Living Life in Color

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I LOVE FALL

 

 

 

imageimageimageimageThe JUNK IN THE TRUNK (and then some) in beautiful downtown Yakima Wa

Simply Put, There’s a Whole Lot of Pretty in Keeping it Simple

You know the old saying “keep it simple stupid”.  Well I kind of agree with that suggestion and with that in mind I tried to celebrate the basics of this pretty old dresser.  It had so much paint on it, that I was not able to get it back to the original natural finish.   However I didn’t want to make it so much about the new paint either.  So I opted for a basic black and just a slight hint of color in those “mellow/yellow” pretty drawer pulls.  I think it came out simply gorgeous!!!!

 

 

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Before and after, the middle pic is the completion of two more “one of a kind” pieces of transformed “junk”.
The dresser has fabric wallpaper on top and on two drawers. Because I learn as I go (much like life) I sometimes have to learn the hard way (again much like life). In regards to the dresser this was most certainly the case. In the future I will apply texture on the front of a piece, no longer on top. Also when applying the paper I tried spray adhesive and it was very difficult, messy and did not stick as well as hoped for. However good old Mod Podge went on with ease and stuck like glue (hee-hee, that was a funny!!!!!)
The beautiful (some may say ugly) lamp was at total labor of love on my part.
When I stumbled upon the two two beat up, paint-stained, tarnished relics of the past at a local yard sale I could feel my eyes widen, palms sweat and my heart skip a beat. I may have even drooled just a little.
I’m fully aware this is not an attractive sight, but sometimes it actually works to my advantage. People usually are pretty quick to want to make a deal and get rid of the crazy lady with the with overactive “junkyard” salvation glands.

Memories, “Rhymes & Reasons”

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While out on yard sale patrol, a good friend and I came upon these long lost, but not so forgotten memory makers from days gone by.
I better stipulate right here, that I am one nostalgic old hippie. I love life today, look forward to all the future has to offer and I do so because I celebrate the past.
One thing I have learned throughout the years is that in addition to the visual, the melodic sound of yesteryear provides a much needed music to the soul.
So, needless to say when I see an old radio/record player or better yet 8track on somebodies curbside, I have an overwhelming need to hear the sound of music once again.
On the larger of the two console’s I enjoyed listening to the owner’s own Xanadu of memories on vinyl.
The smaller stereo encased within an 8track, which for me brings back many a memory indeed, not only of the era but of those lost but never forgotten.
After a wonderful day of restoration, I sit basking in the glory of a well worn much much beloved Carole King record, helping me to remember that is in memory we are able to find “Rhymes & Reasons”.

You Know You’re a “Junk-a-Maniac” When

You know you suffer from “Junk-a-Mania” when you;
1. can’t pass a wrecking/junk yard without breaking into a cold sweat.
2. peruse craigslist at least twice daily for “free” stuff.
3. painstakingly map out your yardsale route, so as to not miss that one piece of trash, you know you got to have.
4. almost throw your friend out of the car while on approach, but not yet to yardsale curb and in park (to ensure she obtains that broken down table you see another eyeing).
5. your all glassy eyed and look goofier than usual when your talking really good “junk”.
6. wear your oil/paint stain clothing, fingernails with a tinge more pride than embarrassment, while out shopping.
These are just a few of the symptoms affiliated with “Junk-a-Mania, there are too many to list. imageimageimageimageimage
Oh and for those of us who love to re-tweek our junk. There is always the before and after pics, we just gotta snap.
This is my latest from yesterday. I made my own chalk-paint and saved probably 80% in doing so. I also discovered JB Weld and it worked so much better than putty for a broken table leg.

A Pop Of Color to Brighten the Day

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I’m going to start off by shouting to the world, “I love color”, then I’m going to sheepishly admit that “I’m afraid when using it.” I want to so badly, but hold myself back. However, I found a perfect solution. … Continue reading

Back to the Refurb Blackboard and Chalking One Up for Chalk-Paint

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In regards to most things in life, I still got a lot to learn.
When it comes to refurbishing the old, worn but with lot’s of character (just like me) pieces from the past I need all the schooling I can get. With that in mind, I’m not past asking those who’ve been doing this longer than myself for advice. I’m really enjoying seeing how others light up when they get to share there knowledge.
Another source I have found to be a God sent is google. You better believe I google anything and everything in regards to technique, colors and repurposing too.
The pics atop are amongst my first attempts with chalk-paint. That stuff is expensive!!!! But I discovered after further educating (googling) myself that you can make your own. I also discover this stuff is great for those of us students with the attention span of a gnat. No sanding necessary, quick to dry and after wax application, makes you feel like almost an “A” student (not that I got to experience that feeling much in school).