It’s December which means it’s my favourite month to decorate and make new items whether for the house or as gifts. It’s a form of relaxation and an outlet for me to be able express my creativity by making something beautiful with a little recycling , paint and ingenuity. I don’t consider myself naturally gifted but I do like to try my hand at making things.
This year I picked up some items at Front Porch Mercantile like this burlap pillow cover and stencil. I picked up a piece of pine at Kent and some Fusion Mineral Paint and got to painting. The stencil is from Funky Junk Interiors and it makes a buffalo check pattern!
I kind of lost steam last week and didn’t get a post out. It was a mental and physical drain. We just had 5 days in Waterside so my tank is filling up again and I feel like sharing again. I wanted to share some of the activities we did and funny enough I realized they started with the letter B! See if you can spot the 3 B activities!
I want to start out this week and say thank you for all your kind comments about our last post by my husband Mark featuring his photography. If you are new here, go back 1 post and you can see his wonderful photos there.
Summer is officially here this week! I got a start on some projects for the cottage to spruce things up for the season. I get inspired by furniture painters and DIYers to create or update all the time. It is a great outlet plus it gives me an excuse to paint and create!
A theme this week seems to be tables and chairs. The first table is a standard plastic outdoor side table. The brown was not going with the rest of our furniture so I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint which is an acrylic that can go on almost any surface, has some UV protection in it and is waterproof.
You can rent many of their stencils at Front Porch Mercantile now!
It turned out so cute- I had to adapt the stencil and used my own border around it to fit the table but I like it.
The next table I picked up at a yard sale. I was going to leave it outside too but it has a lip around it that is just going to collect water all the time (was not thinking of that!) so I brought it inside and added a design Mark made for us to represent our area and route we are on. I added some colour to the legs too.
The last table is one I showed before that I tried to redo and I still didn’t like it. I got Lisa from Front Porch Mercantile to help me use the new Stain and Finishing oil from Fusion to get the look I was after. She did one leaf for me then I tried to reproduce it on the rest of the table and chairs. I think I did pretty good. I love how it turned out. It looks more finished and is more durable now. Here are the 3 stages the table has been in with the last being the current one.
I don’t know if I had mentioned but Mark has been busy the last few weeks building decks and door landings at the cottage. They are looking awesome – much better than the pallets we’ve had there for 3+years! We needed some furniture for said deck! I had seen Jennylyn ( creator of Fusion Mineral Paint) paint some plastic furniture for outdoors with her paint so I thought I would try these old chairs I had at home. I love how they turned out as well. The paint went on so smoothly and just needed a couple coats.
The next chairs have quite a story. You can see below how they started and then how they look after I painted them with milk paint last summer. I covered them with 3 layers of outdoor varnish. They looked great for about 2 weeks….
Then they looked like this: faded and peeling after 2 weeks in the sun. I was so disappointed!!
I didn’t give up on them !! Here is what I did about 10 days ago: sanded them really well again and got out my trusty Fusion paint in Fort York Red. They have been out a week in the weather and so far so good. I will probably do another coat for a more solid colour on them.
Well that was fun. Can you tell I love to paint and make things beautiful? It’s so easy! You can do it too! You can find all this paint at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton.
I’ll give you one more glimpse of the decks and door steps Mark has been building for us-I’ll do a separate post later when we’ve got them all syled up. I got an idea to stencil a blue heron on our new areas from Danielle Driscoll’s blog Finding Silver Pennies. She had done a little whale on her wooden door mat that I thought looked so cute. We love the herons in Waterside so I cut out a little stencil on my Silhouette machine. Danielle has lots of nautical ideas and loves to paint as well. She even has a book on painted furniture techniques and does some lovely watercolors as well. You can find her here https://www.findingsilverpennies.com/
We are on vacation next week! Guess where we will be as much as we can? I will try to get a post out for next Wednesday featuring another room in the cottage. Stay well and maybe get in touch with your creative side this week doing whatever makes you happy.