Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Makeover - Going Back in Blue

Oak. It's always oak and brass. blaaahh

Yeah, yeah, I know. Some of you will go "what's wrong with it"? Nothing. Except it was ugly! Obviously, I'm not a fan of oak. Now that that's out of the way. I feel better, don't you?

I was digging the curves of this piece. The high back, the top drawer, the bottom. I also like how the top border is angled out, not just straight up in the air. So what I wanted to do, was give it some age. I mean old.

Have you ever seen a piece that's been handed down from generation to generation. Nobody wanted to get rid of it, but they didn't want to spend any money it? So what did they do? They just kept on adding paint. On top of paint. On top of paint. No sanding. No patching. Just more paint and more paint brush strokes. Well that was my vision for this piece.

So after some sanding, I applied slopped on some primer. Super thick like! And with no concern about following the grain. That's right. I was out of control. Call the cops. Next I sanded. Yes, on the primer. Then I used a dry brush and added a layer of gray. Again, not perfect. It didn't cover the entire surface. Then I sanded again. This time deeper. After sanding, I used a bar of Dove soap and applied a coat over the sanded areas.

Next was more dry brushing. This time with the blue. And guess what? Yep, carelessly. Now this time, when I sanded, it allowed the wood and original colors to come through in the areas I applied the soap. Then I pretty heavily distressed the paint. Not just the edges, but kind of everywhere. It felt good.

Oh, the inside. Yep forgot to take pictures of the inside. Nothing special, but I did paint it. It got a nice shiny coat of traditional gray. Thought it would look nice with dishes? The hardware is all original. But it got a fresh paint job too. I found a good looking Hammered Bronze by Rust Oleum. It had a bit of an aged look to it.

Now here's the cool thing about this piece. Where would you put it? Hallway? Entryway? Bedroom? Bathroom? Kitchen? How about a changing table? So many uses! I love it!

So to all the color-phobes out there, what do think about the color? A lot of people don't like blue. But could you - would you - do this?













































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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Watch Your Fingers! - Selfy Sunday

Did you catch my last Selfy Sunday self portrait? Well check it out.

Every two weeks, there is a (growing) group of photographers sharing self portraits. No theme. Not always professional. Just plain fun!

Lots of ideas swimming drowning in my head this week. I even tried to take a few notes over lunch. But my greasy fingers didn't agree with the paper. And that's when it came to me. I was so in love with this burger, why not share?

So, I grabbed my trusty iPhone, and went to work. Yes, I had my expensive Canon 5DII, but I didn't need it. This image was taken and edited with my iPhone. I'd be happy to share the apps used, if you're curious.

Hope you get a laugh. Or at least a smile.

Have you decided to join us for the next one?


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Buffet Before and After

Red is a bold color. A statement color. It's so universal.

Okay. I know some of you are color-phobes. But look at this. This piece could go with almost any decor. Oh, and think about the possibilities!

In an entry way? Yes.
A kitchen island? Double Yes!
A bathroom vanity? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Such a quick makeover that anyone could do. Pick a color. Sand. Paint. Distress. The black handles? Yeah, I just thought they looked cool.

Would you have a red piece in your home?










Friday, September 16, 2011

Quick Lighting Upgrade

Ugly lights make for an ugly room.

Yes, this room still needs work. But I sure like this light way better than the old one. Sorry no before picture. But you've all seen them. The boring, square, glass fixture that hangs a couple inches from the ceiling. Yes. Ugly.

So, I just grabbed an industrial housing I had. Slapped a quick pendant light kit in it, and...voila! New light. I got the pendant kit from Orange (Home Depot) for $15. The housing was a thrift find, $5. I didn't even paint it or scrub the rust out. I like it just how it is.

How many of you already have or would like to switch out your lighting?



Monday, September 12, 2011

Full Color Tilt - Selfy Sunday

Stepped out Saturday for some beautiful pictures of Meghan. Keep an eye out for those.

In the meantime, you'll have to settle for me. Knowing that I had a Selfie project due the next day, I thought it would be the perfect time to knock that out. What's a selfie? A selfie or selfy is just a self portrait. That's just fancy talk. And it's quicker to type.

So with Meghans help, I went for a color blast. Yep. She got to blast my face with paint. Which only seems fair, since I threw some at her for her pictures.

If you are on G+, make sure to take a look at the entries from the Selfy Sunday project. You may find some new photographers to connect with? You'll definitely find some cool Selfies.

I wish I could say that my eyes are always that blue, but they are not. Sometimes, as my wife pointed out, they're even a dull green. Saturday just happened to be a good day for color.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Floating Share Widget

Widget? Not sure that's the correct word, but I'm using it.

Have you ever seen that little floating window on some blogs? The one that follows you down the page, with the Facebook, Twitter and Google+ buttons on it. Well, if you're an active blog reader, that thing can be a life saver. It's very handy. Especially if you like to share what you're reading with your friends.

Want to know how to install one on your Blogger blog? Me too! Check out this short tutorial from MBT - my blogger tricks. Always full of useful information about Blogger.

It's almost 1am, but I plan to install this thing before the end of the weekend.

Do you like the floating social icons? Do you already use this widget, or a similar one?

ps. I checked - it is a widget :)

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