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COTTAGE SIGNS December 29 2015, 4 Comments

WHILE SNOWED IN HERE IN THE GREATER CITY OF SUDBURY ONTARIO IT SEEMS COTTAGE SEASON IS STILL NOT FAR FROM THE MINDS OF SOME PEOPLE. I HAVE HAD MANY INQUIRIES TODAY FOR COTTAGE SIGNS. I GUESS THE FIRST STORM OF THE SEASON HAVE CAUSED MANY TO FOCUS ON THE NICE WEATHER WE HAD BEEN SPOILED WITH UP UNTIL TODAY. COTTAGE SIGNS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ORDER YEAR ROUND. ORDER YOUR SIGN SOON AND BEAT THE SPRING RUSH. YOU CAN MESSAGE ME AND HAVE A CUSTOM ORDER CREATED. kimbercreations@outlook.com

COTTAGE BEDROOM SET TRANSFORMATION May 22 2015, 2 Comments

Recently a friend asked if I would refinish a bedroom set for her family cottage on beautiful Manitoulin Island. For all that are not familiar with Manitoulin Island I am very fortunate to live 2 hours away from the largest fresh water Island in the world.

The furniture belongs to her Mother and it had great sentimental value so she opted to freshen it up rather then get rid of it.

An aqua colored chalk paint was chosen and for inside the drawers a light clay.I loved the detailing on both the mirror and headboard and decided to do some color layering and dark waxing in these areas. A mixture of dark glazing and waxes were used as well on all pieces.

When it was time to work on the headboard which had 3 indented square areas I had a few ideas in mind.  I know I was just asked to simply paint the piece but I really felt it needed some contrast.  I found a piece of fabric that had an off white background and a pretty bird pattern and I had been itching to use it on something. I felt that this was the perfect piece and after consulting with the family we agreed to go ahead.  Yeah......I was very excited and couldn't wait for the end result.

Now for the BEFORE and AFTER photos which are a bit disappointing due to my lack of photography knowledge. Definitely not my thing! As you can see the color of the finished dresser is lighter then the actual color. However if you view the headboard that is the color all my photos should have been. At least this time I remembered to take before pictures of most of the items (forgot the mirror) and left the drawers out.

                         

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What do you think of the transformation? Hope Mrs. R likes it! I know I enjoyed this project.


CRATE TUTORIAL April 29 2015, 2 Comments

I am hooked on finishing crates lately. I love the rustic look and using stain and other paint techniques to give the crate an aged appearance. Of course the images over at the Graphics Fairy website are always a hit in making crafting so much more fun!

First a picture of the crate BEFORE along with some finished crates.First step is getting yourself organized. I had 6 crates and wanted a different look on each. I chose my images over at the graphics fairy then photo copied each on my laser printer.  Of course you want to be sure any images with script be mirror imaged or you will land up with a bunch of backwards mumbo jumbo!! Trust me I have forgotten and made that mistake before.

STEP #2   For this project I chose a dark stain. I used a paint brush and rag to brush and rub the stain into the entire crate. I like to leave more stain in certain areas and less in others until I get the aged look I am happy with.

STEP #3  Choosing my images. This crate is my favorite. I loved the 2 images and thought they worked well together on my crate

.STEP #4 The first image was taped down onto the crate where I used my blender pen and old library card to transfer and burnish the image onto the crate. The Lord Calvert Coffee can image I mod podged onto some cardboard then attached to the side of the crate with raffia.  See EASY PEASY you now have some fun rustic storage.

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I also decided to paint  the sides of some of the crates with some useful ideas. MORE PICS

THE END! Thanks for viewing.


Rustic Signs & Decor April 23 2015, 0 Comments

With cottage season quickly upon us I have been keeping myself busy creating signs and décor for the cottage. Some of the signs have been created using reclaimed barn wood, while some of the others I repurposed some cabinet doors. Here is a sneak peek of what I will be listing for sale in a few days. Please check in often as other projects will be also available soon.