Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Shadow Pictures Featuring Someone I Know!

Remember when I did this project where I used spray adhesive to attach photos to canvas? 
This is one of the finished projects. I got a really cute picture of Harry the other day that had the perfect shadow in it. I gave it a quick update today:
I just used spray adhesive right over the old picture of the kid on the swing, lined up my new picture, sprayed away, laid it on there, and put some heavy stuff on it to make sure it stuck:
After it dried I was able to get a more personal shadow picture right back on the wall
Look at my happy Harry in action! 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Not So Cookie Cutter

A house down the street from mine is for sale. Naturally I went creeping on Zillow to see how much they were selling it for and what it looks like on the inside. There are about 8 houses on my long street that are cookie cutter images of mine that each person has put their own stamp on. I knew mine had an addition put on the kitchen and bathroom. This was such a cool way to see what else the previous homeowners did to set my house apart. Enjoy the journey!

I love the red! I'm the only one of the cookie cutters red doors, shutters, and a fence! They have me beat with landscaping though!

Holy cow right? 
My window turned into a door when they added the screened porch. The doorway to the hallway is a little wider too. Total win for my house.
I hope the new home owner rips up the carpet so they can have hardwoods too
It looks like the overhead light fixture was added when things were being reworked in here. We both had similar ideas on furniture and TV placement!

They win for less-deadly stairs, although mine win for prettiness! It's funny how we both did stripes. The widened doorway is more apparent here too:
Here is their kitchen. You can tell where my original kitchen ended. I got SO lucky!
I think we may have the same counter tops
It's funny because where their stove is is where my dad and I found an old gas line when he was moving the cabinets:
It looks like they scooted the stove over with the addition:
They seem to have found the hardwoods in the kitchen and dining room. My tile got slapped over mine I think since there is a little step-up on the way in:
They widened the doorway during construction here too:

The dining room is exactly the same, minus the chair rail. 
I got so much more counter space in the bathroom with the addition! My sink goes to where the tub touches the wall:

Here's where things are not at all apples to apples. They too have a finished basement. Holy hot tub right? Their bathroom is much wider than mine is. That window is on the other side of my bathroom wall in the unfinished furnace room:

The basement has less crazy angles than mine has. My homeowners built around things in the basement rather than moving them
But mine has a better ceiling:
It seems like they don't have back dormers at this house. I'm not sure if either room has a closet upstairs. I can't see one. 
This room seems a little bigger and I think is mine. There should be an attic door behind their bed too:
Their pink is the same as mine! 
Remind me to never try to cram a bed in there! Ugh this place has so much carpet!
Their master is my guest room. Again, I'm so glad I chose the upstairs room, although mine may be a little bigger because of dormers?

Crazy huh? It's like going back in time to my house pre-work. Some of the crazy construction methods the previous homeowners used here are head scratchers, but I'll give them this. They understood how to open up the space and made some great decisions about layout! 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Tea Staining Wood

Have you ever heard of staining wood with tea? Neither had until I got a free table. 
I loved my other table. It's still sitting off to the side waiting to be sold actually. But the drop sides led to the surface being a little uneven and the top wasn't real wood. When I told someone had an antique that had a bad finish and needed some work that was going to Salvation Army if I didn't want it, I jumped. 
I didn't know what to do with it so I left it as is while I thought about it and made sure the size worked for me. It had lots of scratches and water rings, which made me feel not guilty about possibly painting it. 
I finally decided I'd paint the legs white and stain the top. I found this great looking grey stain that I would stain it with after I got the original stain off.
It was a super super messy job. Note the floors.
I was covered in oak-colored dust. There is something about sanding furniture that helps me find myself. I got lots of great finding myself done and good music listened to. 
This was it when I was done. Isn't it soooo pretty? I wanted to leave it like that but knew I'd need to protect it if we'd be eating on it.
So I got my gloves and brush and went to work
Here it is after getting it all on. It was really close to the cabinet color so I was hoping it would coordinate well
Here it is after rubbing off the stain. I HATED it. Maybe this is someone's cup of tea, but it's not mine. 
So I was back to square one. And I remembered my french doors directly behind the table and realized it'd make my life and clean up MUCH easier if I just dragged the table out there to sand. The grey stain was way harder to get off than the oak for sure. After 2 days of sanding I got the table mostly back to its bare glory. My mom sent me a link about tea stain as a possible idea for the table. 
So I grabbed a glass jar, some steel wool, and vinegar. 
Rip/pull apart the steel wool and pour vinegar over it to completely cover it. Loosely put the lid on and put it in a dry cool place for at least 24 hours. 
While I was waiting the pets and I sanded
Taped and painted
and moved it back in
Again I adored the rough top but needed to protect it. I decided that if the tea thing didn't work I'd sand it and leave it as is. 
Next you brew some strong hot tea. After it's cooled brush it on. 
This was it going on
Here it is after it dries. The top went back to the way it looked before. Here is the "stain" after it's ready. It looks no different. I was quite sure that it wouldn't work since it didn't smell any different from vinegar and was clear. How nice to work with something easy on the lungs!
Here it looks after brushing it on. I knew that it really worked when I saw the marks that it left when I accidentally touched it to the white paint. It didn't come off either! 
Here it is about 5 minutes after brushing it on to one side of the table 

Here it is after 15:
And after an hour:
Doesn't it look good? I love that it's natural and rustic and not 100% painted like the rest of the kitchen
After it dried I gave it a couple of coats of polyacrylic
I love it. It's weathered but slick looking
And it has some really cool looking depth
It was so easy and fume free to tea stain! I will definitely do that before Minwax next time!
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