I couldn’t let summer go by without sharing some paint and craft projects we did this summer. I am still in denial that summer is winding down. It just seems like we were putting in our flower beds, digging rocks and staining decks back in June.
One of the projects I did in the cottage this summer was to create some art from a round stretched canvas I picked up at HomeSense and a wood clock cutout I picked up at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton over the summer. I wanted to have a clock on the large wall in our front room at the cottage but couldn’t find the right materials to upcycle or look that I wanted. I decided to experiment with these materials. You will have to tell me what you think of it!
I started with the wooden cutout and painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale. Milk paint is a powder that you mix up as you need with water. It is my favourite paint to use on raw wood. I had used this colour already in this area of the cottage so it was an easy choice for colour.
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!
Welcome back to our cottage adventure! We are now getting to the fun and pretty part of the construction. We had fun emptying our house of collected stuff, seeing if things would fit where I thought they would and had fun decorating the space in a coastal/farmhouse vibe. Totally different from our home in Moncton!
Let’s start with the main living space which has a vaulted ceiling and floor to ceiling windows facing the Bay. We wanted to be able to enjoy the view and seat as many people as we could so we painted and slip covered this scary looking chair ( along with 2 other chairs and a 3 seater couch ) with Fusion mineral paint and drop cloths. I made a few cushions, made some end tables ( at a short lived woodworking class) and painted those in Artissimo milk paint. I painted and stencilled a basic wooden chest and some foot stools with Fusion paint and milk paint again.
We then move on to the eating area. I took our kitchen set and painted the chairs and base in various shades of blue with Annie Sloan chalk paint and Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. I love the commode I got at an auction and painted it in a pretty shade of milk paint. I painted a few crates, hung up an old door that already had a matching colour on it ( another Kijiji find ) to use as a coat rack and also painted some oars for coat hooks as well.
Let’s next move on to the kitchen area! This area really came to life after we got more shelves and things on the walls. We used basic brackets from the hardware store, some rough cut lumber for the the bottom shelves then got some lovely old barnboard from Phillips and Chestnut http://www.phillipsandchestnut.ca/ in Truro , NS for the upper shelf along the top of the kitchen area.
Remember the IKEA stool the kids put together? Here it is painted up in different milk paint colours to match our decor. The brackets under the countertop also came from Phillips and Chestnut- made with raw wood and then painted to match the cupboards.
Well I think that is enough pictures for 1 day! This was the largest space to decorate. As you can see, you can repurpose a lot with a little paint and stay within a budget!!
Thanks for visiting! Leave a comment if you spotted the name of our cottage! See you next time on the Road to Waterside!