April 7, 2014

What The…."Rust"?

I think I may have found my secret jedi ingredient for making new things look old and rusty!

I saw two new silvery wire baskets at the thrift for $2.95 each. I almost passed them up because it was super crowded due to Senior Discount Day. Those seniors go crazy on Wednesdays! So it was more that a little difficult to get to the shelves on this day. But then I realized that big wire baskets don't come along every day, much like a good man, so you snap them up!

I took them down stairs to my secret lab and got to work. I really had no idea how I was going to make them look rusty. I could soak them in a vat of water for a year but i also have crafting ADHD so a year never cuts it.

Then I saw these:
and my jedi mind powers started to zen out and in until an image formed of rusty goodness and it just took about 20 minutes to create rust. I kinda felt like a rusty jedi/scientist but without a lab coat or a light saber……just a spray can and drop cloth.

This technique is all in the finger let me tell ya'!

Ok first lets see where we started:
spray two thin coats of the brown and let dry. No need to show you this because I know as my fell jedi's, you know what this would look like….

 Here is the secret finish…..Do not shake too well, let the red and the yellow inside the orange mix as it sprays. Then spit the orange on using a pulsing action with your finger on the spray can trigger.
Here it is straight on…..

and here you can see it from the side to show the spray pattern.  Rust is pitty, so it can't look uniform. By pressing really fast on the trigger and holding it close and then far away from the basket, you will get large and small blotches of orange paint. Some of it will even come out with a bit of yellow too which is good.
I layered the brown and the orange a few times to build up the finish so it looked more bumpy and therefore rusty and raised.

 The up close shows the detail better.

I can't show you how I am going to use the baskets yet but if  you concentrate really hard….
your jedi mind powers will become one with the DIY universe and you will foresee the future of the baskets…..
or you can just check back in a few days……
I say use your jedi mind powers but then again easy for me to say…I've already graduated from being padawan DIYer….

Always being renewed,



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March 21, 2014

Ghetto Glorious Hutch Makeover

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The Maxilicious Mini Kitchen Makeover has taken another turn. This one cost me no money just elbow grease which I have plenty to spare. My elbows are actually insured for $1,000,000 because they are so effective!

Once we got the floor lookin' all snazzy and shazam-like, my floor-to-ceiling hutch was lookin' 10 steps over the line of old and crusty. And cluttered. 
Mainly because in order to cover up this mess below, I had to add shelf liner and I no longer adored this look.


And do you see that piece of green tile wedged in there below! That was covering the top when we first moved in.  They must have gotten a smokin' deal on this tile 'cuz it was everywhere. And I have discovered under the white paint that the hutch was painted green to match. This must have been one pea-green room. 
In other news about our previous owners….did I tell you the one about how they had covered the real wood steps in the foyer with fake wood looking linoleum??? Yep, total decor home run that one was. But I have totally digressed…..
 So this top had to be done up and fast. So in came my heat gun and metal scraper and the afore mentioned elbow grease...

 And then the sander gave it several passes.  They really gouged the heck out of the front and no matter how much sanding you do, it isn't going to look great so I wasn't sure how that was gonna look once finished.
 I was torn between waxing it as is above and staining it. In the end my son thought it looked a little ghetto unstained so I stained it in Minwax Jacobean to appease the ghetto gods. 

If I lived by myself though…….total ghetto glory!
As I suspected, the ghetto gods looked down on my staining of their naturally good wood and the gouges looked bad…as did the pits with paint in them. No amount of finger sanding (using only your finger and a corner of the sand paper to sand in tight crazy spaces…my own made-up ghetto DIY word) was getting that out. So I used my dark brown sharpie and permanently colored in the gouges and the paint!
Not perfect but then ghetto glory isn't what you would call perfect. But it does nod to the fact that this hutch is over 100+ years old so it shouldn't look brand new.
 A bit of de-cluttering and sprucing it up made a big difference. 
Plus Santa is smiling down on my efforts!


 My black charging station got some new paint and fancy paper
 My son's snail whistle is a lovely jolt of orange to go with the green and the pottery…. and is useful to call the chittlins for dinner.
I use a cricket basket for my scrap paper and it holds a pencil quite nicely!

Don't cha love these old canisters?? I got them at the Goodwill for $1.99 each and they just needed to be re-glued and oiled to bring out their ghetto goodness

Plus I love them because they hold my metal scoops without having the lids stay up. They are from Japan!

 It looks like it ran back over the old crusty line to vintage and original goodness real fast…and I love it.
What say you?
Would you use a Sharpie to fix issues? 
Do you have a hankering for Japanese storage now?

And the bigger question of the day:
Who has better decor sense:
the Ghetto Gods or Santa? 
Always being renewed,



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