Out With the Old

Whitewash Pots

As you might have already gathered, when we were getting ready to move from the ranch I was mentally ready for a fresh start.  This topped with the fact that due to our closing date being moved up two weeks, me catching a really bad cold/flu something, and our downsizing to a smallish storage unit and an even smaller RV made for the perfect storm of stress induced delirium that caused a lot more of our stuff to end up at the thrift store or the trash than in our storage unit.  This is mostly a good thing. . . at this point the only two things I am really sad that ended up in one of those two places are my Patagonia pull over and my LL Bean long underwear.  Both of which after living with me at the ranch for 4 years were very much in need of retirement and I’m pretty sure that it might not have been an accident that they are no longer around???

Whitewash Pots

Anyhoo, as we were ending our travel time period and are now settling into our new little temporary rental, I am realizing quite a few things that I no longer own.  Which again is great because I am all about starting fresh right now, but you don’t really realize how many little things that you have which are pretty helpful. . . ie. I no longer have a paper towel holder or tables or flower pots.  We didn’t have a bed or chairs either, but we have remedied those already.

Whitewash Pots

A couple weeks ago I got my TINY little front porch all ready for fall, but when I got home with a couple cute plants I realized that I no longer own any flower pots.  After far more deliberation than it should have taken of the small selection of pots that Wal-mart had from summer I decided that I would customize some inexpensive terra cotta pots rather than pay (in Wal-mart terms) quite a bit more for their version of the same “whitewash” pots I was envisioning.  So, for the price of one pot I got 3 pots.

Whitewash Pots

Here’s a breakdown:

How To Whitewash Pot

What you need:

  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • Paint in color of your choice (I used some latex that I had extra of)
  • Paintbrush
  • Exterior Poly-urethane (I used Varathane Exterior Poly-urethane in the spray can)

How To Whitewash Pot

Using a dry brush technique paint the surface of your pots:

  • Barely dab the paint brush in the paint and dab off excess paint on a paper towel or scrap wood
  • Lightly brush paint on surface pressing harder as there is less and less paint on the brush
  • Repeat these steps until you reach the desired look

How To Whitewash Pot

How To Whitewash Pot

I cracked this pot before I finished. . . I’m going to stick with the story that I was going for a more aged look so the crack was planned.

How To Whitewash Pot

Spray the outside of the pots with exterior poly-eurethane.  I did not paint or poly the inside of the pots since I was planting real plants in them and I wasn’t sure how these things would be for the health of the plants???  Since I have enough trouble remembering to water my live plants I didn’t want to give them any additional life challenges.

Whitewash Pots

Cute, simple, and inexpensive. . . my favorite things!

Whitewash Pots

Has anyone else de-cluttered during a move and then later wondered what you were thinking?  Overall, though I’m happy with the fresh start and a change of scenery both location and decor wise.

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Whitewash Pots

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Hi Everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I am sharing with you a painted horse toss pillow project that I made for the RV.  If you haven’t heard about our new exciting adventure check out my post on it here.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

I think it turned out adorable, and it is the perfect addition to our traveling home to remind me of these big loves that are still back in CO.

My Horse Loves

When I came up with this project idea I was a little concerned about the painting portion of it.  While I love to paint, I am not the most precise painter when it comes to really intricate details.  However, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how simple this was to make and paint.  It took me about 2 hours total over the course of 4 days. . . why is it I can’t sit down and do one project from beginning to end at one time???  Does anyone else have this problem?  Normally when I’m working on a furniture project I have the excuse that I need to let each coat of paint dry, but I did’t really have this excuse with this project because the paint dried really quickly.

Anyhoo, here are the steps for this rustic farmhouse horse pillow.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Materials:

  • Fabric of your choice (I chose a heavier duty striped canvas type cloth. . . yes I still have an addiction to canvas, will it ever end?)
  • Sewing Machine and Sewing Materials (thread, fabric scissors, pins, etc)
  • Printer and Paper
  • Carbon Paper
  • Paint (I used a water base acrylic paint because that’s what I had however, if you want your pillow be washable then you should choose a washable fabric paint)
  • Paintbrush

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Quick Note:  I chose to do the silhouette painting after I sewed the pillow together because I wanted to be sure I placed it in the right spot on the pillow.  You can definitely skip down to step four and do the painting portion first and then come back to the sewing portion.

Step One:  Cut out and pin your fabric (pretty side facing in) the size you would like your pillow to be with about 1/4″ extra on each side.  My pillow is 20″ Long by 14″ Tall, so I cut 20.5″ x 14.5″.

Step Two:  Sew around the edges of your pillow leaving an opening to flip your pillow right side out.  In the picture above I have the opening showing on the side (the square box), but I would recommend doing the opening on the bottom so that it’s not as noticeable when you close the opening.

Step Three:  Flip your pillow right side out through the opening that you left on the bottom.

Step Four:

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Print your horse silhouette out, and lay it on the fabric with the carbon paper underneath.  I found the horse silhouette here.  I had to resize it and cut it in half so that I could print it on normal size paper and still have it be the size I wanted for my pillow. Here is the size I used – Large Horse.

Step Five:  Trace (hard) around the silhouette of the horse making sure that the carbon paper is marking on your fabric.  I went over each piece a couple times to get the carbon to show up well enough.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Step Six:  Once you have the outline of your horse transferred on the fabric then you can paint it in.  My fabric was really thick so it wasn’t necessary for me to place paper between my two pieces of fabric, but if you have a lighter piece of fabric it would probably be best to place paper between the two layers.  Just roll up the paper so it fits through your stuffing opening and then unroll it inside the pillow while your painting.  I used a tiny paintbrush to paint the edges and then a larger one to fill in.  Then I went back over with a different color shade to give the color a little more depth.

Step Seven:  Once the paint is dry then you can stuff your toss pillow and sew up the opening.

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Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

I mentioned a couple posts ago that I have been really thinking about my issues with my perception of perfection.  In this I mean that I struggle with posting on the blog when I’m doing larger projects (ie. . . large room re-dos at the ranch or a full re-do of the RV) because I continue to tell myself that I will post that project once A,B, & C are complete.  Well, this just gives me a reason to procrastinate and then I don’t get projects posted up here.  I’ve made it a goal to not worry so much about things being completely finished and/or perfect and to just keep posting as I go. . . I can always update as things get more complete right?!?  In the spirit of this, below is a picture sneak peak at the newly completed and installed curtains that separate the cab of the RV from the rest of the living space.  This was a big project goal for me to get done because 1. it gives us privacy from people seeing in through the windshield 2. it helps with efficiency because we don’t have to heat/cool that extra space and 3. since we use the upper bed for storage we can close that off and not see all of our storage.  The biggest goal with the RV re-do was to lighten and brighten everything up, so you can see that this fabric choice really helps to brighten things up.  I have some other fabric that ties the toss pillows together with some of my other selections so you will be seeing those things start to piece together.  I’m currently in selection process to change out the backsplash in the little vanity space and kitchen, so be sure to check out those updates when I get them completed in the next couple weeks.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

 

Thanks so much for following along on our crazy adventures and be sure to stay up to date with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Let me know what you think of this project, and as always I would love to see your painted horse toss pillows!

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Charis Ranch Dresser Reveal

Hi Everyone!

It’s been so long since I posted any projects!  I guess I’ve been really busy, but mostly I just haven’t had the motivation to do the things required of posting a project (ie. edit photos, write something that other people can understand, etc.).  Actually, now that I write it out there were not as many hurdles as there seemed to be in my head.  This is why I like lists so much. . .  the list in my head is always way more overwhelming than when I write it down.

Anyhoo. . .

a couple weeks ago I shared a before photo on Facebook of a sad dresser that I was going to makeover as a fundraiser for Charis Youth Ranch.  This is a wonderful organization with fabulous volunteers that rescue and rehabilitate horses to use in their youth program for at risk kids and teens.  It is truly amazing to see the unique relationships that form between the kids and the horses.  Actually as an adult, horses are very therapeutic as well.  It’s true, try to be in a bad mood when around those gentle giants.

Okay, back on track.  So, today I am going to share the finished dresser, as well as a brief (for me) description of the transformation.

Here is the sad before pic.  It just looks unhappy.

Before Photo of Sad Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

First, I sanded.  It was actually one the easiest pieces I’ve sanded because it was so old the finish was pretty well worn off.  Sitting on my screened patio for most of the winter and summer probably helped with wearing the finish off as well.  In normal circumstances, I don’t recommend leaving your furniture exposed to the weather to remove the finish coat (laugh, frown, sigh).

After Sanding of Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

Next, I stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut.  I put two coats of stain on with a foam brush and then wiped and allowed to dry between coats.

Staining Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

I really wanted to leave the top stained and the base painted, but I was worried that the top was too damaged to be able to leave.  Once I got it stained though the top looked really good so I went ahead and left it dark walnut.  I painted the base with an off white Sherwin Williams sample that I got on sale in their mis-tint section at Lowe’s.  I always check this section when I am at the store because a lot of times you can find really great colors for an inexpensive price.  Not that the sample prices are breaking the bank, but I am a bit of a paint hoarder so every little bit helps.

To get the worn vintage look, I used old t-shirt rags and rubbed the paint on.  I started with quite a bit of paint to cover the section that I was working on.  Then I continued to rub away the excess paint and then rub hard to work the paint into the piece.  This technique takes a lot of rubbing and it’s useful to cut your old t-shirt into several pieces so you can use one piece for putting the paint on and then one piece to really rub the paint in once you have the excess removed.  Try a sample on a scrap piece of wood or the back of the piece to get your technique down.

Once my paint was dry, I put a clear coat of wax on the entire piece.

Last, I installed the new hardware.  I purchased these at Hobby Lobby.  Of course, I could not find hardware that matched the holes that were already in the drawers, so I had to create a template to get perfect holes for installing the new hardware.  I will do a separate post with my instructions for creating a template like this one.  I swear, in the pie chart of my life there is going to be a pie slice representing the amount of time I spent shopping for hardware to match my already existing holes.

Dresser Knob Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

And finally, it’s complete!  I really loved this piece.  I didn’t want it to go.  I definitely contemplated asking if anyone would like to donate to the “Andrea really wants to keep this dresser, so here is a donation in it’s place” fund.  But, alas, it was meant to help a great cause and bring in some funds to feed and house those adorable horses.

Reveal of Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

Isn’t is pretty???  I didn’t even take it in my house for fear I would never let it go.  Well, and I was the only one home the day I finished it and that sucker was heavy!!!  I barely got it moved to a place that I could get a decent picture of it.

Oh, and don’t be fooled by how beautiful the weather looks outside.  The wind was blowing really hard while I was trying to get these pictures and blew EVERYTHING off the dresser several times.  Luckily, the only thing that broke was the tops of my pumpkins which were easily repaired with the hot glue gun.

Reveal Charis Youth Ranch Dresser

Take in the beauty!!!

Before and After of Charis Youth Ranch DresserIf you would like to learn more about all the wonderful work that Charis Youth Ranch does for the kids and horses check out their website here.

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Making New Wood Look Like Aged Barnwood + Free Printable

Hello!

I have so much to share with you today.  Most importantly, I am going to share with you my technique for making new wood look like beautiful aged barn wood.  In order to do this, I will show you how to make a really simple, but oh so rustic and chic clothes pin picture frame.  And last, I will share a free printable that I created to put in my new picture frame.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Let’s get started. . .

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

First, the wood and paint supplies you will need are:

  • (1) 6 ft. 1×6 fence post slat cut into (3) 18″ pieces.  These cost between $1.50 and $3.00, so this is seriously an inexpensive but super cute project!  I also like to use the fence slats because this is rough cut wood which adds the same feel that you would get from old barn wood.
  • Minwax classic gray stain.
  • Deep brown glaze (I made mine by mixing a deep chocolate brown acrylic paint with a glazing medium).
  • White or Off White Acrylic Paint.
  • Polyurethane top coat (I used Rustoleum Water Based Polyurethane)
  • Mini clothes pins.  I found them at our local big box store.
  • Wood glue

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Cut your fence slat into (3) 18″ pieces.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

I used my Kreg jig to add pocket holes for connecting my wood pieces together.  Add two pocket holes to each of your outer pieces of wood (4 pocket holes total).

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

This is what my wood looked like after I drilled my pocket holes.  Before I screwed the wood together, I “sanded” my wood by just brushing it off really well with a steel wire brush.  You can actually sand the wood if you would like, but I personally like to leave a lot of the roughness of rough cut wood since we are going for an old barn wood look.  Since old barns were made from rough cut wood that wasn’t sanded this is how I try to replicate that feel. I also stained and painted my boards before I screwed them together.  Next. . .

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

My first step for creating an aged look to the wood is to stain the wood with Minwax classic gray stain.  I stained it and let it dry for a couple hours before moving to the next step.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Wow!  That is a really pretty paint brush!  As you can see I like to re-use and re-use and re-use my paint brushes, and apparently I’m not great at cleaning them.  You can use an old paintbrush for this next step because you will be lightly dry brushing the dark brown glaze over your wood.  Dip the end of your brush in the glaze and then wipe off the excess on the sides of your can and dab any additional excess on a paper towel.  Very lightly brush over the top of your wood and then begin to brush harder as the brush gets dryer.  You can add more glaze in areas of the wood that would naturally age darker like along the knots or darker grained areas.

If you really want to add some additional aged character to the wood then before you stain you could beat up the wood a little by banging it with a hammer, chain, or even putting some nail holes in it.  Then add some extra glaze to these areas to really bring out the aging.  Just an extra thought since I did not do this step on this project.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

After your glaze has dried (it doesn’t take very long to dry), then dry brush very lightly over the top with a white or off white acrylic paint (found at hobby or crafting stores).

Once this coat has dried (I gave mine 24 hours) then paint your polyurethane coat over the top.  I like Rustoleum Water Based Polyurethane in satin.  Let your poly coat dry, and then screw the 3 pieces together.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

Place the mini clothes pins in place and secure them with wood glue.  I set a book on top of my clothes pins while the wood glue dried.  Another afterthought. . . it would have looked nice if I had stained my clothes pins with the gray stain.  Next time!

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

And it’s ready to hang!  I used an eyelet hook to hang mine on my entry wall.  Here is the free Hope Printable I created using some adorable graphics from The Graphics Fairy.

Stay tuned because in the next couple weeks I will be sharing my transformation of the corner table in the pictures below.  It is in need of a re-do!

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

How to make new wood look like beautiful aged barnwood.

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5 Simple Steps to Refresh the Front Porch

Hello!  Thanks checking out my front porch makeover.  Join me on Facebook and Pinterest to keep up with my latest projects!

Front Porch Refresh

My front porch has been a project that I have wanted to tackle for quite a while.  It was easy to ignore through the winter, and I knew that part of the transformation I wanted to do was paint my doors a new color.  Trying to decide which color to paint was a huge can of worms that I couldn’t quite get a handle on.  Red was at the top of the list because it went well with the fresh exterior house color, and it is very flexible through the seasons.  However, there were so many other colors that I LOVED too, and I just couldn’t make a decision.  Sooooo, I completely ignored my front porch. . . no decorations, no cushions, just walked by and didn’t pay attention to it at all.

Front Porch Refres

This is what I looked at for months, and this was actually after I had started to plant the flowers in spring and hung that sad wreath on the door.  Pretty blah huh!  The doors had a fresh and clean coat of white paint from the whole house paint project, but because of the location of the doors (kind of in a corner) the white didn’t make the doors stand out at all.  There was no WOW, and it was not very welcoming either.  On top of that my old chair cushions were in desperate need of retirement, but my indecisiveness was plaguing me on those as well.

Finally summer came, and I couldn’t ignore the front porch anymore!

Front Porch RefreshThe things I did for my front porch transformation were all very simple projects with big results.  This is the list of projects I completed for the makeover:

1.  Paint the front doors.  I FINALLY decided on Sherwin Williams Salute Exterior paint with a brown glaze over the top.  I really wanted a bright color that made the entry stand out and scream “This is the Entry,” since it isn’t very obvious because of the layout of the house.  I also wanted a color that would allow me to easily transition through the seasons and holidays.

Front Porch Refresh2.  Add color and texture with wreaths.  I made these canvas and burlap wreaths for the front doors.  You can check out the tutorial here.

Front Porch Makeover3.  New chair cushions!  I decided to make new cushions for my chairs.  I wanted something inexpensive so I wouldn’t feel bad leaving them out all year and something that would again be very easy to transition through seasons.  Check out the tutorial for making these here.

Front Porch Refresh4.  Add some splashes of color with these cute toss pillows.  These adorable toss pillows are made out of bandannas.  So cute, so easy, and so inexpensive.  Here’s the tutorial.

Front Porch Refresh5.  Flowers, Furniture, and Decor.  Planting flowers is always a great way to add curb appeal to your home, as well as adding a few accessories.

Front Porch RefreshTa-dah!!!  I’m so excited to have a fresh, bright, and welcoming front porch.

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