Sunday, November 23, 2014

People, places, pets, and Pictures that make you go ... Huh?

I spent a little while today looking through some of the pictures that I've used over the past few years in my blog posts.  

I've posted about family

My vintage kids.

My mom and her rat.

Daughter #4 with an attitude.

Grandkid #6 just being cute.

Grandkid #5 looking all innocent.
  
 My husband and his dad talking shop.

Son in law doing things the hard way as usual.

Daughter #3 and Grandkid #2 at the races.

My grandparents. Miss them very much.

My grandmother. Miss her too :(

Daughter #2 and her son, Grandkid #2, trying to save the cat from killer wolves.

Daughter #1 the t-ball pro.

Daughter #3, Daughter #4, Me, Daughter #1, Daughter #2, My husband
Everyone smiling at the same time.

Grandkid #1 and Grandkid #4 looking for something.
  
Grandkid #3 and her victim of the day.

Grandkid #2 future firetruck thief.

I've posted about pets

Bad dog #1 trying to bite foolish cat #1.

Daughter #2 with her chicken.

The rooster from hell.

and Bad Dog #2 on lookout.

Foolish Cat #2 thinking chicken would be good for dinner.

Billy Goats Ruff #1 and #2 playing king of the rock.

Baddest Dog... Just kidding... maybe.

I've posted about 

Tunnels,

barns,

trestles,

and churches,

rocks,

clouds,

rainbows,

and snow,

pretty bugs,

scary birds,

and terrifying beasts.

But ....
I've run across a few photos that I'm wondering just ...
"What was I thinking"?

Raspberry hair?

Olives?

Cows on drugs?

My broken shoe?
Seriously. I wrote about my broken shoe.
I loved those shoes.
Moving on now.

Teddy down?

And last...
 but not the least bit flattering...
My arm fat.

There is something seriously wrong with me.
But you probably already knew that.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Painting a Leather Top Stand with CeCe Caldwell's Stain + Finish

Third post in a row about painting.
I must have fallen and hit my head or something.

So this post is about this table.
As you can see there were some issues with stained leather and scratches.


I reached way, way back in my stash of paint and came up with CeCe Caldwell's Mississippi Mud.
I slapped a few coats on the wooden parts of the stand.

Remember that abused leather top?

Check it out now.
Shiny and soft after 4 coats of CeCe Caldwell's Kukui Stain + Finish.

How's this for a smooth and creamy finish too?

I pretty much thought I was going to have to strip that leather top off of there.
But it turned out great.








Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ships Wheel Mirror with CeCe Caldwell's Paints and Glaze

Another paint related post today.
Yea!!

I bought this mirrored ships wheel a few weeks ago.


The moment I saw it I knew just what I wanted to do with it.
Paint it.
No kidding you say?

Actually I had a specific look in mind but as I started working on it, it just didn't look right.
It ultimately morphed as puttered with it but it started out just plain blah.
But I'm getting ahead of myself here.

First off, I discovered it's actually a little older than I thought it was.
I assumed it was ??? 70's era ????
But this stamp was on the back.
1944
I would have never guessed it.


So anyway, back to the painting issue.
I started out painting it with CeCe Caldwell's Newport Navy.
You'll have to take my word that it looked plain because I don't have a picture.

I layered on CeCe Caldwell's Simply White and distressed it back somewhat and added CeCe Caldwell's Dark Aging Wax in a few areas.

Again, something was missing.
Again, you'll have to take my word for it because...no picture.

After fussing and fuming over it for a few days the light bulb finally went off.
Tinted Glaze.
I chose CeCe Caldwell's Destin Gulf Green to tint CeCe Caldwell's Clear Glaze.
I brushed that all over and rubbed it away as I went along and, wow, what a difference.


Then I hot glued this rope around the edge of the mirror.


Don't mind the blurred out look on the mirror.
There was so much stuff reflected in it from across the room, it looked really crappy and I figured my crappy photography was as much crappy as one picture could take.


My close up shots show the detail much better anyway.


Nice.