Friday, July 18, 2014

Faux Barnwood Painted Dresser

Let's face it, boys can be hard on furniture; especially the stuff that is made from particleboard.

Having purchased a couple of different dressers in previous years, we know this to be true.

Among the clothes that were suppose to be in there, they would also hide...

toy cars... trucks... legos... even the cat would find himself trapped among the items.

I was determined to find a solid piece of furniture; one that is made from real wood.  We didn't want to spend a fortune, just in case it didn't last.
I found a dresser that was in rough condition, but it was solid wood. It wasn't quite what I had been looking for but it seemed to be sturdy enough for my now, pre-teen son. I brought it home,  added a few nails to sturdy it up a bit with the good intention that I would refinish it.

So we stuck it in the closet....
(Don't ever stick anything in the closet unless you want to forget about it)

Eight years has passed since I purchased the dresser.  While my son was away at college I finally decided to tackle refinishing the old dresser. To match the rest of his furniture, I wanted to give it a Faux Barnwood look.

I removed the orginal hardware and filled the holes with wood filler. Once it was dry, I used an electric sander to smooth away any roughness.

I lightly sanded the dresser and made a few minor repairs to help sturdy it up a bit.

Having never tackled a project like this before, I was unsure of the colors I would be needing or how I would create the look of barnwood.

I began by spraying on layers of Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Flat Gray Primer, Granite, Nutmeg, Heirloom White, and a very small amount of Espresso.

While the paint was still wet, I began to drag the paint in the direction the grain of the wood. I did this using scrap pieces of sandpaper that I had used during the sanding process.

I'm not sure how many layers of color I used on the dresser, but I continued with the "paint and drag" technique until I achieved the look of barnwood.

I also took the cabinet door off of my son's desk and brought it outside. I used it as a guide for color layers and the distressing.

When the paint was completely dry, I sealed it with Satin Clear.

The final step was adding new hardware to the dresser drawers that I found at Hobby Lobby

I was completely amazed at how well the dresser matched the rest of my son's furniture. I wish I could show you, but he is a boy (no matter what his age is) and his room is still a mess!

If you have any questions about this process, feel free to leave me a comment here or on Instagram. I will try to help as much as I can but I make no claims that you (or I) will be able to repoduce the results shown in this project.

This project is linked to some of these places I visit.
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Hiatus

hi·a·tus [hahy-ey-tuh s]
noun, plural hi·a·tus·es, hi·a·tus 

  1. a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc. 
  2. a missing part; gap or lacuna: Scholars attempted to account for the hiatus in the medieval manuscript.
  3. any gap or opening.

I have tried for months now to retreive my passion for blogging and crafting. Everything I have tried has failed. I know that according to SEO and Social Media Marketing that this could be distaster for my blog, but I am willing to take that chance and I hope you (my loyal readers) will understand.

In my last post I mentioned that I had some news to share.

Mother's Day I got this..... 

I watched in amazement as the screen lit up and began the simple and easy set up process.

But let me just say.... it was huge! I have been so used to my laptop that I felt like I was looking at a theatre screen. I decided to trade it in for a MacBook Pro. The screen was slightly smaller than my HP laptop, but it seemed to fit my needs a little better... or so I thought.

The MacBook Pro was completely awesome until I used Safari and also loaded my Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements. The MacBook Pro is equipped with Retina display which sounded great in theory, but if the websites you are viewing and the programs that are installed do not support retina then what you are viewing will be fuzzy, and may not even run correctly (as was the case with my Premier Elements). As for browing the internet, I was advised by Apple Support to use Chrome since it supports the Retina display.

Since the two programs I use the most would not run correctly on the MacBook Pro, back it went as well and for the time being, I am back to using my boring trusty HP Laptop.

5 Things I learned from an Apple
  1. Macintosh was developed by creative people with creative people in mind
  2. The ability to change your folder icons are key to organization and another reminder that Mac's are head and tails above Windows. 
  3. Sometimes they are a little ahead of their time as I discovered with the Retina Display feature on the MacBook Pro.
  4. Mac's are really very simple to use once I stopped trying to overcomplicate them with my "Window's mindset".
  5. If you complain too much, you'll wind up with nothing which is what happened to me. I do still have my 2 year old HP Laptop that has been recently rebuilt so I do have "something" it just not a Mac.

This is where I am at right now, and even though I said I was taking a Summer Hiatus, I do have the right to still post updates on this blog, post updates to my social media sites, and create whenever I have the notion to do so. In other words, I am going to enjoy my summer and you might get a few updates here and there, but nothing on a regular schedule.

Enjoy your summer and I'll see you again on a regular basis this fall......

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Littlest Things Bendy Card

Wow! It seems like forever since I have been here, but I think... well, I hope.... okay, let's just keep a positive attitude about this and say, "I am back!"

I also have some exciting news about my Mother's Day (I realize that it was several weeks ago and Father's Day is on the horizon; just humor me, okay? lol) I'm not going to share my news in this post, but I just wanted to let you know that I have an announcement that I will be sharing in the very near future.

But today, I want to show you my Bendi Card.

Not Just Paper and Glue: The Littlest Things Bendy Card
I am reminded of an old song that says, "I never promised you a rose garden, there's gotta be a little rain sometime". Let's just say that this was one of those "downpours". 
When a child passes away, it doesn't matter if they are 8 days old or 8 years old, it not only effects the parents, but the entire family. The only way I know to heal a broken heart is to trust in God, but it helps when friends gather around to show their love and share in the sorrow.

Our pastor and his wife were the great-grandparents to Alexa and I wanted to create more than just a handmade card; I wanted a keepsake. I chose the Sloped Bendy Card and Bendy Stationary Box file from Samantha Walker as my starting point for this gift. I added some flowers and butterflies along the edge of the card and a label with a quote on the inside.

The hardest part of making this keepsake card, was the emotional side,  otherwise, this was a super easy project. The designers in the Silhouette store do the "hard part" by making fantastic cutting files to work with which gives me more time to be creative!

Visit the Samantha Walker blog for more details on how to create this card along with information on how you can purchase the files I used. 

Tammy Malone: Guest Designer for Samantha Walker

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