Saturday, October 25, 2014

Antique Doors and Book Page Wreaths



Several weeks ago, I found these doors listed for free on CL.  I was so excited! 

For a while I have been picturing 2 old, paneled doors in our family room, and these would work perfectly.

They were in great shape structurally, very sturdy and heavy, but they were different colors and had some very old paint which was peeling and crackled in the extreme. I used a hand sander on them, and then painted both sides with some white semi-gloss paint. 



I leaned them up against the wall behind one of the sofas.  Although I really liked them, something seemed to be missing.  But I left them there for a while, until I could figure it out.

One day, when I walked into the family room, it struck me that book page wreaths might look really good hanging on the doors.  I remembered pinning directions for a book page wreath at some point, to one of my Pinterest boards.  The tutorial was great, here it is in case you want to try one yourself -   I loved how they turned out.




First I picked up the 2 wreath forms for 99 cents each from the Dollar Store.  Then I found a small paperback book at GW for 99 cents.  I used it for one door, and another paperback of similar size which I already had for the other.  The book wasn’t a keeper, so I didn’t feel badly about tearing it apart. In fact, I read a little of it as I was folding the pages, and had no doubt I was giving it more dignity by turning it into a wreath. 




Two suggestions I would give for anyone wanting to try one:

Paint the outside edges of the books with some craft paint, like the author in the tutorial suggests.  (of course you’ll need to wait until the paint dries to begin the wreath, but the paint will give a nice overall look when the wreath is complete.  I used a dark gray for mine.)




The other thing is to make sure you have plenty of glue sticks!  I bought a new package, and used at least half of it, if not more.


To hang them on the doors, we used small picture hangers, and secured them to the doors.  Then I used hot glue to attach a loop of jute string to the back of the wreaths; I slipped the loops over the hangers.  That was it!


I love the texture they add to the family room, and the “color” complements the neutral feel of the room.




I imagine there are limitless variations you could try with these wreaths!




I think Noah, in particular, is pretty impressed with them.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Smallish Table Gets a Makeover


Remember this smallish table I was given last August?  At the time, I didn’t know exactly how I wanted to finish it, so I just sanded the top and left it as is.

Since then, I’ve had a little more time to consider it.  So a couple of weekends ago I got out some paints and my trusty Purdy brush and sat down in the dining room in front of the little table.




I sanded it a little, then started layering paint colors.  First I painted on the same gray as our bathroom vanity. But it was a little too dark.




Next I dry brushed the white trim color over sections of it, to try to make it look a little more antique.




It still wasn’t quite what I had in mind, so I took another lighter gray color and dry brushed that over the body of the table as well. 




At last! I felt like it was getting closer to what I pictured. 

Finally I dry brushed smaller sections in an almond color I had in my paint stash.  It warmed it up just a little and seemed to help blend all the layers.




With all these applications of paint, I had left the top unfinished.  That’s because I knew from the start of this makeover that I wanted it to be just one color – white.


After all that?

I’m happy. 

The layered paint gives it an older look, and the colors really make the pretty knob stand out better than before.




Once I finished painting the top, I lightly distressed it, then used two coats of Johnson’s clear paste wax to seal it. 


Well, what do you think?





Before and After





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Monday, September 29, 2014

Pretty Tissue Poms




The window seat in the little girls’ room has been one of those places where I wanted to do a little something special to make it cozy.  Often it has multitudes of stuffed animals on it.  Usually it has scads of dress up clothes strewn upon it, or dangling out of it.

It is a well-used, well-loved area of their room.




At one point I thought of papering or stenciling that area.  I also considered curtains just in front of it, to give it a more secluded feel.

But then one day, a couple of months ago, I had an idea that I thought might work.  Tissue poms!




They are fast, easy to make, inexpensive, and make instant impact.

So I made these three little tissue poms and hung them from the ceiling over the window seat.




I love how sweet they look.



And in case you have always wanted to know how to make these yourself, (like maybe my cousin Beth Ann!), here are the directions I found for them years ago at Martha Stewart. Try them yourself!|/274329/tissue-and-crepe-paper-crafts/@center/276982/craft-tools-and-projects|265163




Don’t you just want to go in and sit down underneath them?  Smile