Tuesday, October 30, 2012

And the winner is.....

The time has come to pick a name for the coop.
This has been really hard to pick.
There are so many great options! 
Now do I want to go with something catchy and cute?
Something that plays off my last name? First name? Kids names?
Something flashy and glamorous?
Hmmm this is hard!!!!!
The hubs and I went out or lunch today and he helped me pick.   
We got it down to 2.

The Hen Den 
(with a decked out Hen all gussied up in an apron and pearls)
Campbell’s Coop 
(with the Campbell’s soup logo)

Which one would you pick????
We picked both!!! 
Yes both
The coop has 2 doors so one will go by each door.
One will be the official name. As official as any coop name can be :)
While the other will be just a cool sign for the chicken run side.
Which is which?  Good question.
I don't have answer.
Which ever sign I like best?!?!?!
(Oh I love making up my own rules as I go)

I’ll be contact with  the winners, Brad and Shayne, to make a personalized sign.
Wait 2 guys won?????
Who would of thought!

Thank you everyone for participating....and stay tuned for the next competition.
I think it will be naming my radial sander. 
I’ve only began to write this blog and almost every post includes my radial sander. 
 I think he/she needs a name? 
Is a radial sander a boy or girl?  
 Is it like a boat or car where they all get girls names?
The wheels are turning, stay tuned! :)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bracelet holder

I cannot throw anything out.  That includes wine bottles.
I have a stash I the basement and I’ve been wondering what to do with them. 
I decided to make bracelet holders.
A much needed item at my house!
I grabbed 5 bottles; all different colors, shapes, and sizes. 
I then grabbed a few cans of spray paint. 
Cream, Looking Glass, Silver and Chalkboard. 
I taped them off at different levels and sprayed away.

Voila I’m done. 

It is so much better than having bracelets lay all over my dresser (or all over the house).

What is your favorite use for bottles?

Painted wood floor

When we bought our home 2 years ago it had wall to wall carpet in EVERY ROOM!!!!
Without exception!!!  Who does that???
Well the more people I talk to, the more common I hear it is.
It seems that many people have purchased homes with carpet in EVERY ROOM!
Don’t get me wrong, nothing feels better then plush, soft, clean carpet 
but not in a kitchen or bathroom.
Over the past 2 years I have replaced floor in both my kitchen and bath.

This year we got new living room carpet.
But before we did I had an idea.
I pulled up the carpet by the front AND FOUND WOOD FLOORS!!!!
But not pretty wood floors.  They were in BAD SHAPE!
I did not mind one bit.  I decided to paint them. 
YES PAINT, not refinish.
I can hear some of you saying, “What?!?!  YOU’RE CRAZY!”
But they would have taken a lot of work to refinish and still not looked that great 
due to large gaps between boards.

I did very little prep (started around 10 am).
I took my radial sander and sanded down and rough spots.
I was not trying to be perfect!  I liked the flaws in the floor.
After sanding I gave the floor a good sweep and painted a quick coat of primer.

I picked white and cream to paint the floor.  They were leftover exterior paints.
I painted the whole floor white that morning before noon (the primer dries REALLY fast).
Then around 6 pm I started to tape.  I wanted a chevron pattern. 
WHAT A PAIN TO TAPE!  It took me almost 3 hours to tape.

I then painted the cream.
I pulled up part of the tape while it was wet and decided it was not a high enough contrast.
I headed back down stairs and found a taupe color. 
I did a dry brush technique over the cream.
Dry brush is when you use a dry brush and don’t put much paint on your brush 
and you let it “feather out”.
I did not want to cover the cream completely.
I wanted to still see the cream through the taupe.

Pulled the tape off and headed to bed @ 1:30.

The next day I did 3 coats of Polly over the top.
Waited 24 hours and set the furniture back on it!
From start to finish it took 3 days.

I could not be happier with it.
I love the distressed look the dry brush gave since the floor already had so many imperfections.

What do you think?
Would you paint your floor?