Showing posts with label simplify. Show all posts
Showing posts with label simplify. Show all posts

Aug 27, 2015

CUTE IDEA FOR WOOD IRIONING BOARDS

Do you have a cute, vintage, wooden ironing board sitting around like this?

Want to spruce it up a bit with a touch of country?
Well, if so, take a look at this idea I had.
Well, to be honest, my Aunt Marlene told me one day about an idea she had had and I kinda took it from there. And here's how it went.

I had bought a saying on jute twine for hanging that said "SIMPLIFY."  And I had it hanging behind my wood and coal, cast iron stove. I loved it there.  
Well, last visit from my aunt, she said that it would look real cute if I put that on my plain, wooden ironing board sitting beside it.

And that's what I did.
I started cutting the letters off the jute twine

and placing them on the ironing board with tape for temporary spacing. 

Then after I was happy with the positioning, I used some E-6000 glue and glued on tiny drops to hold them in place. Just a tad bit of that stuff goes a long way. And by using a little bit, it will be easier to remove if I ever decide to change it up a bit.

And don't worry, if you don't have any of these type of letters or words around, you can easily make some.

Here's how I do it.

I take those foam trays that you get from the deli with sliced cheese or sandwich meats on, and save them.

And just cut you out some lettering from that.
 If you can't draw them, print you some out from Microsoft Word and trace them out.
And then just cover it in whatever type of left over fabric, with glue, you have sitting around.  I save all my scraps for little projects like this.
To glue the fabric on, I just use a bit of hot glue.  It's quick and easy and you won't have to wait for it to dry like the E-6000.

But I went ahead and used the ones I already had, here's a close up of them.
And continued to glue them on my board.

And I made sure to leave it laying on it's back, to dry, for about 24 hours or so.
I'm sure it would dry quicker, but this is strong glue and takes a while to dry.

And here it is so much cuter!




A really simple and cheap fix to spruce up those plain, wooden ironing boards!

See ya'll next time!
~Lisa

Apr 5, 2015

Primitive Old Wood SIMPLIFY BOX


As a quick share for today, I'm gonna show you some pics of an old wooden box.

When I got it, it was all plain and dirty and with years of leaves and crud inside.
It didn't matter to me though, I knew I could do something with it.
 
I took a water hose to it at first with a good scrubbing consisting of about 4 brillo pads.

And then after it all dried good, I got out my stencils.
Looking for a big one, I choose the one as you see saying, "Simplify."
And the large star.
I get all of my stencils off from eBay by just searching for "primitive stencils."

Anyways, after using some Delta stencil paint, (also found on eBay,)
 

I let it dry for about 24 hours.  
If you've ever worked with the Delta stencil paints before, you know this is a must because they take a long time to dry because it is oil based.  But the good thing is that they cover great and last long.

After that I just took some craft sealer, found in the craft paint section

 and put on a coating of that in matte.
  
In this pic below you can still see it a bit wet looking before it had dried completely:
But don't worry, it dries completely clear:
And here it is all finished and ready to sell:

It is for sell in my craft Booth#555
$19.99
Sold
THANK YOU!

Mar 31, 2015

OLD PRIMITIVE TRUNK


Here is a cute $5.00 trunk that I won at an auction.
It was a rusty brown color with bits of black here and there before.
I did remember to snap a before pic this time!
But only after I finished spray painting it entirely black!

Here's a pic of it, but from the back.

 Well, I knew I could do something cute with it.
So I decided to just make it a little primish.

I had a large "SIMPLIFY" stencil that I got off from eBay that I had been dieing to use.
So I got that out along with some star stencils.

And this is what it ended up like:




And here is another one that started out just like the first one.
It's just a little bit bigger.
But I forgot the before pics, or either I can't find them one.

I took a can of wine colored spray paint and kind of sprayed here and there around the edges to give it a little more interesting color.




And off to my Peddlers Mall Booth #555 it went:
I priced it for $29.99



PRICE: $29.99
Sold in my Booth#555
THANK YOU!

See ya'll next time,
~Lisa


May 28, 2014

Simplify Sign from Old Drawer





Salvage a drawer front to a Simplify Sign!

This was a fake drawer, at the top, right under the kitchen sink. You know, the long one that doesn't really open. When we were redoing our kitchen, I saved all the wood I could for future projects and this is one of the easy ones.

I simply took the drawer front and put on one coat of flat, black paint from the Walmart paint section. The kind you have to paint on with a brush.

Next, after drying, I took a large "Simplify" sign and stenciled it on using some yellow stencil paint from the Heritage Brand collection. I love that stencil paint, but it is a little greasy based and needs time to dry. Probably about 24 hours.

And after letting it sit to dry, I also took some of the yellow stencil paint and touched around all of the edges to make a little more "worn" looking effect.

And here it is all finished. All I need to add is a sawtooth hanger on the back.




I am pricing this cute SIMPLIFY sign in my Booth #555 (Like me on Facebook) at the Morehead Peddlers Mall for $9.99.

And remember, you can also stay up to date on items I make for my craft Booth #555 by keeping up with me on Facebook also!

See you round' and Happy Crafting!

Aug 10, 2013

OLD WINDOW MAKEOVER for Laundry Room



Since making my last Old Window Makeover post, I've been inspired to try something new. And this time it is a vintage window with the glass left intact. I am turning it into a decoration piece saying, "General Store," to hang in my laundry room.

Here's how it went.

I started out with a plain, old wooden window. I left the glass in it this time. The only "work" I done on the window frame itself, was to add a sawtooth hanger to the back.

Here it is before:
The other side had less peeling paint, so I made it the front.

After making up my mind that I wanted to put "General Store" on it, I printed out the words using Microsoft Word. I kept playing with it until I got the size right. I then taped the printed out papers underneath the window and outlined the words "General Store," with a black permanent marker. This helped me tremendously to get the wording kinda centered.


Then I just peeled off the tape, and colored the rest of the words in with the same black, permanent marker. So easy!


It was very simple. The permanent marker dried really quick. The only aggravating part was that you have to make small markings to fill in all the words really good.


But other than that, SUPER EASY!

Oh, and then I took a plastic, red and white checkered place mat and put it on the backside of the window with some clear packaging tape. Just a few pieces, one on each edge. This way it made the words really stand out. And since my kitchen area and laundry room are joined, the red and white checkered matches my kitchen!


And here it is again, all finished, from a little farther back.


That is all directly above my washer and dryer. I think it looks really cute. And I added the old crock and red handled rolling pin to try and tie it in with the kitchen decorations.

And there you have it, an old kitchen window makeover for my laundry room. Hope you find some old windows here or there to re-do. I got this window, along with 4 others, for only $2 each at a yardsale a while back.

To see what I done with the other 4 windows I had, click here.


Oct 22, 2012

Old Wood Toolbox (Simplify)


This is an old vintage, wooden toolbox that I've painted in a more prim look. It came to me in a faded whiteish' colored wood, totally covered in grease spots and the inside was terrible. I didn't even think to take a before pic because as soon as I got it home, I started cleaning and painting it.

I painted it with a brush, with a flat black. Then I stenciled on the "Simplify" saying and the star. Next, I roughed it up around all the edges & handle with some medium grade sand paper.

Then I sealed it with a light shade of varnish/stain combo. Let it dry and here it is. It's for sale in my Peddlers Mall booth for $24.99.
Update: Sold


I displayed magazines in this at my booth. It would be great for many other uses as well though.

Sep 20, 2012

DIY STENCILED WALL SIGNS

STENCILED WOODEN SIGNS 


Today, well and past few days, I've been cutting and making some simple wall signs to sale in my booth. They are a great seller.

Here's a few that I  did that say, "Simplify." 

First I painted a base coat of whatever color. I usually use a burnt umber, colonial green or nutmeg. Those are my favs! Then I stencil on the saying and or stars with an off white or antique white.

Then, here's where I call it my "secret effect." I take a rough grain sandpaper and sand over the entire board, wording, stars and all. 

It kinda roughs it up and makes it look older and worn. Just the way I like it. And I am also rough on all the edges.

And lastly, I use a stain that has a sealer in it.

I rub some on with an old rag, wait a minute and wipe it all off. And repeat if it doesn't look old and aged enough.
 Here are a bunch of different sayings that I made all from stencils that I bought off from eBay.


Then I finish it all up by adding a hanger on the back. I get those in packs at the Dollar Store for $1.50.

And that's that!
 On the one in the middle below, I was experimenting with using different colors. Not sure I like the blue so much. On the same one, also, I used the glue to make a crackly look, but the pic is not showing it so well.

My favorite of the ones below is the "Pumpkins" signs below.

Probably because it's right around the corner and I just decorated our home yesterday.
I'm so in the Halloween mood!

Here's how those came about.
Some of them I left plain and then stenciled on the PUMPKINS wording in cinnamon orange.
And to mix and match some others up, I first painted the board a cinnamon orange and then stenciled on the PUMPKINS wording in various off whites.



Let the paints dry and then come back with some rough grade sandpaper and scuff up all the edges a bit.
And then just finish up by adding a sawtooth hanger on the backs.
I find these at the Dollar General in the tools section for a dollar or so.


And here they are again:

 Happy Crafting Ya'll!
Until next time,
~Lisa