Thursday, July 24, 2014

Old Shutters Become a New Vanity Mirror

Living on an old farmstead has its advantages!   Falling down barns, turn into clothes hangers or vanity mirrors.

The clothes hanger is for another day, but the vanity mirror I will share today.
Warning:  This post is full of many mistakes, and I posted all of them!

It's also long winded and I just couldn't share
 enough pictures....although you
 will disagree about the long winded thing, I am sure.

Who wouldn't want to read every word
 versus looking at a lot of pictures.

I happened to be at a garage sale a few years back and in the free pile were these!

With great hope and eagerness, 
I greedily tossed them into my truck,  and with much excitement sped home to bury them in the shed for nearly eight years. 

Seeing all the fantastic projects using shutters, I knew they would get a second chance.  I wanted to build a couple of shelves like this one!
Julie from Follow Your Heart Woodworking created this beauty. 
 So gorgeous

Sherry from Thrift My House created this little gem!

Unfortunately, I couldn't fit them into my bedroom scheme as first planned. I am holding out for that Smart 60" flat screen TV.  You know, the ones that are so smart, all you have to do is press a button and gourmet food is delivered to your bedside table.   There's the fancier, smarter TV that brushes your teeth and combs your hair, but I am saving that model for retirement.

I had a mirror that my Mom gave me many years ago, but was unable to fasten it to the wall because of a window that's temporarily in the way. 
 (It's an old aluminum window that we call the fly entrance)

 I decided that I needed to make the mirror free standing, so that brings us back to the shutters.
The mirror.
  Disassembled, sanded, and a quick coat of white paint to create a whitewashed look.

Filled the old hinge holes with glue and toothpicks as I needed to put the hinges in the same place.

Attached first shutter with hinges.

Both shutters hinged to mirror.

Place Mistake Here......
Mistake #1: Trying to use rough exterior  plywood for the top.

Mistake #2  Trying to make it look pretty with some dollar store jewels and paint :(

What was I thinking?? And who cut that out?  Were they drunk?

What a goof up!
 If it weren't for some poor quality measuring, I might have actually used the damn thing.

I cut six pieces of plywood, three for each shutter and cut a dado into each piece.  This will secure a piece of 1/4" mdf to create a bottom.

I used a leftover piece of barn board for a molding to cover the exposed plywood edge.  I guess I forgot to show you how I glued the bottoms into the dado, but that's what I did!

As you can tell from the bats in the mirror, this post was originally drafted last fall.    Anyways, with the magic of blogland, I created this new top while you weren't looking. 

The boxes were attached with screws from the back of the shutters.  This will create a bit of storage for brushes, etc.

Dollar store coat hooks were steadied on some styrofoam....

...for a shiny coat of white paint.

Hooks for everything!!  

A hanger for the blowdryer!

A fancy pearl edge around each box.

At this point you would hope the post would be over.

 until I saw how tacky that K looked!  It's gotta  go :( 
Check out that twenty dollar girly light.  It's a darker purple grey color.  Love at first light!!!
(This post was written last year....another post sitting in my draft box)
You can see the light and the deal I got on it HERE.

Back to the drawing board.

 A whitewash coat of paint was applied to the barn board to help mute the dark tones.

I had a wall talk decal from the dollar store that I cut into three quotes.  "Laugh Often" was my pick from the three.
This didn't work out too well.  It wouldn't stick to the old wood, and when I applied spray adhesive to the letters, they stuck together and tore.
 I carefully coated the barn board with spray adhesive and applied the second verse to it...
Voila!!!  It worked and stuck firmly in place.

A piece of fabric covers the mirror as I am still in my very stained pajamas!

Oops here I am.  I guess I forgot to edit myself out of the post.

I waited for months to buy this chair.  It had a wee tear in the corner and they wanted fifty bucks.  

They finally marked it down to $36.00 so guess who gets to dust and shine up that chrome base?  Go me!!

A nice grainy glimpse of her.  I even shined up her bottom and you can't tell.

The shutter even holds some old cards dear to my heart!

 The mirror now sits in my  closet/laundry room, still in front of an old aluminum window,
 "the fly entrance".
  Fingers crossed, we will remove this
 old heap of a window and replace it with a huge Palace staircase, so the flies may have the
 grander entrance that they deserve.  

 Enough about the inside of this old house.   Exciting changes are happening
 outside and I am getting very hungry. 
Stay tuned while I shop for my new Smart TV and build a deck!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Giant Allium Chicken Wire Flowers

My daughter sent me a link inspiring me to get outdoors and think fun!  But all it did was make me obsess over how I could fabricate these big A$$ purple flowers with chicken wire.  They were so perfect in the picture that I won't show you, it could damage your eyes.   You will just have to settle for my eye friendly  pictures....but if you want to be a traitor, then off you go to picture #13.  I won't hold it against you......or will I?

With no instructions on the above link, I was forced to create my own Giant Allium flowers with only this amazing picture to guide me.
I scrounged some chicken wire from my Chicken Daycare Project.

Found this heavy ball statue for a jig,    I made a bigger one with a basketball and it worked great!

You could use anything round and hard,
 hmmmm that doesn't sound very lady like.

This will be where the stem gets attached.  A view from the top.

I used some bamboo stakes that I stole from my greenhouse tomatoes.

  When I only had three of them to spare, I ended up using metal stretcher rods from the old car tent that was salvaged to build  the Recycled Greenhouse Project.  I liked the metal rods better as I can force them into the ground  more easily.

Added some duct tape to the stem to cover the poky wire ends.  If only  I would have had green duct tape to begin with.
Now you gotta pull it off the mold and twist the top closed while trying to keep it ball shaped.  I didn't get a picture of this step, but it looks like an open top flower at this point.  Twisting it closed will bend it out of shape but with patience and perhaps some gloves, you can get it back in shape.   Tricky, tricky tricky! The excess wire was cut off with side cutters and  pushed down to keep the globe like shape.
Its hard to see in this photo, but I covered the stem in floral tape.  At this point I still need to pick up some purple spray paint so I might buy some green duct tape from the dollar store to cover the stems as I am pretty sure the floral tape won't hold up to the outdoors.
And off to town I go.....
Got the purple spray paint and green duct tape. I sprayed all ten of them, wrapped some of the stems and tried my best to get some half decent shots....I know you already went to the other site....That's okay.  I think I've been there at least ten times.

Speaking of garden art, guess what we finished.....

We will need one more leaf in this area to complete the trio.  But for this season, we will settle for twins!    They both light up at night and probably freak the bats out a little cuz frankly, those bats freak me out a little.    I bet they freak out the mosquitoes even more!  
Okay....go now and check out the original picture......traitor!