what the season is actually doing here in Texas.

I have a large gold framed chalkboard already on the mantel so my first step was to update the chalkboard. I saw the below idea from Cottage in the Oaks and decided to tweak it a little for my chalkboard.

 Click here for a free downloadable pdf of the image I used on my chalkboard.

After I finished the chalkboard and set it in place I took my plant and placed it in an old crock and painted a fake orange pumpkin with a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to make it a bluish green. I then grabbed an old blue window frame that was in my store and sprayed the window panes with Rustoleum Looking Glass Spray paint. Next I topped the window with my favorite straw hat (that I never wear) and yesterday hubby found a $10 orchid that helped balance everything. The only thing left that I would like to add are some mini white pumpkins.

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Sep 12, 2014

Vintage Inspried Workbench Part 2

I recently finished up the second workbench for the loft in my barn. 

For this workbench I needed:
  • space for the mini fridge
  • drawer for my sewing machine
  • drawer for my canned items such as polycrylic, wood conditioner, stain, bonding agent, etc.
  • drawer for my waxes
  • drawer for my knobs
  • drawer for my tools such as sanding pads, paint scraper, can opener, scissors, tape, etc.
  • dividers for my frames

The workbench below was the inspiration for my workbench. It was an image I found on Pinterest and the link did not link back to the original site so I do not know who to give credit to.

I used Minwax Special Walnut on the top and the custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed's Dried Lavender, Linen, and Typewriter from the first workbench. You can find the mix ratios here.

 I realized while I was editing this pictures that I forgot to distress the handles.

And here's a picture of the 1st workbench.

I am really loving having a sink and refrigerator right there in my loft. It makes things so much easier and gives me more time to spend on creating. One of these days I will finish out the floors and walls, but that just isn't in the budget right now. I envision wood floors and either light grey or white walls. The next step right now would be to add some shelving in the space between the windows and add some blinds to help with the morning sun.

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Sep 11, 2014

Before & After >> Green French Country End Tables

These end tables have a little bit of a french country/mid century vibe to them, but I was able to allow the french country vibe to shine through by painting them with Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood Milk Paint. Here's the before picture of one of them.

The wood on the legs and sides was very pretty, but the top of both tables was pretty scratched up and one of the decorative pieces on one of the sides was missing. To fill the gap from the missing side trim I used JB Weld Quick Wood epoxy putty. This putty fills better than regular wood filler and leaves a much smoother surface but takes a little more time to work with. I can't seem to find the picture of the repair, but here's the after picture.

I figured that these tables might have a glass or two placed on them and felt they needed a more durable finish than wax so I used Minwax Polycrylic as my final sealant. I am not a huge fan of polycrylic, but it did the job.

One of the tables chipped a little more on one side than the other and the other table didn't chip at all on the sides.

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Sep 8, 2014

Getting Personal >> Menopause at age 35

I recently found out that I am post menopausal. I am only 37 years old, but after having a hysterectomy in 2004 and an ovary removed in 2006 here I am. The doctors all hoped that the remaining ovary would be enough to maintain hormone function but it wasn't. So how did I know something was wrong?
  • My first clue was two years back when I was having mild hot flashes. I asked my Dr. about the possibility of early menopause given the previous surgeries, but she really didn't think it was a possibility so we did nothing. 
  • Around the same time my hair started to really thin out and I was loosing lots of hair when I would shower.
  • Then about a year and a half ago I started having insomnia. I would go for three days with no sleep and eventually my body just stopped being able to fall asleep on its own. We chalked it up to PTSD. 
  • A few months back I started having dizzy spells and headaches. I went to my optometrist and got a new prescription for glasses. 
  • Then I started having major hot flashes. I monitored them for three days and wrote down when the occurred and for how long and on average I was having a hot flash every 30 minutes. The hot flashes started disrupting my sleep and even though I could fall asleep with the help of the sleep aid I couldn't stay asleep for very long. 
With my notes in hand I went to see my Dr. and she agreed that we needed to test for menopause and check my thyroid.

A week later I was sitting in her office and we were discussing my results. All of my hormone levels said that I had already gone through menopause and was now post menopausal. I had originally decided that I would not go on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), but my Dr. talked to me about the risk of early onset of Osteoporosis due to the early decline of Estrogen versus the risks of HRT and we decided that since my risks of heart disease or breast cancer were lower than my risk of Osteoporosis that we would start the HRT.  Tomorrow will be a week on the estrogen and I have already noticed a slight difference in the severity of the hot flashes. I think we will need to tweak the levels some more, but at least we are on the right track.
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Aug 10, 2014

A New Look for a Wicker Bench

My front porch is sort of my little sanctuary. It's a great place to spend my quiet time, visit with family and friends, watch the birds and the deer, or just sit down for a cry. On my porch sits a little wicker bench for which I can't seem to find the right look. Every couple of years I paint the bench. The original finish was antique white then I painted it a light blue, and then purple.

After having painted the bench purple I never was motivated to finish decorating the porch. Since that time I have added a few more pieces making a big hodgepodge of colors so it's time to start bringing everything together again. To start things off I re-upholstered the tan cushion and spray painted the bench an antique white.

I don't know if those pillows are going to stay or not I just threw them there for the picture.

I like to have the option of washing things so I made a removable cover for the old cushion and today I'm going to show you how I did that.

Here's the cushion before:

Use a seam ripper to open up the cushion and remove the batting. Save the batting for later because you will be putting this cushion back together.

Use the fabric as a template for your cover. Cut two full pieces and one smaller piece that matches either of the ends.

On the small piece hem the edge opposite the curve.

Place the small piece over one of the larger pieces to determine where you need to cut the larger piece to create an envelope style cover.  You will want the opening to be closer to the edge of the cushion to make it easier to slide the cover over the cushion. Hem the flat side of the piece you just cut.

At this point you will have three pieces of fabric. Two that make up the bottom and one that makes up the top of the cushion. Pin the two bottom pieces to the top with the right side of the fabric facing each other. Pin the larger of the bottom fabric over the smaller one. Once everything has been pinned sew all the way around the cover.

Once I finished my cover I put the old cushion back together and re-stuffed it before adding the cover. Now I have a nice fluffy cushion for my little bench.

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