Can you belive it?? It's almost the end of August!! Right about now is when I step back and realize the summer has flown by and I am in NO hurry to be back at school. I say it every year and this year is no different - I really wish the kids went back to school a month before I did.....I could really use that extra month to get the rest of my summer projects done :)
Here are pics of a few of my most recent projects. Painting Projects.
(I won't bore you with the cleaning the house projects and weeding my yard projects).
This is what my driveway looked like a few weeks ago. An new acquaintance asked me if I'd consider being a part of a Christmas In August craft fair 2 weekends ago and I agreed to go and sell my Christmas cards and upcycled journals:
Fortunately I keep a supply of Christmas cards ready :)
And a box of upcycled journals made from coffee sleeves...
...Bingo cards, Pop Tart boxes, etc, etc, etc....
Now here's the funny part. Not funny-ha-ha....but funny-interesting.
I didn't sell a single Christmas card at this craft fair.
I did sell a few journals - enough that it was worth going....but NO cards. Weird eh?
The funny thing was though....a few days before the fair, I thought....why don't I bring along a few furniture pieces and try to sell them as well. It's worth a shot, don't you think?
So, I got to work - spread out all down the driveway and got a few pieces ready.
This photo is just a whole lot of primer going on. I'm a firm believer in Kilz. I know it's stinky but when you're working with old, or vintage, or who-knows-where-this-has-been furniture....it's so nice to know that any smells and stains and whatever else are blocked and primed with Kilz.
I dug out this can of Hot Pink paint I got as a "seconds" can at Canadian Tire awhile ago....before I stirred it I had to take this picture with all the different pinks and reds swirling around each other. Crazy fun :) Took a while to stir it altogether too, but when I was done - it was a beautiful rich hot pink.
My first "Girl's Dressing Table" project - I love how it turned out!! Apparently other people liked how it turned out too b/c I had lots of great comments on it and it sold at the Christmas in August craft fair!!
I currently have 3 more of these dressing tables on the go - one done (white with celery coloured drawer fronts), one nearly done (white with butter yellow drawer fronts) and one 1/2 done ( I think the drawers are going to be pink again).
Benjamin Moore Cloud White; some Hot Pink from Canadian Tire; Krylon Gloss White spray paint for the handles; Minwax finish
I also finished up this Little Kids' Table & Chair set. I love the 2-toned look on here too! I used Kitchen & Bath paint for the table top and chairs to give it just that extra little bit of wash-ability :) This lovely piece sold at the craft fair too :)
Benjamin Moore Cloud White, Waterfall; Minwax Finish
The third piece I made and sold at the craft fair (well, it got picked up later, but the deal was made while I was there). I loved how this one turned out - it was a rickety old cupboard to start with that I found at my thrift store (if you know me at all, you know that I LOVE that place). Although it had very cool straight lines and funky legs, it also had deep grooves (bottom right photo below) where shelf dividers used to sit - probably to hold record albums (top right photo below) I'm guessing (should have left them in - my scrapbook paper holder is an old record storage cupboard!!) Because I didn't want those grooves on this piece, I used a pretty significant amount of Wood Filler to fill them in. Sanded and painted, you can't even tell they were there. I used the original hardware - partly because the bronze metal had worn away to a really nice finish and they perfectly matched the patina on the hinges which I didn't want to remove.
Benjamin Moore Cloud White, sanded to distress, Minwax finish
I had one more set of chairs at the sale and they although I dragged them home again, they have since sold. Stay tuned for more painting adventures :)