Friday, May 20, 2016

Leftover chairs?? What to do, what to do?

With all of the tables and chairs I've purchased over the past couple of years, it was bound to happen - I had chairs sitting in my garage just taking up space.  I suppose I could have carted them up to Logger daughter, but then she'd feel obligated to do something with them.  Nope, that just wasn't fair!

So, I hmmmed and hawwwed and finally decided to try making something I've seen a lot on Pinterest and other DIY blogs.  

From two chairs picked up at a thrift store for probably less than $5 each, some scraps of lumber that I always have in my garage, this is end result.  It's kind of cute, comfortable to sit your weary bones on - for a while anyway -, and I think it would be cute and functional in an entryway (a place to sit and take off shoes-with a place to store them!); a front porch (to sit and sip a beer or two), or patio (to sit and make sure the kids don't drown!).  I'll be offering it up for sale, but if it doesn't sell, it will sit poolside, along my back wall, between two large pots of geraniums.

It would be perfect in an entryway ( It's been stained dark, painted (hints of a tropical green and white), distressed and has a few coats of waterbased polyacrylic finish/sealer applied.

Any takers?  

Are you ready for summer?
Any plans for pool parties and BBQ's?

Don't pay any attention to the messy garage in the backgrount - I have something coming that will be really, really cool, or a complete disaster - in which case you'll never hear about it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Granddaughters and Commitment

I have two lovely, beautiful granddaughters.  My oldest granddaughter recently made her confirmation. My other beautiful granddaughter will make her confirmation in June. They have both spent two years taking CCD classes after school learning more about our Catholic faith and they have - and will- made a commitment to always try to be faithful. I'm so proud of both of them, for so many reasons, but this commitment warms my heart!

Anyway, I felt this effort deserved something special so I made my camper granddaughter a piece of furniture she'd been wanting for her room. She was expecting it would be painted white like everything else she has. So, it was fun to surprise her with something completely different!  Now she has plenty of storage for softball stuff, books and papers, and a shelf for pretty things and pictures. And the graphite, dark waxed, distressed finish with bits and pieces of red and white showing through is reminiscent of an old, much loved, handed-down-through-generations piece of furniture.  The pictures aren't great, but maybe you can get the idea.

Before drawer fronts and paint.  I used AS graphite paint and dark wax for the final finish.

Two BIG drawers with full extension guides so she can easily get to all of her softball uniforms and paraphernalia!
Top for showing off pretty things - This shows the most distressing with the reds and white showing through.
Handles from Hobby Lobby.  They started out an old bronze finish.  I added some red and black spray paint, covered that with white chalk paint.  Sanded so the colors show a bit, and then waxed with dark AS wax.  

She loved it, and that's all that matters.
(Hmmm, I wonder what my logger granddaughter will want me to make for her???)