Well, I have the window looking presentable… some of the furniture filled in and space left for more. I will be loading and painting all week, I’m sure. It’s really amazing how much furniture and stuff a small space will hold! Off to do more…
No Water Needed June 18, 2009
Last summer I searched high and low to find a live topiary. I finally found one at Home Depot no less! The tag on the beautiful little tree/shrub/plant said it derived from Australia. I over watered it. Then I under watered it. Until finally, all the leaves shriveled up and fell off. I had finally killed the poor thing.
My next quest was to find a really good fake. They are around in stores… a nice one can be pricey… and I would have most likely purchased one or two if I hadn’t read a great tutorial on how to make your own, by 320 Sycamore. She’s very creative, you will definately love her blog! Filled with design projects turning junk into treasures. So above is my version. I purchased foam balls, green moss and glue sticks at the dollar store. The green leaf bunch was purchased from Michales for maybe a couple dollars. All together the project took an afternoon and the cost was under $5 using a pot I already had. Cut the “trunk” from a tree branch in the yard, you can even add a little grape vine to wrap around it adding texture! Isn’t it cute?
So easy to do. Start with a round green foam ball (I started with a square and rounded the edges with a knife). First you need to remove the leaves from the stem that forms the bunch. Then, tear your leaf sections in half so that each measures roughly an inch or so long? I used the stem to poke holes in my ball and then dipped each leaf section into hot glue and inserted. As you are close to covering the entire ball, poke a hole in the open space of the ball with your branch (trunk). Put hot glue on the tip of the branch and insert it into the hole. I then hot glued the square foam into my vase. Repeated the process with the branch inserting it into the vase foam with hot glue. To finish, add green moss to the top (no glue necessary, it should just stay in place).
Setting Up Shop June 16, 2009
The preparations have begun. I am gathering up my collection of finds, painted furniture and primative treasures to sell in the Mercantile Mall. I will be “setting up shop” all week in preparation for my June 22nd move in date. I am excited to be involved in storefront sales again.
I’m feeling a Birds Egg Blue theme here… I think I should rotate my stock based on color. I am also really excited to have a window space in the store… 104 Main Street, Milford, Ohio. If you’re strolling by, take a peek in the window and see the treasures.
Beautifully Economic in the Kitchen June 5, 2009
A New Home for the Microwave
Welcome to the Flourish Decorative Painting Beautifully Economic Design Solutions series. I will be exploring, experimenting and executing design solutions for your home and garden in an affordable and hopefully “green” way by reusing, recycling and repurposing.
Look for future posts on cabinetry, furniture and beautiful home decor.
As the first installment in the series, I wanted to be sure to include this quick and easy space saving Kitchen design project.
Problem: This microwave on the counter top takes up too much space and would look much better as a built-in. I needed to find an extra space in the kitchen that could easily hold the dimensions of this microwave and have an electric access. Possibilities, inside the pantry, inside an upper cabinet, build an additional cabinet or, inside a lower cabinet:
Solution: Install into a lower cabinet in the island.
First step, remove the Cabinet doors (That was easy, removing a couple screws… not so committed, I can always change my mind).
Remove the cross bars by cutting with a jig saw closely to the outer trim leaving a flush surface saving that nice strip of horizontal oak for later (Ok, now I’m totally committed). Sand any rough edges. Fill any gaps or holes with wood patch. Sand smooth again
Add more surface on to the existing shelf to give enough width to hold the microwave. Drill a hole to access the electric.
It’s a fit!
Attach that saved piece of horizontal oak with trim nails and glue to the edge of the shelf to give it a nice finished look.
Add baskets and cookbooks, you’re done! Fast and easy!
I will post when I am ready to paint. The plan is to paint and distress this cabinetry, add larger crown moldings to upper cabinets, add shelf’s onto the back side of the island, raise the island counter top to 1/2 worktop height, 1/2 bar height, and move the refrigerator.
If I put this in writing …. I will have to get it done! Right?