Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reclaimed Wood Art Piece

A couple months ago I found a really great frame at the thrift store that had a piece of thin plywood attached to the back. The frame was a dark brown color. My original plan was to paint the frame, remove the plywood, and sell it empty at my booth.
But then, I had an idea!!!!!!!!!!!
Have you heard of mudcloth? I've seen mudcloth before, but never knew what it was called until recently. It's cotton fabric made in Mali and dyed with mud.

I love the patterns and tribal designs!

I've been wanting to do an art piece using reclaimed wood for awhile and finally had a blank canvas and perfect inspiration to do so!

Using the lines and triangles of mudcloth for my design and scraps of fence boards in our garage, my husband and I created this beautiful piece of art!

Some of the wood moved a bit when I placed books on them for weight to help the glue set, but I really don't mind the imperfections. I think it just adds to the piece.

I love how the wood tones pop off the white!!!

This probably makes the cut for one of my top five favorite projects ever!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Shelf Full of Treasures

After doing not much of anything the last week or two, project-wise, I had a VERY productive weekend and will have lots to share with you this week!!! To start things off, I gave a hanging shelf in our living room a little makeover by filling it with random bits and treasures.
The shelf has looked like this for awhile:

While you all know I love ironstone, this was looking just a little too blah! I wanted something a bit more collected and eclectic looking.

I gathered up everything from bits of nature to ephemera and this is how it all came together!

I think all the treasures make the shelf so much more interesting. Like, you just want to open it up and explore what's inside. 

Let's take a peek, shall we!?!

Feathers were a must, of course! :)

This frozen Charlotte fits in perfectly.

I've had these antique calling cards stashed away, never knowing what to do with them. I love them and love having a place to display some now. They always remind me of Jane Austen's novels.

I used vintage envelopes to lighten things up a bit. Less permanent than painting the inside of the shelf.

More odds and ends.

It's way more fun now, don't you think?!?

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Triangles and Yardsticks

I'm back at it again with triangles!!! I can't help it, I love them! I found this cute table a month or two ago and finally worked up the nerve to redo the tabletop in a way I've been dreaming about for months!!!!

I already knew what I was doing to the top, but I was undecided on the base. I thought about painting it, but then I sanded off the dark stain and was left with some beautiful wood tones.

We worked on the tabletop and I sealed it all with polycrylic and this is how the table looks now:

I seriously love it so much!!!!!!!!!! I love the light colored legs with the darker aprons of the table paired with the yardsticks and just the perfect pops of color. It all just works so well together!!

I didn't do a thing to the wood after sanding it. I loved the color as is, and the polycrylic brought out all the great grain.

I really wanted to use reclaimed wood for the top, but I'm having a hard time finding exactly what I have in mind. Yardsticks were the next best thing.

I cannot wait to try other patterns and different material! I have so many ideas swirling right now! I just wish I had the time needed to make more of these types of tables more often. This was really fun to work on and I actually was involved in the process. Usually Nate does all the woodworking around here, but I helped with the measuring and even operated the nail gun!

I'll be dropping this guy off at my booth soon. I know I say this a lot, but this is going to be a hard one to part with.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Triangle Love

Lately I've been really digging triangles....well, all geometric shapes in general, but mostly triangles. I even stamped a triangle wall in my studio recently. I've been dying to add triangles to other things and finally found the perfect project. I came across this Target Threshold tray at Goodwill a few months ago. It's made of wood and the grain is so beautiful. I took it to my booth where it sat for quite awhile with no interest. Nobody else seemed to love the gorgeous wood tones like I did.
People seem to love anything painted. So I came up with a plan so that the tray was painted, but some of the wood could still be center of attention, just in a smaller dose. 

I cut out triangles from painter's tape, stuck them to the tray, then gave the whole thing a couple coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White. Once the paint was dry I peeled off the triangle tape!

I love it so much I'm already looking for something else to triangle!!!!

Just look at the wood peeking through!! It has an ombre-ish tone to it!

I hope it finally gets some love in my booth. I don't see how anyone will be able to resist this tray now! Hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July!!!

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