Mar 25, 2015

Before and After >> Old Kitchen Cabinet

Wow! It has been forever since I have posted a before and after. The cold wet weather has kinda kept me out of my barn and focusing on sewing projects, but the sun is out more and I can finally turn the water back on to my barn and get back into the swing of things.

Let's just jump into it shall we?

I bought this old kitchen cabinet from John at John's Antique's in Dalhart Texas.

I'm guessing that it was made in the 50's, but I really don't know. The first thing I did with this piece was vacuum it out and wash it down really well. It appeared to have been used in a garage workshop for a while so it was pretty nasty and I didn't want any grease to cause my paint to resist. The inside was the dirtiest but I just washed it up with some good ol' soap and water.

I chose to paint the piece with Miss Mustard Seed's Kitchen Scale Milk Paint. It just seemed fitting. I used a 150 grit sanding block to sand everything down and then sealed it with Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Wax. I love how this piece has lots of color variation.

I made the top from 4 pieces of 1x6 select pine. I attached the pieces with pocket hole screws and sanded it down really well with 100, 150, and 220 grit paper. I loved the natural look so I sealed the top with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil. (Yes, I love her products!)

I had three styles of knobs in my stash that I tried on this piece thinking I wouldn't really like any of them, but these turquoise and navy knobs were perfect. It took me nearly three years to find the perfect piece for these knobs.

I knew I wanted to paint the inside of the drawers and cabinets, but up until I picked out the knobs I wasn't sure what color to use. After having the knobs in place I knew I wanted to paint them Navy so I used General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint. (General Finishes milk paint is not a true milk paint it is an acrylic paint.) I managed to pick up a whole bunch of paint for $2 a can a little over a year ago.

My favorite part about this piece is that the small bottom drawer is a metal drawer and I love the wire basket and shelf. It's just a really unique and fun piece.

Shared with:
Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
Finding Silver Pennies
Home Stories A to Z
Upcycled Treasures
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Mar 4, 2015

Bad Blogging

Wow, looks like I've been a bad blogger during the month of February. The month is pretty much just a blur. I sat down to write a post about why I started Ardent Hands and what the name means and that's when I noticed I hadn't blogged in a month!

For the first of the month we had  lot of gorgeous sunny days and I was able to get out in my barn to work on furniture. Then the cold and rainy weather set in so I switched gears and started working on adding new sash colors to my line of vendor aprons as well as some boo boo packs (ice packs) for children.

Before the cold weather set in we were able to make a weekend trip down to South Padre. The weather was gorgeous and it was a wonderful and much needed break.

This is our dog Zoey. She's a mix of I don't know and who knows what, but she's a super smart dog and just the best dog ever.

She was a little unsure of the water.

But once she got her feet wet and saw the kids having fun she began to play along.

I think she enjoyed it.

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Feb 4, 2015

Running a Booth at an Antique Mall: Month 1

Ok, I have to admit that as soon as I signed the lease at Lone Star Gifts I started to panic wondering if I made the right decision. I was scared to death that I had killed my business by doing so, but things have worked out. My sales for the month totaled more than my cost on the booth but once the 10% came out it dropped me down to being about $8 shy of breaking even. However I still maintain a few items in my Etsy store and sold a vendor apron as well as an accent table through Etsy which put me well over the "breaking even" point. Historically speaking January is a really slow month for me, but this January was better.

I missed my post for week 3 so I'll give you a recap of what I have done as far as upkeep of the booth for the last two weeks. The last half of January was pretty busy with a stock show and with illnesses so I pretty much kept to straightening up the booth on Tuesday's and Friday's. Last Friday when I went in I noticed that two of my display baskets had sold so I had to do a little rearranging. That also meant that some of my wall space was bare so I needed to add something to the space. Today I added some wall decor and some pink hot packs.

With Valentine's day approaching it's natural to wonder if I should be making items specific for the season. I did that once for Christmas and none of it sold so I opted to just add a few pink items instead of having something that is specific to the season.

More posts in this series:
The Beginning
Week 1
Week 2

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Feb 2, 2015

What defines good bones?

When shopping for furniture a lot of people will tell you to look for pieces with "good bones". So what exactly defines good bones?

That's kind of hard to define, but for me I am looking at the parts of a piece of furniture that make up the main supports. They have to be solid wood and can't be warped. As you get to know me you will discover that I believe anything made with OSB or MDF is fit only for the burn pile. I hate the stuff. In the dresser above the "bones" of the dresser are the front and back legs and the decorative pieces on the front between the drawers. I can replace the sides, back, and drawer guides if needed. Some are not willing to put in that kind of work and that's fine. I enjoy doing that kind of work which is probably why I spent more than I needed to on this piece.

The sides and back have to be replaced.

And the top is split and warped. I will probably have to make a new top, but I can use the old top to make breadboards.

Here are the bones of the front of the dresser. I took the dresser completely apart and re-routed the tongue and groove joints to fit the new back and sides. *This is not something you want to try doing if you are not familiar with a router.*

I'll be sharing more as this piece progresses ....
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Jan 29, 2015

Benjamin Soap Company

I recently received an order for one of my vendor aprons from Jae with Benjamin Soap Company.

She had just been accepted as a vendor at the Wolf Ranch Farmers Market and needed the apron by that weekend. I was able to get the apron to her with time to spare and she sent me a wonderful thank you gift.

This soap smells amazing and feels great on the hands. I typically buy my hand soap from Bath & Body Works, but I may be making a switch after using this stuff  especially once she releases her foaming hand soap.

Jae started making soap last fall with the idea of making a pure additive free soap for her daughter.

She also sent some lip balm which has come in quite handy. I typically use Burt's Bees Grapefruit Beeswax Lip Balm, but this stuff works just as well if not better and I'd much rather support a local gal.

She also offers lotion bars, candles, and wax melts.

Here's Jae sporting her new apron the first day of the farmer's market.

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Jan 26, 2015

French Country Botanical Living Room Styleboard

I was recently asked by Chairish if I would create a styleboard centered around one of the rugs that they sell. I've never created a styleboard before, but thought it would be fun so told them sure.

Chairish is an exclusive on-line market place for vintage and used furniture made up of sellers and buyers just like you and me. The best way I can describe it is a mix between One Kings Lane and Etsy. They handle the shipping for the seller so this is something I am going to look into further to see if it is a good fit for selling my furniture. I am not getting reimbursed in anyway for this project, it was just for fun.

So my task was to take a neutral room and add some color to it. Holly sent me a file with pictures of 10 different rugs to choose from and this is the rug I chose. I chose this rug because of the fading vintage feel to it. It just looks loved. You can check out the other rugs Chairish offers here.

Since the room in my home that is giving me the most trouble is my living room I decided to create a styleboard for a living room. I tried to keep everything very true to my French Country Modern Farmhouse style and I really love how it turned out.

Click on the links below to shop this styleboard.

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