CLOCK CABINET - my charity donation

 

 
 
The Passionate Home's Chairs for Charity Auction is underway
and all the donations are now on display at Frosting. All the silent
auction items are now open for bidding so stop by and see what
you want to place a bid on. I posted a lot of the pictures yesterday,
and saved my donation to share with you today.
 
 

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CHARITY EVENT - 2014 chairs for charity and more

 


We set up all the amazing donations for this year's Chairs for
Charity today at Frostings. Silent auction for half of the items
starts tomorrow and the live auction for the top items happens
Thursday night. Frostings cupcakery is located at the west end
of Langley's one way in down town. This charity event is a
fundraiser for our local Christmas bureau. This year it's not just
chairs, meaning there is all sorts of items donated and I have all
the photos to show you, except mine. That will come tomorrow.


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WATERFALL VANITY TURNED BEDSIDES - inspiration





 
This is a peak at one of two beautiful nightstands I
salvaged once a mid-century waterfall vanity was ripped
into two. If you have thought about trying this yourself I'm
here to let you know you can do it but it takes a bit of work
and you need some patience to figure out how the vanity was
originally built. 

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CHAIRS FOR CHARITY 2014

 



This year's annual Chairs for Charity is coming up soon.
This charity event is a fundraiser for our local Christmas
bureau where artists, bloggers, shop owners, and the like
use their skills to create something in the home décor
department that represents their passion and donates the
item to be auctioned off at a fun evening event right in
the down town of Langley.


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RE- PURPOSING DINING CHAIR LEGS - nightstand inspiration

 
 
I use all sorts of legs when I'm building and redesigning
furniture but did you realize sometimes I even repurpose
legs from dining chairs. I like adding short legs to nightstands
and other pieces of furniture usually because they only need
a small lift, but when I want to lift something much higher I
look to the legs on dining chairs. Not all dining chairs have
reusable legs but those that can be used look great
when reworked into my style of furniture.
 
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STENCIL SIGN CLASS - sign up for this Monday



 
It's that time again!

My next stencil sign making class is this coming Monday
October 6th. The class runs from 1pm to 4pm at
The Passionate Home in Langley.

Call 604 532 5931 right away to book your spot.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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LOUVERED DOORS, SEA URCHINS, & ROPE HANDLES

AFTER
 
 
 
This AFTER picture is a project I recently undertook
for added privacy while covering a window and it's my
current view when watching TV. I also used a pair of
lighted wall sconces to replace some of the lost light
from the window.
 

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CURVED GLASS CABINET - chartreuse paint

 
 
With every internet search I could think of and all my years
of loving vintage furniture I have never come across such a
unique piece as this one. And to think it has made it through
the years without either curved glass panel in the doors
getting broken or even showing a chip. To helped this cabinet
stand out from the rest I pick an extra special color.

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VINTAGE KEY HANGERS - combining wood with white

 
 
I find something very appealing about natural
worn wood working next to a fresh white
palette. The old pieces of wood I use for
projects like this are from vintage furniture
that have gone past the point of saving in
there original form. The wood used behind
this painted tree & house key hanger was
the side of a deep filing drawer in a turn of
the century desk almost a half inch thick.
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SIGN MAKING CLASS - this Sunday or Monday


 
It's that time again!

My next stencil sign making classes are just around the corner.
You have 2 different days to choose from, this SUNDAY or
MONDAY in downtown Langley BC. The classes run from
1pm to 4pm at The Passionate Home. Call 604 532 5931 right
away to book your spot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WHITE INDIA DRESSER - repair tips

 
 
I wasn't looking to buy any furniture the day
this dresser crossed my path. The lady who
owned it had bought it as a refinishing project
and was told the side panel that was split and
separated was an easy fix. I felt compelled to
save it and the owner, as this is NOT A
SIMPLE FIX for the average refinishing
project.
 
 
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UNWAXED WHITE CHALK PAINT - shabby chic cabinet

 
 
I'm happy to finally share with you my
beautiful white storage cabinet that sits
in the corner of my kitchen. It was a
found pieces sitting on the side of the
road. I fixed it up and painted it with
Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint
almost two years ago. I never waxed
the paint and the finish is doing
incredibly well two years later.
 
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A LITTLE DESK & SOME MAGIC LOVE

 

 
 
This little desk made it into a pile of
furniture I had given up on. It had been
photographed in it's uncared for and
ugly state and advertised as a give
away on my Facebook page.
 

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OMBRE DRESSER - tips, tricks, and graduation

 
Have you wanted to paint an Ombre dresser?
Have you ever asked why it's called Ombre?
Ombre in French translates to *shadow or
shade* ... so that explains a little.  
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STENCILLED SIGNS - ideas, colors, and textures

 
My last sign class brought
together a fun group of ladies
that had a blast creating
all sorts of different signs with
all the stencils available to us at
The Passionate Home.
 
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SIGN MAKING CLASS - sign up for this sunday

 
The Passionate Home has over 90 different stencils to
choose from, over 30 different paint colors to play with.
This Sunday afternoon is my next sign making class so stop
watching those kitchen reno shows where they tear out the
cabinet doors and send them to the landfill. Come join me
and the other ladies at The Passionate Home to save some of
those doors and make them into a special sign for your home
or maybe the perfect gift for a friends home! We supply
everything you will need, vintage hardware to accent your
masterpiece, a good selection of different shapes and
sized doors, and lots of imagination.
  
Give the store a call 604 532 5931 right away to sign up.
 
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Q&A - spray painting, upholstery, and sandpaper



 

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SPRING FLING II - annie sloan florence chalk paint




Once upon a time I painted a dresser
light turquoise, white, & green,
and named it the SPRING FLING
dresser. The color combination was
extremely popular and I was challenged
to recreate another dresser with a
complimentary look.
 
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HOW TO GET DARK DISTRESSING UNDER WHITE - tutorial

 
I started with 4 brand new wood
chairs. They had no color, no
stain, no paint and I wanted to
end up with a white distressed
finish over a dark color. I did
not want to spend the extra time
and hassle staining the wood.
This is how I did it in one day.
 
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SALVAGE YARDS - inspiration


 
It's time to look up your local salvage yards
and think about taking a stroll one weekend
afternoon and see what you can find. Maybe
a load of bricks for a garden walkway, a
vintage washing machine to plant some
flowers in, a fancy architectural window for
that blank wall space in the living room, or
maybe you will fall in love with an antique
lighting pieces and a whole room makeover
might start.
 
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STENCILED SIGNS - inspiration


 
I have been teaching a hand painted stencil
sign class at The Passionate Home using old
kitchen cabinet doors. Here is a look at seven
signs that I have help the students to create.
Included is a Paris apartment sign in grey and
a Paris bed & breakfast in yellow. We made
a red Patisserie and a white Patisserie sign with
an added touch of a ladle to hold a candle when
the power goes out. The 2 beach signs were a
lot of fun and we also did a kitchen chalkboard
tray from a large cabinet door.
 
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A LOOK INTO A SALVAGE YARD - inspiration

 
 
This is a look into a salvage yard I often visit.
Everything from bricks to radiators, grills and
gates, with a look at some amazing old beams
that were removed from a 100 year old
building. The price tag on the iron work gate
I loved the most was $200, I'm still sad I did
not get it.
 
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MAKING A MAGNETIC CHALK BOARD



I was given the challenge to create a vertical message center with a magnetic chalk board and this is what I created with
the help of a broken mirror.
 
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SHIPPING BOXES & PACKING TAPE - tutorial


When I need to ship something
in a box I prefer to recycle an
old box but then I have to use
brown paper to cover all the
labels on the box. This doesn't
seem like a very green
alternative. I've learned I can
turn most boxes inside out.
 
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FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS IV - behind the scenes


 
Last time I spoke with you I was installing
legs on a new project in the yard. Here is
a photo from behind to show those fancy
legs installed.
 
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FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS III - behind the scenes

 
Here is another piece of furniture in my yard getting a make-over. This is a smallish 70's side board cabinet that I'm installing some old coffee table legs on.
 
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FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS II - behind the scence

 
 
The next stage in refurbishing this tall 70's
shelf was to add a little character on the
bottom. Yes I'm going to add feet ... again!

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FURNITURE MAKE-OVER PROGRESS I - behind the scence

 
I have pulled several furniture pieces out into
the yard to work on all at the same time,
including this tall 70's book shelf. Greedy
I know but the weather is sooo nice!
 
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PAINTING A METAL TRUNK - beach house inspiration


 
I turned a lovely rusty metal trunk into
a cheerful seaside cottage piece with some
paint, wax, and some hand painted lettering.
It was in pretty rough shape when I got it but
with persistence and a good cleaning it was
transformed.

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GREEK BLUE and COLOR LAYERS - nightstand inspiration

 
With the summer weather being so
nice the bug has hit me to start a
million different projects and not
finish any of them. The rest of the
year I'm quite focused and I don't
start one thing with out the last
being wrapped up and ready to go.
Well I am pleased to let you know
one has been finished and it's cute
as a button.
 

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CANADA DAY

 
In honour of our Canada Day Celebrations I wanted to share some RED with you.
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2012/10/how-far-does-annie-sloan-go-red-dresser.html
 
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/09/princess-and-frog-blue-bedroom-chair.html


http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2013/05/bench-built-from-bed.html

 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/11/miss-cherry-pie-red-buffet-pt-2.html


http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2011/10/captain-and-his-soldiers-pt1-union-jack.html
 
 
http://4theloveofwood.blogspot.ca/2013/09/distressing-primer-red-dresser.html
photo courtesy of Logan's mom. 
 
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!!!
 
 


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PROJECT INSPIRATION - before and afters

 
 This post is a little inspiration for your weekend projects with some local news at the bottom.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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LOCAL NEWS
 
 
If you're too busy this weekend to get to your projects you can always bring your inspiration and
 join me making sign at The Passionate Home in LANGLEY this coming Wednesday July 2


I am teaching a sign making class with stencils from 1 to 4pm. 
 
 For more details & sign up click this link below or call the store directly 604-532-5931 .....
http://thepassionatehome.com/workshops/handmade-sign-making-workshop/

 
Hope to see you there!!
 
 



 



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