Monday, April 21, 2014

Renew & Refresh with Nautical Decor

It seems that when you live in a coastal climate, there are always renovations to do.  Recently, our front deck was due for a few structural renovations.  So, I decided it was the perfect time to renew and refresh this area with more than just painting the wicker.  I wanted to change things up a bit by adding a few new nautical touches…

 This table has been on the deck for the last nine years.  It has a bit of a distressed finish, a scratch here …peeling paint there…just good patina:)  I sanded it a bit and gave it a good cleaning.  This is a graphics fairy compass rose.  I added the directional letters to complete the look.  I, simply, increased the size of the compass to fit our table, traced it onto the table, and used black paint pens to complete the project.  I finished it with two coats of water-based acrylic to protect the design.  Very little effort for a huge visual impact:)!

The candelier has been on the deck as long as the table.  I had painted it black, but it also needed a bit of a change-up….

This project was a bit more time-consuming, but I am really enjoying the results.  I purchased new glass candle holders and battery-operated candles for each container.  I have a large spool of jute that was gleaned years ago from a yard sale.  A glue gun and patience helped to "renew and refresh" this piece.  The jute gave it that nautical flair that I was going for.

I have collected several birdbaths over the years and this is one of my favorites…….


Someone put a bit of black paint on it years ago, and I have left the original patina.  I added beach sand, a few shells and a glass tabletop.  A nice place for my coffee in the morning:)

Here is another picture…

The chest is an old army box that I painted, distressed, and (although not showing) added casters to the bottom for a more industrial look.  It, also, makes it easy to move out of the way, if needed.

All of the wicker pieces were in need of some TLC.  Although I loved their distressed look, I wanted them to be usable for many years to come.  And the flaking paint was becoming a nuisance.  After a good cleaning and scraping, I hand painted each piece with a quality white gloss paint.  Hand painting is very time-consuming, but the previous hand painted work that I had done on them had lasted the nine years.  I cannot believe it had been that long!  Time flies:)  It made me realize that I now need to work on our stairwell deck furniture!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week:)  Thank you for stopping by:)







Saturday, January 11, 2014

Creating Art

First, I would like to say a belated Happy New Year to you all:)! Between spending time in my shop and dealing with a nasty flu bug, blog posting just didn't happen as I hoped it would.  My goal was to do more posting in 2014, so I may not be off to the best start here:)

Before the flu bug hit and after our Christmas decor was stored away for another year, I had time to play in my studio.  I call it play, because I tend to, totally,  lose "track of time" when I am creating in there…even more so, when I am painting…..



….I entitled this piece, "Made in the USA"…..I know it is a bit hard to see, but that label on the galvanized vase just demanded some important signage:)  As many of you in the Midwest and East experienced the Polar Vortex, California is experiencing severe drought conditions. Being that we are avid gardeners and no water... painting flowers and adding "Rain" to my prayers will, most probably, be a regular past time for me in the next few months:)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend:)!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays everyone!  I thought I would pop in to share a few pictures of some of our holiday  decor this season…



…going a bit more simple... using what we have on hand this year... but wanting a festive look.  Twig and boxwood wreaths combined
to complement our...

Santa under cloche.   My Joy seashell letters……
with vintage rhinestone embellishments.  And... instead of our 9 1/2 foot tree this year….
…we opted for a wheelbarrow size tree. Simple with pinecones and vintage victorian candleholders. This wheelbarrow belonged to my grandfather who was an avid gardener during his lifetime. And, although it is no longer garden worthy due to its rickety handle, I just couldn't let it go.  So, I painted it and used a Graphics Fairy image with the transfer process. I will let it age and weather with its new look.  It will be used in a variety of vignettes and purposes around our home for many seasons to come….including in our new….


greenhouse.  More blog postings on this fun project in 2014!

From our home to yours, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and new year!

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