Monday, July 30, 2012

DIY Sisal Wrapped Bar Stool

I've been able to hit a couple of garage sales the last couple of weekends. I always feel lucky when I run across a deal. At one particular sale I seen this little bar stool for $2.00. Yes, it looked rough but it is all wood and I knew with some elbow grease to clean it up, some sanding, stain and some sisal rope it would look darling.
I remember seeing in blogland, someone redoing some high-back bar stools, wrapping the foot spindles with rope and attaching it with hot glue (sorry don't remember who) but I thought it was a cute idea. Altho I knew it wouldn't work around my home for that purpose because someone's foot would undo the sisal rope. So, my version is to use my little bar stool as a stand, maybe for in the bathroom with a little wicker basket on top filled with fluffy towels.

 Before work begins in its ugly state.

See the foot rungs and how most of the paint is rubbed off, this stool has sure held the feet up off the ground. That is why I knew this stool wouldn't work for seating after the rope is attached. 
First I sanded the entire piece down, then I painted the legs and rungs with white paint. Next I distressed it some on the edges to give it a little age. Then I used Minwax Walnut stain and rubbed all over the leg areas, waited about 15 minutes then buffed the areas off. For the top piece, after sanding it I wanted it to have a two tone look, so I used Walnut stain for the rounded edge and then stained the top with Minwax Pecan stain. Buffing between the two different stains after they had time to do their magic. Gave everything a day to dry, then applied a clear sealer all over. (Finished photo at the bottom)

For the leg rungs I used Sisal rope.

 I turned the stool over then I tightly wrapped the rungs about four to five times around with the rope then attached the rope with my air gun with 3/4" staples. Then continued this pattern of wrapping and nailing on all eight leg rungs.


Here's the underside of the stool. I didn't want staples to show on the topside of the rope.


Finished new/old stool.
diy sisal bar stool




Simple project to do and for $2.00 I have a little piece of functional furniture to use as a stand.
For added info~you can dye your rope with stain if you want it darker. I took a small piece of rope that I didn't use and stained it but for this piece of furniture I like the look just as it is.

From the Heart,
Jana

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Texas Size Fire Ant

So the saying is "Every thing is Bigger in Texas" Well, I do believe that is a true statement. Look what we found that decided to just waltz his way into our house. We caught him right at the doorway...yes...lucky us! Can you imagine getting stung by that huge stinger? It would leave a Texas size whelp for sure.
 It looks the size of a small dog, but actually it was a little over an inch. That's still BIG for an ant.

Texas size Fire Ant


I've seen a lot of these Fire Ants this year for some reason. They are extremely hard to kill, you can take your foot (with a shoe on your foot for sure,best not be bare footed) and squash and twist your heel into them and they still manage to muster up the strength to run away from you. (Lovers of ants~Please don't turn me into the Humane Society of Ants)

Not sure if they are actually called Fire Ants, I've lived in Texas all my life and this is what most folks call them. Get stung by one and it stings like fire, that is for sure! Their true name is a Velvet Ant.

That's the happenings at my house today. Exciting news~eh?? 

From the Heart,
Jana

Thursday, July 26, 2012

$3.00 Vintage Serving Cart redo

Vintage serving cart

While at a garage sale recently, I picked up this Vintage Serving cart for $3.00. It was in decent shape structurally but really needed some DIY love, so I broke out the sandblaster, primer and paint and got to work. The metal had lots of rust spots and all the paint/stain was missing off the wood. Plus the coating on the wheels was in bad shape. I figured for $3.00 I couldn't go wrong.
I'm not sure of the age of the cart but I think at least from the 50's or 60's. The elderly lady that I purchased it from said she had it for years.

Here are a couple of close-ups before I got started on redoing the cart.

vintage serving cart redo
Sand blasted all the metal and hand sanded the wood surfaces before painting.
The wheels got a major buffing, then I taped off the center section that connects with the floor when rolling and spray painted the rest of the wheel part with RustOleum White paint.
Laying on its side to show all the rust before starting the project.
I hand painted the wood yellow since I have so much left over from another project that I did recently. I think the vintage serving cart turned out nice and has many more years left to be enjoyed. Now I can put it in our pavilion to hold a plant and some other goodies.
So, what do you think about my $3.00 find?

Vintage serving cart

From the Heart,
Jana

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Window Planter Box makes it a trio

We've had some amazingly strange weather for the last couple of weeks. We had 10 straight days of rain each day but finally we had a break and I was able to take a few outdoor photos to share with everyone before a huge storm hit late yesterday.

Here's the third item that we built to go along with the newly painted bench and the old window that I redid. My husband built a planter box to go under the window and I painted it the same yellow and white combo that I did the bench. Here are all three pieces sitting on the deck to our school house.
Scroll down father to see it with different seating.

old painted window planter box bench
A close up of the window box planter
I planted some Blue Daze Evolvulus.
old window frame, planter box

My husband built the planter box to match the length of the window plus added two inches to either side of the box planter to even it all out.
 Then I primed the box, lightly sanded then painted.
After seeing the bench, window and planter combo, I wasn't so sure that I really liked the bench on the deck. I think that the white of the bench blends in with the white of the siding too much. What do you think?? 
Here it is again
painter window frame planter box

I decided to move the bench and add two of our Adirondack chairs instead. I'm liking this much better. The yellow on the box planter is the same as the chair and also the blue color of the window frame and the other chair match.
adirondack chairs, old window painted 

I'm thinking, if we leave the two chairs that the planter and window need to drop down about 3-4", when we put them the height they are now we were doing so due to the height of the bench. Now I think they're too high on the wall and make the chairs look squatty. (is that a word? um..I think so for this situation)

Really, give me your honest opinions as to which option you would go with.
Please don't say just paint the school house a different color, I've already got so many projects in the works. (big grin). We all know how that is, don't we?

From the Heart,
Jana




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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Get your Chef On...Chocolate Macaroon Bars




White Lights on Wednesdays


I signed up a couple of weeks ago to participate in a cooking challenge hosted by Julie from White Lights on Wednesday and Jen from Four Marrs & One Venus using the secret ingredient of coconut. I love the flavor of coconut and also that of chocolate, I combined the two flavors for the recipe that I'm entering.
(Note-Forgot to add sweetened condensed milk to photo of ingredients)


 Chocolate Macaroon Bars

Crust ingredients:
2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
6 Tbs melter butter
6 Tbs. powdered sugar

Middle layer ingredients:
3 3/4 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup almond slices, roasted (Optional)

Chocolate Topping ingredients:
1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips (I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips)
1/4 cup whipping cream

 Lastly add about 3/4 cup of Hershey's Premier White Chips

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan.
2. Combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter in bowl. Then press into your prepared pan.
3. Stir together the condensed milk and coconut, also almonds if you added them together. Spoon onto crust and spread evenly. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until coconut just begins to brown. Cool.
4, Place the Dark chocolate chips and whipping cream in microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, then stir. Heat an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating until the chocolate chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Spread over cooled bars. Sprinkle the white chips over top. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or until chilled. Cut into servings and enjoy.

Be sure to check out the other coconut recipes that are entered in the challenge by going over to Julie and Jen's blogs. I can't wait to see what others entered into the challenge.








From the Heart,
Jana



Friday, July 13, 2012

Weather~Rain and Tomatoes

No, I've not disappeared off the planet again altho I did go out of town a couple of days this week. We had a nice little get-a-way but there is no place like home.
The weather for the week...well let's just say that it has rained every single day. Crazy weather...a little over a week ago, we were having such hot temps up to 104 degrees and the high today will be mid 70's. The rain has sure cooled things off and it's not feeling like summer at all.
With all the rain, there's no outside picture taking for me. I have finished a project that I can't wait to show you all and as soon as the sun shines I'll take pictures to share.
Until then~here's a picture of the tomatoes that I picked yesterday from our garden. At least all this rain is being enjoyed by the veggie plants. I had two tomatoes weigh in at over a pound.

home grown tomatoes

Guess what I did with those green tomatoes last night?? Yep, fixed some fried green tomatoes and they were oh so good!
Y'all have a fabulous weekend and I hope to be back next week with some new projects to share~weather permitting. 

From the Heart,
Jana

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Old Window Frame~Colorful new addition


Remember I posted awhile back that I had several old window frames and didn't know what I was going to do with them? Well, I finally came up with a project that I'm just loving. I wanted something fun and colorful and I think I found it. I knew I wanted to paint the frame with a pop of color and also have the windowpanes painted also. Well, that was a little trickier than I thought. I had to find the type of paint that would be translucent, permanent and also hold up to the weather. Sunshine, rain and all the other elements that are outdoors. I didn't want a paint that would streak on the glass panes either, because if one can streak paint on glass, I am surely the one that can do it like a pro. That is, streak the glass.

So here we go~the start of my project.

Here's my pile of old window frames that I have.
old windows frame project

First, I started by sanding the window frame, then scraping off all the old paint and caulk that was on the panes. Now, that was a job! Then I painted it with exterior paint. (Valspar 5005-108 Rushing Stream)
painted old window frame
I decided that I wanted to etch the glass panes before painting them to give them a frosted look.
old window pane frosted

Here it is..all finished and ready to hang. What do you think?
Don't you love the translucency of the panes? 
I have one more project to complete and then the bench, painted window frame and the next item that I'm working on will be ready for its new spot in the yard.

old window frame painted glass panes
Stay tuned...I still have quite a few old window frames left to do projects with and I have some great ones planned.

From the Heart,
Jana

Parties I like to share at are below:
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Motivated Monday, Debbiedoo's, Etcetorize

Tuesday: Tip Me Tuesday, Knick of Time Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , Table Top Tuesday
Not Just a Housewife
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No Minimalist Here, Primp Your Stuff, Penny Pinching Party, Under $100 Linky Party,  

House of Hepworths,
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Thursday: Transformation Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Blog Stalking Thursday, Carolyns Homework,  

Friday: Feathered Nest Friday, Inspiration Friday, Frugal Friday, Weekend Wrap Up, Miss Mustardseed, It's Overflowing, Happy Hour Projects, Stuff and Nonsense2805 Potpourri Friday

Sat: Funky Junk Interiors

Sun: DIY Showoff, My 1929 Charmer, Homemaker on a Dime,


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Anthro Inspired Coat Rack Featured on Knock Off Decor

Oh my gosh, I am just thrilled beyond belief. Someone pinch me, please!
I'm being featured today by Beckie over at Knock Off Decor for my Anthropologie Inspired coat rack from this post that my daughter and I did together.
My heart skipped a beat, probably more like a hundred beats, when I received an email from Beckie letting me know the date and time to be looking for the feature. I squealed in delight as I was reading that email. I'm sure my family thinks I've lost it a little. I'm sitting on Cloud 9 though.







Please go over to Beckie's site and check out our feature.


Thanks again Beckie
This has made my day...week...year!


From the Heart,
Jana

Mello Yellow Hand Painted Bench


Painted yellow teak wood bench


Since I refurbished and painted our Adirondack chairs I also wanted to do one of our benches to match. Our Teak wood bench had a rather weathered look, especially since it has been in the weather for a couple of years and it was beginning to show lots of aging.
First it was sandblasted because the varnish that was on it was curling up and sanding Teak is a little too time consuming. Then I patched anywhere it needed with wood putty, sanded those areas then primed it with two good coats, the wood was really dry so it sucked the primer right up plus I wanted the bench to have a good under-coat on before painting.

Here I am sandblasting the bench. Ignore my ugly paint shirt but don't you just love the hood and gloves? I'm surely styling here! Altho a must when you're sandblasting for safety reasons.


Bench after sandblasting

You can see here all the places that needed wood putty. Now I have to sand the putty, blow off the bench well and wipe down before painting starts.
I painted the bench the same color yellow as I did one of our Adirondack chairs.(B11-3 Forsythia Blossom, mixed with Valspar brand paint) I love this color, it's such a calm and relaxing color. I paired it with white for the back of the bench, I think the two colors go together well and have a homey feel. What do you think?
painted yellow teak wood bench

I'm also in the middle of doing another project that will go along with this bench somewhere in our yard. Come back in a day or two to see the finished piece. It's a fun one!!

From the Heart,
Jana


Parties I like to share at are below:
Monday: Cedar Hill Ranch, Made By You Monday, Met Monday, Meet Me Monday, More the Merrier Monday , Make it Pretty Monday ,
Motivated Monday, Debbiedoo's, Etcetorize

Tuesday: Tip Me Tuesday, Knick of Time Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , Table Top Tuesday
Not Just a Housewife ,
Wednesday: Wow Us Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, DIY by Design,

No Minimalist Here, Primp Your Stuff, Penny Pinching Party, Under $100 Linky Party,  

House of Hepworths,

Thursday: Transformation Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Blog Stalking Thursday, Carolyns Homework,  

Friday: Feathered Nest Friday, Inspiration Friday, Frugal Friday, Weekend Wrap Up, Miss Mustardseed, It's Overflowing, Happy Hour Projects, Stuff and Nonsense2805 Potpourri Friday

Shine on Friday
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Sun: DIY Showoff, My 1929 Charmer, Homemaker on a Dime,