October 24, 2014

Vintage Ammunition Box Turned Furniture Find


When I recently scored this vintage ammunition box 
I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it:
 
Add legs and make a table.

I mean, how tough could that be?  I also thought
that casters would be cool so that it could be
 moved around the house more easily.
I mean, this thing is huge.
 
 
Mr. CBD found it on a Saturday afternoon shopping venture
 and he texted me this picture of it to see if I wanted
him to bring it home.

 
Heck yeah!
 
Initially I saw it as a coffee table, but now
I'm leaning toward more of a sofa table
that can be used either as a sofa table
or maybe a foyer table underneath our stairs.
 
 
Only problem is, I'm a real novice when it comes to:
 
1. Furniture making in general
 
2. Staining wood
 
3. Sealing anything
 
 
Initially I had it in our family room while I was considering
what to do with it. But the very first night my husband
seemed to have some kind of allergic reaction to it.
The only thing we could figure was that the box
is still coated and/or filled with whatever ammo
boxes are coated and/or filled with.
 
Ammo dust?
 
Powder?
 
It definitely needs a good hosing down.
 
But either way, it also smells pretty musty.
 
 
So I ask you:
 
1. What do YOU think I should make out of it?
 
2. What's the best stain to use on something like this?
 
3. What kind of sealant would you recommend,
 
and do you think it would help get rid of the smell? 
 
4. What should I use to make the legs?
 
I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it!
 
On another note, what do you have planned
for this weekend? We'll be going to an annual 
family-friendly Halloween party.

Last year Mr. CBD made some ghoulishly
good food for it. The jury's still out on what
he'll be making for this year's party but there
have already been requests that he recreate
his masterpiece from last year!
 
Right now I'm working on the kids' costumes.
Hopefully I can share a bit of that with you later.
 
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October 19, 2014

Free and Easy Halloween Chalkboard Printables For Framing

Blogland is full of chalkboard art printables
for every occasion and thensome.
Sometimes it's hard for me to pick my favorites.
But this Halloween I picked two and ran with it
since I had a thrift store frame
I was just itching to fill.

Here's the frame "before."
You can see I had just started applying
painter's tape to the glass.
It had been sitting in the garage
for at least a year so I figured
it was time to bite the bullet
and begin the transformation.
 

And here it is "after."

 
Isn't she pretty?

I really wanted to fill it with photos, but for
something so big (it holds two  8 x 10 pics) I wanted to make
sure they were really good pics.  For now, I decided
to fill it with seasonal graphics. And what better graphics
to display this month than some Halloween printables?


My friend, Carol, over at The Answer is Chocolate, makes
awesome printables (among other things). This one
really cracked me up. Anyone remember
The (original) Wizard of Oz?
I do, and I also remember that I loved it as a kid.
So this Halloween printable really spoke to me.
 
Another fabulous printable I stumbled upon
reflects more of a ghoulish character. 


I got it from The 36th Avenue. Don't you just love it?
I think the "Midnight Witches Soiree"
sounds grand, don't you think?
 
My family and I will be attending
our own "Halloween Soiree"
next weekend. I can't wait!
Are you going to any Halloween parties
or do you prefer to hang out at home
and hand out candy to the kiddos? 
 
These graphics really make for some awesome
Halloween art, don't you think? 


I added the pumpkin for a pop of color into this mainly black and white vignette.
The trophy/loving cup was a recent estate sale find and I knew
as soon as I bought it that I wanted to put a pumpkin in it.  
 
 
 
 
I simply added an ironstone pitcher filled with some
ghoulish Dollar Store black flowers
(that come with their own built-in spiders, thank you)
and a raven statue that I love to take out and
display this time of year.
 

Next up: Thanksgiving wall art printables!

I might even design my own this time.

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October 16, 2014

Natural Fall Decor, Vintage Style

 
 
I never get tired of using my vintage tool caddy
for decorating our farmhouse table.
 
 From season to season and from holiday to holiday
it has never let me down.
 
 

As you can see, last year I filled it with heirloom pumpkins and traditional fall gourds.


 


This year I thought I'd switch things up a bit
 and add some apples, a huge favorite
in my house this time of year.
 

 
I also used some small pumpkins, moss balls
and other natural filler that I've used
throughout the year and it ended up
looking just the way I like it.
 
 Quintessential fall.
 




 
From this angle you can see my
most recent DIY "EAT" sign
I'll be sharing with you later.
 

 In addition to fall, this old toolbox has served as a Christmas centerpiece,  


 
as well as a Spring centerpiece filled with moss "rocks,"
moss balls and other natural filler elements.
 
 
Right now I'm happy to see it on our table filled with the colors of fall.
 
 
Who knows what you'll find in it once Christmas rolls around again?
  
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October 15, 2014

I'm Being Featured Over at Adirondack Girl @ Heart!

Adirondack Girl @ Heart

I'm being featured today over at my friend Diana's blog,
 
I'm honored to be included as part of her 
"Vintage Blog of the Week" series.
 
Diana is a veteran thrifter, junker, crafter and chef, as well as
an Etsy shop owner. So stop by her blog and tell her I sent you!
Then be sure to visit her Etsy shop where you'll find an
eclectic mix of awesome handpicked vintage finds.
 
You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.
 
Thank you, Diana!
 
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October 11, 2014

DIY Dollar Store ~BOO~ Chalkboard Decor


Despite the fact that I haven't posted about anything
even vaguely resembling fall décor, 
I couldn't resist sharing this quick and easy craft for Halloween! 
I think it gives a really whimsical touch to your Halloween décor,
 but depending on the font and word(s) you choose
it might end up being rather spooky!
 
I was inspired by a Halloween craft I undertook
a few years ago that was quick, cheap and easy, 
but packed a lot of punch:
 

 
It remains to this day one of my all-time favorite projects.
 
But to spice things up a bit I thought I'd write
 "BOO"
on the Dollar Store chalkboards
instead, and place each chalkboard
into it's own clipboard to create
a new Boo vignette for
this year's Halloween décor.  

 
The process I used to transfer the letters onto the chalkboards
 (yes, I stink so badly at freehanding
that I even need to trace "BOO") is the same one 
I used for my 
Super Easy DIY Easter Chalkboard Graphic Transfer.

The font I chose is called Pumpkinese
and I got if from
Dafont.com.

 Here's a screen shot of it.

 

And here's my printed out version.


Here's what you need:

Materials

Printed image or images/typography

chalk 

pencil

chalkboard

masking tape
 
clipboard(s)

Step 1. Take your piece of chalk and TOTALLY cover
the BACK side of your image with it,
 being sure to rub the chalk back and forth
over the entire image, like so.

I know it's hard to see, but the chalk is on there, trust me.

Step 2.  Once you're done chalking the back side of the paper,
blow off all the excess chalk dust.

Step 3.  Turn the paper over and place it where you want that image
to be on the chalkboard.  
Then gently tape it down with masking tape.

Step 4.  Now take your pencil and trace around the outline of your image(s).
Then go back and color/rub it all in with pencil.
 
Step 5. Once you're completely done coloring it in,
gently remove the image from the chalkboard.
You'll be left with an ever-so-faint chalked image that
you'll need to fully chalk in.  
 
I'm sorry I don't have pictures of steps 3 through 5, 
but you can see exactly what I mean here in
 
Her they are after I fully finished coloring in the outlines.
 
 
 And here they are after I added them into a
Halloween vignette with pumpkins,
real and paper-mache, as well as a vase
of creepy Dollar Store black flowers
and requisite raven.  
 







 

I hope you've enjoyed the tutorial and have been
inspired to create some clipboard/chalkboard
art of your own!
 
The beauty is that this can be done for
SO many holidays and occasions.
 
Let your imagination run wild!
 
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