I have been hard at work making my first farm table for our very itty bitty kitchen. So here was the problem, my kitchen space was only 6 feet wide and could not accommodate many tables that we had looked at, so I decided to make one. We had a shed that was falling down and needed to be removed. I went to check it out! It had a lot of great wood that was in remarkably good condition, even though it must be over 50 years old. And there you go, I was in business. My husband and I set out to tear down the shed, remove the wood and pound out all the nails. We then sprayed for termites and let it dry for a week. Here is what we got.
After determining a table size of 31×66 would work best for the space, I found the straightest pieces and started sanding, planing and sanding some more. It was a daunting task as this wood was originally hand milled and nothing was straight, even or had the same thickness.. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! After hours of adjusting and planing, I was happy with how they were fitting together. No fine carpentry by any means, but looked awesome. Here is were I ended up…
After sanding the boards I noticed a crack developing in the wood so I added a star inlay to guarantee the wood would not continue to split. This task was not too difficult, not perfect, but I wasn’t trying for perfection, as it is a rustic farm table after all. It was a new skill I was learning, so I was very pleased with the results.
I decided to use a stain, wax combo to complete the top. I love this stuff (Briwax). I used antique mahogany and dark brown. Dark brown brought out all the great details and the mahogany gave it the great color. It gave this beautiful patina and just enough shine and protection.
Next was accomplishing the trestle part of the table. I wanted to use the beautiful 4″ x 6″ beams as the supports and decided to cut a nice little design into the ends.
I used a lap joint and drawbore joinery. Ended up needed a few screws to solidify the connection, which were hidden behind a button top wood plug.
After I added a wood cross pole to give the table stability, I was done and I LOVE IT!
Thought I would try something new, one to see if I could do it, two because I wanted to try something different 😉 . The other day I went to the grocery store and I came upon these beautiful green, gold and red pears. They looked delicious. So I bought a few and after getting them home and admiring their color and shape, I knew I had my next project. So I took a few pictures. Then I ate the most appetizing one, straight away.
I contemplated many backgrounds, but sort of wanted to have the pear really pop, so I went with grey. I think grey and red work great together. After thinking about how I wanted to position the pear and that it must create a shadow somewhere. I drew the pear by eye and marked a shadow reference line. I gathered all my red magazine pages and several shades of greys and like greys, and began to form the picture.
This project was great and went by quickly. I am contemplating a series of different types of fruit with different colored backgrounds that will compliment the grey background I used on this piece. This is still drying so you can see a little white haze on the piece, but it will dry completely clear.
Here is Lucky. This torn paper collage was created with recycled magazines and glue. I decided to try using a stretched canvas this time, and I really liked it. But, there was a negative when it came to framing, it was much more difficult to find wood that would easily take into account the depth of the canvas. I decided to try a oak corner molding and then ship lap for the outer frame. Which ended up being much more expensive then I had hoped. I tried to add a 3D effect with the butterfly, I thought it would give the piece a little extra movement and pizzazz. Very happy with the results.
Here is my latest recycled art piece called “One Little Piggy Smiles”. It went together quite nicely, without too much revisions needed. I did make this into a smaller size which I think will be easier for someone to find a place to hang it. This inspiration piece was a recreation from an awesome picture found on Pinterest. It was created using all discarded magazines and a piece of wall paneling. It will framed and put up for sale soon. If you are interested, please email me. The portrait size is 14.5 ” X 20″ tall. This size will change as soon as it is framed and a completed size will be provided. $229.00 * free shipping in the continental USA.
I have been hard at work trying to complete my latest portrait, Brown Cow. This was created using all discarded magazines and used paneling. There are few area that need to be reworked and completed but I am almost done. I will post the completed framed portrait next week.
Stay tuned… in the next few weeks I will be providing everyone with a step by step tutorial of a panoramic landscape collage. I have decided to redo a sofa table top and wanted to incorporate my beautiful hometown. So start collecting used magazines and some white glue. You will need something for your picture to be worked on.
Have been hard at work completing a dozen + slippers for my peeps at work. Different colors, different patterns and lots of different sizes. WHEW seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on this project. Finished my last two pairs this weekend and my cramping hands thank me for it. 🙂 If you would like to try your hand at crocheting slippers, here is the wonderful pattern I used from Happy Berry on you tube. The slippers I made were modified to have a higher ankle, (3 rows of HDC and 1 row SC). The pattern can be modified quite easily for a slim foot or wide foot. They work for men and women and to make them especially cozy, use blanket yarn. https://youtu.be/udbDqmEhJgQ
What I learned from this experience. First, my “version” does not look much like the inspiration picture. But that is okay, I like this rendition too. I felt it was really hard getting it right, due to the lack of a true pattern to follow. Next time I will put more effort into creating a pattern instead of eyeing it, then maybe it will look closer, if that is truly the end result I am looking to accomplish. Second, I will really try to identify color shading. IT IS SUPER IMPORTANT! Do you know how many whites are used in magazines…a lot. And none are just white either.
The glue sticks worked BUT they tended to gum up your fingers as you worked, so you must wash your hands often to keep things moving. After a few days the glued papers seemed to lift off the backing, which ends up being a real issue. The drama begins when I used decoupage to add the protective coating. YIKES my heart dropped when the paper started to wrinkle and crinkle…. eeee gads. IT LOOKED HORRIBLE. What to do, What to do? Well I decided to go out on a limb and try to IRON it out, bam it worked, project saved. So in the end using a glue stick was a very temporary option, next one I will use white glue with water. Lesson learned.
I really liked this medium, like the results as well and the cost of the project came in at a whopping $15 for the glue sticks and decoupage. I will frame it with wood I have left over from a remodeling job. So I won’t need to buy anything more, but I did originally purchase that. I will share with you the end results when we are done. The overall size will be approx 30 x 40. Next one will be a cow… to be continued