Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Colorful repurposed bench for the garden

Hey guys! I can't believe it's already the middle of July! Summer is going by so quick and I really don't want it to end. I wanted to share with you my recent project. I had purchased this bench at a flea market a few months ago for my garden. I wanted to create something colorful and quirky with a bohemian vibe for my front yard among all of our greenery. I had no direction, The first time I painted it, it was a bright yellow and I wasn't feeling it. So I went back outside with my stains, acrylics, and paint brushes. Put on some Van Morrison and let my mind wander and this is what I ended up with. I love it, it's not for everyone but if I wanted a manufactured copy of a bench that everyone has I wouldn't have painted it. I like my things like I like my people.... with quirks, imperfections, and a personality of it's own which is definitely how this piece turned out, and of course I couldn't leave it in my garden without a quote... "Be still, and the earth will speak to you". You can see the process of how to get this look on the blog.


                                          
 I had no idea where I was going with this project. It kind of just had a mind of it's own. I new that I wanted it to be colorful and add a little character to the greenery of our front yard. I had painted it a bright yellow before doing the green but it was just to much and taking away from the pretty leaves so I toned it down. Here's what I did to achieve this look.

Here is the first look I had, but I just wasn't feeling it. Although it did look very pretty it was just to bright and I like bright so this surprised me. LOL.

1. Spray painted the entire bench in a bright white.
2 Painted the wood parts a bright yellow with acrylic
3. Used acrylics on the leaves for a quirky/bohemian vibe.
4. After deciding I didn't care for the yellow, I mixed the colors of the leaves and brushed over the yellow with the reds, pinks, and blue/greens.
5. I then sanded it down a bit and used some green stain I had laying around and went over the wood parts with it several times to give it a weathered but colorful look to the green.
6. After that I then went over the wood and metal leaves with a dark brown stain just to give it a little aged look.

I love how it looks. It blends it with the rest of the d├ęcor in front and yet gives the pop of color I wanted around the greenery in our yard.
 



              I wanted a bohemian and quirky feel to the bench. I just love how it turned out.




                                                                     Peace and Love,

Monday, July 13, 2015

Those things I can't do...




 I've been working hard on my closet room and I'm almost done. I'm just waiting for my husband to wire in the new light and then I can share with you all this room I'm so proud of. I came across a blogger I really enjoy The Wonder Forest who had a fun post called 5 things I can't do. I thought it would be fun, something to fill in these empty days of no posts while I finish my room, and for you guys to get to know me better. I would love to do more personal posts about life and other things I love so I'm going to try and blog more about those things when I'm not busy sharing my home, art and diy projects.  I have 6... Here are my things I can't do.
 
I'm horrible at doing hair! I have only about 4 hairstyles I can do. Ponytail, half up, messy bun, and curls. Don't ask me to do anything fancy because it just doesn't happen and I get frustrated really quick.
 
Makeup? I have my basics. Foundation, eyeliner, a good blush, and mascara. I'm not skilled in that department. I might throw on some eye shadow for a night out but I keep it simple so I don't end up looking like a clown.

Sewing? I just can't! My mom tried teaching me and I couldn't get the hang of it. My daughter who was 8 at the time was a pro. I wish I could throw together a cute quilt and sew some curtains but to put it bluntly... I suck!


 Math and history and science? Those were not my strong suits in school. Math I tried but never got the right answer (bahaha), history I was to bored with and science was to much for my brain to handle.


 I can't eat sushi. At first it was the texture and how it never looked like a satisfying meal. I finally tried it but all I could think about were parasites. Never again. The one time sushi night was enough to last me a life time. Blech!

I can't file my nails or touch newspaper or sandpaper without getting the chills. It literally makes me cringe. I'll do it but I don't like doing it. Just thinking about it makes me shiver. Weird? I know!


                                                                     Peace and Love...
                                                                                   
                                                                                  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Repurposed Garden Bike

For the last few years I have been eyeing this old bike the previous owners left behind as garden art. It was a cute bike but she had glued massive fake flowers on both the seat and inside the adorable little wooden flower box. I of course removed the fake flowers the minute we moved in and even found a small wasp nest inside the flower box. The bike has been sitting against the fence for a few years now empty.  After seeing so many cute one's on Pinterest and various garden blogs I knew I had to pizazz mine up.  I know some  like the natural, rusted look of the bikes for their gardens but in my world I  love bright colors and turning it into art. I pride myself on creating a one of a kind from something everyone has which means... some paint in a pretty color and a touch of acrylic.

Sneak Peak...

Before...
 
After...
 
 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
 



Here's a closer look. I went for a very abstract bohemian look.

 


Well I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe it sparked some inspiration!
 
Peace and Love,
Sneak Peak at my current project... She's gonna be a beauty when I'm done. ; )


 


 

 




 
 

 
 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A repurposed bench turned pretty planter.

I'm not going to lie and say that I'm not a junk collector because in fact...I have an entire shed full of junk I have received from family members or I just felt I couldn't pass up when scavenging the flea markets. As much as I love finding "things" to turn into other "things" we just don't have the room and we want to purge so that I can turn the shed into an art studio which I'm very thrilled about! Anyway, I'm trying to pick through the things I think I can use. I had purchased this cheap breakfast nook table that sits in a corner at an auction. The only problem? It was very low, cheaply made, and missing connector pieces for the corner benches. I painted them white later on and used just the benches in my kitchen, they looked really cute but everyone in the family hated them. They were a tad to uncomfortable and low. So back into the shed of junk they went until today. I realized I could take the top off of the smaller one and use it as a cute little planter, so that's what I did.

If you have visited my blog before than you know it's no secret I love to paint, and I love to paint on out of the ordinary pieces. I don't have room to get out canvas and make a mess so I like to paint things that I can repurpose and use.. like benches, wheelbarrows, and headboards for my yard. LOL. I keep with a theme of painted flowers so that I don't look to much like the crazy lady on the block. I like it all to flow but with a touch of quirkiness. I took an old cheap bench I had laying around and turned it into what I like to call an art piece that functions for the yard! ; )

Before
 

                                                                           After:
 I've loved painting flowers since I was young. I made this piece a little more bohemian and quirky with a touch of Monet for inspiration. He is my favorite artist.



I took the top off, screwed some holes in the bottom for drainage and added a liner so the wood won't crack. However, I may end up just putting pots inside full of flowers, depending on how well these do in this piece.







Well I hope I have inspired you a bit to think outside the box, do what you love regardless of what others think and create something beautiful from the junk.
Peace and Love,
 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Upcycled Wheelbarrow

It's summer vacation in our house, which means life finally begins! LOL. I started working again so it's been crazy busy in our house and because I work at a school I get my summers off with the kids. It's nice to have time to get creative and enjoy the sunshine and beauty of summer. I have tons of projects planned! Today I worked on an old wheelbarrow that was laying around in our junk pile that needed to go to the dump. It was rusted and leftover from the previous owners of the house. I however looked at it and found a opportunity to create something pretty for they yard. I have found that my favorite thing to do these days is creating pretty art in the yard.

Sneak Peak...
 The great thing about a project like this is there is so many different ways you can go about using a wheelbarrow as a planter in the garden. You can use an old rusty wheelbarrow and leave it as is, buy a brand new one and use it as a garden feature or like I did and paint the wheelbarrow to add some quirkiness and fun!

The steps:
1. Paint wheelbarrow or leave as is I used a yellow Valspar spray paint and sprayed the entire wheel-
    barrow, even the tire. ; )
2. Drill a few holes in bottom for drainage
3. Fill bottom with thin layer of rock/gravel
4. Pour soil to you liking and deep enough for flowers to sit in
5. Arrange flowers to your liking
It really is that simple!
 





I hand painted flowers in acrylic and then sprayed a clear protective coat over it.

Well I hope you enjoyed this fun project and maybe it has sparked some creativity in making that junk pretty and useful again!
                                                                             Peace and Love,