Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Florence Headboard

Not only did the Provence Headboard sell (the light turquoise), but I got commissioned to make another one, and I took some pics of the process.  I think the hardest part for me is finding a large enough flat surface to work on.  My porch turned out to be the best place.
Here's the door in original condition.  Very old, at least 5 layers of lead paint.  Rough texture

Legs and supports are screwed it and holes filled.

Crown molding and top cap are on.  I borrowed a nail gun and air compressor.  Guess what's on my Christmas list now?

I decided to add a little nail head trim.  It's for a guy so I was going for a masculine look.

It was a light brown wash sponge painted over white when I got it.  I painted it a dark brown because that's what I wanted to peek through the Florence color.

Aren't the hinges so cool?  I wet distressed this time because I didn't want any original paint peeking through.

After distressing, I waxed with a dark wax.

This is the best final photo I could get.  The headboards are too heavy for me to move once I finish them and I can't get any farther away with my camera.

If you'd like a custom headboard, they are $450 plus tax and I am taking orders for the spring.  Advance notice is great because it can take awhile to track down a door in the right price range.  Just email me about what you'd like it to look like and when you'd like it by, and I'll put you on the schedule.  Before starting I'll get a supply deposit and get to work!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sidewalk Sale!!

Tomorrow is the Sidewalk Sale at Homestead Handcrafts on Blanco!! 9-5, come early to get the best deals.  Here's what I will have there:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tin Topped Farmhouse Table

    I'm writing this post mainly to dispel the possible idea of me knowing exactly what I'm doing, a serene vision of productivity.

     It all started with me and Stefanie, Crystal, and Debbie scavenging through Stefanie's barns. Stefanie and Debbie had fun for about 2 hours, then they were out. Crystal and I continued for quite awhile longer, and had such fun rummaging through decades of forgotten bits of farm life. I found a cool old piece of tin in a turkey barn loft and decided to make a table to fit under it.
 I had already run across Ana White's website (awesome!!) and I picked out a plan. Now, the plan was for a slightly bigger size, so I had to shrink it down.  This entailed such math skills that I could feel Mr. Kalich and Mrs. Krnavek shaking their heads at me.  Finally I got it figured out and built, but I was so nervous about the drawer I just did a false front.

halfway done:

my helpers:
 I had to run to Home Depot 3 different times for this project, each time with 3 urchins.

The bottom was supposed to look like this:
Farmhouse Bedside Table
I finally, after about 2 hours of trying to figure it out with various widths and combinations of wood (because I was NOT going back to Home Depot for one.more.thing), gave up and put slats on it.  Notice the two liquids on top.  One is vinegar and steel wool, one is black tea.  I figured that I would pickle and stain it before painting, since I was painting with milk paint, which don't adhere great and would flake off nicely in parts exposing the dark wood.  So I did.  And then I painted.  And the paint stuck.  I had to sand to distress, down to bare wood, so then I swiped the whole thing with a Minwax stain.  Good grief.  This project was now 5 days in the making.
And what are my children doing all this time?  Blake and Seth are pretty decent, but Cullen is trying to ruin us all at the moment, so that means he could not be unsupervised for one second.  So if I worked on it during the day, Cullen was right there playing on my phone, creating art like below, and serving me up a bevy of pretend food.  I cannot tell you how many pretend pizzas, muffins, brownies, and fish that workshop has seen.  All of which must be carefully eaten and enjoyed.  Which I gladly do.
The metal on top is easily twice as thick as what you would normally hammer on top, so I used liquid nails, and carpet tacks on the edges, and a ton of hammering the edges down!  I was incredibly sore the next day.  So to sum up, if I did the exact project again it would take me half the time.  I did learn a ton and I love the final product.  If I had room to put it anywhere, I probably wouldn't have sold it!

See those decorative vertical cuts on the front?  My awesome new saw did that.  I can adjust how far down the blade can go and make cool decorative cuts.  I'm in love.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

From Toy Chest to Conversation Piece

Someone from church just hired me to change the toy box they grew up with, a plain jane brown box on casters, into a conversation piece. I don't know what you would call it now, but it's cool. I glammed it up. She requested it to have legs, a shelf, and neutral colors. Here's the before:

Pretend like my workshop behind the chest looks all cutesy like it belongs on Pinterest...

It's easy to see the finished project and think I always know what I'm doing.  So far from the truth, but I'm learning.  For instance this time I learned that you really have to have bracing for legs if you can't add them underneath a lip to secure them to.  I also learned that the way to attach bracing is with a kreg jig (thank you woodworking forums!)  This is what it looks like and what it does:

Here's the cool way I attached the shelf:  I screwed eye hooks into the legs, rested the shelf on them, and then screwed a short screw (plus a washer to make it even shorter) through the eye hook to hold it in place.  Pretty nifty.

Once done with the construction part, I painted it Yound Kansas Wheat by Cece Caldwell, whitewashed it with Old White Annie Sloan, and wet distressed.  This combo is a great way to keep it neutral but not boring.  I finished with clear wax.
Here's the after:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Casey's tables

Well, it's been awhile since I've posted.  I've been enjoying the summer with my boys, with not much time to work on furniture.  I committed to only taking 2 projects a month for the summer, and now I just have one project left!

I've done several things for Casey before and what I love about painting for her is 1: She's not afraid of color and 2: She tells me the color pallette and let's me be really creative with it.  I just finished 3 tables for her, all with similar ranges of blue and green, but all 3 with different finishes.

Magazine table:
Cece caldwell's Virginia Chestnut topped with a wash of blue over it, wet distressed and clear waxed.

Hexagonal table:
Custom blue washed with green, distressed and topped with dark wax.

Square table: 
Aubusson blue, washed with Antibes green and the French linen.  Wet distressed and then clear wax.  Love how it all layers up together!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Aubusson Blue Sideboard Reveal

 This is my latest project.  It was a beast!  I worked on it for a full month.  This is what it looked like when it came to me:

You might think, as I did when I first saw a text pic of it, that someone had already gone to the trouble of stripping it.  Well, the drawers were stripped, but the rest was actually a faded orange paint covered in mildew, flaking off everywhere.  And I discovered it was lead paint!  You're really not supposed to sand that stuff.  So I got to try something cool with the chalk paint for the first time.  I scraped it as best I could and removed all the paint chips.  Then, I left the lid off of a can of French Linen for 2 nights.  It made it into a "gesso", kind of like stucco.  I spackled it right on there to fill the ginormous holes left in the paint finish.  It still took a couple of coats, but there's no way you could spackle with filler and then expect to distress it.  It worked beautifully.  The only down side is that it used a lot of paint.  You can see the orange color better here:

 The top decorative piece was so warped if one end was against the piece the other end was 4 inches away.  I soaked it in my bathtub (Yay long bathtub!) 2 separate times and clamped it down to my work table.  I wasn't sure if it would work, but it did!

 The legs were dry rotted:

I cut them off and Frankensteined new feet on.  The back ones came from a table and the front round ones are bed spindles!

 I also retacked the bottom on, it was sagging a bit:

 Here's the end result:  I am quite proud of how it turned out.