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Welcome to my Maker's blog, where I feature my own unique creative projects. I'm eight years out from breast cancer and counting my blessings.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Book Painting For My Livingroom




My living room was looking winter dark and dreary so I decided to lighten up all my decor, 
starting with this bookcase painting in my favorite blues, reds, golds and greens.




I found a big blank thrift store canvas for the win. Three dollars!!

I Mod Podged old dictionary pages over the whole thing.


I drafted in the design and started the base book paintings.
I crackle painted several books on each shelf with Elmer's glue and craft paint.
It's an easy DIY and looks awesome!
I blogged about it here...




Then comes lots of details and dry brushing and even some gel markers.




And I added one of my garden orbs since they are kind of my "thing."

              

I really like the new, lighter, colorful way my livingroom is headed.
 I am sure there are more projects in store. 

Thanks for stopping by!












Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Love My Penny Island Project!

Way back when, we turned two of our old nightstands into this wonderfully useful kitchen island. 
It is still one of my favorite projects for our home!


Originally I used old cook book pages on top in the same hue as the floor and
 sealed them with a single coat of "bar top" resin. It looked great and held up
 for several years. BUT we should have sealed it with more resin. 
The edges started to peel and we knew it was time to replace it.

And here's what we did....


Yup, we put a penny top on our kitchen island and it came out 
AWESOME!


We like it!
We like it ALOT!


Oooh aaaah!


Here's a before and after. What a pretty solution!

I did NOT want to buy pennies so I scrounged up all our stashed pennies and saved
even more for months. Then I chose to clean and polish them using Brasso.

While watching "The West Wing" on Netflix.


It took about 12 hours total so do this part of the job. Would I do it again? 
Yes. 
Would I buy at least a few rolls of new pennies for my next project? 
YES. Lesson learned.


We had the boards in our stash, so I stained them using Minwax Polyshades in Maple. 
It is a stain and sealer in one. It was also in our stash.
I scuffed up the old cookbook top with sandpaper then painted it with flat black craft paint.
It makes the coins really pop against that dark background.
We did not glue the pennies down and we did not put them in any pattern.
               

Envirotex Lite is an improvement on the original formula we used over 5 years ago. 
It isn't smelly, it sets up fast and looks fantastic when you're done.
 I used a 50% off coupon and got it for less than $20.
Win win!


The light coming through our skylight during the day really brings 
out the many different hues of the coins.  As the light changes, the metallic colors change.
We love it!


                       THIS time we used triple the amount of resin to give a deep and shiny finish.
It's been a couple of weeks and I'm still being careful setting heavy containers on top.
And we will ALWAYS use trivets and pads for anything hot. 
It is just good sense.


And when the sun goes down and hits those shiny pennies the light is just dazzling!


We are very pleased with the way this project came out. The most time consuming 
part was polishing pennies. Would we do it again? 
Yes!
I'm thinking.....backsplash!

There are so very many penny projects online that I did not go into alot of detail here. If you want to tackle this project I say do your research, gather your supplies and GO! 
Even if you bought everything at full price and new, this is not an expensive project.
Try it!




Monday, March 23, 2020

Recycle Pallet Boards and Nursery Pots To Make Neat Planters

This is one of my favorite garden DIY projects! 

We first made these five years ago and they are still going strong all year long in our garden.

It is cheap, fairly easy to do and gives me the BIG planters pots I want for my yard.

We noticed the big pile of empty tree pots at our local nursery and bought
 a couple of 15 gallon size for $6 each. 

We already had a pile of boards from dismantled pallets,
 so already this project is right up my alley...

CHEAP!



Here are the finished planters. 

I LOVE the different shades of the used boards and the rough grain. 
These nursery pots have a generous lip around the top which make
 the finished planters look neat.Before....and after!

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The Welding Man trimmed each board to fit and we attached them
 with our handy nail gun using brads.

The nail gun runs on a small air compressor. 

It's one of my favorite tools for projects like this.



Just look at the neat colors and wood grain!


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Sarlac Pit?

Here's how the brads look once the boards are attached. 

We used long ones so they would penetrate all the way thru and
 give us a generous length to bend down inside the planter. 

We used a block of wood and a pair of needle nose pliers for this part. 



This is the largest tree pot we've redone.

 It is 22 gallon, I believe, and it holds a full size rose bush aand two Walkers Low Catmint plants. 

We dry brushed it withour house trim paint and added a 
mitered board frame around the top for a nice finishing touch.