A Chance To Win at The Yellow Cape Cod

Hi, Friends! I was just strolling through some blogs I follow and over at The Yellow Cape Cod, blogger Sarah Macklem has posted about a chance to win a $1,000 Visa Gift Card and a $200 Sherwin Williams Gift Card!

All you have to do is leave her a comment about what room you’d use the gift cards for.  She just posted her refreshed laundry room and how she use Sherwin Williams “Chip It” tool to put it all together.  Look at the amazing difference with fresh paint & baskets to organize!

Sarah’s Laundry Room Before

Beige and White and nowhere to store products or laundry!
Now it must be a pleasure to walk in and do a few loads! 

Though I don’t have a laundry room, I do have a whole house that would benefit from “Chip It” and getting rid of “Builder Beige”.  What about you? Click on The Yellow Cape Cod link above to visit her site and enter for a chance to win and learn about other ways to enter! What’s not to love about pre-paid paint!

Rainy Day Paint Fumes and a Bench Pt 2

Just a quick update today! Has looked like a torrential rain about to happen all day!  So back to the basement…and the fumes.

Almost like obsidian!

We’ve got glossy black wrought iron! It took a full 2 cans of Rustoleum. Now I’ll leave to dry until next weekend because I really don’t want to go back into the fumes again

While I was down there, I also got these done!

Pearly white!

Pretty white satin slats just waiting to become a seat.  I decided to try the Krylon Plastic Fusion as it’s supposed to work on wood, too.  I’ll leave to cure for 7 days and we’ll see if it becomes chip proof as it did on the vinyl shutters.

All these paint fumes remind me of all the trim/doors/closet doors/walls/ceilings I painted while building with Habitat. One day my current neighbor and I were busy painting on the 2nd floor of one of the houses…closet doors, I think.  We ended up having the longest giggling fit I’ve ever had due to the fumes (and our sense of humor) and then we started singing…Amazing Grace with harmony in giggling.  Good memories…they make me smile.

Enjoy your week…make some memories that will keep you smiling. I’ll be back when the curing is done and I’ve got the overspray scrubbed off!

Rainy Day Paint Fumes and a Bench Pt. 1

Hey, Everyone! I was so happy to have the rain pour down today! I love storms and the sound of the rain washing the air! Gardens were naturally watered and I had to stay in and work on a couple of projects instead of mowing the lawn.

Okay…I did go out and get a Wild Mountain Blueberry coffee and enjoyed it in my cousin’s yard before the rain. It’s nice to have Saturday morning coffee with someone as into gardening and DIY as I am.  Kinda gets the imagination motor revving!

Generally, painting is not my favorite thing to do since I have no outside space to work in. I get stuck in the basement with little ventilation and no music. But, I was fed up with my procrastination. Yes, I admit to this. Since I couldn’t get anyone to help me move the mattress, box spring & rug out of the guest room so I could start the floor and use the saw, I was faced with….painting.  Well, spray painting to be exact.

Time to start working on this baby. My cousin thoughtfully offered it to me before putting it out with the trash and she delivered it!  Thank you, Neen! Boards missing, iron rusting, nuts/bolts/washers rusted in place; lichen growing on the rotted slats. Poor little thing was in need of a serious makeover! I am in need of some outdoor seating.  What a match!

The first thing was to tear her apart…like so. Yep…glad I took jujitsu!

I had to take the two arm pieces to work and my go-to-guy, Ryan, graciously found time to cut the frozen nuts/bolts/washers off and even thought to save me one bolt so I’d know what to buy for replacements.  What a guy! The back pieces, for whatever reason, I was able to unbolt with the help of WD40.  Then it was off to the still nameless store to get replacement wood.

I didn’t take pics of priming the new wood nor cutting with a jigsaw the top curved back piece.  How talented do you think I am? Truly, I cannot take photos one handed and safely operate a jigsaw for the first time using my dining table for a workbench!  I’m just not there yet…give me time, ok? It’s still up in the air whether the new curved piece is cut well enough to fit! I guess we’ll eventually find out, won’t we?! So new wood is primed and waiting for a coat of paint and poly.  That leaves the iron pieces.  The hefty iron pieces…I think this bench, like my outdoor table, is going to stay put in storms.

First up was washing and wire brushing these pieces down…in my kitchen sink. Remember? It was raining outside, ok? No picture…’cause it was not a pretty site.

Here we are in the basement, freshly scrubbed and dry. You can still see the rusted areas even after wire brushing, but all the loose stuff is gone.

It’s time to change her color and get rid of the weathered look so I decided to use Rustoleum’s Rust Reformer.  It’s supposed to solidify any rust into solid, paintable areas and I sure hope it does! I don’t want to be doing this again next Spring!

Here you can see the back piece partially primed with the Rust Reformer.  Primed on the left, not so on the right. It took about 2 cans to do both sides of all 3 pieces.

Ahhh…nothing like fresh color! I’m allowing them to dry for 24 hours before the final coat of paint.  Can tomorrow come soon enough? Just realized I may need a 2nd can of paint!  Reminder to self: Errand after church.

So while they dry and since I was now in a painting mood induced by fumes, look what else got a new color!

Oh, yes, yes, yes they are! These are the Funky-To-Be Flower Pots! From plastic, fake terracotta to brilliant white!  Stage One Complete!  Now the question is, what contrasting color shall I use on them?  Shall I do graduated horizontal bands?  Zebra? Spiral? What shall it be? Dark gray? Black? Navy? Oh the choices!  

These were washed down with soap & water and then wiped down with mineral spirits to remove any lasting grease.  I used Krylon Fusion for Plastic – the same stuff I used on my outdoor shutters. They should be chip proof in 7 days. Since I don’t plan to use them until Spring, I’ll let them cure for quite a while before adding any contrasting color.

Can you picture them flanking the bench and the gray table, filled with bright pink,orange & red annuals mounding under some coleus? Maybe some lime potato vine cascading down the sides? Picture courtesy of my cousin Debi.  This girl has the greenest thumb I’ve ever seen! As in she does not kill orchids.

Yeah, I’m thinking dark gray, graduated horizontal bands with those colors! I think that would work well with the waterproof pillows I’m going to make for the Adirondack chairs.  Oh! I didn’t mention I scored as in free waterproof material? The kind we use in the machine we build at work for a waterproof barrier? As in Navy Blue? Gosh, the things some people throw in the dumpster.

So what say y’all? Any ideas to share? I’d love suggestions!

For those of you concerned, I did wear a face mask while doing all this spray painting and had the bulkhead open with a fan pulling the fumes out.  Best I could do with what I have! Another note to self:  Get serious about building a shed/workshop area out of free pallets…add to expanding DIY list.

It’s Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a Finchakeeta?

Little Black Birdbath

It all started with the gift of a birdbath. One that needed to be wire brushed and painted. A quick job squeezed in one late afternoon.

And a home was found with the hollies and rhody, roses and hosta.  But something was lacking besides the water.

No color…so blah.  Then along came the missing piece!

The poor broken little birdie. Homeless…lacking color to attract other birdies.

What’s a bird to do?

Add some color to it’s black, drab feathers, of course!

“Where’s the feather dye? I really need a pick me up,” said the poor-broken-black-drab-feathered little birdie.

And what to it’s astonished eyes appeared?  Feather dye, of course.  And all the applicators needed!

“I need to be bright with subtle shading,” thought the birdie. “But I don’t want to be too colorful! I’ll leave that to those birdies.”

So the little birdie went to work adding a base color and then some highlights. She brushed and pulled color through, waited and then added a little more with a dash of color to her beak.

“Ahhh…I feel like a new birdie! Where can I go to show the new “me” off?

“I’ve arrived! I wonder who’ll stop by to comment on my new ‘”do”?  Just look at that reflection…my best side, too! I think I look thinner! I am just so pleased with my new look!”

Enough said.  The End.

Relax & Put Your Feet Up – Part 2

I told you I’d be back! Ready to finish? Only a few steps to go and the table will be done!
Except for moving her and you’ll have to find your own crew to do that!  So have you picked out your stain? I decided on Minwax Classic Gray so it will go with most any color cushions or chairs. And I love the classic gray and white combination!

Minwax Classic Gray

I began on the bottom side of the pallet to make getting the edges and between the boards easy and applied the stain with a foam brush.  Once the edges & sides were done it was onto the top. The pallet soaked up most of the quart of stain.  Just a bit left for touch-ups!  

Then all pieces were laid flat to dry overnight.  Since we were expecting some rain, I covered with an old shower curtain and secured with rocks.

The next morning I took off the shower curtain before work and allowed all the pieces to continue drying.

Numbered Legs

The last step is to attach her legs!  See the numbers?  

And more numbers!  And they match! I am a happy girl!

Numbered Pallet Underneath

So if you’ve numbered all of them you should have 1 through 8 to match up to the base. Match numbers, line up holes and pound one of the lag bolts through from the outside of the apron board.  Once you’ve got both legs to one corner secured with the lag bolts you can add a washer & nut from the underside to secure. Do all 4 corners. Sorry I don’t have pics for this.

 I didn’t over tighten as I do want to get them loose in the Fall to turn the legs up for storage, but tight enough that they don’t wiggle! Trust me (haha) they won’t come apart because we have even more shiny friends to use!

Angle Brackets

These guys are going to make sure the legs won’t move apart.
You only need 4 and each will take 4 screws that come with the pack.  About 3 inches above the bottom of the leg, line an angle bracket up evenly and mark the holes … and then we all said, “Pre-drill!” 
It’s worth it to mark and pre-drill all four sets of legs before securing with screws…unless you have a power screwdriver that you can find the charger for AND a drill. Ahem.  Moving on….

Secured Angle Bracket

Once you’ve secured an angle bracket on each leg, guess what?

You’re done.

Just flip her down onto her legs and admire your handiness!

Very Classic Lady!

Now about those extra pallets I have?  It turns out they’re not so “extra”!  Look at the next  project!  Er…uhm…the next one after the bench and the bedroom floor and the storm door and the front door and the Adirondack chairs… Oh, and if you want a pallet, I can still get one for you!

Pallet Compost Bin

Now won’t the gardens love this next Spring!!!

Relax & Put Your Feet Up – Part 1

Hi, Friends! It’s been a couple of weeks or so since I last posted.  Shame on me! I’ve got to brag say I’m very proud of myself.

I planned out all by me little self and executed said plan (with a little help from a friend to hold some wood in place while I drilled) and voila!  I have a nice, roomy, outdoor footrest!  Ok..ok…it’s a table…the perfect height to rest my feet!

Pallet Table

Pallet tables are all over Blog Land and with free pallets available to me, I just needed to add another project to my ever growing list! Can you just picture it with a black & white wrought iron garden bench and a couple of white Adirondack chairs?  Some funky big flower pots placed nearby and a fire bowl on top? Well…try….ignore tubular chairs…and just try.  See?  Beautiful!

One thing about this table is that it is not going to be moved by a Nor’easter or a tropical storm. Still up in the air about a tornado! Yes siree, she’s a sturdy little thing!

Basic Pallet
I started off with a pallet like this. I still have two more – anyone else want to make a table? They deserve to be saved from a bonfire! Yeesh!

The first thing I did was pry off the two slats on the bottom – one from each end so I would be able to access the future bolts with washers & nuts. Sorry, no pics of that hour long fiasco part.  Have you ever seen how many 3 inch nails they use per board on these things? You’d think they have to bear a lot of weight or something!

Next up was filling in the gaps. I used firring strips because they were cheap the right size – 2 inches wide and they were about a dollar and change or less for an 8 ft. length. They each needed to be 48 inches long so I spent $4 and had the store cut them in half to fit in my car.  I love it when it works out so easily! Fortunately, before I started adding my strips to the pallet, my co-worker and go-to guy, Ryan, “suggested” I pre-drill because pallet wood is hard. Thank you Ryan, for saving me mucho time and sweat and not so nice words! I lined them up being sure to leave drainage space and pre-drilled my little heart out and then secured at each end with screws.

Look how much those gaps closed already!  I should have been an orthodontist! Well, maybe not.

Unless you want to pry each and every board off, your spaces will vary.  You can pry ’em off if you want.  I didn’t want to after the experience of the two on the other side. Nope…but you go right ahead, I’ll just go get a nice cool drink and check out Facebook & e-mails.  Anything good on TV? I’ll wait. I can always come back tomorrow.

Now it’s time for what I am calling the “apron boards” which you can see the edge of in the above pic.  I have no idea if that term is right, but I like it so I’m going with it. These are the 1″ x 6″ pressure treated boards I used on each side of the pallet to even it up and make her pretty. I also had these cut to size at the lumber store which remains nameless because they ignore women that are not blonde and size zero. Apparently, the lumber store cutting person that day, didn’t understand inches so I got to break out the circular saw and trim it to correct size!  Woohoo!  Got to use the saw! Got to use the saw!  Yes, I was also enjoying candlelight and music while I sawed and hammered. Deal with it.

Butted Apron Boards

I lined them up evenly with top of pallet edge. And can I just stress again….PRE. DRILL. Because I don’t have super long drill bits, I drilled as far as I could then removed the apron board and continued the partially drilled holes in the pallet side.  Then it was time to place the screws through the apron board until about 1/2 inch came through.  This made it quite easy to line up to all the holes in the pallet.  Then get that screwdriver bit on the drill and drive them all in.  Four sides…drilling twice on each side and screwing in. All hemmed in!  Pretty aprons!

Are you having fun yet?  It gets better and thank God for friends who show up to hold wood in place and help with clamps!  Next up is drilling the holes for the legs.  I borrowed clamps, but couldn’t quite get them tight enough…enter Linda.  Thank you, my friend! I used 2″ x 6″ pressure treated (PT) wood for the legs and randomly decided that 16″ would be the perfect height for what I wanted and I was right and it feels good.

Clamped in Place

I chose to place the legs on the outside for a couple of reasons: (a) to avoid having to cut out part of the pallet base and (b) I’ll be able to loosen  the bolts in the Fall, turn legs up onto apron and retighten – nice flat pallet for winter storage! I lined them up with the top of the apron boards and made sure the corners met.  No more gaps!

Pretty, Shiny Ladies & Friends

Once clamped, holes were pre-drilled. Two legs per corner. I used a 5/16″ drill bit so I would be able to accommodate these lovely ladies – The Lag Bolts with their friends Washers & Nuts! I used fully threaded lag bolts about 5 1/2 inches long with washers & nuts to fit.  
I did not put out the money for stainless steel….this is a pallet table, not a teak or mahogany table, friends. And they were cheap reasonably priced.

I also learned my lesson with the shutters.  This time I numbered the legs on the bottom as well as their corresponding position on the inside of the bottom of the pallet. (You’ll see in Part 2.)

Now it’s time to exfoliate the lady!  I used my orbital sander with 150 grit sandpaper and reduced the weathered look, smoothed her right down and got rid of a lot of those age spots, too!

After the Spa Treatment

If you look on the left side of the picture, you’ll see the funky-to-be big flower pots and the pallet is leaning up against the soon to be restored wrought iron garden bench.  The pots will be a winter project to be ready for the Spring.  The bench is already in progress.  🙂

The hard work is over for the most part and the true fun messy part is about to begin.  Come back for Part 2 soon! Remember, there are two pallets up for grabs!  Think about it!