I was not successful yesterday. In the morning we went to look at a camper shell for our truck. We were not able to bring it home because the jacks did not work, it was on a frame and the gentleman was not there to show us his plan to get it on the truck. That killed the morning. I wanted to do some mending but that did not happen because my son and daughter-in-law came over to talk about buying the place when we got back home. We had a nice afternoon and they stayed for fried chicken & cauliflower for dinner. By the time they left it was 6 pm and I had no desire to do anything constructive.
This afternoon we are supposed to go back to pick up the camper shell if the repairs have been completed. In a way I hope it’s not done. But I know we need to get it to the house so Mac can start working on it for the animals to travel.
Since I found a picture of the armoire that Mac built back in 1997 or 1998, I thought I would show you how I converted it into a bar. The armoire was originally stained golden oak and used as a coat closet.
First I painted the exterior gray and used a sponge and hunter green paint to finish the outside.
Inside I painted the walls a light green with black shelves and trim.
We had a bar sign which we installed as well as 2 wine glass hangers.
We decided that mirrors would add extra brightness.
Mac found an old mirror and used it to cover the opening that used to be a drawer.
This is where we keep extra alcohol.
Finally Mac installed a rope light so the lower shelves weren’t so dark. This turned out great and we can display our many glasses and alcohols.
June is almost here and it must be time for a change. We started our wood shop in February and have only sold one American Flag. Had a lot of nibbles in regards to our conversion picnic table but not an order yet. I think our biggest issue is marketing. We have tried a few things that obviously hasn’t been successful: flea market, etsy shop, Craigslist, Mothers Day Sale, new signs, business cards and fliers, even posting on Nextdoor to contact our neighbors. We have also done things like getting our resale permit and getting a Square card reader so we can take credit card payments.
I also was doing well as far as sewing for Christmas presents, birthdays and Mothers Day but can’t seem to get motivated to complete a flag for upcoming holidays. Should have made a flag for Memorial Day. Didn’t happen.
I started this blog in February 2012 and I currently only have 79 followers. Thanks to all that have joined my blog. I need to either change how I blog, try videos, or just change directions. The hardest part for me is sharing personal information. Not that I have an exciting life or anything but the more successful blogs I see seem to share parts of their lives.
I guess I haven’t found what I am passionate about. What’s the old saying? “Jack of all trades but master of none.” That’s how I feel.
Maybe I should set some goals either weekly or monthly. Like complete one quilting project or one wood project or one cross stitch project or one sewing project . . or . .or . . . . .
See the problem. Too many things I like to do. I’m pretty good at them. But get lost with lack of decisiveness. Maybe this is the type of blog I should be doing. Just talking.
I had a furniture and home decor sale yesterday at the wood shop. I should have done it on Saturday also but wasn’t quite ready. I had my wine displays,
conversion picnic tables, American flags, rice bag pillow, outdoor furniture, mirror stand, horseshoe hinges
and bird houses.
I was hoping to sell something or at least get an order for a flag or picnic table. No such luck yesterday. I have learned that I need to have this type of sale at least for 2 days and make sure to advertise it on Nextdoor maybe a day before. I learn as I go. My next sale will be for Memorial Day. I’m hoping to have some different things done by that time. Wish me luck.
We picked up this mirror on a stand when we cleared out a neighbors garage. At first I was thinking I should change this stand. But what would I do? Paint it? Take it apart?
The final decision – no changes. Just cleaning it well and then selling it next weekend for our Mothers Day Sale.
This seems the perfect time to mention that on Mothers Day weekend, May 13th and 14th, we will be having a furniture and home décor sale at our Wood Shop here is sunny southern California. This will be a perfect opportunity to use our Square card reader for payments. We can now take credit card payments which hopefully will help with our sales.
We will have our wine displays, American Flags, mirror stand, oak wood table, outdoor furniture and metal candle holders. This past weekend I put up signs trying to get some conversion picnic table orders so we can get them made by Mothers Day. No orders maybe because it rained all weekend.
We purchased this oak table at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. It does not have any markings from a builder. So we have to assume that it was probably made in someones barn for their house. The craftsmanship is wonderful. The legs appear to have been hand lathed.
The feet are made of many pieces of wood put together than cut to the shape desired.
It has an mechanism to release the extra leaf which is stored under the main table.
I have to finish sanding the top to get the old finish off. I will then use a wood soap to clean the table thoroughly before using a clear polyurethane to give it a nice finish. Today we are to cherish antiques and I believe the best way is to restore and preserve old furniture.
I showed you some pictures of this 4 foot redwood conversion picnic table being made. Today I am showing you what the 2 completed tables look like. We haven’t sold any yet but believe it will happen soon. I’ll post a picture of the walnut stained table when it is completed.
I’ve shown you pictures of the conversion picnic table that we made out of pine and painted blue. Here are some pictures of Mac finishing a redwood table. We also have a pine table stained walnut that just needs to be assembled. I’ll provide pictures as they get finished.
As you can see, I was still on my red kick when I revamped these 2 wood chairs. I was using these chairs with a small glass table. It would have the red salt & pepper shakers and napkins in the center on a colorful table cloth. At this time, we are not using the glass round table in the dining room.
I really liked this fabric because it had a red stripe in it along with these other bright colors. I did realize that in order for the fabric to look more finished I would have to remove the chair back to cover it completely. I decided not to do that at the time but may want to in the future.
I have had a set of 4 metal chairs which I repaint every five years or so. Since spring is here and summer is on the way, I thought I would share my most recent outdoor furniture revamp. Instead of painting the chairs and small table the same color, I decided to use five different colors of spray paint.
What do you think of the colors? I wasn’t sure about the white chair but it definitely adds a brightness to the set.
Especially since one chair is a dark hunter green and the table is black.
These five colors also go with some fabric I had. That means I could make pillows for the chairs and end up with a very colorful outdoor sitting area.
Found this old metal chair that had a faded blueish green color to it. Since I have been revamping items with bright colors. This chair needed no repairs just a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint. I decided on this sort of olive bright green color that came in a spray can. Did a couple of coats of paint and this is the finished product.
I also had some material with reds, greens, yellows and white on it so I made a cushion to fit and covered it with a zippered pillow case.