Friday, January 22, 2010

Great game board storage art - a link

If you've ever been annoyed by ripped/bent boxes or irritated by digging under a pile of boxes to find the game you want to play, check this out:

 Beckie at Infarrantly Creative created it. Here's the link:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Not every idea will work...

So I bought these glass gems at Hobby Lobby at 50% off:

I was inspired by this:

I have a mirror (12" x 48") whose cheap plastic frame broke.  I figured I'd buy a sheet of plywood, cut out a piece 24"x76", and make a headboard.  I bought some flush-mount brackets last summer, anticipating a headboard project.  When I described my idea to my landlord, aka "Dad", he took one look at my brackets and killed the project.  He didn't think the brackets would attach to the studs properly.  He has a valid point...  As soon as I can figure out a smart alternative, I might get the project done.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Past projects

I'm horrible about taking photographs.  In addition to having a cheap camera, I work under fluorescent lights.  Even if I remembered to stop and take a photo between steps (instead of breaking for naps), the quality would suffer.  My bedroom doesn't have windows (i.e. no magical natural light), so the finished projects I'm about to show you look much better in real life.

The first photo set is of my dresser.  I had painted it a navy blue a few years back...and finally realized I needed to repaint it.  I thought it would be fun to incorporate fabric and Mod Podge, so I covered the drawers in fabric and painted the rest of it dark brown.

I think it turned out really nice.  I wish I had some before photos...but nope.  Not one.

The second photo set shows one of the bedside tables I made.  I used the bases from some unused shop stools and scrap shelving material.  I designed them with my needs in mind.  I read a lot, so I created the bottom shelf for books.  I made the overhang with remote controls in mind.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Used Fence Posts

Back when my sister lived in the state of Iowa, her gracious neighbor gifted her with old fence posts.  She was thrilled with their artistic promise, and even brought them back to SD when she moved.  Since her stuff is all stored where I live, I helped myself to a couple of them.  I cut two of them in half and nailed them to some scrap lumber.  I threw some green paint on them and stained them with some Minwax.  Here's what it looked like:

Yes, I'm using a Kodak EasyShare CD 40.  I'm sure you're impressed with the quality of my photography.  The camera was free with an Internet upgrade, and I haven't upgraded to a new camera yet.

It stayed like that for awhile.  I couldn't decide what to put on it.  Then I borrowed some words from the book of Ruth in the Bible and added a picture of a house that I found online.

I wasn't thrilled with the blue color of the house.  It didn't seem rustic enough.  So I painted and reshingled the house.  Also, my mom thought the quote was depressing, since it started with a negative (don't).  I repainted some of the words wicker white to detract from the first part of the quote.  I forgot to take photos, but really, with a camera like mine, can you blame me?

Here is what it looked like with a coat of stain on top of the paint.

Some fancy crafting sites use Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze to age things, but I didn't have any and I haven't been able to find any at the stores I frequent.  So I used dark walnut Minwax, which was probably the better choice considering the deep rivulets (?) in the weathered wood.

Here's what it looked like after I wiped the stain off with scraps of an old bath towel.

Another angle:

And here it is on a wall:

I'm still not sure if I like it, but it was good practice.  As the stain continues to dry or soak in, I imagine it will look a little bit different.

What do you think?  Do you like the red house better than the blue?  Would you have left the words all one color?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fire Engine Triptych

My nephew Henry loves fire trucks.  Inspired by this, I painted him a cheaper version.  Mine cost under $30.  Yay!